Roto Riteup: June 30, 2015

Make sure to clear your schedules at 7 pm (eastern) tonight, as the USWNT will be playing against Germany for a spot in the World Cup championship match!

On today’s agenda:
1. Wilmer Flores, second baseman
2. Welcome back, Josh Hamilton
3. Quick blurbs on rehabbing pitchers
4. Streaming Pitching Options

Wilmer Flores, second baseman
According to John Heyman, the Mets will utilize Flores at second base — rather than at shortstop where he has mostly played thus far — when Daniel Murphy gets activated. Murphy is likely to shift to third base and allows Flores and his power to step in the keystone. With 10 home runs already, but a modest .238 batting average, Flores has his uses. Plugging him into your lineup as your shortstop (or second baseman) won’t do much for your rate stats, however the power is handy. He’s been moved to fifth and occasionally cleanup in recent games, a good spot to maximize his RBI count. For a shortstop eligible player with clear playing time in front of him, Flores is owned in just 60 percent of CBS leagues and less than 30 percent of Yahoo! and ESPN formats.

Welcome back, Josh Hamilton
The Rangers are expected to activate Hamilton today, and possibly start him in center field, as reported by Jeff Wilson. As the team has struggled to produce offense from CF — they’ve hit a collect 25th ranked wOBA and 27th ranked wRC+ this season — Hamilton may provide a boost in the hitting department and a massive expense on the defensive side of the ball. For fantasy purposes, playing time and production is all that matters for Hamilton. He’s still be someone to sit when facing a southpaw, but can contribute the majority of the time. Hamilton is free to pick up in just 18 percent of CBS leagues, however his ownership rate in both ESPN and Yahoo! settings is around 50 percent.

Quick blurbs on rehabbing pitchers
Matt Moore is set to pitch for the Rays on Thursday, his first big league start since April 7 of last year.

The starting pitcher comeback is real in Florida, as the Marlins plan to start Jose Fernandez on Thursday as well.

The Diamondbacks have Patrick Corbin scheduled to make his season debut on either July 7 or 8.

Jake Odorizzi is slated to begin his rehab assignment at High-A tomorrow. I’d expect him to be back in the Rays rotation after this, or perhaps one more rehab start.

The Royals will have Yordano Ventura make at least one more rehab start before activating him after a rocky start in Triple-A on Friday. He coughed up three runs on three hits and as many walks, though he did manage to fan five in four innings of work.

Streaming Pitching Options
If you enjoy streaming pitchers, tune into the Roto Riteup for recommendations each and every day.

A pitcher for today: Taylor Jungmann at PHI (Cole Hamels)
I’m not sure Jungmann will outduel Hamels, however the Phillies have the lowest wRC+ of any team when facing a right-handed pitcher. One can find Jungmann free to pick up in over 80 percent of CBS settings and more than 95 percent of Yahoo! and ESPN leagues.

A pitcher for tomorrow: Jesse Hahn vs COL (Chad Bettis)
The Rockies have righties very well, but they’ve done the vast majority of the damage away from Coors Field. Oakland’s home park plus Hahn’s ability to induce ground balls should provide a quality start and a win.

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Mike W.
Mike W.

I assume Moore is more of a wait and see, especially listening to the latest Sleeper and the Bust podcast where Eno indicated he is topping out around 93 on his rehab stint, but is Jose Fernandez an instant start in his first game back? Normally I sit and wait a start or two, but Fernandez is so damn talented he could be an exception right?


yes on J-F, wait a bit for MM.