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 Sunday, April 21st.
5 Good Nights
- Nelson Cruz:Â 2-4, 2 R, HR, 4 RBI
- Mike Trout:Â 2-6, R, 2 steals
- Yunel Escobar:Â 3-4, R, HR, 2 RBI
- Barry Zito:Â 7.0 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, BB, 4 Ks, W
- Roberto Hernandez:Â 6.0 IP, 3 H, ER, 3 BB, 7 K’s, W
Honorable Mention: Kyle Seager, Clint Barmes, Adam Jones, Chris Stewart, Alex Gordon, Mike Napoli, Ryan Braun, Erik Kratz, Anthony Rizzo, Ervin Santana, Wily Peralta, Doug Fister, Gavin Floyd, Homer Bailey, Kyle Kendrick, Scott Diamond, Allen Webster, Justin Grimm, Dillon Gee, Scott Feldman
5 Bad Nights
- Aaron Harang:Â 4.2 IP, 8 H, 8 ER, 2 BB, 5 Ks
- Jake Arrieta:Â 4.0 IP, 2 H, 5 ER, 5 BB, 6 Ks
- Mitchell Boggs:Â 0.1 IP, 4 H, 4 ER
- Victor Martinez:Â 0-6
- Austin Jackson:Â 0-7
Dishonorable Mention: Andre Ethier, Kendrys Morales, Josh Hamilton, Hank Conger, Jon Jay, Manny Machado, Will Middlebrooks, Jeff Francoeur, Mike Moustakas, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Eric Stults, Ivan Nova, Jeremy Guthrie, Stephen Fife, Ubaldo Jimenez, Josh Johnson, Tommy Milone, Jonathan Sanchez, Brandon McCarthy
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.
- Ryan Zimmerman was placed on the 15-day DL over the weekend with a hamstring injury. Anthony Rendon has been called up in the meantime and could be a good pick up while Zimmerman is out — especially in keeper leagues.
- Freddie Freeman (oblique) completed his rehab stint at Triple-A Gwinnett over the weekend and should be in the Braves’ lineup when they take on the Rockies tonight.
- Dayan ViciedoÂ has been placed on the 15-day DL with an oblique strain.
- Chad Billingsley has been placed on the 15-day DL with an elbow injury and it’s looking like he may be headed for a long-term absence.
- Aramis Ramirez is eligible to return from the disabled list, but the team is being cautious with his knee injury and it looks like he won’t see him return to the Brewers’ lineup for another week or so.
- Jhoulys Chacin has been placed on the 15-day DL with a left oblique strain.
- Albert Pujols started his ninth game at DH yesterday (he’s only started eight at first) and said his foot is “hurting real bad”. This could be something short-term that he gets over, but it’s something to be aware of if you’re trying to trade for the Angels’ slugger.
3 Up, 3 Down, and Throwing Darts
Starting and sitting the right pitchers on a day-to-day basis is often theÂ lynchpinÂ 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):
Felix HernandezÂ at Houston Astros
C.C. SabathiaÂ at Tampa Bay Rays
Kyle LohseÂ at. San Diego Padres
Derk HollandÂ vs. Los Angeles Angels
Mike MinorÂ at Colorado Rockies
Dan HarenÂ vs. St. Louis Cardinals
Kevin CorreiaÂ vs. Miami Marlins
Shelby MillerÂ at Washington Nationals
Ricky NolascoÂ at Minnesota Twins
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.
- Evan LongoriaÂ is 14-for-39 (.359) with five home runs and nine RBI in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â C.C. Sabathia.
- Albert PujolsÂ is 6-for-15 (.400) with two home runs in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Derek Holland.
- Ryan BraunÂ is 11-for-22 (.500) with five doubles in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Jason Marquis.
- B.J. UptonÂ is hitless in six career at-bats against todayâ€™s starter,Â Jeff Francis.
- Chase HeadleyÂ is 3-for-13 (.231) against todayâ€™s starter,Â Kyle Lohse.
- Alfonso SorianoÂ is 2-for-18 (.111) in his career against todayâ€™s starter, Mike Leake.