Roto Riteup: June 18, 2021

As of writing, this was still happening live and it was fantastic!


On the Agenda:
1. Trades!!!
2. Quick Hits
3. Various News and Notes
4. Streaming Pitchers


On Thursday, the Yankees traded Mike Ford to the Rays for a player to be named later. Ford was sent to AAA Durham after the move. He is unlikely to make much of an impact for the Rays unless an injury opens up time.


Quick Hits
Alex Bregman was placed on the IL with a quad strain. There is no timetable for his return.

Gleyber Torres left Thursday’s game with a back issue after this play:

The injury is being characterized as back stiffness by the Yankees and they have stated he will undergo further testing tomorrow. Consider him day-to-day for now.

Justin Dunn left his start Thursday with shoulder discomfort. This is disappointing as Dunn was pitching well through two innings, having only allowed just one baserunner. He will likely undergo further testing on Friday and could return to the IL where he just was two starts ago with the same injury.


Various News and Notes
Steven Duggar went 3-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI in the victory over the Diamondbacks. Duggar has been great since being called up, hitting .324/.387/.593 with six home runs and three stolen bases in 119 plate appearances. He is playing everyday for the Giants and performing in spite of hitting low in the lineup. It also gives me the opportunity to share this amazing tweet from the Diamondbacks:

Jonathan India went 2-for-5 with a home run in the loss to the Padres. India is extremely hot right now, hitting .320 with three home runs and two stolen bases in the month of June. He is making very good contact and not swinging much outside of the zone which has helped support the contact and 18% walk rate over this time span. India needs to continue to hit to keep playing time once Mike Moustakas returns from the IL and he is doing everything he can to cement himself playing time.

C.J. Cron went 2-for-4 with a grand slam in the victory over the Brewers.

Cron was hitting .200 for the month of June coming into this game, but he is starting to turn it around, hitting three home runs in the last four games. Cron has been dropped in a number of shallower leagues and is worth picking as it warms up in Colorado.

Matt Manning made his Major League debut on Thursday in the loss versus the Angels. Manning didn’t disappoint like other rookie pitchers have in their initial debuts, but he was underwhelming. He threw 47 of 77 pitches for strikes and sat 93-95 with the fastball. He threw the curve/slider sixteen times and it was a good looking pitch, but he threw the fastball 69% of the time and struggled within the zone during the outing, but the Angels didn’t make him pay for it as much as they should have. Manning has a bright pedigree, but I am not yet ready to go all in on him this year.


Streaming Pitchers (Under 50% in CBS)
Pitcher for Today: Zach Davies vs MIA
Davies has been very good lately and has a nice matchup here.

High Risk Options: Alex Cobb vs DET. Caleb Smith vs LAD, Vince Velasquez at SF,


Pitcher for Tomorrow: Patrick Sandoval vs DET
Sandoval is coming off of two straight quality starts and four straight games where he has gone at least five innings.

High Risk Options: Joe Ross vs NYM, David Peterson at WAS, Josh Fleming at SEA, Vladimir Gutierrez at SD, Martin Perez at KC.


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

Just thought I would mention that Duggar has a 35% K rate and a .483 BABIP. The projection systems all have him around a .300 wOBA going foward

2 years ago
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Yup. I would not recommend him. He is not much of a hitter despite those counting stats.