Daily Intel – 5/24/2018

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Arizona Diamondbacks

  • SP Zack Godley’s bad starts continue to be really bad – he gave up eight runs (six earned) in 3 1/3 innings yesterday, with the Brewers picking up seven hits. Godley walked three. Godley’s struggles have come primarily on the road – he now has a 4.55 ERA with 27 Ks and 17 walks in 27 2/3 road innings, compared to a 2.92 ERA and a 22-to-6 K-to-BB ratio in 24 2/3 home innings.

Atlanta Braves

  • SP Luiz Gohara showed some good signs in his first major league start of the season. He struck out six in four innings and picked up 12 swinging strikes on 78 pitches. And while he did get first-pitch strikes on 13 of 20 batters, he still managed to walk four guys. Gohara may not be in the rotation for the long-term, but SP Mike Soroka hasn’t had his rehab start scheduled yet, so Gohara should at least get one more turn.

Baltimore Orioles

  • OF Mark Trumbo injured his right knee sliding in to second base on Tuesday, and he missed the game last night. He’s day-to-day.

Boston Red Sox

  • SP David Price dominated the Rays for the third time this season, striking out nine in six innings. He allowed three hits, three walks, and one run. Price has now faced the Rays four times, and the most recent start wasn’t a good one, so this is another positive sign in his recovery from the hand numbness issue that was plaguing him earlier this month and in April.

Chicago Cubs

  • 2B/OF Ian Happ moved back in to the leadoff spot for the first time since April 17, a reward for his recent hot streak. He went 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout. Both 2B/OF Ben Zobrist and OF Albert Almora did not start, and they’ve been hitting at the top of the lineup recently, so it’ll be interesting to see if Happ stays at the leadoff spot when those guys play in the lineup with him.

Chicago White Sox

  • C Welington Castillo will be suspended 80 games for violating MLB’s drug policy. He should be dropped in all formats.
  • OFs Adam Engel and Leury Garcia stole bases last night – Engel now has seven on the season and Garcia has nine. They are both interesting short-term options for speed-needy owners in deep mixed leagues.

Cincinnati Reds

  • RP Raisel Iglesias was placed on the disabled list with a strained left biceps – he is a right-handed pitcher, so hopefully this isn’t a long-term thing. Manager Jim Riggleman said any number of relievers – Jared Hughes, David Hernandez, Wandy Peralta, Amir Garrett, Michael Lorenzen are all in play for saves. Garrett is the only one we think is worth owning in the deepest of mixed leagues. Hughes has some NL-only appeal.

Cleveland Indians

  • With OF Brandon Guyer becoming the fourth Indians’ outfield on the disabled list, OF Melky Cabrera and OF Rajai Davis should see what is essentially every day playing time.
  • RP Andrew Miller worked 1 2/3 innings and threw 18 strikes on 23 pitches, allowing just a hit and striking out two. He should be considered healthy and back on track.

Colorado Rockies 

  • C Chris Iannetta is still receiving a ton of playing time, which has its own inherent value at catcher, but he’s just not producing – after an 0-for-2 day yesterday with a walk and two strikeouts, Iannetta has a .213 batting average and .685 OPS, and he ranks 29th at catcher on ESPN’s player rater. There are certain cases at the catcher position where the volume of appearances can be a detriment, and that’s what Iannetta is right now.

Detroit Tigers

  • SS/3B Niko Goodrum went 2-for-3 with a home run, a double, a walk, and two runs scored yesterday. That snapped a streak of 12 at-bats without a hit, and gives us a little bit more confidence in using Goodrum in deeper mixed leagues after his hot streak earlier this month.
  • RP Shane Greene bounced back from his blown save on Sunday, working a perfect ninth inning yesterday for his 11th save of the year.

Houston Astros

  • SS/3B Alex Bregman picked up his fifth steal of the year yesterday, and his third caught stealing. This was only the second game in May where Bregman attempted a steal (he was 1-for-1 this month otherwise), but he remains on track to match or slightly surpass the 17 steals he posted last year.

Kansas City Royals

  • OF Jorge Soler was moved down to fifth in the lineup, with 2B/OF Whit Merrifield moved up to the second spot. Soler went 1-for-4 with a run scored, but that was just his third hit and fourth time on base in the last eight games.

Los Angeles Angels

  • 2B Ian Kinsler led off for the third straight game after spending two weeks hitting out of the six and seven holes in the lineup. He went hitless in all three games, including an 0-for-5 day yesterday with two strikeouts.

Los Angeles Dodgers

  • SP Kenta Maeda was probably someone you were starting every time out, but if he wasn’t, now he is – last night’s 111 pitches were a career high, and they came with 12 strikeouts, the second most Maeda’s posted in a start in his two-plus year career. Maeda has pitched 14 2/3 scoreless in his last two outings after putting together back-to-back mediocre starts against easy opponents in Cincinnati and San Diego.

Miami Marlins

  • SP Dan Straily has been very good for three straight starts. He went six innings yesterday against the Mets, allowing only a solo home run along with three other hits, three walks, and five strikeouts. He’s now allowed only three runs in his last three starts, spanning 18 innings.
  • RP Brad Ziegler bounced back well after his disastrous outing Sunday – after a perfect inning on Tuesday, he got the save chance in a 2-1 game last night and closed out his ninth save of the year.

Milwaukee Brewers

  • 3B Travis Shaw hit his 12th home run of the season and second in three games. He’s produced elite-level power in May, with six home runs and four doubles in just 72 plate appearances.
  • OF Ryan Braun will be activated off the disabled list today.

