Roto Riteup: April 13, 2021

Pitches like these makes me feel like I could be an MLB pitcher if I could throw 60’6”

On the Agenda: 

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


Closer Chaos

Jesse Hahn was placed on the IL with a shoulder impingement. Hahn had gotten a save already this season, but had otherwise been awful. It seems like this is a pretty fluid situation with Greg Holland leading the way, but so far the Royals have three saves and Holland hasn’t gotten any. 


COVID Issues

The Nationals activated Josh Harrison, Kyle Schwarber, and Josh Bell from the COVID IL. Jon Lester is apparently cleared to return but will stay at the alternate site to build up innings before joining the rotation. 

The Cubs placed Brandon Workman, Jason Adam and Dan Winkler of the COVID IL. This is a bit concerning that three guys were exposed after a coach tested positive. Hopefully this isn’t the beginning of worse news. 


Quick Hits

Anthony Rendon was placed on the 10-Day IL with a groin injury. This was a bit unexpected as it appeared the Angels were going to see if he could be able to return without hitting the IL. Hopefully this is a minimum stay on the IL. 

Carlos Rodon was scratched from his start due to an upset stomach. Hey, we have all been there. Hopefully it isn’t anything more serious. Consider him day-to-day for now. 

Max Stassi left Monday’s game with a thumb issue. X-rays were negative, but he is expected to undergo further testing on Tuesday. Consider him day-to-day for now. 

Christian Walker was placed on the IL with an oblique strain. These type of injuries usually take 4-6 weeks to recover from depending on the severity, but they have a high likelihood of aggravation. Pavin Smith is likely to be the regular first baseman until Walker returns. 

Josh Reddick was signed to a minor league deal by the Arizona Diamondbacks. He will report to the alternate training site after he clears COVID protocols. He will likely be outfield depth, but this may signal that Ketel Marte is farther away from being ready than initially thought. 

According to MLB Trade Rumors, the Rockies are close to signing Ivan Nova. This won’t likely be fantasy relevant except when you stack against him in DFS. 

Ronald Guzman left Monday’s game with a leg injury. Guzman had to be carted off the field so it appears to be serious. We should have more information on Tuesday. 


Various News and Notes

Huascar Ynoa was fantastic again. He threw six innings with 10 strikeouts only allowing three hits and a walk. He has a 98 mph hour fastball and a great slider. It had already been announced that he was staying in the rotation, so if he is available in your league, pick him up now.  


Wade Miley threw five scoreless innings, allowing two hits and a walk while striking out three. He wasn’t dominant by any stretch of the imagination, but his changeup was pretty and he was able to use San Francisco’s spacious park to his advantage. The magic won’t last forever, but he isn’t a bad streamer in nice matchups like this. Plus, there is always this memory whenever you start him:

Freddy Peralta went six innings, allowing one run, but striking out 10 versus the Cubs. Peralta has been great this season, but he is still walking a lot of batters. He gets away with it because of the huge strikeout rate and the deception his crossbody delivery gives. However, I do worry about his delivery causing him to miss spots in the zone at times which will lead to home runs when he is not on. That being said, he is beginning to take the step forward and you want to bank on his upside. 


Streaming Pitchers (Under 50% in CBS)

Pitcher for Today: None

Most of the lower rostered options have really bad matchups. 

High Risk Options: Dean Kremer vs SEA, Danny Duffy vs LAA, Kyle Gibson at TB, 


Pitcher for Tomorrow: None

I really don’t love the streaming options on Wednesday even though there are quite a few of them. 

High Risk Options: Ross Stripling vs NYY, Jon Gray vs LAD, Joe Ross at STL

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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I’ve got my eye on Griffin Canning for streaming tomorrow, but yeah, not a high confidence play.