Roto Riteup: July 11, 2022

I always love seeing this:


On the Agenda: 

  1. Trades! 
  2. Quick Hits
  3. Various News and Notes
  4. Streaming Pitchers



Robinson Cano was traded from the Padres to the Braves on Sunday. Cano has been in the minors because he struggled mightily with the Major League club earlier this season. With the Braves missing Ozzie Albies, he could provide them some depth at second base as he is expected to arrive with the big league club as early as Monday. 


Quick Hits

Jeffrey Springs was placed on the IL with leg tightness. This kind of came out of nowhere, so it feels a lot like load management. Springs has been great this season since moving into the rotation, but at this point he is just one inning short of his entire inning total from last season. I would expect him to return after the All Star Break. 

Wander Franco was placed on the IL with a wrist injury. Reports have pointed to a broken hamate bone which would mean he would likely miss 4-8 weeks and most players struggle to regain power immediately when returning from injury. He is droppable in most formats if this is the case. 

Jon Heasley was placed on the IL with shoulder soreness. There is no timetable for his return. 

Kevin Kiermaier was placed on the IL hip inflammation. There is no timetable for his return. 

Starling Marte is expected to be placed on the IL with a hamstring injury. He reportedly has a clean MRI, so this sounds like a preventive measure prior to the All Star Break. 

James McCann was placed on the IL with an oblique strain. Typically these injuries take 4-6 weeks to return from. 

Yordan Alvarez was placed on the IL with a hand issue. There is no timetable for his return and he is expected to see a specialist on Monday. 

George Kirby was optioned to AAA on Sunday. This is load management and he is expected to return to the Mariners after the All Star Break. 

Whit Merrifield is expected to hit the IL on Monday with toe discomfort after leaving Sunday’s game. He is expected to undergo an MRI for further evaluation. The Royals are expected to call up Maikel Garcia to take Merrifield’s spot on the roster. 

Bryan Reynolds left Sunday’s game with side soreness. This sounds like the dreaded oblique injury, but it sounds like he may have avoided serious injury. Consider him day-to-day for now. 

Forrest Whitley left his start in AAA with shoulder soreness. This is disappointing news for the former top prospect because he was pitching well and there was some excitement brewing that he could reach the Majors at some point. 


Various News and Notes

Gavin Sheets 2-for-3 with a home run in the victory over the Tigers.

Sheets is hitting .366 with two home runs in the month of July, but even more importantly he is playing everyday right now. He will come back to earth at some point and when he does, he will lose playing time, but he is worth riding the hot streak for the time being.

Jake Odorizzi threw seven scoreless innings versus the A’s, allowing just four hits and a walk while striking out seven in the victory over the Athletics.

In spite of the fantastic numbers, Odorizzi wasn’t overly impressive, sporting a sub-30% CSW on all of his pitches. This was more about how awful the A’s are and looked on this particular Sunday. It is good to see he is back and healthy, but I am not buying into him being back to form yet.

Alex Wood threw seven scoreless innings, allowing just three hits and a walk, while striking out eight in the victory over the Padres.

Wood was fantastic and actually had a no hitter going into the sixth inning. Wood has gotten unlucky in the BABIP and strand rate departments this season, so it is nice to see this outing. He could have a really nice second half and he would be a decent buy low still with his ERA still being just 4.43 even after this outing.

Wilmer Flores went 4-for-6 with two home runs in the victory over the Padres.

With the Giants missing both Evan Longoria and Tommy La Stella, Flores has a much clearer path to playing time. He has typically been a short side platoon bat, but he actually hit better against right handers than lefties this season and showed pretty good power against them as well. He is an interesting multi-position eligible player in deeper formats.


Streaming Pitchers (Under 50% in CBS)

Pitcher for Today: None 

A few interesting high risk options, but none I feel really comfortable with. 

High Risk Options: Brayan Bello at TB, Brad Keller vs DET, Michael Pineda at KC, Mitch Keller at MIA, Daniel Lynch vs DET, Alex Faedo at KC, Spencer Howard vs OAK. 


Pitcher for Tomorrow:  Josh Winder vs MIL

Winder has pitched well this year and I am not overly worried about the Brewers lineup. 

High Risk Options: Jordan Lyles at CHC, Mitch White at STL, Roansy Contreras at MIA, Matthew Liberatore vs LAD, Glenn Otto vs OAK, Kames Kaprelian at TEX, Daniel Castano vs PIT.


For those of you that would like to see how these picks play out, I have a doc I put together to track the stats from the recommended pitchers. It does not include the “High Risk Options.”

Justin is the co-host on The Sleeper and The Bust Podcast and writes for Rotographs covering the Roto Riteup as well as other periodic articles. In addition to his work at Rotographs, Justin is the lead fantasy writer/analyst and co-owner for, and the owner of The Great Fantasy Baseball Invitational. He is also a certified addiction treatment counselor. Follow Justin on Twitter @JustinMasonFWFB.

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1 year ago

Thanks for the O’s highlights in the note about Alex Wood