Roto Riteup: June 29, 2021



On the Agenda: 

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


Trade Rumors!!!

According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, the Padres are interested in making a rotation upgrade and could consider Danny Duffy, who recently returned from the IL. Duffy is slowly building up his pitch count and has only thrown 6.1 innings in three outings since returning. If he can stretch out over the next month, he could be an interesting trade target for the Padres and other contenders. 


Quick Hits

Josh Naylor was placed on the IL with a fracture and dislocation of his ankle. This is not surprising after the scary collision he had in Sunday’s game. He is likely done for the season. Oscar Mercado was recalled to take his place on the roster and could be in line for some decent playing time.  

Ketel Marte was placed on the IL with a hamstring strain. This is disappointing as Marte has been good when he is on the field, but has struggled to do so this season. There is no timetable for his return at this time. 

Colin Moran left Monday’s game after being hit in the wrist with a pitch. He was initially able to remain in the game, but left shortly after. Consider him day-to-day for now. 

Dylan Bundy left Monday’s game with an illness. This isn’t COVID related as far as we can tell, as he actually vomited on the mound before leaving the game. It appears that it may have been heat related as the weather was very hot and humid. Consider him day-to-day for now. 

Mike Yasztremski left Monday’s game after fouling a ball into his shin. X-rays were negative after the game. Consider him day-to-day for now. 


Various News and Notes
Keston Hiura went 2-for-4 with a home run and a walk in the win over the Cubs.

Hiura has been hot since he returned, hitting three home runs in his first four games since returning from AAA Nashville and showing power to all fields. That’s the good news. The bad news is he is still striking out at a 29% clip, though that is an improvement from the 38.8% clip he was striking out at prior to his most recent send down. This is a nice start, but I am not ready to say he is back to being a must start in all formats yet until we see him cut down on those strikeouts.

Willy Adames went 2-for-5 with a home run in the victory over the Cubs.

Adames has been great since being traded to Milwaukee from Tampa Bay, hitting .285 with six home runs and a stolen base in 121 at bats. Adames has talked about having issues seeing the ball in Tampa because of their batter’s eye. Adames is still pretty young and available in a fair amount of shallower formats, but should be picked up in all formats.


Streaming Pitchers (Under 50% in CBS)

Pitcher for Today: Caleb Smith at STL

Smith is quietly pitching really well and the Cardinals are not a team that scares me. 

High Risk Options: Zach Davies at MIL, Joe Ross vs TB, Vince Velasquez vs MIA, Tony Santillan vs SD. 


Pitcher for Tomorrow: Kwang Hyun Kim 김광현 vs ARI

Kim has been pretty good in his return from the IL and has a great matchup versus the Diamondbacks.

High Risk Options: Bailey Ober at CHW, Cal Quantril, Kolby Allard at OAK, David Peterson at ATL, Vladimir Gutierrez vs SD.


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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