Roto Riteup: April 19, 2022

When your ex shows up to an event with her new man:

On the Agenda: 

  1. Sleeper and the Bust DK Contest
  2. COVID Issues
  3. Closer Chaos
  4. Quick Hits
  5. Various News and Notes
  6. Streaming Pitchers


Sleeper and the Bust DK Contest

On most Tuesday’s and Friday’s, Paul Sporer and I will be doing a $5 draftkings game for anyone that is interested. 


COVID Issues

The A’s placed Chad Pinder, Lou Trivino, Jed Lowrie, Kirby Snead, A.J. Puk, and Austin Allen on the COVID IL. This is not good and there could be more on the IL if the breakout continues to go. MLB didn’t postpone the game, so that is a good sign for now. 

Kevin Plawecki was placed on the COVID IL. The Red Sox called up Connor Wong to replace him on the roster. 

Tyler Naquin was placed on the IL without an injury designation on Monday. This likely points to COVID, but no word yet on whether he has symptoms or tested positive. 


Closer Chaos

Alex Colome threw a clean ninth versus the Phillies to lock down his save of the season. When Colome signed, there was thought he would be the closer for the Rockies, but Daniel Bard has gotten the first four saves of the year. While Bard didn’t pitch Sunday, he had done back-to-back games on Friday and Saturday, so he is likely still the guy who gets the lionshare of the saves. 


Quick Hits

Wander Franco was scratched with quad tightness on Monday. Apparently, he was available off the bench so this doesn’t sound serious. Consider him day-to-day for now. 

Jose Altuve left the game on Monday with a hamstring injury. He is expected to undergo further testing on it tomorrow. Consider him day-to-day for now. 

Various News and Notes

Dylan Bundy threw 5.1 innings, allowing one earned run on five hits and no walks while striking out six in the victory over the Red Sox.

It was an impressive line that included a 32% CSW in the outing. However, he wasn’t overly impressive in the start and really left a lot of pitches in the zone that should have been crushed and were just missed by the Red Sox. His velocity is down 2.5 mph on most of his pitches. This feels like fools gold and I am not buying as I think there will be some massive regression on the way.

Tommy Pham went 3-for-4 with a home run in the loss to the Padres.

Pham entered the game with one hit in 30 plate appearances, but was a triple short of the cycle. He has been pretty unlucky and has been hitting third in the lineup, so if he is still available or has been recently dropped, he is worth picking up in case this is the beginning of a hot streak.

Chad Kuhl threw six scoreless innings on Monday, allowing two hits and a walk while striking out four in the victory over the Phillies.

Kuhl threw five pitches and did a very good job of keeping a dangerous lineup off balance and sported a 29% CSW. There are going to be blowups for most Colorado pitchers, but if he continues to produce, he could be an attractive trade target for competing teams, which would raise his value tremendously.


Streaming Pitchers (Under 50% in CBS)

Pitcher for Today:  Cole Irvin vs BAL

Irvin looked good in his last start before running into trouble late. He gets a bad Baltimore offense in Oakland. 

High Risk Options: Madison Bumgarner at WAS, Carlos Hernandez vs MIN, J.T. Brubaker at MIL, Joan Adon, Justin Steele vs TB


Pitcher for Tomorrow:  Miles Mikolas at MIA

Mikolas has looked good early in the year and has a nice matchup in a good Marlins park. 

High Risk Options: Chris Paddack at KC, Dane Dunning at SEA, Daniel Lynch vs MIN, Daulton Jeffries vs BAL, Erick Fedde vs ARI. 


For those of you that would like to see how these picks play out, I have a doc I put together to track the stats from the recommended pitchers. It does not include the “High Risk Options.”

Justin is the co-host on The Sleeper and The Bust Podcast and writes for Rotographs covering the Roto Riteup as well as other periodic articles. In addition to his work at Rotographs, Justin is the lead fantasy writer/analyst and co-owner for, and the owner of The Great Fantasy Baseball Invitational. He is also a certified addiction treatment counselor. Follow Justin on Twitter @JustinMasonFWFB.

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