Daily Intel – 5/27/2019

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News From Yesterday’s Slate

Tampa Bay Rays – 6
Cleveland Indians – 3  

  • Cleveland rookie OF Oscar Mercado hit second in this game after sitting out on Friday and Saturday with a hip issue, and he went 2-for-4 with his first major league homer. Mercado ended up getting five starts in Cleveland’s seven games this week and had hits in four of them. He hasn’t stolen a base yet, but the batting order change and the playing time this week is a good sign for his future value.
  • Rays OF Kevin Kiermaier went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and, more important, two stolen bases, giving him nine on the year. Kiermaier is running at a level that he’s never shown in the majors, and if he can get his OBP closer to .325 from its current .301 level, he may challenge for 35 steals this year. He needs to be owned in all categories leagues.

Baltimore Orioles – 7
Colorado Rockies – 8

  • These two bullpens traded meltdowns, with Colorado RPs Bryan Shaw and Scott Oberg allowing three runs on four hits and a walk combined over 2 1/3 innings of work, and three Baltimore relievers combining to turn a 7-6 ninth inning lead in to an 8-7 loss, the last of which was de facto closer RP Mychal Givens, who walked two of the three batters he faced, with the third hitting a sac fly to end the game.

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Daily Intel – 5/26/2019

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News From Yesterday’s Slate

Tampa Bay Rays – 6
Cleveland Indians – 2

  • Rays SP Charlie Morton bounced back from a rough start last time out at the Yankees, striking out 10 here over six innings. He allowed three hits, two walks, and one earned run. He’ll get a tough matchup next time out at home against the Twins on Thursday.

Cincinnati Reds – 6
Chicago Cubs – 8

  • An odd outing for Cubs SP Yu Darvish, as manager Joe Maddon trusted him a little too long, with Darvish starting the eighth inning at more than 105 pitches and allowing a game-tying homer to Reds 2B/OF Derek Dietrich. Darvish once again did a good job limiting walks with just two over his seven innings, but he did allow 12 hits, including three homers, and six earned runs. He threw 82 of his 108 pitches for strikes, with 15 of them being swinging strikes. He’ll face the Cardinals next on the road on Friday.

Miami Marlins – 0
Washington Nationals – 5

  • SP Patrick Corbin threw a complete game shutout, improving to 5-2 on the season with a 2.85 ERA. He struck out five but only allowed a double, three singles, and a walk.
  • Nationals C Yan Gomes went 1-for-3 with a bases-clearing double that gave him three RBI. He also walked twice.

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Daily Intel – 5/25/2019

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News From Yesterday’s Slate

Tampa Bay Rays – 1
Cleveland Indians – 3  

  • Rays OF Avisail Garcia went 1-for-3 with an RBI and a walk, adding his fourth stolen base of the season. Garcia has hits in seven of his last nine games, including four homers and eight RBI.

Cincinnati Reds – 6
Chicago Cubs – 5

  • Cubs RP Steve Cishek was given the save chance here with a 5-4 lead in the ninth, and he faced three batters – walking 1B Joey Votto, allowing a two-run homer to 3B Eugenio Suarez, and hitting OF Jesse Winker with a pitch. With RP Pedro Strop moving along in his rehab, he should be added in all leagues with the expectation that he’ll be closing as soon as he’s back on the roster.

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Daily Intel – 5/24/2019

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News From Yesterday’s Slate

Minnesota Twins – 16
Los Angeles Angels – 7

  • Twins 3B Miguel Sano hit two of Minnesota’s eight homers on the day, driving in three and scoring three times. He added a walk, but his triple slash in his first 27 plate appearances is an incredible .240/.286/.800.
  • The Angels added three homers of their own, with 2B/3B Tommy La Stella going 2-for-5 with his 12th home run on the season along with four RBI.
  • Twins OF Max Kepler also hit a homer in this game, but the bigger news was that he left the game in the ninth inning after running in to the center-field wall. He has a bruised knee and is 50-50 to be ready for this weekend’s series against the White Sox.

Philadelphia Phillies – 9
Chicago Cubs – 7

  • Another rough outing for Cubs SP Jon Lester, as he lasted just four innings and allowed seven runs (four earned) on seven hits and walk. He allowed two homers, one on a cutter, which has been working very well for him this year with a .180 batting average and .344 slugging against entering this game in 265 offerings. Lester has now allowed nine earned runs and 19 baserunners in his last two starts; he gets the Astros on the road followed by a home game in a makeup date on June 3 against the Angels.
  • Phillies C J.T. Realmuto hit one of those two homers off Lester, his third homer in five games. Realmuto has found his power stroke in the last two weeks, with seven extra-base hits in an 11-game span, plus two stolen bases.

