Roto Riteup: August 13, 2016

Today’s Roto Riteup loves arms.

On the agenda:
1. Fun with arbitrary endpoints
2. Various News and Notes
3. Streaming Pitcher Options

Fun with arbitrary endpoints

Pitchers: First vs Second Half
IP K BB HR ERA WHIP BABIP
Justin Verlander 1st Half 117.1 120 33 16 4.07 1.13 0.275
2nd Half 43.0 50 10 3 1.67 0.86 0.235
Tom Koehler 1st Half 96.0 75 49 8 4.50 1.56 0.32
2nd Half 31.0 27 9 2 1.74 0.90 0.205
Jameson Taillon 1st Half 28.0 21 5 4 3.86 1.25 0.313
2nd Half 32.0 26 3 3 1.97 0.94 0.261
Jeff Samardzija 1st Half 117.1 90 27 15 3.91 1.18 0.282
2nd Half 29.1 17 12 6 5.52 1.40 0.253
Vince Velasquez 1st Half 78.2 93 26 9 3.32 1.27 0.328
2nd Half 28.2 27 15 5 5.65 1.60 0.338
Stats are through 8/11 | @zvsanders

Various News and Notes
Through two starts, Joe Musgrove has now thrown 14 innings, striking out 13 and walking one. Musgrove was a good starter in the minors, but never this good, so it’s a pleasant surprise. Expect something like a K/9 around seven and a BB/9 around two going forward, which will work wonders if he can keep his homer rate at one or lower.

Ryan Schimpf continues to show off impressive power, hitting his 11th and 12th homers and bringing his slugging percentage to .570. A second baseman, making his MLB debut at 28, with an ISO of .352 and a .347 OBP…what a world.

C.J. Cron is working his way back from an injured hand, and he started rehabbing in AAA last night. Cron was hitting .278 with 11 homers in 77 games before landing on the DL, and he’ll continue to profile as a solid corner infield option when he returns in the middle of next week.

Julio Urias will no longer be starting games for the Dodgers, but he will remain with the big league club in a minor bullpen role. The left-hander, who turned 20 years old yesterday, pitched to a 4.37 ERA as a starter, striking out 50 batters in less than 46 innings of work. Urias will serve as a long reliever from this point forward, likely throwing an average of three or four innings a week instead of a starter’s workload of seven to ten, which should keep him around 130 innings on the year.


Streaming Pitcher Options
If you enjoy streaming pitchers or play DFS, tune into the Roto Riteup for recommendations each and every day.

A pitcher for today: Tyler Anderson at PHI (Jerad Eickhoff)
Some of the magic has worn off Anderson, but he’s still a quality left-hander going up against the league’s worst offense against southpaws.

A pitcher for tomorrow: Wade LeBlanc at OAK (Zach Neal)
LeBlanc has been a surprisingly competent starter, and the A’s aren’t all that competent.

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You want even more fun with arbitrary endpoints? Guess which team has the third highest BA at .271 in the second half of the season? And which team ranks eighth in wOBA at .323 in the second half?

If you guessed the Atlanta Braves, you guessed right!