Roto Riteup: June 4, 2021

Sliding into the weekend like:

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

 

COVID Issues
Andrew Vaughn was placed on the COVID-19 IL on Thursday. This is frustrating as the White Sox had said he was missing games with allergies. Vaughn is reportedly asymptomatic so hopefully he won’t miss too much time.

 

Quick Hits
Mike Yastrezemski was placed on the IL with a thumb injury. Yaz injured the thumb attempting to make a leaping catch into the wall and he awkwardly jammed his glove hand into the wall. On this play:

There is no timetable for his return, but it does not sound like he will miss an extended period of time.

Logan Webb was placed on the IL with a shoulder strain. This is concerning considering he just returned from the IL with a shoulder strain. There is no timetable for his return.

Madison Bumgarner was placed on the IL with a shoulder issue. There is no timetable for his return.

Elieser Hernadez left Thursday’s game with a quad strain while running the bases.

This is disappointing as he just returned from a bicep injury. He will likely hit the IL, but there is no timetable for his return.

Kolten Wong was removed from Thursday’s game with an oblique injury. There is no timetable for his return, but if he hits the IL, it would be the second time this season he missed an extended period of time due to an oblique injury.

 

Various News and Notes
Tucker Davidson threw 5.2 scoreless innings versus the Nationals on Thursday, allowing one hit and five walks while striking out five. This was the Sleeper and the Bust watch party game of the week in our discord. Davidson was pretty good in this one in spite of the walks. He worked mostly fastball/slider and it was very effective. He has a chance to stick in the rotation and is an interesting pick up in deeper formats.
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<a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/ryan-yarbrough/16502/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Ryan Yarbrough</a> threw a complete game versus the Yankees, allowing two runs on six hits and zero walks while striking out six. Crazily enough this was the Rays first complete game in five years. Yarbrough actually had moments early in the game where it looked like he might get pulled but worked his way out of trouble a couple of times. He benefited from one of the most uneven strike zones called this year, but he also pitched very well and has worked his way back into the shallower mixed league conversation.


Martin Perez threw 7.2 scoreless innings against the Astros, allowing just six hits and one walk, while striking out four. Perez was very good in this one, commanding his pitches very well and inducing a ton of weak contact. His control was great as well, allowing his only walk against his last batter when he was clearly fatigued. He has another matchup against the Astros in his next start, but that feels risky to try and see if lightning will strike twice.

Ke’Bryan Hayes went 2-for-4 with a triple in the victory over the Marlins. Hayes was making his return from the IL after injuring his wrist in the second game of the season. He looks healthy and to produce and should be picked up in any league he is available in.

 

Streaming Pitchers (Under 50% in CBS)
Pitcher for Today: Cody Poteet at PIT
Poteet has been very good and has a great matchup in Pittsburgh.

High Risk Options: Brad Keller vs MIN, Mitch Keller vs MIA, Matt Shoemaker at KC, Keegan Akin vs CLE, Matt Peacock at MIL.

Pitcher for Tomorrow: Alex Cobb vs SEA
Cobb has been on a roll recently and has a great matchup versus a struggling Mariners team.

 

High Risk Options: Tarik Skubal at CHW, Merrill Kelly 켈리 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 FriendswithFantasyBenefits.com, 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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Most embarrassing thing in the world to cry over a consistently called strike zone. But then again, the Yankees have been reaching for any excuses they can for their offensive season to date.