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April 26, 2012 posted by Nick Raducanu

2012 Fantasy Baseball Daily Notes 4/26

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Billy Butler, Kansas City Royals DH

A lot of you out there are familiar with what my daily recaps are all about, but here’s a quick summary for those for those of you that are new to this page. If you’re one of those new folks…welcome! I hope you enjoy.

Each and every day, I’ll be combing over box scores and scouring local beat writers’ reports to make sure you have all the information you need in order to make the right decisions for your fantasy baseball lineup. Make sure you check back at this very spot for Hot/Cold Streaks, Injury News, Closer Updates, Daily Stats, and more so that you can stay one step ahead of the rest of your league.

I added a special feature at the end of today’s “Grab Bag” since we’re all perennially chasing the next, great prospect that’s going to make us look like a genius.

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Looking Back

Before we get to today’s games, let’s take a spin through last night’s box scores to identify the Studs and Duds from Wednesday, April 25th.

5 Good Nights

Billy Butler: 2-5, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI

Pedro Alvarez: 3-8, 2 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI

Jason Hammel: 7 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 7 K’s, W

Lance Lynn: 8 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 7 K’s, W

Cole Hamels: 8 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 7 K’s, W

Honorable Mention: Adrian Beltre, Alex Gordon, Jose Altuve, Mike Aviles, David Freese, Dustin Ackley, J.D. Martinez, Yoenis Cespedes, Raul Ibanez, Ryan Braun, Garrett Jones, Alex Liddi, Eric Hosmer, Paul Konerko, Placido Polanco, Carlos Beltran, Chris Sale, Ted Lilly, R.A. Dickey, Felix Hernandez, C.J. Wilson, James McDonald, Jarrod Parker, Barry Zito, Luke Hochevar, Brandon Beachy, Juan Nicasio, Charlie Morton, Mark Buehrle, Jeremy Hellickson, Jordan Zimmerman,

5 Bad Nights

Phil Hughes: 2.2 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 2 K’s

Hector Santiago: 0.1 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 1 K

Javy Guerra: 0.1 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, BS

Carlos Gonzalez: 0-7

Shane Victorino: 0-5

Dishonorable Mention: Daric Barton, Jed Lowrie, Cliff Pennington, Troy Tulowitzki, Michael Cuddyer, Adam Dunn, Jemile Weeks, Jordan Schafer, Liam Hendriks, Adam Wilk, Clay Bucholz, Jhoulys Chacin, Ubaldo Jimenez, J.A. Happ, Chris Volstad, Trevor Cahill

Daily Grab Bag

Check back here for daily updates on injuries, closer battles, player news, and anything else that might affect your fantasy baseball team.

  • Hector Santiago had a rough go of it last night (see above), but Robin Ventura has come out and said that he’s going to stick with the left-hander as his closer. Ventura is about as predictable with closers as Mike Shanahan is with running backs, so it might be smart business to stash Matt Thornton and Addison Reed just in case the rookie manager changes his mind.
  • Pedro Strop picked up another save last night with Jim Johnson still battling the flu. It wouldn’t be shocking to see Strop grab another save or two over the next few days, but this is still Johnson’s job once he returns.
  • Ala Daniel Bard, Neftali Feliz pitched an inning of relief last night, but the Rangers are just trying to keep the former reliever stretched out and he will make his next scheduled start on Tuesday. Nothing to see here…
  • Javy Guerra blew his second save in his last five appearances with a three-run implosion last night, and while Don Mattingly remains committed to using Guerra as his closer, Kenley Jansen is looking like a must-add for those of you out there chasing saves.
  • Ryan Zimmerman owners can breathe a sigh of relief as yesterday’s MRI didn’t reveal any structural damage, but the disabled list is still a very real possibility for the Nationals’ third baseman if his attempt to swing a bat today doesn’t go well.
  • Carl Crawford is headed to see Dr. James Andrews on what Red Sox manager, Bobby Valentine, is labeling “a fact-finding mission”. Perhaps Dr. Andrews can help Crawford find some facts on how to become the player he was in Tampa Bay, but in all seriousness, visiting Dr. Andrews is never a good sign.
  • For the moment, Mike Pelfrey has been diagnosed with a “shoulder inflammation” but it’s looking very possible (if not, probable) that the right-hander is headed for Tommy John surgery. I’m not sure why you would, but if you were relying on Pelfrey to help your pitching staff, it looks like it’s time to find other options.
  • Mike Trout Watch: For as much publicity as Bryce Harper gets, Trout is the uber-prospect most likely to make a difference for fantasy owners this year. With the Angels outfield struggling, it’s only a matter of time before Trout gets the call to the majors (despite Mike Scioscia saying “nothing is imminent”). I’ll be keeping an eye on Trout in this space going forward, so make sure you pay attention as he could be this year’s Desmond Jennings-type difference-maker.

Looking Ahead

A quick look at some of today’s pitchers to start (3 Up), pitchers to sit (3 Down), pitchers to take a flier on if you need a spot-start (Throwing Darts), and batters with advantageous or disadvantageous matchups (Today’s Swings and Misses).

3 Up

Edwin Jackson at San Diego Padres
(Jackson has started two games in his career at Petco Park and boasts a 2.92 ERA in those two starts. On a day with limited pitching options, Jackson looks like the best of the bunch.)

Jonathon Niese vs. Miami Marlins
(The current Marlins lineup is 16-for-77 (.208 average) lifetime against Niese and the right-hander held the Fish to a .167 average in one start last year.)

Matt Moore vs. Los Angeles Angels
(Moore has struggled out of the gate this year, but the talent is there and it’s only a matter of time before he fulfills his potential. Today could very well be the day.)

3 Down

Brian Matusz vs. Toronto Blue Jays
(Matusz allowed five runs in 5.2 innings against the Blue Jays just 11 days ago and the rest of his season hasn’t looked much better – as evidenced by his 7.98 ERA and 2.25 WHIP.)

Ricky Nolasco at New York Mets
(Nolasco hasn’t allowed more than three runs in any of this three starts this year, but he also has a 5.10 ERA over his last five starts at Citi Field.)

Jerome Williams at Tampa Bay Rays
(I won’t belabor the point here and leave it at this: Williams has a 7.71 ERA in two starts this year and opponents are hitting .316 against the right-hander.)

Throwing Darts

Ryan Vogelsong at Cincinnati Reds
(Vogelsong has come back to Earth from his out-of-the-blue 2.71 ERA last season, but he’s still pitching well this year and has limited opponents to a .196 average in his two starts so far.)

Philip Humber vs. Boston Red Sox
(It’s safe to say that Humber won’t be pitching another perfect game against a tough Red Sox lineup, but he comes into this home start with a 0.63 ERA and is worth a look today.)

Josh Tomlin vs. Kansas City Royals
(Tomlin struggled against Kansas City two starts ago, but he also posted a 1.86 ERA against the Royals last season and is one of the better options on a day with limited spot-start candidates.)

Today’s Swings and Misses

  • Carlos Santana has a career .205 average during day games (and the Indians have a day game today).
  • Adam Dunn is  1-for-18 (.056) against left-handers this year (the White Sox face Red Sox lefty, Felix Dubront, today).

If you have any questions, comments, complaints, or have a suggestion on a feature you’d like to see covered in these daily reports, please email me at FantasyTrade411@gmail.com and I’ll be happy to respond.

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See you tomorrow!

Nick Raducanu finished 2011 ranked in the top 20 on ESPN’s Fantasy site, and is the mystery man behind the TraderX persona at www.FantasyTrade411.com. You can follow him and ask him for fantasy advice on Twitter @FantasyTrade411.

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