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 Tuesday, April 23rd.
5 Good Nights
- Mark Ellis:Â 4-5, 2 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI
- Howard Kendrick:Â 3-4, 2 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI
- Justin Upton:Â 3-8, 3 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI
- Adam Wainwright:Â 8.1 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, BB, 9 Ks, W
- Bartolo Colon:Â 7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, BB, 7 K’s, W
Honorable Mention: Edwin Encarnacion, Rob Brantly, Nelson Cruz, Seth Smith, Juan Francisco, Paul Goldschmidt, Alfonso Soriano, Reed Johnson, Carlos Villanueva, Cole Hamels, Patrick Corbin, Kevin Correia, Tony Cingrani, Phil Hughes, Alexi Ogando, Julio Teheran, Jeff Locke, Ricky Nolasco, Bud Norris, Hisashi Iwakuma
5 Bad Nights
- Clayton Richard:Â 1.2 IP, 6 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, K
- Alfredo Aceves:Â 3.1 IP, 7 H, 7 ER, 4 BB, 3 Ks
- J.J. Putz:Â 1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, K
- Carl Crawford:Â 0-5
- Albert Pujols:Â 0-5
Dishonorable Mention: Marco Scutaro, Troy Tulowitzki, Anthony Rizzo, A.J. Pollock, Justin Morneau, Mike Pelfrey, Jon Garland, Jeff Francis, Fernando Rodney, Jose Fernandez, R. A. Dickey
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 has been activated by the Detroit Tigers and manager Jim Leyland has committed to using Valverde as the team’s closer (for the time being).
- Bruce Rondon was also recalled by the Tigers and while he may not close in the near future, he could be a smart stash in deeper leagues in case Valverde falters.
- Kevin Gregg got the extra innings save for the Cubs last night and is worth a pick up if you’re chasing saves. He may not provide long-term value, however, as Kyuji Fujikawa (forearm strain) is nearing a return.
- After being lifted from Sunday’s start with a stiff back, Felix Hernandez may miss his next scheduled start on Saturday so be prepared with alternatives.
- Jason Maxwell has been placed on the 15-day DL with a broken hand.
- After hoping to return to the Cubs in mid-May, Matt Garza experienced a case of dead arm after his latest bullpen session and will likely have his return pushed back due to this setback.
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):
Max ScherzerÂ vs. Kansas City Royals
Matt Â HarveyÂ vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
Stephen StrasburgÂ vs. St. Louis Cardinals
Tim HudsonÂ at Colorado Rockies
Brett AndersonÂ at Boston Red Sox
Wandy RodriguezÂ at Philadelphia Phillies
Joe SaundersÂ at Houston Astros
Edison VolquezÂ vs. Milwaukee Brewers
Ted LillyÂ at New York Mets
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.
- Adam JonesÂ is 11-for-28 (.393) with three home runs in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Brandon Morrow.
- Nelson CruzÂ is 9-for-15 (.310) with three home runs and nine RBI in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Jerome Williams.
- Adrian BeltreÂ is 8-for-17 (.471) with one home run in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Jerome Williams.
- Andrew McCutchenÂ is 1-for-10 (.100) in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Roy Halladay.
- Evan LongoriaÂ is 2-for-18 (.111) with 10 strikeouts in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Andy Pettitte.
- Joey VottoÂ is 1-for-11 (.091) in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Jeff Samardzija.
- Jacoby EllsburyÂ is hitless in 11 career at-bats against todayâ€™s starter,Â Brett Anderson.