Roto Riteup: May 31, 2013

Today’s Roto Riteup was written while listening to The College Dropout. This album in general — and Kanye West specifically — led the present author to sport popped collar(s) for the second half of junior year and all of senior year. Yes, on occasion there were multiple collars popped simultaneously. There are pictures of this currently circulating the internet. Comment away.

On today’s agenda:
1. Michael Wacha‘s debut
2. Atlanta Braves call up Alex Wood
3. Matt Kemp to the disabled list
4. Is it Chris Archer time?
5. The (probable) return of Josh Reddick

Michael Wacha‘s debut
It may have ended in a no decision — poor Mitchell Boggs — however Michael Wacha still pitched very well in his first major league start. He didn’t allow baserunner until the fifth inning where he allowed his only run. Wacha finished his MLB debut notching six strikeouts in seven innings and not allowing a walk. FanGraphs’ own Marc Hulet has this report of Wacha’s stuff and upside here. Wacha is currently owned approximately 50% of both ESPN and Yahoo! leagues as well as 60% of CBS formats.

Atlanta Braves call up Alex Wood
Sophomoric titles such as “The Braves have Wood” were left on the cutting room floor. Now, just because Alex Wood may not have the name recognition of Wacha doesn’t mean that he can be easily over looked. Wood, a second round pick from last year’s draft was added to the Braves’ thin bullpen. All of Wood’s previous appearances in professional baseball were as a starter, so how he adapts to his new role will be very interesting.

Given that Wood and Luis Avilan are the only left-handed relievers in the Braves pen, one expects Wood to quickly gain the top LOOGY status. Assuming that happens — looking at Avilan’s terrible strikeout-to-walk ratio and poor xFIP it shouldn’t take long — Wood becomes a valuable holds league player. He cruised through his debut against the Toronto Blue Jays. Wood was handed the ball in the ninth inning — albeit he had a six run lead to work with — and faced just three batters to close out the game.

Matt Kemp to the disabled list
After suffering a hamstring strain on Wednesday night, the Los Angeles Dodgers have placed Matt Kemp on the 15-day disabled list. With his current performance to date, perhaps some time off and rest — physically and mentally — is just what the doctor ordered. Andre Ethier started in center yesterday in Kemp’s stead, however Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said that they will promote a true center fielder some time this weekend. Apparently Yasiel Puig and Joc Pederson have been ruled out as options though, so no need to rush to the waiver wire for them just yet.

Is it Chris Archer time?
Following in the footsteps of fellow recent call ups Jake Odorizzi and Alex Colome, Chris Archer has been named as tomorrow’s starter for the Tampa Bay Rays. Colome pitched 5.2 innings of two run ball yesterday and struck out six while allowing seven baserunners. The Rays have an absurd amount of young pitching talent and it is hard to go wrong picking up any of them. Archer is their top pitching prospect and is now getting the call. Both Archer and Colome are widely available in each of the three major fantasy sites and make for solid grabs. Though Alex Cobb claims he will make his start on Tuesday against the Detroit Tigers, the Rays have plenty of options if need be. If the Cobb’s next bullpen session doesn’t go as well as hoped due to his cracked finger nail, expect another rotation shake up.

The (probable) return of Josh Reddick
The Oakland Athletics are most likely going to announce the reactivation of Josh Reddick prior to today’s game. Now that his wrist is healed, here is to hoping that Reddick’s power returns. Assuming that he is fully healthy, expect Reddick to give your lineup a shot in the arm with home runs and RBIs. The A’s have scored the fourth most runs in baseball thus far and hopefully Reddick can add to the offense. He is available in almost 80% of ESPN leagues, 70% of Yahoo! leagues, and 30% of CBS formats




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  1. majnun says:

    Wood should have above average splits, yeah? And he still has a future as a starter… I’d be disappointed if he was just a LOOGY. A small bullpen doesn’t have that luxury.

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    • David Wiers says:
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      Right, I didn’t mean to pigeonhole him as a reliever for his career, just noted that as of right now, the Braves will use him exclusively as a reliever. He should be just fine against righties too, but the fact that he is almost assuredly the best left-handed reliever they have now is important too.

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  2. eric.garcia says:

    Should Reddick be thrown right back in lineups? He had a terrible April before he went on the DL (granted probably related to the wrist issue). Is he a better immediate option than Melky Cabrera in the OF or Pedro Alvarez/Paul Konerko in a utility spot?

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    • David Wiers says:
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      Melky has been hot for the past month or so, you should leave him in the lineup.

      Alvarez has 10 homers already despite a terrible average and Konerko has struggled a bit in the early season too.

