Roto Riteup: September 7, 2023

Can I get my taco with a side of oppo sauce, please?

On the Agenda:

  1. News and Notes
  2. Bumps and Bruises
  3. Streaming Pitchers

News and Notes

Shohei Ohtani missed another game on Wednesday after imaging revealed he was dealing with inflammation in his oblique. Those rostering Ohtani should be currently hearing the “Jaws” theme in their heads/making other plans for their UT slots.

Gary Sánchez has a fractured wrist and is done for the season, finishing exactly as you might expect, with a .217 AVG and 19 HR in 267 PA.

James Paxton will have his turn in the rotation skipped this week and won’t pitch again until Tuesday against the Yankees. Paxton has a 4.50 ERA for the year but has been getting lit up lately, most recently lasting just 1.1 IP against the Royals while giving up 6 ER.

Mason Miller (elbow) was activated from the IL on Wednesday but won’t be headed back to the rotation, with manager Mark Kotsay saying he’ll be used in the middle of games and will be limited to 50 pitches. Typically, this would render someone mostly useless in fantasy but that might not be the case with Miller, depending on your league and the circumstances of the current standings. If you’re looking for excellent strikeouts with a side of ratios, Miller might still be your guy. For example, in his return to action last night, he pitched two clean innings, striking out three, with the heater averaging 99.6 mph and hitting 102.4 mph.

Jarred Kelenic could be activated soon after playing in full games in the field on his rehab assignment on back-to-back days, going 4-for-9 with a home run and three doubles.

The Dodgers canceled Julio Urías’s bobblehead night on Wednesday due to him being a complete and utter loser who won’t pitch again this season and probably not next year either. At least, not in MLB. Imagine loving domestic violence more than 100+ million dollars.

Bumps and Bruises

The Marlins might still be in the Wildcard hunt and are currently on a six-game win streak but things just got a whole lot more difficult. Sandy Alcantara (forearm) and Jorge Soler (oblique) were both placed on the IL on Wednesday with what could be season-ending injuries considering the state of the calendar. Edward Cabrera and Dane Myers were recalled to take their places. Cabrera is obviously the most interesting from a fantasy view and has trucked along in his five starts at Triple-A since being demoted at the start of August, posting a 2.22 ERA over 28.1 IP, with 30 strikeouts. But sledding could be really tough early on, with his first two starts currently scheduled to come at Philadelphia on Sunday and at home against Atlanta next Friday.

Things just keep getting worse for the Texas Rangers – Adolis García was removed in the second innings of last night’s loss to the Astros with knee discomfort after landing awkwardly following a failed attempt to bring back a Michael Brantley home run. Consider him day-to-day.

Giancarlo Stanton hit his hardest ball of the season on Wednesday – unfortunately, the 119.5 mph liner ran directly into the foot of Detroit pitcher, Matt Manning. Manning, who already missed over two months earlier in the season after being hit with a comebacker on the same foot back in April, is out for the season. He’ll finish his year with a 3.58 ERA (4.81 FIP) over 78 IP, with 50 K.

Corbin Carroll was pulled in the fifth inning of Arizona’s 12-5 win over Colorado last night after taking a hit-by-pitch to the wrist. X-rays were negative but consider him day-to-day.

Andrew McCutchen is officially done for the season after imaging revealed a partial tear in his Achilles tendon from running out a double on Monday. Expect Pittsburgh to replace him with someone who is in no way fantasy relevant.

Glass Joe Tim Anderson was scratched with a stiff neck on Wednesday. Consider him day-to-day.

Lane Thomas (back) missed his second game in a row on Wednesday but will get another day off today to try and get right for the weekend.

Streaming Pitchers

Streaming Pitcher for Today: Ryan Pepiot, LAD @MIA – Mr. Up-and-Down has a solid streaming matchup on a short-slate Thursday, even if the Marlins are currently rolling. In three appearances in the majors this season (1 start, 2 bulk relief), Pepiot has a 1.29 ERA and 0.71 WHIP, including one against these same Marlins on August 19 when he allowed 1 ER over 5 IP, with one walk and five strikeouts.

High Risk for Today: Adam Wainwright, STL @ATL – Ba-hahahahaha, we are laughing. Only if you’re playing in a reverse fantasy league.

Streaming Pitcher for Tomorrow: Reese Olson, DET vs CHW – Olson has allowed just 1 ER in his past two starts, including his most recent one where he blanked these same White Sox over seven innings, allowing just four hits and walking none.

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7 months ago

A reverse fantasy league could actually be a lot of fun. You need players bad enough to put up bad stats, but good enough to get playing time.

Lots of good defense, no hit guys. Martin Maldonado and Austin Hedges would be first round picks.

Finding a first basemen would be interesting.

7 months ago
Reply to  dl80

Dom Smith or Jose Abreu would be (bottoms?) at their position.

7 months ago
Reply to  dl80

I wonder if they actually exist. Prolly fun and funny. Just get like a 6 team league or something. I’d be down

7 months ago
Reply to  dl80

You’d have to have a rule that you must start a player at every position every day. Otherwise you’d just select guys that simply aren’t playing. Either that or the categories would have to be negatives like outs made or something. But it couldn’t just be Ks because then you’d be rostering someone like Schwarber which isn’t the idea. Or maybe you have both Ks and HR so, yes you can take Schwarber but he’s going to kill you in HR because the idea would be to have someone who strikes out a bunch but doesn’t hit HR. Same thing with CS – the guys with the most CS are the guys with the most SB. Maybe SB% or something. Not sure what 5 hitting categories you’d have for reverse fantasy

Pitching side would be easier – keep WHIP and ERA but make the other 3: L, BB and BS. BS in particular would be interesting. Clase has the most blown saves but he’d kill you in ERA and WHIP. Most of the guys high on the blown saves list actually have decent ERAs under 4. You have to go down to 16th on the blown saves leaderboard to find an ERA over 4.50 (Chasen Shreve and Scott McGough)

7 months ago
Reply to  Anon

Thinking this through, you could go with the standard 5×5 but simply have PA and IP minimums – you have to start enough guys to meet the minimums but you have to find guys who suck and don’t run up the numbers.

7 months ago
Reply to  dl80

Finding a first basemen would be interesting.”

Ji Man Choi would be headed to the Hall of Fame.

7 months ago
Reply to  Sculpin

Miguel Rojas would go first round.

7 months ago
Reply to  LightenUpFG

Jorge Mateo becomes a 4 category contributor who will murder you in SB.