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Daily Intel – 5/23/2019

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News From Yesterday’s Slate

Los Angeles Dodgers – 1
Tampa Bay Rays – 8

  • Rays 2B Brandon Lowe got a rare start against a lefty pitcher, Dodgers SP Rich Hill, and he had a good day with two hits, an RBI, and a run scored. Lowe started May slowly but now has seven hits in his last six games, with two homers and six RBI.

Oakland A’s – 7
Cleveland Indians – 2

  • A’s SP Frankie Montas struck out nine over six shutout innings, allowing only five hits and two walks. Montas struck out 10 in his last start and has 31 Ks over 26 2/3 innings this month.
  • A’s DH Khris Davis may actually not need an IL stint for his hip injury; an MRI will take place today and a decision will be made before tomorrow’s series opener against the Mariners.

Washington Nationals – 1
New York Mets – 6

  • The bullpen let down Washington SP Max Scherzer in this game; it wasn’t the most efficient outing for Scherzer, who needed 109 pitches to get through six innings, but he shutout the Mets on four hits and two walks while striking out nine.
  • Nats RP Sean Doolittle allowed most of the damage, getting hit hard for the second time in the his three outings. He allowed four runs on two hits and a walk, leaving the game without recording an out. In his last three outings his ERA has jumped from 0.95 to 3.43.

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Daily Intel – 5/22/2019

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News From Yesterday’s Slate

Los Angeles Dodgers – 7
Tampa Bay Rays – 3

  • Seven starts on the season for SP Clayton Kershaw, and yesterday was his sixth quality start, as he held the Rays to six hits, a walk, and two earned runs over 6 1/3 innings. He struck out eight.
  • Dodgers SS Corey Seager struggled mightily to open May, with only five hits in his first 28 at-bats, but with yesterday’s 2-for-5 day he’s now got eight hits in his last seven games, including eight RBI.
  • Rays SP Tyler Glasnow did some rehab work yesterday and expressed optimism that he would be back sooner than his 4-to-6 week timetable. It will be two weeks on Friday that he suffered his right forearm injury.

Oakland A’s – 5
Cleveland Indians – 3

  • Cleveland’s two hottest hitters – 1B Carlos Santana and SS Francisco Lindor – both homered again yesterday, giving Santana three homers in four games and Lindor six extra-base hits in the last eight games.
  • If you own A’s DH Khris Davis, you probably aren’t surprised to hear that he is now on the IL after leaving last night’s game after one plate appearance. The hip injury he suffered playing the outfield earlier this month hasn’t improved with occasional days off, so he’ll now sit out until at least early June to see if he improves.

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Daily Intel – 5/21/2019

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News From Yesterday’s Slate

Boston Red Sox – 12
Toronto Blue Jays – 2

  • Boston OF Jackie Bradley had one hit on the day, but it was his first home run of the season, a two-run shot that gave him nine RBI on the season.
  • 3B Rafael Devers was the real fantasy standout here, going 3-for-5 with a solo homer, two singles, three RBI, two runs scored, and his sixth stolen base on the season. Devers had a rough weekend with one hit in 12 at-bats, but he’s picked up right back where he left off early last week when he had a streak of four straight multi-hit games.
  • Red Sox SP David Price only threw 67 pitches in his return from the IL, but it was enough to get through five shutout innings for the win. He allowed three hits and two unearned runs after Jays C Luke Maile homered two batters after Red Sox 2B/3B Michael Chavis made an error on a grounder.

Oakland A’s – 6
Cleveland Indians – 4

  • Indians SS Francisco Lindor hit a solo home run with the Indians down three in the ninth inning; it was his lone hit in five at-bats, but Lindor is starting to hit his stride offensively, with five multi-hit games in his last nine starts, with five extra-base hits and three steals in that span.

New York Yankees – 10
Baltimore Orioles – 7

  • The Yankees had a massive comeback in this one, as they were down 6-1 thanks to another bad start by SP J.A. Happ, who was tagged for nine hits, a walk, and six earned runs in 3 2/3 innings. Happ has now allowed 13 homers on the season, and three of his last four starts have seen him allow two homers in each. With a really low strikeout rate (40 in 52 1/3 innings, 3 Ks or less in four of his less five starts) on top of a homer problem, it is worth exploring a replacement for Happ in all mixed formats.
  • Orioles RP Mychal Givens got his first save opportunity since May 6 and was destroyed for five runs on four hits and a walk in 1 1/3 innings. Givens hadn’t been scored on since April 24, and this game raised his ERA from 2.75 to 4.71.

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