The author of today’s Roto Riteup has been anxiously awaiting the start of this week; not because of having to please you plebeians with my words, but because of other reasons.
A Point about Ike Davis
As of 6/2/2012: 175 PA, 5 HR, .167/.229/.290
Rest of 2012: 409 PA, 27 HR, .255/.342/.541
As of 6/2/2013: 188 PA, 4 HR, .160/.239/.249
Justin Smoak to the DL
After missing a good deal of time with a strained oblique, the Mariners have finally placed Smoak on the disabled list. The move opens up a roster spot for Jeremy Bonderman, who’s frankly not very good.
With Smoak out, the likes of Jason Bay and Raul Ibanez will continue to see increased playing time, which is just oh-so-fantastic for fantasy owners. Ibanez has been providing power without walks or a decent batting average this year, turning himself into an even more version of 2012 Raul. Bay, on the other hand, is providing power while walking, making him much cooler and deserving of high-fives all around.
There is also some possibility of Alex Liddi receiving some time at first base to rest Kendrys Morales, but that will likely be the only reason he plays unless Eric Wedge wises up and decides to bench Raul against lefties.
Hyun-Jin Ryu misses start, should be ready for next go
Ryu missed his start yesterday with an ailing foot thanks to a ball hit with ill intent from his previous outing. Ryu has been surprisingly excellent for the Dodgers this year, and although there are some minor signs that could cause his numbers to slip, there’s no worries for roto owners. Ryu will make his next scheduled start, so don’t be afraid to slip him into your weekly lineups.
Hanley Ramirez still a day or two away
The Los Angeles Dodgers had planned to bring Hanley back to the bigs today, but now they’ll let him get in another rehab game or two before activating him from the DL. Due to multiple injuries, Hanley has only managed 12 big league plate appearances this year, which is certainly not what the Dodgers were hoping for when the season began. Hanley struggled during his last two seasons in Florida, but he looked a little more like his old self once moving to the Dodgers. Still under 30 years of age, Hanley is finishing off what should be in prime years.
Friendly reminder that the present author will be on r/fantasybaseball at 13:00 EST tomorrow answering questions, AMA style.
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