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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 23rd.
5 Good Nights
- Carlos Santana: 3-6, 3 R, 2 HR, 5 RBI
- Adrian Gonzalez: 2-4, 2 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI
- Alfonso Soriano: 3-4, R, HR, RBI, 1 steal
- A.J. Burnett: 8.0 IP, 4 H, ER, 11 K’s, W
- Cliff Lee: 8.0 IP, 9 H, ER, 11 K’s
5 Bad Nights
- A.J. Griffin: 4.1 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 4 K’s
- Homer Bailey: 6.2 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 6 K’s
- Jordan Lyles: 4.0 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, BB, 4 Ks
- Jhonny Peralta: 0-7
- Alex Rodriguez: 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.
- Josh Hamilton is undergoing more tests to determine the cause of the illness that’s kept him out for the last five games. He makes a VERY risky play for weekly leagues at this point.
- Carlos Gonzalez is still experiencing soreness in his hamstring that has limited him to pinch-hitting duties for the past week. With Gonzalez still limping, he joins Hamilton is being an extremely risky play for weekly leagues.
- Michael Bourn won’t play until at least Tuesday after jamming his thumb sliding into second base on Saturday. Tests didn’t reveal any structural damage, so his owners (and Braves fan) shouldn’t be too worried for the time being.
- Shane Victorino (wrist) is expected to return to the lineup on Tuesday when the Dodgers face the Padres.
- After experiencing shoulder spasms in his last start, Roy Halladay hasn’t been scheduled for his next start and will undergo an exam before the Phillies make a decision on whether or not to shut him down for the season.
- 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 0-3 with one run yesterday. (.323, 122 Runs, 28 HR, 78 RBI, 46 steals on the season).
Bryce Harper: Harper went 0-4 yesterday. (.258, 89 R, 19 HR, 52 RBI, 14 steals on the season).
Anthony Rizzo: Rizzo went 0-4 yesterday. (.290, 40 R, 14 HR, 45 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):
Justin Verlander vs. Kansas City Royals
Chris Sale vs. Cleveland Indians
Jordan Zimmerman vs. Milwaukee Brewers
Dan Straily at Texas Rangers
Ricky Romero at Baltimore Orioles
Liam Hendriks vs. New York Yankees
Trevor Cahill at Colorado Rockies
Marco Estrada at Washington Nationals
Derek Holland vs. 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.
- Billy Butler is 18-for-49 (.367) with two home runs in his career against today’s starter, Justin Verlander.
- Aramis Ramirez is 6-for-14 (.364) with one home run in his career against today’s starter, Jordan Zimmerman.
- Adam Jones is 13-for-39 (.333) with two home runs in his career against today’s starter, Ricky Romero.
- Asdrubal Cabrera is 2-for-12 (.167) in his career against today’s starter, Chris Sale.
- Matt Wieters is 5-for-24 (.208) against today’s starter, Ricky Romero.
- Alex Gordon is 9-for-43 (.209) in his career against today’s starter, Justin Verlander.
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 takes a look at today’s pitching matchups in the latest edition of Pitch or Ditch.
- Chuck Anderson gets you ready for the last ten days of the season with his weekly Added and Dropped update.
- Dan Leason opens up the Fantasy Football history books for a look at Week 3.