Roto Riteup: June 2, 2021

What can’t this guy do?!?

On the Agenda:

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


Quick Hits

Ramon Laureano was placed on the IL with a hip strain. The move is retroactive to May 28th. There is no timetable for his return. 

Kyle Lewis was placed on the 10-Day IL with a tear in the meniscus of his right knee. This will likely cause him to miss considerable time depending on whether or not he will need surgery to repair it.

Mitch Garver left Tuesday’s game with a groin contusion. This was a painful looking injury and Garver was on the ground for a long time and appeared to be in a ton of pain.

Garver was in the midst of a hot streak so this is disappointing. Consider him day-to-day for now.


Stephen Strasburg left Tuesday’s game with a trapezius injury. This was a bit strange because he was hit with a comebacker earlier in the outing on his wrist, but that isn’t why he was pulled. His velocity was down during the inning, so that may have been a sign things were not right. He is expected to undergo further testing on Wednesday. 


Fernando Tatis Jr. left Tuesday’s game with an oblique issue. The Padres are characterizing the removal as precautionary. Consider him day-to-day for now. 


Mike Yastrezemski left Tuesday’s game with a thumb injury. Yaz injured the thumb attempting to make a leaping catch into the wall and he awkwardly jammed his glove hand into the wall.

He was in clear pain afterwards, but stayed in the game initially before being removed. X-rays after the game were negative, so it sounds like he may have avoided serious injury.


Jack Flaherty was placed on the IL with an oblique strain. This is a bit concerning because reports are that this is a significant strain. There is no current timetable for his return. 


Various News and Notes

Robbie Ray threw six innings in the victory over the Marlins, allowing just one run on six hits and two walks while striking out nine. Ray was impressive again in this one, throwing 64 of his 96 pitches for strikes and most importantly, executing well within the zone. He also was great getting Marlins to chase his slider as seen here:

He has been excellent this season, sporting a career low walk rate while still striking out 28% of the batters faced. He still struggles with homers, but if he can continue to not walk guys, that won’t be as big of an issue for him.

Patrick Wisdom went 2-for-4 with a home run in the victory over the Padres.

Wisdom is filling in for the injured Matt Duffy and has been red hot. He is now hitting .474/.500/1.158 with four home runs and a stolen base in just 20 plate appearances. There has never been much doubt about his power, but he struggles with contact. He is hot right now, so he isn’t a bad stream, but get ready to hop off the train once regression catches up with him.


Andrew Heaney threw 6.1 innings versus the Giants allowing just one run on five hits and a walk, while striking out seven. Heaney was really impressive especially considering how small the strike zone was for both starters. When Heaney is commanding within the zone, he is really great, but he struggles with consistency. He has been dropped in a number of leagues and he is definitely worth picking up with the Royals next on the docket. 

Jonathan Schoop went 3-for-5 with two home runs and a double in the victory over the Tigers.

Schoop struggled to start the season, but has been hot over the last three weeks, hitting .345 with five home runs. He has been dropped in a lot of leagues, but he has gotten back on track and should be rostered in most formats.


Streaming Pitchers (Under 50% in CBS)

Pitcher for Today: None

Lots of high risk options, but none that I was willing to pull the trigger on.


High Risk Options: Carlos Martinez at LAD, Drew Smyly vs WAS, Spencer Howard at CIN, Randy Dobnak at BAL.


Pitcher for Tomorrow: Kris Bubic vs MIN

Bubic has been great so far and is facing a struggling Twins team. 


High Risk Options:  Griffin Canning vs SEA, Jake Odorizzi vs BOS, Tyler Anderson vs MIA, Cody Poteet at PIT, Ryan Yarbrough at NYY. 


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” but I may add them at some point. 

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We should learn how to cut through team injury propaganda.

First thing: There is no such thing as “removed for precautionary reasons”. A “precaution” is something done to prevent something else from happening. But in Tatis’ case, Tatis was already feeling the injury, so the damage was done; he was removed after the injury happened. Why do clubs say things like this? Ticket sales, marketing, who knows.

Second thing: “Tightness” is used by players/clubs to describe an injury, but what is actually being described is a Strain, either to muscle(s) or tendon(s). Generally, most Strains – even mild (G1) ones – require an IL stint to fully heal. Hammy, quad, calf, Lat, groin, Oblique… it’s rare to suffer any of these injuries and recover in fewer than 10-14 days. Oblique injuries, specifically, are more like 2-3 weeks minimum recovery for a G1, and several months for a G2.

We might get a “Tatis is getting a precautionary MRI” statement from the Padres in coming days (Again, there is no such thing as a “precautionary” MRI). I’d fully expect him to hit the shelf for at least a few weeks.

Best guesses for injured dudes:
Flaherty – Sounds like a G2 oblique/lat Strain… Returns Post All-Star Break.
Yaz – Stupidly jumped into a brick wall, sounds like a G1 thumb ligament Sprain. Returns mid/late June (dependent on ability to grip a bat).
Stras – G1/G2 Trap strain. Returns late June.
Laureano – G1 Hip Strain. Returns late June.