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, June 6th.
5 Good Nights
- Yoenis Cespedes:Â 2-4, 2 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI
- Yasiel Puig:Â 2-4, Â R, HR, 4 RBI
- Cameron Maybin:Â 2-5, R, 2 RBI, 2 steals
- Zack Greinke:Â 7.0 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 7 Ks, W
- Phil Hughes:Â 7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 Ks, W
Honorable Mention: David Ortiz, Robinson Cano, Matt Adams, Wilin Rosario, Victor Martinez, Dominic Brown, Matt Holliday, Tim Hudson, Max Scherzer, Tyler Cloyd, Blake Beavan, Miguel Gonzalez, Shelby Miller, Wade Davis
5 Bad Nights
- Aaron Harang:Â 2.1 IP, 8 H, 6 ER, 3 Ks
- Ian Kennedy:Â 4.0 IP, 13 H, 10 ER, 2 BB, 4 Ks
- Wily Peralta:Â 5.0 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 2 Ks
- Carlos Gonzalez:Â 0-6
- Troy Tulowitzki:Â 0-5
Dishonorable Mention: Adam Dunn, Jed Lowrie, Nick Hundley, Andy Dirks, Roberto Hernandez, Jhoulys Chacin, 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.
- Jim Henderson (hamstring) is set to return this weekend and will take over for Francisco Rodriguez as the Brewers closer as soon as he returns.
- Â Daniel Hudson (Tommy John) experienced tightness in his elbow during a rehab start and also this could be nothing, it looks like he won’t be returning at any point this month.
- According to various reports, Gerritt ColeÂ will be called up to start against San Francisco on Tuesday. There is no word on whether the promotion is permanent, but Cole is worth an add in deeper 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):
Matt HarveyÂ vs. Miami Marlins
Chris SaleÂ vs. Oakland A’s
Justin VerlanderÂ vs. Cleveland Indians
Matt CainÂ at Arizona Diamondbacks
Ubaldo JimenezÂ at Detroit Tigers
Edinson VolquezÂ at Colorado Rockies
Jordan LylesÂ at Kansas City Royals
Jorge De La RosaÂ vs.Â San Diego Padres
Jarrod ParkerÂ at Chicago White Sox
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.
- Wilin RosarioÂ is 5-for-12 with two home runs in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Edinson Volquez.
- Ryan BraunÂ is 9-for-19 with three home runs in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Cliff Lee.
- Adam LaRocheÂ is 7-for-23 with two home runs in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Kevin Correia.
- Carlos BeltranÂ is 1-for-15 in his career against today’s starter, Mike Leake.
- Andrew McCutchenÂ is 1-for-13 in his career against today’s starter, Travis Wood.
- Joey VottoÂ is 2-for-20 in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Adam Wainwright.