Roto Riteup: July 17, 2019

Don’t mess with Albert Pujols:

 

On the Agenda:
1. Various News and Notes
2. Quick Hits
3. Streaming Pitching Options

 

Various News and Notes
Kyle Schwardber hit a walk off home run versus the Reds on Tuesday night. Schwarber has homered in three straight games now and appears to be starting a hot streak. He is in the 98th percentile of the league in hard hit percentage and exit velocity and his xBA shows he has been unlucky in the batting average department. This is a good time to buy.

Alex Young allowed one run over 5.1 innings pitched versus the Rangers. Young has been fantastic in his brief MLB career, but it is hard to buy into what he is doing. He doesn’t have overpowering stuff and he has a history of struggling with walks and gives up too much hard contact. It is a matter of time before regression sets in.

Keston Hiura reached base five times on Tuesday night, including a home run in the victory over the Braves. Hiura is now hitting .317/.383/.592 with nine home runs and five stolen bases in just 133 plate appearances. He is striking out a bunch right now, so there likely is going to be some regression, but with how successful the bottom line has been, it’s hard for him to not be so aggressive. With Travis Shaw in the minors, there is no reason that Hiura won’t play full-time even if this hot streak turns cold.

Garrett Cooper went 2-for-3 with a home run in the Marlins victory over the Padres on Tuesday. Cooper is now hitting .315/.389/.520 with 11 home runs in just 226 plate appearances. He has been one of the few bright spots for the Marlins this year and it doesn’t appear to be overly fluky. It’ll be interesting to see if Cooper’s name becomes a part of trade discussions over the next couple of weeks as a move to a better team and home park could be amazing for the 28-year-old.

 

Quick Hits
Adalberto Mondesi left Tuesday’s game with a shoulder injury after making a diving play versus the White Sox. He is expected to get an MRI today to see the extent of the injury.

Eloy Jimenez left Tuesday’s game after a “collision” in the outfield with Charlie Tilson. The contact Tilson made with Jimenez didn’t seem bad at the time, but he was in obvious pain immediately and the White Sox have already made the decision to place him on the 10-Day IL.

Kenley Jansen is dealing with a bruised ankle following being hit with a comebacker during his outing on Tuesday. Jansen stayed in the game only to blow the save. Consider him day-to-day at this time.

Brendan Rodgers had season-ending shoulder surgery on Tuesday.

Jay Bruce is expected to hit the 10-Day IL after being diagnosed with a strained oblique.

Byron Buxton was placed on the 7-Day concussion IL. There is no timetable for his return.

Erick Fedde is expected to join the Nationals to make a start on Wednesday versus the Orioles.

Matt Carpenter was placed on the 10-Day IL with a foot contusion.

Hunter Pence was activated from the 10-Day IL. Willie Calhoun was optioned in the corresponding move.

 

Streaming Pitching Options (Less than 50% owned)
Pitcher for Today: Daniel Ponce de Leon vs PIT
Ponce de Leon has been fantastic as of late and gets a lackluster Pirates team at home.

High Risk Options: Trevor Richards vs SD, Spencer Turnbull vs CLE,

Pitcher for Tomorrow: Brad Keller vs CHW
Keller has been pitching well as of late and gets a White Sox team without one of it’s best bats in Eloy Jimenez.

High Risk Options: None

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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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Pirates Hurdles
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“Lackluster Pirates” for like the 10th time, ugh. They have the 6th best wRC+ in the NL this year and have scored the 2nd most runs in the NL since June 1st.

Bradleycs1
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4th place in the NL Central where they will finish due to their lackluster on-field product and lackluster front office.

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Pirates Hurdles

which has absolutely nothing to do with targeting them in SP fantasy matchups.

HappyFunBall
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6th out of 15 is not really a heck of a lot of luster. It’s not bad, by any stretch, but nothing to be all braggy about.

Pirates Hurdles
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Its above average, not exactly a team I would consistently target for matchup plays

Anon
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wRC+ is park adjusted. Fantasy baseball is not. The Pirates are 9th in the NL in straight wOBA and 18th in the entire majors. Below average. Mediocre. Dare I say it – lackluster.

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How’d that spot start work out for ya?