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 Thursday, May 2nd.
5 Good Nights
- Carlos Gomez:Â 2-4, R, RBI, 2 steals
- Dominic Brown:Â 3-4, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI
- Nate McClouth:Â 2-5, R, HR, 2 RBI
- Chris Tillman:Â 8.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 Ks, W
- Dan Haren:Â 8.0 IP, 4 H, ER, BB, 4 K’s, W
Honorable Mention: Tyler Flowers, Nolan Reimold, Ryan Dempster, Jake Westbrook, Joe Blanton, Kyle Kendrick, Travis Wood, Rick Porcello, Eric Stults, Hector Santiago
5 Bad Nights
- Wily Peralta:Â 4.1 IP, 11 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, 3 Ks
- Dallas Keuchel:Â 4.1 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 4 Ks
- J.A. Happ:Â 3.2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 7 BB, 2 Ks
- Dustin Pedroia:Â 0-5
- Chris Carter:Â 0-5
Dishonorable Mention: Matt Dominguez, Marwin Gonzalez, Jose Altuve
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.
- Andrew Bailey is experiencing “biceps discomfort” and was held out of Thursday’s save situation against Toronto. Joel Hanrahan picked up the save for the Red Sox and is worth a pickup if he’s on your waiver-wire just in case Bailey ends up having to hit the DL.
- Ryan Zimmerman (ankle) will be activated from the disabled list today and should be in the starting lineup as the Nationals take on the Pirates.
- Mark Ellis is expected to be placed on the 15-day DL today with a quad injury.
- Trevor Bauer was sent back to Triple-A Columbus after being called up for a spot start on Wednesday.
- After throwing 42 pitchers for Double-A Tennesssee on Wednesday, there is a chance that Matt Garza will return to the Cubs within two weeks.
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 at San Francisco Giants
Doug FisterÂ at Houston Astros
Felix HernandezÂ at Toronto Blue Jays
Shaun MarcumÂ at Atlanta Braves
Barry ZitoÂ vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
A.J. GriffinÂ at New York Yankees
Carlos VillanuevaÂ vs. Â Cincinnati Reds
Jeremy GuthrieÂ vs. Chicago White Sox
Ricky RomeroÂ vs. Seattle Mariners
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.
- Carlos BeltranÂ is 23-for-42 (.548) with four home runs in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Kyle Lohse.
- Matt KempÂ is 24-for-55 (.436) with three home runs in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Barry Zito.
- Matt HollidayÂ is 6-for-12 (.500) with one home run in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Kyle Lohse.
- Hunter PenceÂ is 1-for-26 (.038) in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Clayton Kershaw.
- Dustin PedroiaÂ is 2-for-14 (.143) in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Derek Holland.
- Adam DunnÂ is 2-for-19 (.105) in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Jeremy Guthrie.