Roto Riteup: April 27, 2021

This was a rough day for Rockies fans

On the Agenda: 

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


Closer Chaos

Josh Staumont got his second save of the season versus the Tigers on Monday. Greg Holland pitched the eighth inning in the victory. This seems like it has turned into a very fluid situation that will likely continue to change hands throughout the season, but Staumont has the best upside of all the options and should be grabbed in all formats. 

Alex Colome blew the save in the 10th inning giving up a two-run shot to Jordan Luplow on the third pitch of the inning. Colome has really struggled, but the Twins keep going back to him. That won’t last long and Taylor Rodgers appears to be next man up. 


Quick Hits

Byron Buxton did not play on Monday due to a knee issue. Buxton has been dealing with patella tendonitis according to manager Rocco Baldelli all season which is a bit concerning considering Buxton’s injury history. However, he has been fantastic this season and while it is never good to hear a player is dealing with something, it hasn’t slowed him down as of yet and the injury risk was baked into the price. Consider him day-to-day for now, but also keep in mind he may be held out from time to time if this doesn’t get better. 

Mike Yastrzemski is dealing with an oblique injury. The Giants have characterized it as minor and are hoping he can return after 5-6 days, so they are not placing him on the IL as of yet. This is concerning because these injuries often linger and can be re-injured pretty easily. 

Freddy Galvis left Monday’s game with a groin injury. According to manager Brandon Hyde, he felt better after the game, so that is a good sign. Consider him day-to-day at this time. 

Miguel Rojas left Monday’s game with an elbow injury. He is expected to undergo testing on Tuesday. Consider him day-to-day for now. 

Shoehi Ohtani left Monday’s start with a blister issue. It is being characterized as a “hot spot” and sounds like it was more precautionary than anything else. It shouldn’t affect his hitting, so that is good news. Consider him day-to-day as a pitcher. 


Various News and Notes

Adam Wainwright threw a complete game, allowing two runs on six hits, while striking out eight. Wainwright allowed two solo shots to Rhys Hoskins, but was otherwise great. Since his first start when he got blown up in Cincinnati, he has gone at least five innings and not given up more than three earned runs in any individual start. He has a nice matchup versus the Pirates this weekend and should be rostered in all formats for the time being. 

Cedric Mullins hit two home runs in the victory over the Yankees on Monday. Mullins also added a double in his five plate appearances. He is hitting .361/.419/.576 on the season and leading off for the Orioles. The power surge won’t continue at this rate, but he is establishing himself as the lead off hitter in a decent lineup and he should steal a fair amount of bases. Consider this the beginning of my Victory Lap!

Trevor Rogers threw six scoreless innings, allowing six hits and no walks while striking out seven in the victory over the Brewers. Rogers was just a bit more impressive than the Brewers were pitiful, but he out-dueled Corbin Burnes and was able to make hitters look foolish. The most impressive part was that he didn’t walk anyone which can be his biggest issue. He is the biggest surprise of 2021 and looking like an ace right now. 


Streaming Pitchers (Under 50% in CBS)

Pitcher for Today: 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


Pitcher for Tomorrow: J.A. Happ at CLE

I don’t love guys coming off of huge games, but he is my favorite guy on this slate along with Cobb. 

High Risk Options: Alex Cobb at TEX, Mitch Keller vs KC, Nick Pivetta at NYM


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” but I may add them at some point. 

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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Hi, don’t think Antone actually got a save. I thought it was interesting though that Sims came into pitch in the 6th – with Garrett queued up to face Seager if necessary, and Antone coming in after those 2.


Ya he got the dub after Garett blew the save