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 FROM NICK: I’ll be on vacation starting this Friday (August 24th) until September 1st, so today 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 Wednesday, August 22nd.
5 Good Nights
- Adrian Beltre: 3-5, 3 R, 3 HR, 5 RBI
- Coco Crisp: 3-3, 3 R, HR, 2 RBI, 1 steal
- Aaron Hill: 3-6, 2 R, HR, 3 RBI, 1 steal
- Wade Miley: 8.0 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 5 K’s, W
- Chris Sale: 7.2 IP, 3 H, ER, 13 K’s, W
Honorable Mention: Shin-Soo Choo, Dustin Pedroia, Mitch Moreland, Joaquin Arias, Everth Cabrera, Carlos Quentin, Nick Markakis, Ryan Braun, David Murphy, Bronson Arroyo, Tommy Milone, James Shields, Kyle Lohse, Matt Cain, Jered Weaver, Phil Hughes, Wade LeBlanc, Yovani Gallardo, Kris Medlen, Derek Holland, Travis Wood, Anibal Sanchez, Tyler Skaggs, Aaron Laffey, Jeff Francis, Hisashi Iwakuma, Andrew Werner, Matt Harvey, Vance Worley, Zach McAllister
5 Bad Nights
- Tommy Hunter: 3.0 IP, 8 H, 8 ER, 2 BB
- Clay Buchholz: 5.1 IP, 12 H, 7 ER, BB, 3 K’s
- Chris Capuano: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 6 ER, 2 K’s
- Carlos Lee: 0-8
- Adrian Gonzalez: 0-5
Dishonorable Mention: Kendrys Morales, Elvis Andrus, Chris Young, Liam Hendriks, James McDonald
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.
- Albert Pujols left last night’s game with a sore calf and is listed as day-to-day. Make sure you check the Angels’ lineup before you roll with him.
- David Ortiz (achilles) participated in some running drills yesterday and if all goes as planned, he may be activated this weekend.
- Bartolo Colon will miss the remainder of the season (and then some) after testing positive for testosterone use. Unlike Melky Cabrera, he didn’t create a fake website to cover his tracks, but similar to Melky, he will be suspended for 50 games.
- Brandon Morrow (oblique) will be activated from the DL this weekend and start against the Orioles on Saturday.
- Yu Darvish has been scratched from today’s start with a quad injury and Roy Oswalt will pick up the spot-start against the Twins.
- 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 1-4 yesterday. (.343, 97 Runs, 24 HR, 70 RBI, 39 steals on the season).
Bryce Harper: Harper went 1-4 with one run yesterday. (.247, 67 R, 12 HR, 37 RBI, 13 steals on the season).
Anthony Rizzo: Rizzo went 0-1 yesterday. (.289, 23 R, 9 HR, 27 RBI, 2 steals 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):
Justin Verlander vs. Toronto Blue Jays
Cole Hamels vs. Cincinnati Reds
Johnny Cueto at Philadelphia Phillies
Scott Diamond at Texas Rangers
C.J. Wilson at Boston Red Sox
J.A. Happ at Detroit Tigers
Alex Cobb vs. Oakland A’s
Jake Westbrook vs. Houston Astros
Roy Oswalt vs. Minnesota Twins
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 – like today.
- Brett Wallace is 6-for-11 (.545) in his career against today’s starter, Jake Westbrook.
- Prince Fielder is 6-for-16 (.375) in his career against today’s starter, J.A. Happ.
- Dustin Pedroia is 4-for-10 (.400) in his career against today’s starter, C.J. Wilson.
- Edwin Encarnacion is 1-for-12 (.083) in his career against today’s starter, Justin Verlander.
- Pablo Sandoval is 1-for-10 (.100) in his career against today’s starter, Tommy Hanson.
- Brandon Phillips is 4-for-28 (.143) 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 previews today’s pitching matchups in the latest edition of Pitch or Ditch.
- Collin Hager has an update to his HVaC Rankings…make sure you don’t miss this!
- 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.
- Don’t forget to check out Patrick DiCaprio and the crew on last night’s episode of the 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 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.