Roto Riteup — Presented by DraftKings: May 14, 2014

Here’s to hoping that you, the warm-blooded Roto Riteup reader, have a better ability to stay cool in 75-degree temperatures than this fair-skinned Dutchman.

On today’s agenda:
1. Jose Fernandez needs Tommy John
2. Big Boppers back from DL
3. Kevin Gausman to start today
4. Omar Infante finally goes to DL
5. The Frisky Five

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Jose Fernandez needs Tommy John
Where yesterday there was hope, today there is none. The phenom known as Jose Fernandez has a torn UCL and has been advised to undergo Tommy John surgery, which he will do by the end of this week. All baseball fans are grieving on this day, and possibly even pouring one out for the elbows gunned down in their prime. I’m not one to waste alcohol, but I’m assuming at least some other section of baseball fans have that kind of money to throw around.

Big Boppers back from DL
Ryan Braun returned from a DL stint yesterday, which should provide a boost to any owner that has missed having him around. The boost the Brewers would get has been limited though, as third baseman Aramis Ramirez will replace Braun on the Disabled List. In Aramis’ absence, expect Lyle Overbay to play everyday at first and Mark Reynolds to move over to share time at third.

The struggling Padres got their masher back in the form of Carlos Quentin’s return from the DL. Quentin needs an elongated DL-stint each season, so hopefully missing the first month-and-a-half gets everything out of the way and allows him to play through the rest of 2014. To make room for Quentin, Kyle Blanks was sent down to the minors, though he could be off to the Oakland A’s sometime this week.

In other injury related news, Devin Mesoraco has begun his rehab assignment, and Colby Rasmus is attempting to rejoin the Blue Jays in a few days time.

Kevin Gausman to start today
The right-handed Gausman is being called upon to provide the Orioles with a boost, and he’ll start against the Tigers today. Gausman performed well for Baltimore last season, striking out nearly a quarter of the batters he faced, and maintaining a K/BB ratio just south of 4 while pitching from both the rotation and the bullpen. Gausman has been a little less impressive in Triple-A this year — even though his ERA is barely above 2.00 and he’s only allowed two homers in six starts, the top prospect has been walking more batters than you’d like.

In case you can’t recall, Gausman started against the Tigers last year, allowing only one earned over six innings of work. What stands out from that start, however, is how he battled with Miguel Cabrera and flashed some of the excellent stuff that could propel him to stardom in the big leagues.

Omar Infante finally goes to DL
Infante hasn’t played since the middle of last week thanks to back stiffness, and with a retroactive placement, he could be off the DL around this time last week. Infante hasn’t had the batting average we’re quite used to this year, but it should just be a simple BABIP issue, so expect him to return to form when healthy.

The Frisky Five

SP: Rafael Montero, $6,000
Montero is one of the cheaper options, and he gets to make his big league debut at home, forcing the Yankees to forgo the DH.

SP: Corey Kluber, $9,400
The Society has a very powerful lobbying team.

C: A.J. Pierzynski, $3,800
3B: Xander Bogaerts, $3,600
Booger and A.J. square off against Kevin Correia, whose contract makes me sad.

OF: Giancarlo Stanton, $5,700
Stanton will take no prisoners in his vendetta against the baseball gods for maiming his teammate.

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Satoshi Nakamoto
Satoshi Nakamoto

Random observation: anyone else notice that the infamous pitchers involved in the fried chicken and beer from the Red Sox (Lackey, Beckett, Lester) are all pitching extremely well now that they’re in their contract year?

Any GM that overpays them with a long term contract is a fool. They’ll go right back to beer and chicken next season.

(Although with Lackey it says 2015 $500,000 club option. But if he wins 20 games he can negotiate a longer lucrative contract yes? Or Boston would just pay him the 500K?)


That’s very silly