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5 Good Nights, 5 Bad Nights
It’s a fact of life that every baseball player goes through hot and cold streaks. It’s important not to let those streaks influence a player’s fantasy baseball value too much, but it is important to be aware of how a player is doing within a short period of time (a seven-day sorter is always a good tool to use). A player’s short-term numbers can be the difference between winning and losing in daily games, and it can also make a huge difference in year-long leagues. For instance, if you can keep finding the second basemen on hot streaks and dropping them for another streaking second basemen once they get cold, you can piece together a very useful middle infielder-by-committeefor your roto team. So before we get to today’s games, let’s take a spin through last night’s box scores to identify who had a good night and who had a bad night on Wednesday, August 2nd.
5 Good Nights
- Matt Holliday: 3-4, 3 R, 2 HR, 5 RBI
- Albert Pujols: 2-6, 2 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI
- Brett Wallace: 3-4, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI
- Jimmy Rollins: 2-4, 2 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI
- Aramis Ramirez: 8.0 IP, 5 H, ER, 8 K’s, W
Honorable Mention: Ryan Ludwick, Robinson Cano, Ryan Braun, Miguel Montero, Chase Headley, Elvis Andrus, Juan Pierre, Jeff Baker, Nyjer Morgan, David Murphy, Rickie Weeks, Blake Beaven, Luis Mendoza, Vance Worley, Scott Diamond, Jonathon Niese, Travis Wood, Jeff Karstens, Matt Cain, Patrick Corbin, Mike Fiers, Phil Hughes, Alex Cobb
5 Bad Nights
- Shawn Camp: 0.0 IP, 7 H, 5 ER
- Zach Britton: 2.2 IP, 7 H, 7 ER, 3 BB, 3 K’s
- Jordan Lyles: 5.0 IP, 9 H, 7 ER, 2 BB, 3 K’s
- Josh Hamilton: 0-5
- Martin Prado: 0-5
Dishonorable Mention: David DeJesus, Ben Zobrist, Jordan Schafer, Gerardo Parra, Jordany Valdespin, Francisco Cordero, Joe Nathan, Brandon League, Joel Hanrahan, Yu Darvish, Aaron Cook, Joba Chamberlain, Kip Wells, Garrett Richards, Jake Westbrook, Drew Pomeranz, Rick Porcello, Bronson Arroyo, Carlos Villanueva, Zach McAllister
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.
- Joey Votto (knee) took ground balls yesterday, and it’s looking like next week is a very real possibility for the slugger’s return to the Reds’ lineup.
- Giancarlo Stanton (knee) will begin his rehab stint tonight and hope to be activated when the Marlins play the Mets next Tuesday.
- Greg Holland notched his first save as the Royal’s new closer last night. Aaron Crow is still looming if Holland falters, but I’d go see if Holland is still available if you’re desperate for saves.
- Gio Gonzalez (pitching Friday now) will switch spots with Jordan Zimmerman (pitching Saturday now) due to inflammation in Zimmerman’s shoulder.
- Trevor Plouffe could be activated from the DL Sunday if he’s able to take full batting practice. Stay tuned!
- Trout/Harper/Rizzo/Bauer Watch: With two of baseball’s best prospects being called-up earlier this season, I’m going to dedicate this space to keeping tabs on the youngsters. Here’s to hoping that you were able to grab some of them! (UPDATE: Anthony Rizzo is the latest uber prospects to get the call, so I’ve added them to the list, as well.)
Mike Trout: Trout went 0-4 with one run yesterday. (.348, 81 Runs, 18 HR, 55 RBI, 31 steals on the season).
Bryce Harper: Harper went 2-4 with one run yesterday. (.261, 54 R, 9 HR, 29 RBI, 13 steals on the season).
Anthony Rizzo: Rizzo went 1-5 yesterday. (.316, 15 R, 8 HR, 20 RBI, 1 steal on the season).
