Roto Riteup: July 2, 2016

Today’s Roto Riteup author wishes MLB Free Agency could mimic that of the NBA: fast, furious, and full of chaos.

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

Various News and Notes
When Zack Greinke left his most recent start with an injury, there was some hope that he’d be back on the mound without missing an outing. Greinke is still dealing with his oblique injury, however, and will miss at least one start, maybe more. The D’Backs are hoping their ace won’t need a DL stint, but at a certain point it becomes a reasonable retroactive move. After a rocky start, Greinke has settled back into rhythm for the most part, so hopefully this doesn’t throw him off.

Michael Fulmer was dominant yesterday against the Rays, striking out 10 over seven innings while allowing just three runners to reach base. Fulmer’s ERA now sits at 2.17 on the year, but his BABIP and LOB% suggest that his 3.52 FIP is a better representation of what he’s bringing to the table. The Tigers have been cautious with Fulmer to this point, but they may not be able to baby him the rest of the way as they fight for a playoff spot.

After being shunned by his club to start the year, Orioles’ outfielder Hyun Soo Kim hit .333 with a pair of homers in the month of June, reaching base 42% of the time he came to the plate. Sure, his BABIP’s a bit high, but his K-rate is excellent and he plays in a great park, so Kim may be a legit on-base threat now and in the future, as he’s only 28 years old.

Amidst endless trade rumors, Julio Teheran allowed five earned — with two homers — in six-plus innings last night against the Miami Marlins, bringing his 2016 ERA to 2.72. As long as he doesn’t kill his value over the next couple weeks, expect Teheran to be moved before the trade deadline.

In his first start with his new club, Bud Norris was sharp for the Dodgers. Norris struck out seven of the first 14 batters he faced, and ended the night with eight Ks over six scoreless. If you haven’t yet, check out Jeff Sullivan’s piece on Norris’ adjustment against lefties.

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: Chad Kuhl at OAK (Rich Hill)
It’s not a great day for finding value, but Kuhl throws hard and the A’s are a bottom-five team against right-handed pitchers.

A pitcher for tomorrow: Chad Green at SDP (Andrew Cashner)
Green struggled in his big league debut as a starter, but the Padres are the worst in the league against righties and Green was successful in the minors.

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Kim seems like a pretty nice fantasy asset. I don’t think he’s a .300 hitter, but he profiles as a Melky Cabrera/prime Nick Markakis type. Those guys don’t push you toward a fantasy title, but they complement those who do.