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 baseball 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 Monday, July 23rd.
5 Good Nights
- Carlos Gomez:Â 2-2, 3 R, HR, 3 RBI, 2 steals
- Bryce Harper: 2-4, 2 R, HR, 3 RBI, 1 steal
- Buster Posey:Â 3-4, 2 R, HR, 4 RBI
- Jeff Samardzija:Â 8.0 IP, H, 0 ER, 5 K’s, W
- Josh Johnson:Â 6.0 IP, H, 0 ER, 9 K’s, W
Honorable Mention: Juan Pierre, Maicer Izturis, Paul Konerko, Ryan Howard, Kendrys Morales, Ryan Zimmerman, Luis Cruz, Chris Johnson, Todd Frazier, Ian Kennedy, Justin Masterson, Ryan Vogelsong, Erik Bedard, Chris Young, Scott Feldman, Hiroki Kuroda, Mike Minor, Randy Wolf, Gavin Floyd, Chad Billingsley, Jordan Zimmerman, Joe Kelly
5 Bad Nights
- Francisco Rodriguez:Â 0.2 IP, 3 H, 4 ER, 3 BB’s, K
- Francisco Liriano:Â 2.2 IP, 7 H, 7 ER, BB, 2 K’s
- Clayton Richard:Â 5.0 IP, 9 H, 7 ER, 2 BB’s, 3 K’s
- Josh Willingham:Â 0-5
- Zack Cozart:Â 1-6
Dishonorable Mention:Â Jonathan Sanchez, Felix Doubront, Roy Halladay
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.
- In case you missed it, Ichiro Suzuki was traded to the New York Yankees yesterday. While I don’t think this will be a HUGE boost to Ichiro’s fantasy value, I think we should see an increase in his production as part the Yankees’ potent lineup.
- Colby Lewis will undergo surgery to fix a torn flexor tendon in his right forearm and will miss the remainder of the season.
- Depending on who you believe, Ryan Dempster may or may not be on his way to the Atlanta Braves. If the trade happens, it’s good news for his fantasy owners that he’s staying in the NL and he should have a better shot at racking up some wins on a better team.
- In other trade news, Anibal Sanchez was traded to the Detroit Tigers and Jacob Turner was shipped to the Miami Marlins as part of the same deal. I don’t think Sanchez’s value changes all that much, but Turner should benefit from the move to the National League.
- Matt Harvey has been called-up by the New York Mets and will make his Major League debut this Thursday at Arizona.
- As you saw in 5 Bad Nights, Francisco Rodriguez had a bit of a meltdown last night and probably opened the door for John Axford to reclaim his job in Milwaukee. Make sure you check your waiver-wires, just in case an impatient owner cut ties with Axford too early.
- 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 2-5 with one run yesterday. Â (.357, 71 Runs, 15 HR, 47 RBI, 31 steals on the season).
Bryce Harper: Harper went 2-4 with two runs, one home run, three RBI, and one steal yesterday. (.272, 50 R, 9 HR, 29 RBI, 13 steals on the season).
Anthony Rizzo:Â Rizzo went 0-4 yesterday. (.314, 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 fantasy baseball 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 of the stats that I could (pitchers’ career numbers vs. certain hitters and lineups, home/road splits, lefty/righty splits, etc) and have 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 that 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):
Madison BumgarnerÂ vs. San Diego Padres
Gio GonzalezÂ at New York Mets
Cliff LeeÂ vs. Milwaukee Brewers
Ubaldo JimenezÂ vs. Detroit Tigers
Jeremy HellicksonÂ at Baltimore Orioles
Drew PomeranzÂ at Arizona Diamondbacks
Edinson VolquezÂ at San Francisco Giants
Mike LeakeÂ at Houston Astros
Jose QuintanaÂ vs. Minnesota Twins
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.
- Mark TeixeiraÂ is 19-for-56 (.339) with five home runs in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Felix Hernandez.
- Matt HollidayÂ is 14-for-34 (.412) with two home runs in his career against today’s starter,Â Felix Hernandez.
- Carlos LeeÂ is 12-for-32 (.375) with one home run and 10 RBI in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Tim Hudson.
- Mark ReynoldsÂ is 6-for-34 (.176) with 14 strikeouts in his career against todayâ€™s starter, Ubaldo Jimenez.
- Danny EspinosaÂ is 1-for-17 (.059) in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â R.A. Dickey.
- Josh HamiltonÂ is 1-for-12 (.083) in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Clay Buchholz.
Donâ€™t forget to check out the rest of the great content on FantasyPros911.com, starting with some of our most recent updates:
- Chuck Anderson takes a look at today’s pitching matchups in the latest edition ofÂ Pitch or Ditch.
- There’s been an update to the Closer Identifier Algorithm Results that you won’t wanna miss!
- Chuck Anderson takes a look at Ben Sheets (among others) in the latest edition of Added and Dropped.
- 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 onÂ Players to WatchÂ 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.
- Lenny Melnick’s back! Check outÂ today’s podcastÂ for a look at Cliff Lee and 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.