Roto Riteup: April 25, 2022

When mom says you don’t get to go out on Friday night because you didn’t clean your room well.

On the Agenda: 

  1. COVID Issues
  2. Closer Chaos
  3. Quick Hits
  4. Various News and Notes
  5. Streaming Pitchers


COVID Issues

Mike Yaztremski was placed on the COVID IL after testing positive for COVID-19. He will miss at least the next five days.  

David Price was placed on the COVID IL after testing positive for COVID-19. He will also miss the next five days at least. 

Closer Chaos

Spencer Patton was placed on the IL with an oblique strain. Patton was pitching well for the Rangers and could have been in the conversation for saves. With him being out for the next 4-6 weeks, Joe Barlow and Matt Bush will likely be the most likely candidates for saves moving forward. 

Lucas Sims pitched a clean ninth inning versus the Cardinals to nail down his first save of the season. It isn’t surprising that Sims is in the mix for saves, but a little surprising that he got back into the ninth so quickly after returning from the IL. While Sims could run away with the job, it seems much more likely that this is a committee situation in Cincinnati. 

Louis Head recorded the save for the Marlins on Sunday after Tanner Scott got into trouble in the ninth inning against the Braves. Right now Anthony Bender is dealing with a hip injury so the Marlins bullpen is a bit of a mess. Dylan Floro just threw a bullpen and could be back this week and may get a chance to reclaim the job especially if Bender is still ailing. 


Quick Hits

Eloy Jimenez is expected to miss 6-8 weeks after being placed on the IL with a hamstring injury. This is unfortunate news, but he should be reserved in most formats. 

Luke Voit was placed on the IL with a biceps injury. The move is retroactive to 4/23. 

Lucious Fox was removed from the game on Sunday after getting sick in the field. Consider him day-to-day for now. 

Steven Kwan left Sunday’s game with a hamstring issue. Consider him day-to-day for now. 


Various News and Notes

Cristian Javier will be added to the rotation as the Astros move to a six man rotation. Javier has pitched thus far, only allowing one earned run in three relief appearances while sporting a 38.7% strikeout rate. He could be a stud as a starter if he continues to put up the numbers he has been as a reliever. 

Chad Kuhl threw six innings in the victory over the Tigers, allowing one earned run on four hits and a walk while striking out four.

Kuhl has been really good so far this season, but was especially impressive relying on a very impressive slider. At this point he is a one trick pony, but he can be a valuable team streamer in deeper leagues especially when the Rockies are on the road.

Nick Lodolo threw 5.2 innings, allowing one run on five hits and no walks while striking out seven in the victory over the Cardinals.

This is the start we have been waiting for from Lodolo! Now, the stuff wasn’t as dominant as the line states, but the slider was great and the fastball and changeup were effective enough. Lodolo may have been dropped in some shallower formats and should be scooped up if he is available in your league.

Joc Pederson went 3-for-3 with two home runs in the victory over the Nationals.

Pederson is hitting .364/.383/.750 with five home runs and a stolen base for far this season. Pederson has always killed righties and the Giants have done a great job in maximizing platoon players like him. He obviously won’t keep this up, but it would not be surprising to see him have a career year in San Francisco.


Streaming Pitchers (Under 50% in CBS)

Pitcher for Today:  None

Short slate with not many options. 

High Risk Options: Michael Lorenzen vs CLE, Sam Long at MIL. 


Pitcher for Tomorrow:  Daulton Jefferies at SF

This is a tough matchup, but I have been impressed with him so far. Definitely some risk here. 

High Risk Options: Mitch Keller vs MIL, Daniel Lynch at CHW. 


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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2 years ago

Are the Astros moving to 6-man rotation for (most of) the rest of the season? OR just short term?

Hadn’t heard about that possibility… Thanks!

Baller McCheesemember
2 years ago
Reply to  TheUncool

“Short term”. They have 33 games in 34 days. Make of it what you will.