Roto Riteup: September 21, 2021


On the Agenda: 

  1. Rumors
  2. Closer Chaos
  3. COVID Issues
  4. Quick Hits
  5. Various News and Notes
  6. Streaming Pitchers


Closer Chaos

Andrew Kittredge was placed on the IL with a neck issue. The move is retroactive to September 18th. This is disappointing news as he was emerging as the top candidate for saves for the Rays. They will go back to throwing anyone and everyone into the ninth moving forward. 


COVID Issues

Tyler Stephenson was placed on the IL with no injury designation which tends to mean COVID-19. There is no information as to whether he tested positive, had symptoms, or came into contact with someone, so wait before you make a roster move. 


Quick Hits

Miguel Cabrera left Monday’s game with back tightness. Consider him day-to-day at this time. 


Carlos Rodon left his start on Monday with soreness in his pitching arm. This doesn’t sound good and manager Tony LaRussa expressed that in the post-game interviews. He had reduced velocity in the outing as well. Don’t be surprised if this is the last time we see him in the regular season. 


Various News and Notes

Anthony Gose threw 1.2 innings, allowing one earned run on a walk and a hit.

Gose is a former hitting prospect of note that hadn’t played in the Majors since 2016. He has been throwing 100 MPH in the minors so he is an interesting guy to watch, but for now it is just a really great story.

Luis Severino has been activated from the 60-Day IL. Severino has been working his way back from Tommy John surgery and likely won’t throw a ton of innings down the stretch, but returning healthy before the end of the season is what we want to see for our 2022 teams.

Shane Baz threw five innings in the victory over the Blue Jays, allowing two runs on two hits and no walks while striking out six.

Baz was really good working with a fastball that can touch 100 and filthy sliders and curves. Both of his runs were given up on solo homers to Teoscar Hernandez:

and Lourdes Gurriel:

Neither pitch were necessarily bad pitches and giving up just two hits versus this Toronto team is impressive on it’s own. He seems like the real deal and should be picked up in all formats the rest of the way.

Brady Singer threw a complete game versus the Indians (seven innings) allowing two earned runs on six hits and a walk while striking out seven.

Singer was impressive in the start in spite of some struggles in the fifth, he was able to power through and finish off the game. He has struggled this season, but the underlying numbers are better than the surface. He will be an underrated pitcher heading into next season.



Streaming Pitchers (Under 50% in CBS)

Pitcher for Today: Luke Weaver vs ATL

Weaver has pitched well since coming off the IL and he is at home. 

High Risk Options: Mitch Keller at CIN, Alex Mills vs MIN, Drew Rasmussen vs TOR. 


Pitcher for Tomorrow: Joe Ryan at CHC

Ryan has pitched well and this is a nice matchup in an NL park. 

High Risk Options: Elieser Hernandez vs WAS, Reynaldo Lopez at DET, Merrill Kelly vs ATL, Janson Junk vs HOU. 


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 other periodic articles. In addition to his work at Rotographs, Justin is the lead fantasy writer/analyst and co-owner for, and the owner of The Great Fantasy Baseball Invitational. He is also a certified addiction treatment counselor. Follow Justin on Twitter @JustinMasonFWFB.

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Pat Listachiomember
2 years ago

U speld right rong