Roto Riteup: August 8, 2016

The Olympics were overshadowed by a moment we have all been waiting for and Ichiro getting 3,000 hits.

On the Agenda:

  1. Alex Rodriguez Walks Away?
  2. Ichiro gets to 3,000
  3. Various News and Notes
  4. Streaming Pitcher Options

Alex Rodriguez Walks Away?

On Sunday, the Yankees and A-Rod announced that he would play his final game on August 12th. The 41-year-old is four home runs shy of 700, but has only hit .204/.252/.356 this season. While this appears to be the end of the line for A-Rod, He is owed $20 million next season and could see Babe Ruth’s homerun record of 714 as attainable.

Ichiro gets to 3,000

Ichiro Suzuki became the 30th player in MLB history to get to 3,000 hits on Sunday. The future Hall of Famer became the second oldest player to reach the milestone.

Various News and Notes

Junior Guerra will be scratched from his start on Tuesday with a sore elbow. Manager Craig Counsell said that he could end up on the DL. For the moment Wily Peralta will take his place in the Brewers rotation.

Clayton Kershaw threw for the first time on Sunday. While the Dodgers are not being extremely transparent about the throwing session, this appears to be an encouraging sign that a late season return is possible for the ace.

Steve Pearce was forced out of Sunday’s game due to a flexor issue in his right arm. He would later receive a cortisone shot and is currently listed as day-to-day.

Byron Buxton was optioned back to Triple-A Rochester on Sunday. While he will most likely be back when rosters expand in September, one has to wonder if he will ever be able to capitalize on his tools at the Major League level. He is droppable in all formats.

Streaming Pitcher Options

A pitcher for today: R.A. Dickey vs TB (Jake Odorizzi)

Coming off his best start since the All-Star Break, Dickey gets to play the Tampa Bay Rays who struggle against right-handed pitching.

A pitcher for tomorrow: Wade Miley @ Oak (Zach Neal)

Miley wasn’t great in his first start in an Orioles uniform, but the comfy confines of the Oakland Coliseum and the garbage lineup the A’s are running out there should be enough to endear him to his new teammates.

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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 FriendswithFantasyBenefits.com, 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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drewcorb
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drewcorb

“Byron Buxton was optioned back to Triple-A Rochester on Sunday. While he will most likely be back when rosters expand in September, one has to wonder if he will ever be able to capitalize on his tools at the Major League level.”

Doesn’t that seem a little doom and gloom for a 22 year old with 109 MLB games in his career?

WalterBishop
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WalterBishop

While I would normally agree with you, have you watched any of this guy’s at bats? I don’t think I have ever seen a major league hitter look as bad as Buxton. The only things keeping him at all relevant at this point is his name. He might turn it around someday, but that day looks far off, if ever.

baltic wolf
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baltic wolf

Remember Jackie Bradley Jr. a year ago or two? I saw him playing in a minor league all-star game last year and he looked dreadful there as well.
I’m not saying that Buxton will turn his career around soon or ever, but if he does it won’t be the first time. (Joey Bats will surely agree.)