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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 Monday, September 10th.
5 Good Nights
- Cameron Maybin: 3-4, 3 R, HR, 2 RBI
- Buster Posey: 3-5, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI
- Alex Rios: 2-4, R, HR, 3 RBI
- Jose Quintana: 7.2 IP, 7 H, ER, 7 K’s, W
- Kyle Kendrick: 7.0 IP, 2 H, ER, 8 K’s, W
5 Bad Nights
- Jaime Garcia: 3.0 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 5 K’s
- Justin Masterson: 6.2 IP, 7 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, 3 K’s
- Ryan Vogelsong: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, Ks
- Pablo Sandoval: 0-5
- Jay Bruce: 0-5, R
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.
- Mark Teixeira will miss the next 10-14 days with a calf injury, and I’d say he’s fully droppable at this point.
- Jeff Weaver (shoulder) is feeling better and will make his next start this Thursday.
- Corey Hart is out of the Brewers’ lineup tonight with a foot injury.
- Desmond Jennings is out of the Rays’ lineup tonight with a back injury.
- 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 1-3 with one run and one steal yesterday. (.328, 113 Runs, 27 HR, 75 RBI, 45 steals on the season).
Bryce Harper: Harper went 0-2 with one run yesterday. (.259, 82 R, 18 HR, 48 RBI, 13 steals on the season).
Anthony Rizzo: Rizzo went 0-4 yesterday. (.295, 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):
R.A. Dickey at Washington Nationals
Adam Wainwright at San Diego Padres
Roy Halladay vs. Miami Marlins
Jon Lester vs. New York Yankees
Edinson Volquez vs. St. Louis Cardinals
Ubaldo Jimenez at Texas Rangers
Marco Estrada vs. Atlanta Braves
Jhoulys Chacin vs. San Francisco
Dan Straily at Los Angeles Angels
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.
- Jose Reyes is 13-for-35 (.371) with five extra-base hits in his career against today’s starter, Roy Halladay.
- Matt Holliday is 6-for-15 (.400) with two home runs in his career against today’s starter, Edinson Volquez.
- Carlos Gonzalez is 7-for-19 (.368) with two home runs in his career against today’s starter, Madison Bumgarner.
- Justin Upton is 3-for-26 (.115) in his career against today’s starter, Clayton Kershaw.
- Bryce Harper is hitless in his career (10 at-bats) against today’s starter, R.A. Dickey.
- Cameron Maybin is 1-for-10 (.069) in his career against today’s starter, Adam Wainwright.
Don’t forget to check out the rest of the great content on FantasyPros911.com, starting with some of our most recent updates:
- Chuck Anderson previews today’s pitching matchups in the latest edition of Pitch or Ditch.
- Matthew Dewoskin is back with his weekly Leaders and Laggards columns, and this time, he’s examining Swinging Strike %.
- Patrick DiCaprio provides another update to his patented Closer Identifier Algorithm Results.
- It’s time to hit your waiver wires! Don’t forget to check out Dan Leason’s Week One Waiver Pickups before you do.
- Still looking for a recap of all of Sunday’s action? Dan Stack has you covered!
- 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!