Roto Riteup: April 20, 2017

Been a rough week for some fantasy owners…

…but here at the Roto Riteup, we are always here to give you a little pick me up:

On the Agenda:

1. Closer Clarifications

2. Various News and Notes

3. Streaming Pitcher Options

 

Closer Clarifications

Dusty Baker has named Shawn Kelley and Koda Glover co-closers and they will apparently split the duties as the Nationals are not ready to allow Kelley to pitch too often on back-to-back days. This sounds like Kelley will be the main guy, but Glover will get his chances as well. I would expect a 70/30 split until the Nationals make a trade, which feels inevitable at this point.

Trevor Rosenthal received the nod in the ninth inning of the Cardinals 2-1 victory on Wednesday. Seung Hwan Oh had pitched the previous two days and has struggled a bit early on. This is just re-enforcement of who the next guy up in St.Louis is if Oh’s struggles persist.

 

Various News and Notes

Carlos Gonzalez left yesterday’s game with a bruised hand after getting hit by a Clayton Kershaw fastball. X-rays were negative, so hopefully this is just a day-to-day thing.

Jayson Werth exited Wednesday’s game with what is being described as a “groin spasm.” The professional in me wants to resist the overwhelming urge to make some inappropriate jokes on this one. I mean, what is a “groin spasm?” Maybe, Joc Pederson could show us:

Ok, calm down Mason… Werth is considered day-to-day at this time and will be reevaluated on Thursday, unless symptoms persist for more than four hours at which point he should seek medical attention.

Since yesterday, we have gotten more information on Logan Forsythe’s injury. Unfortunately, it is a bit more serious than previously thought and he has been placed on the DL with a broken toe. Enrique Hernandez and Chase Utley will most likely play in his stead.

Travis d’Arnaud left the game on Wednesday due to a right wrist contusion after being hit with an opponent’s bat on the backswing. If you had April 19th in the TDA injury pool please contact me on twitter for your prize.

Joe Ross made his first Major League start of the year after being recalled yesterday. Ross looked good after an early struggle in the first inning, striking out seven and only walking one over the course of seven innings versus the Braves.

 

Streaming Pitcher Options

A pitcher for today: Daniel Norris (16% owned in Yahoo) @ TB

I don’t love the matchup, but I am not going to recommend the likes of Scott Feldman or Andrew Cashner. Norris has looked pretty good to start the year, but this is risky against a Rays team that has hit decently well against lefties to start the year.

A pitcher for tomorrow: Tyler Skaggs (10% owned in Yahoo) vs. TOR

Skaggs looked great in his last contest versus Kansas City and gets the struggling, Josh Donaldson-less Blue Jays at home.

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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.

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