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 Tuesday, May 14th.
5 Good Nights
- Carlos Gonzalez:Â 5-5, 3 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI
- Mitch Moreland:Â 2-5, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI
- Howard Kendrick:Â 3-4, 2 R, HR, RBI, 1 steal
- Clayton Kershaw:Â 8.2 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, BB, 11 K’s, W
- Homer Bailey:Â 9.0 IP, 6 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 10 Ks, W
Honorable Mention: Mike Trout, Carlos Beltran, David Ortiz, Pablo Sandoval, John Mayberry Jr., Xavier Paul, Patrick Corbin, Chris Tillman, Doug Fister, Andrew Cashner, Jake Peavy, Dan Haren, Jason Vargas, Jonathan Pettibone, C.C. Sabathia, R.A. Dickey, Jeff Francis, Felix Hernandez, Julio Teheran
5 Bad Nights
- Jim Johnson:Â 1.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER
- Carlos Villanueva:Â 5.0 IP, 12 H, 7 ER, K
- Dillon Gee:Â 4.0 IP, 9 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 5 Ks
- Yadier Molina:Â 0-5
- Ian Kinsler:Â 0-5
Dishonorable Mention: Yuniesky Betancourt, Geovany Soto, Garrett Jones, Pedro Alvarez, Michael Saunders, Yoenis Cespedes, Ricky Nolasco, John Lackey, Rafael Betancourt, Joe Nathan, Lucas Harrell, Barry Zito, Scott Kazmir, Jeremy Guthrie, John Gast, Derek Holland
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.
- With Brandon League recently getting Don Mattingly’s shaky “he’s our closer for now” support, Kenley Jansen picked up the one-out save for the Dodgers last night. There could be changes afoot in Los Angeles and it might be smart to try and deal League for whatever you can.
- Curtis Granderson was activated from the disabled list and went 0-3 with one run scored in his return last night.
- Zack Greinke (collarbone) has been activated from the disabled list and will start against the Washington Nationals tonight.
- Andrew Bailey (biceps) should rejoin the Red Sox within the next week. Make sure he’s not available on your waiver wire.
- Coco Crisp (hamstring) has been activated from the disabled list and leadoff against the Rangers tonight.
- Ryan Madson is expected to be activated from the disabled list later this week, and while we don’t know if he’ll replace Ernesto Frieri as the Angels’ closer or not, it might not be the worst idea to see if Madson is available in your league.
- Jose Altuve has been placed on the bereavement list and will miss at least the next three games following the death of his grandmother. Altuve said that the jaw injury he suffered in Monday’s game wouldn’t have kept him out of the lineup otherwise, so it sounds like he shouldn’t miss more than a few games here.
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):
Alexi OgandoÂ at Oakland A’s
Max ScherzerÂ vs. Cleveland Indians
Shelby MillerÂ vs. New York Mets
Ryan VogelsongÂ at Toronto Blue Jays
Shaun MarcumÂ at St. Louis Cardinals
Tim HudsonÂ at Arizona Diamondbacks
Phil HughesÂ vs. Seattle Mariners
Ross DetwilerÂ at Los Angeles Dodgers
Mike LeakeÂ 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.
- Aramis RamirezÂ is 20-for-51 (.392) with two home runs in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Wandy Rodriguez.
- Ryan BraunÂ is 16-for-42 (.381) with four home runs in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Wandy Rodriguez.
- (Don’t start Wandy Rodriguez today)
- Small sample-size, but Josh Hamilton is 4-for-4 (1.000) with one home run in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Wade Davis.
- Pedro AlvarezÂ is hitless in 15 career at-bats against todayâ€™s starter,Â Yovani Gallardo.
- Carlos GomezÂ is 4-for-29 (.138) in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Wandy Rodriguez.
- David OrtizÂ is 5-for-25 (.200) in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â David Price.