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.
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 Friday, June 1st.
5 Good Nights
- Johan Santana: 9.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 8 K’s, W
- Gordon Beckham: 2-5, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI
- Curtis Granderson: 2-5, 2 R, HR, 4 RBI, 1 steal
- Michael Cuddyer: 2-4, 4 R, HR, RBI, 1 steal
- David Price: 7.1 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 5 K’s, W
Honorable Mention: Jason Kipnis, Lonnie Chisenhall, Wilin Rosario, Tony Gwynn, Rajai Davis, Lucas Duda, Alfonso Soriano, Hector Luna, Daniel Murphy, Andrew McCutchen, Jose Tabata, Kyle Seager, Mike Trout, Hunter Pence, Daniel Nava, Jay Bruce, Ryan Theriot, Dexter Fowler, Madison Bumgarner, Clay Buchholz, Bartolo Colon, Jerome Williams, Mike Leake, Derek Lowe, Colby Lewis, Felipe Paulino, Clayton Richard, Jake Peavy
5 Bad Nights
- Carl Pavano: 3.2 IP, 9 H, 6 ER, BB, 2 K’s
- Adam Wainwright: 6.1 IP, 6 H, 7 ER, 3 BB’s, 6 K’s
- Randy Wolf: 6.0 IP, 8 H, 6 ER, 4 BB’s, 5 K’s
- Pedro Alvarez: 0-5
- Kelly Johnson: 0-4, 3 K’s
Dishonorable Mention: David Hernandez, Matt Thornton, Santiago Casilla, Octavio Dotel, Wei-Yin Chen, Mark Buehrle, Felix Hernandez, Chris Capuano, Paul Maholm, Henderson Alvarez
Daily Grab Bag
Check back here for daily updates on injuries, closer battles, player news, and anything else that might affect your fantasy baseball team.
- After missing a game Thursday due to a sore achilles, Ryan Braun left the Brewers game last night with a right hip strain. This doesn’t sound like a serious injury, but his owners (which would include me since I trust traded for him in my most important league two days ago) will want to cross their fingers that this doesn’t keep him out for a prolonged period.
- Bud Norris (who has looked very shaky in his last two outings) is reportedly dealing with a hip flexor injury. While Norris is still scheduled to make his next start, the injury could be a potential explanation for his sub-par play as of late.
- Santiago Casilla hurt his knee covering first base last night and gave way to Javier Lopez (who then converted the save opportunity). Initial reports peg the injury as a cramp, but it might be worth grabbing Sergio Romo and/or Lopez in case this turns out to be more serious than expected.
- Catcher Yasmani Grandal has been called up by the San Diego Padres. Grandal won’t confuse anyone for Jesus Montero power-wise, but he’s demonstrated a high contact rate in his time in the minors and is worth a look for catcher-needy owners.
- As has been hypothesized, we have a full-blown closer-by-committee situation in “Los Angeles of Anaheim” as Ernesto Frieri got the save for the Angels last night (with Scott Downs pitching the eighth). Mike Sciosia seems content with playing late-inning matchups going forward, which diminishes each relievers’ value a bit, but both Frieri and Downs are worth owning.
- Rafael Soriano will continue as the Yankees’ closer even when David Robertson returns, so owners that have been stashing Robertson in the hopes he would reclaim the job upon his return might want to look elsewhere.
- Nick Markakis will miss at least the next three weeks with a broken hamate bone in his right wrist.
- Trout/Harper Watch: With two of baseball’s best prospects being called-up recently, 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 did not play yesterday. (.274, 21 R, 4 HR, 11 RBI, 2 steals on the season).
Mike Trout: Trout went 2-4 for a run and 3 RBI yesterday (.309, 22 Runs, 5 HR, 19 RBI, 8 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. Chicago Cubs
Cole Hamels vs. Miami Marlins
Brandon Beachy at Washington Nationals
Kyle Drabek vs. Boston Red Sox
Ricky Nolasco at Philadelphia Phillies
Rick Porcello vs. New York Yankees
Brandon McCarthy at Kansas City Royals
Gavin Floyd vs. Seattle Mariners
Edinson Volquez vs. Arizona Diamondbacks
Today’s Swings and Misses
- Adam Jones is 6-for-16 (.375) with two home runs in his career against today’s starter, Jeremy Hellickson.
- Andre Ethier is 6-for-10 (.600) with a home run in his career against today’s starter, Juan Nicasio.
- Adrian Gonzalez is 3-for-8 (.375) with two home runs in his career against today’s starter, Kyle Drabek.
- Shane Victorino is 4-for-29 (.138) in his career against today’s starter, Ricky Nolasco.
- Chris Young is 1-for-11 (.091) in his career against today’s starter, Edinson Volquez.
- Jay Bruce is 2-for-29 (.069) in his career against today’s starter, Wandy Rodriguez.
Don’t forget to check out the rest of the great content on FantasyPros911.com, starting with some of our most recent updates:
- Matthew Dewoskin takes a look at the closer carousel in the latest edition of Missed Opportunities.
- Chuck Anderson takes a look at the Rockies’ hot corner job in this week’s Position Battles.
- Looking ahead to next week’s pitching matchups? Don’t miss Dave Shovein and his Double Starters preview!
- Meet J.R. Richard; our second inductee into the Alternate Universe Baseball Hall of Fame!
- Don’t miss Editor-in-Chief, Patrick DiCaprio, and the crew on this week’s episode of the Fantasy Baseball Roundtable Show.
- 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.