Roto Riteup: June 11, 2021

My boss when I put in a vacation request

On the Agenda:
1. Trade!!!
2. COVID Issues
3. Quick Hits
4. Various News and Notes
5. Streaming Pitchers

Jake Bauers was acquired by the Mariners for a player to be named later. Bauers has struggled mightily but is a former prospect of note and just 25-years-old. He should get an opportunity to play in Seattle and is worth monitoring in deeper formats.


COVID Issues
Chase Anderson was placed on the COVID IL. This is a bit strange considering Anderson just came off of the COVID IL on Tuesday after only being on it for a couple of days.


Quick Hits
Travis Shaw was placed on the IL with a dislocated elbow. Shaw injured himself on Tuesday during this play:

He is expected to miss considerable time due to the injury and can be dropped in all formats.

Nick Madrigal was placed on the 60-Day IL with a hamstring tear. This is clearly a significant injury and there is talk that he may need season ending surgery. Madrigal can be dropped in all redraft formats.

Alex Kirilloff left Thursday’s game with an ankle injury. The issue is being characterized as a low-grade sprain, so hopefully he won’t miss too much time.

According to manager Aaron Boone, Giancarlo Stanton will not play the outfield this weekend in Philadelphia. Stanton has been extremely hot recently, but the Yankees won’t risk him getting hurt again. He should be benched wherever you can for the weekend series.

Various News and Notes
Jorge Soler went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run versus the Athletics on Thursday.

Soler has struggled this season, but he has started to show signs of life over the last week with two home runs. Soler has a ton of power in his bat, but has gotten unlucky in spite of great exit velocity and barrel numbers. Hopefully this is the beginning of a hot streak.

Mike Minor threw seven innings versus the A’s, allowing just one run on three hits and a walk while striking out 8. Minor and Frankie Montas were having a pitcher’s duel until Montas blew up a bit in the seventh inning. Minor pitched really well in spite of working with reduced velocity. He had 18 swinging strikes and was able to get a lot of called strike calls on the corners. I don’t know that I would buy on him right now, but in good matchups, he is back to being a streamer.


Streaming Pitchers (Under 50% in CBS)

Pitcher for Today: None

There are a few high risk options, but none I am super confident in.

High Risk Options: Garrett Richards vs TOR, Brady Singer at OAK, Keegan Akin at TB. 


Pitcher for Tomorrow: Alex Cobb at ARI

Cobb has been very good lately and is facing a struggling Diamondbacks offense in Arizona. 

High Risk Options: Caleb Smith vs LAA, John Gant at CHC, Jackson Kowar at OAK, Josh Fleming vs BAL. 


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.

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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2 years ago

“Montas blew up a bit”; the emphasis should be on “a bit”. After giving up a single, with one-out there was a catcher’s interference and then Dozier hit a hard grounder to Chapman. Chapman tried to pick- it from the side, perhaps so he’d have a quicker path to 3B, but the ball came up, bounced off of him, and into LF. With Montas on my team, it was an obvious error but the Official Scorer generously gave Dozier a double. If Chapman makes the play it could have been a DP and Montas gets out of the inning.

2 years ago
Reply to  bmfc1

Agreed. Even if Chapman doesn’t turn a DP, or even get an out, the infield wouldn’t have been playing in on the grounder up the middle. It was a tough luck inning for Montas.