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May 19, 2012 posted by Nick Raducanu

2012 Fantasy Baseball Daily Notes 5/19

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Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers 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 Friday, May 18th.

5 Good Nights

  • Justin Verlander: 9.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 12 K’s, W
  • Kevin Millwood: 9.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 7 K’s, W
  • Andy Pettitte: 8.0 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 9 K’s, W
  • J.P. Arencibia: 3-5, 3 R, 2 HR, 6 RBI
  • Rajai Davis: 2-4, 2 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI

Honorable Mention: Ryan Braun, Ian Desmond, Josh Donaldson, Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau, Denard Span, Scott Hairston, Delmon Young, Miguel Montero, Adam Kennedy, B.J. Upton, Luke Scott, James Loney, Mike Trout, Adrian Beltre, Edwin Jackson, Ted Lilly, Jeff Samardzija, Carlos Zambrano, Jake Arrieta, Justin Masterson, Jered Weaver, Alex White, Philip Humber, Cole Hamels, Tommy Hanson, Ricky Romero

5 Bad Nights

  • Jarrod Parker: 2.0 IP, 4 H, 6 ER, 4 BB’s, 0 K’s
  • Jonathon Niese: 3.0 IP, 8 H, 8 ER, 2 BB’s, 6 K’s
  • Daniel Bard: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 5 ER, 5 BB’s, 3 K’s
  • J.J. Hardy: 0-5
  • Michael Bourn: 0-5

Dishonorable Mention: Matt Wieters, Adam LaRoche, Dee Gordon, Jeff Suppan, Barry Zito, James Shields, Lance Lynn, Charlie Morton, Scott Diamond

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.

  • Chipper Jones will miss today’s game with a calf injury and is currently listed as day-to-day.
  • Good news for Pablo Sandoval owners as the Giants are expecting him to return from his hand injury within the next three weeks.
  • Michael Morse‘s rehab from a lat injury is going well, according to the Nationals, and there’s a possibility that he could return to the lineup June 1st.
  • 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 2-3 last night. (.246, 11 R, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 1 Steal on the season).
    Mike Trout: Trout went 3-4 with a run, an RBI, and a steal last night. (.338, 13 Runs, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 4 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

Clayton Kershaw vs. St. Louis Cardinals

Yovani Gallardo vs. Minnesota Twins

Anibal Sanchez at Cleveland Indians

3 Down

A.J. Burnett at Detroit Tigers

John Danks at Chicago Cubs

Bruce Chen vs. Arizona Diamondbacks

Throwing Darts

Ryan Vogelsong vs. Oakland A’s

Derek Holland at Houston Astros

Christian Friedrich vs. Seattle Mariners

Today’s Swings and Misses

  • Justin Morneau is 4-for-7 (.571) in his career against today’s starter, Yovani Gallardo.
  • Alexei Ramirez is 6-for-14 (.429) in his career against today’s starter, Ryan Dempster.
  • Ty Wigginton is 8-for-20 (.400) in his career against today’s starter, Jon Lester.
  • Yadier Molina is 2-for-11 (.182) in his career against today’s starter, Clayton Kershaw.
  • Mark Ellis is 5-for-24 (.208) in his career against today’s starter, Jake Westbrook.
  • Rickie Weeks is hitless in 12 career at-bats against today’s starter, Carl Pavano.

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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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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