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’m baaaaaack! After a nice relaxing vacation, it’s back to fantasy baseball!It’s the playoffs for head-to-head leagues and it’s the last month for all you rotisserie players, so it’s time to hunker down for the stretch run. If you wanna see what I did on my vacation, take a look here (and don’t worry — I’m not going anywhere again until the season is over so you’ll get your regular daily-dose of me for the next month!)
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 2nd.
5 Good Nights
- Chase Headley: 4-5, R, HR, 6 RBI, 1 steal
- Rickie Weeks: 3-4, 4 R, HR, 2 RBI, 2 steals
- Mark Reynolds: 3-5, 3 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI
- Justin Verlander: 8.0 IP, 4 H, ER, 11 K’s, W
- Hisashi Iwakuma: 7.1 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 7 K’s, W
Honorable Mention: Jose Reyes, Alexi Amarista, Garrett Jones, Reed Johnson, Jason Bay, Michael McKenry, Chris Nelson, Seth Smith, Desmond Jennings, Ryan Braun, Logan Forsythe, Derek Holland, David Price, Bronson Arroyo, Brett Anderson, Bud Norris, Stephen Strasburg, Travis Wood, Jake Westbrook, Chris Young
5 Bad Nights
- Jonathon Papelbon: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 3 ER, BB, K
- Ricky Romero: 1.0 IP, 8 H, 7 ER, BB
- Paul Maholm: 2.0 IP, 6 H, 7 ER, 3 BB, K
- J.J. Hardy: 0-5
- Mitch Moreland: 0-5
Dishonorable Mention: Alcides Escobar, James McDonald, Carlos Marmol, Lance Lynn, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Matt Cain, Jeff Francis, Zach McAllister, Yovani Gallardo, Casey Kelly, Esmerling Vasquez, Phil Hughes, Mark Buehrle, Chris Sale, Chris Tillman
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.
- Joey Votto (knee) is going to play one last rehab game today and is planning on returning to the Reds’ lineup tomorrow.
- Carlos Beltran is out of the lineup today with a knee injury.
- Ian Kinsler is back in the lineup today after sitting out yesterday with a back injury.
- Curtis Granderson is still out of the Yankees’ lineup today with a hamstring injury that has him day-to-day.
- The Phillies are talking about shutting down Carlos Ruiz for the rest of the season, so it’s probably not worth waiting around for him.
- Chris Perez (personal reasons) is planning on rejoining the Indians tomorrow.
- Asdrubal Cabrera (wrist) is expected to return to the Indians’ lineup today.
- 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: Trout went 0-4 yesterday. (.333, 107 Runs, 25 HR, 74 RBI, 42 steals on the season).
Bryce Harper: Harper went 0-4 yesterday. (.254, 73 R, 15 HR, 45 RBI, 13 steals on the season).
Anthony Rizzo: Rizzo went 0-3 with one run yesterday. (.287, 27 R, 10 HR, 31 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):
Johnny Cueto vs. Philadelphia Phillies
Kris Medlen vs. Colorado Rockies
C.J. Wilson at Oakland A’s
James Shields vs. New York Yankees
Barry Zito vs. Arizona Diamondbacks
Joe Saunders at Toronto Blue Jays
Clay Buchholz at Seattle Mariners
Mike Fiers at Miami Marlins
Patrick Corbin at San Francisco Giants
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.
- Evan Longoria is 13-for-33 (.394) with five home runs in his career against today’s starter, C.C. Sabathia.
- Robinson Cano is 29-for-68 (.426) with four home runs in his career against today’s starter, James Shields.
- Rickie Weeks is 7-for-14 (.500) with one home run in his career against today’s starter, Ricky Nolasco.
- Ryan Zimmerman is hitless in his career (8 at-bats) against today’s starter, Jeff Samardzija.
- Curtis Granderson is 6-for-56 (.107) in his career against today’s starter, James Shields.
- Carlos Pena is 6-for-45 (.133) in his career against today’s starter, C.C. Sabathia.
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.
- Dan Stack takes a look at some Players to Watch for this week.
- Chuck Anderson tells you why instant gratification is a dangerous thing in his latest Added and Dropped column.
- Matthew Dewoskin revisits xFIP in his newest Leaders and Laggards updates.
- Chuck Anderson takes a look at some catchers in his latest Position Battles article.
- The calendar has turned to September, 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.
- 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 answers some big questions about some big names in his newest update.