Daily Intel – 6/22/2018

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Arizona Diamondbacks

  • SP Zack Godley continued to pull out of his May tailspin with his third consecutive start allowing only two runs – he went six innings last night against the Pirates, allowing four hits, three walks, and striking out five. An encouraging trend was his 10 ground ball outs, just the second time he’s had double-digit groundouts in his last 10 starts.
  • SS Ketel Marte hit his second homer in three starts yesterday, and he’s picked up his power production while cutting down on his strikeouts this month. He has eight RBI in his nine games and has a four-to-four strikeout-to-walk ratio over that same period.

Atlanta Braves

  • OF Ronald Acuna Jr. will begin a rehab today at Triple-A, and barring any setbacks he should be ready to go for a full week of games starting Monday when the Braves face the Reds.

Baltimore Orioles

  • OF Colby Rasmus returned to the lineup for the first time since early April last night, and in his first at-bat he homered off Nationals ace SP Max Scherzer. Rasmus hit sixth and played right field last night, and that homer was his lone hit in three at-bats.

Boston Red Sox

  • SP Rick Porcello was very good yesterday, shutting out the Twins yesterday for seven innings and allowing only a single and a walk. He struck out five en route to his ninth win of the season.

Chicago Cubs

  • We’re not quite ready to take a full victory lap on OF Jason Heyward, but we really hope you still have the chance to jump on him, because we expect a very good second half to build on what he’s done over the last three weeks. He went 4-for-5 yesterday with a double and a run scored, and his OPS is close to .900 over the last 30 days.

Chicago White Sox

  • The White Sox’ top hitting prospect, OF Eloy Jimenez, was promoted to Triple-A yesterday, increasing the likelihood that he’ll at least be fantasy relevant in AL-only leagues before the end of the season.

Cincinnati Reds

  • We hinted last week that a power breakout may be in the offing for OF Jesse Winker, and yesterday he delivered a grand slam to turn the Reds 2-1 deficit in to a 5-2 lead. He also walked once.
  • SS Jose Peraza led off again yesterday with C Tucker Barnhart hitting second, so that looks to be the preferred batting order for now.

Cleveland Indians

  • It’s worth monitoring if OF Lonnie Chisenhall returns to the lineup at any point this weekend after being scratched with soreness in both his calves. He missed time earlier this year with a right calf issue, and any lingering problem could help OF Rajai Davis’ value.

Colorado Rockies 

  • With RP Wade Davis unavailable yesterday due to recent usage, RP Jake McGee was called on for the save chance. He allowed a double, a triple, and a run, but he was able to hold on to the lead to earn his first save of the year.

Detroit Tigers

  • SP Francisco Liriano will be activated today and make his return to the rotation tomorrow at Cleveland against SP Trevor Bauer. 

Houston Astros

  • SP Justin Verlander will now start on Sunday against Kansas City, switching spots with SP Gerrit Cole, who will start Monday against Toronto and have a two-start week next week (his second start will be at Tampa Bay).

Kansas City Royals

  • 2B/SS Adalberto Mondesi bears watching over the next week or so as he gets more playing time – very few guys will be entering the pool of available assets in fantasy in the second half with as high a stolen-base upside as Mondesi. The question is if he can get enough at-bats and put the ball in play enough to steal, say, 20 bases between now and the end of September. If

Los Angeles Angels

  • SP Tyler Skaggs was scratched before his scheduled start yesterday with hamstring tightness, so SP John Lamb started in his spot. Lamb was supposed to go in tonight’s game, so SP Andrew Heaney will get moved up and, as of now, Monday’s spot against Kansas City in a makeup game in open, which could be where Skaggs steps in for a two-start week (he’d also draw the Orioles on the road on Saturday, June 30).

Los Angeles Dodgers

  • SS/OF Chris Taylor should be ready to get in all of the Dodgers’ games this weekend against the Mets after leaving Wednesday’s game early with hamstring tightness.

Miami Marlins

  • SP Dan Straily was suspended for five games after an intentional hit by pitch of Giants C Buster Posey on Tuesday. He’ll appeal his start, but this could impact his upcoming two-start week, which is slated to begin Monday against Arizona.

