Daily Intel – 7/23/2018

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Arizona Diamondbacks

  • SP Zack Greinke had his best outing of the year yesterday, striking out 13 Rockies hitters over eight one-run innings. He allowed just two hits and a walk, throwing 77 strikes out of 111 pitches. The last time Greinke struck out this many batters was on July 30, 2014 against Atlanta, when he also had 13 Ks.

Atlanta Braves

  • OF Ender Inciarte picked up three hits yesterday, including a double, breaking a cold streak of one hit in 25 at-bats.

Baltimore Orioles

  • SP Andrew Cashner made his return from the disabled list after missing a couple of weeks with a neck injury, going 5 2/3 innings for a no decision, allowing a run on six hits and a walk. He struck out two and was one out away from picking up his sixth quality start in his last eight outings.

Boston Red Sox

  • OF Jackie Bradley Jr. went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run yesterday. He’s slowly starting to get to a respectable batting line for the season, and in 74 plate appearances over the last month he’s hit .290 with an .835 OPS.

Chicago Cubs

  • SP Jose Quintana started yesterday’s game on about two weeks of rest after dealing with shoulder fatigue, and the result was his arguably best overall start of the season. He went 121 pitches and seven innings, striking out six and allowing only two runs on six hits and four walks, earning his third consecutive win and ninth on the season. In 19 innings this month, he’s allowed only four runs, dropping his ERA from 4.31 to 3.87.

Chicago White Sox

  • SP Reynaldo Lopez struggled for the third consecutive start, allowing five runs on five hits and four walks in five innings, only striking out one. Lopez can’t find any command consistency from start-to-start – in his last six outings, he’s sandwiched zero and one walk starts between starts where he’s allowed four walks (twice), five walks, and three walks. He’s very difficult to trust in any mixed league format right now.

Cincinnati Reds

  • SP Matt Harvey had his first truly bad start yesterday since joining the Reds, allowing eight earned runs on eight hits, including four home runs, in 3 2/3 innings. Harvey was hanging around the fat part of the strike zone all day, only throwing 19 balls on 59 pitches, but his stuff isn’t good enough to get by guys when he makes mistakes with his control. Harvey’s last start as a Red will either be this one or will come Friday at home against the Phillies.

Cleveland Indians

  • OF Melky Cabrera started twice this weekend after being called back up for the first time since June 13. He went 1-for-3 yesterday with a walk after going 3-for-5 on Saturday with two doubles and two runs scored. He’s worth keeping on the radar in deep mixed leagues.

Colorado Rockies 

  • 1B/OF Ian Desmond’s weird home/road split grew yesterday when he hit his 14th home run of the year away from his hitter-friendly home ball park. He has only five homers at Coors Field in 180 plate appearances compared to the 14 road homers in 196 PAs.

Detroit Tigers

  • C/1B John Hicks went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts yesterday, capping off a hitless weekend against the Red Sox. Hicks did pick up three walks, but he’s got just one multi-hit game in 14 starts in July, hitting .213 for the month with a .650 OPS.

Houston Astros

  • RP Chris Devenski gave up three runs on a walk and three hits, including two home runs, without recording an out yesterday. He’s now allowed eight earned runs in four innings in seven July appearances, good for an 18.00 ERA.

Kansas City Royals

  • Yesterday was a strong bounce back start for SP Brad Keller, as he struck out a career-high eight over seven innings, allowing three earned runs on three hits and two walks. Keller has been very good generating ground balls recently, even in his bad starts, so if he can find a way to maintain some semblance of strikeout ability, he’ll generate value in deep mixed leagues.

Los Angeles Angels

  • OF Justin Upton went 1-for-3 yesterday with two walks and a two-run home run. He’s warming up over his last seven games, going 8-for-22 with three home runs, eight RBI, and a stolen base.

Los Angeles Dodgers

  • OF Matt Kemp hit his 16th and 17th home runs of the year yesterday, going 3-for-5 with three runs scored. He’s got 62 RBI on the season to go along with his .317 batting average.
  • 3B Justin Turner was back in the starting lineup yesterday, but he got hurt less than three innings in to the game and now may need a disabled list stint due to right groin tightness.

Miami Marlins

  • A disastrous blown save by RP Kyle Barraclough yesterday capped a rough weekend overall for the Marlins’ closer. He gave up a walk-off grand slam to lose yesterday’s game, capping an outing where he allowed five earned runs on four hits and walk, recording just a ground ball out and a strikeout.

Milwaukee Brewers

  • OF Keon Broxton led off yesterday for the first time this season, as regular leadoff man OF Lorenzo Cain moved to third in the order. Broxton went 0-for-4 with a walk and a run scored, striking out twice, while Cain reached base in all three of his plate appearances with two singles and a walk.

