Roto Riteup: September 13, 2019

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On the Agenda:
1. Various Injury News
2. Quick Hits
3. Streaming Pitchers

Various Injury News
Nick Senzel will miss the rest of the season after being diagnosed with a torn labrum in his right shoulder.

Senzel has been injured fairly consistently in his pro career, and it’s starting to really become a trend that’s too glaring to ignore when analyzing him for future seasons. His rookie year ends with an 89 wRC+, 12 HR, and 14 SB. He’s currently going just outside the top-100 in the 2EarlyMocks.

Rich Hill was pulled in the first inning of his start against the Orioles on Thursday due to an MCL sprain in his left knee.

Just brutal. Hill just fought his way back to the rotation, and could be in a position where he can’t contribute to the Dodgers in the playoffs. Fantasy owners can obviously ignore Hill for the rest of the season, and I personally have doubts whether we’ll ever see him pitch again.

Gary Sanchez left Game 2 of Thursday’s double-header against the Tigers due to a groin strain.

Sanchez acknowledging that this feels like his earlier injury that kept him out for multiple weeks is alarming. We should get a definitive update before dropping him in redraft leagues, but signs are pointing that way. Jorge Alfaro and Sean Murphy are the best candidates with low ownership right now, but there’s no sugar coating it; if you were relying on Sanchez (like me in one league), then this will make things a lot more difficult.

Shohei Ohtani will miss the rest of the season due to a left knee injury.

I took Ohtani with my 59th pick in my 2EarlyMock due to his upside as a starter. This injury shouldn’t put a dent in his value for next season from a pitching perspective necessarily, but we’ll have to be very cognizant of what we hear this offseason in terms of his rehab so we have a good idea of where he’s at coming into 2020.

 

Quick Hits
Matt Chapman went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts yesterday and has 3 HR and 10 RBI over his last 23 games.

Homer Bailey allowed one earned run over 5.1 IP with four strikeouts and three walks in the Athletics win over the Astros on Thursday. He’s yielded three earned runs or less in nine of-his-last ten GS with the Athletics.

Nick Solak continued his onslaught against the Rays on Thursday; going 2-for-5 with a home run, two RBI, and a walk in the Rangers win. That’s now four-straight multi-hit games for the rookie, as he now owns a .360/.473/.600 line with four home runs (nine XBH), 15 RBI, one stolen base, and a remarkable 19/12 K:BB over his first 75 MLB at-bats. He’s literally helping fantasy owners make a final push in roto leagues, and propelling head-to-head owners in their matchups. If you haven’t jumped on the bandwagon – and he’s somehow not owned in your league – it’s time to pounce.

The Nationals welcomed Kyle Gibson back from the injured list by pinning him with five earned runs on eight hits and four walks over 4.2 IP. He logged six strikeouts, but the Washington offense was on fire. Five hitters had multi-hit games, and they received home runs from Juan Soto, Adam Eaton, Anthony Rendon, and Yan Gomes. Victor Robles and Trea Turner pitched in their 25th and 32nd stolen bases of the season as well.

Ronald Acuna took another step forward in his race to a 40-40 season; going 1-for-5 with a solo-home run – his 39th of the season – two runs scored, and two stolen bases (36). He might do it ladies and gentlemen.

Bryce Harper converted his 13th steal of the season. He’s now hit that mark in three of-the-last four seasons.

Adam Haseley went 1-for-4 with a home run, two walks, two runs scored, and two RBI in the Phillies victory over the Braves on Thursday. It was his second home run in four games. The rookie hasn’t been electric at the major league level thus far, but the added reps should really help his 2020 stock.

Xander Bogaerts went 2-for-5 with a double, run scored, and RBI against the Blue Jays on Thursday, becoming the first shortstop since Alex Rodriguez to notch 50 doubles and 30 home runs in a season.

Yu Darvish was stellar against the Padres yesterday; notching 14 K and allowing zero earned runs on two hits en route to his fourth outing of one earned run or less over his last five overall.

Kolten Wong went 2-for-4 with a home run, two RBI, two runs scored, a walk, and two stolen bases in the Cardinals victory over the Rockies on Thursday. He has very quietly posted a 109 wRC+ and is up to 11 HR and 22 SB.

The New York Mets hit six home runs at home for the first time in franchise history. The Mets have been a top-5 offense over the last seven days.

Domingo German followed CC Sabathia and delivered four innings of two-hit baseball with no runs scored and five strikeouts. The Yankees are going to limit his pitch count heading into the playoffs, but it doesn’t mean he won’t have value the rest of the way.

J.A. Happ left his outing against the Tigers after 4.2 IP due to left bicep tendinitis. We’ll wait for more updates on this, but he could miss a start or two, which would make him droppable in that scenario. Edwin Encarnacion also left due to an oblique strain. Both are headed back to New York for further testing.

Luis Severino is officially slated to return to the Yankees rotation on Tuesday against the Angels. My advice: Start em’ if you got em’.

Dellin Betances will throw one more rehab appearance with Double-A Trenton today, and if all goes well should return to the Yankees bullpen this weekend.

My main man Kyle Lewis homered for the third straight game. He went 3-for-5, adding a double and two runs scored. I talked about him yesterday, but he’s certainly worth adding in most formats due to his possible upside. Move out of the way Aristides Aquino!

Streaming Pitchers (Less than 50% owned)
Pitcher for Today: Chris Bassitt at TEX, Sandy Alcantara at SF

High Risk Options: Tyler Beede vs MIA, Adrian Houser at STL, Yusei Kikuchivs CHW

Pitcher for Tomorrow: Dylan Cease at SEA

High Risk Options: Anthony DeSclafani at ARI

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Fantasy Baseball and Tampa Bay Rays enthusiast. Restaurant manager by day, fantasy analyst by night. Contributor to Rotographs, Baseball HQ, Fantasy Pros, and co-owner of Friends with Fantasy Benefits. Follow me @MikeWernerFWFB.

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