Roto Riteup — Presented By DraftKings: May 4, 2014

Today being Star Wars Day gives me a weak pretense to give you some links to things I find fun. This time it is the cast returning to their previous roles. The films, toys and books set in the “Star Wars” universe all played a major part in my childhood. I’ll always have a soft spot for playing “X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter” on the computer and fond memories of playing with my Star Wars Micro Machines.

On today’s agenda:
1. Several outfielders to the disabled list
2. A new starter in Toronto?
3. Juan Lagares, starting center fielder
4. The Daily Five

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Several outfielders to the disabled list
The Milwaukee Brewers lost Ryan Braun to the 15-day DL not with the thumb injury, but to due to a strained right rib-cage muscle. The club made the move retroactive to April 27 and Braun is eligible to return May 12. Whether or not he is healthy enough to only spend the minimum amount of time on the DL remains to be seen. Both the Brewers and fantasy owners alike will sorely miss Braun and his offensive contributions.

Further south down I-94 the Chicago White Sox lost a personal favorite of mine in Adam Eaton to a hamstring strain. Between the hammie and sore knee that already caused him to miss five days, getting Eaton’s legs healthy is a top priority for the ChiSox. Giving him plenty of rest to fully recover is critical to Eaton’s continued success. Though he has just two steals thus far, Eaton possesses the speed to grab 20 bags over the course of a season.

Nestled in between Milwaukee and the southsiders we have the Chicago Cubs and Ryan Sweeney being placed on the 15-day DL. The outfielder I somewhat affectionately call “swingles” due to his apparent hatred of extra-base hits is expected to miss three weeks with a hamstring strain. Only those of you who play in the deepest of NL-only leagues should notice Sweeney’s absence.

A new starter in Toronto?
Yesterday afternoon the Toronto Blue Jays called up a top pitching prospect in Marcus Stroman. While manager John Gibbons did say Stroman will be used out of the bullpen in the beginning, he should get moved to the rotation sooner or later. With Brandon Morrow out at least eight weeks following surgery on his finger, Stroman may get his chance quicker than expected. Grab Stroman in any keeper league — well, not NL-only I guess — as he has a chance to be something special. He is already owned in almost 40% of CBS leagues and 15% of Yahoo! formats, however his ESPN ownership sits a mere 1%.

Juan Lagares, starting center fielder
The New York Mets have, for the moment, settled on Lagares as their center fielder. With Eric Young Jr. still hitting just .213/.318/.266 — though he does have 12 steals — Mets skipper Terry Collins will try to get Lagares as many plate appearances as possible. While Lagares and his .318/.343/.485 line looks great for now, a .417 BABIP tends to make anyone’s line look better than what it should be. Even without much power, Lagares is striking out in a quarter of his PA’s and still isn’t drawing a walk more than once in 20 PA’s. Once he comes back down to earth on his balls-in-play, expect the playing time to shift back to Young.

The Daily Five
Starting Pitcher: Alex Wood — $9,400
Since little things like pitcher handedness eluded me last night, I’ll stick with Wood against the Giants, however be aware that San Francisco has hit lefties to the tune of a 117 wOBA this season.

Starting Pitcher: Wade Miley — $7,100
The San Diego Padres have scored the fewest runs in the majors and trail 29th place by 18 runs. In other words, it isn’t really close. Their 85 wRC+ against lefties favors Miley here. He should go through that lineup like a wrecking ball.

Infielder: Carlos Santana — $4,400
Slow start aside, I love Santana against Andre Rienzo today. Santana will have the platoon advantage and Rienzo’s lack of control should lead to plenty of Cleveland runs.

Outfielder: Melky Cabrera — $4,700
Melky should be able to continue to play through a bone bruise on his shin courtesy of being drilled by a pitch. He should fare well against Edinson Volquez and his lack of command. Look for Melky to reach base a couple of times today.

Other Hitter: Carlos Gonzalez — $5,800
At home against an opposite-handed pitcher in Dillon Gee. I’ll take CarGo here.

Remaining Budget: $18,600

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21 Responses to “Roto Riteup — Presented By DraftKings: May 4, 2014”

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  1. MikeInNJ says:

    Lagares will remain the starting CF so long as he doesn’t totally tank with the bat. His defense is far too valuable. EY will still get plenty of AB’s as 4th OF and occasionally getting a start at 2B to give Daniel Murphy a rest.

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  2. tribetime19 says:

    Yeah, Alex Wood is left handed.

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  3. Tim says:

    Wood is a lefty.

