Roto Riteup: May 8, 2017

The Roto Riteup would like to wish our boy Bartolo Colon a happy one-year anniversary.


On the Agenda:

1. Closer Chaos

2. Matt Harvey

3. Various News and Notes

4. Streaming Pitcher Options


Closer Chaos

For the second day in a row, Francisco Rodriguez blew his second save of the day. Following the game on Sunday, manager Brad Ausmus stated that he and the coaching staff will discuss the Tigers closer. While Justin Wilson has been the Tigers best reliever this season, it would not be surprising to see Ausmus go a different direction because he is a lefty, if he even decides to remove K-Rod from the role. The Tiger also have righty Alex Wilson that could be considered and how cool would it be if there was a Wilson-Wilson committee?!



Matt Harvey Suspended

Matt Harvey was suspended three days without pay for violating team rules. GM Sandy Alderson would not speak to what rules Harvey broke, but the previous day he had played a prank on Kevin Plawecki that involved leaving a sex toy in his locker in plain view of the media. A picture of said toy ended up being tweeted out in the background of a picture posted by the Mets official twitter account. He also reportedly did not show up to the Stadium for Saturday’s game because of a “migraine.” Harvey missed his start on Sunday and it has yet to be determined whether he will pitch once he is eligible to return on Wednesday against San Francisco or is originally scheduled start later in the week against Milwaukee.


Various News and Notes

Martin Prado left Sunday’s game early with a hamstring injury. This is the hamstring that he injured in Spring which forced him to start the year on the DL. The longer this season goes on, the more it feels like season three of 24.


Aaron Sanchez threw a bullpen on Sunday without any issues. Sanchez has hit the DL twice already because of a cracked fingernail and could return as soon as this weekend if there are no setbacks.

Amir Garrett was optioned to AAA Louisville. In spite of one really bad outing this season, Garrett has been pretty good so far in his young MLB career. This is probably more about limiting his workload going forward, but it is disappointing considering his next start was at San Francisco.

Brandon McCarthy, who is a fantastic follow on twitter, could have his start skipped after it was pushed back and then rained out. McCarthy injured his non-throwing shoulder while in the weight room, which proves my belief that working out is bad for you.

Michael Brantley was removed from Sunday’s game with a sprained ankle. This appears to be just a day-to-day type injury, but considering Brantley has had a ton of injury woes over the last few years, it is something to keep an eye on.

Tyson Ross is scheduled to throw his first simulated game of the year on Monday. Ross is working his way back from offseason surgery and is on pace for a late May/early June debut. Ross is worth monitoring in deeper formats, but unless you have unlimited DL spots, he is probably not worth rostering.


Streaming Pitcher Options

A pitcher for today: Trevor Cahill vs. Tex

Cahill has been great so far this season. I don’t necessarily believe it will continue all season, but against a struggling Texas team without the DH, he seems like a good bet.

A pitcher for tomorrow: A.J. Griffin @ SD

Griffin has put up a 3.54 ERA with 10.18 k/9 and have won three straight starts. He draws a Padres team in San Diego and is an interesting streamer and two-start pitcher this week with Oakland on 5/14.

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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The Closers of Wilson & Wilson sounds like a law firm. All they need is some cheesy advertising phrase.


“We shut things down, so YOU can sleep easy.”

I don’t know.