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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 22nd.
5 Good Nights
- Adam Wainwright: 9.0 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 9 K’s, W
- C.J. Wilson: 8.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 7 K’s, W
- Michael Bourn: 3-4, 2 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI
- Brandon Phillips: 2-4, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI
- Lyle Overbay: 4-4, 3 R, HR, RBI
Honorable Mention: Hanley Ramirez, Rajai Davis, Michael Brantley, Ian Desmond, Carlos Pena, Justin Morneau, Buster Posey, Alex Avila Jose Bautista, Michael Cuddyer, Eliot Johnson, Tony Gwynn, Carlos Beltran, Justin Upton, P.J. Walters, R.A. Dickey, Matt Harrison, James McDonald, Brian Matusz, Phil Hughes, J.A. Happ, Jordan Zimmerman,
5 Bad Nights
- Gavin Floyd: 3.2 IP, 8 H, 9 ER, 3 BB’s, 4 K’s
- J.J. Putz: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 2 ER, 2 BB’s, 1 K
- Shaun Marcum: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 6 ER, 2 BB’s, 5 K’s
- Prince Fielder: 0-5
- Juan Pierre: 0-5
Dishonorable Mention: James Loney, Ben Revere, Jon Rauch, Drew Hutchison, Aaron Harang, Juan Nicasio, Roy Halladay, Ricky Nolasco, Matt Cain, Brandon Beachy
Daily Grab Bag
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- There are reports that Roy Oswalt is expected join a big league rotation by June and the team is rumored to be the Texas Rangers. I’m not sure it’s worth grabbing Oswalt in shallow leagues, but those of you in 12+ team leagues will want to stash him if you have a spot.
- Tyler Clippard got the first save opportunity for the Nationals’ new closer committee. Expect Sean Burnett and Craig Stammen to factor into this equation at some point, but it looks like Clippard will get the first crack at the job.
- With Kevin Youkilis back from the DL, Adrian Gonzalez will be playing right field for the short-term. This move keeps the Red Sox from having to ship Will Middlebrooks back to the minors and will also help Adrian Gonzalez owners, as he’ll gain OF-eligibility with six more starts in the outfield.
- Daniel Hudson (shoulder) is due to return to the Diamondbacks’ rotation this weekend after throwing 71 pain-free pitches at Triple-A Reno.
- Vance Worley learned that he will not require Tommy John Surgery, but will have to pitch the rest of the season with bone chips in his elbow. This is good news in that Worley won’t miss the rest of the season, but he’s going to be a risky pitcher to own in light of this news.
- Miguel Montero (groin) will try to avoid a trip to the DL, but the Diamondbacks are being cautious and will keep him out until at least Friday.
- I promise this isn’t a Diamondbacks blog, but J.J. Putz blew another save last night and has seen his ERA balloon to 7.20 (that’s not good for late-May). Kirk Gibson has given Putz a lot of leeway to far this season, but David Hernandez is looking like a pretty good insurance grab right now.
- 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 3-5 with one run and two RBI yesterday. (.264, 16 R, 2 HR, 9 RBI, 2 Steals on the season).
Mike Trout: Trout went 0-4 with one run yesterday. (.333, 16 Runs, 4 HR, 12 RBI, 6 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).
Cole Hamels vs. Washington Nationals
Tommy Hanson at Cincinnati Reds
Lance Lynn vs. San Diego Padres
Wandy Rodriguez vs. Chicago Cubs
Alex White at Miami Marlins
Jeff Suppan at St. Louis Cardinals
Andy Pettitte vs. Kansas City Royals
Carlos Zambrano vs. Colorado Rockies
Scott Diamond at Chicago White Sox
Today’s Swings and Misses
- Shin-Soo Choo is 8-for-16 (.500) with two home runs in his career against today’s starter, Doug Fister.
- Corey Hart is 6-for-15 (.400) in his career against today’s starter, Barry Zito.
- Brian McCann is 9-for-18 (.500) with four home runs in his career against today’s starter, Bronson Arroyo.
- Justin Upton is 2-for-24 (.083) in his career against today’s starter, Ted Lilly.
- Troy Tulowitzki is hitless in 6 career at-bats against today’s starter, Carlos Zambrano.
- Starlin Castro is 1-for-11 (.091) in his career against today’s starter, Wandy Rodriguez.
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 this week’s Hot N Cold All-Stars (Katy Perry music included)!
- Editor-in-Chief Patrick DiCaprio is back with his patented Closer Identifier Alogrithm and the latest update to his CIA spreadsheet.
- Dan Stack looks ahead and gives you a list of Players to Watch for Week 8.
- Chuck Anderson takes a very Yankee-centric focus in this week’s Added and Dropped.
- Lenny Melnick takes a look at last night’s action and is talking Carlos Pena, Matt Cain, and a whole lot more on today’s episode of his award-winning podcast.