Roto Riteup: June 18, 2018

The Roto Riteup appreciates flexibility:

On the Agenda:
1. A Streak of Tigers
2. Various News and Notes
3. Streaming Pitchers


A Streak of Tigers
According to manager Ron Gardenhire stated that the Tigers could move to a six-man rotation after the All-Star Break. This would likely be good news for Blaine Hardy who would likely be the odd man out once Francisco Liriano is ready to come off the DL. Liriano made his first rehab assignment over the weekend and is expected to make at least one more rehab start prior to being activated from the disabled list. For those wondering about the title for this paragraph, a “streak” is the name for a group of Tigers.


Various News and Notes
Carlos Carrasco was placed on the 10-Day DL with an elbow injury. Carrasco was injured on a comebacker during Saturday’s start.

X-rays came back negative after the game, so it appears he has escaped serious injury.
Jorge Soler has been placed on the DL with a fractured toe. The move is retroactive to June 16th. Soler has been surprisingly good this season hitting nine homers and stealing three bases with a .265/.354/.466 triple slash in 61 games played. He will likely be out until after the All-Star Break. Paulo Orlando was recalled to take his place on the roster.

The Kansas City Royals have recalled prospect Adalberto Mondesi. Mondesi hasn’t hit the cover off the ball in AAA this season, but he has hit five home runs and stolen 10 bases in 29 games. The Royals have no reason not to let him play and he could be a fantasy star with playing time, especially considering that Whit Merrifield left yesterday’s game with an injury after fouling a ball off of his knee.

Brandon Crawford will be placed on the paternity list today. He will miss the next three games to be with his wife while they welcome a child into the world. In his absence, Alen Hanson will likely receive the majority of his starts in the series against the Marlins.


Streaming Pitchers Options
A pitcher for today: Andrew Suarez vs MIA
Suarez has been better of late and gets the Marlins at home.

A pitcher for tomorrow: Matt Boyd at CIN
Boyd has been solid all year long as a streamer and there is no reason to jump off the train now.

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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, 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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OK, Fangraphs friends, I am going to tell a story. Yesterday I went to the Twins-Indians game in Cleveland. Since Jake Odorizzi was starting for the Twins, I decided to sing him a song I had composed several years earlier when he played for the Rays (I live in Florida and am a Rays fan). Now, if you know anything about Progressive Field you know that fans can stand a few feet above the visiting bullpen, So when Odorizzi and company came up from the field to start warming up, I said loudly (I had to compete with the PA — good thing I have a loud mouth) “Hey, Jake Odorizzi, this song is for you.”

(to the music of Mona Lisa, released in 1951 and sung by Johnny Mathis)
It ain’t easy, Odorizzi, in the big leagues,
You just have to suck it up and throw a strike
It ain’t Facebook, oh you poor schmuck, in the big leagues,
You have to show us more than just a like
Don’t be your mama’s prima donna in the big leagues,
You have to shut your mouth and do what’s right
You’ll have breakfast, over easy, in the big leagues
Find the plate, you future surely will be bright.

Of course, if you’ve ever spoken to players before you know that they rarely acknowledge you, and that was the case here. But the bullpen catcher was laughing and the mouth of the bullpen coach was wide open and he was looking up at me. So then I explained when the music originated and said, “Hey Jake, I am a Rays fan and we really miss you down in Florida. Best of luck.”

Now that was fun.


Left out an “r”

Find the plate, your future surely will be bright.

Also, I wrote this when Odorizzi was a rookie, so the original line read:’
It ain’t Facebook, oh you poor rook, in the big leagues.