Roto Riteup: June 9, 2021

This may be the best post-game interview of all time.

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

Quick Hits
According to Jon Heyman, Jack Flaherty is likely out until after the All-Star Break. This isn’t surprising news considering the team stated he would miss a substantial amount of time. Flaherty should be reserved in all formats as his upside is a huge one he does return.

Sonny Gray left Tuesday’s start with a groin injury. He is expected to undergo further testing on Wednesday. Consider him day-to-day for now.

Adbert Alzolay was placed on the IL with a blister. Alzolay was removed from his start on Monday because of the blister, but stated that it had started forming in his previous start. This doesn’t sound like it will keep him out for long, so keep him reserved if you can.

Alex Dickerson left Tuesday’s game with back tightness. The issue is not considered serious according to manager Gabe Kalper, so consider him day-to-day for now.

Joey Gallo left Tuesday’s game with a groin injury. This is disappointing because he had already hit a bomb in the game. Consider him day-to-day until we get more information.


Various News and Notes
Eric Haase went 2-for-4 with a home run in the victory over the Mariners. Haase has been great this season, hitting .278 with eight home runs. He is playing regularly with Wilson Ramos out and while the average will definitely regress, the power is legit.

Jackson Kowar threw just .2 innings against the Angels on Monday, allowing four earned runs on three hits and two walks while not striking out a single batter. Kowar seemed completely overwhelmed by the moment and was overthrowing. He has a ton of talent in his arm and I am not extremely worried by this outing. My biggest concern will be if he has a third pitch he can really rely upon. He threw his curve 5% of the time, but it is too small of a sample to matter and likely that he wasn’t going to go to his third offering if he wasn’t confident in anything. He has another outing in Oakland this week, so hopefully he has his nerves under control.

Adrian Houser threw 5.1 innings in the victory over the Reds, allowing one earned run on five hits and three walks while striking out four. Houser had almost half of the balls hit in play on the ground and kept the Reds bat off balanced. He has been pretty good recently, going at least five innings and only allowing two earned runs over his last three starts. He is a matchup play, but also available in a ton of leagues.


Streaming Pitchers (Under 50% in CBS)
Pitcher for Today: None
Lots of high risk options, but none I am super confident in.

High Risk Options: Brad Keller at LAA, Chris Flexin at DET, Jake Odorizzi at BOS, Matt Peacock at OAK


Pitcher for Tomorrow: None
Only four options qualify. None are particularly good.

High Risk Options: Justus Sheffield at DET, Mitch Keller vs LAD

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, 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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There’s no link to the streamer picks doc, Justin.