The Roto Riteup would like to wish you a Happy Friday the 13th!
On the Agenda:
1. Porcello Flirts with a No-Hitter
2. Mauer Notches 2,000th Hit
3. Various News and Notes
4. Streaming Pitchers
Porcello Flirts with No-Hitter
Rick Porcello hurled seven innings of shutout ball, allowing two hits and striking out seven in route to his third victory on the season.
— Red Sox (@RedSox) April 13, 2018
Porcello didn’t allow his first hit until the seventh, yielding a double to Aaron Judge. Over 3 GS he’s compiled a 1.83 ERA, 1.61 FIP, and 0.76 WHIP. While very impressive over a short sample, Porcello’s lackluster SwStr% will consistently produce weak K% numbers. Despite obvious regression on the horizon, he’s still a solid mid-tier starter in mixed leagues.
— Minnesota Twins (@Twins) April 13, 2018
Mauer is behind only Rod Carew and Kirby Puckett on the Twins all-time hit leaders list. He’s started the 2018 season off by notching a hit in all 10 games played – resulting in a .412/.545/.529 line with six runs and six RBI. He’s batted second in the lineup in all but one game for the Twins. He’ll remain a solid points league, and deep-mixed format asset for fantasy this year.
Various News and Notes
Hanley Ramirez exited Thursday’s game against the Yankees due to a right wrist contusion.
Sonny Gray’s pitch hit Hanley Ramirez square on his left wrist, causing his batting glove to snap open.
— Mark Suleymanov (@TheMARKOut1) April 12, 2018
According to Bob Nightengale, x-rays on Ramirez’s wrist were negative, and he’s currently day-to-day. Mitch Moreland replaced him in the lineup and went 2-for-3 with an RBI. Ramirez came into Thursday hitting .357/.404/.548 with 2 HR, 12 RBI, 8 R, and 3 SB. Wrist injuries have a history of sapping power. Be sure to monitor his progress after he returns.
David Price will make his next start against the Angels on Tuesday. It’ll give him five full days of rest, which the Red Sox deemed necessary after he departed his last outing due to numbness in his pitching hand. He played catch on Thursday with no issues and was never sent for tests.
According to Giants manager Bruce Bochy, Mark Melancon received a stem cell injection in his right pronator on Thursday. He also visited Dr. James Andrews and was reassured that his ligaments are intact. He’ll have to wait two weeks before starting a throwing program. Hunter Strickland has been doing a fantastic job thus far, allowing one run over 6 IP with 5 K and 1 BB.
Nick Tropeano held the Royals scoreless over 6.2 IP, with 6 K and 2 BB in route to his first victory. He missed the entire 2017 season after receiving TJS in 2016. He didn’t do enough in camp to make the Angels rotation out of the gate, but Thursday was a good start in his case to stay there. Prior to going down in 2016, Tropeano posted a 3.56 ERA and 1.48 WHIP. Underlying metrics say he was getting a bit lucky – he’s struggled with walks due to a mediocre F-Strike% and control – but his 12% or better SwStr% and 23% K since 2015 say that he should be a useful source for strikeouts at worst. JC Ramirez is out for the season, Alex Meyer is nursing a shoulder, and Matt Shoemaker is on the DL because of a forearm issue. Tropeano could get some run, and is at least a speculative add in 15-team mixed leagues at the moment.
A Pitcher for Today (recommended yesterday, Justin Mason): Andrew Heaney
Another Pitcher for Today: Andrew Triggs @ SEA
Strong strikeout numbers and only 3 ER allowed in 2 GS thus far. Seattle could still be without Nelson Cruz. Triggs is a nice, low-owned option.
A Pitcher for Tomorrow: Miles Mikolas @ CIN
Getting a ton of groundballs, not walking anyone, decent stuff. He’s been a bit unlucky to start the year, and this could be just the spot to get things going.
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