Minnesota Twins

  • OF Max Kepler went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts yesterday. His May OPS is .671, a big drop from the .862 he posted in April, but he is still walking and showing pretty good plate discipline. We’d be patient with Kepler and continue using him in weekly leagues.

New York Mets

  • RP Jeurys Familiar gave up four hits and a walk, turning a 1-0 Mets lead in the ninth in to a 2-1 loss for his fourth blown save of the season, but his first since April 26.
  • OF Brandon Nimmo went 2-for-3 with a solo home run last night. Nimmo’s numbers aren’t particularly impressive in roto formats, but his .423 on-base percentage will keep him in the lineup and relevant in points leagues.

New York Yankees

  • SS Didi Gregorius hit his first home run of the month and first since April 27 yesterday, but that was his only hit in five at-bats. He’s got a single hit in each of the last three games after sitting out back-to-back games this weekend, which is a slight improvement from the one hit he had total in his previous nine games before the benching.

Oakland A’s

  • SP Josh Lucas will start today with the A’s needed a second replacement starter with SP Brandon McCarthy and SP Andrew Triggs out. Lucas probably has 50 pitches in him at best, so it’ll essentially be a bullpen day.

Philadelphia Phillies

  • SP Jake Arrieta’s was terrific last night, using increased velocity early in the game to ride through 6 2/3 shutout innings, limiting the Braves to seven hits and a walk. He struck out seven, his second best total of the season. Arrieta’s sinker averaged 93.6 mph, a full mph above his season average, and it was a key pitch for him all night.

Pittsburgh Pirates

  • 2B/3B Josh Harrison went 4-for-6 with a triple, a walk, an RBI, and a run last night. That’s eight hits for Harrison in the three games since he came off the disabled list. If he was dropped when he got hurt and still is available in your league, grab him. He’s one of the best batting average sources in fantasy.

San Diego Padres

  • SP Tyson Ross has probably done everything he needs to in order to be considered a must-start guy in all formats – yesterday at Washington he went 6 2/3 innings and limited the Nats to five hits, a walk, and a run, while striking out nine. He had 18 swinging strikes on 110 pitches, well above his season average that has hovered between nine and ten percent. In addition, his first pitch strike percentage is the highest it has ever been since he’s become a full-time starter. With a good home park and a weak NL West division as more positive factors, it is going to difficult to find a start where we’d recommend benching Ross.

San Francisco Giants

  • SP Jeff Samardzija needs to be benched in all formats for the time being. He continues to struggle with his command – he had five walks yesterday – and when he is in the strike zone, he’s missing his spots, like the slider that came right out over the plate yesterday for Houston OF George Springer to hit for a two-run home run that just about ended Samardzija’s outing. He finished with 4 2/3 innings, four hits, and three earned runs, with only two strikeouts.

Seattle Mariners

  • SP Marco Gonzales has put together back-to-back scoreless outings after shutting out the A’s for seven innings yesterday on two hits and two walks. Gonzales continues to succeed by keeping the ball in the bottom third of the strike zone and right below the bottom of the zone. With a diverse four-pitch mix, Gonzales has the stuff to continue producing all season, and the most important part is that he looks unlikely to ever have a completely awful performance because of his ability to generate soft contact and ground balls.

St. Louis Cardinals

  • One day after we talked about how safe RP Bud Norris looked in the closer role, he had his first bad outing in three weeks, taking the loss after allowing three runs (two earned) and three hits. Norris worked a clean ninth inning and then came back out for the tenth, which is when his trouble started. We’ll be curious to see how many multi-inning outings Norris continues to get with the Cardinals’ lack of bullpen depth.
  • OF Marcell Ozuna overslept and was pulled from the lineup yesterday in favor of OF Tyler O’Neill. 

Tampa Bay Rays

  • SP Jake Faria did in fact hit the disabled list yesterday after straining his oblique on Tuesday. He’s likely to miss six-to-eight weeks and should be dropped in all formats.
  • RP Sergio Romo could start all three games this weekend against Baltimore, with RPs Ryan Yarbrough, Anthony Banda, and Austin Pruitt providing the bulk of the innings in those games.
  • SS Willy Adames will be sent down after today’s game, as 2B Joey Wendle will be back Friday from the paternity list.

Texas Rangers

  • 2B/3B Isiah Kiner-Falefa went 2-for-4 with a walk, three RBI, and two runs last night. He also picked up his fourth steal of the season.
  • OF Nomar Mazara hit his 11th homer and drove in his 29th, 30th, and 31st runs last night – he is the only Rangers’ hitter that hasn’t gone in to some sort of multi-day or multi-week slump this season, and his home/road splits are much closer than they were in his first two full seasons in the majors.

Toronto Blue Jays

  • RP Tyler Clippard’s third save chance since moving in to the closer role vacated by “suspended” RP Roberto Osuna was a complete dud – 1/3 of an inning, two hits, three walks, and four earned runs that turned the Jays 3-1 lead in to a 5-3 deficit and, eventually, a 5-4 loss. RP Ryan Tepera is probably the best option to add if you want to speculate on Clippard’s continued failure and a new closer being needed – Tepera got his ninth hold yesterday with 1 1/3 innings of perfect work.

Washington Nationals

  • OF Juan Soto was moved up to second in the order last night, bumping OF Bryce Harper down to third and 3B Anthony Rendon to cleanup. Soto struck out twice, Harper struck out three times, and Rendon went 1-for-4. Harper has 10 Ks in his last eight games and just two walks, a very uncharacteristic stretch for him. He has three homers over that same period, though.

 

 

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