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Before we get to todayâ€™s games, letâ€™s take a spin through last nightâ€™s box scores to identify the Studs and Duds from Thursday, May 17th.
5 Good Nights
- Brandon Beachy:Â 9.0 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 6 K’s, W
- Aaron Harang:Â 7.0 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 6 K’s, W
- Andrew McCutchen:Â 2-4, 2 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI
- Mitch Moreland:Â 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,Â 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:Â 0.1 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 3 BB’s, 1 K
- Ricky Nolasco:Â 4.0 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 2 K’s
- Trevor Cahill:Â 5.0 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 3 BB’s, 6 K’s
- Michael Young: 0-6
- Ichiro Suzuki:Â 0-6
Dishonorable Mention:Â 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
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- 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/HarperÂ Watch:Â With two of baseballâ€™s best prospects being called-up recently, Iâ€™m going to dedicate this space to keeping tabs on the youngsters for the near future. Hereâ€™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).
A quick look at some of todayâ€™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 (Todayâ€™s Swings and Misses).
Justin VerlanderÂ 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 WeaverÂ 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 FelizÂ 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.
Wandy RodriguezÂ 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 ArroyoÂ 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 SaundersÂ 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.
Jarrod ParkerÂ 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 ZambranoÂ 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 SamardzijaÂ 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.
Todayâ€™s Swings and Misses
- Dustin PedroiaÂ is 5-for-12 (.417) in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Cole Hamels.
- Michael CuddyerÂ is 12-for-28 (.429) with two home runs in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Kevin Millwood.
- Albert PujolsÂ is 16-for-42 (.381) with six home runs in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Jeff Suppan.
- Lance BerkmanÂ is 3-for-31 (.097) in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Ted Lilly.
- Derek JeterÂ is 4-for-18 (.222) in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Bronson Arroyo.
- Chris DavisÂ is hitless in his career against todayâ€™s starter, Edwin Jackson.
Donâ€™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 ofÂ 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 patentedÂ HVaC systemÂ to re-adjust his top 50 rankings.
- Albert Lang is back with his weeklyÂ Hot N Cold Fantasy Baseball All-starsÂ 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 hisÂ award-winning podcast.
- Don’t forget to listen to check out Editor-in-Chief, Patrick DiCaprio, and the crew on this week’s episode ofÂ The Fantasy Baseball RoundtableÂ where we talked about closers, Pujols, and yours truly added a Mike Trout prediction to the Are You Crazy list.