Game of Throne is everywhere…
José Berríos, Filthy 82mph Curveball…and Sword. ⚔️ pic.twitter.com/cbvVWZer8u
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) May 14, 2019
On the Agenda:
1. The Sleeper and the Bust DFS Contest!
2. Various News and Notes
3. Streaming Pitching Options
The Sleeper and the Bust DFS Contest!
Every Tuesday, the Sleeper and the Bust podcast has a DFS contest on DraftKings. It is a $5 entry and the winner will get a shoutout here and on the podcast. You can join by clicking this link: https://www.draftkings.com/draft/contest/72609898
Various News and Notes
According to Thomas Harding, the Rockies are planning on optioning Garrett Hampson to the minor leagues. Hampson has struggled this season, hitting .194/.224/.269 with one home run and one stolen base. Hampson was one of the top prospects in the Rockies system and a tantalizing fantasy option because of his ability to get on base and steal bases. He will likely get another shot in the Majors this season, but he is droppable in most formats.
According to Jon Heyman, The Tampa Bay Rays have interest in Dallas Keuchel. The Rays have also been linked to Craig Kimbrel as of late and may be interested in bring in some reinforcements for a playoff push. With the Major League Baseball draft around the corner, teams will likely wait until after that to sign both Kimbrel and Keuchel to avoid giving up any draft pick compensation.
Jameson Taillon was moved from the 10-Day IL to the 60-Day IL. This is largely a procedurally move to clear up a space on the 40 man roster for the Pirates, but this also means that Taillon won’t be back until July at the earliest. An MRI came back clean recently for Taillon, but he is expected to consult with the doctor that performed his previous Tommy John Surgery years ago.
Oscar Mercado was called up by the Cleveland Indians. He will replace Tyler Naquin, who hit the IL, on the Indians roster. Mercado is a former Cardinals prospect and he the ability to steal bases and hit for average. He is worth a pick up considering the state of disrepair of the outfield in Cleveland.
Miguel Andujar was placed on the 10-Day IL with a tear in his right labrum. This is a reaggravation of the injury that he just returned from. There was talk of season ending surgery before with Andujar and while that has not been mentioned in reports, it is seeming more and more likely that it could be coming sooner rather than later.
Streaming Pitching Options (Less than 50% owned)
Pitcher for Today: None
High Risk Options: Trent Thornton at SF
Thornton has been hit or miss all season long, but he has been plagued by the long ball and pitching in SF should help limit that damage.
Pitcher for Tomorrow:
High Risk Options: Gio Gonzalez at PHI
Gonzalez has pitched well in his first few starts with the Brewers this season, but the strikeouts haven’t been there and he has a tough matchup here.
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 FriendswithFantasyBenefits.com, 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.