Roto Riteup: May 14, 2021

Sliding into the weekend like:


On the Agenda: 

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


Closer Chaos

Tyler Rogers got the save for the Giants on Thursday versus the Pirates. Jake McGee has struggled a little bit as of late and Rogers has been stellar this season. This is turning into a committee and Rogers should be picked up in most formats in case he grabs this job full time. 

Michael Fulmer nailed down the save for the Tigers on Thursday. Gregory Soto struggled before being replaced in this one and Fulmer has been very good this season. He could emerge as the guy in Detroit. 


COVID Issues

J.T. Realmuto was placed on the COVID IL on Thursday. This is being described as precautionary which the Phillies can afford to do because Realmuto was banged up already. Consider him day-to-day for now. 

Gleyber Torres was placed on the COVID IL. There appears to be an outbreak of some sort as multiple coaches have tested positive for the Yankees. Keep an eye on this as we could see games get postponed if more test positive.  


Quick Hits

Ronald Acuna leeft Thursday’s game with a leg injury. X-rays were negative after the game so it appears he may have avoided serious injury. 

Cristian Pache was placed on the IL with a hamstring strain. Ender Inciarte is expected to be activated in his place. 

Phillip Evans was placed on the IL with a hamstring strain. There is no timetable for his return at this time. 

Nick Senzel left Thursday’s game with a heel injury. He is expected to undergo testing on Friday. Consider him day-to-day for now. 

Mike Moustakas left Thursday’s game with a finger injury. There was no update on his status after the game. Consider him day-to-day for now. 


Various News and Notes

Jarred Kelenic led off for the Mariners in his Major League debut. He got a rude awakening having to face Zach Plesac who carried a no hitter into the eighth inning. Kelenic is widely considered a top three prospect in baseball and has enormous upside. He is a must grab if is still available in your league.

Logan Gilbert made his Major League debut, throwing four innings and allowing four earned runs on five hits and no walks while striking out six. Gilbert had moments where he looked great and others that he looked very raw. I like him long term, but I think there will be a lot of struggles this season. 

Former top prospect Will Craig was called up by the Pirates on Friday. He went 1-for-3 with a home run versus the Giants. Craig has shown a ton of power in the minors and has a chance to play regularly with Colin Moran out and should be scooped up in most formats. 


Streaming Pitchers (Under 50% in CBS)

Pitcher for Today: Drew Smyly at MIL

I don’t know how deep Smyly goes, but this is a pretty nice matchup versus a Brewers team that is striking out at a 27% clip versus left handed pitching this season. 

High Risk Options: Tyler Anderson vs SF, Josh Fleming vs NYM, Griffin Canning at BOS.


Pitcher for Tomorrow: Luis Garcia at HOU

Garcia has been up and down this year, but the matchup is fantastic against a high strikeout Rangers team. 

High Risk Options: Johnny Cueto at PIT, Joe Ross at ARI, Mitch Keller vs SF


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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David Bell said Moustakas has a shoulder injury, not a finger injury.