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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 Tuesday, September 18th.
5 Good Nights
- Miguel Cabrera: 3-4, 3 R, 2 HR, 6 RBI
- Ryan Braun: 2-4, R, RBI, 3 steals
- Miguel Olivo: 1-5, R, HR, 2 RBI, 1 steal
- Kyle Lohse: 7.0 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 5 K’s, W
- Nate Eovaldi: 8.0 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 5 K’s
5 Bad Nights
- Steve Cishek: 0.1 IP, 2 H, 3 ER, BB, K
- Ryan Dempster: 3.1 IP, 6 H,5 ER, 3 BB
- A.J. Griffin: 4.2 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, BB, 3 Ks
- Adam Jones: 0-7
- Aramis Ramirez: 0-5
Daily Grab Bag
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- Josh Hamilton left last night’s game after experiencing vision problems due to a sinus infection. I haven’t heard an update for today as of yet, but I’d venture to guess he’ll be out of today’s lineup.
- Giancarlo Stanton will be out until at least Friday with soreness in his side. The Marlins will likely be very cautious with Stanton going forward, so plan accordingly.
- Huston Street (calf) could be activated from the DL today and it’s worth a look to see if he’s on your waiver-wire if you’re in need of a boost in saves.
- 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 two runs and one steal yesterday. (.327, 118 Runs, 27 HR, 77 RBI, 46 steals on the season).
Bryce Harper: The Nationals did not play yesterday due to rain. (.263, 84 R, 19 HR, 50 RBI, 13 steals on the season).
Anthony Rizzo: Rizzo went 0-3 yesterday. (.293, 37 R, 14 HR, 43 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. Oakland A’s
Kris Medlen at Miami Marlins
Matt Cain vs. Colorado Rockies
C.J. Wilson vs. Texas Rangers
Edinson Volquez at Arizona Diamondbacks
Ricky Romero at New York Yankees
Marco Estrada at Pittsburgh Pirates
Derek Holland at Los Angeles Angels
Matt Harvey vs. Philadelphia Phillies
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.
- Mike Trout is 4-for-9 (.444) with two home runs in his career against today’s starter, Derek Holland.
- Edwin Encarnacion is 8-for-22 (.364) with one home run in his career against today’s starter, Phil Hughes.
- David Wright is 16-for-49 (.327) with three home runs in his career against today’s starter, Cole Hamels.
- Miguel Montero is 2-for-14 (.143) in his career against today’s starter, Edinson Volquez.
- Martin Prado is 6-for-33 (.182) against today’s starter, Josh Johnson.
- B.J. Upton is 3-for-16 (.188) in his career against today’s starter, Daisuke Matsuzaka.
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 takes a look at today’s pitching matchups in the latest edition of Pitch or Ditch.
- Albert Lang is back with his weekly Hot N Cold Fantasy Baseball All-Stars!
- Patrick DiCaprio shares the penultimate update to the Closer Identifier Algorithm Results.
- Matthew Dewoskin takes a look at O-Swing% with his latest Leaders and Laggards post.
- Chuck Anderson gets you ready for the last two weeks of the season with his weekly Added and Dropped update.
- Collin Hager is keeping an eye on Players in the News this week.
- Missed any of Sunday’s games? Dan Stack has the 411 on all of Week Two’s action.
- Chuck Anderson takes a look at some Week Three sleepers to target.
- Dan Leason has some waiver-wire players for you to scoop up this week.