Roto Riteup — Presented By DraftKings: June 1, 2014

We are more or less one third of the way through the baseball season. Like real life baseball, now is the time to review your rosters and to start looking at trade options to either make a run this year or build for future seasons.

On today’s agenda:
1. Lonnie Chisenhall is on fire
2. A setback for Michael Pineda
3. A pair of Matt’s to the disabled list
4. Thoughts on Jacob deGrom
5. The Daily Five

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Lonnie Chisenhall is on fire
We may be a third of the way through the season, but we are still dealing with a relatively small sample size. That being said, Chisenhall’s .433 BABIP is sure to come down. Even when his balls in play rate comes back down to earth, for his career Chisenhall owns a 110 wRC+ against right-handed pitchers. With Carlos Santana on the shelf and without a return date, Chisenhall figures to get the majority of the time at third base. Even when Santana returns, Chisenhall has shown enough to be the larger portion of a platoon. He is available in 47% of CBS formats and over 60% of both ESPN and Yahoo! leagues.

A setback for Michael Pineda
The New York Yankees rotation hit another speed bump as now Pineda’s return will be delayed. As reported by Bryan Hoch, Pineda is dealing with inflammation in his muscle behind his right shoulder. There hasn’t been a return date set, but the club did announce Pineda won’t be making his previously scheduled intrasquad outing today. Given that he’ll be shut down for awhile and the rehab process needs to start over fresh, I personally don’t expect Pineda to be back until late June.

A pair of Matt’s to the disabled list
Yesterday the St. Louis Cardinals placed Matt Adams on the 15-day DL with left calf tightness. The move was made retroactive to May 29 and hopefully he’ll return to action as soon as possible. In the meantime, this opening gives Oscar Taveras a shot at regular playing time as Allen Craig shifts to first base, thus opening up a slot in right field. Taveras recorded his first hit — a home run no less — in his debut yesterday and should be on the roster at least as long as Adams is out.

The San Francisco Giants lost Matt Cain to the DL after he missed his last rotation spot dealing with a strained hamstring. The move to place him on the disabled list was made retroactive to May 22 and manager Bruce Bochy said he expects Cain to start next Friday against the New York Mets. Better for Cain to miss another start — already his fourth missed start this season — than to force him to pitch while injured and get torched, or even become more seriously injured.

Thoughts on Jacob deGrom
If the Mets had pulled deGrome after his six innings of shut out ball this blurb may be even more enthusiastic. Instead they sent him out for the seventh where he promptly gave up a three-run homer. Through six innings deGrom had 10 strikeouts and recorded his 11th after the home run before being relieved. After yesterday’s outing he has made four starts, all of the quality variety. In yesterday’s start he gathered an impressive 16 whiffs and owned an 8.4% SwStr% prior to yesterday. Surely his .203 BABIP has helped keep his 93.8% LOB% high, but don’t count of either of those numbers to continue at their current pace. He’s surrendered 16 hits in his 26 IP, but four of those have been home runs, thus helping keep his BABIP low. Both his 18.2% HR/FB% and his BABIP should normalize as he gets more innings under his belt. Never being a huge strikeout guy in the minors, deGrom now has an 8.65 K/9, though his walks have ballooned with his strikeouts. For now I think deGrom is a fringe streamer, someone who I wouldn’t roster but I’d be okay with giving him a stream start now and then. I need to see fewer walks and home runs before I’m ready to give him a roster spot

The Daily Five
Starting pitcher: Yu Darvish — $11,500
Yu gets the start against the Washington Nationals and their 87 wRC+ against righties.

Starting pitcher: Cole Hamels — $8,400
Though the Mets hit southpaws decently — 101 wRC+ — their 26.3% strikeout rate against them is the highest in baseball.

Infielder: Ian Kinsler — $4,900
Kinsler holds the platoon advantage over Roenis Elias and the Detroit Tigers lineup owns a 104 wRC+ against left-handed pitchers.

Outfielder: Leonys Martin — $3,400
This is a bit of a budget pick, but I do like Martin against the righty Tanner Roark. Hopefully Martin gets on base and steals a base or two today.

Other hitter: Adam Lind — $4,100
Lind crushes right-handers and faces off against Jeremy Guthrie.

Remaining budget: $17,700

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Mike Wimmer
Mike Wimmer

Is dropping Desmond Jennings for Adam Lind too drastic of a move? I have had Jennings on my bench for quite some time now and he is basically using up a roster spot that I havent been using. His speed is a plus, if healthy he should hit 30 Stolen Bases or so, but the Batting Average and other counting stats are weak so far. I know Lind is an extreme platoon split, but at least is on the right side of the platoon split.


I wouldn’t, but what else do you have in the way of speed?

Mike W
Mike W

Not a ton, but my other OF’s are so good, Jennings has a hard time crackin the line up. Gregory Polanco was just dropped due to a DL crunch, should I grab him over Jennings?