Roto Riteup: April 26, 2021

This may be my favorite tweet so far this season:

On the Agenda: 

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


Closer Chaos

Rafael Dolis recorded the save for the Blue Jays victory over the Rays on Sunday. This was Dolis’ second save in three days. Jordan Romano returned on Saturday and wasn’t very good so the Blue Jays turned to Dolis on Sunday. I think this situation is still up in the air, but it appears that Dolis may be ahead at this point. 


Quick Hits

Hyun-Jin Ryu was removed from Sunday’s game with a glute strain. The injury was characterized as minor, so it does not appear to be serious at this time. Consider him day-to-day for now. 

Trea Turner was forced out of the game versus the Mets after being hit by a pitch on the elbow. Turner initially stayed in the game before exiting a couple of innings later. X-rays came back negative after the game, so it appears he has avoided serious injury. 

Jonathan India left Sunday’s game after being hit in the head with a pitch. This was scary, but he appeared to shake it off and want to stay in. He was removed as a precaution, but manager David Bell stated he passed concussion protocol. Consider him day-to-day for now because concussion symptoms can appear hours after the initial head injury. 


Various News and Notes

Kole Calhoun went 2-for-3 with a home run in the victory over the Braves. Calhoun actually almost went yard in his first at bat, but it ended up just being a single. Calhoun started his season slow after coming back from injury, but he appears to be turning things around and has hit second most of the in all but two of his games so far this season. 

Austin Hays went 2-for-3 with two home runs versus the A’s on Sunday. He was able to take advantage of Jesus Luzardo, who missed badly on one pitch in the second and another one in the fourth. Hays is a former prospect of note and is now healthy and should be rostered in most formats. 

Tyler O’Neill went 2-for-3 with two home runs versus the Reds. O’Neill took two pitches at the bottom of the zone deep against Luis Castillo. O’Neill has always had pop, but making consistent contact has always been the issue. I hope he figures it out at some point, but  so far his contact hasn’t been much better than during the course of his career which doesn’t give me a ton of confidence. 

Madison Bumgarner threw a seven inning no-hitter versus the Braves on Sunday in the second game of the doubleheader. MLB is still figuring out whether this will be an official no-hitter, which is silly. Bumgarner was good in the outing, but Atlanta made it easier on them than they should have, swinging at some bad pitches and not making him pay for mistakes in the zone. He has a decent schedule coming up, so he may be worth streaming, but he has a fair amount of risk. 


Streaming Pitchers (Under 50% in CBS)

Pitcher for Today: Deivi Garcia vs at BAL

Garcia is a former top pitching prospect in a good matchup. I do question how deep into the game he will go, so for QS leagues, he may not be the best option.

High Risk Options: Austin Gomber at SF


Pitcher for Tomorrow: Jakob Junis at PIT

I know he wasn’t great last time out, but Pittsburgh is almost always worth streaming against. 

High Risk Options: Aaron Sanchez vs COL, Adrian Houser vs MIA, Jeff Hoffman at LAD, Garrett Richards at NYM

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I’ve been on the stream against the Pirates train as much as the next guy, but they’ve actually been scoring a decent amount of runs lately (6th in NL over the last 2 weeks and are 6-4 over their last 10). I don’t know how they are doing it, since that lineup is a dumpster fire (and the pitching staff is even worse), but I might hold off on the auto stream vs. Pirates until they inevitably come crashing back to reality.


They’re 21st in R/G for the season and 17th in total runs over the last 14 days (not going to figure R/G for that one). They are projected for the fewest runs over the rest of the season and are a bad team in a pitcher’s park.

Stream away.

EDIT*** The Yankees and Twins are 29th and 30th in runs over the last 2 weeks and nobody is racing out to stream those 2. . . .


No kidding they are projected for the fewest runs, their line-up is terrible. I’m sure that regression to the mean will hit them hard, likely soon. All that I’m saying is that over the past couple of weeks they are a roughly league average offense and you may want to think twice about blindly streaming any random SP off the waiver wire. I mean Junis has an xERA of 6.04, and got blew up in his last start.

I’m not saying don’t stream against the Pirates, I just don’t think you can do it blindly, right now. They are bad, but not the 2019 Tigers level of bad on offense.

Why wouldn’t you stream against the Twins right now? Their line-up is a mess due to COVID.