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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 Sunday, May 6th.
5 Good Nights
- Tyler Greene: 3-3, 3 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 1 Steal
- Hunter Pence: 2-5, 2 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI
- J.J. Hardy:5-8, 3 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI
- Cole Hamels: 8.o IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 8 K’s, W
- Ubaldo Jimenez: 7.o IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 6 K’s, W (despite five walks)
Honorable Mention: Ryan Doumit, Tyler Greene, Alex Rodriguez, Albert Pujols, Brandon Inge, Juan Rivera, B.J. Upton, Adam Jones, Drew Stubbs, Robinson Cano, Will Middlebrooks, Robert Andino, Freddie Freeman, Allen Craig, R.A. Dickey, Adam Wainwright, Matt Cain, Ricky Nolasco, Trevor Cahill, Jerome Williams, Rick Porcello, Hector Noesi, Mat Latos, Brandon Beachy, Aaron Harang, Joe Weiland
5 Bad Nights
- Mike Minor: 2.1 IP, 7 H, 7 ER, 0 K’s
- Aaron Cook: 0.2 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 2, BB’s, 1 K
- Jose Valverde: 4.2 IP, 7 H, 8 ER, 4 K’s
- Chris Davis: 0-8 (though he did pick up a win!)
- Adrian Gonzalez: 0-8
Dishonorable Mention: Andre Ethier, Alfonso Soriano, Russell Martin, Stephen Lombardozzi, Marlon Byrd, Cody Ross, Tommy Hunter, Clay Buchholz, Juan Nicasio, J.A. Happ, Javy Guerra, Tommy Milone, Drew Hutchinson, Nick Blackburn, Charlie Morton
Daily Grab Bag
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- One day after being the head of the Padres’ closer committee, Andrew Cashner, got rocked by the Marlins yestesrday (as you can see above). I wouldn’t be surprised to see Luke Gregerson get the next save opportunity in Huston Street‘s absence, and Dale Thayer could possibly figure into this complicated equation as well.
- Albert Pujols FINALLY hit his first home run of the season. For all you patient owners, mark down May 6th as the day that the Angels’ prize free-agent acquisition turned things around. For those of you that don’t own Pujols, the door to buy-low on the slugger is about to slam shut.
- Javy Guerra had another rocky outing for the Dodgers, and was fortunate that a perfect relay throw saved him from taking the loss. I’d be shocked if Kenley Jansen doesn’t get the nest save opportunity.
- Jayson Werth suffered a broken wrist diving for a ball last night and will miss at least the next six weeks. Bryce Harper (more on him below) just got a much longer leash with Werth out and it looks like the rookie phenom is here to stay.
- Scott Downs left the Angels game with a knee injury last night as he attempted to dive out of the way of a line drive. More on Downs’ injury to come, but it looks like newly-acquired Ernesto Frieri may get some save chances if Downs misses any time.
- 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 2-3 with a run and a steal of home yesterday. (.308, 3 R, 3 RBI, 1 Steal on the season).
Mike Trout: Trout went 1-4 with a run yesterday. (.233, 4 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).
Jered Weaver vs. Minnesota Twins
Weaver has four shutouts already this season, and tonight, the Angels ace has the good fortune of going up against a Twins team that he no-hit just five days ago.
Roy Halladay at New York Mets
Halladay is coming off a horrendous start during which he allowed eight runs, but we’re still talking about Roy Halladay here, and a 1.94 ERA in his last seven starts against the Nationals makes me feel a lot better about starting him today.
Lance Lynn at Arizona Diamondbacks
Lynn has been on quite a tear to start the season (1.60 ERA/.077 WHIP), and has only allowed three runs in 21.2 innings pitched on the road.
Francisco Liriano vs. Los Angeles Angels
If you still own Liriano, it’s time to stop letting him skate by on his 2010 stats and look at the present (9.97 ERA/2.22 WHIP so far this year). His velocity is down a full two MPH from just two years ago, and it’s taken an effect on his strikeout rate in lowering it a strikeout-and-a-half below his career average.
Jonathan Sanchez at Boston Red Sox
Sanchez is coming off his best start of the season (5.0 IP, 0 ER), but he’s posted an abysmal 8.22 ERA in two home starts this year and is facing a tough Red Sox lineup today.
Brian Matusz vs. Texas Rangers
I know I have Matusz in this spot every five days, and I know he’s put together back-to-back quality starts. So what gives? I do actually like the Orioles young left-hander, but I just don’t fully trust him yet and a matchup against a very potent Rangers lineup isn’t one that I really want to mess around with.
Doug Fister at Seattle Mariners
It’s always risky starting a pitcher coming off the disabled list, but Fister reportedly felt great in his rehab start and I like his matchup against the Mariners at spacious Safeco Field today.
Edinson Volquez vs. Colorado Rockies
Volquez has had his struggles on the road this year (7.20 ERA), but the Padres’ righty has been absolutely dominant at home. He’s held opponents to a .170 batting average at Petco and has only allowed eight earned runs in 32 innings pitched at home (2.25 ERA).
Matt Harrison at Baltimore Orioles
Harrison has struggled in his last two outings, but he thinks he’s fixed a mechanical flaw in his delivery and his numbers against the Orioles last year (only three earned runs in 13 innings pitched) bode well for today’s start.
Today’s Swings and Misses
- Jay Bruce is 8-for-17 (.471) in his career against today’s starter, Yovani Gallardo.
- Buster Posey is 3-for-8 (.375) with two home runs in his career against today’s starter, Ted Lilly.
- Ryan Braun has three home runs in 38 career at-bats against today’s starter, Bronson Arroyo.
- Carlos Lee is 2-for-14 (.143) in his career against today’s starter, Jonathon Niese.
- David Wright is 3-for-21 (.143) in his career against today’s starter, Roy Halladay.
- Andre Ethier is 5-for-31 (.161) in his career against today’s starter, Barry Zito.
Don’t forget to check out the rest of the great content on FantasyPros911.com, starting with some of our most recent updates:
- Patrick DiCaprio takes a look at today’s pitchers in the latest edition of Pitch or Ditch.
- Things are looking thin at third base, but Chuck Anderson has Help at the Corners for you with the latest edition of Added and Dropped.
- Dan Stack peers a into the future and identifies his Players to Watch for this week.
- 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.
- Lenny Melnick and his award-winning podcast are back and today, it’s all about Yu.