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 Thursday, May 16th.
5 Good Nights
- Travis Snider:Â 3-5, 2 R, HR, 3 RBI, 1 steal
- Daniel Murphy:Â 4-4, 2 R, RBI
- Leonys Martin:Â 2-4, R, 2 steals
- Stephen Straburg:Â 8.0 IP, 3 H, ER, 3 BB, 4 Ks, W
- Mat Latos:Â 8.1 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, BB, 4 Ks
Honorable Mention: Brett Gardner, Jay Bruce, Geovany Soto, Mitch Moreland, Wilin Rosario, Will Middlebrooks, Brandon Crawford, Jose Fernandez, Jonathon Niese, Alex Cobb, Francisco Liriano
5 Bad Nights
- Fernando Rodney:Â 0.2 IP, H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 2 Ks
- Justin Verlander:Â 2.2 IP, 6 H, 8 ER, 2 BB, 3 Ks
- Steve Cishek:Â 1.2 IP, 3 H, 3 Â ER, 2 BB
- Jacoby Ellsbury:Â 0-5
- Todd Frazier:Â 0-5
Dishonorable Mention: Jayson Nix, Michael Saunders, Ike Davis, Edinson Volquez, Jhoulys Chacin, Matt Cain
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.
- While an MRI showed no serious damage, David Price was placed on the 15-day DL with a left triceps injury.
- Alexi Ogando has been placed on the 15-day DL with biceps tendinitis.
- Andrew Bailey (bicep) is expected to return to the Red Sox and assume closing duties on Monday.
- Josh Beckett has been placed on the 15-day DL with a groin injury.
- Matt Garza (arm) has looked strong in his rehab outings and may join the Cubs as soon as next week.
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):
Matt HarveyÂ at Chicago Cubs
Gio GonzalezÂ at San Diego Padres
Clay BuchholzÂ at Minnesota Twins
Tony CingraniÂ at Philadelphia Phillies
Rick PorcelloÂ at Texas Rangers
Mark BuehrleÂ at New York Yankees
Jarrod ParkerÂ vs. Kansas City Royals
Jorge De La RosaÂ vs. San Francisco Giants
Jeanmar GomezÂ vs. Houston Astros
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.
- Vernon WellsÂ is 24-for-50 (.480) with three home runs in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Mark Buehrle.
- Robinson CanoÂ is 8-for-20 (.400) with three home runs in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Mark Buehrle.
- Carlos GonzalezÂ is 9-for-25 (.360) with three home runs in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Madison Bumgarner.
- Joey Votto is 7-for-16 (.438) with one home run in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Cliff Lee.
- J.P. ArencibiaÂ is 7-for-15 (.467) with one home run in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Hiroki Kuroda.
- Adam JonesÂ is 10-for-31 (.323) with three home runs in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Jeremy Hellickson.
- Chris DavisÂ is 8-for-18 (.444) with one home run in his career against todayâ€™s starter, Jeremy Hellickson.
- Justin MorneauÂ is 8-for-16 (.500) in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Clay Buchholz.
- Josh HamiltonÂ is 1-for-8 in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Chris Sale.
- Daniel MurphyÂ is 1-for-9 (.111) in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Edwin Jackson.
- Coco CrispÂ is 3-for-17 (.176) in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â James Shields.