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 8th.
5 Good Nights
- Paul Goldschmidt:Â 2-4, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI
- Dan Uggla:Â 2-4, 3 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI
- Vernon Wells:Â 3-4, 2 R, Â HR, 2 RBI, 1 steal
- Jason Marquis:Â 8.0 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, BB, 3 Ks, W
- Felix Hernandez:Â 8.0 IP, 6 H, ER, BB, 5 K’s, W
Honorable Mention: Alejandro De Aza, Hunter Pence, Joe Mauer, Alex Rios, Ryan Doumit, Kelly Johnson, Ben Zobrist, Jonny Gomes, Juan Francisco, Justin Morneau, Edwin Encarnacion, Evan Longoria, Trevor Plouffe, Pedro Florimon, Carlos Gomez, Bud Norris, Wade Miley, Barry Zito, A.J. Burnett, Clayton Kershaw, Ricky Nolasco, Derek Holland, Justin Masterson, Jordan Zimmerman, Jake Peavy, Mike Minor, Anibal Sanchez, David Phelps
5 Bad Nights
- Allen Webster:Â 1.2 IP, 6 H, 8 ER, 3 BB, 2 Ks
- Ricky Romero:Â 0.1 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 2 K
- Kyle Lohse:Â 6.1 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 6 Ks
- David Ortiz:Â 0-5
- Nelson Cruz:Â 0-5
Dishonorable Mention: Brett Lawrie, Sergio Romo, Pedro Hernandez, Felix Doubront, Edgar Gonzalez, Rafael Betancourt, Addison Reed, Junichi Tazawa, Kenley Jansen, Mike Leake, Jeremy Hefner, Jake Westbrook
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.
- J.J. Putz will reportedly avoid surgery and hope rest helps clear up the issues he’s having with his elbow (sprained ligament, irritated nerve). Heath Bell (who picked up the save for the Diamondbacks last night) will fill in as closer in Putz’ absence.
- A.J. Pierzynski has been placed on the 15-day DL with a strained oblique. These injuries can linger, but for now, it sounds like he won’t miss more than two weeks.
- James McDonald has been placed on the 15-day DL with discomfort in his right shoulder and will be replaced by Jeanmar Gomez in the rotation.
- Mark Reynolds has now played five games at third and is five games from qualifying for third base eligibility in ESPN leagues.
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):
Doug FisterÂ at Washington Nationals
Cole HamelsÂ at Arizona Diamondbacks
David PriceÂ vs. Toronto Blue Jays
Ryan VogelsongÂ vs. Atlanta Braves
R.A. DickeyÂ at Tampa Bay Rays
Bartolo ColonÂ at Cleveland Indians
Jeremy GuthrieÂ at Baltimore Orioles
Jason VargasÂ at Houston Astros
Dillon GeeÂ vs. Pittsburgh Pirates
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.
- Jose BautistaÂ is 11-for-31 (.355) with four home runs in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â David Price.
- Cody RossÂ is 11-for-37 (.297) with five home runs in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Cole Hamels.
- Nick SwisherÂ is 5-for-10 (.500) with one home run in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Bartolo Colon.
- Joe MauerÂ is 10-for-23 (.435) with two home runs in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â John Lackey.
- J.P. ArencibiaÂ is 1-for-13 (.077) in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â David Price.
- Chris DavisÂ is hitless in 10 career at-bats against todayâ€™s starter,Â Jeremy Guthrie.
- Miguel CabreraÂ is 3-for-16 (.188) in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Dan Haren.
- Michael CuddyerÂ is 11-for-55 (.200) in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â C.C. Sabathia.