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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 Wednesday, September 5th.
5 Good Nights
- Alex Rios:Â 2-3, 2 R, 2 HR, 6 RBI
- Rickie Weeks:Â 2-5, 3 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI
- Bryce Harper:Â 2-3, 2 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI
- Mike Minor:Â 7.0 IP, H, 0 ER, 7 K’s, W
- Gio Gonzalez:Â 7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 9 K’s, W
5 Bad Nights
- Mike Leake:Â 2.1 IP, 6 H, 6 ER, BB, K
- Adam Wainwright:Â 5.0 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 5 K’s
- Chris Volstad:Â 5.0 IP, 9 H, 5 ER, 4 BB, 2 K’s
- Alex Gordon:Â 0-5
- Gerardo Parra:Â 0-5
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.
- Aramis Ramirez is dealing with a back injury and the Brewers are taking a “wait and see” approach. I also read the phrase “out for an extended period of time” so be prepared to drop Ramirez if this one goes South.
- Huston Street (calf) threw a bullpen session yesterday and felt fine, but he still hasn’t run since suffering a setback last week and won’t be activated until he does.
- After missing the last eight games, Mark Teixeira (calf) is going to run on the field today and hope that he feels good enough to be activated for tomorrow’s game.
- Trout/Harper/Rizzo/BauerÂ Watch:Â With three 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!
Mike Trout: Trout went 0-4 with one steal yesterday. Â (.330, 108 Runs, 25 HR, 75 RBI, 44 steals on the season).
Bryce Harper: Harper went 2-3 with two runs, two home runs, and two RBI yesterday. (.259, 77 R, 17 HR, 47 RBI, 13 steals on the season).
Anthony Rizzo:Â Rizzo went 1-4 with one run, one home run, and one RBI yesterday. (.290, 30 R, 11 HR, 32 RBI, 2 steals 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):
Jordan ZimmermanÂ vs. Chicago Cubs
Tim HudsonÂ vs. Colorado Rockies
Josh JohnsonÂ vs. Milwaukee Brewers
Luke HochevarÂ vs. Texas Rangers
Justin GermanoÂ at Washington Nationals
David PhelpsÂ at Baltimore Orioles
Marco EstradaÂ at Miami Marlins
Scott FeldmanÂ at Kansas City Royals
Jhoulys ChacinÂ at Atlanta Braves
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.
- Alfonso SorianoÂ is 4-for-11 (.364) with one home run in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Jordan Zimmerman.
- Dexter FowlerÂ is 4-for-7 (.571) in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Tim Hudson.
- Robinson CanoÂ is 7-for-20 (.350) with one home run in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Jason Hammel.
- Corey HartÂ is 2-for-10 (.200) in his career against todayâ€™s starter, Josh Johnson.
- Curtis GrandersonÂ is 2-for-12 (.167) in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Jason Hammel.
- Ian KinslerÂ is hitless (11 at-bats) in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Luke Hochevar.
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 previews today’s pitching matchups in the latest edition ofÂ Pitch or Ditch.
- Albert Lang is back with hisÂ Hot N Cold Fantasy Baseball All-Stars.
- Patrick DiCaprio gives another update to his patentedÂ Closer Identifier Algorithm Results.
- Joshua Kay brings some perspective on a fewÂ late-season call-ups.
- NeedÂ Week 1 Rankings and Cheat Sheets? Look no further…
- It’s finally Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em time and Steve DeAngelo has you covered for Week 1.
- I guarantee you there will be some busts this week, and Dan Leason did us all the favor of identifying the players we all need to avoid in Week 1.
- Collin Hager kicks-off (pun intended) the season with his firstÂ Players in the NewsÂ column.
- Chuck Anderson picks out someÂ Week 1 Offensive SleepersÂ to help you get a leg up this week.
- Dan Leason answers some big questions about some big names in hisÂ newest update.