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May 5, 2012 posted by Nick Raducanu

2012 Fantasy Baseball Daily Notes 5/5

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David Price, Tampa Bay Rays 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.

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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 Friday, May 4th.

5 Good Nights

  • David Price: 8.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 12 K’s, W
  • Henderson Alvarez: 9.0 IP, 6 H, 0 ER, 3 K’s, W
  • Johnny Cueto: 9.0 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 4 K’s, W
  • Chipper Jones: 3-5, 3 R, HR, 2 RBI
  • Jose Altuve: 2-5, 2 R, HR, 3 RBI, 1 steal

Honorable Mention: Michael Bourn, Jordan Schafer, Eric Hinske, Todd Helton, Hanley Ramirez, Cody Ransom, Gordon Beckham, Derek Jeter, Hunter Pence, C.C. Sabathia, Ervin Santana, Jake Peavy, Jeanmar Gomez, Jason Vargas, Carl Pavano, Paul Maholm, Dillon Gee, Drew Smyly, Kyle Kendrick

5 Bad Nights

  • Josh Johnson: 2.2 IP, 6 H, 6 ER, 1 K
  • Tyson Ross: 3.1 IP, 9 H, 7 ER, 2 K’s
  • Heath Bell: 1.0 IP, 2 H, ER, 1 K
  • Nick Markakis: 0-6
  • Jayson Werth: 0-5

Dishonorable Mention: Jimmy Rollins, David Ortiz, Kelly Johnson, Willie Bloomquist, Adam Jones, Carlos Gonzalez, Darnell McDonald, Justin Upton, Mike Aviles, Denard Span, J.J. Hardy, Ian Desmond, Matt Thornton, Luke Gregerson, Tim Hudson, Craig Kimbrel, Anthony Bass, Kerry Wood, Jon Rauch, James Russell, Bruce Chen, Guillermo Moscoso, Colby Lewis, Chad Billingsley, Wade Miley, Kyle Lohse, Tim Lincecum, Kevin Correia

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.

  • Due to a “tender elbow”, the White Sox have moved Chris Sale from the rotation to the bullpen as a precautionary measure, and he will take over as their closer on Monday. It’s been a fun (and frustrating) ride, Hector Santiago
  • Huston Street left the Padres’ game with what has been described in conflicting reports as both a side injury and a shoulder injury. Regardless, Street will undergo an MRI today and Andrew Cashner (who has more eighth inning experience this year) and Luke Gregerson look like good insurance pick-ups.
  • Ryan Zimmerman (shoulder) is progressing in his rehab and is reportedly on-target for a Tuesday return to the lineup.
  • With Mariano Rivera set to miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL, there’s been a lot of speculation on Twitter about whether David Robertson or Rafael Soriano will close. Robertson didn’t appear in a save last night, but he did strike out the side to close the door on a 6-2 win. Barring an unexpected move by Joe Girardi, it looks like the Yankees with give Robertson first crack at closing.
  • Heath Bell blew yet another save last night, and I’d have to guess that Ozzie Guillen will look to another option the next time the Marlins have a lead going into the ninth. It’s still up-in-the-air as to whether that option will be Steve Cishek or Edward Mujica (or both), but Cishek has been the better of the two this season and should most likely get the next save opportunity.
  • Carlos Marmol  has been informed by Dale Sveum that he’s out as the Cubs’ closer. The Cubs will likely try to fix Marmol’s issues, but expect to see Rafael Dolis (and potentially James Russell against lefty-heavy lineups) get a few save opportunities while Marmol gets his, umm…stuff…together. Dolis picked-up the save yesterday, so it looks like he’ll most likely be the primary closer for the lowly Cubs.
  • Trout/Harper Watch: With two of baseball’s best prospects being called-up on the same day, 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. (.316, 2 R, 3 RBI on the season)
    Mike Trout: Trout went 0-4 last night. (.182, 1 Run, 1 Steal 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

Felix Hernandez vs. Minnesota Twins
In two starts at home this season, King Felix has only allowed two earned runs in 15 innings (1.20 ERA), while limiting opponents to a .218 batting average.

Jeremy Hellickson vs. Oakland Athletics
In 38 career at bats, the current A’s lineup has only recorded seven hits against Hellickson (.184 batting average).

Gio Gonzalez vs. Philadelphia Phillies
Gonzalez has pitched 14 innings at home this season, and has yet to allow a run. Guess where he’s pitching today…

3 Down

Kyle Drabek vs. Los Angeles Angels
In a small sample-size (31 career at bats), the current Angels lineup has absolutely owned Drabek to the tune of a .419 batting average.

Mike Minor at Colorado Rockies
Minor hasn’t faced the Rockies before in his career (which could be a good thing), but he got rocked his last time out (seven earned runs) and I’m going to stay away as he faces a Rockies lineup that ranks 5th in the Majors in runs scored.

Max Scherzer vs. Chicago White Sox
Scherzer has yet to allow less than three runs in any of his five starts this season, and the fact that the Tigers are already tinkering with his delivery this early in the season doesn’t make me feel good about today’s start.

Throwing Darts

James McDonald vs. Cincinnati Reds
McDonald has only allowed three earned runs in 13 innings at home this season (2.08 ERA) and has limited opponents to a .125 batting average in those 13 innings.

Mark Buehrle at San Diego Padres
Buehrle has been a little up-and-down this season, but he has fared well on the road in posting a 3.26 ERA in 19.1 innings on the road. Spacious Petco Park should only help those numbers today.

Gavin Floyd vs. Detroit Tigers
Floyd has only allowed one run in each of his last two starts, and pitched six shut-out innings against this same Tigers lineup less than a month ago.

Today’s Swings and Misses

  • Martin Prado is 10-for-25 (.400) with three home runs in his career against today’s starter, Jamie Moyer.
  • Joe Mauer is 13-for-26 (.500) with two home runs in his career against today’s starter, Felix Hernandez.
  • Ben Zobrist is 7-for-12 (.583) with three home runs in his career against today’s starter, Bartolo Colon.
  • Brennan Boesch is 0-for-13 in his career against today’s starter, Gavin Floyd.
  • Adrian Beltre is 1-for-11 (.091)  in his career against today’s starter, Derek Lowe.
  • Justin Morneau is 4-for-29 (.138) in his career against today’s starter, Felix Hernandez.

Don’t forget to check out some of the other great content on FantasyPros911, starting with some of today’s recent updates:

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Happy Cinco de Mayo, and 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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