Roto Riteup: June 23, 2021

I bet Castellanos is great at Charades:

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

Sticky Situations
We had a bunch of pitchers being checked for illegal substances on Tuesday, which led to some tense and funny moments and even funnier tweets:


Quick Hits
Adam Engel was placed on the IL on Tuesday with a hamstring strain. The injuries are now piling up for the White Sox, who have lost Eloy Jimenez, Luis Robert, Adam Eaton and Engel in the outfield now on top of losing second baseman Nick Madrigal recently. Expect the White Sox to be active at the trade deadline.

Max Fried was placed on the IL with a blister. It doesn’t sound like this will keep him out for an extended period of time.

Alex Manoah was suspended five games for throwing at Maikel Franco during his start on Saturday. Manoah gave up back-to-back home runs and tried to take his frustration out on Franco. He will appeal, but expect him to miss one start.

Marcus Stroman left Tuesday’s game with hip soreness. Stroman apparently did not want to be pulled, but the Mets played it safe. Hopefully this isn’t anything too serious. Consider him day-to-day at this time.

Justin Upton left Tuesday’s game with lower back soreness. Consider him day-to-day for now.

Daniel Vogelbach left Tuesday’s with a leg injury. Following the game, manager Craig Counsell stated he would hit the IL tomorrow.

Ketel Marte left Tuesday’s game with a hamstring injury. Consider him day-to-day for now, but this is concerning considering he has already spent time on the IL with a hamstring injury.


Various News and Notes
In his Major League debut, Wander Franco went 2-for-4 with a walk, double and a home run in the loss to the Red Sox on Tuesday.

I guess we shouldn’t worry too much if he will be good right away. Franco’s home runs was nice, but the double was even more impressive:

Franco was even impressive defensively. He needs to be rostered in all formats and is a star in the making.

Jesus Sanchez went 1-for-3 with a home run in the loss to the Blue Jays.

Sanchez has always had a ton of power in his bat and some speed to go along with it, but struggles to make consistent contact. With the Marlins dealing with a rash of injuries, he should have a real opportunity to see what he can do at the Major League level.

Ross Stripling threw six innings versus the Marlins, allowing just one run on two hits and a walk, while striking out seven. Stripling gave up the solo shot to Sanchez, but was great following that. He threw his four seam fastball over 60% of the time, working it effectively in the top of the zone. He has a nice matchup against the Orioles to finish off a great two-step for the week.

Eli Morgan threw five innings in the loss to the Cubs, allowing four earned runs, on four hits and zero walks, while striking out nine. Morgan was very effective early in the game, working with a pretty impressive changeup and good fastball.

He worked through five, only allowing a solo shot to Kris Bryant in the fourth, but fell apart a bit in the sixth, allowing three more runs. He is a prototypical Indians starter, with better control and command than stuff. With so many injuries to the Indians rotation, he should have a fairly long leash and has some underrated talent.


Streaming Pitchers (Under 50% in CBS)
Pitcher for Today: 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.

Pitcher for Tomorrow: Joe Ross at MIA
Ross has a 3.13 ERA and a strikeout an inning over his last five starts and is facing a struggling Miami offense.

High Risk Options: Zach Davies at LAD, Kolby Allard vs OAK, Cody Poteet vs WAS.

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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1 year ago

I can still remember all of those offseason podcasts where Justin and Paul weren’t interested in Franco… 1.2 degree LA right, Justin?