Daily Intel – 7/11/2018

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Arizona Diamondbacks

  • SP Patrick Corbin was inefficient in his start at Coors Field last night, but he wasn’t as bad as we feared considering his fly ball issues in June. Corbin needed 108 pitches to get through 4 1/3 innings, but he only allowed two earned runs. The issue was command, as he walked four and allowed five hits while striking out six. Corbin gets one more start before the break on Sunday against the Braves.

Atlanta Braves

  • OF Ronald Acuña Jr. was back in the lineup last night, hitting seventh, and went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
  • 2B Ozzie Albies had a stretch from May 16 to June 23 without a stolen base, but he picked up his ninth bag of the season last night and now has three stolen bases in the last 14 games. He also went 3-for-4 with two runs scored.

Baltimore Orioles

  • RP Zach Britton got his first win of the season last night, striking out two and allowing a hit in a scoreless top of the ninth inning with the game tied, setting up the Orioles for a walk-off win in the bottom half of the frame.

Boston Red Sox

  • This lineup is crushing the ball right now, and last night eight of the nine starters had hits. C Blake Swihart, getting his first start behind the plate since C Christian Vazquez got hurt, went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored.

Chicago Cubs

  • 3B Kris Bryant will be activated off the disabled list today after missing a little more than two weeks with left shoulder inflammation.
  • SP Jose Quintana pushed his ERA for the season to below 4.00 for the first time last night with six shutout innings at San Francisco. He generated 10 ground balls, the highest total he’s had since getting 12 on opening day at Miami. Quintana still isn’t delivering strikeouts, though – his three last night made it six straight starts where he struck out either three or four batters.

Chicago White Sox

  • The right hamstring strain for OF Avisail Garcia that we mentioned in Monday’s Intel has indeed turned in to another disabled list stint. This is the same hamstring that put Garcia on the shelf for two-plus months earlier in the season, and it’s hard to see how this isn’t an issue for the remainder of the season, even when he returns.

Cincinnati Reds

  • 1B Joey Votto was the driver behind a ninth inning comeback that saw the Reds turn a 4-0 deficit in to a 7-4 win. Votto hit a three-run double, and he now has three extra-base hits in his last four games and has reached base in seven consecutive starts with 12 hits plus walks in that span.

Cleveland Indians

  • RP Cody Allen blew up his entire season’s ERA in one non-save outing last night, allowing six runs on three hits and two walks in just 2/3 of an inning. After eight straight scoreless outings lowered his ERA from 4.18 to 3.25, yesterday’s disaster pushed it back up to 4.66.

Colorado Rockies 

  • SP Tyler Anderson delivered a second straight dominant outing at his hitter-friendly home park, limiting the Diamondbacks to three hits, four walks, and one run over six innings, striking out eight. Anderson has struck out at least eight in all of his last four starts, and for the season he’s lowered his home ERA to 4.37 in 47 1/3 innings while carrying a 3.48 ERA on the road in 54 1/3 innings.

Detroit Tigers

  • SP Matt Boyd had a bounce back start last night, if you just remove a hard-luck third inning where some mediocre defense and poorly hit balls turned in to a five-run frame capped by a wall-scraping homer from C Wilson Ramos. Boyd went six innings and allowed just those five runs on four hits and a walk, striking out eight. It was his highest strikeout number since May 17, but that doesn’t erase the fact that Boyd has now allowed at least five earned runs in four of his last five starts.

Houston Astros

  • RP Ken Giles entered the ninth inning in a non-save situation with the Astros up 4-0 on the A’s. He proceeded to allow three singles to the first three batters he faced and was taken out of the game without recording an out. All three runners later scored and were charged to Giles, who is sporting a 4.99 ERA on the season. It’s probably time to cut Giles in all mixed league formats.

Kansas City Royals

  • 2B/SS Adalberto Mondesi went 2-for-4 with a home run, four RBI, a walk, a stolen base, and a caught stealing last night. Mondesi is hitting .230 with 10 RBI, 11 runs scored, and five stolen bases in 61 at-bats since being recalled from Triple-A on June 17.

Los Angeles Angels

  • SP Garrett Richards left last night’s start with irritation in his right forearm and will undergo an MRI today. The odds of this ending well are low, as Richards passed on Tommy John surgery for a torn ligament in his elbow that was diagnosed in 2016, which limited his workload through that season and 2017.

Los Angeles Dodgers

  • SP Rich Hill went seven innings last night after leaving his start last Wednesday with neck soreness. He took the loss after allowing eight hits and a walk, which led to four earned runs. He did strike out seven, though. He won’t start again until after the All-Star Break.

Miami Marlins

  • 1B/OF Garrett Cooper started at first base last night and hit cleanup with 1B Justin Bour getting the night off. Cooper went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Bour is a potential trade candidate, and with every day at-bats Cooper could be a very good under-the-radar power source in August and September.

