Roto Riteup: June 29, 2013

Today is June 29, and we all know what that means…happy waffle iron day! Enjoy today’s Roto Riteup as you chow down on some delicious waffles.

On today’s agenda:
1. Eric Surkamp is back, sort of
2. A hitting spree for Erick Aybar
3. Bad news for Johnny Cueto
4. Jhoulys Chacin 15 consecutive scoreless innings

Eric Surkamp is back, sort of
The San Francisco Giants activated Eric Surkamp from the 60-day disabled list and then promptly optioned him to Triple-A. He is scheduled to start there Monday and should be one of the first choices should the big league club need a starter. Surkamp dominated High-A in his five rehab starts but Monday’s outing will be a very good test on how the Tommy John survivor handles higher level hitters. For deep leagues or NL-only formats, make sure to add Surkamp to your watch list. Prior to 2012, Surkamp looked like a promising source of strikeouts and ratios. He may not require a roster spot right now in standard leagues, however he could pitch his way back into the major leagues.

A hitting spree for Erick Aybar
Over the past 15 days Erick Aybar has hit .339 with two home runs and three steals. His seasonal line is now up to .282/.302/.380 and while that doesn’t look like much for fellow on-base percentage league players, Aybar being a shortstop helps put the proverbial lipstick on the OBP pig. He won’t set the world on fire in any one category, but he does hit in a lineup — albeit in the bottom third — that has scored a top 10 ranking in terms of runs and RBIs. In deep 5×5 leagues Aybar’s .275 average and runs, when looked at through a shortstop lens, make him a worthy option. Aybar is available in 40% of CBS leagues, 30 of ESPN leagues, and 52% of Yahoo! formats.

Bad news for Johnny Cueto
In yesterday’s start against the Texas Rangers, Johnny Cueto made four pitches after the first inning before being re-aggravating his right lat muscle. This could be the third time this year that Cueto hits the disabled list with the same injury. With the exaggerated twist in Cueto’s windup the probable culprit of the injury, perhaps the Cincinnati Reds will consider revising his windup. Apparently Cueto thought of refining his motion and scrapping the twist after his first DL stint. For now, it looks like 2013 may be somewhat of a sunk year for Cueto owners.

After Cueto exited the game, Tony Cingrani came on in relief and was less-than-spectacular for his four innings. He recorded three strikeouts but allowed six walks and three runs. Cingrani makes for the most logical choice to be promoted to help fill in for Cueto, as Cingrani has done it twice already. Currently owned in just 60% of CBS formats and less than 25% of both ESPN and Yahoo! leagues, it is time to once again grab Cingrani.

Jhoulys Chacin‘s 15 consecutive scoreless innings
This season has been a mixed bag for Jhoulys Chacin. His shiny 3.59 ERA is weighed down by his paltry 5.10 K/9 rate. Over his scoreless inning streak Chacin has tallied just six strikeouts in his 15 innings. There is good news however,  as he has managed to cut a significant amount of walks thus far; his 2.64 BB/9 is over a walk per 9 better than his career average. Chacin has been lucky when it comes to not giving up a home run, but his 66.8% LOB% would be a career worst, despite his .280 BABIP being in line with his career norm. The results, from an ERA stand point, have been there despite his mediocre 4.09 xFIP.

With just a 7.7% swinging strike rate, Chacin’s lack of K’s shouldn’t be shocking. Likewise his career highs in F-Strike% and Zone% help explain his BB/9 thus far. For now he is only fringe-relevant in 12-team mixed leagues. Even without many strikeouts Chacin still makes for a stream candidate and not much more — at least until he begins to miss some bats.

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  1. mikeincmn says:

    Thoughts on Eric Hosmer? Is this recent power surge a fluke or do you think he has figured something out and can once again be a solid Fantasy hitter?

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    • FeslenR says:

      If you need a boost of stats, worth a stash on the bench when he’s hot. for the rest of the year…he might end up as an okay fantasy hitter, nothing terrific.

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    • David Wiers says:

      Some of the prospect shine is off of Hosmer, but he is still worthy of a roster spot. I don’t know how to define solid fantasy hitter, but I’d take him as a CI. I wouldn’t want him as my primary 1B.

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    • atoms says:

      Looking at his batted ball distances, his flies and homers have been going further, so maybe he’s squaring the ball up a bit better of late, which is driving the spike in HR/FB… but the problem is he’s still hitting the ball on the ground nearly 60% of the time. That’s 5th in all of baseball, and the four names ahead of him are noted sluggers Nori Aoki, Ben Revere, Elvis Andrus, and Everth Cabrera. Hosmer’s got some speed for a first baseman, but he’s not the same kind of player as those guys. So, I don’t think he’s going to be all that valuable unless the groundball numbers start to change.

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  2. Dolemite says:

    Steven drew went down. Is it time to stash Boegarts?

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    • Nodlew says:

      Bogaerts is not going to be in the majors till at least next season. If anything pick up Middlebrooks if hes been cut because Iglesias will play SS.

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    • David Wiers says:

      It depends on how deep the league is. I’d be very surprised to see Bogaerts up before rosters expand.

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      • Nodlew says:

        Because Iglesias is playing so well there’s no reason to fast track Xander. Hes a part of their future for sure but its more after 2013. Maybe he could get called for depth with Ciriaco being dealt. From a fantasy standpoint i don’t see him contributing till next season at the earliest. In dynasty leagues scoop him up for sure.

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  3. Paul says:

    Cingrani or AJ Griffin? I need to drop Cobb next week.

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  4. deezy333op says:

    Hopefully its not too late to get a response, but I need some advice.

    A frustrated owner dropped Rollins almost a month ago and with the first waiver priority, I snagged him up. Unfortunately I had bought into the Josh Rutledge hype, and needed a shortstop. However, Rollins has frustrated myself as well, with only one homer and four steals the past month.

    Should I hold Rollins, hoping some positive regression occurs, or dump him for Asdrubal or Aybar?

    I’ve already asked this question twice and received two different answers, so there is a good chance yours will sway my decision. No pressure! haha thanks man.

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    • David Wiers says:

      Well now I hope I’m not too late to respond!

      Rollins has been killing me this year too, so I feel your pain. I still would rather own him over Aybar, but I do like Asdrubal some. I’d still prefer to roll with Rollins as he has more potential to steal than Asdrubal.

      For now, stick with Rollins.

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      • deezy333op says:

        Thanks for the response. I was originally thinking the same thing about the advantage in steals but so far, in half a season, Rollins has eight steals. Asdrubal has missed almost a month and has 5.

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    • Nick says:

      Unless your really desperate for steals, go with Asdrubal. He has more power than both Rollins and Aybar.

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