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Roto Riteup: August 4, 2012

I still haven’t quite developed the joke regarding David Weirs and ponies, so you’ll just have to check back and read tomorrow’s Roto Riteup to see if I’ve made progress.

• Joe Blanton has been doing pretty nice things in Philadelphia, and now he’ll be doing them in Los Angeles. The Dodgers acquired the right-hander yesterday, and Blanton will be filling the spot currently occupied by Stephen Fife. Blanton’s only problem this year has been the home run ball, and while Dodger Stadium plays the same against lefties, getting out of Citizens Bank Park will do him a world of good. Blanton will now get to play the Padres, Rockies, and Giants instead of the Braves and Nationals, so that’s also a big-time plus. Unfortunately, this move only factors into his ROS value, as Blanton will become a free agent at season’s end.

• Kyle Kendrick will be starting games for the Phillies in Blanton’s absence, and he’s less exciting than watching paint dry, why is pretty darn boring, if you didn’t know.

• Kurt Suzuki has had a pretty miserable season at the dish, but the Nationals still saw fit to acquire him in a trade with the Athletics. Suzuki will likely be the starting catcher in Washington, at least until Wilson Ramos returns sometime next season. Suzuki’s numbers should improve due to the change in league and the change in ballparks, but he’s still going to be a poor fantasy option, even in NL-only leagues.

• Stepping up for the A’s will be Derek Norris and George Kottaras. Both players have typical Oakland profiles (power and BBs), but from opposite sides of the plate. I would venture a guess that Norris will be playing most days, but Kotteras will get a share of PAs against right-handed pitchers.

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: Paul Maholm vs HOU
Maholm will be making his first start for the Braves, and the Astros will make his transition easy as pie.

A Pitcher for Tomorrow: Matt Harvey at SDP
He’s young, he throws hard, and he’s in San Diego. Woah, boy, that’s exciting.

A Hitter for Today: Travis Snider at CIN (Mike Leake)
Betting on Snider in Cincy is a nice chance to take.