Welcome to our Fantasy Baseball Daily Notes! 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 Monday, May 13th.
5 Good Nights
- Aaron Hicks:Â 2-3, 3 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI
- Billy Butler:Â 5-5, 2 R, 5 RBI
- Jean Segura:Â 3-5, RBI, 3 steals
- Justin Masterson:Â 9.0 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 9 K’s, W
- Travis Wood:Â 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 2 Ks, W
Honorable Mention: Norichika Aoki, Justin Morneau, Andy Dirks, Brian McCann, Ryan Zimmerman, Chris Johnson, Justin Upton, Alfonso Soriano, Matt Holliday, Jordan Zimmerman, Anibal Sanchez, Marco Estrada, A.J. Griffin, Mike Minor, David Phelps, Trevor Bauer
5 Bad Nights
- Bud Norris:Â 5.0 IP, 9 H, 7 ER, BB, 2 Ks
- Wade Miley:Â 5.0 IP, 6 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, K
- Justin Grimm:Â 5.0 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 3 Ks
- Mark Reynolds:Â 0-5
- Carlos Santana:Â 0-5
Dishonorable Mention: Mike Moustakas, Danny Espinosa, Robinson Cano, Brett Gardner, Asdrubal Cabrera, Joe Blanton, Juan Nicasio, Josh Beckett
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.
- Austin Jackson was placed on the 15-day DL with a hamstring injury and prospect Avisail Garcia has been called up to replace Jackson in the lineup.
- Jose Altuve left last night’s Astros game after suffered a sublexed jaw in a collision with Jimmy Paredes. There is no timetable for Altuve’s injury, but Altuve thinks he’ll be able to play today so it looks like disaster may have been averted here.
- It’s not official yet, but it looks like Wei-Yin Chen will be headed to the disabled list with a strained oblique.
- It’s looking very likely that Curtis Granderson (forearm) will make his season debut tonight when the Yankees take on Seattle.
- Chris Perez was unavailable to pitch on Sunday because of soreness in his right shoulder. It doesn’t look like he’ll miss time, but it might be smart to grab Joe Smith (Vinnie Pestano is on the DL) if you’re absolutely desperate for saves.
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 vs. Washington Nationals
C.C. SabathiaÂ vs. Seattle Mariners
Doug FisterÂ vs. Houston Astros
Bartolo ColonÂ vs. Texas Rangers
Dillon GeeÂ at St. Louis Cardinals
Ricky NolascoÂ vs. Cincinnati Reds
Chris TillmanÂ vs. San Diego Padres
Scott KazmirÂ at Philadelphia Phillies
Andrew CashnerÂ at Baltimore Orioles
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.
- Andre EthierÂ is 20-for-47 (.426) with two home runs in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Dan Haren.
- Billy ButlerÂ is 6-for-13 (.462) with two home runs in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Jason Vargas.
- Robinson CanoÂ is 15-for-41 (.366) with two home runs in his career against todayâ€™s starter, Felix Hernandez.
- Adrian BeltreÂ is 18-for-57 (.316) with five home runs in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Bartolo Colon.
- Josh WillinghamÂ is 1-for-18 (.056) in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Jake Peavy.
- Hunter PenceÂ is 3-for-19 (.158) in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â R.A. Dickey.
- Brandon PhillipsÂ is 4-for-25 (.160) in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Ricky Nolasco.
- Nelson CruzÂ is 1-for-10 (.100) in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Bartolo Colon.