Roto Riteup: May 6, 2022

Give me your best early season victory lap!

On the Agenda: 

  1. Sleeper and the Bust DK Contest
  2. COVID Issues
  3. Quick Hits
  4. Various News and Notes
  5. Streaming Pitchers


Sleeper and the Bust DK Contest

On most Tuesday’s and Friday’s and some other days, Paul Sporer and I will be doing a $5 draftkings game for anyone that is interested. 


COVID Issues

Manager Rocco Baldelli, Dylan Bundy and Luis Arraez have tested positive for COVID-19. They will be forced to quarantine away from the team until they have multiple negative tests. Hopefully this isn’t the start of something worse for the Twins. 


Quick Hits

Madison Bumgarner was ejected from his start on Wednesday after a weird encounter with an umpire while he was checking MadBum’s hand for illegal substances. This isn’t fantasy relevant, but it gives me the opportunity to share something I made to commemorate it:

Matt Brash was optioned to AAA on Thursday. This is not a surprise as Brash has struggled. Brash showed flashes of brilliance and he has a bright future, but he struggled with his control, allowing 17 walks and a hit by pitch in 20 innings. He should be back at some point but is expected to work out of the bullpen moving forward and is probably droppable in most redraft formats.

Tyler Beede was designated for assignment by the Giants on Thursday. This is a bit surprising, but Beede has struggled in the Giants pen this year and is out of options. He is likely to land somewhere via waivers.

Nick Castellanos left Thursday’s game with a wrist injury after being hit by a pitch. X-rays following the game were negative. Consider him day-to-day for now.

Cole Irvin was placed on the IL with a shoulder issue. The move is retroactive to May 2, but he is likely droppable in most formats.

Carlos Correa was removed from Thursday’s game with a non-displaced fracture of his middle finger. He will be hitting the IL. There is no timetable for his return. Rumors are that the Twins may call up former top prospect Royce Lewis to take his place on the roster. Lewis is a high ceiling player worth gambling on in the short term if he does get the call.


Various News and Notes

Hunter Greene threw 2.2 innings in the loss to the Brewers, allowing eight runs on nine hits and a walk while striking out seven. 

This is one of the craziest outings I have seen in a while. Greene vacillated between showing his dominating stuff and leaving truly terrible pitches in the sweet spot of the zone. Greene’s arm talent is ridiculous, but it remains to be seen if he can command it consistently yet.

Ryan Mouncastle went 2-for-4 with two solo home runs in the victory over the Twins.

Mountcastle took a 96 mph fastball the other way in an impressive at bat for his second home run. He has struggled to start the season, but in spite of lackluster underlying numbers, he has produced at every level. He may have been dropped in some leagues and with his multi positional eligibility, he could be worth picking up.


Streaming Pitchers (Under 50% in CBS)

Pitcher for Today: Michael Lorenzen vs WAS

Lorenzen has pitched well this season and gets a weak Nationals offense at home. 


High Risk Options: Glen Otto at NYY, Carlos Hernandez at BAL, Tyler Anderson at CHC


Pitcher for Tomorrow:  Daniel Lynch at BAL

Lynch is coming off of his best start of his career and gets a bad Orioles team. 

High Risk Options: Tyler Wells vs KC, Dane Dunning at NYY, Mitch Keller at CIN, Nick Lodolo vs PIT.


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.”

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

Rowdy Tellez is making me very happy so far!