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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 Saturday, May 5th.
5 Good Nights
- Felix Hernandez: 8.0 IP, H, 0 ER, 9 K’s, W
- Mark Buehrle: 9.0 IP, 5 H, ER, 3 K’s, W
- Chris Capuano: 7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 7 K’s, W
- Wilin Rosario 2-4, 2 R, HR, 3 RBI
- Michael Cuddyer: 2-3, 2 R, HR, 4 RBI
Honorable Mention: Chipper Jones, Chris Johnson, Kyle Seager, Adrian Beltre, Mark Reynolds (who said 3B was hurting?!), Jayson Werth, Carlos Gonzalez, Daniel Murphy, Alex Gordon, Asdrubal Cabrera, Chad Tracy, C.J. Wilson, Derek Holland, Gavin Floyd, Max Scherzer, Gio Gonzalez, Madison Bumgarner, Bud Norris, Clayton Richard, Johan Santana, Mike Leake, Jason Hammel, James McDonald, Felipe Paulino, Derek Lowe
5 Bad Nights
- Mike Minor: 5.0 IP, 10 H, 8 ER, 4 K’s
- Aaron Cook: 2.2 IP, 8 H, 6 ER, 0 K’s
- Jose Valverde: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 1 K
- Jemile Weeks: 0-6
- Michael Young: 0-5
Dishonorable Mention: Howard Kendrick, Aaron Hill, Luke Scott, Cliff Pennington, Matt Joyce, Yoenis Cespedes, Brandon Inge, B.J. Upton, Jamie Moyer, Chris Volstad, Jaime Garcia, Kyle Drabek, Vance Worley, Randy Wolf, Bartolo Colon, Jeremy Hellickson
Daily Grab Bag
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- San Diego Padres closer, Huston Street, has been placed on the disabled list with a strain near his pitching shoulder. The team hasn’t determined a timetable for Street’s return, but all signs point to Andrew Cashner closing over Luke Gregerson in the meantime.
- Ozzie Guillen will temporarily demote Heath Bell from the closer’s role in Miami in the hopes of getting one of the Marlins’ prize free-agent acquisitions straightened-out. Guillen has said he’s leaning towards using Steve Cishek in the ninth, but the young right-hander has pitched five innings in the last three days and will be unavailable until at least Tuesday. It looks like Cishek is the one to grab here, but Edward Mujica will likely get any save opportunities that the Fish have in the next 2-3 days.
- Addison Reed recorded a one-out save for the White Sox yesterday, but don’t get too excited if you’re a Reed owner. Chris Sale will be back Monday to assume the closer’s role, and the young lefty will continue his current role as a setup man.
- Cory Luebke (elbow) is awaiting the swelling in his strained elbow to subside until team doctors can make a determination on a course of action, but the Padres’ young left-hander expressed concern Saturday that he could undergo surgery and miss the rest of the season. This one doesn’t sound good.
- Justin Morneau has been placed on the disabled list with a sore right wrist. The move will be retroactive to May 1st, so that gives a little hope that the injury-prone first baseman will return within the next 10 days or so.
- Trout/Harper Watch: With two of baseball’s best prospects being called-up on the same day last week, 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 0-4 last night. (.261, 2 R, 3 RBI on the season)
Mike Trout: Trout went 2-4 with 2 runs, a home run, and 2 RBI last night. (.231, 3 Runs, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 Steal 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).
Matt Cain vs. Milwaukee Brewers
Cain has only allowed two earned runs in 26 innings pitched (.069 ERA) at home this season and has limited opponents to a .108 batting average during that span.
Yu Darvish at Cleveland Indians
With only eight runs allowed in 33 innings so far this season (2.18 ERA), Darvish looks to be for real. He’s posted 9.00 K/9IP while holding opponents to a .238 batting average, and has been even better on the road (1.42 ERA/.214 BAA).
Cole Hamels at Washington Nationals
Hamels has faced current Nationals hitters (minus Bryce Harper, of course) 163 times and has limited them to just 37 hits (.227 batting average). The free-agent to-be hasn’t allowed more than two runs in any of his last four starts, and looks to be a strong play today in spacious Nationals Park. #Natitude
Ubaldo Jimenez vs. Texas Rangers
With his horrendous start to the 2012 season (5.02 ERA/1.74 WHIP), Jimenez has become a pitcher whose usage highly depends on matchups. A Rangers team that ranks third in the Majors in runs scored does not qualify as a good matchup to roll the dice on.
Phil Hughes at Kansas City Royals
I started looking at Hughes’ home/road splits so I could find something useful there, but then I noticed they were atrociously similar (7.53/7.36 ERA respectively). That’s as good warning sign as any, so I’ll refrain from pointing out average fastball velocity has dropped a full two MPH from two years ago.
Tommy Milone at Tampa Bay Rays
Milone hasn’t allowed a run in 16 innings pitched at home this season. He also, however, has given up 13 earned runs in 15.2 innings on the road this season. The Rays lineup is depleted, but I still wouldn’t want to mess around with that road split on a guy that doesn’t hit more than the high-80′s on the radar gun.
Ricky Nolasco at San Diego Padres
Nolasco has pitched 14.2 innings in Petco Park over the last three seasons. During that span, he has allowed only 3 earned runs (1.84 ERA) and has limited opponents to a .140 batting average.
Jerome Williams vs. Toronto Blue Jays
Outside of a debacle on Opening Day, Williams has pitched very well this year (3.55 ERA/1.11 WHIP). He’s coming off a 3-hit complete-game shutout, and has limited opponents a .182 batting average at home.
Trevor Cahill at New York Mets
Don’t let Cahill’s ERA at home (6.55) fool you. He’s pitched 20.2 innings on the road and has been absolutely stellar in limiting opponents to just three earned runs and a .174 batting average during that span.
Today’s Swings and Misses
- Paul Konerko is 8-for-20 (.400) in his career against today’s starter, Rick Porcello.
- David Ortiz is 5-for-16 (.313) with two home runs in his career against today’s starter, Tommy Hunter.
- Brandon Phillips is 8-for-23 (.348) with three home runs in his career against today’s starter, Charlie Morton.
- Carlos Lee is 1-for-26 (.038) in his career against today’s starter, Adam Wainwright.
- Corey Hart is 2-for-13 (.154) in his career against today’s starter, Matt Cain.
- Nick Markakis is 3-for-24 (.125) 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:
- It’s time to set your pitching lineup for next week, and Greg Marta’s got you covered with a look at pitching matchups for this week.
- Don’t make any moves on your waiver wire before you read Markus Potter’s FAABwire series for this week.
- Greg Marta takes a look at today’s pitchers in the latest edition of Pitch or Ditch.
- Chuck Anderson takes a look at Mike Trout and the rest of the Angels in the outfield for all you premium subscribers. You haven’t subscribed yet? What are you waiting for?!?
- Collin Hager brings you more premium content in this week’s Hit or Ditch.
- Matthew Dewoskin takes a look at early season Leader and Laggards in his Hitters’ HR:FB ratio edition.
- Don’t forget to check out FantasyPros911 Editor-in-Chief, Patrick DiCaprio and the crew on this week’s episode of The Fantasy Baseball Roundtable Show.
- And of course, make sure you’re playing Daily Fantasy Sports at FP911Challenge.com. If you don’t know how to play, don’t miss Dan Stack’s latest on how to play the FP911 Challenge (along with some Week 5 tips).