Roto Riteup: June 5, 2019

Hernan Perez got style:


On the Agenda:
1. The Sleeper and the Bust DFS Contest!
2. Fun with Small Samples!
3. Various News and Notes
4. Streaming Pitching Options


The Sleeper and the Bust DFS Contest!
Every week we run a DFS contest for the Sleeper and the Bust podcast. The winner this week was Mustache Academy Farms, which is an 80-grade name.

Fun with Small Samples!
It is a slow news day, so let’s have some fun with small samples!

During the month of May, Josh Bell and Alex Bregman led the Majors in home runs with 12 each. Pete Alonso, Jose Abreu, and Kris Bryant were tied with the third most at 10 each. Josh Bell also led the Majors in hard contact during the month of May with a 55.7% mark. Shin-Soo Choo was second in hard contact at 54.8%. Eugenio Suarez was third at 54.4%. Tim Anderson had the league’s worst hard contact percentage at 19.7%. Victor Robles had the second lowest hard contact percentage at 21.7% and Jonathan Villar was third at 23.3%.

Nolan Arenado led the Majors in batting average at .425 in May. Josh Bell was second with .390 and Ryan Braun was third at .363. No one had a higher BABIP in the Majors than Javier Baez at .467. Joey Gallo was second in BABIP with a .447 mark and Ian Desmond was third with a .435 BABIP. Four qualified hitters had an average under .175 during the month of May: Kolten Wong (.170,) Maikel Franco (.170,) Dexter Fowler (.171,) and Rougned Odor (.172.) Daniel Vogelbach had the Major’s worst BABIP at .169. Kolten Wong and Justin Smoak were tied for second at .183 and Rougned Odor was fourth at .185.

No one had a better contact percentage during the month of May than David Fletcher at 93.7%. Michael Brantley was second in contact percentage at 93.1% and Tommy La Stella was third at 91.4%. Six players made contact less than 65% of the time: Javier Baez (61.2%), Brandon Lowe (62.3%), Yoan Moncada (63.2%), Adalberto Mondesi (63.8%), Wil Myers(64.3%), Joey Gallo (64.7%), and Domingo Santana (64.9%.)


Various News and Notes
Jay Bruce went 3-for-4 with two home runs and a double. Bruce is in line for added playing time with the Phillies after the news was reported yesterday that Andrew McCutchen suffered a torn ACL and is done for the season. It is likely the Phillies will go and add another outfielder from outside the organization as well as the lack of outfield depth forced Philadelphia into promoting former first round pick, Adam Haseley. Bruce is worth an add in deeper formats in spite of his struggles this season.

Adam Jones left Tuesday’s game with a hamstring injury. Jones appeared to have injured the hamstring in the first inning and was seen favoring it on the basepaths. He remained in the game however but left in the fourth inning as it either got worse or didn’t get better. No information was available after the game, so consider him day-to-day until we know more.

Brian Dozier left Monday’s game after being hit on the forearm with a pitch. X-rays after the game came back clean, but apparently, Dozier had a pretty nasty bruise already visible. He will likely miss at least a couple of days until the bruising and swelling dissipates. Howie Kendrick will likely get the bulk of the time at second base in his absence.

Corbin Martin was optioned back to AAA by the Astros. A few weeks ago, Martin was a big-ticket purchase in FAAB, but he struggled following that huge first outing. Framber Valdez is expected to take his spot in the rotation.


Streaming Pitching Options (Less than 50% owned)
Pitcher for Today: Anibal Sanchez vs CHW
Sanchez has pitched well as of late and is facing a White Sox team at home in an NL park.

High Risk Options: Jason Vargas vs SF, Trent Thornton vs NYY

Pitcher for Tomorrow: None
The options for Thursday are pretty ugly under the 50% threshold. Better to not risk it.

High Risk Options: None

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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Nicklaus Gautmember
2 years ago

Thank you for the 80-grade! Fun Fact: Before becoming a little-read baseball writer, I ran a small organic produce farm. You can probably guess the name. You can also probably guess what I’ve got rocking on my upper-lip.