Roto Riteup: July 28, 2013

Today is the last weekend Roto Riteup before the non-waiver trade deadline. To go with the theme of last weekend things, here is Bill Hader’s final appearance as Stefon on Weekend Update and as a cast member on Saturday Night Live.

On today’s agenda:
1. An update on Omar Infante
2. Just 10 more starts for Matt Harvey
3. Ivan Nova continues to roll

An update on Omar Infante
Following up on Friday’s Roto Riteup, Omar Infante‘s return will now be pushed back until mid-August. He won’t be partaking in any baseball activities for at least one and perhaps as many two weeks. Given that two weeks represents almost one quarter of the remaining games, Infante is expendable in 12-team mixed leagues now, though deeper leagues or AL-only formats should continue to wait on him.

Just 10 more starts for Matt Harvey
In addition to the New York Mets going to a six man rotation, manager Terry Collins announced that he thinks Matt Harvey will make about 10 starts for the rest of the season. Harvey is up to 145 innings this year after pitching 169.1 innings last season and thus a steady and closely monitored increase in his workload shouldn’t surprise. Collins did concede that if the Mets go on a winning streak and “are five or six out, we’ll have to redetermine what our next move is.”

For those Harvey owners — particularly those of you in head-to-head leagues — this news is exactly what you didn’t want to hear. Losing out on starts due to the six man rotation as well as a limit on Harvey will be very difficult to replace during the H2H playoffs. The dilemma is keeping Harvery on your playoff roster and have him eat a roster spot for the last two weeks, or keep him off your playoff roster entirely and lost out on two of his starts.

During the final weeks of the H2H playoffs, the Mets will play at Atlanta, at Cleveland, host Washington, and then host Miami. Both Atlanta and Cleveland are above average offensive clubs whereas Marlins are a team to pad stats against. The Nationals are the swing vote here. For the season they rank in the bottom three in baseball for runs scored, however over the the past 30 days the Nats have scored in the top half of baseball. Previous generations might have said “discretion is the better part of valor,” this generation would say “YOLO!” What our generation may lack in refinement and tact, it certainly attempts to make up for in gusto. Start Harvey and trust him to be successful against quality teams. What he can do in two starts is as valuable as what some pitchers could accomplish in the four full starts that Harvey would normally be pitching in.

Ivan Nova continues to roll
After yesterday’s dominating performance against the Tampa Bay Rays, Ivan Nova now has five quality starts in his six starts since being promoted. Over those six starts Nova has 40 strikeouts against 12 walks — though he has struck four batters as well. Nova’s 10.3% swinging strike rate and 23.5% K% are both career bests and he is still getting his always excellent ground ball rate. As noted by our very own Mike Petriello, Nova has been using a new pitch since being called up this year. Nova is available in over 70% of Yahoo! and ESPN leagues as well as 40% of CBS formats.

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  1. max says:

    nova pitched against the Rays.

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  2. AtTheWall says:

    Nova pitched against the Rays yesterday. The Royals were 2 starts before that.

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  3. mikeincmn says:

    I have been offered Ryu for RA Dickey. Is this selling too low on Dickey?

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  4. bdsparty32 says:

    If Nova’s performance yesterday was dominant, then what was Chris Archer’s?

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  5. majnun says:

    This was written excellently

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  6. Phillip Pantuso says:

    Would you recommend trading Harvey if the return is a top-15 hitter? My pitching is very strong.

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  7. Jim says:

    Who do you like best ROS: Doubront, Archer, Nova or Lohse. Standard 5×5 league.

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  8. pudieron89 says:

    I wouldn’t call what Nova did dominating.

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  9. dirck says:

    Two misses by me . I dropped Harvey last year before he was called up because his control was bad and he really wasn’t dominating in AAA . He is one of those rare players who has been much better in the majors ,right from the start,than he was in the minors .I dropped Nova this winter because he hadn’t been very good and had no spot in the Yankee rotation . Congratulations to him on turning his career around .These are the types of things that make fantasy baseball so interesting . There is a certain amount of skill involved in managing a winning fantasy team ,but a large amount of it is luck . So many things happen ,both good and bad, that just could not have been foreseen .

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  10. mikeincmn says:

    Where do you rank Nick Franklin the rest of the year? He has helped me at SS, a weak spot for me this year. Would you still take him over guys like Jeter, Aybar and Simmons?

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  11. redcyc says:

    I lost Zunino in a 2C league and I have no moves left. I’m trying to target Lucroy or Rosario. Is James Shields too much for either of them?

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  12. Shin-Soo Choo Choo says:

    1) If Harvey has limited innings, what about Wheeler? I have no ideas how many MiLB innings he pitched this year or what his IP limit is.

    2) Please rank Adam Eaton, Brad Miller, Smoak for rest of year.


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    • David Wiers says:

      I haven’t heard anything regarding Wheeler’s inning limit since June when the Met said they wanted to keep him around 180-185.

      Eaton, a mile, Miller, another mile, Smoak.

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  13. Paul says:

    Ok David, I’ve got a dilemma starting tomorrow. Beachy is coming off the DL and I have to make a move at least by Tuesday. Here’s my pitching staff…

    Starters- A. Sanchez, Shark, Miller, Peavy, Bailey, Corbin, Cingrani and Milone.
    Closers- Holland, Parnell and Ziegler.

    I want to keep 8 starters and three closers. Which starter goes or should I chance dumping Ziegler in hopes I can pick him back up or possibly a new closer once trades go through (Strop or other).

    What do you think?

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    • David Wiers says:

      Either Milone or Ziegler need to go. Ziggy, as much as I love him (he is a former Oakland A, after all) has a glaring platoon split. Milone while serviceable, isn’t someone who has proven to be undroppable.

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    • Paul says:

      Milone is going cause in my league saves are hard to find, but plenty of decent starters available.

      Would you start Beachy vs COL tonight? Cargo may be out.

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  14. Pauly says:

    i cut Erasmo for Nova, QS league and I see him having a hard time getting 6 consistently. Bad move?

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