Daily Dr. Roto — May 12, 2017
Ten Things To Watch This Weekend in Fantasy Baseball
- Los Angeles Dodgers SP Clayton Kershaw visits Coors Field on Friday night. Kershaw hasn’t always been the most successful in Colorado’s thin air, but at 9.8K on FD how can I not roster him?
- Did the Butler do it? Chicago Cubs SP Eddie Butler has been called up by the team and is in the hunt for the SP5 job if he pitches well. It will be a tough matchup against the Cardinals, but if Butler is up to the challenge, he just might sneak into the rotation permanently.
- Is New York Mets SP Matt Harvey back on track? Harvey was suspended by the team for some idiocy on Cinco de Mayo. If the Mets want to make the playoffs, they will desperately need Harvey to pitch well. Tonight, in Milwaukee is as good a time to start his redemption tour as any.
- Speaking of the Mets—I want to find out more about RP Jeurys Familia's injury. Will the blood clot keep him out a week? A month? Or all season? Also, I want to see how much Addison Reed is going to go for in FAAB. The number could be staggering.
- I am worried about Milwaukee Brewers OF Ryan Braun and his balky forearm. Braun’s been in and out of the lineup recently, but just yesterday he fully admitted that “I can’t run or throw.” Call me crazy, but isn’t that what an outfielder does?
- Don’t you know that there might be a significant injury to Seattle Mariners 2B Robinson Cano? Cano injured his quad the other night, yet he played the game after it happened and he hit a home run. He is the team’s most consistent hitter and a Fantasy star. If he is going to go on the DL, I want it to happen ASAP so he can get back to Fantasy lineups quickly.
- Can Minnesota Twins SP Jose Berrios finally reach his potential and be as good in the majors as he is in Triple-A? Berrios has nothing left to prove in the minors but has struggled every time the Twins have promoted him. Is this time the charm? The Twins and his Fantasy owners both hope so.
- I want to see if Baltimore Orioles SP Kevin Gausman can pitch two good consecutive games in a row. Gausman shut down the Nationals earlier this week and now gets the struggling Royals. His Fantasy owners were hoping for a breakout season, but thus far he has been an unmitigated disaster. Two good starts in a row would go a long way to getting his confidence back.
- How will New York Yankees SP Luis Severino perform against the Houston Astros? There is no hotter team in the AL than the mighty Astros. Severino has been great this year but has struggled with giving up home runs. I will be watching closely to see if the Astros take him yard this weekend.
- Is Texas Rangers SP A.J. Griffin for real? Griffin has been on fire recently and was a big pickup in all my expert leagues last weekend. I passed on him, thinking that this was a short-lived hot streak, but he has looked strong on the mound—even striking guys out. I want to see how he does against the hot A’s bats on Sunday. If he is good, I just might pick him up in my home league.