Roto Riteup: July 9, 2013

Rarely does the present author wade into the waters of fan subjectivity, however tomorrow his beloved Oakland A’s are being showcased to a national audience. They’ll be taking on the Pittsburgh Pirates on ESPN at 7:00 pm eastern in a clash of two division leading teams. For some clubs a national spotlight is nothing new, however for A’s fans and (assuming as much on behalf of) Pirates fans, a national broadcast is a rare and special thing.

On today’s agenda:
1. The Milwaukee Brewers swap sluggers
2. Ryan Howard to have surgery
3. Lonnie Chisenhall is all right

The Milwaukee Brewers swap sluggers
Yesterday the Brewers welcomed back Ryan Braun from the 15-day disabled list, though they lost Aramis Ramirez to the DL with a knee sprain. Braun was brought back a few days early and did not start yesterday, however he should be in the lineup today. The move to place Ramirez on the DL was made retroactive July 7 and thus he’ll be eligible to return after missing just one post All-Star Break series.

This the second time this year that Ramirez has missed time due to soreness in his knees. Given that he is now 35-years-old and this is a recurring injury, there is a bit of doubt on the authors behalf on Ramirez missing the minimum amount of time. For now stash him and hope that Ramirez returns as soon as eligible.

Ryan Howard to have surgery
The Philadelphia Phillies have elected to go the surgery route on Ryan Howard‘s knee. He is expected to miss six to eight weeks and thus the best case scenario is that he will come back with six weeks of the season remaining. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said that Darin Ruf will get the bulk of the playing time at first base in Howard’s absence.

As stated on Sunday’s Roto Riteup, Ruf has plenty of power to offer and given that his playing time is now somewhat guaranteed, he makes for a solid pick up. Ruf is available in over 90% of CBS, ESPN, and Yahoo! leagues. He is outfield eligible and should gain first base shortly. With power, playing time, a friendly home park, and multi-position eligibility, Ruf could be a savvy second half pick up.

Lonnie Chisenhall is all right
No, a seal didn’t bite off his hand, but he will be all right if he’s only going to be facing right-handed pitchers for the rest of the season. He has a career .274/.314/.426 line against right-handed pitchers but struggles to the tune of .193/.220/.395 against fellow lefties. When properly managed Chisenhall is worthy of ownership in deep leagues for anyone looking for help at third base. We are still in the realm of small sample size — especially when it comes to properly regressing his splits — however given his 32 strikeouts and two walks against left-handed pitchers, Chisenhall may find himself on the bigger end of a real life platoon situation.

He has shown an overall improvement since returning from the minors back in June — a .293 batting average with two home runs in 58 plate appearances. Recent trends aside, Chisenhall’s minor league numbers corroborate worries about his ability to hit same handed pitching. Chisenhall is owned in 20% of CBS leagues and less than 3% of ESPN and Yahoo! formats. Standard 12-team mixed redraft leagues can leave him alone for now. Add him to your watch list and keep track of him, however there is no need to drop any full time third basemen for him just yet.

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  1. Nick says:

    Chisenhall or Plouffe to fill in for Aramis?

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  2. STEALTH says:

    Erasmo Ramirez.


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    • Zach says:

      Seconded. Won’t start him against Boston, but I’m hoping he has a Medlen 2012 season in him.

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    • David Wiers says:

      Not a ton of minor league strikeouts, but solid control. His changeup could bring more strikeouts than expected, but he’s a stream/spot guy for me right now. In a 12-team mixed I wouldn’t burn a waiver priority on him, but if he’s available via FA, sure, I’d take a stab at him in a favorable matchup.

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  3. TB says:

    Would you drop Ramirez for the likes of Morrison, Rajai Davis, Leonys Martin, or even Jeter?

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    • David Wiers says:

      Depends on the league and roster size. Anything shallower than a 12-team mixed, yeah, I could drop him. I’d prefer to stash him on the DL, but in shallow leagues you need production now.

      Assuming that Ramirez was your UTIL, I’d go Martin, Morrison, Jeter, then Davis.

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      • TB says:

        Its a 16-team H2H league. Roster includes MI and CR. I do have ARam as Util. I usually swap him out with Span or De Aza, starting Garnder, Jackson, and Aoki as other OFs.

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  4. colbyamoss says:

    Love a good AD joke with my baseball

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  5. Halladay In Cambodia says:

    Would you go Darin Ruf, or Juan Francisco ROS? Roto league, OBP/TB/HR/Avg/NSB

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  6. pudieron89 says:

    What do we think of Kemp’s AC injury and his ROS value?

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    • David Wiers says:

      It isn’t the same part that was surgically repaired, so that helps, but I’m still pretty worried. Were you getting trade offers on him? I’d be very interested if so, I’d be very interested in what they were.

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      • KMen says:

        I just traded Kemp for Matt Cain. That was before Kemp’s new injury (and before his 2 HRs) and before Cain’s most recent disaster of a start. Still, I thought Cain was a great return.

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  7. mikeincmn says:

    Thoughts on Adam Eaton being activated? Would you consider dropping Wil Myers for him or should I stay patient with Myers?

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