Roto Riteup — Presented By DraftKings: April 23, 2014

Guess what day it is, Roto Riteup readers?! It’s the day after Earth Day, when I take a giant bag of paper and shove it into the garbage can to offset all the good everyone did yesterday because I don’t like change.

On today’s agenda:
1. Gordon Beckham on the mend
2. Hishashi Iwakuma’s almost ready
3. Another SP lost to TJ
4. Manny Machado begins rehab assignment
5. The Fresh Five

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Gordon Beckham on the mend
Beckham has missed the entirety of the 2014 season to date, but he’s ready to be activated from the DL this weekend. In his absence, Marcus Semien has hit a paltry .225, so odds are he’ll be the casualty and be forced back to the minors for another go-around in Triple-A. Some may call for Conor Gillaspie to be out of a job so that Semien can continue to develop, but after some serviceable play last year and a .302 average in 2014, I can’t see Robin Ventura making that call.

2013 was Beckham’s best year since he broke into the league in 2009, and since he’s only in his age-27 season, there’s still a tiny glimmer of hope that he’ll become an average hitter this season.

Hishashi Iwakuma’s almost ready
Kuma will start his rehab assignment over the weekend despite developing a blister on his right middle finger. Kuma has had these blisters in the past as a result of throwing sexy splitters, and he’s not even remotely concerned that this incarnation will bother him. Throwing the other day, Iwakuma’s fastball was sitting at its normal 89-90, so after building up some stamina, the right-hander will be back in the Mariners rotation at the beginning of May.

Another SP likely lost to TJ
Brewers “prospect” Johnny Hellweg has been diagnosed with a torn UCL, and once he gets the word from Dr. James Andrews, he’ll head someone cold for Tommy John surgery. Hellweg isn’t much of a prospect anymore, and he got absolutely rocked in the majors last season, but it’s still never fun to lose a young guy to a serious injury.

Manny Machado to begin rehab assignment
The phenomenal third baseman will start at High-A on Friday in his path back from a super serious knee injury. He’ll then head on up to Triple-A when the weekend is over, then slide back down to Double-A to stay closer to home base in Baltimore. Like Iwakuma, Machado should be back in early May, and hopefully he’ll be in semi-top form.

The Fresh Five

SP: Jarred Cosart, $6,800
I don’t like Cosart, but I don’t like the Mariners offense stuck in Safeco, either.

SP: Wade Miley, $8,400
I like Miley outside of Arizona.

C: Jason Castro, $4,200
Castro gets to square off against Chris Young.

2B: Jose Altuve, $4,200

OF: George Springer: $3,400

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19 Responses to “Roto Riteup — Presented By DraftKings: April 23, 2014”

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  1. Satoshi Nakamoto says:

    Too early to drop Springer? What’s the chance Houston puts him back at Triple A? Absolutely pointless since they’ve already started his service time clock?

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    • TH_Binn says:

      To quote the theme song from my favorite TV show, you “should really just relax.”

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      • Satoshi Nakamoto says:

        I guess he has been facing some tough pitchers from SEA and OAK. He gets to see a lot more of them in the upcoming schedule too. Gonna be a couple weeks before he sees easier pitching.

        I’m thinking of dropping him for Gregory Polanco.

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    • FeslenR says:

      yes too early…Polanco won’t be up yet.

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    • Kyle says:

      If you are in a shallow, redraft league and you like a guy on the wire more, I say go for it. Springer is still young and has a lot of pressure riding on him. It is going to take him some time to get used to get going and with his surrounding cast not very intimidating I think pitchers are going to go after him in the early runnings.

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    • Andrew says:

      If you want advice making decisions based on one week of evidence, you might be in the wrong place.

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      • Satoshi Nakamoto says:

        True it’s only been a week but Polanco’s Minor league numbers show he’s gonna have a much better average than Springer.
        Springer’s a luxury sitting on my bench but the Pirates lineup is better and Polanco looks like he’ll adjust better than Springer. Was just trying to spark some discussion.

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    • Steve says:

      Drop one prospect for another prospect and go through the same thing? hmmmm….Must be a first time fantasy player

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      • orions55 says:

        I think that’s a little harsh. I get what he is thinking. Do you grab the prospect with more upside over a current MLB prospect that has looked overmatched so far this year? If Springer is on my bench, I’d drop him immediately for Polanco. It’s one thing to start slow and hit the ball well, but In the at-bats I’ve seen (especially in the 7th inning last night), Springer looks like he is guessing at pitches. Plus, if Polanco has a quick start, he becomes tradeable. Just my observation…

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    • centerfield ballhawk says:

      Bird in hand… Satoshi. Give Springer some time to breathe and spread his wings.

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  2. Emcee Peepants says:

    I don’t really get the Dub-Sox’s continued fascination with Gordon Beckham. Semien has not been great, but he’s improved as the season has gone on, is still putting up a comparable slash line to what Beckham has done the past few years (especially if you toss out his season-opening 0-10), and adds some speed to a generally slow lineup.

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  3. Tony Graffanino says:

    Should I start Cain in Colorado today? Having trouble deciding. On one hand, his last two starts have been really good. On the other hand, Colorado. They’ve hit well lately but it’s been against some pretty lackluster pitchers.

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    • Satoshi Nakamoto says:

      Bench him. Is it worth the risk? Facing the most dangerous batters in the Majors at Coors field? Best case scenario you get a Win 8Ks and a low era/whip. Worst case, he lasts 4 innings and gives up 4 HRs and 7 runs. This early in the season you could wait til he doesn’t face the ubermensch (assuming you’re in a roto and can use Innings faster later once things settle).

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  4. SeattleSlew says:

    2013? Time sure flies when you get caught up in fantasy.

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  5. Freddie Freeman's Warm Embrace says:

    Esteemed Fangraphs readers,

    I’m thinking about selling high on Cueto. I would like to get a bat to fill an OF, 2B, or SS spot. Who is a fair return?

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  6. thalooch says:

    “It’s the day after Earth Day, when I take a giant bag of paper and shove it into the garbage can to offset all the good everyone did yesterday because I don’t like change.”

    HUH? You make no sense, much like your daily fantasy recommendations. If you DON’T like change, you’d be all about keeping the earth the way its been since man has been living on this rock. If you’re anti-environment then you’re pro-change, as in you’re for more severe weather events, droughts, famine, flood, that kind of stuff.

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