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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 Sunday, September 9th.
5 Good Nights
- B.J. Upton: 3-5, 3 R, 3 HR, 3 RBI
- Justin Morneau: 2-4, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI
- Curtis Granderson: 3-3, R, HR, 5 RBI
- James Shields: 9.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 8 K’s, W
- Ricky Nolasco: 9.0 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 6 K’s, W
5 Bad Nights
- Zach Britton: 3.1 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 5 BB, 2 K’s
- Edwin Jackson: 4.2 IP, 9 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, 2 K’s
- Johnny Cueto: 4.0 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, BB, 6 K’s
- Eric Hosmer: 0-5
- Rickie Weeks: 0-5
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.
- Ryan Braun left yesterday’s game with a sore right wrist and is questionable for today’s game. Make sure you check the Brewers’ lineup before you set yours, Braun owners.
- An MRI on Matt Kemp‘s shoulder revealed inflammation and some fraying of his labrum, and while this won’t require surgery (for now), I think Kemp’s owners need to be prepared to be without him for a few days.
- Adam Dunn (oblique) could miss part (or all) of the White Sox’ four-game series against the Tigers that starts today. Plan accordingly…
- Clayton Kershaw was scratched from yesterday’s start with a sore hip flexor. I haven’t read anything indicating that this will make him miss any other starts, but I’ll keep an eye on the situation.
- After missing his last start, David Price is on-track for his next scheduled start against the Yankees this weekend. That’s good news for Price owners, but that’s still not a very appetizing matchup.
- Corey Hart left yesterday’s game with a mild ankle sprain. This obviously isn’t anything serious, but I’d be surprised if the Brewers don’t give him an off day today.
- Trout/Harper/Rizzo/Bauer Watch: With three 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!
Mike Trout: Trout went 1-4 with one run, one home run, and one RBI yesterday. (.328, 112 Runs, 27 HR, 75 RBI, 44 steals on the season).
Bryce Harper: Harper went 1-3 yesterday. (.260, 81 R, 18 HR, 48 RBI, 13 steals on the season).
Anthony Rizzo: Rizzo went 2-5 with one run yesterday. (.300, 34 R, 12 HR, 34 RBI, 3 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):
Gio Gonzalez at New York Mets
Mat Latos vs. Pittsburgh Pirates
Dan Haren vs. Oakland A’s
Rick Porcello at Chicago White Sox
Justin Masterson at Minnesota Twins
Ryan Vogelsong at Colorado Rockies
Jaime Garcia at San Diego Padres
Kyle Kendrick vs. Miami Marlins
Mike Minor at Milwaukee Brewers
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.
- Jose Reyes is 13-for-31 (.419) with two home runs in his career against today’s starter, Kyle Kendrick.
- Paul Konerko is 10-for-26 (.385) with one home run in his career against today’s starter, Rick Porcello.
- Aramis Ramirez is 6-for-12 (.500) with one home run in his career against today’s starter, Mike Minor.
- Jay Bruce is 2-for-29 (.069) in his career against today’s starter, Wandy Rodriguez.
- Garrett Jones is 2-for-12 (.167) in his career against today’s starter, Mat Latos.
- Carlos Gonzalez is 1-for-11 (.091) in his career against today’s starter, Ryan Vogelsong.
Don’t forget to check out the rest of the great content on FantasyPros911.com, starting with some of our most recent updates:
- Patrick DiCaprio previews today’s pitching matchups in the latest edition of Pitch or Ditch.
- Patrick also provides another update to his patented Closer Identifier Algorithm Results.
- Chuck Anderson gets you ready for the last three weeks of the season with his weekly Added and Dropped report.
- Dan Leason takes an in-depth look at how Dez Bryant has his own set of rules (literally).
- Wanna see how Paul Greco did on his Week 1 FanasyPros911 Challenge entry? Here it is!