Roto Riteup: July 3, 2024

I have had nights like these:


On the Agenda: 

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


Quick Hits

Jordan Montgomery was placed on the IL with an ankle injury. There is no timetable for his return. 

Royce Lewis left Tuesday’s game with groin tightness. Consider him day-to-day for now. 


Various News and Notes

DJ Herz threw 5.2 innings and allowed one run on five hits and no walks while striking out 10 in the loss to the Mets on Tuesday. 

Hertz was fantastic in the outing, getting a 42% CSW on the fastball and a 45% CSW on the cutter. The stuff is not in question, but he does struggle with his command at times which leads to home runs. If he can learn to harness his stuff consistently, then he could have a true breakout.

Michael Mercado threw five innings, allowing one run on two hits and two walks while striking out four in the victory over the Cubs on Tuesday.

Mercado was good in the outing, getting a 38% whiff rate on his cutter, but he wasn’t overwhelming for most part. This was his Major League debut for the rookie and the fact he held his own was impressive, but he has struggled in the minors with command and control which doesn’t inspire a ton of confidence. He is someone to put on your watch list, but I wouldn’t be running to pick him up outside of deeper formats.

Spencer Horwitz went 1-for-4 with a home run in the victory over the Astros on Tuesday.

Horwitz has been great since his callup, hitting .302/.436/.492 with three home runs in 78 plate appearances. More importantly, he has hit no lower than third in any of his starts since being called up because of his amazing plate skills. The combination of these things give him the opportunity to rack up a ton of runs scored at the top of the Blue Jays lineup.


Streaming Pitchers (Under 50% in CBS)

Pitcher for Today:  None

Some intriguing high risk options, but none that I trust.

High Risk Options: Dean Kremer at SEA, Miles Mikolas at PIT, David Festa vs DET, Davis Daniel at OAK, Trevor Rogers vs BOS, Joey Estes vs LAA. 


Pitcher for Tomorrow: Landon Knack vs ARI

Knack has pitched well for the Dodgers and gets a Diamondbacks team I am not afraid to stream against. 

High Risk Options: Frankie Montas at NYY, Alec Marsh at TB, Jose Quintana at WAS, JP Sears vs LAA.  

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 my 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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CarMars Favoritemember
8 days ago

Is this the last Roto Riteup? Should we say a prayer?