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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Daily Intel – 5/20/2019

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News From Yesterday’s Slate

Tampa Bay Rays – 5
New York Yankees – 13

  • Yankees OF Aaron Hicks went 1-for-3 with a two-run homer and two walks, scoring twice. Hicks reached base five times this weekend after going hitless in his first three games off the IL earlier this week.
  • The Yankees used rookie RP Chance Adams for the final three innings of this game with a seven and then eight-run lead, and Adams was tremendous in allowing only a single and a walk while striking out three. The 24-year-old Adams was having another average season at Triple-A, with a 4.80 ERA in 30 innings but 37 strikeouts.

Chicago Cubs – 6
Washington Nationals – 5

  • Cubs OF Albert Almora Jr. went 3-for-3 with two doubles, a walk, and two runs scored, giving him three multi-hit games in his last four starts and a .281/.293/.544 triple-slash in 58 May plate appearances.
  • RP Steve Cishek worked the last 2 1/3 innings to earn his fourth save of the season, allowing only a single and striking out two. Cishek has been perfect in nine innings in May, allowing only four hits and two walks while striking out seven.

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Daily Intel – 5/19/2019

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News From Yesterday’s Slate

Tampa Bay Rays – 2
New York Yankees – 1       (11 Innings)

  • Yankees SP Masahiro Tanaka dominated the Rays for six innings, allowing only a double and three singles while striking out six, but he left the game after basically making a kick save with his right foot/ankle on a line drive. There was apparently swelling and soreness in the spot after the game, so he’s TBD to make his next start.
  • Rays RP Jose Alvarado bounced back slightly from his blown save on Friday, getting a chance to earn the save in the 11th inning here and converting after allowing a leadoff single, getting OF Aaron Hicks to strikeout and C Gary Sanchez to hit in to a double play.
  • Rays 2B/OF Brandon Lowe and OF Austin Meadows both hit solo shots for their ninth homers of the season. Lowe struck out again in this game, his sixth straight game with a K, a span in which he has 13 strikeouts in 21 at-bats.

Chicago Cubs – 2
Washington Nationals – 5

  • Some signs of life for Nats 2B Brian Dozier, who went 2-for-4 yesterday and 3-for-4 on Friday with a homer, a double, three runs scored, and a walk. He’s hitting .255 with six walks in 61 May plate appearances.
  • Cubs OF Jason Heyward went 0-for-4 and lowered his triple slash to .229/.331/.396, thanks mainly in part to a 1-for-24 stretch over the last week where he has struck out at least once in all seven games he’s started in.

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