Roto Riteup: June 27, 2022

How did he make that catch?!?

On the Agenda: 

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


Closer Chaos

Lou Trivino threw a scoreless ninth inning on Sunday to secure the save for the Athletics against the Royals. He has now picked up saves on back-to-back nights. Trivino has struggled this year, but has turned it around as of late and appears to be the lead dog in the A’s bullpen with Dany Jimenez on the IL.  

Andrew Bellati threw a scoreless ninth inning versus the Padres to register the save on Sunday. Both Seranthony Dominguez and Brad Hand had pitched yesterday and Thursday, so this may be a matter of the Phillies wanting to give them a break, but it is notable that Corey Knebel pitched the seventh inning in this one and was not saved for the ninth. Keep Bellati on your radar. 

Brusdar Graterol threw a scoreless eleventh inning on Sunday night, logging his first save of his career. Graterol only got the opportunity because Craig Kimbrel blew the save in the tenth, but with Daniel Hudson done for the year, Graterol likely becomes the next man up if Kimbrel continues to be unreliable. 


Quick Hits

Jesse Winker was hit by a pitch on Sunday in the game against the Angels which led to a benches clearing melee:

There will likely be multiple suspensions from this incident in the coming days.

Josh Staumont was placed on the IL with a neck strain. There is no timetable for his return. Jackson Kowar was recalled to take his spot on the roster.

Hunter Renfroe was placed on the IL with a calf strain. Tyrone Taylor should get more playing time in his absence.

Brandon Crawford was placed on the IL with a knee issue. There is no timetable for his return, but it doesn’t sound like he will miss a ton of time. Yermin Mercedes was recalled to take his spot on the roster.

Jack Flaherty left his start on Sunday with shoulder soreness. This is concerning considering he missed more than the first two months of the season with a shoulder issue. Consider him day-to-day, but I would expect him to hit the IL.

Jonah Bride left Sunday’s game after a collision with teammate Chad Pinder in the outfield.

Pinder was able to finish the game, but Bride has a shoulder injury and a cut on his nose. It sounds like he avoided serious injury, but consider him day-to-day for now.

Bryce Harper was placed on the IL with a broken thumb. There is no timetable for his return at this time, but this is a huge blow to the Phillies and fantasy players as Harper was fantastic this season.

Matt Duffy left Sunday’s game with lower back tightness. This doesn’t sound serious, but consider him day-to-day at this time.

Gleyber Torres left Sunday’s game with an ankle injury. The team is characterizing it as a mild sprain. Consider him day-to-day for now.


Various News and Notes
Rowdy Tellez went 2-for-3 with two home runs and a walk in the victory over the Blue Jays.

Tellez had both of his home runs before the end of the second inning, just helping the Brewers crush Jose Berrios. Tellez had been struggling in the month of June, hitting .236 with one home run heading into the outing, but hopefully he is starting to heat back up.


Jose Urquidy threw seven innings versus the Yankees, allowing just one run on one hit and three walks while striking out three in the no-decision.

Urquidy now has back to back good starts versus New York teams and three straight quality starts, but in spite of those numbers, he hasn’t been overly impressive and the strikeouts are underwhelming at best. He is probably a team streamer in most formats, but this isn’t any sort of breakout.


Streaming Pitchers (Under 50% in CBS)

Pitcher for Today: Tyler Wells at SEA

Wells is quietly having a very nice stretch and this is a decent matchup. 

High Risk Options: Erick Fedde vs PIT, Chad Kuhl vs LAD, Kris Bubic vs TEX. 


Pitcher for Tomorrow:  Johnny Cueto at LAA

Cueto has pitched well and has a decent matchup here. 

High Risk Options: Devin Smeltzer at CLE, Jose Quintana at WAS, Patrick Corbin at PIT, Jon Heasley vs TEX, Dean Kremer at SEA, Braxton Garrett at STL. 


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.”

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

Scott Servais says the Angels put a meatball opener out there just to throw at the Mariners after Trout got plunked the day before. I’m pretty sure Joe Maddon would not have done that. Phil Nevin might have a very short career as manager.

I’m ashamed for both teams. The way to beat Mike Trout is to field a team that is better than the Angels. Then just sit back and be awed by the guy.

1 year ago
Reply to  Sculpin

Trout didn’t even get plunked. The ball was close to his head in the 9th inning when Ohtani was the winning run on deck. Trout has every right to be upset, but it was unintentional and it didn’t hit him. The story should have ended there.

The Angels then start an opener last second who throws his first pitch/fastball behind Julio and then his first pitch/fastball at Jesse Winker’s ribs. Joe Maddon would have never done that.

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1 year ago
Reply to  Sculpin

Folks are missing some key details they would have seen if they’d watched the game. Seattle threw at Trout moments after the pitching coach had visited the mound. Then, after the game was over, Seattle players, including Winker and Rodríguez, had a celebratory dance—actually two of them—before coming off the field.