Roto Riteup: April 12th, 2012

Today’s Roto Riteup features an inordinate amount of hispanic names.

• Scott Baker is done for the 2012 season after being forced (at gunpoint) to have surgery on his throwing elbow. Baker has never been the most durable starter in the world, but he has been somewhat of an undervalued fantasy asset for the past couple of years. It looks like Liam Hendricks will be getting a chance to stick in the big leagues as a starter, but don’t run out and snag him off the waiver wire. Hendricks’ minor league numbers were pretty good below Triple-A, and the right-hander posted a FIP and SIERA around 4.00 in four starts last season.

• Buster Posey has shingles. In other news, Buster Posey is cursed and will never be allowed to be happy. Posey should be back in a day or two, so don’t be overly concerned about this specific injury. You should be worried about hunting down and killing the witch who cursed him, though.

• It’s early, but Edinson Volquez is doing exactly what fantasy owners should have been hoping for. Volquez is the major league strikeout leader through Tuesday’s action, but his BB/9 is above 5.00 for the fourth season in a row. Volquez isn’t going to be able to keep up a K/9 above 11.0, but he could have one between nine and ten. If he can keep the walks under control, especially on the road, Volquez could once again post an ERA under 4.00.

For those of you who play daily fantasy games like FanGraphs: The Game, or just like to stream players, here are a couple matchups you may be able to exploit.

A Pitcher for Today: None
You could make an argument for Jeff Karstens again the Dodgers or Chris Capuano, who is facing off against him, but I don’t want to put my eggs in their basket.

A Pitcher for Tomorrow: Luke Hochevar (KC) vs CLE
Hochevar is going to be very good this year. Just you watch.

A Hitter for Today: Adam LaRoche (WAS) vs CIN (Bronson Arroyo)
Arroyo likes to give up big time dingers.




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13 Responses to “Roto Riteup: April 12th, 2012”

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  1. John says:

    What do you think about trading B.Phillips for either Wainright or Zimmerman or Romero. 10 team h2h. I favor Zimm. Should I pursue this. I would be going to waiver wire for 2b and have allen craig stashed?

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    • Mike says:

      I would think in a 10 team H2H you would be able to find decent streaming options more easily than a replacement 2B. I guess it depends on your league rules (pickup limits?) and what kind of player you can get as a replacement. I wouldn’t count on Craig being an everyday player.

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  2. Bryan says:

    What do you think of Lincecum’s struggles?

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  3. Nate Jones says:

    A. Laroche is career .174 v Arroyo, and I don’t think he pitches today anyway.

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    • DWrek says:

      Correct, Latos. Weird numbers, only 1 hit in 11 PA’s, but it was a HR and he has 3 BB’s. .125/.364/.500.

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  4. MustBunique says:
    FanGraphs Supporting Member

    Really Posey? Shingles? I thought people stopped getting that or had to be really old. Seeing that made me think I was playing Oregon trail. You shot 1 squirrel, broke a wagon wheel, and Buster Posey has Shingles.

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    • Hey, I had Shingles in my right after law school finals. Stress & weak immune system can let slip the virus of chicken pox at any time. Posey was probably stressed that Bruce Bochy & Sabean were asking Bengie Molina to unretire and take over fulltime catching duties.

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  5. supra says:

    Shingles is from stress… and it is no fun to get that shit, they musta caught it early though. Dude’s been thru a lot, must be stressing like crazy.

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  6. jfree says:

    re Fangraphs:the game

    Put in a sort by team –not just by $. Maybe even allow a team-based selection rather than just purely a position based selection page.

    Considering that the budgeted/targeted amount lets you pick from crappy starters, platoon players, statistical outliers (read rookies) and benchwarmers (with a big lineup$ penalty) – and a 0.1WAR/game (ie soccer is higher scoring) is the best outcome, you gotta make this thing easier for people to play.

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  7. Sean says:

    Could you include “a hitter for tomorrow” in future columns please?

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  8. Eric Dykstra says:

    I have Capuano projected for a 2.69 ERA with a 40% chance of picking up the win. That’s good enough to start in even 8-team leagues. Dodgers don’t have a great offense, but it’s enough to give their pitcher a good chance to win, and Capuano should be able to handle a weak Pirates squad.

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  9. totoro says:

    For FG:The Game, is UZR being used to calculate your player’s WAR?

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