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.
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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 22nd.
5 Good Nights
- Ryan Doumit:Â 3-4, 3 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI
- Ryan Zimmerman:Â 3-5, 3 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI
- Miguel Cabrera:Â 2-4, 2 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI
- Jeff Karstens:Â 7.0 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 3 K’s, W
- Blake Beavan:Â 8.0 IP, 4 H, ER, 5 K’s, W
Honorable Mention:Â Nate Schierholtz, John Mayberry Jr., J.P. Arencibia, Ichiro Suzuki, Cameron Maybin, Carlos Gonzalez, Albert Pujols, Adrian Gonzalez, Alex Rios, J.J. Hardy, Chris Young, Travis Snider, Michael Morse, Rajai Davis, Brett Lawrie, Jon Jay, Daniel Murphy, Jason Kubel, Carlos Santana, Danny Espinosa, Matt Moore, Joe Blanton, C.C. Sabathia, Ross Detwiler, Anibal Sanchez, Johnny Cueto, Ross Ohlendorf, Jonathon Niese, Samuel Deduno, Dan Haren, Mike Fiers, Lance Lynn, Josh Tomlin, Zach Britton, Josh Collmenter
5 Bad Nights
- Jon Lester:Â 4.0 IP, 9 H, 11 ER, 5 BB’s, 2 K’s
- Jair Jurrjens:Â 2.1 IP, 9 H, 6 ER
- Philip Humber:Â 3.0 IP, 7 H, 6 ER, BB
- Josh Hamilton:Â 0-5
- Asdrubal Cabrera:Â 0-5
Dishonorable Mention:Â Alejandro De Aza, Jemile Weeks, Brandon Belt, Yoenis Cespedes, Lucas Duda, Raul Ibanez, Henderson Alvarez, Jeremy Guthrie, Travis Wood, Jordan Lyles, Matt Harrison, 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.
- Ian Desmond was placed on the 15-day DL with a torn oblique and is expected to miss at least two weeks (and probably more).
- Nick SwisherÂ (hip strain) will miss this week’s series against Seattle, but is still hoping to avoid the DL and return to the Yankees lineup on Friday.
- Stop me if you’ve heard this before, butÂ Travis SniderÂ has hit in three-straight games since being recalled from Triple-A and is worth a flier if you’re looking for outfield help.
- Colby Lewis (forearm) is meeting with doctors today, but it’s looking likely that he’s going to be placed on the DL again (and it looks like it’s going to be for at least a few weeks).
- Brandon Morrow (oblique) threw a bullpen session yesterday, and is getting close to being ready for a rehab stint. Might be worth checking your waiver-wire just in case an owner in your league got impatient.
- Brandon McCarthy (shoulder) will throw three simulated innings Wednesday and will reportedly bypass a rehab stint in the hopes of returning to the A’s roster shortly.
- Justin Morneau will be away from the Twins for a few days on paternity leave. Make sure you’ve got him replaced in your lineup while he’s tending to his new little one.
- 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 RizzoÂ isÂ the latest uber prospects to get the call, so I’ve added them to the list, as well.)
Mike Trout: Trout went 2-3 with one run yesterday. Â (.357, 70 Runs, 15 HR, 47 RBI, 31 steals on the season).
Bryce Harper: Harper went 1-5 with one run yesterday. (.269, 48 R, 8 HR, 26 RBI, 12 steals on the season).
Anthony Rizzo:Â Rizzo went 1-3 yesterday. (.329, 9 R, 4 HR, 10 RBI 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):
Roy HalladayÂ vs. Milwaukee Brewers
Ryan VogelsongÂ vs. San Diego Padres
Mat LatosÂ at Houston Astros
Felix DoubrontÂ at Texas Rangers
Chad BillingsleyÂ at St. Louis Cardinals
Kevin MillwoodÂ vs. New York Yankees
Justin MastersonÂ vs. Baltimore Orioles
Francisco LirianoÂ at Chicago White Sox
Jeff SamardzijaÂ at Pittsburgh Pirates
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.
- Joe MauerÂ is 18-for-42 (.429) with three home runs in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Gavin Floyd.
- Matt HollidayÂ is 8-for-25 (.320) with three home runs in his career against today’s starter, Chad Billingsley.
- Alex RodriguezÂ is 11-for-36 (.306) with three home runs in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Kevin Millwood.
- Jay BruceÂ is 2-for-29 (.069) in his career against todayâ€™s starter, Wandy Rodriguez.
- Adam JonesÂ is 2-for-17 (.118) in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Justin Masterson.
- Aramis RamirezÂ is 3-for-17 (.176) in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Roy Halladay.
Donâ€™t forget to check out the rest of the great content on FantasyPros911.com, starting with some of our most recent updates:
- Patrick DiCaprio takes a look at today’s pitching matchups in the latest edition ofÂ Pitch or Ditch.
- Chuck Anderson gives some insight into why the Kansas City’s Position Battle in Centerfield matters for your fantasy team.
- Greg Marta keeps you a step ahead of your league by identifying theÂ Pitching Matchups to WatchÂ for this week.
- Dan Stack continues Greg’s theme, but focuses on Players to Watch for this week.
- Matthew Dewoskin gives an update on the latest closer news inÂ Blown Opportunities.
- Collin Hager uses his patented HVaC system to give you theÂ top 200Â for the rest of the season.
- Cancel the APB…Lenny Melnick’s back! Check out today’s podcast to find out where he was – along with a whole lot more fantasy baseball goodness!
- 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 whyÂ Robert Griffin III will not duplicate Cam Newton’s rookie success in 2012.
- Collin Hager takes a look at an early fantasy footballÂ ADP report.
- Steve DeAngelo is taking a look at impact running backs, andÂ C.J. SpillerÂ is the subject of his latest post.
- Dan Stack puts a microscope to Demaryius Thomas in his latest wide receiverÂ Impact PlayerÂ update.