Roto Riteup: April 7, 2021

Tyler O’Neill does not like the paparazzi:

On the Agenda: 

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


COVID Issues

As expected, the Nationals placed a ton of players on the IL with undisclosed illnesses. Josh Bell, Kyle Schwaber, Patrick Corbin, Brad Hand, Jordy Mercer, Yan Gomes, Alex Avila, Jon Lester, and Josh Harrison were all placed on the IL and will miss an unknown amount of time. 



Orlando Arcia was traded to the Braves for Chad Sobotka and Patrick Weigel. Apparently the Brewers wanted to bolster their bullpen and Arcia added depth to the Braves bench. Arcia was sent to the alternate site, but that may be a matter of needing him to clear COVID protocols before he joins the teams. 

Rougned Odor was traded to the Yankees for Antonio Cabello and Josh Stowers. This was a surprising move as the Yankees could have just gotten him for free, but the Rangers are picking up a large part of the contract according to Jeff Passan of ESPN. He should be a back up, but if he found his way into playing time, he could be very interesting in New York. Cabello is a very intriguing prospect with plenty of speed and above average power. He is still very young and has not played above rookie ball, but the Rangers were clearly interested in him enough to pay a chunk of Odor’s contract.


Quick Hits

Trevor Rosenthal is seeing a specialist that specializes in thoracic outlet syndrome. This is very scary as it is the injury that derailed Matt Harvey’s and Alex Cobb’s career. Hopefully we have more information soon, but it is clear that Rosenthal is unlikely to return any time soon. 

Lorenzo Cain is currently day-to-day according to manager Craig Counsell with an oblique injury. This means more playing time for Jackie Bradley Jr. and Avisail Garcia. 

Kevin Keirmaier was placed on the IL with a quad strain. There is no timetable for his return. Manuel Margot should be in line for a completely full time role and we could also see more of Yandy Diaz as Meadows plays the outfield more. 

J.D. Davis left Tuesday’s game after being hit on the hand with a pitch. X-rays were negative following the game. Consider him day-to-day at this time. 

James Paxton was removed from his start with an elbow issue. This is very disappointing as Paxton was looking very sharp in his first start of the season. Consider him day-to-day for now, but this sounds like it could be very bad. 


Various News and Notes

Ryan McMahon went 4-for-6 with three home runs versus the Diamondbacks. He is now hitting .444 on the season and is playing regularly. Changed his batting stance and swing in spring and it didn’t seem to be helping much until the season started. He should be picked up in all formats in the event that this change actually means something long term. 

Tyler Naquin hit two home runs in the drubbing of the Pirates. He also had a single in the outing and drove in seven RBIs. It was a career day for Naquin, but it seems unlikely it will translate into a ton more playing time. At this point Naquin needs an injury to grab a role that is fantasy worthy. 

Fernando Tatis Jr. was placed on the IL with his shoulder injury. The Padres stated that they are aiming to have him back in after a minimum stay. This seems ambitious, but apparently surgery isn’t even being considered. This is possibly the best case scenario, but considering he has already been reinjured once, the chances are high that it could happen again. With Tatis out for a bit, Ha-Seong Kim is going to be getting more playing time and could be very interesting if he can hit enough to utilize his speed on the base paths. 


Streaming Pitchers (Under 50% in CBS)

Pitcher for Today: None

Only five pitchers qualify for this section and I would rather not roll with any of them. 


High Risk Options: David Peterson at PHI, Chad Kuhl at CIN, Antonio Senzatela vs ARI.


Pitcher for Tomorrow: None

More options than Wednesday, but not many good ones.


High Risk Options: Jon Gray vs ARI

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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Around 1982, I recall watching a Reds/Pirates game and Omar Moreno destroyed the third base camera lens in the same way. Never forget that, watching live and the damn ball flying into my living room.