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 Monday, April 22nd.
5 Good Nights
- Ryan Roberts:Â 3-4, 2 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI
- Mike Napoli:Â 2-4, 2 R, HR, 5 RBI
- Jay Bruce:Â 2-5, 2 R, HR, 3 RBI
- Felix Hernandez:Â 6.0 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, BB, 9 Ks, W
- Matt Moore:Â 8.0 IP, 2 H, ER, 3 BB, 9 K’s, W
Honorable Mention: Ryan Braun, Jesus Montero, Yuniesky Betancourt, Buster Posey, Josh Hamilton, Will Middlebrooks, Mike Leake, Justin Masterson, Chris Tillman, Wade Miley, Travis Wood, Shelby Miller, Dylan Axelrod, J.A. Happ, Kyle Lohse
5 Bad Nights
- A.J. Griffin:Â 4.0 IP, 8 H, 7 ER, BB, 3 Ks
- Brad Peacock:Â 4.1 IP, 9 H, 7 ER, BB, K
- Derek Holland:Â 5.2 IP, 6 H, 6 ER, 4 BB, 7 Ks
- Alfonso Soriano:Â 0-6
- Albert Pujols:Â 0-5
Dishonorable Mention: Michael Morse, Dustin Pedroia, Joey Votto, Todd Frazier, Anthony Rizzo, Jason Marquis, C. C. Sabathia, Joe Blanton, Dan Haren,
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.
- Jason Heyward underwent an appendectomy and will likely miss a week or two of action.
- Franklin Gutierrez has been placed on the 15-day DL with an injured hamstring.
- Jake Arrieta has been sent down to Triple-A Norfolk and will be replaced in the Orioles’ rotation by Alex Burnett for the time being.
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):
Clayton KershawÂ at New York Mets
Cole HamelsÂ vs. Pittsburgh Pirates
Hisashi IwakumaÂ at Houston Astros
R.A. DickeyÂ at Baltimore Orioles
Phil HughesÂ at Tampa Bay Rays
Mike MinorÂ at Colorado Rockies
Tony CingraniÂ vs. Chicago Cubs
Patrick CorbinÂ at San Francisco Giants
Kevin CorreiaÂ 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.
- Matt JoyceÂ is 5-for-11 (.455) with two home runs in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Phil Hughes.
- Jonny GomesÂ is 5-for-13 (.385) with two home runs in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Bartolo Colon.
- Nelson CruzÂ is 9-for-29 (.310) with three home runs in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Jason Vargas.
- Paul GoldschmidtÂ is 2-for-13 (.154) in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Matt Cain.
- Mike MoustakasÂ is 1-for-14 (.071) in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Max Scherzer.
- David WrightÂ is 2-for-12 (.167) in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Clayton Kershaw.