Today’s Roto Riteup author will be taking in his first live baseball game of 2014, enjoying the Mariners’ Salute to Sriracha night and the aftermath that follows.*
Chris Sale to start today
The Salesman is dying, but returning to the majors to face off against the Yankees in Chicago. Sale was pitching like his typical sexy self before having to hit the DL with an elbow injury, with his numbers right in line with his expectations. Sale dominated in his rehab outing, striking out 11 dudes over four innings, so he’s seemingly good to go.
Ben Revere on the bench
Revere originally missed three games due to a stomach bug, but it appears he’s no longer in the good graces of the Phillies’ coaching staff, missing the next two for no explained reasons outside of poor performance. Revere was hitting .268/.284/.297 on the year, so benching him may not be the worst option, but he was stealing a good deal of bases for fantasy owners, who still should have been satisfied with him in standard formats. Revere’s replacement has been Tony Gwynn Jr., who offers pretty much the exact same skillset as Revere. If this switch is even semi-permanent, it may be worth it just to swap out Revere for Gwynn on your rosters.
Alex Guerrero could be out 5 weeks after ear eaten
Guerrero had part of his ear bitten off by a Miguel Olivo, who we usually aren’t fortunate enough to see out of his natural habitat, and now Guerrero needs to sit out a while after undergoing plastic surgery to fix the problem. The Cuban middle infielder was hitting .368/.411/.737 in Triple-A, but with Dee Gordon hitting well in the majors, there wasn’t a great rush to call him up to the big league club. I suspect we’ll see Guerrero back before the five week mark, because it’s a friggin ear, not a torn elbow.
Fun with arbitrary endpoints
All stats through Tuesday’s games.
Brad Miller, 2013: 335 PA, .265/.318/.418; 21.6% LD%, 8.6% SwStr%, .294 BABIP
Brad Miller, 2014: 154 PA, .158/.230/.259; 14.6% LD%, 11.6% SwStr%, .198 BABIP
George Springer, April: 61 PA, .182/.262/.218, 31.1% K%
George Springer, May: 76 PA, .284/.368/.478, 38.2% K%
The Flaming Five
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