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 Sunday, May 6th.
5 Good Nights
- Justin Ruggiano:Â 2-3, 4 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 1 steal
- Andy Dirks:Â 4-4, 3 R, HR, 2 RBI
- Adeiny Hechavarrai:Â 2-4, R, HR, 7 RBI
- Justin Verlander:Â 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 9 Ks, W
- Kevin Slowey:Â 7.0 IP, 2 H, ER, 2 BB, 7 K’s, W
Honorable Mention: Mike Trout, David Ross, Marcell Ozuna, Mark DeRosa, Matt Holliday, James Loney, Prince Fielder, Hunter Pence, Allen Craig, Tyler Moore, Freddie Freeman, Reed Johnson, Danny Espinosa, Yu Darvish, Matt Cain, Jaime Garcia, Tim Hudson, Edinson Volquez, Wade Davis, Mike Pelfrey, Gio Gonzalez
5 Bad Nights
- Roy Halladay:Â 2.1 IP, 4 H, 9 ER, 4 BB, 4 Ks
- Marco Estrada:Â 3.1 IP, 6 H, 8 ER, 5 BB, 5 Ks
- Jonathon Niese:Â 4.0 IP, 7 H, 7 ER, 6 BB, 3 Ks
- Jacoby Ellsbury:Â 0-5
- Dexter Fowler:Â 0-5
Dishonorable Mention: Miguel Olivo, Nick Punto, Ruben Tejada, Chris Valaika, Eric Hosmer, John Axford, Addison Reed, Philip Humber, Joe Saunders, Jerome Williams, Ian Kennedy, Edwin Jackson, Jhoulys Chacin, Jason Hammel, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Andy Pettitte, Mat Latos, Jose Quintana, Dan Straily
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.
- Roy Halladay is experienced shoulder discomfort and is headed to Los Angeles for tests. Hallady will likely be placed on the 15-day DL, but this situation has the potential to last a lot longer than 15 days.
- In case you missed it over the weekend, Hanley Ramirez returned to the disabled list with a hamstring injury and Dee Gordon was recalled to join the Dodgers’ roster. If he can get on base regularly (a big if), Gordon will be a good source of steals for fantasy owners.
- Matt Garza will make his second rehab start for Triple-A Iowa today and looks to be on pace to return to the Cubs within the next two week.
- There is no set timetable, but it’s looking like Curtis Granderson (forearm) will return to the Yankees lineup with in the next two weeks.
- Jake Peavy will miss his second-straight start today as he continues to battle through back spasms. A DL stint hasn’t been ruled out, but the White Sox are hoping he’ll only miss one more start.
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):
Madison BumgarnerÂ vs. Philadelphia Phillies
Cliff LeeÂ at San Francisco Giants
Clay BuchholzÂ vs. Minnesota Twins
Paul MaholmÂ at Cincinnati Reds
Trevor CahillÂ at. Los Angeles Dodgers
Vance WorleyÂ at Boston Red Sox
Andrew CashnerÂ at Miami Marlins
Nick Tepesch Â at Chicago Cubs
Mark BuehrleÂ at Tampa Bay Rays
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.
- Alexei RamirezÂ is 11-for-26 (.423) with two home runs in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â James Shields.
- Brandon PhillipsÂ is 18-for-51 (.353) with four home runs in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Paul Maholm.
- Brian McCannÂ is 9-for-18 (.500) with four home runs in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Bronson Arroyo.
- Paul GoldschmidtÂ is 9-for-12 (.750) with two home runs in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Chris Capuano.
- Billy ButlerÂ is 8-for-25 (.320) with three home runs in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Chris Sale.
- Justin MorneauÂ is 7-for-14 (.500) in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Clay Buchholz.
- Alcides EscobarÂ is 12-for-27 (.444) in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Chris Sale.
- Martin PradoÂ is 1-for-15 (.067) in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Chris Capuano.
- Joey VottoÂ is 3-for-22 (.136) in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Paul Maholm.
- Pablo SandovalÂ is 2-for-12 (.167) in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Cliff Lee.
- Jay BruceÂ is 2-for-15 (.133) in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Paul Maholm.