Roto Riteup: September 21, 2022

Chase your dreams like Josh Harrison chases this ball:

On the Agenda: 

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


COVID Issues

According to Robert Fife and Eric Atkins, the Canadian government is expected to drop the COVID vaccine requirement to enter the country by the end of the month. This is huge news for the playoffs as multiple players could have been prevented from entering the country for a series against the Blue Jays. The Blue Jays also have a series that begins 9/30 versus the Red Sox in Toronto, so any Red Sox players that are unvaccinated should be eligible for that series as well. 


Quick Hits

Frankie Montas was placed on the IL with shoulder inflammation. Montas’ MRI was negative for any structural issues, so it appears he should be fine down the line, but with so little time left in the season, this likely ends his season as the Yankees prepare for the playoffs. The move is retroactive to September 17th, so technically he could return in the last few days of the year, but there is no reason to keep him unless you have a free IL slot. 

Sonny Gray was placed on the IL with a hamstring strain. This will likely end his season.

Patrick Corbin left his start on Tuesday with back spasms. This doesn’t sound serious. Consider him day-to-day.

Trea Turner left the game on Tuesday with a back issue. Turner was hit in the back by a throw from teammate Miguel Vargas. The move was precautionary and he ended up playing in the second half of the doubleheader, so it appears he is fine.

Shane McClanahan left his start on Tuesday with neck tightness. McClanahan struggled in this one and never looked comfortable so this makes sense. It doesn’t sound like this is related to the issue that forced him to the IL recently, so that is a good sign. Consider him day-to-day for now.

Brandon Marsh left Tuesday’s game with a knee issue. Consider him day-to-day for now.

Nick Senzel left Tuesday’s game after this play:

He reportedly broke his toe and will be placed on the IL. This will end his season.


Various News and Notes
Luis Ortiz threw five innings versus the Yankees, allowing one earned run (and one unearned) on three hits and two walks while striking five in the no-decision on Tuesday.

Ortiz was overshadowed by Aaron Judge hitting his 60th home run of the season, but he was really good in this one. He worked mostly fastball and slider while registering a 32% CSW on the fastball and a 37% CSW on the slider. While he threw a change up a few times as well, he needs to develop a third pitch if he wants to be a starter long term. His command was pretty good in the outing as well which is encouraging. He could be an interesting sleeper next season on a team that doesn’t have much pitching depth in the rotation.

Drey Jameson threw six innings versus the Dodgers, allowing two earned runs in seven hits and one walk while striking out seven in the victory on Tuesday.

Jameson was fantastic once again, cruising through a fully stacked Dodgers lineup through five innings before giving up the home run to Max Muncy that resulted in the two earned runs. He mixed his pitches really well and got a 48% whiff rate on his slider which was his most used pitch. He is a great streamer down the stretch and an interesting name to look at for next year.


Streaming Pitchers (Under 50% in CBS)

Pitcher for Today:  Matt Manning at BAL

Manning has pitched well as of late and Baltimore has been a great place to pitch this year. 

High Risk Options: Roansy Contreras at NYY, Bailey Ober at KC, Dane Dunning vs LAA. 


Pitcher for Tomorrow: Mitch Keller at PIT

Mitch Keller continues to deal and this is a nice matchup at home. 

High Risk Options: Josh Winder at KC, Michael Lorenzen at TEX. 


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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