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 onTuesday, July 24th.
5 Good Nights
- Carlos Gomez:Â 2-2, 3 R, HR, 3 RBI, 2 steals
- Bryce Harper:Â 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:Â 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.
- Pablo Sandoval
- 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):
Jered WeaverÂ at Kansas City Royals
Stephen StrasburgÂ at New York Mets
Jake PeavyÂ vs. Minnesota Twins
Josh BeckettÂ at Texas Rangers
Aaron HarangÂ at St. Louis Cardinals
Luke HochevarÂ vs. Los Angeles Angels
Homer BaileyÂ at Houston Astros
Bud NorrisÂ vs. Cincinnati Reds
Vance WorleyÂ vs. Milwaukee Brewers
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.
- Chipper JonesÂ is 14-for-34 (.412) with two home runs in his career against today’s starter,Â Felix Hernandez.
- Alex PresleyÂ is 5-for-7 (.714) with three home runs in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Ryan Dempster.
- Mark ReynoldsÂ is 6-for-34 (.176) with 14 strikeouts in his career against todayâ€™s starter, Ubaldo Jimenez.
- Carlos SantanaÂ is 1-for-15 (.067) in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â R.A. Dickey.
- Adam JonesÂ is 4-for-23 (.174) in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â David Price.
Donâ€™t forget to check out the rest of the great content on FantasyPros911.com, starting with some of our most recent updates:
- Collin Hager takes a look at today’s pitching matchups in the latest edition ofÂ Pitch or Ditch.
- Albert Lang identifies who’s hot and who’s not in his weekly Hot N Cold All-Stars.
- There’s been an update to Patrick DiCaprio’sÂ Closer Identifier Algorithm ResultsÂ that you won’t wanna miss!
- Chuck Anderson takes a look at Ben Sheets (among others) in the latest edition ofÂ 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 someÂ fantasy baseball excellence and then go leave him a comment!
- 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.
- Collin’s also looking at game-changing quarterbacks in his latest Impact Player update.
- 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.