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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 Monday, June 11th.
5 Good Nights
- Mike Trout: 2-4, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI, 2 steals
- Bryce Harper: 3-4, 2 R, RBI, 1 steal
- Ivan Nova: 7.0 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 6 K’s, W
- Adam LaRoche: 2-5, R, HR, 2 RBI
- Josh Johnson: 7.0 IP, 4 H, ER, 7 K’s, W
Honorable Mention: Yan Gomes, Raul Ibanez, Colby Rasmus, Dee Gordon, Scott Podsednik, Torii Hunter, Edwin Jackson
5 Bad Nights
- Brandon Morrow: 0.0 IP, H, ER (I know, I know…it was an injury. It was still a bad night, though!)
- Randall Delgado: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 6 BB’s, 5 K’s
- Josh Beckett: 7.0 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, BB, 5 K’s
- Andre Ethier: 0-4, 3 K’s
- Kelly Johnson: 0-4, 2 K’s
Dishonorable Mention: Kenley Jansen, Sean Burnett, Francisco Cordero
Daily Grab Bag
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- Brandon Morrow suffered a strained left oblique during the first inning of last night’s games against Washington and will likely require a stint on the disabled list. I haven’t heard a definitive timetable on his return yet, but obliques are a tricky injury for pitchers and he’ll likely be out at least two weeks.
- Brandon Beachy will have his next start pushed back to this Saturday as the Braves seem to be worried about a drop in his velocity (even though he and the team are saying that he isn’t experiencing any elbow issues). I’m treating this as a “where there’s smoke, there’s fire” situation and trying to use Beachy’s league-leading ERA as leverage in a trade sooner, rather than later.
- One day after suffering his first blown save of the season, Rafael Soriano was unavailable to pitch for the Yankees last night due to a blister on his right index finger. Early reports have him available for tonight’s game, however, so this doesn’t seem like anything to worry about at the moment.
- In other Yankees bullpen news, David Robertson (oblique) is set to make his second rehab start for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre tonight and is targeting a Friday return to the Yankees roster.
- Alexei Ogando‘s stint in the Texas Rangers’ rotation will likely be short-lived as the Rangers placed Ogandoon the disabled list with a groin injury. Early reports have the young righty missing four to six weeks.
- Drew Storen reportedly felt good after throwing off a mound for the second time since undergoing surgery to remove bone chips from his right elbow, and is targeting a return from the disabled list around the All-Star break.
- Trout/Harper Watch: With two of baseball’s best prospects being called-up last month, 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 3-4 with two runs, one RBI, and one steal yesterday. (.282, 29 R, 6 HR, 18 RBI, 4 steals on the season).
Mike Trout: Trout went 2-4 with two runs, one home run, two RBI, and two steals yesterday. (.354, 35 Runs, 6 HR, 26 RBI, 15 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).
Zack Greinke at Kansas City Royals
Felix Hernandez vs. San Diego Padres
C.C. Sabathia at Atlanta Braves
Ian Kennedy at Texas Rangers
Mike Minor vs. New York Yankees
Henderson Alvarez vs. Washington Nationals
Bud Norris at San Francisco Giants
Clay Buchholz at Miami Marlins
Wei-Yin Chen vs. Pittsburgh Pirates
Today’s Swings and Misses
- Albert Pujols is 20-for-66 (.303) with five home runs in his career against today’s starter, Aaron Harang.
- David Ortiz is 20-for-58 (.345) with two home runs in his career against today’s starter, Mark Buehrle.
- Adam Dunn is 8-for-18 (.444) with a home run in his career against today’s starter, Adam Wainwright.
- Prince Fielder is 6-for-46 (.125) in his career against today’s starter, Paul Maholm.
- Chase Headley is 1-for-13 (.077) in his career against today’s starter, Felix Hernandez.
- Aaron Hill is hitless in nine career at-bars against today’s starter, Colby Lewis.
Don’t forget to check out the rest of the great content on FantasyPros911.com, starting with some of our most recent updates:
- Chuck Anderson previews today’s starting pitchers in the latest edition of Pitch or Ditch.
- Chuck Anderson has been a busy-bee and also take a look at the Inconsistency of Youth in this week’s Added and Dropped.
- As we head into interleague play, Dan Stack identifies some Players to Watch for this week.
- Patrick DiCaprio and his patented Closer Identifier Algorithm (CIA) give you some predictions for the upcoming week.
- Collin Hager looks ahead and gives you a preview of guys to Hit or Ditch this week.
- Greg Marta is looking ahead as well, but he’s giving you a look at Pitching Matchups to Watch for this week.
- Matthew Dewoskin takes an in-depth look at BABIP with two special Leaders and Laggards editions.
- Collin Hager invented his own system for analyzing a player’s fantasy value, and his HVaC rankings are always a must-read in my book.
- Chuck Anderson brings you a look at a Position Battle going on in left field for the Philadelphia Phillies.
- Lenny Melnick and his award-winning podcast are back to take a look at June Call Ups and a whole lot more on today’s episode!
- This season has had an abundance of closer news, and Matthew Dewoskin is here to give you the latest in this week’s Blown Opportunities.
- It’s only June, but it’s never too early for fantasy football! Take a look at Paul Greco’s pre-season rankings, including Quarterback, Running Back, Wide Receiver, Tight End, and Strength of Schedule.