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5 Good Nights, 5 Bad Nights
It’s a fact of life that every baseball player goes through hot and cold streaks. It’s important not to let those streaks influence a player’s fantasy valueÂ tooÂ much, but it is important to be aware of how a player is doing within a short period of time (a seven-day sorter is always a good tool to use). A player’s short-term numbers can be the difference between winning and losing in daily games, and it can also make a huge difference in year-long leagues. For instance, if you can keep finding the second basemen on hot streaks and dropping them for another streaking second basemen once they get cold, you can piece together a very useful middle infielder-by-committeefor your roto team. So before we get to todayâ€™s games, letâ€™s take a spin through last nightâ€™s box scores to identify who had a good night and who had a bad night on Sunday, July 15th.
5 Good Nights
- Carl Crawford:Â 3-4, 2 R, RBI, 3 steals
- Albert Pujols:Â 3-4, 3 R, HR, 2 RBI
- Mike Trout:Â 4-6, 3 R, HR, 2 RBI
- Barry Zito:Â 7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 4 K’s, W
- Garrett Richards:Â 7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2 K’s, W
Honorable Mention:Â Buster Posey, Carlos Lee, Andruw Jones, Ryan Ludwick, Omar Infante, Jordany Valdespin, Yonder Alonso, Mark Trumbo, Adam Jones, Kevin Youkilis, Alberto Callaspo, Jesus Montero, Ross Detwiler, Jonathon Niese, Anibal Sanchez, Randy Wolf, Erik Bedard, C.C. Sabathia, Roy Oswalt, Philip Humber, Ross Ohlendorf, Johnny Cueto, Joe Kelly, Stephen Fife, Roy Halladay, Matt Moore
5 Bad Nights
- Tyler Clippard:Â 1.0 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 2 K’s
- Jair Jurrjens:Â 3.1 IP, 8 H, 8 ER, 3 BB’s , K
- Travis Wood: 4.2 IP, 8 H, 8 ER, 2 BB’s, 6 K’s
- Alfonso Soriano:Â 0-5
- Pablo Sandoval: 0-5
Dishonorable Mention:Â Eric Young Jr., Jacob Turner, Matt Thornton, Jon Lester, Vin Mazzaro, Bobby Parnell, Christian Friedrich, Zach Britton, Trevor Bauer, Blake Beavan, Jordan Lyles, Josh Tomlin, Bartolo Colon
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.
- Ryan Braun will miss today’s game after leaving last night’s game with a right abductor strain. With the off day tomorrow, he’s hoping he’ll be ready to return this weekend.
- David Ortiz will get a second opinion on his achilles today in hopes that he can avoid a stint on the DL, but he will still be in a walking boot for at least a week.
- Jose Bautista was placed on the 15-day DL with wrist inflammation. There is no timetable set for his return, so let’s keep our fingers crossed that it’s only two weeks.
- John Axford has been removed from the closer’s role in Milwaukee and will be replaced by Francisco Rodriguez “for the time being”. I’m not sure how long “for the time being” means, but go grab K-Rod if you need saves.
- Matt Capps has returned to the disabled list with right rotator cuff inflammation, and Jared Burton got the save for the Twins last night. Burton will split closing duties with Glen Perkins while Capps is out, but I still think Burton is the one to own of the two.
- Trout/Harper/Rizzo/BauerÂ Watch:Â With two of baseballâ€™s best prospects being called-up earlier this season, Iâ€™m going to dedicate this space to keeping tabs on the youngsters. Hereâ€™s to hoping that you were able to grab some of them! (UPDATE:Â Anthony Rizzo and Trevor Bauer are the latest uber prospects to get the call, so I’ve added them to the list, as well.)
Bryce Harper: Harper went 2-5 with one RBI yesterday. (.275, 44 R, 8 HR, 26 RBI, 11 steals on the season).
Mike Trout: Trout went 4-6 with three runs, one home run, and one RBI yesterday. Â (.355, 64 Runs, 13 HR, 44 RBI, 30 steals on the season).
