Each and every day, Iâ€™ll be combing over box scores and scouring local beat writersâ€™ 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 youâ€™re getting your daily fantasy sports fix by playing theÂ FP911Challenge! Don’t know how to play? Dan Stack’s got you covered with aÂ quick tutorial and some tips for Week 9.
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 Friday, June 1st.
5 Good Nights
- Johan Santana:Â 9.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 8 K’s, W
- Gordon Beckham:Â 2-5, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI
- Curtis Granderson:Â 2-5, 2 R, Â HR, 4 RBI, 1 steal
- Michael Cuddyer:Â 2-4, 4 R, HR, RBI, 1 steal
- David Price: 7.1Â IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 5 K’s, W
Honorable Mention: Jason Kipnis,Â Lonnie Chisenhall, Wilin Rosario, Tony Gwynn, Rajai Davis, Lucas Duda, Alfonso Soriano, Hector Luna, Daniel Murphy, Andrew McCutchen, Jose Tabata, Kyle Seager, Mike Trout, Hunter Pence, Daniel Nava, Jay Bruce, Ryan Theriot, Dexter Fowler, Madison Bumgarner, Clay Buchholz, Bartolo Colon, Jerome Williams, Mike Leake, Derek Lowe, Colby Lewis, Felipe Paulino, Clayton Richard, Jake Peavy
5 Bad Nights
- Carl Pavano:Â 3.2 IP, 9 H, 6 ER, BB, 2 K’s
- Adam Wainwright:Â 6.1 IP, 6 H, 7 ER, 3 BB’s, 6 K’s
- Randy Wolf: 6.0 IP, 8 H, 6 ER, 4 BB’s, 5 K’s
- Pedro Alvarez: 0-5
- Kelly Johnson:Â 0-4, 3 K’s
Dishonorable Mention:Â David Hernandez, Matt Thornton, Santiago Casilla, Octavio Dotel, Wei-Yin Chen, Mark Buehrle, Felix Hernandez, Chris Capuano, Paul Maholm, Henderson Alvarez
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.
- After missing a game Thursday due to a sore achilles, Ryan Braun left the Brewers game last night with a right hip strain. This doesn’t sound like a serious injury, but his owners (which would include me since I trust traded for him in my most important league two days ago) will want to cross their fingers that this doesn’t keep him out for a prolonged period.
- Bud Norris (who has looked very shaky in his last two outings) is reportedly dealing with a hip flexor injury. While Norris is still scheduled to make his next start, the injury could be a potential explanation for his sub-par play as of late.
- Santiago Casilla hurt his knee covering first base last night and gave way to Javier Lopez (who then converted the save opportunity). Initial reports peg the injury as a cramp, but it might be worth grabbing Sergio Romo and/or Lopez in case this turns out to be more serious than expected.
- Catcher Yasmani Grandal has been called up by the San Diego Padres. Grandal won’t confuse anyone for Jesus Montero power-wise, but he’s demonstrated a high contact rate in his time in the minorsÂ and is worth a look for catcher-needy owners.
- As has been hypothesized, we have a full-blown closer-by-committee situation in “Los Angeles of Anaheim” as Ernesto Frieri got the save for the Angels last night (with Scott Downs pitching the eighth). Mike Sciosia seems content with playing late-inning matchups going forward, which diminishes each relievers’ value a bit, but both Frieri and Downs are worth owning.
- Rafael Soriano will continue as the Yankees’ closer even when David Robertson returns, so owners that have been stashing Robertson in the hopes he would reclaim the job upon his return might want to look elsewhere.
- Nick Markakis will miss at least the next three weeks with a broken hamate bone in his right wrist.
- 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 did not play yesterday. (.274, 21 R, 4 HR, 11 RBI, 2 steals on the season).
Mike Trout: Trout went 2-4 for a run and 3 RBI yesterday (.309, 22 Runs, 5 HR, 19 RBI, 8 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).
Matt CainÂ vs. Â Chicago Cubs
Cole HamelsÂ vs. Miami Marlins
Brandon BeachyÂ at Washington Nationals
Kyle DrabekÂ vs. Boston Red Sox
Ricky NolascoÂ at Philadelphia Phillies
Rick PorcelloÂ vs. New York Yankees
Brandon McCarthyÂ at Kansas City Royals
Gavin Floyd vs. Seattle Mariners
Edinson VolquezÂ vs. Arizona Diamondbacks
Todayâ€™s Swings and Misses
- Adam JonesÂ is 6-for-16 (.375) with two home runs in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Jeremy Hellickson.
- Andre EthierÂ is 6-for-10 (.600) with a home run in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Juan Nicasio.
- Adrian GonzalezÂ is 3-for-8 (.375) with two home runs in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Kyle Drabek.
- Shane VictorinoÂ is 4-for-29 (.138) in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Ricky Nolasco.
- Chris YoungÂ is 1-for-11 (.091)Â in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Edinson Volquez.
- Jay BruceÂ is 2-for-29 (.069) in his careerÂ against todayâ€™s starter,Â Wandy Rodriguez.
Donâ€™t forget to check out the rest of the great content on FantasyPros911.com, starting with some of our most recent updates:
- Matthew Dewoskin takes a look at the closer carousel in theÂ latest Â edition of Missed Opportunities.
- Chuck Anderson takes a look at the Rockies’ hot corner job in this week’sÂ Position Battles.
- Looking ahead to next week’s pitching matchups? Don’t miss Dave Shovein and hisÂ Double StartersÂ preview!
- Meet J.R. Richard;Â our second inductee into theÂ Alternate Universe Baseball Hall of Fame!
- Don’t miss Editor-in-Chief, Patrick DiCaprio, and the crew on this week’s episode of theÂ Fantasy Baseball Roundtable Show.
- It’s only June, but it’s never too early for fantasy football! Take a look at Paul Greco’s pre-season rankings, includingÂ Quarterback,Â Running Back,Â Wide Receiver,Â Tight End, andÂ Strength of Schedule.