3 Up, 3 Down, and Throwing Darts
Starting and sitting the right pitchers on a day-to-day basis is often the linchpin of winning any fantasy baseball league – roto, head-to-head, daily, and otherwise. In order to give you some help picking your pitchers for today, I’ve gone through all of the stats that I could (pitchers’ career numbers vs. certain hitters and lineups, home/road splits, lefty/righty splits, etc) and have made nine recommendations. I’m not going to proclaim that I’ll get these 100% correct all season, but anyone that does should be sitting on an island that they own in the Pacific – not writing fantasy baseball articles. The goal here is to play the odds the entire season and slowly build your “win” percentage closer to 100% than to 50%.
Here’s today’s recommendations with, 3 Up (three pitchers you shouldn’t think of sitting), 3 Down (three pitchers with some warning flags for today), and Throwing Darts (three pitchers that I’ll be taking a flier on):
Johnny Cueto vs. San Diego Padres
Cole Hamels at Washington Nationals
Jon Lester vs. Minnesota Twins
C.J. Wilson at Texas Rangers
Lance Lynn at Colorado Rockies
Ryan Dempster vs. Los Angeles Angels
Mike Minor vs. Miami Marlins
Ross Detwiler vs. Philadelphia Phillies
Henderson Alvarez at Oakland A’s
Swings and Misses
A hitter’s career numbers against a pitcher don’t always tell the whole story, but it can be informative if used correctly. I’m of the opinion that some information is better than none, and while there are other pieces to the puzzle of setting your daily lineup (splits, weather, etc.), I think a hitter’s career numbers against a pitcher can be very indicative of future success or failure. Some guys just own certain pitchers, and vice versa. As such, I’ve gone through today’s matchups and picked the best (and worst) matchups I could find. Anything less than 10-12 career at-bats is a relatively small sample-size (so take those with a grain of salt), but sometimes that’s all that is available.
- Albert Pujols is 18-for-55 (.327) with seven home runs in his career against today’s starter, Ryan Dempster.
- Will Venable is 4-for-5 (.800) with two home runs in his career against today’s starter, Johnny Cueto.
- Adrian Beltre is 9-for-26 (.346) with one home run in his career against today’s starter, C.J. Wilson.
- Asdrubal Cabrera is 2-for-12 (.167) in his career against today’s starter, Jeremy Guthrie.
- Mike Napoli is 4-for-20 (.200) in his career against today’s starter, C.J. Wilson.
- Adam LaRoche is 4-for-19 (.211) in his career against today’s starter, Cole Hamels.
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 today’s pitching matchups in the latest edition of Pitch or Ditch.
- Albert Lang gives you some insight into who’s hot (and who’s not) in this week’s Hot N Cold Fantasy Baseball All-Stars.
- There’s been an update to the Closer Identifier Algorithm Results! Don’t miss the latest update of Patrick DiCaprio’s patented closer-prediction system.
- Greg Marta helps you choose your pitchers for this week in the latest Pitching Matchups to Watch.
- And while Greg focused on pitchers, Dan Stack picks out some Players to Watch for this week.
- Lenny Melnick and his award-winning podcast take a spin around the league to get you up-to-speed on what happened last night.
- Make sure you check out Patrick DiCaprio and the rest of the crew on last night’s Fantasy Baseball Roundtable Show!
- The calendar has turned to August, which means it’s officially fantasy football season! Before you start drafting, make sure you check out Paul Greco’s pre-season rankings, including Quarterback, Running Back, Wide Receiver, Tight End, and Strength of Schedule.
- WWPGD? (What Would Paul Greco Do?) You don’t have to wonder anymore, as Paul gives you his personal favorites (and least favorites) – starting with Gotta Have QBs and Dump On QBs.
- Dan Leason gives you an overview of the running backs that you need to handcuff in his latest post.
- Dan Stack gives out the second edition of the Blair Thomas Award to a few of this year’s running back busts.
- Mid-Tier QB’s can go a long way towards helping you win your league, and Collin Hager does the heavy-lifting for you in this week’s Impact Quarterbacks.
- Collin’s also got an update to the ADP Report to help all of you early-drafters!
- Steve DeAngelo is taking a look at impact running backs, and Chris Johnson, Trent Richardson, and Darren Sproles are the subjects of his latest post.
- Dan also gives out the Blair Thomas Award to a few of this year’s running back busts.