The Roto Riteup would like to help you hide from the upcoming work week:
Never let your guard down around the Phanatic … pic.twitter.com/JNh4LMjWK1
— MLB GIFS (@MLBGIFs) April 22, 2017
On the Agenda:
1. Giant(s) Implosion
2. Various News and Notes
3. Streaming Pitcher Options
You know things are not going well for the San Francisco Giants right now when:
1.Brandon Belt is playing left field.
2.Matt Cain has the best ERA of your active starting pitchers.
3.Even the seagulls are flying to Oakland
Cloudy with a chance of seagulls. pic.twitter.com/qZ9DhQHzwV
— MLB GIFS (@MLBGIFs) April 24, 2017
In terms of fantasy, this implosion could have effects on the season in regards to fantasy owners. Depending on your league’s rules, Belt could gain OF eligibility if injuries continue to force him out there. With their anemic offense sputtering and the team wanting to keep Buster Posey healthier by getting him from behind the plate, Nick Hundley could garner some deep league 2-catcher interest as well. If the Giants continue to struggle, especially without staff ace Madison Bumgarner, don’t be surprised if free agents to be Eduardo Nunez, Nick Hundley, Matt Cain, Aaron Hill, and Johnny Cueto (opt out after 2017) get moved to help replenish a farm system that has been decimated during championship runs in recent years. A ballpark move would most certainly help Nunez, but would most likely negatively affect Cueto and Cain.
*The author of this article is a huge Giants fan and may need to be talked off of a ledge.
Various News and Notes
Kennys Vargas has been recalled by the Twins. It is unclear how much playing time he will garner while back in Minnesota considering that Robbie Grossman is hitting .311/.475/.467. Vargas offers a bit more pop potential and could be interesting if he can steal at bats in the middle of the Twins lineup.
Big Dan Vogelbach made his MLB season debut on Sunday after being called up by the Mariners. Vogelbach, who went 1-for-4 with an RBI on Sunday, has been red-hot in AAA hitting .309/.409/.473 with two home runs in 66 plate appearances. He will most likely platoon with Danny Valencia at 1st base. While his large frame has made people believe he has huge power potential, Vogelbach hasn’t really proven that to be true in the minors. Adding further complications, Taylor Motter, who still is not following me on twitter anymore, has been absolutely crushing it and will need a more regular place to play once Jean Segura returns, which may happen on Tuesday, though Leonys Martin’s designation should help free a spot. Vogelbach is most interesting in AL only formats.
Kevin Gausman was lit up for five runs in 5.1 innings on Sunday. Things have started off very poorly for Gausman who is sporting a 7.50 ERA with peripherals that don’t look much better. Gausman is having trouble commanding pitches within the zone, which begs the question whether or not he is healthy. There is also some talk that he may be tipping pitches, though personally I haven’t seen much to support that. Gausman has a ton of talent, but has yet to live up to the hype.
Stephen Strasburg was placed on paternity leave. Typically, I wouldn’t talk about something like this, but it likely means he will have his start in Colorado pushed back into the following series which is always good news.
Jorge Bonifacio made his MLB debut and went 2-for-4 with a home run for the Royals on Sunday. In spite of the splashy debut, Bonifacio is no longer the flashy prospect he once was and profiles as a guy that could hit .240-.260 with 15-20 home runs once fully mature. This MLB stint may be short-lived as well since Jorge Soler is on a minor league rehab assignment and has started off well going 3-for-10 with a home run in three games so far.
Shelby Miller will have an MRI on Monday after being forced to exit Sunday’s game with forearm tightness. Miller is owned in 48% of CBS leagues, which I assume half of which are Paul Sporer’s teams.
Streaming Pitcher Options
A pitcher for today: None
Last week I recommended Daniel Norris in spite of the fact he had a tough matchup and was starring the regression monster in the face. Lesson learned. I no longer will force a recommendation because there aren’t other good options. However, if you are feeling frisky and have a blood alcohol content over .12, Brett Anderson is pitching in Pittsburgh against a Pirates team that is 22nd in wOBA and 9th in strikeouts against left-handed pitching. Not a recommendation, but if you like to play Russian roulette with you ratios there is your gamble.
A pitcher for tomorrow: Jesse Hahn @ LAA
Hahn has been good so far this year in three appearances (2 starts and once in relief) and draws an Angels team that is 24th in wOBA and 6th in strikeouts against right-handed pitching.
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.