Roto Riteup: May 28, 2021

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On the Agenda: 

  1. Quick Hits
  2. Various News and Notes
  3. Streaming Pitchers


Quick Hits

Jeff Hoffman was placed on the IL with shoulder soreness. There is no timetable for his return. 

Miguel Rojas was removed from Thursday’s game with a dislocated finger. This was a bummer because Rojas has been playing well. Rojas is expected to be placed on the IL and miss a fair amount of time. 

Trevor Story left Thursday’s game with an arm issue. It doesn’t seem like it is serious, so consider him day-to-day for now. 

Austin Nola will be placed on the IL with a knee sprain. The injury is being characterized as minor, so hopefully he won’t be out for too long. 

Shohei Ohtani’s start was scratched on Thursday due to bad traffic. Yeah, that is apparently the reason. Due to the traffic issues, he did not have enough time to go through his usual routine. He is expected to start on Friday. 

Trey Mancini left Thursday’s start with an elbow injury. Mancini was hit with a Dylan Cease fastball in the first inning of the game which was the cause of the issue. X-rays were negative following the game. Consider him day-to-day for now. 


Various News and Notes

Dylan Cease threw six innings, allowing one run on four hits and two walks while striking out 10. Cease was very good in this one, finding the zone easily while commanding well within it. He has a ton of upside, but the control has been an issue at times. This is an encouraging outing, but he is hard to trust long term. 

Tyler O’Neil returned from the IL and went 1-for -5 with a home run and three strikeouts. O’Neil hit an absolute towering shot, but the overall line shows what he is. There is a ton of swing and miss in his game (19.7% swinging strike rate and 34.7% O-Swing) and until he fixes that, it is hard to believe he can become an all formats fantasy player. 

Alek Manoah threw six scoreless innings versus the Yankees, allowing just two hits and two walks in the victory. Manoah worked mainly fastball and slider, but he also used a pretty impressive change up for his third pitch. He has a ton of strikeout potential and the fact he was able to go six against the Yankees is a great sign as well. He is a must add in all formats. 

Shane McClanahan threw five scoreless innings, allowing just three hits and no walks while striking out six in the victory over the Royals. McClanahan was once again dominant, but the Rays pulled him after just 63 pitches. I believe in the talent, but if he is going to be held on such a low pitch count, wins will be difficult to come by. 


Streaming Pitchers (Under 50% in CBS)

Pitcher for Today: Martin Perez vs MIA

Perez has been pretty good so far this season and is facing a Marlins team with a 28% strikeout rate and 92 wRC+ vs left handed pitching. 

High Risk Options: Cody Poteet at BOS, Jordan Sheffield vs TEX. 


Pitcher for Tomorrow: Austin Gomber at PIT

Gomber is coming off of a nice start and has a nice matchup versus Pittsburgh. 

High Risk Options: Mike Foltynewicz at SEA, Justin Dunn vs TEXJosh Fleming vs PHI. 


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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11 months ago

Looks like McClanahan was not as much on a pitch count as a twice-thru-the-order count.