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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, May 14th.
5 Good Nights
- Clayton Kershaw: 7.0 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 6 K’s, W
- Jon Lester: 9.0 IP, 8 H, 1 ER, 6 K’s, W
- Christian Friedrich: 7.0 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 10 K’s
- Bryan LaHair: 3-4, R, HR, 2 RBI, 1 Steal
- Dayan Viciedo: 2-3, R, HR, 4 RBI
Honorable Mention: Mark Teixeira, J.J. Hardy, Placido Polanco, Adam Dunn, Casey Kotchman, Gregor Blanco, Prince Fielder, Ian Desmond, Joe Blanton, Ryan Vogelsong, Jeanmar Gomez, Miguel Batista, Bruce Chen, Homer Bailey, Randall Delgado, Tyson Ross, Ian Kennedy, Yovani Gallardo, Brandon Morrow, Anibal Sanchez
5 Bad Nights
- John Danks: 3.0 IP, 9 H, 5 ER, 3 BB’s, 0 K’s
- Ivan Nova: 5.1 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 3 BB’s, 4 K’s
- Jason Vargas: 6.0 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 3 BB’s, 3 K’s
- Rafael Furcal: 0-5
- Matt Joyce: 0-5
Dishonorable Mention: Zack Cozart, Vinnie Pestano, Luke Gregerson, Johnny Venters, Frank Francisco, Matt Capps, Jake Westbrook, Jason Hammel, Ross Detwiler, Drew Smyly, Carl Pavano, Ryan Dempster, Dan Haren, Tim Stauffer, Dana Eveland
Daily Grab Bag
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- Matt Kemp was placed on the 15-day DL with a strained hamstring. The Dodgers are hopeful that the injury doesn’t sideline him for more than 15 days, and (for now) he is due to return to the lineup May 29th.
- Desmond Jennings was also placed on the 15-day DL with a left knee sprain yesterday. The move is retroactive to May 12th, which would allow Jennings to return May 27th as long as he rehab progresses as expected.
- Rafael Soriano (not David Robertson) picked up the save for the Yankees last night, as Robertson has been experiencing a sore oblique/rib and will undergo testing today. It’s hard to tell how serious Robertson’s injury is, but Soriano becomes a must-add if he’s available in your league.
- Carlos Beltran will again be out of the lineup tonight with a knee injury. This doesn’t sound like anything serious, but those of you in daily leagues should obviously get him out of your lineup for today.
- We’re theoretically only 15 days away from Manny Ramirez‘s season-debut. He’s an interesting stash in deeper leagues, and I always enjoy writing about him because it allows me the opportunity to link to this fantastic video that NEVER gets old.
- Trout/Harper Watch: With two of baseball’s best prospects being called-up recently, 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)!
Bryce Harper: Harper hit his first Major League home run yesterday and finished the day 1-4 with a run, HR, and RBI. (.232, 8 R, HR, 4 RBI, 1 Steal on the season).
Mike Trout: Trout went 0-4 yesterday. (.283, 8 Runs, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 2 Steals 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).
Stephen Strasburg vs. San Diego Padres
Coming off his last performance (6.0 IP, ER, 13 K’s), it’s hard to argue against Strasburg today as he faces a team that ranks second-to-last in the Majors in runs scored.
Cliff Lee vs. Houston Astros
Lee pitched well in his first start since returning from the disabled list, and will reportedly get a longer leash today as he faces an Astros lineup that has only scored 13 runs in its last eight games. More pertinent to today, however, Price held the Blue Jays to two runs a month ago and boasts a .221 batting average against versus the current Toronto lineup.
David Price at Toronto Blue Jays
Price hit a bit of a bump in the road during his last start, but that’s what happens to most pitchers when they face the Yankees’ powerhouse lineup.
Tim Lincecum vs. Colorado Rockies
Outside of two good starts against the Mets and Padres (read: weak lineups), Lincecum has looked entirely mortal this season as he’s allowed at least three earned runs in every game except the two I mentioned. The Rockies rank seventh in the Majors in runs scored, and I’d rather miss out on a potentially good start until Lincecum proves that he’s figured things out.
Tim Hudson vs. Cincinnati Reds
Hudson looked great his last time out (7.o IP, ER), but the Reds have one seven of their last 11 and this matchups represents too much of a risk for me to take on a control pitcher like Hudson.
Wei-Yin Chen vs. New York Yankees
Chen has been great so far this year (3-0, 2.43 ERA, 1.27 WHIP), but the Yankees still haven’t scored less than four runs in a game during the month of May. I’m passing on this one.
Ervin Santana vs. Oakland Athletics
A notoriously slow-starter, Santana seems to have turned things around as of late (only seven earned runs in his last 22.1 IP) and has a nice matchup against an A’s lineup that struggles to score runs (currently 21st in the Majors in runs scored).
Henderson Alvarez at Tampa Bay Rays
Alvarez has benefited from a low BABIP so far this year (.205), but he has still only allowed four earned runs in his last 29 innings pitched and looks like a great play today against the Longoria/Jennings-less Rays.
Josh Johnson vs. Pittsburgh Pirates
If you follow me on Twitter, you’ll know that I’m not convinced that Johnson is fully healthy right now. That being said, he pitched well in his last start and a start against a Pirates offense that ranks last in the Majors in runs scored is a perfect opportunity for Johnson to prove me wrong.
Today’s Swings and Misses
- Miguel Montero is 11-for-32 (.344) in his career against today’s starter, Chad Billingsley.
- Alfonso Soriano is 17-for-44 (.386) with three home runs in his career against today’s starter, Kyle Lohse.
- Joe Mauer is 6-for-10 (.600) in his career against today’s starter, Derek Lowe.
- Miguel Cabrera is 6-for-32 (.188) in his career against today’s starter, Jake Peavy.
- Matt Wieters is 4-for-21 (.190) in his career against today’s starter, C.C. Sabathia.
- Troy Tulowitzki is 8-for-40 (.200) in his career against today’s starter, Tim Lincecum.
Don’t forget to check out the rest of the great content on FantasyPros911.com, starting with some of our most recent updates:
- Chuck Anderson previews today’s starting pitchers in the latest edition of Pitch or Ditch.
- Get a jump on the next potential closer with Patrick DiCaprio and his Closer Identifier Algorithm and accompanying CIA Spreadsheet.
- Dan Stack gets out his crystal ball and looks into the future for some Players to Watch for Week 7.
- Lenny Melnick takes a look at last night’s action and dedicates some extra time to fantasy strategy on today’s episode of his award-winning podcast.