Welcome to our Fantasy Baseball Daily Notes! Just like last year, I’ll be combing over box scores and scouring local beat writers’ reports each morning to help ensure you have all the information you need in order to make the right decisions for your fantasy baseball lineup. So 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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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-committee for 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 Thursday, June 6th.
5 Good Nights
- Yoenis Cespedes: 2-4, 2 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI
- Yasiel Puig: 2-4, R, HR, 4 RBI
- Cameron Maybin: 2-5, R, 2 RBI, 2 steals
- Zack Greinke: 7.0 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 7 Ks, W
- Phil Hughes: 7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 Ks, W
Honorable Mention: David Ortiz, Robinson Cano, Matt Adams, Wilin Rosario, Victor Martinez, Dominic Brown, Matt Holliday, Tim Hudson, Max Scherzer, Tyler Cloyd, Blake Beavan, Miguel Gonzalez, Shelby Miller, Wade Davis
5 Bad Nights
- Aaron Harang: 2.1 IP, 8 H, 6 ER, 3 Ks
- Ian Kennedy: 4.0 IP, 13 H, 10 ER, 2 BB, 4 Ks
- Wily Peralta: 5.0 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 2 Ks
- Carlos Gonzalez: 0-6
- Troy Tulowitzki: 0-5
Dishonorable Mention: Adam Dunn, Jed Lowrie, Nick Hundley, Andy Dirks, Roberto Hernandez, Jhoulys Chacin, Dan Straily
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.
- Jim Henderson (hamstring) is set to return this weekend and will take over for Francisco Rodriguez as the Brewers closer as soon as he returns.
- Daniel Hudson (Tommy John) experienced tightness in his elbow during a rehab start and also this could be nothing, it looks like he won’t be returning at any point this month.
- According to various reports, Gerritt Cole will be called up to start against San Francisco on Tuesday. There is no word on whether the promotion is permanent, but Cole is worth an add in deeper leagues.
3 Up, 3 Down, and Throwing Darts
Starting and sitting the right pitchers on a day-to-day basis is often the lynchpin 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 are 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):
Matt Harvey vs. Miami Marlins
Chris Sale vs. Oakland A’s
Justin Verlander vs. Cleveland Indians
Matt Cain at Arizona Diamondbacks
Ubaldo Jimenez at Detroit Tigers
Edinson Volquez at Colorado Rockies
Jordan Lyles at Kansas City Royals
Jorge De La Rosa vs. San Diego Padres
Jarrod Parker at Chicago White Sox
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.
- Wilin Rosario is 5-for-12 with two home runs in his career against today’s starter, Edinson Volquez.
- Ryan Braun is 9-for-19 with three home runs in his career against today’s starter, Cliff Lee.
- Adam LaRoche is 7-for-23 with two home runs in his career against today’s starter, Kevin Correia.
- Carlos Beltran is 1-for-15 in his career against today’s starter, Mike Leake.
- Andrew McCutchen is 1-for-13 in his career against today’s starter, Travis Wood.
- Joey Votto is 2-for-20 in his career against today’s starter, Adam Wainwright.