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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 Wednesday, May 16th.
5 Good Nights
- Felipe Paulino: 7.0 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 9 K’s
- Yu Darvish: 7.2 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 7 K’s, W
- Jaime Garcia: 7.1 IP, 9 H, 1 ER, 9 K’s, W
- Adam LaRoche: 3-4, R, HR, 4 RBI
- Todd Frazier: 2-4, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI
Honorable Mention: Omar Infante, Hector Luna, Carlos Lee, Albert Pujols (that’s two days in a row!), Travis Hafner, Edwin Encarnacion, Chase Headley, Brian Dozier, Josh Harrison, Dexter Fowler, Bud Norris, Kyle Drabek, Mike Leake, Kyle Kendrick, Jeremy Hellickson, Jerome Williams, Gio Gonzalez, Clayton Richard, Tommy Hunter, Matt Garza, Jamie Moyer, Johan Santana, Ubaldo Jimenez, Nate Adcock
5 Bad Nights
- Felix Hernandez: 3.2 IP, 10 H, 6 ER, 3 BB’s, 3 K’s
- Nick Blackburn: 2.0 IP, 6 H, 6 ER, 2 BB’s, 2 K’s
- Jon Rauch: 0.1 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 0 K’s
- Eric Hosmer: 0-7
- Matt Wieters: 0-7
Dishonorable Mention: Curtis Granderson, John Mayberry Jr., Robert Andino, Mike Moustakas, Jarrod Dyson, Jonathan Broxton, Randy Wolf, Hiroki Kuroda, Mike Minor, Gavin Floyd, Patrick Corbin, Mark Buehrle, Erik Bedard, Tommy Milone
Daily Grab Bag
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- For those of you waiting for Aroldis Chapman to become a starter this season, it looks like you may have to wait until 2013 as Walt Jocketty thinks the odds of Chapman starting this year are diminishing by the day. It’s sounding like Chapman has a better chance of usurping Sean Marshall this season than he does of starting.
- Carlos Beltran (knee) is hopeful that he can play today, and thus avoid the dreaded DL stint that we’ve all been waiting for.
- Vance Worley (elbow inflammation) has been placed on the disabled list and is eligible for a late-May return. An MRI didn’t show any structural damage, but elbow injuries always raise a red flag and I’d be surprised if we see Worley before at least June 1st.
- Austin Jackson is out of today’s lineup with an abdominal strain. No news yet as to whether he’ll require a DL stint, but this one sounds like something that might linger for a least a couple days.
- For the first day in the limited time that my short-term memory can recall, there is no closer news to report today!
- 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 went 1-3 with two runs last night. (.238, 11 R, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 1 Steal on the season).
Mike Trout: Trout went 2-3 with a run last night. (.333, 12 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).
Roy Halladay at Chicago Cubs
Halladay (3-3, 3.20 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, 46 K’s) hasn’t quite lived up to the high standards that fantasy owners hold him to, but he’s facing a Cubs team that ranks 25th in the Majors in runs scored and today looks like a perfect chance for Doc to get back to being the dominant pitcher we all know he is.
Brandon Beachy vs. Miami Marlins
So far this season, Beachy (4-1, 1.60 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, 33 K’s) has posted the kind of numbers that we expect out of Halladay and today shouldn’t change that as he faces the Marlins in Atlanta (where he’s held opponents to a .163 batting average against this season).
Matt Cain vs. St. Louis Cardinals
Cain (2-2, 2.28 ERA, 0.74 WHIP, 48 K’s) is once again showing why win-loss record isn’t a good indicator of the quality of pitcher that you are, and has the added benefit of facing the Cardinals in San Francisco today (where he’s only allowed four earned runs in 33 innings pitched this season).
Brandon McCarthy at Texas Rangers
McCarthy (3-3, 2.56 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 36 K’s) was absolutely dominant in his last outing, but he’s on the road today and is facing the offensive juggernaut that is the Texas Rangers. He’s worth a risk if you badly need a start, but I think the risk outweighs the potential reward here.
Matt Moore at Boston Red Sox
Moore’s star has taken a precipitous fall since he was going in the top 10 rounds in preseason drafts. He hasn’t pitched more than 5.2 innings in any of his last four starts and is facing a Red Sox team that roughed him up to the tune of six earned runs less than a month ago.
Chris Sale at Los Angeles Angels
You may not find a bigger Chris Sale fan than me (and I’m not even a White Sox fan!), but the White Sox’ mismanagement of him seems to have taken its toll on the young lefty as he failed to make it past the fifth inning in his last start. There’s a good chance that Sale proves me wrong today, but I’d like to see him get a couple good starts under his belt before I start rolling with him in my lineup.
James McDonald at Washington Nationals
Out of his seven starts this season, McDonald has only allowed one earned run in four of those them (and he hasn’t allowed more than three earned runs in any of those seven). I’ve been going with him as a spot-start option for a few weeks now, and I’m going to keep going to the McDonald well until it runs dry.
R.A. Dickey vs. Cincinnati Reds
As I’ve mentioned with Dickey before, it’s always tough to predict how a knuckleballer will fare. That being said, six of Dickey’s seven starts this season have been quality starts and he’s been stellar at home this year (1.71 ERA in 21 innings pitched).
Edinson Volquez vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
Volquez (2-2, 2.79 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 43 K’s) has had his ups (at home) and downs (on the road) this season, but guess where he’s pitching today. You guessed it…Petco Park (where he’s posted a 2.41 ERA and held opponents to a .185 batting average against).
Today’s Swings and Misses
- Adrian Beltre is 10-for-26 (.385) with two home runs in his career against today’s starter, Brandon McCarthy.
- Chipper Jones is 15-for-42 (.357) with four home runs in his career against today’s starter, Ricky Nolasco.
- Johnny Damon is 16-for-47 (.340) with six home runs in his career against today’s starter, Ricky Nolasco.
- Matt Holliday is 6-for-35 (.171) in his career against today’s starter, Matt Cain.
- David Wright is 1-for-7 (.143) in his career against today’s starter, Mat Latos.
- Adam Lind is 4-for-22 (.182) in his career against today’s starter, Phil Hughes.
Don’t forget to check out the rest of the great content on FantasyPros911.com, starting with some of our most recent updates:
- Matthew Dewoskin previews today’s starting pitchers in the latest edition of Pitch or Ditch.
- In one of my favorite weekly columns, Collin Hager uses his patented HVaC system to re-adjust his top 50 rankings.
- Albert Lang is back with his weekly Hot N Cold Fantasy Baseball All-stars to help you get a sense of players to think about adding (and potentially dropping).
- Lenny Melnick takes a look at last night’s action and is talking callups on today’s episode of his award-winning podcast.
- Don’t forget to listen to check out Editor-in-Chief, Patrick DiCaprio, and the crew on last night’s episode of The Fantasy Baseball Roundtable where we talked about closers, Pujols, and yours truly added a Mike Trout prediction to the Are You Crazy list.