Happy Week Two! 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!
An as always, make sure you’re getting your dose of daily fantasy baseball by playing theÂ FP911 Challenge!
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 Sunday, April 7thth.
5 Good Nights
- Will Middlebrooks:Â 4-5, 4 R, 3 HR, 4 RBI
- Carlos Santana:Â 5-5, 3 R, HR, 3 RBI
- Billy Butler:Â 2-4, R, HR, 7 RBI
- Jon Lester:Â 7.0 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 6 K’s, W
- Justin Masterson:Â 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 8 K’s, W
Honorable Mention: Mark Reynolds, B.J. Upton, Adrian Gonzalez, Ian Kinsler, Mike Napoli, Alex Gordon, Jon Jay, Matt Carpenter, Brett Anderson, C.C. Sabathia, Adam Wainwright, Tim Hudson, Jhoulys Chacin, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Jose Fernandez
5 Bad Nights
- Steve Cishek:Â 0.1 IP, 2 H, 2 ER
- Fernando Rodney:Â 0.2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, K
- Matt Cain:Â 3.2 IP, 7 H, 9 ER, 2 BB, 2 Ks
- Rickie Weeks:Â 0-5
- Nick Swisher:Â 0-5
Dishonorable Mention: Franklin Gutierrez, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Zack Cozart, John Axford, Greg Holland, J.J. Putz, Lucas Harrell, David Price, R.A. Dickey, Cole Hamels, Stephen Strasburd, Jered Weaver, James Shields, Edison Volquez, Ian Kennedy, Yovani Gallardo,
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.
- As expected, Carlos MarmolÂ lost the closer’s role in Chicago will be replaced by Kyuji Fujikawa. He’s probably been scooped up by now, but it’s worth taking a look on your waiver-wire just in case.
- Freddie FreemanÂ has been placed on the 15-day DL with an oblique straing, but from what it sounds like, he’ll be able to return in two weeks.
- Aramis Ramirez has been placed on the DL with a knee strain and will miss at least the next two weeks.
- The Detroit Tigers are still sticking with their closer committee, but manager Jim Leyland did say that he team would try to getÂ Joaquin BenoitÂ the ball in the ninth inning at the moment. He’s available in quite a few leagues, and is as good a bet as any waiver-wire reliever to get save opportunities for save-needy owners.
- John Axford allowed a run for the third straight appearance and en route to blowing a save yesterday and it looks like now is the time to stash Jim Henderson if you have a roster spot.
- Greg HollandÂ blew a two run-lead yesterday on his way to allowing a run for the second straight game. Â Manager Ned Yost gave Holland a vote of confidence on Monday morning, but it would be a wise move to stash Kelvim Herrera if you’re in a deeper league or if you’re desperately chasing saves.
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 are 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):
Madison BumgarnerÂ vs. Colorado Rockies
Alexi OgandoÂ vs. Tampa Bay Rays
Mat LatosÂ at St. Louis Cardinals
Jeremy HellicksonÂ at Texas Rangers
Wei-Yin ChenÂ at Boston Red Sox
Wandy RodriguezÂ atÂ Arizona Diamondbacks
Paul MaholmÂ at Miami Marlins
Joe SaundersÂ vs. Houston Astros
Clay BuchholzÂ vs.Â Baltimore Orioles
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.
- Carlos GonzalezÂ is 8-for-22 (.364) with two home runs in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Madison Bumgarner.
- Carlos BeltranÂ is 4-for-11 (.364) with three home runs in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Mat Latos.
- Joe MauerÂ is 12-for-26 (.462) with one home run and seven RBI in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Ervin Santana.
- Michael BournÂ is 52-for-26 (.192) in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Hiroki Kuroda.
- David WrightÂ is 4-for-24 (.167) against todayâ€™s starter,Â Roy Halladay.
- Nick MarkakisÂ is 4-for-31 (.129) in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Clay Buchholz.