The Roto Riteup is sliding into the weekend like:
Coming home to bed after a long week like … pic.twitter.com/TrqrzsI3ka
— MLB GIFS (@MLBGIFs) April 14, 2018
On the Agenda:
1. Cole Continues to Dominate
2. Multi-HR Games
3. Various News and Notes
4. Streaming Pitchers
Cole Continues to Dominate
Gerrit Cole notched 14 strikeouts in the Astros victory over the Rangers on Friday.
— Astros By The Numbers (@astro_numbers) April 14, 2018
He would end up allowing 2 ER (2 HR) on 3 H over 7 IP, with 1 BB. While he didn’t factor into the decision, the 14 K game is his third-straight double-digit strikeout game to start the season. His 36 K over his first 3 GS with the Astros puts him first all-time among all starters in their first three turns on a new team. For fantasy purposes, Cole’s 36% SwStr% on his curveball, as well as the Astros ability to simplify his repertoire has breaded more than positive results. His 1.24 SIERA supports his current ERA of 1.29. He’s obviously not this good – and there’s a slight worry in regards to him allowing 3 HR thus far – but if he continues to get ahead in counts (68% F-Strike), then it’ll allow more opportunities for hitters to chase his curve. This could be the breakout we’ve all been waiting for with Cole.
Todd Frazier: .282/.423/.538, 2 HR, 8 R, 8 RBI, 1 SB
Twice is nice for Todd Frazier ✅✅ pic.twitter.com/VX4HuTxWia
— SI MLB (@si_mlb) April 14, 2018
Khris Davis: .264/.344/.547, 4 HR, 7 R, 10 RBI
— McCLUTCHen is the GOAT (@locosfgfan) April 14, 2018
Aaron Hicks: .364/.462/.909, 2 HR, 2 R, 3 RBI
The Year of the Inside The Park Home Run continues!
Aaron Hicks made it all the way around against Detroit. pic.twitter.com/fdoe8I3Bcx
— SB Nation MLB (@SBNationMLB) April 14, 2018
George Springer knows how to start off an inning. pic.twitter.com/FWflCBLcEu
— Stadium (@WatchStadium) April 14, 2018
Various News and Notes
Kevin Acee of the San Diego Tribune reported that Dinelson Lamet has a torn ulnar collateral ligament and will undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery. Most fantasy owners were expecting him to return from a right elbow strain in May, but further investigation resulted in a much worse prognosis. Lamet went 7-8 with a 4.57 ERA and 1.24 WHIP with 139 K over 114 IP (21 GS) in 2017. Fantasy owners will have to wait until next season before thinking about rostering him.
Josh Donaldson was placed on the 10-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation.
We’ve placed 3B Josh Donaldson on the 10-day DL (right shoulder inflammation).
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) April 13, 2018
The DL-stint is retroactive to April 11th. Additional tests have revealed no structural damage, but the Blue Jays have yet to give a timetable for when he’ll return. Teoscar Hernandez was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo in a corresponding move. He hit second in the lineup on Friday – going 2-for-5 with two doubles, two RBI, and a stolen base. He hit .261/.305/.602 with 8 HR, 16 R, and 20 RBI over 88 AB in 2017, and is worth an immediate add in deeper-mixed formats due to his power/speed blend. Yangervis Solarte figures to handle the majority of the playing time at third base while Donaldson is out.
With Travis d’Arnaud (Tommy John surgery) and Kevin Plawecki (hand, three-to-four weeks) going on the 10-day disabled list, the Mets recalled Jose Labaton from Triple-A Las Vegas. He’ll form a committee with Tomas Nido. Lobaton doesn’t offer much in terms of fantasy upside, but he did do this once:
— BEST MLB MOMENTS (@30SecMLB) September 15, 2015
Ronald Guzman started and hit sixth in the Rangers lineup on Friday – going 1-for-3 with a walk. He’s always hit fairly well in the minor leagues and has a little pop as well. Eric Longenhagen placed him 8th on the Rangers prospect list coming into the season. He should receive the majority of the AB’s against RHP at first base, at least until the Rangers start to get some of their core players back. AL-Only owners could do worse with a speculation add.
Hanley Ramirez (hand) is expected to return to the lineup against the Orioles today.
J.T. Realmuto will begin a minor league rehab assignment today with High-A Jupiter. He should be returning from his back injury within the next five days or so.
According to Adam McCalvy of MLB.com, Christian Yelich is “optimistic” he’ll be able to come off the DL when eligible tomorrow.
After hitting in the cage this afternoon at Citi Field, Christian Yelich sounds optimistic about coming off the DL when he’s eligible Sunday.
— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) April 13, 2018
According to Royal’s manager Ned Yost, Salvador Perez may go out on a rehab assignment this weekend. Perez is recovering from an MCL tear and could end up beating his initial timetable of four-to-six weeks if he indeed begins his assignment this weekend.
Drew Pomeranz is in line to be activated next week after a successful 86-pitch rehab start for Double-A Portland on Friday.
After being pulled from his rehab assignment earlier this week, Mark Trumbo could re-start his recovery from a strained quad this weekend.
Martin Prado played five innings in an extended Spring Training game on Friday. He should go out on a rehab assignment in the coming days. The Marlins intend on moving Brian Anderson into the outfield following Prado’s activation.
Mike Zunino took batting practice prior to Friday’s game, and will likely head on a rehab assignment in the coming days. He should return to the Mariners sometime next week.
Wei-Yin Chen intends to make his season debut on April 27th against the Rockies.
“The plan” is for Wei-Yin Chen to make his season debut vs and start vs Colorado on April 27th.
— Craig Mish (@CraigMish) April 13, 2018
A Pitcher for Today: Miles Mikolas (recommended yesterday)
A Pitcher for Today: Marco Gonzales vs. OAK
A Pitcher for Tomorrow: Ivan Nova @ MIA
Nova was stellar against a much better Miami lineup last year, and Marlins Park is arguably the best park for pitchers in all of baseball. Strikeouts may be limited, but Nova is available in a ton of leagues.
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