Anthony Rizzo:Â Rizzo went 2-5 yesterday. (.359, 9 R, 4 HR, 10 RBI on the season).
Trevor Bauer:Â Bauer didn’t fare so well against the Reds last night in posting a line of 3 IP, H, 3 ER, 5 BB’s, 4 K’s. (1-2, 6.06 ERA, 1.65 WHIP, 17 K’s on the season)
3 Up, 3 Down, and Throwing Darts
Starting and sitting the right pitchers on a day-to-day basis is often theÂ linchpinÂ of winning any league – roto, head-to-head, daily, and otherwise. In order to give you some help picking your pitchers for today, I’ve gone through all the stats I could (pitchers’ career numbers vs. certain hitters and lineups, home/road splits, lefty/righty splits, etc) and made nine recommendations. I’m not going to proclaim that I’ll get these 100% correct all season, but anyone that does should be sitting on an island they own in the Pacific – not writing fantasy baseball articles. The goal here is to play the odds the entire season and slowly build your “win” percentage closer to 100% than to 50%.
Here’s today’s recommendations with,Â 3 UpÂ (three pitchers you shouldn’t think of sitting),Â 3 DownÂ (three pitchers with some warning flags for today), andÂ Throwing DartsÂ (three pitchers that I’ll be taking a flier on):
Clayton KershawÂ vs. Philadelphia Phillies
C.J. WilsonÂ at Detroit Tigers
Cliff LeeÂ at Los Angeles Dodgers
Ricky RomeroÂ at New York Yankees
James McDonaldÂ at Colorado Rockies
Ian KennedyÂ at Cincinnati Reds
Clayton RichardÂ vs. Houston Astros
Francisco Liriano vs. Baltimore Orioles
Jeff SamardzijaÂ vs. Miami Marlins
Swings and Misses
A hitter’s career numbers against a pitcher don’t always tell the whole story, but it can be informative if used correctly. I’m of the opinion thatÂ someÂ information is better thanÂ none, and while there are other pieces to the puzzle of setting your daily lineup (splits, weather, etc.), I think a hitter’s career numbers against a pitcher can be very indicative of future success or failure. Some guys just own certain pitchers, and vice versa.Â As such, I’ve gone through today’s matchups and picked the best (and worst) matchups I could find. Anything less than 10-12 career at-bats is a relatively small sample-size (so take those with a grain of salt), but sometimes that’s all that is available.
- B.J. UptonÂ is 6-for-13 (.462) with one home run in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Justin Masterson.
- Aramis RamirezÂ is 17-for-45 (.378) with two home runs in his career against todayâ€™s starter, Adam Wainwright.
- Daniel MurphyÂ is 6-for-14 (.429) with one home run in his career against today’s starter,Â Jordan Zimmerman.
- Alfonso SorianoÂ is 2-for-16 (.125) in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Josh Johnson.
- Derek JeterÂ is 3-for-23 (.130) in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Ricky Romero.
- Hunter PenceÂ is 1-for-15 (.067) in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Clayton Kershaw.
Donâ€™t forget to check out the rest of the great content on FantasyPros911.com, starting with some of our most recent updates:
- Don’t miss Albert Lang’s weeklyÂ Hot N Cold Fantasy Baseball All-Stars post to see who’s hot (and who’s not).
- Don’t know what to do with Lance Berkman? Chuck Anderson’s got you covered with Added and Dropped: Trap the Puma.
- You know how you’ve all been clamoring for plaques in the Alternate Universe Baseball Hall of Fame? Well, we heard you loud and clear, andÂ we now have plaques!
- The calendar has turned to July, which means it’s time to start talking fantasy football! Before you start mock drafting, make sure you check out Paul Greco’s pre-season rankings, includingÂ Quarterback,Â Running Back,Â Wide Receiver,Â Tight End, andÂ Strength of Schedule.
- Dan Leason tells you why Robert Griffin III will not duplicate Cam Newton’s rookie success in 2012.
- Collin Hager takes a look at an early fantasy football ADP report.