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 Tuesday, April 30th.
5 Good Nights
- Ryan Raburn:Â 3-4, 3 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI
- Edwin Encarnacion:Â 2-4, 2 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI
- Yonder Alonso:Â 3-4, 3 R, HR, 5 RBI
- Madison Bumgarner:Â 7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, BB, 2 Ks
- Hiroki Kuroda:Â 7.0 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 4 BB, 8 K’s, W
Honorable Mention: Drew Stubbs, Yonder Alonso, David Ortiz, Dewayne Wise, Carlos Quentin, Mike Trout, Yoenis Cespedes, Seth Smith, Travis Hafner, Freddie Freeman, Mike Moustakas, Starling Marte, Carlos Gomez, Rajai Davis, Andrelton Simmons, Andrew McCutchen, Kevin Slowey, Trevor Cahill, Jeremy Hefner, Tim Hudson, Bronson Arroyo, Justin Verlander, Jaime Garcia, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Jason Hammel, Zach McAllister, James Shields
5 Bad Nights
- Roy Halladay:Â 3.2 IP, 9 H, 8 ER, 2 BB, 3 Ks
- Edwin Jackson:Â 4.2 IP, 11 H, 8 ER, 2 BB, 6 Ks
- Jorge De La Rosa:Â 4.0 IP, 11 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, K
- Albert Pujols:Â 0-5, RBI
- Daniel Nava:Â 0-5, R
Dishonorable Mention: Michael Saunders, J.J. Putz, Brad Peacock, James McDonald, Vance Worley, Gio Gonzalez, Garrett Richards, Marco Estrada, Brandon Maurer, Jon Lester, Jose Quintana, Edinson Volquez, Alex Cobb, Philip Humber, Yu Darvish, Brandon Morrow
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.
- Giancarlo Stanton was diagnosed with a grade-two hamstring strain (on a scale of one-to-three) and will likely miss at least three weeks.
- After feeling tightness in his arm during Monday’s start, Stephen Strasburg was deemed healthy by the team doctor and is currently scheduled to make his next start on Saturday.
- J.J. Putz blew his fourth save of the season last night (he has five saves) and while the Diamondbacks appear to be sticking with the veteran, it may not be a bad idea to grab David Hernandez and even Matt Reynolds.
- Joel Hanrahan was activated from the 15-day DL, but the Red Sox announced that Andrew Bailey will continue to close going forward. Looks like Hanrahan got Wally Pipp’d here.
- Erick Aybar was activated from the disabled list by the Angels yesterday and in a corresponding move, Peter Bourjos was placed on the 15-day DL with a hamstring injury.
- As expected, Kevin YoukilisÂ was placed on the 15-day DL by the Yankees to help recuperate his lingering back injury.
- Delmon Young was activated from the DL by the Phillies yesterday and hit a home run in his first game back. He will serve as the Phillies’ regular right fielder going forward.
- Ryan Zimmerman is expected to be activated from the DL on Friday after undergoing a quick rehab stint.
- With Brett Myers likely out for a month with a small tear of his ulnar collateral ligament, Trevor Bauer will join the Indians’ rotation and will start against the Phillies today.
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):
Anibal SanchezÂ vs. Minnesota Twins
Cliff LeeÂ at Cleveland Indians
Lance LynnÂ vs. Cincinnati Reds
Tim LincecumÂ at Arizona Diamondbacks
Chris SaleÂ at Texas Rangers
Homer BaileyÂ at St. Louis Cardinals
Wei-Yin ChenÂ at Seattle Mariners
David PhelpsÂ vs. Â Houston Astros
Dillon GeeÂ at 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.
- Paul GoldschmidtÂ is 8-for-14 (.571) with five home runs in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Tim Lincecum.
- Matt Â HollidayÂ is 12-for-27 (.444) with two home runs in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Homer Bailey.
- Josh HamiltonÂ is 5-for-11 (.455) with one home run in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Tommy Milone.
- Albert PujolsÂ is 7-for-11 (.636) in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Tommy Milone.
- Nick SwisherÂ is 8-for-25 (.320) with two home runs in his career against todayâ€™s starter, Cliff Lee.
- Miguel CabreraÂ is 7-for-14 (.500) in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Scott Diamond.
- David OrtizÂ is 22-for-61 (.361) with three home runs in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Mark Buehrle.
- Edwin EncarnacionÂ is 1-for-15 (.067) in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Clay Buchholz.
- J.P. ArencibiaÂ is hitless in 11 career at-bats against todayâ€™s starter,Â Chris Sale.
- Elvis AndrusÂ is hitless in eight career at-bats against todayâ€™s starter,Â Chris Sale.
- Dan UgglaÂ is 2-for-13 (.154) in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Jordan Zimmerman.
- Coco CrispÂ is 4-for-24 (.167) in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â C.J. Wilson.