Roto Riteup: June 5, 2024

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On the Agenda: 

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


Closer Chaos

Andres Munoz left Tuesday’s game with a back issue after a collision while covering home plate:

Consider him day to day for now, but if he were to miss time, Ryne Stanek would likely be the next man up for the closer role.


Quick Hits

Trevor Williams was placed on the IL with a forearm strain. This does not sound good and very disappointing considering how well he has pitched thus far. There is no timetable for his return. 

Wilyer Abreu was placed on the IL with a sprained ankle. The hope is he can return from the IL after a minimum stay. 

Tommy Pham was placed on the IL with an ankle sprain. There is no timetable for his return. 

Dominic Fletcher was placed on the IL with a strained shoulder. He is expected to miss about 2-to-3 weeks. 

Sean Murphy left Tuesday’s game with an elbow contusion after being hit with a pitch:
He stated after the game that it was not believed to be a serious injury. Consider him day-to-day for now.

Spencer Arrighetti left Tuesday’s start with a calf injury. Consider him day-to-day for now.

Jack Flaherty left Tuesday’s start with back stiffness. This sounds like it may have been precautionary. Consider him day-to-day for now.


Various News and Notes
Jack Suwinski went 1-for-3 with a home run in the victory over the Dodgers.

Suwinski had just been recalled from the minor league yesterday. While it was just one at bat, he looks like he may have made an adjustment in the minor leagues to his hand positioning which allowed to load faster. Here is a great comparison from Alex Stumpf of

If Suwinski has made a real change, then this could be a nice time to buy.

Connor Norby went 1-for-4 with a home run in the victory over the Blue Jays on Tuesday.

Norby is a top 100 prospect that was recently called up by the Orioles. Norby was hitting .286/.374/.510 with nine home runs and seven stolen bases. Norby doesn’t necessarily have a massive carrying tool in fantasy, but can do a bit of everything as long as he is getting playing time. If he can make consistent contact then he has a chance to do that, but if the strikeouts become an issue, he could end up back in AAA once Jorge Mateo comes back.

Masyn Winn went 3-for-3 with a home run in the loss to the Astros on Tuesday.

Winn has quietly been fantastic to the Cardinals, hitting .309/359/.446 with three home runs and eight stolen bases in 197 plate appearances. He is making fantastic zone contact and while he doesn’t have a lot of power, he knows how to use all fields and has recently moved to the leadoff spot for the Cardinals.


Streaming Pitchers (Under 50% in CBS)

Pitcher for Today: None

Some decent high risk options, but none that are that I love. 

High Risk Options: Joey Estes vs SEA, Spencer Schwellenbach at BOS, Jose Soriano vs SD. 


Pitcher for Tomorrow: Cooper Criswell at CHW

Criswell has been good this season and has a nice matchup versus a bad White Sox team. 

High Risk Options: Jake Irvin vs ATL, Michael Lorenzen vs SF, Alec Marsh vs SEA. 

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 my 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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11 days ago

That Suwinski change is so nice you had to post it twice