Milwaukee Brewers

  • 1B/OF Eric Thames has hits in six of his last seven starts after going 2-for-5 yesterday with a double and two runs scored. The Brewers are still not technically at “full strength” with 1B/OF Ryan Braun out, but even when he returns after the break, Thames is going to be tough to take out of fantasy lineups even if he’s only getting four or five starts a week.

Minnesota Twins

  • 2B Brian Dozier homered for the second time in three games last night; he has a five-game hitting streak going that also includes two doubles, four runs scored, and five RBI.

New York Mets

  • SP Noah Syndergaard will throw his final bullpen session today before a likely return to the rotation on Friday against the Nationals.
  • OF Michael Conforto did not start last night, just the second time since the start of June that he’s missed a game. It’s understandable, though, as he’s hitting just .136 with a .523 OPS in the last 15 days.

New York Yankees

  • SP Masahiro Tanaka returned from the disabled list and was given an 80-pitch leash. He only lasted 4 1/3 innings, being burned again by fly ball problems – he allowed six hits, two walks, and three earned runs, striking out five. Tanaka’s stuff looked good most of the outing, but he’s going to continue to be a blowup risk due to potential home run issues. He closes out the first half Sunday with a test at Cleveland against SP Trevor Bauer. 

Oakland A’s

  • OF Stephen Piscotty homered again last night, his fourth consecutive game with one. Piscotty’s power is starting to emerge, as he also has four doubles in his last 10 games to go with this four-game homer streak.

Philadelphia Phillies

  • SP Enyel De Los Santos made his major league debut on the mound last night, picking up a win with six innings of decent work at the Mets, allowing five hits, three walks, and three earned runs. He struck out six. De Los Santos worked with three pitches most of the night, using his four-seam fastball on 60 of his 94 pitches, and supporting it with a changeup and a curveball, both of which picked up two swinging strikes each on 16 and 18 pitches, respectively. De Los Santos was having a good year at Triple-A, with a 1.89 ERA in 95 innings with 87 strikeouts, and he entered the year considered a solid prospect, but the Phillies’ rotation logjam makes it likely he’ll be back in the minors soon for the duration of the year.

Pittsburgh Pirates

  • SP Joe Musgrove struck out nine over five innings last night, but a lack of run support led to him taking the loss despite allowing only five hits, a walk, and two earned runs. Musgrove had very good command all night, throwing 69 of his 96 pitches for strikes, though he still continues to struggle finding value in his cutter, as the pitch was his undoing with 3B Anthony Rendon hitting it for a two-run home run in Musgrove’s final inning.

San Diego Padres

  • C Austin Hedges went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run yesterday. He’s started five times so far this month and has gone 7-for-19 with three-extra base hits and five RBI.
  • 1B/OF Wil Myers also homered again last night, making it four consecutive games for him with a home run.

San Francisco Giants

  • C Nick Hundley hit cleanup last night with C/1B Buster Posey dealing with a hip issue that will keep him out of the All-Star Game. Hundley could be in line for more starts in the second half depending on how the Giants handle Posey’s injury.

Seattle Mariners

  • OF Mitch Haniger hit a three-run home run and a double last night, and he now ranks second in the American League with 65 RBI.

St. Louis Cardinals

  • OF Tommy Pham was a late scratch from yesterday’s lineup as he continues to deal with an ankle contusion.
  • OF Dexter Fowler, starting for just the second time since his general manager publicly questioned his effort level, went 2-for-5 last night with a grand slam.

Tampa Bay Rays

  • OF Kevin Kiermaier picked up a hit for the fourth consecutive game, also walking once last night. There are some signs that Kiermaier is starting to wake up at the plate after a brutal first two weeks back from his thumb injury – he’s got two extra-base hits, two runs scored, a stolen base, and two walks during this four-game hitting streak.

Texas Rangers

  • 2B/3B/SS Isiah Kiner-Falefa started at catcher last night and has now played seven games there, putting him three short of eligibility at a position where he’d be a must-start option in two-catcher leagues.

Toronto Blue Jays

  • Good progress from SP Marcus Stroman, who delivered his best outing of the season last night by limiting the Braves to a run on six hits and two walks over seven innings, striking out five. Stroman had his two-seam fastball working well, generating 23 strikes on 40 pitches, and for the first time this season he had a start where both that pitch and his main secondary pitch, the cutter, were both positive value pitches according to FanGraphs.

Washington Nationals

  • The toe issue for RP Sean Doolittle that was supposedly day-to-day has turned in to a disabled list stint, so RP Kelvin Herrera will take over closing duties for the rest of this week. Doolittle is eligible to return with the first game of the second half next Friday, and barring any unexpected setback, that should happen.
  • 2B Daniel Murphy went 4-for-4 with two doubles last night. He looks as close to fully healthy as he has all season and could be in for a monster second half.

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