Really looking forward to Aaron Burr interviewing Billy Hamilton.
Jason Vargas being interviewed by John Jay makes me happy. pic.twitter.com/oko6HoCkCy
— Justin Mason (@JustinMasonFWFB) April 14, 2019
On the Agenda:
1. Patriot’s Day
2. Various News and Notes
3. Streaming Pitching Options
Just a reminder that today is Patriot’s Day in Boston which means that the first game of the day starts at 11:05 am EST. So, if you are in a league where your entire roster locks for the day or week at the start of the first game, make sure you have your lineup ready by then.
Various News and Notes
Andrew Benintendi left Sunday’s game with a foot injury after fouling a pitch off of his right foot. X-rays after the game were negative, but he is expected to miss at least Monday’s game with the injury. Consider him day-to-day at this time.
Arodys Vizcaino was placed on the 10-day IL with shoulder inflammation. Vizcaino has been struggling with the issue all season and the Braves had not allowed him to pitch on back-to-back day and now he is hitting the IL. A.J. Minter should get the majority of the save chances with Vizcaino out. The move is retroactive to April 11th.
Jeremy Jeffress has completed his rehab assignment and is expected to be activated from the IL prior to Monday’s game versus the Cardinals. Jeffress is likely to start in a set up role, but could be counted on for saves before long as the Brewers will likely want Josh Hader to go back to being a multi-inning fireman if they can find a reliable ninth inning man.
Lourdes Gurriel was optioned to AAA on Sunday. Gurriel struggled mightily to start the season and the Blue Jays want him to work on things with every day at bats in the minors. Unfortunately this was not a precursor to the Blue Jays calling up top prospect Vlad Guerrero Jr., who was recently moved up to AAA now that he is recovered from a leg injury. Vlad will likely be up soon, but may not be up until the Blue Jays next homestand versus the Giants on 4/23. Eric Sogard has replaced Gurriel on the 25-man roster.
Sean Newcomb was optioned to AAA. Newcomb usually starts strong and then struggles in the second half, but he started off poorly this season forcing the Braves to make a move. Touki Toussaint has been recalled to replace him on the roster.
Carlos Gonzalez has been added to the 25-man roster for the Indians. Cargo was signed in spring training, but needed some time to ramp up and did well in AAA. He is likely going to play regularly in left field for the Indians and is worth a pick up in AL Only leagues and some deeper mixed league formats.
Streaming Pitching Options (Less than 50% owned)
Pitcher for Today: None
High Risk Option: Martin Perez vs TOR
Perez has not looked good so far this season, but the increased velocity from spring training has stuck. He makes his first start of the season versus a bad Toronto offense, so he should at worst get a number of strikeouts.
Pitcher for Tomorrow: Nick Margevicius vs COL
Margevicius has been fantastic thus far for the Padres and gets a struggling Rockies team that has a hard time scoring versus the Giants.
High Risk Option: Pablo Lopez vs CHC
Lopez has been beaten up a bit over his last two starts, but he is mostly getting unlucky. Definitely a risky proposition, but there is a ton of upside especially at the comfy confines of Marlins park.
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 FriendswithFantasyBenefits.com, 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.