Roto Riteup: September 17, 2021

I believe I can fly…

On the Agenda: 

  1. Quick Hits
  2. Various News and Notes
  3. Streaming Pitchers

Quick Hits

Framber Valdez was scratched from his start due to a cut on his pitching hand. The hope is that Valdez will be able to pitch on Monday, but that is not a given at this point. Consider him day-to-day at this time. 


Daniel Lynch left his start on Thursday due to a calf injury. It doesn’t sound serious, so consider him day-to-day at this time. 


Jame Kaprielian is moving to the bullpen according to A’s manager Bob Melvin. Kaprielian has struggled as of late and with the A’s fighting to stay in the playoff race, they have to go with who can help them compete. Daulton Jefferies is expected to move into the rotation moving forward. 


Nelson Cruz left Thursday’s game with a forearm contusion after being hit by a pitch. X-rays were negative following the game. Consider him day-to-day at this time. 


J.T. Realmuto left Thursday’s game after being hit with a pitch on the elbow. X-rays were negative following the game. Consider him day-to-day at this time. 


Various News and Notes

Alex Cobb threw five scoreless innings in the victory over the White Sox, allowing just two hits and two walks while striking out five.

Cobb was great in his first start back from the IL, throwing his for a 38% CSW and inducing a lot of weak contact. When healthy, CObb has been a very good pitcher and is worth spotting the rest of the way.

There was a rumor flying around that top pitching prospect Shane Baz could be called up to start Friday’s game for the Tampa Bay Rays. However, the Rays made the decision to move Luis Patino up a day. However, we could be nearing a promotion for Baz who has been fantastic this season, throwing 78.2 innings with a 2.06 ERA and a .80 WHIP and 113 strikeouts. He should be picked up in all formats that allow you to roster players before their call-up.


Streaming Pitchers (Under 50% in CBS)

Pitcher for Today:  Adrian Houser vs CHC

Houser has been great recently and has a nice matchup versus a bad Chicago team. 

High Risk Options: Elieser Hernandez vs PIT, Brady Singer vs SEA, Jose Suarez vs OAK, Taylor Hearn vs CHW. 


Pitcher for Tomorrow: Luis Gil vs CLE 

Gil struggled in his last start, but he has looked good this year and it is a nice matchup versus a bad Cleveland team. 

High Risk Options: Edward Cabrera vs PIT, Bryce Wilson at MIA. 

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 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, 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.

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