Roto Riteup: April 2, 2016

Today is the last day without real baseball for about seven months, so enjoy your last day of free time or rejoice over the game’s return. Or both. Today’s Roto Riteup doesn’t judge…verbally.

On the agenda:
1. A.J. Pollock has a boo-boo
2. Pomeranz and Straily
3. Fun with Spring Stats
4. Streaming Pitcher Options

A.J. Pollock has a boo-boo
Pollock has been bothered by an aching elbow all spring, and for the most part it’s been shrugged off as nothing to worry about, but yesterday he was pulled from the Diamondbacks’ game after aggravating his injury while grittily sliding into the dish to score a run. While at writing it was too early to get a read on the extent of Pollock’s injury, we should have some clarity shortly after the center fielder puts on his flattering backless gown and has submits himself to medical testing. If you own Pollock and play in a league with weekly lineups, perhaps plan on benching him for the first week.

Pomeranz and Straily
Drew Pomeranz has earned a spot in the Padres’ rotation after looking excellent this spring. Pomeranz, acquired this offseason in exchange for Yonder Alonso, was assumed to be a member of San Diego’s bullpen, but his stellar performance propelled him ahead of the pack. Once a top-5 pick with a seemingly high floor, Pom-Pom just hasn’t put it all together as a starter, even when pitching in a comfortable park like O.co. Moving to NL should help, but keep in mind command has been an issue, not just homers.

To make room for Pomeranz in the rotation, Dan Straily was subjected to waivers and claimed by the Cincinnati Reds. Dealin’ Dan has seemingly regained his lost velocity this spring, and he could very well be a decent MLB starter this year. He won’t, however, be worthy of a fantasy roster spot, as he’ll give up too many homers in Cincy and will likely only be a member of the rotation until Anthony DeSclafani.

Fun with Spring Stats
All stats are through Thursday, March 31.

Spring Stats
AB HR SB AVG OBP SLG
Jean Segura 58 3 5 0.517 0.541 0.776
Nick Ahmed 62 1 3 0.419 0.413 0.710
Chris Owings 64 2 8 0.359 0.408 0.547
Yan Gomes 48 6 0 0.313 0.370 0.750
Danny Santana 61 1 7 0.377 0.385 0.557
Ryan Flaherty 42 1 1 0.333 0.473 0.500
SOURCE: @zvsanders

Streaming Pitcher Options
If you enjoy streaming pitchers or play DFS, tune into the Roto Riteup for recommendations each and every day.

A pitcher for today: n/a

A pitcher for tomorrow: Edinson Volquez vs NYM (Matt Harvey)
When aces battle, the lesser of all talent shines through as a streaming option. If you’re streaming or playing DFS on a day with three games, bless you and your sick brain.





Zach is the creator and co-author of RotoGraphs' Roto Riteup series, and RotoGraphs' second-longest tenured writer. You can follow him on twitter.

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Basically you could put the entire DBacks 2b/ss/3b contingent in that “Fun with Spring Stats” table because Lamb, Drury and Gosselin are all raking as well. Owings is the only one with an OPS below 1.097. Big reason the DBacks have the best spring record of any team.