With apologies to the late night games, today’s Roto Riteup was written before they concluded. Fireworks are cool.
On today’s agenda:
1. Dan Straily‘s strong outing
2. A new place in the batting order for Elvis Andrus
3. Marcell Ozuna fills up the 5×5 line
Dan Straily‘s strong outing
Yesterday Dan Straily held the visiting Chicago Cubs scoreless over seven innings. He allowed just one hit — though he did permit three walks. Straily struck out six on the day and had 11 swinging strikes on 87 pitches. He did receive some help in the form a strong outfield throw from Yoenis Cespedes to gun down (a jogging) Starlin Castro at the plate in the fourth inning. Straily is a fly ball pitcher and thus prone the occasional home run, though that issue is mitigated by his home park. If he is starting at home or in a fly-ball friendly ballpark, Straily makes for a solid stream option. He is available in over 90% of ESPN and Yahoo! leagues 70% of CBS formats.
A new place in the batting order for Elvis Andrus
For those fantasy managers who own Andrus, it should be no surprise to hear that his real life manager, Ron Washington, has also noticed Andrus scuffling at the plate. Andrus is now hitting .241/.296/.283 and has just two extra-base hits — both doubles — in the past month. The Texas Rangers gave him plenty of time and plate appearances at the top of the batting order, however that patience has seemingly run out. Andrus hit eighth in yesterday’s game and will most likely see time there until he turns things around.
Perhaps the real cause of the struggles is his .286 BABIP is almost 30 points lower than his career average and we all know what a fickle thing BABIP can be. He is swinging outside of the zone a bit more this year, up to 26.1% versus a 23.1% career mark, though that could be attributed to him pressing at the plate as his frustrations mount. That being said, Andrus’ walk and strikeout rates are in line with his career numbers. Buying low on Andrus seems to be a good move. His BABIP should stabilize and return to career norms and there is nothing in his swing peripherals that would suggest any real worry. A scout could better break down Andrus’ swing and look for any mechanical flaws, though from where the present author is sitting (at a computer, naturally) the process appears intact. The results should follow shortly.
Marcell Ozuna fills up the 5×5 line
At the time of writing, Marcell Ozuna was 2-for-3 with a home run and a steal. That marks just his third home run and fifth steal of the year, though Ozuna does have a nice .291 batting average as well. Not everything is coming up Milhouse for him however, as his paltry 3.8% walk rate gives him a mere .322 OBP. Of course for someone who has never experienced Triple-A pitching, the 22-year-old Ozuna is more than holding his own. His full power potential is yet to be reached in the show, as he posted three consecutive seasons of 20+ home runs in the minors, though if and when it does Ozuna will be owned in every fantasy league. His home park and the lineup around him won’t do much for his power or counting numbers, but he still makes for an intriguing deep league play. Ozuna isn’t quite ready for standard 12-team mixed leagues just yet, however he should be owned in 14-team leagues and any NL-only format. He is currently owned in just 12% of Yahoo! leagues, 23% of ESPN formats, and 30% of CBS leagues. Standard 12-team mixed leaguers should add him to your watch list, as his power might translate sooner rather than later.
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