Roto Riteup: July 6, 2021

This was smooth as silk:


Quick Hits

Sammy Long was placed on the IL with a lower back strain. This came a little out of nowhere as he seemed ok in his last start even if he struggled a bit. There is no timetable for his return. 

Zach Plesac is expected to be activated from the IL on Thursday versus the Royals. He is expected to be on a 60-pitch pitch count for his start. It seems likely the Indians would have waited until after the All Star Break if they didn’t have so many injuries in the rotation, so expect him to have a short leash.  

Robinson Chirinos signed a one year deal with the Cubs on Monday. Chirinos will be the back up for Willson Contreras for the time being with P.J. Higgins, Jose Lobaton, and Austin Romine all on the IL. 

Eddie Rosario left Monday’s game after reinjuring his abdominal strain. Manager Terry Francona stated that he will likely hit the IL due to the injury. With the All Star Break coming, it makes a lot of sense for the team to not push things with him for right now. 

Yasmani Grandal left Monday’s game after reinjuring his calf injury that made him miss games last week. It sounds like he could hit the IL with the All Star Break on the horizon. 

Jaylin Davis left Monday’s game with a hamstring strain. He is expected to undergo further testing on Tuesday. Consider him day-to-day for now. 

Marwin Gonzalez left Monday’s game with a hamstring injury. Consider him day-to-day for now. 


Various News and Notes

Tylor Megill threw five innings in a no-decision versus the Brewers, allowing one run on two hits and two walks while striking out seven. Megill was really impressive throwing his fastball and changeup mostly and producing a 36% CSW on the fastball and a 41% CSW on the changeup.

Megill has been impressive through his first three appearances and is viable in all formats.

Ben Gamel went 3-for-5 with two home runs and six RBIs on Monday in the loss to the Mets.

Gamel is hitting .421 with four home runs over his last six games. He is swinging a hot bat and has a full time role for the time being in Pittsburgh and could be a short term streamer in fantasy with a bit of power and speed.

Max Kepler went 2-for-3 two home runs in the victory over the

Kepler has struggled this season with contact especially compared to his previous few seasons in which he made 90+% in zone contact. He has been unlucky though, with a .226 BABIP and an xBA almost 50 points higher than his .209 average. He is still a decent buy low candidate.


Streaming Pitchers (Under 50% in CBS)

Pitcher for Today: Kelly gets a nice matchup here with the Rockies in Arizona and he has been pitching very well of late. 

High Risk Options: Ryan Weathers vs WAS, Dane Dunning vs DET. 


Pitcher for Tomorrow: Alec Mills vs PHI

Mills has been really good recently, posting a 2.45 ERA over his last three starts with 14 strikeouts in 14.2 innings. 

High Risk Options: Antonio Senzatela at ARI, Brady Singer vs CIN.


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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