Each and every day, I’ll be combing over box scores and scouring local beat writers’ reports to make sure you have all the information you need in order to make the right decisions for your fantasy baseball lineup. 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.
If you’ve been following along with The Mike Trout Watch, make sure you check today’s “Daily Grab Bag” section for some extra special news.
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Before we get to today’s games, let’s take a spin through last night’s box scores to identify the Studs and Duds from Friday, April 27th.
5 Good Nights
- Michael Saunders: 2-4, 2 R, 2 HR, 5 RBI
- Joe Saunders: 9.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 4 K’s, W
- Carlos Gonzalez: 3-6, R, HR, 6 RBI
- Alex Gordon: 2-3, 3 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 steal
- Jake Westbrook: 8.0 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 5 K’s, W
Honorable Mention: Alex Rodriguez, Paul Konerko, Scott Hairston, Ramon Hernandez, Evan Longoria, Darnell McDonald, Dexter Fowler, Billy Butler, Miguel Montero, Skip Schumaker, Matt Holliday, Jason Kubel, Nick Hundley, Marco Scutaro, Austin Jackson, Eric Thames, Justin Masterson, Clayton Kershaw, Roy Halladay, Brandon McCarthy, Daniel Bard, Ricky Romero, Paul Maholm, A.J. Burnett, Wandy Rodriguez, Jered Weaver, Tommy Hanson, Cory Luebke, Buster Posey
5 Bad Nights
- Yovani Gallardo: 2 IP, 8 H, 8 ER, 3 K’s
- Ivan Nova: 5.1 IP, 11 H, 6 ER, 5 K’s
- John Danks: 5.2 IP, 6 H, 7 ER, 4 K’s
- Ichiro Suzuki: 0-5
- Eric Hosmer: 0-5 (that’s two days in a row!)
Dishonorable Mention: Sean Rodriguez, Daniel Murphy, Alex Avila, Carlos Pena, Mike Aviles, Matt Harrison
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.
- Now that I’ve been writing about Mike Trout (more on that below) being called-up before Bryce Harper for a few days, the Nationals went out of their way to prove me wrong yesterday and promoted young Harper to the Majors some time during the afternoon. With Ryan Zimmerman (shoulder) being placed on the DL, Harper will slide into a regular outfield spot (batting 7th today) and is obviously a must-own.
- With Jordan Walden struggling to find his form from 2011, the Angels will have slide Scott Downs into the closer role while Walden works the eighth. The Angels are saying the move is temporary, but Downs could take the job and run with it so he’s a no-brainer add in all leagues.
- The Mets received good news yesterday as they found out that Andres Torres (calf) will likely return to the lineup on Monday. Torres should regain the starting centerfield job immediately, and send Kirk Nieuwenhuis back to the bench .
- Rafael Dolis picked up a two-out save for the Cubs yesterday, and while it’s not yet clear what that means for Carlos Marmol, the smart move is rolling the dice on Dolis if you have an extra roster spot.
- Mike Trout Watch: Not to be outdone, the Angels countered the Bryce Harper call-up by releasing Bobby Abreu and promoting Mike Trout to the Majors late last night. Now that both Trout AND Harper have been called-up, I’m going to have to expand the title of this section to include both uber-prospects! And just in case you’re wondering, I think Trout is a better add in single-season leagues. Harper will probably end up being the better add in keeper leagues, but Trout is the more mature player right now and should be more prepared to produce this season.
A quick look at some of today’s pitchers to start (3 Up), pitchers to sit (3 Down), pitchers to take a flier on if you need a spot-start (Throwing Darts), and batters with advantageous or disadvantageous matchups (Today’s Swings and Misses).
Tim Lincecum vs. San Diego Padres
(Lincecum shoulders must be getting heavy carrying that 8.20 ERA around, but today’s start is the perfect chance for the Giant’s right-hander to turn things around. In five starts against the Padres last year, Big Time Timmy Jim held the Padres to a .179 average on his way to a 1.64 ERA with 37 strikeouts in 33 innings.)
Colby Lewis vs. Tampa Bay Rays
(Lewis has started the season on fire with a 2.03 ERA and has also held the Rays current lineup to a .146 career average.)
Dan Haren at Cleveland Indians
(Haren hasn’t had the best start to the 2012 season, but he posted a 1.16 ERA in three starts against the Indians last season and Cleveland’s current hitters have a lifetime average of .222 against the Angels’ right-hander.)
Jon Lester at Chicago White Sox
(Lester has stumbled out of the gate in starting the season with a 6.00 ERA, and his 5.93 ERA in two 2011 starts against the White Sox doesn’t bode well for him turning things around tomorrow.
Kyle Lohse vs. Milwaukee Brewers
(I realize that Lohse has a sub-1.00 ERA, but I’m still not sold on him and the fact that the Brewers lineup boasts a .313 career average against the Cardinals’ right-hander doesn’t exactly make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.)
Jeff Niemann at Texas Rangers
(Remember how we all used to fear pitchers that were facing the Red Sox or Yankees? Well you can add the Rangers to that same category this year. It also doesn’t help that Texas’ lineup has a .357 career average against Niemann…)
Brandon Morrow vs. Seattle Mariners
(Morrow’s K/9IP rate has been surprisingly low this season, but he’s starting to live up to his potential otherwise and a 2.77 ERA against the Mariners last season bodes well for his start today.)
Bruce Chen at Minnesota Twins
(In four starts against the Twins last year, Chen posted a 2.39 ERA while holding the Minnesota lineup to a .265 average .)
Anthony Bass at San Francisco Giants
(Bass has started the season strong with a 2.33 ERA and 1.14 and, in a small sample-size, has held current Giants hitters to two hits in twelve career at-bats.)
Today’s Swings and Misses
- Miguel Cabrera is 9-for-23 (.391) with three home runs in his career against today’s starter, Freddy Garcia.
- Mike Napoli is 5-for-12 (.416) with three extra-base hits in his career against today’s starter, Jeff Niemann.
- Paul Konerko is 7-for-18 (.389) with three home runs in his career against today’s starter, Jon Lester.
- Travis Hafner is 4-for-22 (.182) in his career against today’s starter, Dan Haren.
- Joe Mauer is 3-for-16 (.188) in his career against today’s starter, Bruce Chen.
If you have any questions, comments, complaints, or have a suggestion on a feature you’d like to see covered in these daily reports, please email me at FantasyTrade411@gmail.com and I’ll be happy to respond.
Don’t forget to check out some of the other great content on FantasyPros911, starting with some of today’s recent updates:
- Editor-in-Chief, Patrick DiCaprio, inducts inaugural member, Pete Reiser, into the Alternative Universe Hall of Fame.
- Dan Stack gives some insight on how to play the FP911 Challenge with his Week 4 Tips.
Enjoy your Saturday and I’ll see you tomorrow!