Daily Intel – 6/6/2018

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Arizona Diamondbacks

  • SP Pat Corbin’s velocity continues to remain a tick or two down from his April numbers, but he remains effective thanks to a slider that is getting swings and misses. He struck out seven in 6 1/3 innings last night for his sixth win of the year, limiting the Giants to four hits, two walks, and a run.

Atlanta Braves

  • SP Julio Teheran was placed on the disabled list after leaving Monday’s game with a right thumb contusion. The Braves have a few off days between now and late June, so they may not need a replacement starter, but SP Mike Soroka is two rehab starts away from returning.
  • SS/3B Johan Camargo hit second in the order last night, his highest placement all season, and went 1-for-5 with a walk, an RBI, and two runs scored.

Baltimore Orioles

  • In their never-ending quest to find a leadoff hitter, 1B/OF Trey Mancini was back at the top of the lineup last night after being out of it for about a week. He went 2-for-4 with a run scored.

Boston Red Sox

  • SP Drew Pomeranz was placed on the disabled list with left biceps tendinitis. The move was retroactive to Saturday, so he may only miss his previously-scheduled start for tomorrow and return when he’s eligible early next week. Top prospect SP Jalen Beeks will make his major league debut in Pomeranz’s place – he has 80 Ks in 56 2/3 innings at Triple-A this year.

Chicago Cubs

  • SP Kyle Hendricks got in to trouble early against Philadelphia last night and couldn’t salvage the start, posting his first truly bad outing in almost two months. He was tagged for five runs on five hits and three walks in five innings, striking out five. He gets the Pirates on Sunday and should be started everywhere in that one.

Chicago White Sox

  • 2B Yoan Moncada had a strong performance leading off in both games of yesterday’s doubleheader, picking up three hits, including a home run, a walk, three runs scored, an RBI, and a steal.
  • RP Nate Jones blew the save in the eighth inning of game one of the doubleheader, and RP Joakim Soria was able to get four outs in the second game to lock down his fifth save of the season.

Cincinnati Reds

  • OF Scott Schebler has hits in his last five games, which includes a pinch-hit appearance on Sunday, and homers in three of those five games after a solo shot yesterday. He also added a single and two runs scored and has raised his batting average nearly 30 points to .264 over the last week.

Cleveland Indians

  • OF Lonnie Chisenhall was activated from the disabled list yesterday, with OF Bradley Zimmer surprising sent down and OF Greg Allen remaining with the big club. Chisenhall started in right field and batted eight, going 1-for-3 with two RBI.

Colorado Rockies 

  • We noted over the weekend that it would be interesting to see if OF Carlos Gonzalez’s strong homestand over the last week and a half would help him right the ship on the road, where he entered last night’s game with a sub-.200 batting average in more than 80 plate appearances with only one home run. It was a good first sign last night, with CarGo going 3-for-4 with a three-run home run, an RBI single, and two runs scored.

Detroit Tigers

  • 3B Jeimer Candelario left last night’s game early after taking a hard line drive off his hand in the field. X-rays were negative and he is day-to-day.

Houston Astros

  • SP Dallas Keuchel has been pretty bad in three of his last four starts after getting hammered by the Mariners last night. He was able to give some distance – 6 2/3 innings – after allowing six runs in the first and second, but he still gave up seven runs overall on seven hits and a walk, only striking out three. That also includes three home runs and just eight swinging strikes. Keuchel had a first inning ERA of 6.75 entering last night’s game, so that is clearly an issue, but we think he’s got the ability to get back on track, and the home run issue looks very fluky – Ryan Spaeder noted on Twitter that of Keuchel’s 12 home runs allowed this year, only one of them has gone longer than 390 feet. Part of that is a home ballpark problem, but still, hitters are not exactly hitting the ball hard every time.

Kansas City Royals

  • SP/RP Brad Keller still isn’t stretched out enough to be a mixed-league factor, but he’s pitching well enough in his transition to starting – after allowing a run in three innings last time out, he allowed just a run on five hits and a walk last night against the Angels in 4 1/3 innings. Keller is generating a lot of ground balls and doesn’t hurt himself with walks. The Royals aren’t going to win him many games, but he looks like someone to keep an eye on for 12-team leagues.

Los Angeles Angels

  • SS Andrelton Simmons slipped on the dugout steps during last night’s game and was pulled in the third inning. He said he’s only hoping to miss a few days, but the video didn’t look good so a disabled list stint is not out of the question.

Los Angeles Dodgers

  • 1B Max Muncy got the start at third base last night and hit second for the seventh time in the last two weeks, with 1B/OF Cody Bellinger being pushed down to the seventh spot, his lowest placement this season. Muncy went 1-for-3 with a walk and Bellinger went 1-for-4 with a solo homer.
  • SS/OF Chris Taylor stole his third base of the year last night and picked up his 13th hit in his last nine starts. He’s recovering nicely from a bad April and is on pace to score 116 runs, hit 22 homers, and drive in 70.

Miami Marlins

  • SP Jose Ureña needed more than two months to get his first win, but it happened last night in St. Louis. Funny enough, it was in one of his poorer outings of the year – he allowed 10 hits, a walk, and four runs in five innings, striking out only three.
  • 3B/OF Brian Anderson went 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBI last night.

Milwaukee Brewers

  • RP Corey Knebel got his first work in nearly a week last night in a non-save situation, going 2/3 of an inning, and allowing a hit. He struck out one.

