Roto Riteup: April 12, 2021

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On the Agenda: 

  1. Closer Chaos
  2. Quick Hits
  3. Various News and Notes
  4. Streaming Pitchers

Closer Chaos

Alex Colome blew the save versus the Mariners on Sunday, allowing three runs on four hits in a third of an inning. This is Colome’s second blown save of the season and he could now be on the hot seat in Minnesota. Taylor Rogers would likely be the first man up, but Hansel Robles and Tyler Duffey could be considered as well. 


Quick Hits

Tyler O’Neill was placed on the 10-Day IL with a groin injury. There is no time table for his return. 

Anthony Rendon did not play on Sunday due to a sore groin. It sounds like the Angels are just being cautious right now. Consider him day to day at this time. 

Dexter Fowler is likely out for the season after tearing his ACL. This is not a typical baseball injury, but Fowler sustained the injury sliding awkwardly into second base. The Angels will roll with Juan Lagares for now, but Brandon Marsh or Jo Adell could make an appearance at some point. 

Miguel Cabrera was placed on the IL with a bicep injury. Renato Nunez was recalled to replace him on the roster. Nunez should get regular playing time while Cabrera is out and should be added in deeper formats for his power upside. 

Adrian Morejon left Sunday’s game with a forearm injury. This is extremely concerning due to the nature of the issue. Keep a close eye on this because injuries like this often lead to Tommy John Surgery. 

Christian Yelich left Sunday’s game with back tightness. Consider him day to day for now, but this is concerning because it is something that he has struggled with in the past. 

Archie Bradley was placed on the IL with an oblique strain. Typically injuries like this take 1-2 months of recovery. He is droppable in most formats. 

Travis Shaw left Sunday’s game with a shin bruise. Shaw injured the shin when a foul ball ricocheted off of his bat. He is being considered day-to-day at this time. 

Hunter Dozier left Sunday’s game with a thumb injury. This is the same injury he suffered early this year. The Royals characterized it as minor, so it appears he shouldn’t miss much time. Consider him day-to-day for now. 


Various News and Notes

Brent Honeywell Jr. made his Major League debut, throwing two innings without allowing a base runner and striking out two. Honeywell is a former top prospect whose career has been derailed due to injury. He has five average to above average pitches with above average control. He was optioned back to the alternate site following the debut and will likely continue to work as an opener or multi-inning reliever if and when he does return which limits his upside in fantasy, but he has a lot of long term upside. 

Taylor Trammell went 2-for-5 with a home run versus the Twins. Trammell had a huge spring to get himself on the roster, but has struggled to start the season. He has a ton of power and speed in the profile, but strikes out a ton as well. As the Mariners get healthy and eventually past the service time issues for Jarred Kelenic, Trammell may have issues finding playing time. The upside is huge but the floor is just as low. 

Anthony Desclafani threw six scoreless innings in the victory over the Rockies. DeSclafani was impressive in the start getting the Rockies to chase out of the zone with his breaking stuff. He did get into trouble a few times, but was able to pitch around it. He should be rostered in 12-team leagues and deeper. 

Luke Weaver threw seven innings, striking out eight in the victory over the Reds. This was an impressive outing against one of the hottest offenses ealy in the year. Weaver relied almost entirely on his fastball and change which were very good in this outing. However, he won’t have sustain success if he continues to do this over the courses of the season, which makes this a bit of fools gold if he doesn’t start using a third pitch more. 


Streaming Pitchers (Under 50% in CBS)

Pitcher for Today: Aaron Sanchez vs CIN

Sanchez looked good through spring and in his first start of the season and is at home for this one. 

High Risk Options: Adbert Alzolay at MIL, Dane Dunning at TB, Wade Miley at SF, Dean Kremer vs SEA


Pitcher for Tomorrow: None

Most of the lower rostered options have really bad matchups

High Risk Options: Danny Duffy vs LAA, Kyle Gibson at TB, Ross Stripling vs NYY

Justin is the co-host on The Sleeper and The Bust Podcast and writes for Rotographs covering the Roto Riteup as well as random topics that float into his juvenile brain. In addition to his work at Rotographs, Justin is the lead fantasy writer/analyst and co-owner for, owner of The Great Fantasy Baseball Invitational, and a fantasy football and baseball writer for Fantasy Alarm. He is also a certified addiction treatment counselor. Follow Justin on Twitter @JustinMasonFWFB.

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Great take on the Weaver start. Watched it this morning and came away with the same conclusion.