Roto Riteup: May 10, 2022

The Roto Riteup appreciates defense:

On the Agenda: 

  1. Sleeper and the Bust DK Contest
  2. COVID Issues
  3. Quick Hits
  4. Various News and Notes
  5. Streaming Pitchers


Sleeper and the Bust DK Contest

On most Tuesday’s and Friday’s and some other days, Paul Sporer and I will be doing a $5 draftkings game for anyone that is interested. 


COVID Issues

The Reds placed Mike Moustakas on the COVID-IL. This is frustrating as Moustakas just can’t seem to stay on the field. There is no word yet on whether he was symptomatic or tested positive. 

The Cubs placed David Robertson and MArcus Stroman on the COVID IL. This is something to watch in case the list grows. Mychal Givens likely fills in as the closer for the Cubs in the meantime, but Rowan Wick could factor in as well. 


Quick Hits

Edward Oliveras was placed on the IL with a quad strain. This is disappointing because he was starting to finally get a chance at some real playing time. Kyle Isbel and Hunter Dozier likely gain playing time in his absence. 

Jon Gray left his start with knee soreness. This is frustrating as Gray has struggled with minor injuries this season. Consider him day-to-day for now. 

Chris Taylor left Monday’s game after fouling a pitch off his knee. X-rays were negative after the game. The Dodgers are calling it a bone breeze so consider him day-to-day for now. 

Seiya Suzuki left Monday’s game with an ankle injury. Suzuki said he hoped to play on Tuesday, so this doesn’t appear serious. Consider him day-to-day for now. 

Manuel Margot left Monday’s game with a hamstring issue. Margot suffered the injury on this stolen base attempt:

Consider him day-to-day for now, but this looks like it could require an IL stint.


Various News and Notes
Brandon Drury went 2-for-5 with a home run in the victory over the Brewers.

Drury has been fantastic this year for the Reds, hitting .284/.337/.593 with six home runs and 18 RBIs. I don’t expect him to keep this up all season, but there are some interesting things backing up the hot streak. His Z-Contact is 89% and he has a career high hard contact percentage. He is also swinging outside of the zone less than in previous seasons. He has a bit of pedigree so it wouldn’t be insane for a late breakout, but I think he likely regresses and loses playing time once the Reds get healthy, but for the time being, I would ride the hot streak.

Josh Naylor went 3-for-5 with two home runs and eight RBIs and a walk in the Guardians victory over the White Sox on Monday.

Naylor played the hero on Monday, with his first home run being a grand slam in the ninth that helped Cleveland makeup a six run deficit and his second bomb would end up being the game winner in extras. Naylor has been fantastic since returning from the devastating leg injury he suffered in a collision in the outfield last year, hitting .338/.370/.574 with four homers and 21 RBIs. He is widely available in shallow formats and should be rostered while he is hot and playing regularly.

Ranger Suarez threw six scoreless innings in the victory over the Mariners, allowing just four hits and two walks while striking out seven.

This is the outing we have been waiting for from Suarez. He leaned heavily on the sinker to great effect getting a 40% CSW on the pitch. The velocity is still a bit down from last year, but this was a much more effective outing. I need to see a bit more before I can trust him long term again, but I am encouraged.

Tyler Wells threw six innings in the victory over the Royals on Monday, allowing one earned run on five hits and no walks while striking out three.

Wells was good in the outing, throwing four pitches at least 15% of the time and getting 30+% CSW on his changeup and curve. I would love to see some more strikeouts like we have seen in previous seasons, but with reduced velo on the fastball, I don’t know if that is coming. With Camden playing like a pitcher’s park this season, he actually has a pretty friendly environment and is worth streaming in nice matchups like this one and his next start versus the Tigers.


Streaming Pitchers (Under 50% in CBS)

Pitcher for Today: Madison Bumgarner vs MIA

Why is he still under 50% rostered?

High Risk Options: Reid Detmers vs TB, Yusei Kikuchi at NYY, Martin Perez vs KC, Kyle Bradish at STL. 


Pitcher for Tomorrow:  Nick Martinez vs CHC

High Risk Options: Martinez has pitched really well lately and has a decent matchup here at home. 


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 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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