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Roto Riteup: June 18, 2018

The Roto Riteup appreciates flexibility:

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The Sleeper and the Bust Episode: 565 – SleeperCast Fireside Chat

6/17/18

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Sunday FAAB & Waiver Wire Chat

7:32
Jeff Zimmerman: Hello. I’ve spent the afternoon watching the Incredibles 2 with my kids so I may not be up-to-date on any breaking news.

7:32
Jeff Zimmerman: Here the 15-team Tout Wars bids

7:33
Jeff Zimmerman: Mixed Auction

7:33
Jeff Zimmerman: JJay: 103
ZEflin: 57
SPiscotty: 56
JLoaisiga: 54
SDominguez: 41
AMinter: 34
DRodriguez: 27
DFletcher: 24
BZobrist: 23
CStratton: 23
KMorales: 17
FHernandez: 16
MFiers: 15
PSandoval: 13
CMoran: 13
AMondesi: 11
SBieber: 6
JLamb: 5
YSanchez: 5
LChisenhall: 3
EHernandez: 0
JMercer: 0
INova: 0

7:33
Jeff Zimmerman: Mixed Draft

7:33
Jeff Zimmerman: JLoaisiga: 152
FMejia: 77
JHicks: 63
SLugo: 40
TKemp: 30
TomMurphy: 27
TNaquin: 23
TAnderson: 23
SBieber: 22
SWright: 22
DTravis: 18
WAdames: 14
AniSanchez: 3

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Bullpen Report: June 17, 2018

In the nine days since Jeurys Familia was shelved with a sore right shoulder, the Mets have had just one save situation. They did not have one on Saturday against the Diamondbacks, but in holding a 5-1 lead over the final three innings, they were close to having one. Mickey Callaway went with the same late-inning combination that he used in the save situation against the Yankees on June 1o: Robert Gsellman providing the bridge from the starter in the seventh and eighth innings to Anthony Swarzak in the ninth.

Both pitchers performed admirably in Familia’s absence, but they are now expected to return to their prior roles, as the Mets are planning on activating their closer on Sunday. Familia is expected to move immediately back into the closer’s role.
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Bullpen Report: June 16, 2018

For the skills over role consensu, Kyle Barraclough continues to thrive as the closer for the Marlins in spite of starting the season as the primary setup reliever. Barraclough notched his fifth save firing a clean ninth inning with two strikeouts in his fourth outing over the last five days. He’s yielded no runs his last 16 games spanning 15.2 innings and only allowed one hit in these appearances. During the season, Barraclough’s not given up a hit in 25 of his 32 outings and been scoreless in 28 of them. Although he’s battled control issues in the past, Barraclough’s 1.15 ERA and 0.80 WHIP suggest he’s settling into the role quite well. Just plan on Miami giving him a day off on Saturday if possible to keep him healthy going forward.

It feels like one step forward and two steps back with Felipe Vazquez this season. He did record his 13th save allowing a hit but striking out two, including Joey Votto, to secure a win for the Pirates on Friday night. On the surface, Vazquez has blown four of his last eight save chances with an ERA of 4.55 yet a FIP of 2.87, so which number should fantasy owners focus on? Vazquez has cut down his hard hit percentage allowed by 5.6 points. However, he’s traded ground balls for line drives. His underlying discipline statistics do not display complete erosion of his skills as his swinging strike percentage approaches his 2016 numbers, but owners drafted Vazquez for the upside he displayed in the first half of last year. Over the last 14 days, Vazquez has worked 5.1 innings with nine strikeouts against five walks with a 3.38 ERA and 2.53 FIP. Almost a encapsulation of his season so far with hints of upside paired with the high amount of walks. Perhaps he can turn this around like Kenley Jansen did in April, but it’s not for the risk averse. Read the rest of this entry »


Roto Riteup: June 16, 2018

Sometimes you have to play the aging veterans in order to keep them sharp.

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Pitcher Spotlight: Matt Strahm, The Starter

For those that are familiar with my work may know that Matt Strahm is a bit of an inside joke. Entering 2017, I labeled him as a dark horse sleeper, possibly in position to steal the #5 spot in the Royals rotation and transform from a shadow on the wire into surprising fantasy relevancy.

That didn’t go so well – the Royals signed Jason HammelStrahm struggled as a reliever, got knee surgery, and was shipped off to San Diego in the Trevor Cahill deal. My vision was put on the backburner.

But it’s June 15th, 2018, where the Padres have had to deal with injuries to Dinelson Lamet and Joey Lucchesi, and a demotion of Luis Perdomo after struggling like car tires in a swamp. The door has opened for Strahm to get a spotlight as a starter – albeit in “bullpen games” – and it’s time to consider what that could be. We may have to wait until the second half (or maybe 2019!) to see Strahm stretched out and penciled into the rotation, but I want to make sure he is on your radar. I want to show you why you’ll probably consider picking up Matt Strahm this season.

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The Sleeper and the Bust Episode: 564 – “Call Your Shot” Ep. 3

6/15/18

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Justin Mason Baseball Chat – June 15th, 2018

This is the transcript from this week’s chat! Lot of Sano questions.

12:45

Justin Mason: Hey everyone! Let’s have some fun. I am going to try and skip around to answer a variety of questions today, so I am not answer multiple questions about the same players. Please give me format and size of leagues for context. Just a reminder that I will answer as many questions as I can, but please don’t repeat questions. If I can’t get to your questions then hit me up on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100008744507752 or on twitter @justinmasonfwfb.

12:45

Justin Mason: Sorry about the late start. Was having some issues.

12:46

yojiveself: Trust Taillon (vs Mil, Az) and Pivetta (vs StL and Was) next week?  Pivetta has been scuffling lately and I am not sure if I like Taillon’s opponents.  Thanks!

12:46

Justin Mason: I trust both to some extent. Taillion over Pvetta for those starts.

12:46

yojiveself: Now that Rhys is back, is he back-back?  He’s started to hit but the Col staff isn’t that great.

12:47

Justin Mason: I trust him to readjust to what pitchers were doing against him. Just traded for him in Tout H2H

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NL Lineup Analysis (6/14/18)

I’ve been going over lineups at the end of each week for about a month now. I’ve found doing the entire league at the same time is too much for several reasons. From now one, I’m going to take turns between leagues.

Big Five

  • Michael Taylor and his 17 stolen bases may be headed to the bench or another team.
  • Maikel Franco is riding-the-pine-for-nine since J.P. Crawford has returned from the DL.
  • Scott Schebler has heated up over the last 28 days (.329/.406/.494) and is now the Reds leadoff hitter.
  • Jon Jay is now the Diamondbacks everyday leadoff hitter.
  • Dominic Smith is starting at first base for the Mets but doesn’t hit well enough to be major league first baseman.

Braves

  • They are completely set in their ways with a constant lineup. A future change is Ronald Acuna coming off the DL and replacing Charlie Culberson.

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