Roto Riteup: June 22, 2021

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On the Agenda: 

  1. Trade Rumors!!!
  2. Quick Hits
  3. Various News and Notes
  4. Streaming Pitchers


Trade Rumors!!!

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Diamondbacks are shopping Eduardo Escobar and have had discussions with the White Sox. Escobar is having a nice bounce back season, hitting .240/.288/.455 with 15 home runs and is in the last year of his contract. The White Sox would make sense considering they lost Nick Madrigal for the season and would like to add at least one or two pieces for the stretch run. He is dealing with a quad issue right now, but it doesn’t sound like it is serious. 


Quick Hits

Adalberto Mondesi was placed on the IL with an oblique injury. This is disappointing as Mondesi had already been on the IL twice this season. He needs to be reserved in all formats as he could easily steal 25+ bases in the last two months of the season. 

Byron Buxton left Monday’s game after being hit on the hand with a pitch. Manager Rocco Baldelli stated following the game that Buxton has a “boxer’s fracture” which is a fracture to the fifth metacarpal. Typically injuries like this require 3-6 weeks of casting depending on the seriousness of the injury. 

Brett Anderson left Monday’s start with a knee issue. Manager Craig Counsell stated he would likely hit the IL. There is no timetable for his return. 

Jonathan Villar left Monday’s game with calf tightness. Consider him day-to-day for now. 

Aaron Civale left Monday’s game with a finger injury. He is expected to see a hand specialist on Tuesday. This is concerning because at first it seemed like a blister, but it is clearly more serious than that. Hopefully, we will get more information in the next couple of days. 

Joey Lucchesi has a UCL tear and is likely to get Tommy John Surgery after he receives a second opinion. This likely not only ends his 2021 season, but he would miss most of 2022 as well. Lucceshi is droppable in all formats. 

Ha-Seong Kim 김하성 left Monday’s game with a finger injury. Consider him day-to-day for now. 


Various News and Notes
Jesus Luzardo was optioned to AAA on Monday. Luzardo struggled since returning from the IL, throwing 10 innings over seven relief outings with a 9.90 ERA and a 1.70 WHIP. There is still a ton of talent in his arm, but he struggles with command inside the zone which led him to give up six home runs in this recent stretch.

He will be back at some point, but he likely stays in the bullpen this season, so he can likely be dropped in all redraft formats.

Frankie Montas threw 5.2 innings, allowing eight earned runs on nine hits and two walks while striking out six. This was a really weird outing. Montas gave up five earned runs in the first and then was pretty good until giving up three in the sixth inning before being pulled. Montas’ underlying numbers have been pretty good as of late, but he struggles with avoiding the big inning. If Montas gets dropped in leagues after this outing, he is an interesting stash in deeper formats.

Jake Odorizzi threw five no-hit innings on Monday in the victory over the Orioles. The Astros carried the no-hitter into the seventh before the bullpen gave up a two-run shot. Odorizzi has been excellent in his last two outings, not allowing a run in nine innings.

He hasn’t been able to go deep into games yet, but that should start to happen as the season wears on. He should be picked up in most formats.


Streaming Pitchers (Under 50% in CBS)

Pitcher for Today: Ross Stripling at MIA

Stripling has been much better lately and has a nice matchup in a larger NL park. 

High Risk Options: Johan Oviedo at DET, Chris Flexen 플렉센 vs COL. 


Pitcher for Tomorrow: Caleb Smith vs MIL

Smith has pitched very well as of late and has a nice matchup at home. 

High Risk Options: Erick Fedde at PHI, Matt Manning vs STL, Michael King vs 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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