Roto Riteup: August 24, 2015

Today’s Roto Riteup author is relatively certain that Jon Stewart could be the next Mayor of New York if he keeps up the bold campaign moves he showed last night.

On today’s agenda:
1. Fun with arbitrary endpoints
2. Various news and notes
3. Streaming Pitcher Options

Fun with arbitrary endpoints
All stats are for the second half of the season — as defined by our leaderboards — through Saturday.

Curtis Granderson: 155 PA, .289/.368/.563; 9 HR, 5 SB, .333 BABIP
Kolten Wong: 142 PA, .198/.261/.260, .222 BABIP
Brandon Belt: 146 PA, .266/.349/.492, .317 BABIP
Carlos Gomez: 128 PA, .186/.276/.248, .238 BABIP
David Ortiz: 144 PA, .352/.431/.697, .333 BABIP
Anthony Gose: 112 PA, .180/.261/.290, .270 BABIP
Ian Desmond: 136 PA, .276/.341/.520, .338 BABIP; 8 HR, 6 SB
Jhonny Peralta: 129 PA, .248/.295/.372, .284 BABIP

Various news and notes

Logan Verrett tossed a bit of gem in Colorado yesterday, striking out eight over eight innings of work, allowing just one earned on a solo homer. The Mets don’t need more starters, but having capable arm arounds is always a plus. Verrett will go to the minors now while he rests, but should return to the bullpen later this week.

J.J. Hardy is headed to the DL with a groin injury, an injury he’s been trying to work through over the past few days. One hopes that Hardy will miss just the minimum 15 days.

Kendall Graveman was pulled during yesterday’s start after hurting his oblique, an injury that will land him on the disabled list and potentially end his season. After dealing away Scott Kazmir, the A’s rotation is a tad thin, but I’d expect Aaron Brooks to move into the rotation, or possibly Brad Mills if the club doesn’t care about being competitive. If that was Graveman’s last outing, he’ll end the season with a 4.05 ERA over 21 starts.

Michael Conforto’s big league line is now up to .258/.356/.484 in 73 plate appearances. With Lucas Duda going down with a back injury, Conforto should have a clearer path to ABs.

Matt Wisler was absolutely crushed by the Cubs yesterday, giving up four big dongers and failing to make it out of the third inning. Wisler’s ERA is now up to 5.43, and his K/9 is below 6.0.

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: Tom Koehler vs PIT (J.A. Happ)
Koehler should enjoy some home cookin’ against Happ and the Buccos.

A pitcher for tomorrow: Alex Wood at CIN (John Lamb)
I’m generally not in love with Wood in a hitters park, but he’ll only need to worry about two right-handed batters who can hurt him.

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baltic wolf
baltic wolf

12 team mixed points league. 2 extra points for quality starts. 7 pts./win, -5 pts./loss.

Whom do you like better ROS? Hutchison, Kelly or Shoemaker? 10 start limit per week (soft). Thanks.

baltic wolf
baltic wolf

Correction: 11 start limit per week soft—if we only use 10 starts through Saturday, we can start as many as we like on Sunday.