Roto Riteup: May 4, 2021

I feel seen:


On the Agenda: 

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


Quick Hits

Dustin May will undergo Tommy John Surgery on May 11th after damaging his UCL. He will miss the rest of the season and likely a portion of next year. 

Alejandro Kirk will miss 6-8 weeks after injuring his hip flexor. Kirk was starting to come around after a slow start, so this is disappointing. Danny Jansen is in line for more work in the meantime. 

Luis Arraez left Tuesday’s game with a concussion. Arraez had a collision at home plate and later was removed. Consider him day-to-day for now, but this easily could end him up on the 7-day IL. 

Anthony Rendon left Tuesday’s game with a knee injury. The injury was sustained when he fouled off a pitch into his left knee. X-rays were negative after the game. Consider him day-to-day at this time. 


Various News and Notes

Keston Hiura was optioned to the Brewers alternate training site. This was a surprising move as most considered Hiura as a locked in part of the lineup. He has struggled tremendously this year, hitting .152/.247/.266 with one home run and one stolen base. He clearly needs to make an approach change, but he should be back with the team at some point this season. He is worth stashing in deeper leagues if you can afford to. 

According to manager Dave Roberts, the Dodgers are considering using Trevor Bauer on short rest with Dustin May now out for the season. The Dodgers went from being stacked with starting pitchers to short very quickly. Both Tony Gonsolin and David Price are on the IL, but Price is making good progress and may be back before the end of the month. Bauer originally wanted a team to let him go every 3-4 days as a selling point in free agency. He may get his wish to some extent in the short term, which would boost up his value considerably. 

Tyler Anderson threw 6.2 innings versus the Padres, allowing two runs on two hits and three walks, but striking out 5. Anderson looked really good in this one before falling apart in the seventh. He actually had a no hitter through six. Anderson has been very good this year, posting a 2.70 ERA with 31 strikeouts in 33.1 innings. The changeup has been really impressive and the slider has been good as well. The move out of Colorado has been good for him and he will likely be a hot commodity at the trade deadline. 


Streaming Pitchers (Under 50% in CBS)

Pitcher for Today: None

High Risk Options: Shane McClanahan at LAA, Mitch Keller at SD, Justin Dunn vs BAL, Jeff Hoffman vs CHW. 


Pitcher for Tomorrow: None

High Risk Options: Luis Garcia at NYY, Martin Perez vs DET, Luke Weaver at MIA


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 other periodic articles. In addition to his work at Rotographs, Justin is the lead fantasy writer/analyst and co-owner for, and the owner of The Great Fantasy Baseball Invitational. He is also a certified addiction treatment counselor. Follow Justin on Twitter @JustinMasonFWFB.

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2 years ago

Hiura getting optioned to the minors is a surprising move?

The only surprise is that it happened this late in the season.

2 years ago
Reply to  Dean

Dean is correct. His struck out all spring training and he has been an albatross all season. This is not a small sample of bad luck. He has been a flat out terrible hitter.

2 years ago
Reply to  Dean

they probably wanted to wait for him to have games to play first