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, August 6th.
5 Good Nights
- Justin Verlander:Â 8.0 IP, 8 H, 0 ER, 14 K’s, W
- Jered Weaver:Â 9.0 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 9 K’s, W
- Justin Morneau:Â 3-5, 3 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI
- Mike Trout:Â 2-3, RBI, 3 steals
- Jon Jay:Â 4-4, R, 2 RBI
Honorable Mention:Â Marwin Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Joe Mauer, Adrian Gonzalez, Ryan Doumit, Martin Maldonado, Nick Markakis, Ben Revere, Jacoby Ellsbury, Jason Vargas, Chris Sale, Ben Sheets, Chris Tillman, Aaron Cook, Erik Bedard, Chris Capuano, Yovani Gallardo, Scott Diamond, Wade Miley, Travis Wood, Jake Westbrook, Eric Stults, Edwin Jackson
5 Bad Nights
- Ivan Nova:Â 5.1 IP, 11 H, 7 ER, 5 K’s
- Zach McAllister:Â 1.2 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K’s
- Vance Worley:Â 3.2 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 2 K’s
- Brandon Phillips:Â 0-5
- Curtis Granderson:Â 0-5, R
Dishonorable Mention:Â Daniel Descalso, J.D. Martinez, Tsuyoshi Nishioka, Francisco Rodriguez, Matt Cain, Bronson Arroyo, Josh Tomlin, Yu Darvish
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.
- Evan Longoria has been activated from the disabled list and will start for the Rays tonight.
- Ian Desmond (oblique)Â took part in “baseball activities” yesterday, but still remains weeks away from returning.
- Alex Rodriguez‘s hand is reportedly healing properly and the Yankees’ third baseman is on-target for a mid-September return to the team.
- Matt Garza was placed on the DL with an elbow injury an is out indefinitely. With the Cubs where they are in the standings, I’d be surprised to see Garza pitch again this season.
- Pablo Sandoval (hamstring) is about a week away from returning, according to Giants manager Bruce Bochy.
- Brandon McCarthy (shoulder) will throw one more bullpen session before being activated from the DL.
- 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 2-3 with one RBI and three steals yesterday. Â (.348, 86 Runs, 19 HR, 59 RBI, 36 steals on the season).
Bryce Harper: Harper went 0-4 with one run yesterday. (.257, 58 R, 10 HR, 30 RBI, 13 steals on the season).
Anthony Rizzo:Â Rizzo went 0-4 yesterday. (.301, 16 R, 9 HR, 23 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):
C.J. WilsonÂ at Oakland A’s
Cole HamelsÂ vs. Atlanta Braves
Jake PeavyÂ vs. Kansas City Royals
Jon LesterÂ vs. Texas Rangers
Ryan DempsterÂ at Boston Red Sox
Phil HughesÂ at Detroit Tigers
Ross DetwilerÂ at Houston Astros
Jonathon NieseÂ vs. Miami Marlins
Mike Minor 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.
- Billy ButlerÂ is 9-for-22 (.409) with three home runs in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Jake Peavy.
- Miguel CabreraÂ is 7-for-17 (.412) with three home runs in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Phil Hughes.
- Mike NapoliÂ is 6-for-10 (.600) with two home runs in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Jon Lester.
- Carlos BeltranÂ is 9-for-41 (.220) in his career against todayâ€™s starter, Barry Zito.
- Dan UgglaÂ is 8-for-55 (.145) in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Cole Hamels.
- Derek JeterÂ is hitless in his career (12 at-bats) against today’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:
- Chuck Anderson takes a look at today’s pitching matchups in the latest edition ofÂ Pitch or Ditch.
- Chuck Anderson also examines this week’sÂ Added and DroppedÂ list and gives some extra insight into the Royal’s closer situation.
- Dan Stack’s looking ahead to help you identify theÂ Players to WatchÂ for this week.
- Matthew Dewoskin revisits hitter’s BABIP in this week’sÂ LeadersÂ andÂ Laggards.
- We’re almost a week past the trade deadline, so this is a great time for Chuck Anderson to take a look at how theÂ fallout of the movesÂ have impacted some of our favorite fantasy baseball stars.
- Lenny Melnick is already thinking about next year (and a whole lot more fantasy baseball news) on theÂ latest editionÂ of his award-winning podcast.
- 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’s pre-season rankings, includingÂ Quarterback,Â Running Back,Â Wide Receiver,Â Tight End, andÂ Strength of Schedule.
- WWPGD? (What Would Paul Greco Do?) You don’t have to wonder anymore, as Paul gives you his personal favorites (and least favorites) – starting withÂ Gotta Have QBsÂ andÂ Dump On QBs.
- I hope you enjoyed Paul’s QB picks, because he just updated his personalÂ Gotta Have RBs!
- Paul’s Personal Projections are out! Get started here with hisÂ Quarterback,Â Running Back, Wide Receiver, and Tight EndÂ projections.
- Paul also broke out his calculator so he could give you a whole bunch ofÂ Stats You Need to Know.
- Collin Hager’s got an update to theÂ ADP ReportÂ to help all of you early-drafters!
- Collin also took a look at some Impact Quarterbacks and identified three that can be frustrating to own.