Each and every day, I’ll be combing over box scores and scouring local beat writers’ reports to make sure you have all the information you need in order to make the right decisions for your fantasy baseball lineup. Make sure you check back at this very spot for Hot/Cold Streaks, Injury News, Closer Updates, Daily Stats, and more so that you can stay one step ahead of the rest of your league.
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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, June 12th.
5 Good Nights
- Brandon Moss: 2-4, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI
- Jose Bautista: 2-2, R, HR, 2 RBI, 1 steal
- Everth Cabrera: 2-3, R, RBI, 3 steals
- Colby Lewis: 9.0 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 7 K’s, W
- Johnny Cueto: 9.0 IP, 6 H, ER, 7 K’s, W
Honorable Mention: Dee Gordon, Tony Campana, Joey Votto, Juan Rivera, Alex Rodriguez, Jordany Valdespin, Trevor Plouffe, Neil Walker, A.J. Pierzynski, Jimmy Rollins, Darwin Barney, Ike Davis, Matt Diaz, Aaron Harang, Madison Bumgarner, Mike Minor, Mark Buehrle, Zack Greinke, Clayton Richard, Clay Buchholz, Adam Wainwright, Paul Maholm, Luis Mendoza, Jose Quintana, Chris Young
5 Bad Nights
- Kyle Kendrick: 4.0 IP, 8 H, 6 ER, 2 BB’s, 2 K’s
- Jeremy Guthrie: 5.0 IP, 8 H, 7 ER, 2 BB’s, 5 K’s
- Ian Kennedy: 5.2 IP, 10 H, 6 ER, BB, 4 K’s
- Starlin Castro: 0-5
- Desmond Jennings: 0-5
Dishonorable Mention: Ty Wigginton, Ryan Theriot, Jason Bay, Logan Forsythe, Brian Dozier, Bartolo Colon, Brad Lincoln, Bud Norris, Felix Hernandez, Nick Blackburn, Alex Cobb, Jerome Williams, Wei-Yin Chen, C. C. Sabathia, Henderson Alvarez
Daily Grab Bag
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- Ryan Cook earned his first save of the season last night, and looks to have taken the early lead in the A’s closer-by-committee race.
- Shawn Camp also earned his first save of the season last night, and currently looks like the only member of the Cubs’ bullpen worth owning.
- Despite their current standing atop the NL East, the Nationals (and more specifically, General Manager Mike Rizzo) reiterated that they are still planning to shut down Stephen Strasburg once he hits 160 innings this season. Strasburg has pitched 71 innings so far (which puts him on pace to hit 160 sometime in August), so this is definitely something to keep an eye on for Strasburg owners.
- While Brett Gardner (elbow) keeps insisting that he’ll play this season, he also met with Dr. James Andrews yesterday. As we all know, the words “Dr. James Andrews” and “elbow” never go well together when used in a sentence about fantasy baseball.
- Brandon McCarthy will miss today’s start as he was sent back to Oakland to get an MRI on his shoulder. That’s the only news that’s available right now, but it looks like a stint on the disabled list is more than likely at this point.
- Bud Norris left last night’s game against San Francisco in the fourth inning due to a sprained knee. I’ll update this tomorrow if I hear anything else, as there is currently no word on the severity of Norris’ injury.
- 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 one run, one home run, and one RBI yesterday. (.307, 30 R, 7 HR, 19 RBI, 4 steals on the season).
Mike Trout: Trout went 0-4 yesterday. (.345, 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).
Matt Cain vs. Houston Astros
Cole Hamels at Minnesota Twins
C.J. Wilson at Los Angeles Dodgers
Ricky Nolasco vs. Boston Red Sox
Tim Hudson vs. New York Yankees
Tommy Milone at Colorado Rockies
Matt Harrison vs. Arizona Diamondbacks
Hiroki Kuroda at Miami Marlins
Randy Wolf at Kansas City Royals
Today’s Swings and Misses
- Ryan Ludwick is 9-for-19 (.474) with four home runs in his career against today’s starter, Derek Lowe.
- David DeJesus is 8-for-20 (.400) in his career against today’s starter, Mark Buehrle.
- Rafael Furcal is 14-for-49 (.286) with three home runs in his career against today’s starter, Jake Peavy.
- Brian McCann is 1-for-10 (.100) in his career against today’s starter, Hiroki Kuroda.
- Brandon Phillips is 3-for-17 (.176) in his career against today’s starter, Derek Lowe.
- Jason Heyward is hitless in eight career at-bars against today’s starter, Hiroki Kuroda.
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 one of my favorite articles of the week: The Hot N Cold Fantasy Baseball All-stars.
- Chuck Anderson takes a look at the Inconsistency of Youth in this week’s Added and Dropped.
- Patrick DiCaprio and his patented Closer Identifier Algorithm (CIA) give you some predictions 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.
- Lenny Melnick and his award-winning podcast are back to take a look at Mike Minor and a whole lot more on today’s episode!
- Don’t forget to check out Patrick DiCaprio and the crew on tonight’s episode of The Fantasy Baseball Roundtable Show at 9 PM (Eastern).
- 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.