Roto Riteup: August 30, 2012

Another five stories in today’s Roto Riteup? What is it, Christmas?

• Joey Votto is going to be returning this weekend if things go well during his current rehab assignment in Single-A. Votto was on pace to have one of the greatest offensive seasons in the history of Major League Baseball before he was sidelined, so here’s hoping his knee doesn’t flare up again in the next day or two. Todd Frazier will be moved to the bench to accommodate Votto’s return.

• Remember when Chris Carpenter had season-ending surgery in in July? Yeah, turns out he may not actually miss the rest of the season, and the right-hander has already thrown a 40-pitch bullpen session. I’d still bet against seeing Carpenter for precautionary reasons, but he could be a difference maker down the stretch depending on how the Cardinals use him. For fantasy owners, he won’t be of much help, but it’s great to see that he’s going to be ready to go for 2013.

• It’s not a done deal by any means, but Shelby Miller is likely going to get a look in the majors after the Triple-A season ends. Miller hasn’t enjoyed his time in the PCL — no pitcher really does — but the Cardinals still rightfully believe in his ability and could use a top arm to help them over the hump as they push for the playoffs. Kyle Lohse will be a free agent after the year, potentially allowing starters like Lance Lynn, Joe Kelly and Miller to compete for the fifth spot in St. Louis’ 2013 rotation during Spring Training. Miller is an exciting talent, and getting some data on his in the majors would be fun for nerds and prospect junkies alike.

• Sticking with prospects and September, Dylan Bundy will not be making his MLB debut until at least 2013. The Orioles will be sending the right-handed stud to the Instructional League after his Double-A season ends. Odds are Bundy will start 2013 in Triple-A and stay there until mid-June when the Super-Two deadline has passed.

• Dillon Gee’s shoulder is apparently looking great six weeks after doctors fixed a severely damaged artery in his throwing arm. Despite his artery being 96% blocked, Gee still had the best season of his career in 2012 before hitting the DL. Gee’s velocity was up, along with his strikeouts and GB%, leading him to a 1.25 WHIP over 17 starts. All worries about his shoulder taken under consideration, I’m excited to take Gee in NL-only and 14-team standard leagues next year.

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: Ryan Vogelsong at HOU
Vogelsong isn’t going to be available for streamers, but he’s an excellent choice in FanGraphs: The Game.

A Pitcher for Tomorrow: Brandon Morrow vs TB
Morrow may still be available in his second start back from the DL.

A Hitter for Today: Jesus Montero at MIN (Brian Duensing)
Montero has been great on the road, and he’s been good against left-handers. Getting a combo is just too much to pass up.

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6 Responses to “Roto Riteup: August 30, 2012”

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  1. Uh Oh Cordero says:

    Bit if a typo there. BrandonMorrow vs TOR?

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    • Joe Madden says:

      your comment caused me to look up Morrow. Has not given up a HR in last 10 games. Lets hope that changes tonight. Go Rays!

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  2. Peter says:

    So how much playing time can we expect for Frazier going forward?

    Seems silly to bench him over Rolen. How annoying, he’s been a big part of my team’s success this year.

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  3. Peter says:

    Would be nice if they could find a way to get Frazier regular at bats without taking anyone’s job away mostly at the expense of Drew Stubbs in addition to the usual periodic rest for Rolen. Stubbs has been awful, if they could play Bruce in CF and sit Stubbs a couple times a week they could fit Frazier in more.

    That’s assuming Bruce could actually handle CF, though.

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  4. SirTheory says:

    Even if Baker follows through with giving Rolen majority playing time, Frazier should get enough starts to remain fantasy relevant. Votto will probably need to be rested frequently, and Rolen could use rest, too. And Frazier has played some outfield, too, so that opens the door to more rest-filling-in.

    Even if Frazier does get less playing time than I’d expect, I’m keeping him around as my Votto back-up.

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  5. Trout says:

    Had this argument with someone else and wanted your guys opinions. If Trout was a free agent at the end of THIS season…what kind of contract do you think he would get? My guess is he would shoot for about a 10 year contract so that he could squeeze in one more major contract at 32 while he is still in his prime. Yes he has been amazing to say the least, but it has only been one year. Do you think he would get 250 like Votto for 10? Or less???

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