The only time you should bunt is when you do it just to light up a pitcher that threw at you pic.twitter.com/lbIzFr0dSC
— Kent (@RealKentMurphy) August 29, 2019
On the Agenda:
1. The Sleeper and the Bust DFS Contest
2. Quick Hits
3. Various News and Notes
4. Streaming Pitching Options
The Sleeper and the Bust DFS Contest
Every week the Sleeper and the Bust podcast hosts a DFS contest for the podcast. The winner gets a shoutout on the Roto Riteup and on the podcast as well as my and Paul Sporer’s hard earned cash. This week’s winner was Gators3479!
Congrats to this week’s winner of The Sleeper and the Bust DFS contest! pic.twitter.com/mAFI8s9cfV
— Justin Mason (@JustinMasonFWFB) September 11, 2019
Various News and Notes
Johnny Cueto returned to the mound for the Giants on Tuesday. Cueto, who was recovering from Tommy John Surgery, threw five scoreless innings striking out four in the victory over the Pirates. Cueto looked good in the outing, sitting 90-92 with the fastball. He should be in for a few more starts and is worth picking up in NL Only formats and streaming in deeper mixed leagues.
Christian Yelich left Tuesday’s game with a knee injury. Yelich fouled off a pitch that hit him in the knee, fracturing his kneecap. He has already been ruled out for the season. The timetable has yet to be released, but it will depend on whether surgery is needed to repair the fracture which can take 9-10 months to recover from.
Zach Plesac threw a complete game shutout versus the Angels on Tuesday. Plesac has struggled as of late but was able to limit the Angels to only six base runners in nine innings. The 24-year-old has gotten an opportunity thanks to injuries and trades that have decimated the Indians rotation, but he has two above-average pitches and two average ones. He has a nice matchup next with Detroit and is worth streaming for another go around.
Manager Andy Green stated on Tuesday that Hunter Refroe will be out “a while” with his injured elbow. Refroe is also dealing with an ankle injury as well and the Padres are content with resting him down the stretch. This makes him droppable in most formats.
According to manager Rocco Baldelli, Byron Buxton is going to undergo shoulder surgery and will not return this season. The rehab takes 5-6 months and could put the beginning of his 2020 season in jeopardy.
Kyle Gibson was activated from the 10-Day IL and is scheduled to pitch on Thursday.
Kyle Crick will miss the rest of the season after breaking a finger in a fight with teammate Felipe Vasquez. No word on what the fight was about, but both players were fined by the organization.
Avisail Garcia left Tuesday’s game with hip tightness. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Streaming Pitching Options (Less than 50% owned)
Pitcher for Tomorrow: CC Sabathia at DET
The Tigers are one of the worst teams in the Majors versus left-handed pitching.
Pitcher for Tomorrow: None
Lot of options, but none that stand out.
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 FriendswithFantasyBenefits.com, 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.