Roto Riteup: October 5, 2022

Today is the last Roto Riteup of the season and I want to thank everyone for reading all year long!

I’ll be back in March with the Roto Riteup, but I will still be producing articles all offseason long beginning next week!

On the Agenda: 

  1. COVID Issues
  2. Closer Chaos
  3. Quick Hits
  4. Various News and Notes
  5. Streaming Pitchers


COVID Issues

Carlos Rodon was placed on the COVID IL with COVID symptoms. He wasn’t expected to pitch again, but it is good to see that he is otherwise healthy. He will be in for a big payday as he is expected to opt out of his contract with the Giants. 


Closer Chaos

Ryan Helsey left his appearance on Tuesday with a jammed finger. He is considered day-to-day at this time and should be ok for the playoffs. 

Quick Hits

TJ Freidl was placed on the IL with a hamstring strain, ending his season. 

Francisco Mejia was placed on the paternity list. Meija will miss the last game of the season and should return in time for the playoffs. 

Victor Robles left Tuesday’s game with calf tightness. It seems likely that he will miss the game tomorrow. 

CJ Abrams left Tuesday’s game with a shoulder injury. He is expected to undergo an MRI on Wednesday. He is likely out for the season finale. 


Chad Kuhl was placed on the IL, ending his season. Noah Davis is expected to be called up to take the mound for the Rockies finale. 


Jose Miranda left Tuesday’s game after being hit with a pitch:


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He apparently suffered a mouth contusion, so it appears he avoided serious injury. He will likely miss the finale but be fine for next season. 

Jonathan India left Tuesday’s game with foot injury after fouling a pitch off of it in the third inning. He will likely miss the finale.

Jeremy Pena left Tuesday’s game with a knee injury after fouling a pitch off of it. X-rays were negative. He should be ok for the playoffs. 


Various News and Notes

Aaron Judge hit his 62 home run of the season passing Roger Maris for the most home runs in American League history:

Judge has had a fantastic season, with 131 runs, 130 RBI, 16 stolen bases and a .315 average along with the 62 homers. More importantly, he got over 600 plate appearances for the second year in a row. Judge is a free agent at the end of the year and unless he resigns with the Yankees, he would likely be in a worse team situation and park. He is going to be a first rounder, the question will be how much will he regress in 2023?

Garrett Mitchell went 2-for-4 with a home run and a stolen base in the victory over the Diamondbacks on Tuesday.

Mitchell has been great in his 27 games in the Majors, hitting .310/.365/.466 with two home runs and seven stolen bases. He has some pretty decent raw power, but the real asset is his speed. It is a bit concerning that he has struck out at a 40% clip this season, but the underlying numbers say that he shouldn’t strikeout that much. He has a 12% swinging strike rate and league average zone contact and a good o-swing. He has definitely gotten lucky on balls in play with a .533 BABIP and a .168 xBA. The truth is somewhere in the middle which means he could be a .250 hitter with double digit home runs and 20-25 stolen bases next season if he is a full time player. He is definitely a late round target for me in 2023.


Streaming Pitchers (Under 50% in CBS)

Pitcher for Today: None

Some decent high risk options, but none that I feel comfortable with unless I am desperate. 

High Risk Options: Aaron Civale vs KC, Adrian Sampson 샘슨 at CIN, Johan Oviedo vs STL, Jon Heasley at CLE, Tyler Alexander at SEA. 

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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1 month ago

Thanks for the season of Roto Riteups! A vital way for me to be aware of news and other details I missed each day of the baseball season.