Between Jered Weaver’s no-hitter, Roy Halladay and Clayton Kershaw having bad nights, and four players hitting two home runs, it suffices to say that last night was a very strange night around the Majors. About the only piece of normalcy that we had was yet another Heath Bell meltdown, but more on that below.
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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 2nd.
5 Good Nights
- Jered Weaver: 9.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 9 K’s, W
- Carlos Beltran: 4-5, 2 R, 2 HR, 7 RBI
- Chris Johnson: 4-4, 2 R, 2 HR, 6 RBI
- Kyle Seager: 3-4, 2 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI
- Carlos Gonzalez: 2-4, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI
Honorable Mention: Carlos Ruiz, Brian McCann, Edwin Encarnacion, Carlos Santana, Yunel Escobar, Martin Prado, Howard Kendrick, Chipper Jones, Shane Victorino, Giancarlo Stanton, Justin Upton, Jake Arrieta, Carlos Zambrano, Jeff Samardzija, Justin Verlander, Wandy Rodriguz, Brandon McCarthy, Drew Pomeranz, Lance Lynn, Joe Saunders
5 Bad Nights
- A.J. Burnett: 2.2 IP, 12 H, 12 ER, 2 K’s
- Heath Bell: 0.0 IP, 3 H, 2 ER
- Matt Harrison: 3.1 IP, 8 H, 8 ER, 3 K’s
- Shin-Soo Choo: 0-5
- Jimmy Rollins: 1-7, R
Dishonorable Mention: Endy Chavez, Chone Figgins, Hector Sanchez, J.D. Martinez, J.J. Putz, Rafael Betancourt, Matt Thornton, Roy Halladay, Aaron Crow, Tommy Hanson, Daniel Bard, Ivan Nova, Clayton Kershaw, Edwin Jackson, James Shields
Daily Grab Bag
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- Another day, another Rays’ injury. B.J. Upton left last night’s game with a quad injury, which marks his second injury this season (and it’s only May 3rd!). The Rays are currently saying Upton is day-to-day, but I’ll update news on the injury-prone outfielder as soon as I hear more.
- Heath Bell (once again) had a rough outing last night, and with talk of Ozzie Guillen’s job being on the line, one would have to assume that Bell’s leash is getting even shorter than it already was. The Marlins will most likely give him every opportunity to succeed after his big contract this offseason, but Steve Cishek and Edward Mujica are looking like great adds right about now.
- Brian Fuentes got the save for the A’s last night, but I wouldn’t read too much into this one other than that Fuentes may be next in line for saves in Oakland. Grant Balfour has been struggling lately, but I think Fuentes’ appearance had more to do with the fact that Balfour had pitched five of the last eight days moreso than Fuentes taking over the closer role.
- Pablo Sandoval left last night’s game with a left hand injury and could miss some time depending on how his evaluation goes today. UPDATE: Sandoval was diagnosed with a fractured hamate bone today and will most likely miss at least six weeks. If you’re a Sandoval owner, take a look at yesterday’s post where I took a look at some replacements for Evan Longoria. All these injuries to third baseman are starting to remind me of last year’s third base plague.
- Cliff Lee (oblique) is getting back to health and will throw one more bullpen session Saturday in the hopes of making his return next week.
- 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 got the night off for the Angels last night. (.143, 1 Run, 1 Steal on the season)
Bryce Harper: Harper went 3-4 with 2 runs and 1 RBI last night. (.385, 2 R, 2 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).
Ian Kennedy at Washington Nationals
Kennedy pitched seven shut-out innings in his one start in Nationals Park last year and posted a sparkling 0.64 ERA in two 2011 starts against Washington.
Anibal Sanchez at San Francisco Giants
Sanchez has opened 2012 with four-straight quality starts and also hasn’t allowed a run while pitching 18 innings in AT&T Park over the last three seasons. It also doesn’t hurt that he’s coming off a 14-K performance just five days ago…
Dan Haren vs. Toronto Blue Jays
In three starts against the Toronto last season, Haren only allowed the Blue Jays to scored four runs in 16 innings (2.25 ERA) while limiting the Toronto lineup to a .161 batting average.
John Danks vs. Cleveland Indians
Danks has yet to allow less than three runs in any of his five starts this season, and his numbers against Cleveland over the last three years (2-3, 4.06 ERA) don’t lead me to believe that today is that day that he’ll turn things around.
Justin Masterson at Chicago White Sox
Masterson’s start to the 2012 season (0-2, 5.40 ERA, 1.47 WHIP) has been entirely lackluster, and he’s also facing a team to whom he gave up five runs in five innings less than a months ago.
Ramon Delgado vs. Philadelphia Phillies
Philadelphia’s lineup is a lot less fearsome than in years past, but Delgado still hasn’t show me anything this season (6.30 ERA, 1.75 WHIP) that would make me feel good about starting him today.
Jake Westbrook vs. Pittsburgh Pirates
Westbrook has yet to allow more than two runs in any of his four starts this season, and faces a Pirates team today that ranks dead-last in the Majors in runs scored.
Jeff Niemann vs. Seattle Mariners
Niemann has put together a solid start to the 2012 season (3.86 ERA, 1.10 WHIP) and has limited to the current Mariners lineup to a .230 batting average in 74 career at bats.
David Phelps at Kansas City Royals
This one is a little risky because of Phelps non-existent track record, but the youngster has looked great out of the bullpen so far this year (3.57 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, 14 K’s in 17.2 innings) and faces a Royals team that ranks 22nd in the Majors in runs scored.
Today’s Swings and Misses
- Chone Figgins is 6-for-14 (.429) in his career against today’s starter, Jake Westbrook.
- Edwin Encarnacion is 7-for-17 (.412) in his career against today’s starter, Dan Haren.
- A.J. Pierzynski is 10-for-25 (.400) in his career against today’s starter, Justin Masterson.
- Brandon Phillips is 7-for-35 (.200) in his career against today’s starter, Ryan Dempster.
- Dan Uggla is 3-for-22 (.136) in his career against today’s starter, Joe Blanton.
- Ichiro Suzuki is 4-for-18 (.222) in his career against today’s starter, Jeff Niemann.
- Brian McCann, Drew Stubbs, and B.J. Upton are not in today’s starting lineups.
Don’t forget to check out some of the other great content on FantasyPros911, starting with some of today’s recent updates:
- Matthew Dewoskin previews today’s starting pitchers in the latest edition of “Pitch or Ditch”.
- Matthew Dewoskin has been a busy bee today and also takes a look at the closer carousel in this week’s edition of Blown Opportunities.
- If you’re looking to set your pitching lineups early for next week, Dave Shovein has you covered with Week 6′s Double Starters.
- Collin Hager breaks out his abacus to update his patented HVaC Rankings for all you premium subscribers. You haven’t subscribed yet? What are you waiting for?!?
- Last, but not least, don’t forget to check out FantasyPros911 Editor-in-Chief, Patrick DiCaprio and his crew on last night’s episode of The Fantasy Baseball Roundtable Show.
See you tomorrow!