Roto Riteup: September 7, 2022

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On the Agenda: 

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


Quick Hits

Willson Contreras was placed on the IL with an ankle sprain. The Cubs had hoped to have him avoid the IL, but he will need more time. Hopefully, he will be back soon after he is eligible. 

Jose Iglesias was placed on the IL with a hand contusion. X-rays were negative so he shouldn’t miss too much time. 

Franchy Cordero was placed on the IL with an ankle injury. This is surprising after yesterday’s crash into the wall. There is no timetable for his return. 

Starling Marte was removed from Tuesday’s game after being hit on the hand with a pitch. Marte initially stayed in the game but had trouble gripping the baseball in the field. He got an x-ray, but the Mets stated they wanted a specialist to look at it before commenting on it which doesn’t sound good at all. Consider him day-to-day, but there may be an IL stint coming. 

Xander Bogaerts left Tuesday’s game with back spasms. Consider him day-to-day for now. 

Luis Robert left Tuesday’s game with a hand injury after being hit with a pitch by starter Logan Gilbert. X-rays were negative and he stated he was fine after the game, so it appears he avoided serious injury. Consider him day-to-day at this time. 


Various News and Notes
Triston Casas went 1-for-4 with his first Major League home run in the loss to the Rays on Tuesday.

Casas is one of the top power hitting prospects in all of baseball and his power was on display with that shot. However, his swing and miss was also on display as he struck out in his three other plate appearances. Casas has shown a pretty great approach in the minors, so I am not overly worried that he will become a free swinger in the majors, but it is definitely something to monitor.

Max Muncy went 3-for-4 with two home runs in the victory over the Giants on Tuesday.


Muncy has struggled mightily this season, hitting .192/.321/.381 with 18 home runs and two stolen bases. However, since the beginning of August he has been much better, hitting .268 with nine home runs. A listener/reader, Aaron Frey pointed out what may be the reason why he has improved on twitter recently:

Muncy tore his UCL at the end of last season, but it appears he may be starting to feel better and the adjustments he has made appear to be helping him tap back into the player he has been the last few seasons.

Kyle Farmer went 2-for-4 with a home run and a triple in the loss to the Cubs on Monday:

Farmer has been fine this year, but has crushed left handed pitching, hitting .312 with seven of his nine home runs against southpaws. He is a fantastic DFS play as he is never very expensive even when facing a lefty.


Streaming Pitchers (Under 50% in CBS)

Pitcher for Today:  Bailey Falter vs MIA

Falter has quietly been great and has a fantastic matchup vs Miami. 

High Risk Options: Ken Waldichuk vs ATL, Tommy Henry at SD, Drew Hutchison at LAA, Javier Assad vs CIN. 


Pitcher for Tomorrow: JP Sears vs CHW

Sears has pitched well and I am not afraid of the White Sox right now. 

High Risk Options: Jakob Junis at MIL, Adrian Sampson 샘슨 vs CIN. 

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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