Roto Riteup: August 15, 2017

Yeah… the four man outfield doesn’t work for my slow pitch softball team either…


On the Agenda:

1. #TogetherForBettis

2. Various News and Notes

3. Streaming Pitcher Options



Chad Bettis made his season debut for the Rockies on Monday, posting seven strong innings and striking out two while issuing no walks. While Bettis doesn’t have much fantasy appeal, his story is one to watch.



Various News and Notes


The Astros placed catcher Brian McCann on the DL with knee soreness. With Evan Gattis currently on the 7-day DL with a concussion, the Astros are down to Max Stassi and Juan Centeno at the position. There is no current timetable for McCann’s return, but with Houston’s lead in the AL West, it would not be surprising to a cautious approach with his return.

Robbie Ray is scheduled to make a rehab start as he works his way back from a comebacker that hit him in the head. Ray got through a simulated game with no issues, so he will start on Thursday for High-A Visalia according to Diamondabacks manager Torey Lovullo.

According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Matt Adams will not start in the outfield for any of the Braves games while in Colorado. Adams has struggled mightily since the All-Star break posting a .203 average with two home runs. He is probably droppable in most formats outside of NL Only. Danny Santana figures to get the bulk of time in left field during this series and could be a cheap DFS option over the next few days.

Devin Mesoraco left Monday’s game after being hit on his foot with a pitch. X-rays later revealed that he suffered a small fracture in his left foot that will send him to the DL and could possibly end his season. Mesoraco has hit .3213/.321/.390 with six home runs in 165 plate appearances this season and has not been able to play 60 games in a year since 2014 due to a multitude of injuries.

According to Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register, Andrew Heaney could return this weekend for their upcoming series in Baltimore. Heaney, who is working his way back from Tommy John Surgery, has thrown 27.2 innings between AAA and rookie ball. In those rehab starts he has walked only five batters and struck out 29. Heaney is a sneaky pick up in deeper formats, especially if he was dropped in keeper/dynasty leagues.

Angel Hernandez tossed Ian Kinsler in what may be one of the worst ejections Hernandez has done this month:

Kinsler had some choice words on the previous pitch which appeared to be low, but was called a strike, which may have prompted the Ump Show. Either way, it was pretty ridiculous.



Streaming Pitcher Options

A pitcher for today: Tyler Skaggs @ WAS

This is a risky play, but Skaggs has looked pretty good in his return and gets a Washington squad without their best player.

A pitcher for tomorrow: Ubaldo Jimenez vs. SEA

Over his last four starts, Ubaldo has a 2.63 ERA with 12 strikeouts per nine innings. He gets the struggling Mariners who have lost five straight.

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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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Melvin Hendrix
Melvin Hendrix

Fernandez is no angel. This latest fiasco should prompt MLB management to rein the umpires in, but probably won’t. It begs the question: What are the umpires using to blackmail MLB?


Nothing in particular. But it’s a union job and Angel has friends.