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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 Sunday, August 12th.
5 Good Nights
- Neil Walker:Â 5-5, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI
- Jesus Montero:Â 2-4, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI
- Josh Hamilton:Â 2-3, 2 R, HR, 3 RBI, 1 steal
- Chris Capuano:Â 8.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 10 K’s, W
- Johnny Cueto:Â 8.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 3 K’s, W
Honorable Mention: Adrian Gonzalez,Â Desmond Jennings, Jordany Valdespin, Norichika Aoki, Raja Davis, Clint Barmes, Carl Crawford, Hanley Ramirez, Melky Cabrera, Hunter Pence, Erik Kratz, Matt Carpenter, Paul Goldschmidt, Dustin Pedroia, Mike Aviles, Jon Jay, Elvis Andrus, Derek Jeter, A.J. Pierzynski, Edwin Encarnacion, Brandon Belt, Jon Lester, Chris Sale, Jason Vargas, Jonathon Niese, Yovani Gallardo, James Shields, Wade LeBlanc, Jordan Lyles, Patrick Corbin, Jered Weaver
5 Bad Nights
- Heath Bell:Â 0.1 IP, 4 H, 4 ER
- Phil Hughes:Â 4.0 IP, 9 H, 7 ER, BB, 4 K’s
- Bartolo Colon:Â 5.2 IP, 9 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 2 K’s
- Carlos Gonzalez:Â 0-5
- Austin Jackson:Â 0-5
Dishonorable Mention:Â Alexi Casilla, Matt Holliday, Chase Headley, John Mayberry Jr., Ben Revere, Josh Tomlin, Rafael Betancourt, Corey Kluber, Ross Ohlendorf, Ernesto Frieri, Addison Reed, Ross Detwiler, Lance Lynn, Bruce Chen, Barry Zito, Alex White, Vance Worley, J.A. Happ, Ben Sheets, Rick Porcello, Erik Bedard, Tommy Hunter
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 (oblique) felt pain-free after taking some swings in the batting cage yesterday and is looking on-track for a late-August return.
- Kameron Loe got the save for the Brewers yesterday, but Jim Henderson had thrown 33 pitches on Saturday, so I wouldn’t get too carried away going to grab Loe from your waiver-wire.
- Frank Francisco had a little trouble closing the door on the Braves last night, and Jon Rauch came in for the one-out save. Don’t read too much into this, however, as Francisco will remain the Mets’ closer (for now).
- Trevor Plouffe (thumb) has been activated from the DL and will play in tonight’s game against Detroit.
- Pablo Sandoval (hamstring) has been activated from the DL and will play in tonight’s game against Washington.
- C.C. Sabathia (elbow) said yesterday that he will return from the DL when he’s eligible, which would put him on-target to start on August 24th.
- Emilio Bonifacio (thumb) will start a rehab assignment at High-A Jupiter Wednesday, and will be activated for Sunday’s game against Colorado as long as he doesn’t experience any setbacks.
- 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: The Trout went 0-4 yesterday. Â (.340, 88 Runs, 21 HR, 65 RBI, 36 steals on the season).
Bryce Harper: Harper went 1-4 yesterday. (.249, 59 R, 10 HR, 32 RBI, 13 steals on the season).
Anthony Rizzo:Â Rizzo went 0-4 yesterday. (.290, 19 R, 9 HR, 24 RBI, 1 steal 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):
Gio GonzalezÂ at San Francisco Giants
C.J. WilsonÂ vs. Cleveland Indians
Cole HamelsÂ at Miami Marlins
Ryan DempsterÂ at New York Yankees
Anibal SanchezÂ at Minnesota Twins
Mike FiersÂ at Colorado Rockies
Jeff SamardzijaÂ vs. Houston Astros
Mike MinorÂ vs.Â San Diego Padres
Jeff KarstensÂ vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
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 – like today.
- Ryan BraunÂ is 4-for-11 (.364) with two home runs in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Jeff Francis.
- Jose ReyesÂ is 18-for-49 (.367) in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Cole Hamels.
- Casey McGeheeÂ is 10-for-31 (.323) with one home run in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Ryan Dempster.
- Shane VictorinoÂ is 4-for-17 (.235) in his career against todayâ€™s starter, Jeff Karstens.
- Asdrubal CabreraÂ is 1-for-11 (.091) in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â C.J. Wilson.
- Vernon WellsÂ is 2-for-18 (.111) in his career against today’s starter,Â Justin Masterson.
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 previews today’s pitching matchups in the latest edition ofÂ Pitch or Ditch.
- Chuck Anderson takes a look at a Position Battle in the Diamondbacks’ outfield.
- Matthew Dewoskin does a great job making sense of the always-confusing closer carousel in this week’s edition of Blown Opportunities.
- Dan Stack identifies the players that you need to keep an eye on in this week’s Players to Watch.
- The calendar has turned to August, which means it’s officially fantasy football season! Before you start drafting, make sure you check out Paul Greco’sÂ UPDATED preseason rankings.
- Paul’s Personal Projections are out too, and you can get started here with hisÂ Quarterback,Â Running Back,Â Wide Receiver, andÂ Tight End,Â Defense, andÂ KickerÂ outlooks.
- Collin Hager has an update on theÂ ADP ReportÂ to help all of you early-drafters!
- Steve DeAngelo identifies some impact running backs to keep an eye on in hisÂ latest post.