Roto Riteup: June 8, 2022

Baseball deep thoughts:

On the Agenda: 

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


COVID Issues

Brett Martin was placed on the COVID IL. No word yet on whether the Rangers pitcher tested positive or not. Andy Ibanez was recalled to take his spot on the roster. 

The Braves placed Collin McHugh on the COVID IL after testing positive for COVID. He will have to miss until he can test negative multiple times. 


Closer Chaos

Craig Kimbrel was placed on the paternity list. He will miss up to three games. Daniel Hudson is likely to handle the closing duties in his absence. 

Phillies interim manager Rob Thomson gave Corey Knebel a vote of confidence and alluded that he will stay the closer for now. This is good news for Knebel, but if he continues to struggle, it wouldn’t be surprising to see them give Brad Hand or Seranthony Dominguez a shot. 


Quick Hits

Jeimer Candelario was placed on the IL with a dislocated shoulder. Candelario injured the shoulder on Sunday attempting to make a diving catch. Austin Meadows was activated in the corresponding move. 

Kyle Garlick was placed on the IL with a hamstring strain. Garlick has been a lefty masher this season and is expected to return quickly, but will miss the next ten days at least. 

Danny Jansen was placed on the IL with a fractured finger. This is disappointing news as Jansen was playing very well this year. Zack Collins was recalled to take his spot on the roster. 

Robert Suarez was placed on the IL with knee inflammation. There is no timetable for his return. 

Hector Neris was suspended for four games for throwing at Mariners players on Monday. He will appeal and play while he awaits a ruling. 

Alex Cobb was placed on the IL with a neck strain. Cobb had been one of the unluckiest players in baseball so far this season and now he is on the IL. This doesn’t seem extremely serious, so if he gets dropped in your league, he becomes an interesting stash. 

Kolten Wong left Tuesday’s game with calf discomfort. Consider him day-to-day at this time. 

Jesus Sanchez left Tuesday’s game with back tightness. This doesn’t sound too serious, so consider him day-to-day for now. 

Luis Arraez left Tuesday’s game with a shoulder issue. Consider him day-to-day for now. 

Pete Alonso left Tuesday’s game after being hit in the hand with a pitch. X-rays were negative, so it appears he avoided serious injury. Consider him day-to-day for now. 

Mike Trout left Tuesday’s game with a groin issue. Trout had been in the worst slump of his career prior to this game, but was snapping out of it with a home run and a double in his first two at bats of the night before leaving. Consider him day-to-day for now. 

Brandon Crawford left Tuesday’s game with a quad issue. Manager Gabe Kapler said it isn’t considered serious, so consider him day-to-day for now. 


Various News and Notes

Shane Baz is expected to make his season debut this weekend for the Rays. 

Baz is one of the top pitching prospects in baseball and has been fantastic at just about every stop along the way including his 13.1 inning sample in the Majors last season. He only threw 59.1 innings last season between AAA and the Majors, so it will be interesting to see how the Rays handle his workload. He went 4 and 4.1 innings in his last two rehab starts, so I wouldn’t expect him to go deep early on if ever.

Cal Mitchell went 2-for-4 with a home run in the loss to the Tigers on Tuesday.

Mitchell started off his Major League career getting pretty unlucky, but he is starting to get it going now, going 5-for-10 with two home runs in his last three games. Mitchell doesn’t have any true carrying tool in fantasy, but can be a contributor in all categories. He is worth picking up in deeper leagues and interesting in some shallower formats.


Streaming Pitchers (Under 50% in CBS)

Pitcher for Today: Alex Faedo at PIT

This may be one of the worst matchups of two awful teams, but I prefer Faedo as a better option than Mitch Keller even if Detroit is playing worse right now. 

High Risk Options: Mitch Keller vs DET, Dane Dunning at CLE, Johnny Cueto vs LAD. 


Pitcher for Tomorrow: Konnor Pilkington

Has looked decent so far and this is a great matchup. 

High Risk Options: JT Brubaker at ATL, Zach Davies at CIN. 


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.”

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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CC AFCmember
2 months ago

Weird baseball of the night: Darvish beaning 3 batters in the first inning, then carrying a no hitter into the 6th. No idea.