Roto Riteup: June 10, 2019

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

 

Various News and Notes
According to manager Mike Schlidt, Adam Wainwright will most likely miss his next start. Wainwright left his start on Sunday with a hamstring injury. While it is not considered serious, he it is obvious that it was more than just a tweak or a precautionary pulling. He is sporting a 21% strikeout rate and a 4.34 ERA so far this season, but the underlying numbers are much worse and he likely shouldn’t be started in most formats anyhow.

Tommy La Stella hit his 15th home run of the season on Sunday. No one in Major League Baseball has benefited more from the juiced ball than La Stella. He has a 20.9% HR/FB percentage which is extremely unsustainable with a league average barrel rate and below average exit velocities and hard hit percentages. Now is the time to sell high on the “breakout.”

Pablo Lopez threw six innings versus the Braves allowing only one run on four hits. Lopez has been fantastic at home this season, posting a 1.78 ERA and over a strikeout an inning in 35.1 innings pitched. Lopez has struggled on the road with walks and home runs, but at home he is protected by the larger park in Miami. He has another home start versus the Pirates up on deck.

Jason Kipnis left Sunday’s game with a hip injury. After the game, Kipnis and manager Tito Franconia said that they thought they caught the issue before it became a serious injury. He is expected to play on Tuesday. Consider him day-to-day for now.

Nathan Eovaldi suffered a setback in his rehab from an elbow injury. Eovaldi experienced bicep soreness and has had his next rehab appearance pushed back. The Red Sox were expecting him to start a minor league rehab schedule this week, but that is likely not going to happen now, but this is being characterized as a minor setback. Those stashing Eovaldi may want to reconsider that decision now.

Yordan Alvarez was brought up from the minor leagues for his Major League debut on Sunday. Alvarez went 1-for-3 with a home run and a walk.

Alvarez is one of the top prospects in the game, hitting .343/.443/.742 with 23 home runs in just 213 at bats in AAA this season. He is likely going to DH everyday and hit in the middle of one of the best lineups in baseball. He should be picked up in all formats.

 

Streaming Pitching Options (Less than 50% owned)
Pitcher for Today: Anibal Sanchez at CHW
Sanchez has been much better as of late and gets a White Sox team that strikes out a fair amount.

High Risk Options: Jason Vargas at NYY

Pitcher for Tomorrow: None

High Risk Options: Trent Thornton at BAL, Felix Pena vs LAD.

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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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https://blogs.fangraphs.com/tommy-la-stella-is-doing-mike-trout-like-things/

What about the 7% K rate? You really think he’ll crater?