Roto Riteup: May 24, 2023
Real New Yorkers wouldn’t have batted an eye:
That was nuts! pic.twitter.com/EKTCaTQIsj
— MLB (@MLB) May 24, 2023
On the Agenda:
- Quick Hits
- Various News and Notes
- Streaming Pitchers
Trevor Larnarch was placed on the IL with pneumonia. There is no timetable for his return.
Jose Altuve left Tuesday’s game with an undisclosed illness. This doesn’t sound serious so consider him day-to-day.
Ty France left Tuesday’s game after being hit with a pitch
Ty France is in some significant pain after taking a 94.5 mph fastball from Trevor May square off his left hand … After being examined by head athletic trainer Kyle Torgerson, he's staying in this game. pic.twitter.com/PNJlSKurZO
— Daniel Kramer (@DKramer_) May 24, 2023
X-rays were negative following the game. France had hit a home run earlier in the game, but this did not appear to be intentional. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Various News and Notes
Matt McLain went 1-for-3 with a home run in the loss to the Brewers on Tuesday.
Number one for number nine!
Matt McLain hits his first Major League home run for the @Reds!@mattmclain_ pic.twitter.com/UWhwjYbJ8b
— Bally Sports Cincinnati (@BallySportsCIN) May 23, 2023
McLain has been mediocre since his callup, but this was nice to see. More importantly, he is walking at a double digit rate and has hit second in every game he has played. There isn’t a carrying tool for the prospect, but he can be a really valuable accumulator if he is hitting at the top of the lineup in one of the best parks to hit in.
Bobby Miller threw five innings and allowed one earned run on four hits and a walk while striking out five in the victory over the Braves.
Bobby Miller, 100mph Fastball and 87mph Slider, Overlay pic.twitter.com/TKHpolIS5o
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) May 24, 2023
Miller was really impressive flashing a 100 mph fastball with a very good slider. I do worry about the command being an issue at times, but he made it work in this outing. I think there will be struggles with home runs, but he pitches for the best team in baseball, so he should be rostered in just about every format.
Griffin Canning threw seven scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and three walks while striking out five in the victory over the Red Sox on Tuesday.
Griffin Canning delivering one of the Angels’ best starts of the season makes me so happy 😇
7.0 IP, 2 Hs, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 Ks
— Angels TopPlays (@PlaysAngels) May 24, 2023
Canning’s slider was fantastic and he threw his fastball less as he missed his pitches well. Unfortunately, his control and command were still not very good in this one in spite of the results as the Red Sox just didn’t take advantage of some meatballs left in the heart of the zone. Canning has talent, but he has yet to put it all together.
Brayan Bello threw seven innings versus the Angels, allowing two earned runs on six hits and no walks while striking out six in the loss on Tuesday.
Brayan Bello now has four straight starts of 5+IP, 5+ K, and 2 ER or less.
CH, SL, and FF all have a whiff rate above 35% this month.
This is the Bello we've been waiting for.#DirtyWater pic.twitter.com/7F2Tsfvfff
— Eric Cross (@EricCross04) May 21, 2023
This was Bello’s best Major League start of his career, he threw all four of his pitches at least 20% of the time, mixing them really well. He finished the game with at least a 26% CSW on every pitch. Bello needs to continue to pitch well to keep his spot in the rotation and this was a huge step in that direction.
Streaming Pitchers (Under 50% in CBS)
Pitcher for Today: Brandon Bielak at MIL
Bielak continues to pitch well and the Brewers aren’t a team I am afraid of.
High Risk Options: Tylor Megill at CHC, Matthew Boyd at KC, Ranger Suarez vs ARI, Steven Matz at CIN.
Pitcher for Tomorrow: None
Short slate with risky options
High Risk Options: Carlos Carrasco at NYM, Clarke Schmidt vs BAL, Braxton Garrett at COL, JP Sears at SEA.
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 my 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 FriendswithFantasyBenefits.com, and the owner of The Great Fantasy Baseball Invitational. He is also a certified addiction treatment counselor. Follow Justin on Twitter @JustinMasonFWFB.
Megill pitched yesterday, Senga’s starting today.