Happy May Day, folks! (I’m not really sure what May Day is or what it’s supposed to be celebrating, exactly, but it just seemed like the right thing to say. It doesn’t get anyone out of work, so it can’t be that great of a “holiday”.)
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.
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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 Monday, April 30th.
5 Good Nights
- Ryan Braun: 4-5, 3 R, 3 HR, 6 RBI
- David Ortiz: 2-3, 3 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI
- Yu Darvish: 7.0 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 9 K’s, W
- Felix Hernandez: 8.0 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 9 K’s
- Hiroki Kuroda: 7.0 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 3 K’s, W
Honorable Mention: Mike Aviles, Torii Hunter, Josh Reddick, Yamaico Navarro, Alexi Casilla, Cameron Maybin, Jeremy Hellickson, C.J. Wilson, James McDonald, Vance Worley, Kyle Drabek
5 Bad Nights
- Tommy Milone: 4.2 IP, 8 H, 7 ER, 5 K’s
- Mike Minor: 6.1 IP, 8 H, 7 ER, 9 K
- Clay Buchholz: 6.2 IP, 7 H, 6 ER, 5 K’s, W
- Chone Figgins: 0-6
- Matt Joyce: 0-5
Dishonorable Mention: Aramis Ramirez, Jesus Guzman, Heath Bell, Brandon League, Aaron Harang, Mark Buehrle, Chris Volstad, Randy Wolf, Rafael Dolis
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.
- Evan Longoria left last night’s game with a hamstring injury and early reports have Tampa Bay’s star missing the next 6-8 weeks. Joe Maddon had initially labeled Longoria as day-to-day, so this news comes as a surprise. I’ll update this as soon as I hear more, but this doesn’t sound like good news for Longoria owners.
- Lucas Duda was held out of the Mets’ lineup with flu-like symptoms yesterday, and it’s sounding like he may miss today’s game as well. Those of you playing in daily leagues will want to keep an eye on his status the game, but the safe bet would be to find other options for tonight.
- Justin Morneau suffered a wrist injury that forced him to leave Monday’s game, and he’s headed back to Minneapolis to consult with a hand specialist. This is the same wrist that he had surgery on in September, so this doesn’t sound like promising news for anyone that owns the Twins’ slugger.
- Heath Bell struggled (again) yesterday and allowed two runs for the fourth time in his last seven appearances. Since Bell just signed a huge offseason deal with the Marlins, he’ll likely get a longer leash than most closers struggling this badly, but picking up Edward Mujica and/or Steve Cishek sounds like a smart insurance move for Bell owners.
- Trout/Harper Watch: With two of baseball’s best prospects being called-up on the same day, I’m going to dedicate this space to keeping tabs on the youngsters for the near future. Here’s to hoping that you were able to grab one (or both)!
Mike Trout: Trout went 1-4 against the Twins yesterday. (1-12 on the season)
Bryce Harper: The Nationals had an off-day yesterday. (2-6, RBI on the 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).
Matt Cain vs. Miami Marlins
Cain has done everything possible to justify his new contract (2.37 ERA/0.63 WHIP) in four starts this season, and has yet to allow a run at home in 18 innings. Luckily for his owners, the Giants play at AT&T Park today.
Cole Hamels at Atlanta Braves
Hamels is pitching for a new contract and has been helping his case with a 3-1 record and 2.73 ERA so far this season. He started four games against Atlanta last year and held the Braves to 10 earned runs in 31 innings (good for a 2.90 ERA).
Jordan Zimmerman vs. Arizona Diamondbacks
Zimmerman has pitched at least six innings in each of his four starts this season, and has yet to allow more than one run in any of those starts. He’s faced current Diamondbacks hitters 41 times in his career and has only allowed eight hits (.190 average).
Francisco Liriano at Los Angeles Angels
Liriano is skating by on his name recognition at this point, and we all need to forget about 2010 and focus more on numbers like his 11.02 ERA this season and his career stats against the Angels lineup (he’s allowed a .348 batting average in 69 at-bats).
Brian Matusz at New York Yankees
Matusz had a decent start his last time out, but he also has a 5.66 ERA on the season and allowed four runs in as many innings against this very same Yankees team just three weeks ago.
Jarrod Parker at Boston Red Sox
I’m a card-carrying member of the Jarrod Parker fan club, but he’s facing a Red Sox team that ranks first in the Majors in runs scored and has scored 10+ runs in four of their last seven games.
Jonathon Niese at Houston Astros
Niese has started the season strong (2.81 ERA/0.97 WHIP) and has limited the current Astros lineup to eight hits in 38 career at-bats (.211 average).
Edinson Volquez vs. Milwaukee Brewers
Edinson Volquez can be like a box of chocolates sometimes, but he’s coming off a strong start (three hits and one earned run in seven innings) and has held opponents to a .182 batting average in 25 innings at Petco this season.
Ricky Nolasco at San Franciso Giants
Is this the year that Nolasco finally lives up to his potential? His stats so far (3.20 ERA/1.18 ERA) show promise and his numbers at AT&T Park over the past three seasons (2-0, 1.23 ERA in 14.2 innings) are a good sign for today’s start against the Giants.
Today’s Swings and Misses
- David Wright is 6-for-13 (.462) with three home runs in his career against today’s starter, J.A. Happ.
- Jose Reyes is 8-for-14 (.571) with five extra-base hits in his career against today’s starter, Matt Cain.
- Andrew McCutchen is 6-for-15 (.400) in his career against today’s starter, Adam Wainwright.
- Dan Uggla is 8-for-50 (.160) in his career against today’s starter, Cole Hamels.
- Matt Kemp is 4-for-26 (.154) in his career against today’s starter, Jhoulys Chacin.
- Adam Dunn is 5-for-24 (.208) in his career against today’s starter, Ubaldo Jimenez.
Don’t forget to check out some of the other great content on FantasyPros911, starting with some of today’s recent updates:
- Chuck Anderson previews today’s starting pitchers in the latest edition of “Pitch or Ditch”.
- Dan Stack identifies the Players to Watch for Week 5.
- Greg Marta takes a look at Pitching Matchups to Watch for this week.
- Markus Potter dusts off his calculator for the Week 4 FAAB Wire.
- Chuck Anderson examines this week’s Added and Dropped for all you premium subscribers. You haven’t subscribed yet? What are you waiting for?!?
- Lenny Melnick and his award-winning podcast covers Yu Darvish, Ricky Nolasco, and a whole lot more fantasy goodness.
See you tomorrow!