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  4. Satoshi Nakamoto says:

    Mr. Wiers can you please recommend a good baseball/fantasy baseball forum?
    My superficial google search didn’t give me good results. The espn and rotoworld forums don’t look like what I want. Not true forums really.

    I’d like a more appropriate place to discuss players. The comments sections of random rotographs articles doesn’t seem ideal.

    For example, why is nobody talking about how god awful Elvis Andrus is?
    Why is he batting second in that lineup? Just the old school practice of using a middle infielder in the 2nd spot?

    Anyone else think C.J. Cron will get off to a hot start? Look at the Angels’ upcoming schedule. Minnesota, @Toronto, the Rays, @Chisox, a lot of Texas and Houston. A lot of cookies to be had. Can’t imagine grampa stealing too many DH ABs away from him, even vs Righties.

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  5. Murray Prins says:

    When a Fister, Sanchez, or Cobb, comes off the DL list what do you like to do with their first start? Do you sit them for a couple of starts to see how they perform? I have three good pitchers coming off the DL and I’m curious as to how you would treat previously injured pitchers in your lineup?

    Thanks for your reply,


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    • David Wiers says:

      I doubt I would play them immediately, though I would not hesitate to roster them. I like to give injured pitchers a start to get into the swing of things, unless someone is facing the Asteos their first game back.

      In order, I like Cobb, Sanchez, then Fister RoS.

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      • Murray Prins says:

        Thanks, David, for your response and the ranking of my pitchers. I picked up those pitchers, off waivers, in a Yahoo 12 team ROTO league. I can’t believe people bailed on those guys. However, the downside is I’m accumulating a lot of innings and I’m last in strikeouts.

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  6. Mike W says:

    Any thoughts on Pablo Sandoval? I have been offered him in exchange for either Jed Lowrie or Evereth Cabrera since I have decent middle in field depth. I know Pandas babip is low right now which gives me some hope he could rebound but are there deeper statistical concerns with him?

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    • David Wiers says:

      I can’t say I love Panda right now. I think third is deep enough where there are other viable options. I look at Panda’s stats and see an uptick in strikeout rate as well as his peripheral stats. It’s still early, and maybe a Giants fan could speak on this, but I see his SwStr% up and his contact% down. Yes, his BABIP should normalize but the only good thing right now is that he is swinging at fewer pitches overall.

      He’s a buy low candidate, but I prefer both Cabrera and Lowrie.

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  7. Cheesewhiz says:

    So is Stroman worth dropping George Springer or Chris Archer for in a limited keeper league? Springer is sitting on my bench and Archer is my worst starter… actually, Springer has looked overmatched enough that I’m considering dropping him for Gregory Polanco regardless…

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    • FeslenR says:

      Sure, I’d drop Springer for Stroman, though I can guarantee you that someone will pluck Springer up.

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    • David Wiers says:

      How limited are the keepers? I adore Springer, but he isn’t particularly young and yeah, he has not looked good.

      I love Stroman and I definitely think he’ll get his shot in the rotation soon. If you’re in the running and not punting this year to rebuild, I’d take Stroman over Speinger. If you are trying to build a core of players for the future, I’d lean towards the position player.

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      • Cheesewhiz says:

        Very limited keepers, only 4. So I need either a future all-star or someone that contributes immediately, preferably both. Yes, I’m in the running this year (though I’ve taken a pretty big hit from losing Kipnis, Trumbo, and Cobb to injury).

        Springer has been tough. I want to hold him (20/20 guys are tough to find). But from the AB I’ve seen, he has not looked good. I think it was a terrible idea for the Astros to immediately install him in the heart of the order.

        Now that I think about it, the question really is Springer, Stroman, or Polanco? I can potentially roster 2 of them, if I drop Archer.

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    • Satoshi Nakamoto says:

      Isn’t the easy answer to drop springer for polanco?

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  8. rustydude says:

    What to make of Colby Rasmus? Seems to be universally disliked amongst FG/RG authors, and yet his power just doesn’t seem to regress. I admit I’m in a fortunate position with the best team OBP in my league so I can afford to absorb his poor contact/plate disc skills and still reap the HR/R/RBI’s.

    Still, he’s a bit of an enigma.

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    • Andrew says:

      I don’t really see what’s enigmatic about him. Big power, terrible plate discipline/on-base skills. The trends in his peripherals are pretty linear and make sense together.

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  9. Walkswith4balls says:

    Tavarez was just dropped in my league. Putting in claim, but I want to know your projection from June on. Thanks.

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