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May 9, 2012 posted by Nick Raducanu

2012 Fantasy Baseball Daily Notes 5/9

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Josh Hamilton, Texas Rangers OF

In case you’ve been hiding under a rock, Josh Hamilton hit FOUR home runs last night and became the 16th player in Major League history to accomplish such a feat.  If we have something as crazy as “Star Wars Day”, I submit to you all that we rename May 8th, “Hambone Day”. In other news, the closer carousel keeps spinning round and round and I think I might need to change the name my “Daily Grab Bag” section to something like “Closer’s Anonymous” unless anyone has any better ideas. I’m all ears, people!

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 Tuesday, May 8th.

5 Good Nights

  • Josh Hamilton: 5-5, 4 R, 4 HR, 8 RBI
  • Josh Hamilton: 5-5, 4 R, 4 HR, 8 RBI
  • Josh Hamilton: 5-5, 4 R, 4 HR, 8 RBI
  • Josh Hamilton: 5-5, 4 R, 4 HR, 8 RBI
  • Josh Hamilton: 5-5, 4 R, 4 HR, 8 RBI
(Before any of you wiseguys out there tweet me and tell me that I have Josh Hamilton listed five times, let me save you the trouble: I know.)

Honorable Mention: Carlos Beltran, Raul Ibanez, Brandon Inge, Kelly Johnson, Billy Butler, Anibal Sanchez, A.J. Burnett, Clayton Kershaw, Ryan Vogelsong, Ryan Dempster, Jake Westbrook, Edwin Jackson, John Danks, Ivan Nova, Jarrod Parker, Scott Diamond, Alex White, Neftali Feliz, Justin Masterson, Ricky Romero, Yovani Gallardo, Randall Delgado, Aneury Rodriguez, Jeff Suppan

5 Bad Nights

  • Francisco Cordero: 0.0 IP, 3 H, 5 ER, 0 K’s
  • Henry Rodriguez: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 1 K’s
  • Joe Hanrahan: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 1 K’s
  • Michael Young: 0-5
  • Miguel Cabrera: 0-5

Dishonorable Mention: Carlos Pena, Drew Stubbs, Mitch Moreland, Brent Morel, Jason Kipnis, Chris Perez, Homer Bailey, Dan Haren, Kevin Millwood, Rafael Soriano, Grant Balfour, Jake Arrieta, Ian Kennedy, Daniel Bard, Joe Blanton

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.

  • Chris Sale is undergoing an MRI on his elbow today, which means you should go take a break from reading this column and go grab Addison Reed if he’s available in any of your leagues. I’ll be waiting here until you get back.
  • As I hypothesized yesterday, Dale Thayer seems to have grabbed the inside track on the closer’s role in San Diego and Bud Black reaffirmed that assertion by giving Thayer another save opportunity last night (which he promptly converted).
  • David Robertson picked up the save for the Yankees last night, and I hope that puts all the “Robertson vs. Rafael Soriano” line of questioning to bed. The answer is Robertson.
  • Francisco Cordero and his 9.53 ERA gave up five runs last night, which marks the fourth-straight game in which he’s given up a run. Sergio Santos is due to return in two weeks (go grab him if you can!), but I’d be surprised if Casey Janssen or Luis Perez don’t get the next save opportunity in Toronto.
  • The ticking closer time bomb who goes by the name, Chris Perez, had another little hiccup last night and I’m willing to bet my dinner tonight that Vinnie Pestano usurps Perez for the closer’s role in Cleveland before the season is over.
  • By the way, have you heard that Josh Hamilton hit four home runs last night?
  • Trout/Harper Watch: With two of baseball’s best prospects being called-up on the same day last week, 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 1-4 with a run last night. (.300, 4 R, 3 RBI, 1 Steal on the season).
    Mike Trout: Trout went 1-3 last night. (.242, 4 Runs, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 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

Tim Lincecum vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
Lincecum has had a rocky start to the season, but his numbers in five starts against the Dodgers last year (1.83 ERA/.234 BAA) make me feel a lot better about starting him today.

Cliff Lee vs. New York Mets
I’m not a big fan of starting guys that are coming off the disabled list, but we are talking about Cliff Lee here. The one warning I’ll give here is that the Phillies are planning to limit him to 75-80 pitches tonight.

Jon Lester at Kansas City Royals
Over the past three seasons, Lester has started four games against the Royals and has only allowed three earned runs in 26.1 innings pitched. You’ve got me convinced, Mr. Lester!

3 Down

Jeff Niemann at New York Yankees
I actually really like Jeff Niemann as a pitcher, but he’s pitching on the road and is going up against a Yankees team today that is 6th in the Majors in runs scored.

Bruce Chen vs. Boston Red Sox
Chen makes for a  good spot-start here and there, but he’s been torched for six runs in two-straight games and the Red Sox still rank fourth in the Majors in runs scored despite their recent struggles.

Carl Pavano vs. Los Angeles Angels
Pavano has faced the batters in the current Angels lineup 159 times in his career and has allowed a .302 batting average against. Combine that with his 6.23 ERA at home this year, and you’ve got a good recipe for a disaster tonight.

Throwing Darts

Drew Smyly at Seattle Mariners
Smyly has yet to allow more than two runs in any of his five starts so far this year, and will enjoy the added benefit of facing the Punch and Judy Mariners at spacious Safeco Field tonight.

Ross Detwiler at Pittsburgh Pirates
Of his five starts this season, Detwiler has pitched two shutouts and allowed just one run in two other starts. The Nationals’ lefty looks like a great spot-start option tonight as he faces a Pirates team that ranks dead-last in the Majors in runs scored.

Jeanmar Gomez vs. Chicago White Sox
One a day with a dearth of good spot-start options, Gomez represents a good risk as he faced the White Sox twice last year and only allowed three earned runs in 12 innings (2.25 ERA).

Today’s Swings and Misses

  • Mark Reynolds is 3-for-6 (.500) with two home runs in his career against today’s starter, Colby Lewis.
  • Buster Posey is 9-for-20 (.450) in his career against today’s starter, Chad Billingsley.
  • Brennan Boesch is 7-for-12 (.583) in his career against today’s starter, Jason Vargas.
  • Curtis Granderson is 1-for-14 (.071) in his career against today’s starter, Jeff Niemann.
  • David Ortiz is 4-for-18 (.222)  in his career against today’s starter, Bruce Chen.
  • Troy Tulowitzki is hitless in nine career at-bats against today’s starter, Anthony Bass.

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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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