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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 Tuesday, May 15th.
5 Good Nights
- Derek Lowe: 9.0 IP, 6 H, 0 ER, 0 K’s, W
- Ervin Santana: 7.2 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 9 K’s, W
- Cliff Lee: 8.0 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 10 K’s
- Travis Ishikawa: 3-4, 2 R, 2 HR, 5 RBI
- Hunter Pence: 3-5, 2 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI
Honorable Mention: A.J. Pierzynski, Ichiro Suzuki, Ian Kinsler, Adam Jones, Mike Trout, Ryan Raburn, Austin Jackson, Omar Infante, Albert Pujols, Anthony Bass, Josh Beckett, Zack Greinke, Tim Hudson, Josh Johnson, Wei-Yin Chen, Wade Miley, Jordan Lyles, Jeremy Guthrie, Henderson Alvarez, David Price
5 Bad Nights
- Kevin Correia: 3.2 IP, 8 H, 6 ER, 4 BB’s, 1 K
- Max Scherzer: 4.0 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 3 BB’s, 3 K’s
- Jose Valverde: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 K
- Shane Victorino: 0-5
- Corey Hart: 0-5
Dishonorable Mention: Ryan Sweeney, Alex Gordon, Jonathan Herrera, David Freese, Jason Kipnis, Jose Altuve, Brett Myers, Santiago Casilla, Rafael Dolis, Dillon Gee, Johnny Cueto, Jason Marquis, Jason Motte, Jake Peavy, Chad Billingsley, James Russell, Stephen Strasburg, Kyle Lohse, C.C. Sabathia, Paul Maholm, Blake Beavan, Bartolo Colon, Tim Lincecum
Daily Grab Bag
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- Jose Valverde left the Tigers’ game yesterday with what is being described as “lower back tightness”. The Tigers haven’t said if Valverde will miss time or not, but it’s worth grabbing Joaquin Benoit just in case he does (Octavio Dotel picked up the save yesterday, but that was only because Benoit had already pitched the eight before Valverde got hurt).
- Michael Morse (left lat) is currently hitting in the batting cage and is targeting a June 8th return to the lineup. He’s still available in more leagues than he should be, so it’s worth taking a minute to see if owners in your league have been asleep at the wheel with Morse.
- David Robertson was officially placed on the 15-day DL by the Yankees with an oblique/rib injury. The team has yet to establish a timeline for his return, which means that Rafael Soriano needs to be owned in all formats.
- Chris Young (shoulder) has an “outside shot” at returning to the Diamondbacks’ lineup this weekend, according to manager Kirk Gibson. It’s more likely his return will happen next week, but this is still great news for Young’s owners.
- 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 1-4 with a run, HR, and RBI. (.233, 9 R, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 1 Steal on the season).
Mike Trout: Trout went 3-4 with three runs, a home run, one RBI, and a steal yesterday. (.316, 11 Runs, 3 HR, 8 RBI, 3 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).
Felix Hernandez at Cleveland Indians
Hernandez (3-2, 2.29 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, 58 K’s) is rolling along this season and is facing an Indians lineup that he struck out 12 times in eight scoreless innings a month ago.
Gio Gonzalez vs. Pittsburgh Pirates
Gonzalez (4-1, 1.94 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, 50 K’s) is 2-0 at home this year with a 0.43 ERA and 0.52 WHIP in 21 innings pitched. As luck would have it, he’s pitching at home today.
Yu Darvish vs. Oakland Athletics
Darvish’s last two starts haven’t been great (three earned runs allowed in each), but he’s still having a strong rookie season (5-1, 2.84 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, 51 K’s) and is facing an A’s team that ranks 26th in the Majors in runs scored.
Ubaldo Jimenez vs. Seattle Mariners
Forget about where you drafted him and what he’s done in the past. Something isn’t right with Jimenez this year, and you’re playing with fire if you start him (yes, even against the Mariners). His fastball velocity is down a full FIVE miles per hour from two seasons ago, and his K/9IP has plummeted from a career average of 8.08 to 5.40 this season.
Tommy Milone at Texas Rangers
Milone has exceeded expectations thus far (5-1, 3.92 ERA, 1.08 WHIP), but he’s running up against a buzz saw today as the Rangers lead the Majors in runs scored (by a lot). I like Milone for certain spot-starts, but you’d be better served leaving the A’s young lefty on your bench today.
Mike Minor vs. Miami Marlins
Minor (6.54 ERA, 1.39 WHIP) has faced the Marlins three times in his career and has left those battles with an unsavory 6.46 ERA and 1.63 WHIP. I’ll take a pass on Minor for today.
Mark Buehrle at Atlanta Braves
Even though I have to quadruple-check the spelling of his name every time I write about him, I’ve absolutely loved Buehrle as a spot-start option this year. HDon’t be fooled by his misleading 2-4 record, as he’s posted great numbers otherwise (2.81 ERA, 1.15 WHIP).
Rick Porcello vs. Minnesota Twins
This is more a recommendation for anyone pitching against the Twins than it is for Porcello (3-3, 5.18 ERA, 1.39 WHIP), but the Tigers’ young righty posted a 4-1 record against Minnesota last year while holding the Twinkies to 10 earned runs in 30 innings (3.00 ERA).
Erik Bedard at Washington Nationals
I have a tough time recommending Bedard after the way he ended last season, but I’ll push my Red Sox fandom aside and look at what he’s doing this year (2.57 ERA) and especially in his last two full starts (20 K’s in 10 innings).
Today’s Swings and Misses
- David Ortiz is 6-for-13 (.462) in his career against today’s starter, Jeremy Hellickson.
- Aaron Hill is 11-for-26 (.423) with three home runs in his career against today’s starter, Jamie Moyer.
- Johnny Damon is 11-for-22 (.500) in his career against today’s starter, Felix Hernandez.
- Joe Mauer is 3-for-17 (.176) in his career against today’s starter, Rick Porcello.
- Carlos Lee is 6-for-35 (.171) in his career against today’s starter, Randy Wolf.
- Carlos Pena is 3-for-19 (.158) in his career against today’s starter, Clay Buchholz.
Don’t forget to check out the rest of the great content on FantasyPros911.com, starting with some of our most recent updates:
- Collin Hager previews today’s starting pitchers in the latest edition of Pitch or Ditch.
- Albert Lang is back with his weekly Hot N Cold Fantasy Baseball All-stars (minus the Katy Perry music).
- Lenny Melnick takes a look at last night’s action and dedicates some extra time to “Great Stuff!” (you’ll have to listen to find out how great) on today’s episode of his award-winning podcast.
- Don’t forget to listen to tonight’s episode of The Fantasy Baseball Roundtable, hosted by Editor-in-Chief, Patrick DiCaprio. (Yours truly will be a guest on the show tonight, so make sure you tune-in!)