      I wouldn’t start Reddick immediately over any of those guys, but Reddick is still worth rostering.

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  3. lee says:

    would you drop clippard to get archer or colome?
    when reddick is back do I bench Nava, Brantley, Seager, or Gardner?

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    • Sky says:

      I’d bench Brantley. He’s hitting for a good average but not much else seems to be there. Nava, Seager can both go yard on a given day, Gardner can prob be counted on for a steal or two. I like Reddick over Brantley in this case, I have him too and debating if I should bother throwing him back in there right away. Probably will stick him in for Arenado in the utility spot who seems to be doing a lot of nothing

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    • David Wiers says:
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      I just don’t know how long either Archer or Colome will be up for. Until Price returns? We don’t know how long that will be yet either. For now I’d grab Archer over Clippard though, yeah. Archer is legit.

      I agree with the post below me; bench Brantley. He’s good for some runs and and empty average. Reddick is a better option.

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  4. Tom says:

    Drop Cashner for Archer in a 5×5 mixed redraft, in a vacuum?

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    • David Wiers says:
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      Oof, my heart. It’s close, but I’d hang on to Cashner yet. Archer is great, but I don’t know how long he’ll be around for.

      If Cobb misses another start due to his fingernail, then I would make a play for Archer over my boy Cashner.

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  5. Fedee_ says:

    I have Gausman and I don’t like the idea of dropping him but should I do it for Archer or Wacha if I can only have one? It’s a 4 keepers league so I could maybe keep this one pitcher

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    • David Wiers says:
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      Oooh. I’d have to rank em Wacha, Gausman, and then Archer.

      Wacha is secure in his rotation spot and Gausman less so, but still has more starts available to him than Archer does. Talent-wise, I’d rank them Archer, Wacha, Gausman, but with TB having so many pitching options, Archer just might not get the same chances that Wacha and Gausman will.

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  6. Kip says:

    David, Archer over Lackey? Also, I am doing my best to hold onto Cashner, but it is proving to be hard…the strikeouts haven’t been there and yesterday’s three homers against Seattle…perturb you, or no? Thanks as always.

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    • Sky says:

      I know what you mean about Cashner, I’ve had him all year and have yet to see anything more than a “Promising” start from him. Still waiting on that breakout double digit K game, but at least he’ll have the opportunity and a great ballpark. As far as Archer goes, I’m reluctant to go with guys that dont have a guaranteed spot in the rotation. Lackey’s been good so i stick with him honestly

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      • Kip says:

        I hear you. Time will tell with Cashner, although he needs to start generating more swings n misses. On a random note, in another league, am I crazy for not taking Weaver for my Matt Carpenter? I am really high on Carpenter and Weaver’s recent injury/velocity scare me…

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    • Sky says:

      Hmm that’s interesting, I don’t honestly know much about Carpenter, obviously Weaver has great stuff but I think you’re right about being worried about him this year at least. I like Carpenter’s position versatility and very solid numbers. If you have him at a thin position like 2nd base I dont have a problem with rejecting the trade at all. I think youll be able to stream decent pitchers all season over finding a decent replacement for wherever you have Carpenter playing as long as it isnt outfield. Plus if youre personally very high on him, go with your gut

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    • David Wiers says:
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      I couldn’t blame you for taking Lackey over Archer, or both over Cashner. Cashner just hasn’t been what I’ve hoped for, but as Sky noted, Cashner has the the park working for him. So does Archer, but Archer’s role for the rest of the season isn’t 100% clear. Will he stay up? Go back down? I’m not sure. I’d have to rank Lackey, Cashner, Archer right now, but for this season, I think Cashner has the best upside. Playing time questions drag down Archer’s value.

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  7. bswelly says:

    love me some Collo Drolo

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  8. fei says:

    should i drop either jose fernandez or dan straily for chris archer?

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  9. Billy M says:

    Ive been seeing people advocating buying low on Jason Heyward. I was thinking of combining a buy low with a sell high of Melky Cabrera.

    I was surprised to see ZiPS rest of season projections had Cabrera higher in all categories but HRs though.

    Should I scrap the idea of offering Cabrera for Heyward and just ride Cabrera?

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    • David Wiers says:
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      I love Melky, but Heyward > Melky and it shouldn’t be close.

      I highly doubt that an owner will go 1:1 for Melky and Heyward, but if he/she will, my hat is off to you.

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  10. Nick says:

    It might be worth noting for those of us in deeper leagues where MI can be a black hole that Yunel Escobar has posted a .278/.333/.422 line in May. The Rays also have the 6th best OBP in baseball so the RBI chances may continue to be there. I just added him to start over Weeks until he can figure it out.

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