Roto Riteup: April 24, 2013

In a random debate of sorts, fellow FanGraphs writer and baseball nerd colleague Mark Smith and the present author spoke on a number of things via twitter, culminating in the following question: which is better Backstreet Boys or N’Sync. What say you, reader?

On today’s agenda:
1. Potentially bad news for Dylan Bundy
2. A setback for Matt Garza
3. The Atlanta Braves gain a player, lose a player
4. Andrew Cashner to the rotation
5. Shaun Marcum‘s return


Potentially bad news for Dylan Bundy
Blue chip pitching prospect Dylan Bundy will see Dr. James Andrews as a second opinion on the arm tightness that has sidelined Bundy since March. No further details have been released yet, however a visit to the famed surgeon usually sets off alarm bells for fans, coaches, GMs, and fantasy owners. Bundy is owned in very few Yahoo! and ESPN formats, but has a 40% ownership rate in CBS leagues. For all Bundy owners — particularly in long keeper/dynasty leagues — hold tight and hang on. To dump or trade away Bundy now would be selling low.

A setback for Matt Garza
Matt Garza was expected to make a rehab start in Double-A tomorrow, however he has been scratched with a case of dead arm. He will only miss a few extra days, however any Garza owner is certainly anxiously awaiting his return. When healthy, Garza is a solid fantasy option along the lines of an SP3. He is currently owned in two-thirds of CBS leagues, however his Yahoo! ownership rate is just 50% and his ESPN rate is even lower; sub-25%. If his current owner is finally fed up with not getting any production out of Garza and drops him, scoop him up. Garza is certainly worth owning.

The Atlanta Braves gain a player, lose a player
Yesterday the Braves welcomed Freddie Freeman back to the lineup, however they lost Jason Heyward to an emergency appendectomy and the 15-day disabled list. Freeman returned to his role at first base and the cleanup spot for both games of yesterday’s double header. Both Jordan Schafer and Reed Johnson will man right field in Heywards absence in a presumed platoon situation. Heyward is hitting a .121 on the season thus far and combined with this injury, this may be the best chance anyone could have to attempt to buy low on him.

Andrew Cashner to the rotation
Fellow Cashner owners, this is the day we’ve been waiting for, of sorts. Yesterday evening brought about an announcement — via our every own Eno Sarris — from the San Diego Padres that Cashner is to make a start on Friday against the San Francisco Giants. Though manager Bud Black didn’t commit to guaranteeing Cashner will stay in the rotation, Cashner will make at least one start in the foreseeable future.

Cashner currently sports a 30% ownership rate in CBS leagues, an 8% ownership rate in Yahoo!, and a sub 1% rate in ESPN formats. Grab Cashner wherever you can and congratulate yourself on making a championship caliber move.

Shaun Marcum‘s return
In another instance of a pitcher coming back from injury, Shaun Marcum is set to make his New York Mets debut on Saturday against the Philadelphia Phillies. Expect another solid if not spectacular season from the right-hander. He is a fly ball pitcher in a very pitcher friendly ballpark, so his ERA may be a pleasant surprise this season.

If it comes down to Cashner or Marcum, Cashner narrowly edges out Marcum. If Cashner were a kool-aid, the author would be mixing the bowl and telling of his delicious flavor. Marcum is owned in 60% of CBS formats, 33% of Yahoo! leagues, and 1% of ESPN leagues. If a leaguemate beats you to the Cashner punch, Marcum is a useful silver trophy.




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24 Responses to “Roto Riteup: April 24, 2013”

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  1. jdean says:

    show me the meaning, of beeeeing lonely…

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  2. centerfield ballhawk says:

    Would you grab Cashner over, say Josh Beckett in a standard twelve team mixed league?

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    • aw says:

      wrestling with the same thought….beckett or cashner, who was just waived two weeks ago. h2h 10 team mixed league. i’m leaning strongly to picking up cashner but i think back to the end of 2012 when beckett looked pretty strong pitching in dodger stadium…

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    • David Wiers says:

      Cashner will end up with more strikeouts (or at least a better strikeout rate) but Beckett will probably end with more wins. For my money, I would take Cashner over Beckett, but I am very high on Cashner.

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  3. Gordon Shumway says:

    The news article you linked regarding Cashner’s start is from June 2012. He will not be starting against the Cubs on Saturday but rather the Giants on Friday.

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  4. brettstarr4 says:

    These guys are great adds if you have deep dl spots too becuase they’ll both go back on the dl at some point this season- that’s guaranteed.

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  5. dave says:

    Cashner is available on my wire, but I’m not sure who to drop, if anyone. Would you drop any of the following: Ike Davis, Lorenzo Cain, Angel Pagan, Carlos Gomez, Shelby Miller, Alex Cobb, Marco Estrada?

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    • David Wiers says:

      I’d drop Cain for Cashner, unless you have a strict innings limit where you want a couple bench position players as opposed to a big pitching staff.

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      • dave says:

        We do, 1250 innings pitched for the season, roto style. I was thinking Cain like you, but it’s tough given Cain’s solid start and upside to possibly breakout, plus my current SP are Sale, Medlen, Estrada, Shelby, and Cobb. 3 OF starters and 2 UTIL slots. The OF I drafted is Harper, Pagan, Carlos Gomez, and Goldschmit is locked into 1 of my utility slots, leaving Cain or Ike in the other UTIL. The rest of my lineup slots are taken up by current closers I can’t drop. What should I do, let someone else get Cashner or drop Cain and play Ike every day at UTIL with no offensive bench? Is Cashner’s upside so great that I should leave my lineup somewhat unbalanced to make sure I have him?

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      • David Wiers says:

        1250 is a touch low, I’m used to 1400, but that is fine. I like carrying zero bench players, personally. It maximizes the pitchers to an extent that can’t be reached by carrying 2 or even just 1 bench bat.

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  6. Nick says:

    Need a new outfielder due to Heyward’s departure. Who would you take?
    Davis, Quentin, Ruggiano, Seth Smith?

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  7. Lawrence says:

    Roberto Hernandez or Cashner?

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  8. 1234 says:

    Would you rather have Marcum or Wily Peralta in a 5X5 12 team NL only keeper?

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    • David Wiers says:

      I wish Peralta could find some control. If you’re punting this year, hang on to Peralta as a lottery ticket. If you’re in the running for the title, go with Marcum.

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      • 1234 says:

        Thanks! You may have just saved me from making a horrible mistake.

        I’m probably going to have to decide which one I want next week and I was thinking I really like Peralta as a keeper, but I’m not sure how he compares to Marcum and I definitely want to try to win this year. I wish my lousy pitcher would get sent to the minors or something so I could keep both!

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      • David Wiers says:

        Haha, or I just coerced you into making a huge one…

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