Roto Riteup: May 3, 2013

Today is Space Day! As a young lad, the present author fondly remembers a family trip to the Kennedy Space Center (as well as Disney World) back in the mid 1990′s. With the Curiosity rover is still exploring Mars, NASA and space exploration in general is always good to hear. As Bill Nye famously said: “science rules!

On today’s agenda:
1. Yuniesky Betancourt to first base
2. The return of Aramis Ramirez
3. Ryan Zimmerman returns, Anthony Rendon sent down
4. Another Justin Grimm quality start

Yuniesky Betancourt to first base
Well, Yuniesky Betancourt hit cleanup for the Milwaukee Brewers yesterday. He has hit four home runs in the past seven games and lineup shifts don’t make that much difference, however it struck the author as rare. Indeed, outside of this season, Yuni hasn’t been in the lineup as the fourth hitter since 2007 — as a pinch runner for Raul Ibanez. Yuni is still sporting his trademark low on-base percentage, but he is eligible at third, second, and first base. If you are hurting for warm bodies in the infield, there is always Yuni. He is guaranteed playing time at first base for the short term, at least until Corey Hart returns near the end of the month.

The return of Aramis Ramirez
Today the Brewers will activate Aramis Ramirez, and given the previous paragraph, not a moment too soon. The same article above tells us that Ramirez won’t be playing full games or back-to-back games in the early going, however Ramirez’s bat is worth activating on your fantasy squad. A final, scarcely related note was Brewers manager Ron Roenicke saying:

“I’m concerned about this team more than I’m concerned about the other team and how they feel about things. If running is part of our game and we score more because of it, we’re going to run.”

With that in mind, expect a good amount of steals from the likes of Carlos Gomez, Norichika Aoki, Jean Segura, and Rickie Weeks. It wouldn’t surprise the author to see 30 steals from each of those players. Weeks would be the most pleasant surprise, but if the manager is giving a unilateral green light, it could happen.

Ryan Zimmerman returns, Anthony Rendon sent down
Speaking of third baseman coming back from injury, Ryan Zimmerman will be activated today by the Washington Nationals. Directly related to that move, Anthony Rendon was sent down to Double-A after yesterday’s game. Rendon showed his usual willingness to take a walk and showed a solid overall approach at the plate. Really nothing ground breaking on the evaluation front regarding Rendon, but the author would be wise to leave any prospect evaluations to the prospect evaluators.

Another Justin Grimm quality start
In his fourth game started of the season, Justin Grimm posted his fourth quality start. His 2.28 ERA/3.11 FIP/3.71 xFIP as well as his 3:1 strikeout to walk ratio are the makings of a worthwhile fantasy starter. Though he took the loss yesterday, Grimm struck out nine and scattered 10 base runners in 6.2 innings pitched. No doubt Grimm is not a 2.28 ERA pitcher, however if he continues to strikeout over a batter per inning, Grimm will earn a place on fantasy rosters in almost every league. Grimm is currently owned in less than 40% of CBS, Yahoo!, and ESPN formats.




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  1. Ruki Motomiya says:

    Since asking these things seems fine here…

    I have an offer from someone offering me Nick Swisher for Lucas Duda and Andrew Bailey (Though I initially made the offer w/ just Duda). It’s a standard 10 team H2H league, my other relievers are Fernando Rodney, Jose Veras and Jonathon Papelbon. The rest of my OF is Vernon Wells, Shane Victorino and Todd Frazier (1B, 3B, OF eligibility in my league). Do you think the deal is worth it?

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    • FeslenR says:

      Does defense count as a stat? If so, and even if isn’t, not worth it. Swisher will pick it up int he 2nd half like he always does…and I doubt Wells will sustain his current run.

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    • David Wiers says:

      I like Duda a decent amount, but I still prefer Swisher.

      Bailey is a good pitcher when healthy, but in a 10-team league, you can’t wait around and expect him to be healthy AND get saves.

      I’d rather have Swish.

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    • Ruki Motomiya says:

      Thanks for the reply. I decided to go with the trade: I got nudged over to taking it when I realized Mujica wasn’t on someone’s roster like I thought, so I just replaced Bailey with him.

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  2. Gordon Shumway says:

    Drop Vogelsong for Grimm? I’m getting tired of wasting a bench slot waiting for him to turn things around.

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    • TreeFrog says:

      Same question here… except replace “Vogelsong” with “McCarthy”?

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    • David Wiers says:

      How deep is each of your leagues? If it a 12-team mixed, I think I’d prefer McCarthy > Vogelsong > Grim, but it is close between the last two.

      If you are in a 10-team mixed, I would just stream.

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      • Gordon Shumway says:

        12 team mixed dynasty league. McCarthy is currently a free agent in my league as well. I should probably just cut bait on Vogelsong and stream as you said, I get too attached to my keepers. He gave me two solid seasons at least.

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      • TreeFrog says:

        Thanks… 14 team mixed dynasty for me. Guess I’ll keep waiting on B-Mac.

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  3. Ken says:

    Arenado is still available in my league, drop Middlebrooks for him?

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    • David Wiers says:

      Depends on what your team needs. If you need average, yeah, I would take Arenado. If you need more home runs and RBIs, then I think Middlebrooks will have more value to you.

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  4. Johnny Guitar says:

    Should I drop E. Jackson, Maholm or Gallardo for Cingrani or Colon? I’m in a H2H, 10-team mixed league using Ottoneu points (and I can only make a max of 36 more free agent pick-ups for the remainder of the season, so streaming isn’t an option).

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    • David Wiers says:

      This is how I’d rank those pitchers:

      Gallardo
      Jackson
      Cingrani
      Colon
      Maholm

      The biggest question mark is Cingrani’s innings pitched. Given how Leake has struggled, I’d expect Cingrani to stay in the rotation when Cueto returns.

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      • batpig says:

        Wow…. Colon over Maholm???

        Id be tempted to put Cingranin above Jackson based on pure upside.

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      • grassyjones says:

        Gallardo- no debate as of now, best fantasy pitcher there

        Maholm- has been more than solid since joining Braves, hard to ignore

        Cingrani- close 3rd, could easily be #2 here

        Colon- a giant sack of wth-who-knows? , but he’s been better than Jackson so far and has a cushy home stadium

        Jackson- sketchy at best; seems like everyone clings to the few good things he’s done and ignores the giant mountains of fail he has produced

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      • Johnny Guitar says:

        Thanks!

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    • Gordon Shumway says:

      You didn’t ask me, but I would drop Jackson for Cingrani in a heartbeat.

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  5. Chippchipp says:

    Would you trade Goldschmidt for Cespedes for my UTIL spot? Thanks

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