By Billy Moy @william_moy6 on April 11, 2014
Here are the daily notes for April 11. Included are starting pitchers I like as streamers for April 12, important fantasy baseball notes from games played on April 10, what's going on with some shaky closer situations and a sliver of baseball history on April 11.
Nathan Eovaldi @ PHI (70 percent Yahoo! 87 percent ESPN)
Erasmo Ramirez vs. OAK (76 percent Yahoo! 94 percent ESPN)
Taylor Jordan @ ATL (97 percent Yahoo! 99 percent ESPN)
Jonathon Niese @ LAA (93 percent Yahoo! 97 percent ESPN)
Morse went 2-for-4 with a run scored and two RBIs on thursday night and is now hitting .400 on the season with seven runs, two home runs and 10 RBIs. Morse has hit in every game but one this season and as long as he remains healthy, he has a chance to be a sneaky source of power.
Ramirez enters Friday as the No. 1 ranked shortstop. He's homered twice in his last three games and for the season, he has a .421 average to go with eight runs, two homers, nine RBIs and two steals. Despite hitting just six home runs last season, Ramirez has a 20-homer season under his belt and it's possible he reaches that level again.
Davis opened the season by going 0-for-8 in the Brewers' series against the Braves. Since then, he has hit .429 to bring his season average up to .333. Davis was dropped in some leagues after his sluggish start; if he's available in your league, snatch him up now before it's too late.
Abreu homered twice on Thursday, giving him four home runs in his last three games. Abreu is now hitting .300 with seven runs, four home runs and 14 RBIs. Abreu looks better than advertised and he should be a 30-homer bat for years to come.
Through two starts, Pineda has 12 strikeouts to go with a 1.50 ERA and a 0.92 WHIP. Most importantly, though, Pineda was able to pitch at least six innings in both of his starts; his velocity has been right where it needs to be and he's feeling healthy. Pineda could have a monster bounce-back season.
I was able to catch most of Wood's game yesterday and he looked sharp. Wood now has 17 strikeouts in just 12.1 innings to go with a 2.92 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP. He probably won't be a good source of wins -- he left yesterday's game with the lead, but the bullpen blew it -- but he could provide owners with a useful ERA and WHIP to go with an excellent strikeout rate and he's widely available.
I watched his entire start yesterday and when he's on like he was against the Marlins he's the most unhittable pitcher in baseball. He made one mistake all game and Marcell Ozuna deposited it into the left-field seats, outside of that, he was absolutely filthy.
Josh Fields entered the game last night with a 6-1 lead, but he made a mess of it so Anthony Bass was brought in to get the last out with a few runs in and a couple of men on base. The Astros' ninth-inning situation is a dumpster fire from a fantasy standpoint, but if you're relying on them for saves, Fields and Chad Qualls are still the guys you want.
Phelps picked up a two-plus-inning save on Thursday. Shawn Kelley still appears to be in line for more save opportunities until David Robertson returns.
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