After in depth statistical analysis using unique metrics that can only be found within the inner workings of the Fangraphs private vault. The Roto Riteup has concluded that Billy Hamilton is fast. #Analysis
— MLB (@MLB) May 25, 2017
On the Agenda:
1. Various News and Notes
2. Streaming Pitcher Options
Various News and Notes
Jay Bruce did not play Wednesday versus the Padres due to back soreness. He was removed from Tuesday game due to the issue. In talking with reporters on Wednesday, he made it seem like a non-issue. Consider him day-to-day at this time.
Sam Travis was called up and placed into the lineup on Wednesday. Travis has hit .286/.353/.452 with four home runs in AAA this season. He should find his way into a platoon with Mitch Moreland at 1st Base and has some AL only appeal.
Tyson Ross is on pace to make his season debut in the next ten days or so. In his most recent rehab start he went five innings while only surrendering two hits. His next rehab appearance is this weekend and if all goes well he should be up with the Rangers soon.
Tigers manager Brad Ausmus announced on Wednesday that Nick Castellanos would be given two days off in order for him to refocus and “reset”. Austin Romine would be taking his place in the lineup. Castellanos has struggled as of late and is hitting .220/.295/.382 this season. This should be nothing to worry about long term in terms of playing time as Romine isn’t the kind of player the Tigers want to be manning the hot corner.
Lonnie Chisenhall was scratched late prior to Wednesday with a suspected head injury. It is confusing to what happened as he was scratched approximately 30 minutes prior to game time.
Jacoby Ellsbury was removed from Wednesday’s game after running into a wall. I have been a huge detractor of walls in the past and the practice of running into them. It rarely works out well for the player. Ellsbury was placed on the 7-day DL following the game with a concussion.
Streaming Pitcher Options
A pitcher for today: Mike Clevinger vs Cin
Clevinger was fantastic in his last start versus Houston on Saturday striking out eight in two innings while only walk two batters. An improved swinging strike rate and improved control makes him interesting going forward.
A pitcher for tomorrow: Jaime Garcia @ SF
Not a great lower owned slate so I will take a shot on Garcia against a bad offense in a good park.
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.