We at the Roto Riteup have been taught to soar above the haters:
— MLB GIFS (@MLBGIFs) April 26, 2017
On the Agenda:
1. Ring the Bellinger
2. Bush/Jeter 2018
3. Various News and Notes
4. Streaming Pitcher Options
Ring the Bellinger
The Dodgers called up top hitting prospect Cody Bellinger on Tuesday and he started in left field and went 1-for-3 with a walk. Bellinger is widely considered the 1st base prospect in the game right now, but will fill a need in the outfield with Joc Pederson hitting the DL. The Dodgers appear to be throwing service time out the window as a competing team should. For this year, Bellinger could provide fantasy teams a spark especially if you are dealing with injuries or the recent suspension of Starling Marte. He is a must add in most mixed formats, but buyer beware because he could easily struggle with contact as he has been prone to do so in the minors. His strong walk rates will supplement that though in OBP formats.
According to multiple sources, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and Yankees great Derek Jeter have won the bidding on the Miami Marlins.
Reports state Bush will be in control of the team, but Jeter will have “an active” role within baseball operations. This can only be good news for Marlins fans, baseball, and fantasy owners. One would imagine that a guy like Jeter would not be apart of a team looking to skimp the way Jeffrey Loria has done in the past. Only time will tell how successful they will be at it.
Various News and Notes
Cory Spangenberg was recalled by the San Diego Padres on Tuesday. Spangenberg, who missed most of 2016 with a leg injury, has been tearing it up in AAA El Paso. He could be an interesting deep league option for stolen bases if he can carve out enough playing time in San Diego.
Jose Altuve was pulled from the game after colliding with teammate Teoscar Hernandez on Tuesday. Altuve walked off under his own power, however, Hernandez had to carted off. Altuve said after the game that he hoped to play on Wednesday and was cleared of the concussion protocols. Fantasy owners can exhale now, but don’t be surprised if Altuve misses a game or two as a precaution.
Felix Hernandez has left the team to head back to Seattle to have his pitching shoulder examined. The Mariners are calling this a “dead arm” that forced him to leave Tuesday’s game after two innings pitched and four runs allowed. This doesn’t sound good and should be closely monitored by fantasy owners.
Brandon Crawford was pulled late in the game on Tuesday night. Crawford was running out a single when he pulled up lame. He wanted to stay in the game, but was pulled by manager Bruce Bochy. Crawford was already scheduled to miss the next two game to attend the funeral of his sister-in-law who passed away tragically earlier this month. It appears to be a good sign that Crawford was wanting to stay in the game and he stated after the game that he did not feel a “pop”. Hopefully the time off will be enough for Crawford. In his absence Eduardo Nunez will play shortstop.
Mitch Haniger was forced to leave Tuesday’s game with a with a strained oblique. This is disappointing news because Haniger has been crushing it so far this season. Haniger does have a long track record of injury issues, so this is concerning. If he is forced to hit the DL, this could open up more time for Taylor Motter to play, who still not following me on twitter, now that Jean Segura has returned.
Streaming Pitcher Options
A pitcher for today: Alex Wood vs SF
I love my Giants, but they are running out one of the most embarrassing lineups in the game for a so-called contender. Somehow they have made Drew Stubbs relevant again.
A pitcher for tomorrow: None
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.