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 Sunday, August 19th.
5 Good Nights
- Aaron Hill:Â 3-4, 3 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 1 steal
- Ichiro Suzuki:Â 3-4, 2 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI
- Carlos Beltran:Â 2-7, 2 RBI, 3 steals
- Jaime Garcia:Â 8.0 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 10 K’s
- Kyle Kendrick:Â 8.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 7 K’s, W
Honorable Mention:Â Michael Young, Will Venable, Michael Saunders, Coco Crisp, Mark Ellis, Dominic Brown, Salvador Perez, Andrew McCutchen, Cameron Maybin, Jhonny Peralta, Ryan Roberts, David Murphy, Michael Martinez, Michael Martinez, Bryce Harper, Derek Jeter, Clayton Richard, Matt Harrison, Hiroki Kuroda, Jarrod Parker, Jeremy Guthrie, Jeff Karstens, Chad Billingsley, Mat Latos, Jose Quintana, Mike Minor, Matt Moore, Ian Kennedy, Joe Kelly, Gio Gonzalez, Blake Beavan
5 Bad Nights
- Doug Fister:Â 3.2 IP, 8 H, 7 ER, 3 BB, 6 K’s
- Henderson Alvarez:Â 4.1 IP, 12 H, 8 ER, 3 BB, 3 K’s
- Justin Masterson:Â 5.2 IP, 9 H, 7 ER, BB, 5 K’s
- David Freese:Â 0-8
- Hanley Ramirez:Â 0-5
Dishonorable Mention:Â Matt Kemp, Jimmy Rollins, Michael McKenry, Rafael Furcal, Armando Galarraga, Ryan Vogelsong, Zack Greinke, Jeremy Hefner, Wei-Yin Chen, Randy Wolf, Josh Beckett, Chris Volstad
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.
- Carlos Gonzalez was placed on the bereavement list Â Saturday and while he could be out until Friday, he’ll most likely return to the Rockies’ lineup tomorrow.
- This hasn’t been confirmed yet, but there are reports that Carl Crawford will undergo Tommy John surgery tomorrow and will miss the rest of the season. The news isn’t 100% final as of Monday morning, but make sure you keep your finger on the “drop” button if this news gets confirmed.
- Jose Bautista (wrist) will begin a rehab assignment today and rejoin the Blue Jays’ lineup on Friday.
- Brandon Morrow (oblique) is also due to return to the Blue Jays this week and is scheduled to start Friday’s game against the Orioles.
- Michael Cuddyer has been placed back on the disabled list with a strained oblique muscle and could potentially miss the rest of the season.
- Brett Lawrie (ribs) is likely to be activated from the disabled list tomorrow.
- Starling Marte has been placed on the disabled list with an oblique injury and Jose Tabata will start in Marte’s place while he’s out.
- 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 him to the list, as well.)
Mike Trout: The Trout went 1-4 with one run, one home run, and one RBI yesterday. Â (.343, 96 Runs, 24 HR, 70 RBI, 39 steals on the season).
Bryce Harper: Harper went 2-4 with two runs, one home run, and two RBI yesterday. (.251, 65 R, 12 HR, 36 RBI, 13 steals on the season).
Anthony Rizzo:Â Rizzo went 0-1 yesterday. (.288, 22 R, 9 HR, 26 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):
Clayton KershawÂ vs. San Francisco Giants
Jordan ZimmermanÂ vs. Atlanta Braves
Madison BumgarnerÂ at Los Angeles Dodgers
Ricky NolascoÂ at Colorado Rockies
Mark BuehrleÂ at Arizona Diamondbacks
Miguel GonzalezÂ at Texas Rangers
Brandon McCarthyÂ vs. Minnesota Twins
Mark RogersÂ vs. Chicago Cubs
Mike LeakeÂ at Philadelphia Phillies
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.
- Paul KonerkoÂ is 10-for-28 (.357) with four home runs in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Freddy Garcia.
- Jayson WerthÂ is 12-for-33 (.364) with three home runs in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Tim Hudson.
- Ichiro SuzukiÂ is 15-for-39 (.385) with two home runs in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Gavin Floyd.
- Buster PoseyÂ is 6-for-28 (.214) in his career against todayâ€™s starter, Clayton Kershaw.
- Andre EthierÂ is 1-for-10 (.100) in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Madison Bumgarner.
- Joe MauerÂ is 2-for-13 (.154) in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Brandon McCarthy.
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.
- Patrick has also updated his Closer Identifier Algorithm Results – this is one you won’t want to miss!
- Matthew Dewoskin revisits pitchers’ BABIP in his latestÂ LeadersÂ and Laggards posts.
- Now that Melky’s gone, Chuck Anderson takes a look at the San Francisco Giants’ left field spot in the latest Position Battles.
- Collin Hager’s patented HVaC ranking system has an update for you…don’t miss it!
- Matthew Dewoskin takes a look at the ever-turning closer carousel in the latest edition of Blown Opportunities.
- Greg Marta looks ahead and picks out the Pitching Matchups to Watch for this week.
- 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.
- Dan Stack picked out some impact wide receivers to move to the top of your cheatsheet in his last post.
- Steve DeAngelo identifies some impact running backs to keep an eye on in hisÂ latest post.
- There’s been an update to the ADP Report! Don’t miss Collin Hager’s latest post that’ll help you keep a step ahead of the rest of your league.
- Dan Leason just saved everyone a lot of work and identified this year’sÂ Bounce-Back Wide ReceiversÂ for you.