Roto Riteup: August 13, 2019

Tweet of the weekend from the brilliant minds at Rotowear:


On the Agenda:

  1. The Sleeper and the Bust DFS Contest
  2. Quick Hits
  3. Various News and Notes
  4. Streaming Pitching Options


The Sleeper and the Bust DFS Contest
Every week the Sleeper and the Bust podcast hosts a DFS contest for the podcast. The winner gets a shoutout on the Roto Riteup and on the podcast as well as my and Paul Sporer’s hard earned cash. You can enter this week’s contest here:


Various News and Notes
Following his start in San Francisco on Sunday, Phillies starter Jake Arrieta stated that he doesn’t know if he can continue to pitch with the bone spur in his elbow. Arrieta threw three innings, allowing five runs while striking out five versus the Giants and has thrown a quality start since June 19th. If he is shut down, we would likely see Zach Eflin put back into the rotation or Enyel De Los Santos recalled.

Freddy Galvis was claimed on waivers by the Reds. It is a bit surprising that the Blue Jays not only let him go but that he made it past all the American League teams that had priority in claiming him over the Reds. That being said, Galvis is likely to get full-time at-bats in Cincy and is a nice pick up in NL Only leagues if you missed out on the big purchases that happened after the trade deadline.

Trey Mancini hit a home run in each of the Orioles’ games in their doubleheader. Mancini has quietly put up a very nice season, hitting .279/.343/.542 with 29 home runs. Mancini benefits from a great home park and a team that doesn’t care about his defensive limitations. He could end up being traded in the offseason, but whatever he loses in park factors, he would likely gain in team context.

Aristedes Aquino went one for four with a home run on Monday. Aquino has been amazing since making his Major League debut at the beginning of August. He now has eight home runs in his first 11 games with a .429/.474/1.143. This will obviously can’t keep up, but Aquino is going to get plenty of playing time the rest of the way and the power is legit. He is definitely a sell high candidate, but there is no shame in just riding the hot streak until it goes cold.


Quick Hits
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts stated that Rich Hill is expected to pitch out of the bullpen once he returns from the IL.

Greg Holland signed a minor league contract with the Nationals. Holland was released by the Diamondbacks over the weekend and has already found another chance with Washington. He is unlikely to return to fantasy relevance this season.

Drew Steckenrider is done for the season after undergoing a scope on his elbow.

Nelson Cruz’s injured wrist is not expected to need surgery before the end of the season. This is good news for fantasy owners as it sounds like he should be able to return from the IL before the end of the month.

Michael Chavis was placed on the 10-Day IL with an AC joint injury. He is expected to miss about a month of action.

Jose Martinez was placed on the 10-Day IL with a shoulder injury. Martinez had sounded like he would be fine after some rest, but the Cardinals made the move either way. This sounds like it could be a minimum stay on the IL.

The Red Sox have decided to put Andrew Cashner in the bullpen.

Tommy Pham sat out of Monday’s game with a sore hand. This is a recurrence of an issue that had bothered him last week, so it is something to monitor in case it ends him up on the IL.


Streaming Pitching Options (Less than 50% owned)
Pitcher for Tomorrow: Joe Ross at CIN
Over his last two starts, Ross has struck out eight in 11.2 innings and is a decent play in a thin lower tier.

High Risk Options: Brett Anderson at SF, Yusei Kikuchi at DET, Trevor Williams at LAA.

Pitcher for Tomorrow: None
Not a lot of great safe options, but there are quite a few high risk ones.

High Risk Options: Cal Quantrill vs TB, Gio Gonzalez vs MIN, Kolby Allard at TOR, Sean Reid-Foley vs TEX, Elieser Hernandez vs LAD.

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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Regarding Galvis not being claimed by an AL team, the rule changed so it is based purely on winning percentage (unless there is a tie). MLBTradeRumors did a blurb on it.