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May 18, 2012 posted by Nick Raducanu

2012 Fantasy Baseball Daily Notes 5/18

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Brandon Beachy, Atlanta Braves SP

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.

As always, make sure you’re getting your daily fantasy sports fix by playing the FP911Challenge! Don’t know how to play? Dan Stack’s got you covered with a quick tutorial and some tips for this weekend.

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 Thursday, May 17th.

5 Good Nights

  • Brandon Beachy: 9.0 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 6 K’s, W
  • Aaron Harang: 7.0 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 6 K’s, W
  • Andrew McCutchen: 2-4, 2 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI
  • Mitch Moreland: 2-2, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI
  • Carlos Ruiz: 4-5, 3 RBI, 1 Steal

Honorable Mention: Cody Ross, Welington Castillo, Justin Morneau, Matt Holliday, Jose Lopez, Ronny Cedeno, Jose Bautista, Rich Thompson, Mark Trumbo, A.J. Peirzynski, Rod Barajas, Chris Davis, Johnny Gomez, Ryan Roberts, J.A. Happ, Roy Halladay, Hector Noesi, Drew Hutchison, Felix Doubront, James McDonald, Chris Sale

5 Bad Nights

  • Brandon League: 0.1 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 3 BB’s, 1 K
  • Ricky Nolasco: 4.0 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 2 K’s
  • Trevor Cahill: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 3 BB’s, 6 K’s
  • Michael Young: 0-6
  • Ichiro Suzuki: 0-6

Dishonorable Mention: Carlos Pena, Joe Mauer, Nelson Cruz, Miguel Montero, Ian Desmond, Michael Brantley, Gordon Beckham, Jarrod Dyson, Zack Cozart, Shin-Soo Choo, C.J. Wilson, Logan Ondrusek, Mike Adams, Rafael Betancourt, Brandon McCarthy, Matt Cain, Luke Hochevar, Jordan Zimmerman

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.

  • Don’t forget that interleague play starts today (which means you’re going to have to keep an eye on AL DH’s like David Ortiz that are playing in National League parks).
  • Trevor Bauer was promoted to Triple-A Reno yesterday and looks like a good speculative add if he’s available in your league. The Diamondbacks’ rotation has been struggling this year, and a couple good starts could potentially fast-track Bauer to the Majors within the next few weeks.
  • Adam Lind was demoted to Triple-A Las Vegas yesterday to give him a chance to get his act together. Lind should be back in the Majors at some point this year, but you shouldn’t fall bad dropping him.
  • Today is the second-straight day with no closer news to report. This is just getting ridiculous!
  • Trout/Harper Watch: With two of baseball’s best prospects being called-up recently, I’m going to dedicate this space to keeping tabs on the youngsters for the near future. Here’s to hoping that you were able to grab one (or both)!
    Bryce Harper: Harper went 0-3 last night. (.227, 11 R, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 1 Steal on the season).
    Mike Trout: Trout went 0-4 last night. (.313, 12 Runs, 3 HR, 8 RBI, 3 Steals on the season).

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

Justin Verlander vs. Pittsburgh Pirates
Verlander (4-1, 2.47 ERA, 0.87 WHIP, 56 K’s) is dealing with a broken callus on his right thumb, but that shouldn’t deter him from mowing down the league’s worst offense today.

Jered Weaver at San Diego Padres
Weaver (5-1, 2.83 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, 49 K’s) has been atrocious on the road so far this season (5.91 ERA in 21.1 innings pitched), but he’s still one of the better pitchers in the league and has the good fortune of facing the league’s 29th-ranked offense in pitcher-friendly Petco Park today.

Neftali Feliz at Houston Astros
I’m dubious that he can keep this up for a full season in his first year as a starter, but Feliz (3-1, 3.32 ERA, 1.13 WHIP) has enjoyed a successful transition from the bullpen so far. He’s held opponents to a 1.88 batting average against this season, and shouldn’t have a hard time building upon that success against the lowly Astros today.

3 Down

Wandy Rodriguez vs. Texas Rangers
You might look at Wandy’s numbers (1.99 ERA, 0.99 WHIP) and think I’m crazy for telling you to sit him, but the Rangers lead the Majors in runs scored (by a good amount). Resist the temptation and don’t play with fire here.

Bronson Arroyo at New York Yankees
Arroyo has posted decent numbers so far this season (2-1, 3.25 ERA, 1.31 WHIP), but there’s a reason FantasyPros911.com Editor-in-Chief, Patrick DiCaprio, always says to sit guys who are facing the Yankees in the Bronx (and it’s not just because he’s a Yankees fan). The Yankees rank eighth in the Majors in runs scored and are averaging over 4.5 runs per game at home this season.

Joe Saunders at Kansas City Royals
Saunders was a popular add after a strong start to the season, but he finally hit the inevitable wall that he was destined to hit as he’s now allowed six earned runs in each of his last two starts. Trust me, there are better options out there for today.

Throwing Darts

Jarrod Parker at San Francisco Giants
As long as people refuse to pick up the A’s rookie en masse, you can pretty much pencil him into this spot every five days (unless he’s facing the Rangers or Yankees). He’s yet to allow more than two runs in any of his four starts, and faces a Giants team today that ranks 25th in the Majors in runs scored.

Carlos Zambrano at Cleveland Indians
I want to punch myself every time I recommend starting Big Z (1.88 ERA, 1.04 WHIP), but it’s hard to argue with the fact that he’s only allowed a total of 10 runs in seven starts this year.

Jeff Samardzija vs. Chicago White Sox
I’m not sure Samardzija (4-1, 2.89 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, 45 K’s) qualifies as a spot-start, but just go with it. He’s only allowed a total of three earned runs in his last four starts combined, and his 9.27 K/9IP isn’t anything to sneeze at either.

Today’s Swings and Misses

  • Dustin Pedroia is 5-for-12 (.417) in his career against today’s starter, Cole Hamels.
  • Michael Cuddyer is 12-for-28 (.429) with two home runs in his career against today’s starter, Kevin Millwood.
  • Albert Pujols is 16-for-42 (.381) with six home runs in his career against today’s starter, Jeff Suppan.
  • Lance Berkman is 3-for-31 (.097) in his career against today’s starter, Ted Lilly.
  • Derek Jeter is 4-for-18 (.222) in his career against today’s starter, Bronson Arroyo.
  • Chris Davis is hitless in his career against today’s starter, Edwin Jackson.

Don’t forget to check out the rest of the great content on FantasyPros911.com, starting with some of our most recent updates:

  • Albert Lang previews today’s starting pitchers in the latest edition of Pitch or Ditch.
  • Dave Shovein is here to help you get a head-start on next week’s pitching matchups with the Week 8 edition of Double Starters.
  • The closer carousel has slowed down a bit (relatively), but that doesn’t mean you should skip this week’s Blown Opportunities by Matthew Dewoskin.
  • In one of my favorite weekly columns, Collin Hager uses his patented HVaC system to re-adjust his top 50 rankings.
  • Albert Lang is back with his weekly Hot N Cold Fantasy Baseball All-stars to help you get a sense of players to think about adding (and potentially dropping).
  • Lenny Melnick takes a look at last night’s action and is talking Matt Moore, Bobby Parnell, and a whole lot more on today’s episode of his award-winning podcast.
  • Don’t forget to listen to check out Editor-in-Chief, Patrick DiCaprio, and the crew on this week’s episode of The Fantasy Baseball Roundtable where we talked about closers, Pujols, and yours truly added a Mike Trout prediction to the Are You Crazy list.
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.
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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