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 28th.
5 Good Nights
- Giancarlo Stanton:Â 3-3, 3 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI
- Russell Martin:Â 3-5, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI
- Carl Crawford:Â 2-4, 4 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI
- Clayton Kershaw:Â 8.0 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 12 Ks, W
- Kevin Correia:Â 8.0 IP, 6 H, 0 ER, BB, 2 K’s, W
Honorable Mention: Carlos Santana, Asdrubal Cabrera, Nate McClouth, Manny Machado, Pablo Sandoval, Garrett Jones, Miguel Cabrera, Mike Aviles, Seth Smith, Chris Davis, Austin Jackson, Matt Joyce, Alexi Amarista, Daniel Nava, Chase Headley, Jason Vargas, Kyle Lohse, R.A. Dickey, Ricky Nolasco, David Price, Doug Fister, Jeff Locke, Corey Kluber, Jeremy Guthrie, Jason Marquis, Jonathon Niese, John Lackey, Cole Hamels, Patrick Corbin, Hisashi Iwakuma, Tony Cingrani
5 Bad Nights
- Justin Masterson:Â 6.1 IP, 9 H, 7 ER, 4 BB, 9 Ks
- Ryan Vogelsong:Â 5.0 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 6 Ks
- Mike Minor:Â 6.2 IP, 6 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, 6Ks
- Billy Butler:Â 1-7, R
- Drew Stubbs:Â 0-7, RBI
Dishonorable Mention: James Loney, Jordan Schafer, Gaby Sanchez, Robbie Grossman, Will Smith, Bartolo Colon, Miguel Gonzalez
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.
- Troy Tulowitzki left yesterday’s game with a strained left rotator cuff, but the injury is not expected to be serious. Tulowitzki is currently listed as day-to-day and his owners look to have avoided a potential disaster here.
- Yoenis Cespedes (wrist) was activated from the 15-day DL and hit a home run in his first game back yesterday. Get him back in your lineups!
- Hanley Ramirez (thumb) feels good after playing back-to-back rehab games and could return to the Dodgers lineup as soon as tonight.
- Nolan ArenadoÂ has been promoted to the Rockies’ big league roster and will get a chance to play regularly. With third base being as shallow as it is, Arenado is worth a look in all but the shallowest of leagues.
- Didi Gregorious has been placed on the 7-day DL after getting hit in the head by a pitch Saturday.
- Brian McCann (shoulder) is nearing a return and could be back in the Braves lineup as soon as next week. Might be smart to start shopping Evan Gattis if you haven’t already.
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):
Jeff SamardzijaÂ vs. San Diego Padres
Matt Â HarveyÂ at Miami Marlins
Max ScherzerÂ vs. Minnesota Twins
Matt CainÂ at Arizona Diamondbacks
Jose FernandezÂ vs. New York Mets
Wandy RodriguezÂ at Milwaukee Brewers
Dan StrailyÂ vs. Los Angeles Angels
Wade DavisÂ vs. Cleveland Indians
Ted LillyÂ vs. Colorado Rockies
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 14-for-39 (.359) with four home runs in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Wandy Rodriguez.
- Justin MorneauÂ is 5-for-10 (.500) with three home runs in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Max Scherzer.
- Dan UgglaÂ is 9-for-20 (.450) with two home runs in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Stephen Strasburg.
- Joey VottoÂ is 1-for-17 (.059) in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Adam Wainwright.
- Dexter FowlerÂ is 3-for-23 (.130) in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Ted Lilly.
- Chris DavisÂ is 2-for-13 (.154) in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Joe Saunders.