Roto Riteup: June 25, 2021

Streaming has been a bit rough for me as of late:


On the Agenda: 

  1. Closer Chaos
  2. COVID Issues
  3. Quick Hits
  4. Various News and Notes
  5. Streaming Pitchers


Closer Chaos

Lucas Sims was placed on the IL with an elbow sprain. With Sims out for at least a month, the Reds seemed likely to turn to either Tejay Antone or Amir Garrett, but with the game close on Thursday, they brought Garrett in for the seventh inning and Antone in for the eighth beforehand the save opportunity to Brad Brach, who was able to convert it. This seems like a wide open situation, but it is worth mentioning that Antone looked really shaky during the eighth and his spin rate was way down. 


COVID Issues

Steven Matz has cleared COVID protocols and is expected to rejoin the team’s active roster in the next few days. 


Quick Hits

Taylor Walls was placed on the IL with a wrist injury. Walls has struggled since making his debut, so it would not be surprising if he was sent back to AAA after he is healthy. 

Aaron Civale was placed on the IL with a sprained finger. He is expected to miss 4-5 weeks with the injury. 

Mark Canha left Thursday’s game with a hip injury. He is expected to undergo further testing on Friday. Consider him day-to-day for now. 

Randy Dobnak was placed on the IL with a finger strain. There is no timetable for his return. 


Various News and Notes
Jameson Taillon threw 6.1 innings versus the Royals in the victory, allowing just one run on five hits and two walks while striking out six. This was Taillon’s best start of the season and the deepest he has gone in a game this year as well. He had a 30% CSW on the fastball, a 29% CSW on the curveball and a 35% CSW on the slider.

Taillon has looked better in these last two starts and is worth picking up in leagues where he may have been dropped.

Joe Ross threw seven scoreless innings in the victory versus the Marlins, allowing just four hits and two walks. Ross was fantastic in the outing, using his sinker and slider to great effect and keeping the Marlins from making much hard contact at all.

He has been very good recently outside of his last start versus the Mets and is a decent team streamer in the mess that is the NL East.

Nick Pivetta threw 6.2 no-hit innings versus the Rays, allowing just two walks while striking out eight. Pivetta was great in the outing, getting a 30+% CSW from both his curve and slider while using his 4-seam fastball effectively.

He has been up and down this season, but he has done a good job at keeping the ball in the yard which has been his downfall most of his career.


Streaming Pitchers (Under 50% in CBS)

Pitcher for Today: Kwang Hyun Kim 김광현 vs PIT

Probably won’t get many strikeouts, but Kim has pitched well and this is a nice matchup. 

High Risk Options: Drew Smyly at CIN, Cal Quantrill at MIN, Jon Gray at MIL, Josh Fleming vs LAA. 


Pitcher for Tomorrow: None

Not a ton of pitchers that qualify here. 

High Risk Options: Alex Cobb at TB, Merrill Kelly 켈리 at SD, Alec Mills at LAD, Antonion Senzatela at MIL.

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 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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11 months ago

I feel your pain re: Zach Davies. I benched Nick Pivetta last night vs. Rays. I’ll start him next week vs. Royals. He’ll probably give up 7 runs and be chased after 0.2 innings, LOL.

11 months ago
Reply to  kevinthecomic

Agree. I dropped him prior to this start and feel this game was a ploy by him to get back to not impressing me on my roster.