Milwaukee Brewers

  • OF Lorenzo Cain left last night’s game after the fourth inning with a hamstring injury that was visibly bothering him. He was 2-for-3 with an RBI, a stolen base, and two runs scored before leaving, and the Brewers said the move was precautionary. Still, for a guy that depends on runs scored and stolen bases for a big chunk of his fantasy value, any hamstring injury is worth monitoring.

Minnesota Twins

  • 3B Eduardo Escobar was hit by a fastball in the right elbow and left yesterday’s game. The team said it was a bruise and he’ll be day-to-day.

New York Mets

  • 1B/3B Todd Frazier went 2-for-4 with a home run and two runs scored yesterday. Frazier’s shown fits and starts of his old power profile – he hit home runs in back-to-back games on June 9/10, and doubles in back-to-back games on June 15/16, but that’s been it as far as extra-base hits since his return off the disabled list on June 5.

New York Yankees

  • RP Dellin Betances struck out two in another scoreless inning yesterday – he’s perfect in June, striking out 20 in 10 appearances, all of which have been an inning and have been scoreless.

Oakland A’s

  • Yesterday’s game in Chicago was rained out, so it’ll be a doubleheader today with SP Chris Bassitt starting the opener and SP Sean Manaea starting the nightcap.

Philadelphia Phillies

  • A rumor emerged yesterday that the Phillies are interested in Rangers 3B Adrian Beltre, an impending free agent. The move makes sense with SS/3B J.P. Crawford out 4-6 weeks and 3B Maikel Franco struggling mightily.

Pittsburgh Pirates

  • The extra day of rest did a lot of harm to SP Chad Kuhl, who posted his worst start of the season last night against Arizona in allowing eight hits, a walk, and eight runs in two innings. Kuhl is still a consistently average pitcher in most outings and should continue to be treated as such in NL-only leagues, which is the only format where he’s viable as a starter in every outing.

San Diego Padres

  • 1B/OF Wil Myers was activated from the disabled list after missing most of the last two months, and he was slotted right in to the leadoff spot. Myers is going to get some off days here and there with the Padres’ outfield depth, but he should be started in all formats now that he’s back.

San Francisco Giants

  • SP Johnny Cueto will finally get some game action in a rehab start at Triple-A Sacramento on Saturday. He’s only going to throw 40 pitches, so this is probably the first of three or four rehab starts before a mid-July return to the rotation.

Seattle Mariners

  • SP James Paxton was battered in the first inning of yesterday’s game at the Yankees, allowing two home runs and four runs total, but he recovered after that to strike out seven in the next four scoreless innings, and nine total in the game. Paxton is making more mistakes with individual pitches than he was earlier in the year, but he remains someone that should be started every time out without question.

St. Louis Cardinals

  • SP Carlos Martinez delivered another dud yesterday, allowing seven runs (five earned) in four innings against Milwaukee. The Brewers tagged him for eight hits, including four for extra bases, and walked twice. Martinez has gone beyond four innings once in his four starts back off the disabled list, and at this point he is a matchups play. He gets the Indians next Tuesday and really can’t be trusted there outside of NL-only leagues.

Tampa Bay Rays

  • 2B/SS/3B Daniel Robertson is likely to be activated today, further clouding the infield playing time picture for the Rays, considering Robertson was one of their best offensive weapons with a .385 OBP on the season.

Texas Rangers

  • We missed this on Wednesday because it was a game between two awful teams, but do-everything INF/OF Isiah Kiner-Falefa actually played catcher and caught Royals 1B Hunter Dozier stealing to end the game. If you’re in a league where players get position eligibility with one game, IKF should be added immediately if there are 15 or more catchers rostered in the entire league.

Toronto Blue Jays

  • OF Steve Pearce will be activated from the disabled list in advance of tonight’s game.
  • SP Marcus Stroman is all set to return to the rotation tomorrow on the road against the Angels. Don’t start him anywhere, he needs to prove it first.

Washington Nationals

  • Another wrinkle in the Washington lineup last night, as OF Bryce Harper hit leadoff and went 1-for-1 with a double and two walks, and 19-year-old OF Juan Soto hit cleanup, going 1-for-3 with what turned out to be a game-winning two-run double in the eighth inning.
  • In their first game pitching together, RP Kelvin Herrera worked the top of the eighth in a tie game and RP Sean Doolittle got the save chance in the ninth after the Nats’ took the lead in the bottom of the eighth.

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