Roto Riteup: August 2, 2012

Today’s Roto Riteup is being written prior to naptime. No, I don’t have any children; why do you ask?

• Neftali Feliz had Tommy John surgery yesterday, meaning it will be another year before we see Feliz back in the big leagues. If Neftali Feliz ever starts another big league game, I will be all kinds of surprised. The Rangers’ rotation is going to look very different next year, seeing that Feliz and Colby Lewis are both expected to miss most of the season, and the likes of Roy Oswalt and Ryan Dempster are going to be free agents. Yu Darvish, Derek Holland and Matt Harrison figure to fill out the top, but there will be a scuffle for the bottom.

• Chase Headley’s homer against the Reds yesterday gives him 10 road dingers on the year; compare that to his three home jacks, and you’ve got yourself one heck of a split stat. It’s truly a shame Headley wasn’t deal to, well, anywhere else so that his talents could be truly appreciated.

• Alex Cobb’s SABR numbers have been really good this year — 2.13 K/BB, 60+% GB% — but his ERA is hideous by comparison. Cobb’s had some poor luck on balls in play, but he strutted his stuff against the Oakland A’s last night, going seven innings while striking out six to earn the “W.” Cobb is going to be a cog in the Rays rotation for the next couple of years, and he’ll have value in AL-only leagues.

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: Mike Minor vs MIA
No LoMo, no Hanley, and no Stanton makes the Marlins lineup vulnerable to attack.

A Pitcher for Tomorrow: Joe Kelly vs MIL
Kelly’s ERA is bound to rise, but he has good stuff, and getting him at home is too much to pass up.

A Hitter for Today: All the Reds vs SD (Ross Ohlendorf)
Want to know a secret? Ross Ohlendorf has been pretty bad this year. Want to know another secret? The Reds are going to straight up murder him.




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  1. IronyMan says:

    &*($&% Mike Olt call up today!! Waiver time?

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    • Jason says:

      Unless I’ve missed something obvious, I don’t understand how playing time is going to work out between Olt & Beltre. I realize Beltre hasn’t exactly been tearing it up over the past month, but he’s still Beltre.

      Obviously the Rangers must have a plan. Since he’s likely to be on waivers and not an outright free agent in your league, it’s probably worth waiting at least a day to see if the situation gets a little more clear.

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      • IronyMan says:

        Even in a keeper? I feel like this is a guy to want in the long run. Tho I was planning to wait for Odorizzi, Straily, or Taveras.

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      • Joey Batnuts says:

        Olt has also played 1B and OF. It’s conceivable he could split time between those spots, 3B and DH and get 3-4 starts a week. I can’t imagine they called him up to have him ride the pine.

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      • Jason says:

        @IronyMan: In a keeper you definitely want him. Obviously depending on need.

        @Joey Batnuts: Fair enough, and I’m certain he’ll either be playing or on the bus back to the Minors. My concern is that because he’s blocked at his natural position and won’t have a “home” on the field, free and clear, his leash will be much shorter. Not that it’s ever that long for a prospect in a deep lineup in a pennant race. My feeling is that this is just a first look, and unless he’s making a significant impact on the team he’s not long for the Majors this year.

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    • Trubull 69 says:

      Why would they call him up to not give him ABs?

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      • Jason says:

        I’m sure they’ll give him at bats. I’m just not sure how many before he gets sent back down.

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  2. Domonic Brown says:

    Am I really not worth writing about?

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  3. chri521 says:

    Straily AND Olt today…

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  4. Andrew says:

    Why isn’t Straily in ESPN leagues yet?

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  5. Peter says:

    Hmmm Ross Ohlendorf looks like he’s about to collapse. 5 outs recorded with 6 runs allowed, the bases are loaded as Bud Black takes the ball. I’d say that was a good call, no?

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  6. Jeff says:

    Is Headley worth keeping around in 10 team mixed? I picked him up a week or so prior to trade deadline for my bench on the chance that he might be traded out of SD. As is, I probably won’t use him unless he’s on the road and even then, I’m not sure how much I’d use him. I have Hanley Ramirez at 3B plus Moose on bench & Longo & Plouffe (2B/SS/3B/OF) on DL. Headley has been playing well of late, but 12 of his next 19 games are in PETCO.

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    • Jason says:

      Probably not? Think about what it would take to get you to play him over Hanley. He’s beating the pants off of Moustakas right now, and could still do that even at PETCO, but unless Hanley forgets his bat on the plane you’re probably going to be starting him for the next 10 days regardless, and if he’s even remotely serviceable during that time, you’re probably going to keep on starting him.

      When does Plouffe come back?

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      • Eyebrows says:

        Plouffe is eligible to return Sunday (8/05/12), though I haven’t heard any updates on how the thumb is doing.

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      • Jason says:

        Thumb injury is concerning. Plouffe could need more than 2012 to let that heal before he gets back the skills that he’s shown this year. But he surely doesn’t need 4 3B. Honestly I’d drop Moustakas. He’s only looking for a backup. Go for Headley. He’s performing better than Moustakas, you won’t necessarily *have* to use him when he’s playing at PETCO, and he’s likely to be better when he’s playing somewhere else.

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