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. Not sure how to play? Don’t worry, because Dan Stack’s got you covered with aÂ quick tutorial and some tips for this week.
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 Wednesday, July 4th.
5 Good Nights
- Miguel Cabrera:Â 3-3, 3 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI
- Chris Tillman:Â 8.1 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 7 K’s, W
- Justin Verlander:Â 9.0 IP, 4 H, ER, 7 K’s, W
- Pablo Sandoval:Â 3-4, R, HR, 3 RBI
- Ryan Zimmerman:Â 2-5, 2 R, HR, 3 RBI
Honorable Mention: Carlos Pena, Justin Ruggiano, Jhonatan Solano, Casey Kotchman, Jason Kubel, Michael Brantley, Logan Morrison, Dee Gordon, Johnny Damon, Chris Denorfia, Josh Hamilton, Brandon Moss, Cliff Lee, Aaron Harang, David Price, Mike Leake, Jeremy Guthrie, Adam Wainwright, Carlos Villanueva, Paul Maholm, A.J. Griffin
5 Bad Nights
- Ervin Santana:Â 1.1 IP, 6 H, 8 ER, 3 BB’s, 0 K’s
- Madison Bumgarner:Â 5.0 IP, 9 H, 7 ER, BB , 7 K’s
- Josh Johnson: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 3 BB’s, 2 K’s
- Jose Reyes: 0-5
- Justin Upton:Â 0-5
Dishonorable Mention:Â Cameron Maybin, Dexter Fowler, Elvis Andrus, Kyle Farnsworth, Jonny Venters, Joel Hanrahan, John Axford, Cole De Vries, Hector Noesi, Randy Wolf, Edwin Jackson, Dallas Keuchel, Dylan Axelrod, Scott Feldman, Jason Marquis, Ian Kennedy
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.
- Dee Gordon suffered a dislocated thumb in yesterday’s game against Cincinnati. The Dodgers haven’t set a timetable yet, but I’d be surprised if we see the Major League steals leader back before the All-Star break.
- Carlos Lee was traded to the Marlins yesterday, and while a better lineup around him might increase his fantasy potential aÂ little bit…I’m still not sure this really means much for fantasy owners. Lee is getting by on name-brand recognition and is barely worth owning in 10-team mixed leagues.
- Andre Ethier (oblique) was officially placed on the 15-day DL (retroactive to June 28th) by the Dodgers yesterday and is targeting a post All-Star break return to the lineup.
- Yu Darvish was scheduled to start Friday, but will skip his last start before the All-Star break to get some extra rest (there is no report of an injury, so breathe easy Darvish owners).
- Ryan Dempster (lat) was originally scheduled to return after the All-Star break, but he threw a full bullpen session yesterday and is now hoping to start this Saturday’s game against the Mets.
- Colby Lewis (forearm) is scheduled to throw from in front of the mound today, and is still targeting a return to the Rangers’ rotation right after the All-Star break.
- 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 2-4 with two runs yesterday. (.280, 41 R, 8 HR, 23 RBI, 8 steals on the season).
Mike Trout: Trout went 2-4 with one steal yesterday. Â (.343, 52 Runs, 10 HR, 36 RBI, 23 steals on the season).
Anthony Rizzo:Â Rizzo went 2-4 with one run, one home run, and one RBI yesterday. (.323, 5 R, 3 HR, 6 RBI on the season).
Trevor Bauer:Â Bauer struggled against the Padres last two nights ago to the tune of 3.2 IP, 6 H, 6 ER, 4 BB’s, 4 K’s. (0-1, 9.82 ERA, 2.45 WHIP, 7 K’s on the season)
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 Tuesdays 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):
Matt CainÂ at Washington Nationals
Mat LatosÂ at San Diego Padres
Cole HamelsÂ at New York Mets
Mark BuehrleÂ at Milwaukee Brewers
Matt HarrisonÂ at Chicago White Sox
Jeremy HellicksonÂ at Cleveland Indians
Bud NorrisÂ at Pittsburgh Pirates
Michael FiersÂ vs. Miami Marlins
Edionson VolquezÂ vs. Cincinnati Reds
Todayâ€™s 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 12-15 career at-bats is a relatively small sample-size (so take those with a grain of salt), but sometimes that was available.
- Scott HairstonÂ is 10-for-26 (.385) with four home runs in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Cole Hamels.
- Carlos Gomez Â is 8-for-21 (.381) with two home runs in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Mark Buehrle.
- Corey HartÂ is 2-for-2 (1.000) with two home runs in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Mark Buehrle.
- Adam LaRocheÂ is 4-for-23 (.174) in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Matt Cain.
- Jimmy RollinsÂ is 3-for-17 (.214) in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â R.A. Dickey.
- Justin MorneauÂ is 3-for-21 (.143)Â in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Rick Porcello.
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 today’s pitching matchups in the latest edition ofÂ Pitch or Ditch.
- Albert Lang’s weeklyÂ Hot N Cold Fantasy Baseball All-StarsÂ help give you an idea of who’s hot and who’s not.
- Collin Hager invented his own ranking system, and in case you haven’t seen it yet, you absolutely HAVE to check out hisÂ HVaC rankings.
- 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.