Roto Riteup: August 21, 2016

The Mariners are winning baseball games, and this Roto Riteup author is happy about that.

On the agenda:
1. Various News and Notes
2. Streaming Pitcher Options

Various News and Notes
Yulieski Gurriel is making his way to the bigs, and will debut on the 25-man today for the Astros. Gurriel will likely play either third base or left field, with Alex Bregman handling the other position. Gurriel didn’t light the world ablaze in his brief time in the minors, but he did collect some extra-base hits and the club feels he’s at least physically ready to play down the stretch. He’s certainly worth a shot in standard leagues, but don’t be surprised if he can’t deliver.

C.J. Cron is back for the Angels after missing a month-and-a-half with a broken hand. Cron didn’t do so great in his six rehab games, but it’s six games, so it’s probably not reading into. Cron has significantly cut his strikeout rate this year, though it hasn’t come from any noticeable improvement in contact skills, so a move back towards the 20% mark the rest of the way wouldn’t be a surprise.

Adalberto Mejia made his MLB debut for the Twins yesterday, pitching in relief of Hector Santiago. The left-handed starter gave up a pair of earned runs in two-plus innings of work against the Royals, walking one while not recording a strikeout. Mejia, who was acquired near the deadline in exchange for Eduardo Nunez, has put together excellent K/BB rates in the minors, though there is some question how his strikeout rate will play in the majors. The 23-year-old was sent back down immediately following the game to get the Twins a fresh arm, but expect he’ll be back soon after his 10 days are up.

Josh Bell has been recalled by the Pirates, and this time he may be up for good. Bell was previously promoted to serve as a pinch-hitter for a few games earlier this year, but the Pirates would be wise to let the man play and see what he’s got. Bell has cruised through AAA pitching over the last two seasons, and while he hasn’t quite displayed above-average power yet, he still projects to be an all-around quality first baseman.


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: Ariel Miranda vs MIL (Matt Garza)
Miranda’s had one solid start and one below-average start since coming to the Mariners, but the Brewers are not so good.

A pitcher for tomorrow: Andrew Triggs vs CLE (Carlos Carrasco)
Triggs is still stretching out a bit, but he was up to 75 pitches last game.

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Zach is the creator and co-author of RotoGraphs' Roto Riteup series, and RotoGraphs' second-longest tenured writer. You can follow him on twitter.

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Is Bullpen Report done? A simple heads up or acknowledgement would be nice! Going from almost every day to never is a bit abrupt…