I’m baaaaaaack! Back by popular demand, I’ll be bringing you this column each and every week day here on FP911 throughout the spring and summer. Just like last year,Â Iâ€™ll be combing over box scores and scouring local beat writersâ€™ reports each morning to help ensure Â you have all the information you need in order to make the right decisions for your fantasy baseball lineup. So 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-committee for 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 Thursday, April 4th.
5 Good Nights
- J.P. Arencibia:Â 2-4, 2 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI
- Josh Reddick:Â 2-3, 2 R, HR, 4 RBI
- Chris Davis:Â 2-3, R, HR, 4 RBI
- Cliff Lee:Â 8.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 8 K’s, W
- Travis Wood:Â 6.0 IP, H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K’s, W
Honorable Mention: Jayson Werth, Edwin Encarnacion, Jose Bautista, Andrew McCutchen, Ryan Zimmerman, Gordon Beckham, Erick Aybar, Andy Pettitte, James McDonald, Dillon Gee, Jordan Zimmerman, Mike Pelfrey, Eric Stults, Jeremy Guthrie
5 Bad Nights
- Carlos Marmol:Â 1.0 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, BB, K, SV
- Brett Myers:Â 5.0 IP, 7 H, 7 ER, 2 BB
- Mark Buehrle:Â 5.1 IP, 7 H, 6 ER, BB, 4 Ks
- Drew Stubbs:Â 0-5
- Manny Machado:Â 0-5
Dishonorable Mention: Torii Hunter, Brandon Maurer, Joe Blanton, Ryan Dempster, Roberto Hernandez, Rick Porcello
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.
- Jose Valverde signed a minor league deal with the Detroit Tigers yesterday, which would lead to speculation that the Tigers’ Phil Coke-led closer by committee situation won’t last too long. If you’re searching for saves, it’s definitely worth taking a flier on Valverde.
- Carlos Marmol let up runs for the second time in two outings last night (though he did get the save for his owners). If you haven’t grabbed Kyuji Fujikawa, you might want to do so as I can’t imagine the Cubs will give Marmol too much longer of a leash.
- Chad Billingsley made a rehab start to mixed results last night, but he appears on schedule to make his major league debut next Wednesday.
- Stephen Drew (concussion) began his rehab assignment yesterday and is hoping to join the Red Sox for their season opener on Monday.
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):
Zack GreinkeÂ vs. Pittsburgh Pirates
Matt MooreÂ vs. Cleveland Indians
Doug FisterÂ vs. New York Yankees
Dan HarenÂ at Cincinnati Reds
Ivan NovaÂ at Detroit Tigers
Felix DoubrontÂ atÂ Toronto Blue Jays
Jake Arrieta vs.Â Minnesota Twins
Dan StrailyÂ at Houston Astros
Jeremy HefnerÂ vs. Miami Marlins
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.
- Ryan BraunÂ is 2-for-5 (.400) with two home runs in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Wade Miley.
- Albert PujolsÂ is 6-for-13 (.462) with two home runs in his career against todayâ€™s starter, Derek Holland.
- Allen CraigÂ is 4-for-10 (.400) with three home runs in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Barry Zito.
- Kevin YoukilisÂ is 2-for-16 (.125) in his career against todayâ€™s starter, Doug Fister.
- Arian BeltreÂ is 1-for-18 (.056) against todayâ€™s starter,Â Jason Vargas.
- Troy TulowitzkiÂ is 2-for-11 (.182) in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Jason Marquis.