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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NOTE: I’ll be on vacation starting this Friday (August 24th) until September 1st, so tomorrow will be my last Daily Notes updated until September 2nd. I’m sure you’re all shedding a tear over my impending week-long absence, but don’t worry – the rest of the great columns here at FP911 should be more than enough to keep you on top of your league standings.
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 Tuesday, August 21st.
5 Good Nights
- Adam Wainwright: 9.0 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 12 K’s, W
- Luke Hochevar: 8.0 IP, H, 0 ER, 10 K’s
- Garrett Jones: 3-4, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI
- Nate McLouth: 1-3, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI, 1 steal
- Jimmy Rollins: 2-5, R, 2 RBI, 2 steals
Honorable Mention: Tyler Colvin, Kevin Youkilis, Carlos Quentin, Jesus Flores, Jesus Montero, Will Venable, Chase Headley, Cameron Maybin, Dewayne Wise, David Price, Felix Hernandez, Chris Young, Brett Anderson, Max Scherzer, Cliff Lee, Ervin Santana, Homer Bailey, Francisco Liriano, Marco Estrada, Jhoulys Chacin, Stephen Strasburg, Tim Lincecum, Jason Marquis, Cole De Vries, Chris Rusin
5 Bad Nights
- Lucas Harrell:5.0 IP, 8 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 3 K’s
- Ricky Nolasco: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 2 K’s
- Ivan Nova: 6.0 IP, 7 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, 3 K’s
- Juan Pierre: 0-5
- Ryan Ludwick: 0-5
Dishonorable Mention: Ricky Romero, Aaron Cook, Trevor Cahill, A.J. Burnett, Joe Blanton
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.
- Carlos Gonzalez is expected to rejoin the Rockies today after missing four games while attending his grandfather’s funeral.
- Brett Lawrie is still experiencing soreness in his ribs and the Blue Jays are toying with the possibility of shutting him down for the season. Be prepared…
- Alejandro De Aza has been placed on the disabled list with an oblique/back injury, and Dewayne Wise will start in his absence.
- Jose Baustisa (wrist) had a rehab game rained-out last night, but he’s still on-schedule to join the team this weekend.
- Justin Upton is out of today’s lineup with a sore hamstring…make sure you have him replaced!
- John Axford picked up a save last night and the Brewers are going to try to ease him back into closing for the rest of the season. Pick him up if you need saves, but make sure you have a strong stomach if you do…
- Eric Young was placed on the 15-day DL with a rib injury yesterday and will miss at least the next two weeks.
- 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 him to the list, as well.)
Mike Trout: The Trout went 2-4 with one run yesterday. (.344, 97 Runs, 24 HR, 70 RBI, 39 steals on the season).
Bryce Harper: Harper went 0-4 yesterday. (.247, 66 R, 12 HR, 37 RBI, 13 steals on the season).
Anthony Rizzo: Rizzo went 0-1 yesterday. (.288, 22 R, 9 HR, 26 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):
Matt Cain at Los Angeles Dodgers
Kyle Lohse vs. Houston Astros
Kris Medlen at Washington Nationals
Jered Weaver at Boston Red Sox
Chris Sale vs. New York Yankees
Phil Hughes at Chicago White Sox
Matt Harvey vs. Colorado Rockies
Tyler Skaggs vs. Miami Marlins
Hisashi Iwakuma vs. Cleveland Indians
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.
- Jason Bay is 8-for-12 (.667) with two home runs in his career against today’s starter, Jeff Francis.
- Billy Butler is 7-for-18 (.389) in his career against today’s starter, James Shields.
- Andre Ethier is 24-for-50 (.480) in his career against today’s starter, Matt Cain.
- Erick Aybar is 1-for-16 (.063) in his career against today’s starter, Clay Buchholz.
- Hunter Pence is 1-for-11 (.091) in his career against today’s starter, Chris Capuano.
- Alfonso Soriano is 4-for-23 (.174) in his career against today’s starter, Yovani Gallardo.
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 pitching matchups in the latest edition of Pitch or Ditch.
- Albert Lang is back with his weekly Hot N Cold Fantasy Baseball All-Stars…don’t miss it!
- Chuck Anderson gets you ready for the last month of the season with his newest Added and Dropped post.
- Patrick DiCaprio updated his Closer Identifier Algorithm Results - this is one you won’t want to miss!
- Don’t forget to listen to Patrick and the crew on tonight’s episode of the Fantasy Baseball Roundtable Show at 9 PM (eastern).
- 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 UPDATED preseason rankings.
- Paul’s Personal Projections are out too, and you can get started here with his Quarterback, Running Back, Wide Receiver, and Tight End, Defense, and Kicker outlooks.
- Collin Hager has an update on some Fringe Quarterbacks that everyone should read before their draft.
- Dan Stack picked out some impact wide receivers to move to the top of your cheatsheet in his last post.
- Steve DeAngelo identifies some impact running backs to keep an eye on in his latest post.
- There’s been an update to the ADP Report! Don’t miss Collin Hager’s latest post that’ll help you keep a step ahead of the rest of your league.
- Dan Leason just saved everyone a lot of work and identified this year’s Bounce-Back Wide Receivers for you.