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 Wednesday, May 1st.
5 Good Nights
- Mike Napoli:Â 3-4, 3 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI
- Hunter Pence:Â 2-4, 2 R, HR, RBI, 1 steal
- Chase Headley:Â 2-4, 2 R, HR, RBI, 1 stealI
- Jordan Zimmerman:Â 8.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 8 Ks, W
- Clay Buchholz:Â 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 8 K’s, W
Honorable Mention: Ryan Raburn, Hanley Ramirez, Michael Saunders, Brett Gardner, Kendrys Morales, Pedro Florimon, Cliff Pennington, Brandon Belt, Jordany Valdespin, Angel Pagan, David Wright, Luke Scott, Howie Kendrick, Scott Feldman, Paul Maholm, Lance Lynn, Hiram Burgos, Aaron Harang, Chris Sale, Trevor Bauer, Scott Diamond
5 Bad Nights
- Wei-Yin Chen:Â 4.0 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 6 Ks
- Kenley Jansen:Â 0.0 IP, 2 H, 2 ER
- Josh Beckett:Â 4.0 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 6 Ks
- Seth Smith:Â 0-5
- Wilin Rosario:Â 0-5
Dishonorable Mention: Jon Axford, Bruce Rondon, David Hernandez, Heath Bell, Luis Mendoza, Erik Bedard, Justin Germano, Tim Lincecum, Andrew Cashner, David Phelps, Jeremy Hellickson, Dillon Gee, Mark Buehrle, Homer Bailey, Juan Nicasio, Nick Tepesch, Wade LeBlanc, Cliff Lee, Brandon McCarthy, Tommy Milone
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.
- Bryce Harper left last night’s game after hurting his side during an attempt to save a home run off Tim Hudson‘s bat (yep, that Tim Hudson). He seems to have escaped any major injury thought and is currently listed as day-to-day.
- Coco Crisp has been placed on the 15-day DL with a strained hamstring, which should open up at-bats for Chris Young and Seth Smith.
- Brett Anderson was placed on the 15-day DL with a sprained ankle and will be replaced in the rotation by Dan Straily.
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):
Kris MedlenÂ vs. Washington Nationals
Ryan DempsterÂ at Toronto Blue Jays
Ervin SantanaÂ vs. Tampa Bay Rays
Dan HarenÂ at Atlanta Braves
Jake PeavyÂ at Texas Rangers
Josh JohnsonÂ vs. Boston Red Sox
Kyle KendrickÂ vs. Miami Marlins
Justin GrimmÂ vs. Â Chicago White Sox
Travis WoodÂ vs. San Diego Padres
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.
- B.J. UptonÂ is 10-for-31 (.323) with five home runs in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Dan Haren.
- Ryan BraunÂ is 10-for-19 (.526) with one home run in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Jake Westbrook.
- Alex GordonÂ is 15-for-31 (.484) with one home run in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Roberto Hernandez.
- Luke ScottÂ is 8-for-21 (.381) with two home runs in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Ervin Santana.
- Edwin EncarnacionÂ is 1-for-11 (.091) in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Ryan Dempster.
- Rickie WeeksÂ is 3-for-16 (.188) in eight career at-bats against todayâ€™s starter,Â Jake Westbrook.
- Ben ZobristÂ is 2-for-13 (.154) in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Ervin Santana.