Roto Riteup: June 27, 2012

I took a break from watching Harry Potter to pen today’s Roto Riteup, so you should be all kinds of grateful.

• The Rangers have now placed their third starting pitcher on the DL, as Colby Lewis joins counterparts Neftali Feliz and Derek Holland in the infirmary. Lewis has quietly bounced back from a homer plagued 2011, throwing 100 innings thus far with a 3.51 ERA and 1.08 WHIP. Lewis is hitting the DL with tendinitis in his right forearm. As of the time I’m writing this, there isn’t much news as to how long Lewis will miss, and whether or not this injury is considered serious or not. Odds are it’s not overly serious and the Rangers would just like to have an extra roster spot while Lewis rests, but I’m neither a doctor nor a reporter, so why the hell would you listen to me?

• With Lewis moving to the DL, Scott Feldman is moving back to the starting rotation in Texas. Feldman’s secondary numbers look solid from his eight previous starts this year, but he had a hard time stranding anyone, thus the 6.43 ERA as a starter. The Rangers will still have one more opening in their rotation, and it looks as though top-prospect Martin Perez could be filling the slot. Justin Grimm is also in the mix and on the major league roster — as is Perez, as of yesterday — so it’s really a crapshoot right now. If I had to guess, I’d say Grimm gets another shot at it, with Perez cleaning up his mess and taking his spot if he fails. Perez may be popping up in a bunch of leagues, but I wouldn’t jump on him yet. He’s just not major league ready at this point, and likely won’t be until the middle of next year.

• Blue Jays super-prospect Travis D’Arnaud is going to miss the next six-to-eight weeks of game action after tearing his PCL while playing in the PCL. The good news is that the 23-year-old will not need surgery, instead just R&R&R (the third R is for “rehab”). TD’A had already hit 16 homers in Triple-A before going down, and his presence may have spelled the end of J.P. Arencibia in Toronto by the trading deadline had his injury not occurred. D’Arnaud has elite power at a scarce position, but at this point, I doubt we see him in Toronto until next season, barring a September callup when the rosters expand.

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: Jonathon Niese at CHC
Wrigley isn’t pretty for righties, and the Cubs best hitters should be neutralized by Niese.

A Pitcher for Tomorrow: Trevor Bauer at ATL
Because why the not, is why. Bauer is just tons of fun to root for.

A Hitter for Today: J.D. Martinez vs SD (Clayton Richard)
J.D. Martinez may be struggling overall, but he sure know how to hit lefties.

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  1. Luke says:

    Totally not on topic here, but I need advice. I have Bud Norris coming off the DL on Thursday. Which of these starting pitchers should I drop for him? Or should I just drop Norris? (12 team non-keeper league; W, S, QS, ERA, WHIP, and K’s.)  

    Homer Bailey
    Joe Blanton
    Lance Lynn
    Gavin Floyd
    Tommy Hanson
    Dan Haren
    James Shields
    Andrew Cashner
    Max Scherzer
    Wei-Yin Chen
    (Bud Norris)

    Thanks in advance.


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  2. dfree86 says:

    I’m also searching for a little advice: I’ve been sitting on Youkilis all year. Do you think giving him away to get Reynolds & I. Kennedy is a good enough return to send Youkilis? I’m inclined to at least give Youk to the ASB to see how he adjusts to his new surrounds, but even if he’s good I’m not sure the diff b/w he and Reynolds is Kennedy. This seems like a lot of good value coming back for the uncertainty of Youkilis.

    That said, my staff is already quite deep (Verlander, Strasburg, Haren, Cliff Lee, Gallardo, Kuroda) and we have a 200 GS limit. I’d probably drop Parnell (who’s my 5th closer behind Bell, Reed, Clippard, Janssen) if I made the deal. Tied for first in Saves.

    10-team Roto w/ OPS, K/9, QS added. How do you view this? Many thanks!

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    • Dingbat says:

      I’d definitely do that trade. Kennedy should be better than his ERA going forward, and adding that depth to your rotation allows you to trade one of your aces for a top 3B.

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  3. GoHabsGo says:

    So I drafted: Strasburg, Beachy, Morrow, D. Hudson and Ubaldo in a 10-team league.

    After Hudson’s performance last night, I’m ready for some hemlock on the rocks.

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