Roto Riteup: July 27, 2012

Another day, another dollar Roto Riteup.

• In case you missed it (and to be honest, I have been missing it), Carlos Gomez has been killing the ball lately. With three home runs and seven RBI’s in the past four games, he looks like he could be worth owning for the short term. He even has a pair of stolen bases in that span too. His batting average and on-base percentage won’t do much for you, but the best slugging of his career has boosted his wRC+ to 111. He’s already surpassed his stolen bases totals from last year so that is a nice boost to his value too. He is owned in less than 5% of both ESPN and Yahoo! formats. I’d pick him up if you’re in an NL-only league or a deep mixed league.

• Yesterday was another strong from Zach McAllister. He lasted only 6.1 innings but did manage to strike out seven and only gave up a pair of earned runs. That solid outing brings his seasonal ERA and FIP down to 3.18 and 3.40 respectively. Of course he only has 10 starts under his belt, but as a rookie pitcher there isn’t much more to ask for. He is another deep league pickup, but for now his stock is rising. I’d keep him on your radar. I’ve actually picked him up in two of my leagues. If your league doesn’t have an innings limit or if you’re just nowhere near the limit, I’d roster McCallister. He can be picked up in over 85% of Yahoo! and ESPN leagues.

• Ladies and gentlemen, hold onto your proverbial hats. I am about to recommend picking up…wait for it…Willie Bloomquist. Yes, that Willie Bloomquist. Look, we all know what a gamer and a ball player Bloomquist is, but this year, albeit in a small sample size, he has hit well. In the wake of the Ryan Roberts trade, Bloomquist is slated to split time at third base with Ryan Wheeler. For the season, Willie Ballgame is hitting .300 with 20 doubles and five triples. His BABIP is about 40 points higher than his career average, so don’t expect too much from him, but as long as he is getting playing time and has the upside to steal 10 bases for the rest of the season. ZiPS has him hitting .280 for the rest of the season, and for a UTIL or CI slot, that isn’t too bad. Ideally Bloomquist takes over third base and hits relatively well for the remainder of the year. He is on the wrong side of a left/right platoon however, so keep a close eye on his game log. He is actually 3B, SS and OF eligible, so he brings a bit of flexibility to your roster too. He owned in just 9% of Yahoo! leagues and 5% of ESPN formats.

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: Jarrod Parker at BAL
Parker has an excellent Swstr% and the Orioles strikeout at the second highest frequency in baseball. Parker is a bit of a fly ball pitcher and the O’s have the third highest HR/FB%. I’m not 100% confident in this pick, but I’m sticking with it.

A Pitcher for Tomorrow: Chad Billingsley at SFG
I’m a Billingsley fan and the Giants have a bottom 10 offense.

A Hitter for Today: Adam Dunn at TEX (Yu Darvish)
Dunn in that ballpark? And against a right-handed pitcher? Yes please.

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Bloomquist is owned in 95% of ESPN leagues? I’m hoping that is a typo..