Today’s Roto Riteup is being written prior to naptime. No, I don’t have any children; why do you ask?
• Neftali Feliz had Tommy John surgery yesterday, meaning it will be another year before we see Feliz back in the big leagues. If Neftali Feliz ever starts another big league game, I will be all kinds of surprised. The Rangers’ rotation is going to look very different next year, seeing that Feliz and Colby Lewis are both expected to miss most of the season, and the likes of Roy Oswalt and Ryan Dempster are going to be free agents. Yu Darvish, Derek Holland and Matt Harrison figure to fill out the top, but there will be a scuffle for the bottom.
• Chase Headley’s homer against the Reds yesterday gives him 10 road dingers on the year; compare that to his three home jacks, and you’ve got yourself one heck of a split stat. It’s truly a shame Headley wasn’t deal to, well, anywhere else so that his talents could be truly appreciated.
• Alex Cobb’s SABR numbers have been really good this year — 2.13 K/BB, 60+% GB% — but his ERA is hideous by comparison. Cobb’s had some poor luck on balls in play, but he strutted his stuff against the Oakland A’s last night, going seven innings while striking out six to earn the “W.” Cobb is going to be a cog in the Rays rotation for the next couple of years, and he’ll have value in AL-only leagues.
For those of you who play daily fantasy games like FanGraphs: The Game, or just like to stream players, here are a couple matchups you may be able to exploit.
A Pitcher for Today: Mike Minor vs MIA
No LoMo, no Hanley, and no Stanton makes the Marlins lineup vulnerable to attack.
A Pitcher for Tomorrow: Joe Kelly vs MIL
Kelly’s ERA is bound to rise, but he has good stuff, and getting him at home is too much to pass up.
A Hitter for Today: All the Reds vs SD (Ross Ohlendorf)
Want to know a secret? Ross Ohlendorf has been pretty bad this year. Want to know another secret? The Reds are going to straight up murder him.