Minnesota Twins

  • 3B Eduardo Escobar had a big doubleheader performance yesterday, hitting three doubles, a three-run home run, and driving in five hitting out of the cleanup spot in both games.
  • 1B Logan Morrison did not play in either game yesterday due to back stiffness. We’ll see if that’s a bad omen for his playing time moving forward even if he is healthy, especially with 1B Joe Mauer getting closer to a return.

New York Mets

  • SP Jason Vargas has a serious problem getting through a batting order the third time around, but the Mets seem to have pinpointed that issue and have worked around it in a way that has given Vargas unexpected fantasy value. Last night’s start was the third time in his last four outings that he was pulled after five innings, even though his respective pitch counts for those starts were 79, 65, and 86. In those three starts combined, he allowed only nine hits, three walks, and two runs, striking out 16. There was talk of RP Seth Lugo taking Vargas’ spot in the rotation, but if Vargas can give the Mets this type of performance every fifth day, even if it is only five innings, it holds some appeal in deep mixed leagues and NL-only leagues, especially if you can stream him.

New York Yankees

  • A day after we noted SP Jordan Montgomery’s recovery from his injury, it was announced that he will undergo Tommy John surgery tomorrow. We said in yesterday’s Intel that SP Domingo German could be one more bad start away from losing his rotation spot to Triple-A starters Josh Rogers or Chance Adams, and in her article covering Montgomery’s injury yesterday, The Athletic’s Lindsay Adler noted that manager Aaron Boone said Rogers “has “opened a lot of eyes” with his performance in Triple A this season.”

Oakland A’s

  • OF Khris Davis homered yesterday for the first time since he returned from the disabled list on May 31, and he has four hits (three for extra bases), four RBI, four walks, and five runs scored in that five-game stretch. We think Davis is in line to be a top 10 outfielder the rest of the way.

Philadelphia Phillies

  • C Jorge Alfaro picked up another hit, plus a walk, in four plate appearances last night. He now has hits in six of his last seven starts, including five doubles and a triple. Alfaro’s arm remains one of the best in the game and is going to ensure he gets massive playing time relative to other catchers, so if he was dropped in your league after his terrible start, he is worth considering for an add.

Pittsburgh Pirates

  • 3B Jung Ho Kang is hitting the ball well in the final stages of his prep to return to the majors. He is 6-for-16 in High-A, with two home runs, seven RBI, and four runs scored. He’s also walked five times. Playing time is going to be a question with the corners covered by youth in 3B Colin Moran and 1B Josh Bell, but if Kang hits in a limited role early on when he returns later this month, he could be mixed league relevant down the stretch, especially for owners needing batting average and runs scored.

San Diego Padres

  • C Austin Hedges is set to resume his rehab stint later this week after being shutdown last week due to pain in his injured right elbow.

San Francisco Giants

  • SP Madison Bumgarner made his season debut last night, and while he was set to throw 90 pitches, he only needed 82 to get through six innings. The stuff wasn’t all the way there, as his cutter was coming in under 85 mph and he only struck out three Arizona hitters, but he did limit them to two runs on eight hits without walking anyone, and he did generate 15 groundball outs. He’ll get two starts next week on the road at Miami and the Dodgers and should obviously be started everywhere.
  • SP Johnny Cueto will throw a bullpen session on his Friday as he progresses toward a late June return target.

Seattle Mariners

  • C Mike Zunino hit a massive two-run home run last night, and he also broke a streak of six straight starts with one strikeout. He is only batting .211 but only Royals C Sal Perez and Yankees C Gary Sanchez have more homers at the position. Considering Zunino and Perez missed significant time earlier this season, that says what you need to know about how catchers stack up in fantasy production, especially at power spots.

St. Louis Cardinals

  • SP Carlos Martinez came off the disabled list yesterday and wasn’t quite himself, though he needed he was easing off his fastball in his first start back. The results weren’t great, as Miami almost knocked him out in the third inning, but Martinez recovered to get through four innings and 75 pitches, allowing four hits, five walks, and two runs. He struck out five.
  • C Yadier Molina also started in his first game off the DL last night, delivering an RBI single in his first at-bat for his only hit of the game.

Tampa Bay Rays

  • SP Chris Archer was, unsurprisingly, placed on the disabled list yesterday after leaving Friday’s start early with what was deemed a groin issue. His visit to a core muscle specialist did bring some good news, though, as it was diagnosed only as an abdominal strain that shouldn’t keep him out more than a couple of starts. RP Diego Castillo was recalled.

Texas Rangers

  • 3B Adrian Beltre homered last night, his first since April 14. He seems fine at the plate in the four games he’s started since coming off the disabled list last Thursday, and should be started in all 12-team mixed leagues and larger.
  • In the most shocking moment of the season so far, SP Matt Moore recorded a quality start last night, holding the A’s to three runs over six innings on eight hits and two walks. It is actually Moore’s second quality start of the year, as he also shut out Tampa Bay for seven innings on April 17.

Toronto Blue Jays

  • SP Marco Estrada had his best start of the season last night, shutting out the Yankees over six innings, allowing only two doubles and four singles while striking out six.

Washington Nationals

  • SP Jeremy Hellickson was placed on the disabled list with a mild hamstring strain and will miss a couple of starts.
  • 1B Matt Adams was back in the lineup last night after leaving Saturday’s game with a bruised foot. He snapped a minor cold stretch of three hits in 22 at-bats with a solo home run, his only hit in three at-bats.

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