Roto Riteup: April 26, 2018

This is how I looked celebrating my sobriety birthday yesterday:

On the Agenda:
1. Door Matz
2. Various News and Notes
3. Streaming Pitchers


Door Matz
According to manager Mickey Callaway, there is no guarantee that Steven Matz will make his next start. Matz has struggled this year, in large part due to the home run ball and not being able to get deep into games. In his last start he really struggled to stay out of long counts and at bats, only registering a 46.7% first strike rate. If he loses his rotation spot, he could have a hard time getting it back as the Mets do have other options. He is droppable in most mixed league formats.


Various News and Notes
Eric Thames has been placed on the 10-Day DL with a torn ligament in his thumb. Thames will likely miss 2-3 months with the torn ligament. The loss of Thames will clear up some of the logjam the Brewers have experienced on their roster, allowing Ryan Braun to the larger majority of at bats at first base and giving Domingo Santana back full time at bats in the outfield.

Andrew Miller was removed from Wednesday’s game with a hamstring injury. He appeared to be in a fair amount of pain when he injured himself, but following the game, manager Terry Francona stated that it was just tightness and it does not appear to be a serious injury. However, he will undergo an MRI on Thursday. Consider him day-to-day at this time.

Tommy Pham left Wednesday’s game with a head laceration. Supposedly, the injury happened prior to the game, but bothered him while playing. After the game, he stated that it was not a big deal, but could affect any post career aspirations to model. The Cardinals were very quick to point out that it was an “accidental head laceration.”


Streaming Pitchers Options
A pitcher for today: None
Love me some Kyle Gibson, but not at NY.

A pitcher for tomorrow: Mike Minor @ TOR
I don’t love this pick, but it is the best of the options and Mino has been decent to start the season.

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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, 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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With Santana struggling Jesus Aguilar may be the main beneficiary of the Thames injury.

Not sure of the book on Aguilar but the results so far in 2018 have been good, including a massive drop in his strikeout rate.


He was being used as a Lefty-Killer a la Steve Pearce. Both are off to great starts