Daniel Murphy is already only one home run shy of his 2012 total
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 Sunday, June 9th.
5 Good Nights
- Dan Uggla: 2-2, 2 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI
- Jarrod Saltalamacchia: 2-4, 2 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI
- Daniel Murphy: 2-3, R, HR, 2 RBI, 1 steal
- Jordan Zimmerman: 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 Ks, W
- Luis Mendoza: 7.0 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, BB, 3 Ks
Honorable Mention: Matt Carpenter, Anthony Rendon, Ian Desmond, Freddie Freeman, Matt Holliday, Adam Lind, David Ortiz, Don Kelly, Cody Ransom, Carlos Gonzalez, Jay Bruce, Adam LaRoche, Dexter Fowler, Marco Scutaro, Brett Gardner, Jon Jay, Edwin Jackson, Kyle Lohse, A.J. Griffin, Felix Hernandez, Lucas Harrell, Hector Santiago, Jonathon Niese, Chad Gaudin, Bronson Arroyo, David Phelps, Mike Minor, Jose Alvarez, Jeff Locke,
5 Bad Nights
- Luke Gregerson: 0.2 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, K
- Matt Moore: 5.0 IP, 12 H, 8 ER, BB, 6 Ks
- Bobby Parnell: 1.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 Ks
- Josh Hamilton: 0-5
- Mark Teixeira: 0-5
Dishonorable Mention: Justin Morneau, Ryan Doumit, Clete Thomas, Chris Davis, Allen Craig, Jurickson Profar, Koji Uehara, Joe Blanton, Scott Diamond, Tyler Skaggs, Justin Grimm, Lance Lynn, Jonathan Pettibone, Clayton Richard, Josh Johnson, Justin Masterson
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 was activated from the DL, but it looks like he may not close for a week or so as the Brewers are trying to get Francisco Rodriguez his 300th career save.
- Giancarlo Stanton (hamstring) will not be activated from the DL today as originally expected, but he should rejoin the Marlins mid-week.
- Pablo Sandoval is awaiting MRI results on his strained foot and it looks like a trip to the disabled list may very well be in his future.
- Alexi Ogando has been placed on the 15-day DL with right shoulder inflammation.
- Clay Buchholz left Saturday’s start with tightness in his neck and while he’s expected to make his next start, I’ve also heard rumblings that he may hit the DL.
- After hitting .161 for the first two months or the season, Ike Davis was sent down to the minors yesterday and is droppable in all but the very deepest of 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):
Hisashi Iwakuma vs. Houston Astros
Clayton Kershaw vs. Arizona Diamondbacks
Jered Weaver at Baltimore Orioles
Scott Kazmir at Texas Rangers
Wade Miley at Los Angeles Dodgers
Jeremy Guthrie vs. Detroit Tigers
John Lackey at Tampa Bay Rays
Dylan Axelrod vs. Toronto Blue Jays
Ricky Nolasco vs. Milwaukee Brewers
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.
- Paul Konerko is 4-for-11 with two home runs in his career against today’s starter, R.A. Dickey.
- Josh Hamilton is 4-for-12 with three home runs in his career against today’s starter, Freddy Garcia.
- Colby Rasmus is 4-for-6 with two home runs in his career against today’s starter, Dylan Axelrod.
- Mark Trumbo is 1-for-9 in his career against today’s starter, Freddy Garcia.
- Matt Wieters is 2-for-13 in his career against today’s starter, Jered Weaver.
- Paul Goldschmidt is 2-for-17 in his career against today’s starter, Clayton Kershaw.
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