Minnesota Twins

  • OF Max Kepler hit a solo home run yesterday, and he’s hit .277 over his last 12 games with four home runs and nine RBI.
  • SP Jake Odorizzi struck out eight in six innings yesterday, allowing an earned run on two hits and one walk. Odorizzi has done well in weaker matchups recently, posting quality starts against the Royals, Orioles, and White Sox in his last five outings. He’s getting the Red Sox on the road next but faces the Royals at home after that, so if you want to stash him for that KC outing, it would be a good play.

New York Mets

  • SP Noah Syndergaard was placed on the 10-day disabled list yesterday with hand, foot and mouth disease, which he seems to have contracted during a kids’ baseball camp on Saturday. The team believes he’ll only miss one start, and the team may not need a replacement thanks to Sunday’s game against the Yankees being rained out.

New York Yankees

  • With a rain out yesterday, the Yankees are doing a slight shuffle on their rotation, as SP Luis Severino will stay on turn to start today at the Rays, and Sunday’s scheduled starter, SP Masahiro Tanaka, will start Tuesday and get a second start for the week on Sunday. That means SP CC Sabathia, who was going to go Tuesday/Sunday, will be pushed back to Friday, losing a two-start week.

Oakland A’s

  • OF Khris Davis and 1B Matt Olson both hit two home runs each yesterday, and now sit at 23 and 21 bombs on the season, respectively.
  • OF Dustin Fowler is now 2-for-27 over his last six games after going hitless yesterday, but he did reach base on a fielder’s choice and stole his sixth base of the year. Fowler has to be at risk of losing regular playing time if he can’t get going at the plate soon.

Philadelphia Phillies

  • SP Vince Velasquez dominated the Padres in the second game of a doubleheader yesterday, allowing only two singles and a walk over seven shutout innings, striking out seven.
  • OF Aaron Altherr was optioned to Triple-A after yesterday’s games and should be dropped in all formats.

Pittsburgh Pirates

  • OF Corey Dickerson did it again yesterday, delivering a four-hit day with a double, a home run, two singles, two RBI, and three runs scored.
  • OF Gregory Polanco’s power surge continued yesterday, with his fifth home run in his last 10 games. He’s now on pace to finish with 28 home runs and 87 RBI.

San Diego Padres

  • 1B/OF Wil Myers hit a two-run home run in game one of yesterday’s doubleheader at the Phillies, the only end of the twinbill that he played. He now has nine home runs on the year and a .956 OPS in 24 games since coming off the disabled list on June 21.

San Francisco Giants

  • SP Johnny Cueto’s home run problems continued yesterday, as he allowed three against the A’s and has now given up seven bombs in his three starts since coming off the disabled list on July 5. Cueto’s final line wasn’t terrible yesterday, as he only allowed four earned runs total on six hits and two walks in seven innings. He gets his next start on Saturday against Milwaukee, a tough matchup that we’d be cautious using him in.

Seattle Mariners

  • SP James Paxton got through a bullpen session without any issues and is set to return to the rotation on Tuesday at home against the Giants.
  • C Mike Zunino was activated off the disabled list and was back in the starting lineup yesterday. He batted eighth and went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
  • 1B/3B Ryon Healy went 3-for-4 with two three-run home runs. He now has 20 home runs and 53 RBIs on the season.

St. Louis Cardinals

  • OF Marcell Ozuna went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts yesterday, continuing his struggles over the last month. In his last 30 games, he’s hit .203 in 125 plate appearances, with no home runs and 11 RBI, which is good for a .229 slugging percentage.

Tampa Bay Rays

  • SP Chris Archer was dominant yesterday save for a second inning where he allowed four runs, three of them earned. Those were the only runs he allowed on the day to go along with eight hits in six innings, and he struck out 13 Miami hitters without walking one.

Texas Rangers

  • 2B Rougned Odor had another great day at the plate yesterday, going 3-for-3 with a solo home run, a steal and three RBIs. He’s raised his season-long OPS from .651 to .735 this month after going 8-for-13 this weekend.
  • OF Delino DeShields went 0-for-1 with two walks, two runs scored, and two stolen bases.

Toronto Blue Jays

  • SP J.A. Happ was good yesterday after posting three horrible starts in July, going five innings and allowing one run on four hits and no walks. He struck out nine, his highest total since May 16.

Washington Nationals

  • OF Adam Eaton went 3-for-4 with two runs scored, continuing a solid July at the plate in terms of batting average, but little else. He’s hitting .377 with only five runs scored, seven RBI, two extra-base hits, and three stolen bases.

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