Daily Intel – 8/3/2018

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Arizona Diamondbacks

  • Updating an item from yesterday, 3B Jake Lamb will have surgery to repair his torn left rotator cuff and is out for the year.

Atlanta Braves

  • SP Mike Foltynewicz recovered with his first good start in more than a month yesterday, limiting the Mets to two runs on five hits and a walk in six innings, striking out five.
  • OF Ronald Acuña Jr. went 2-for-3 with a triple, a stolen base, a walk, and two runs scored yesterday. That’s two steals in the last four games, a nice sign as he continues to get back to normalcy after his knee injury earlier in the season.

Baltimore Orioles

  • 2B Jonathan Villar was activated off the disabled list after missing more than two weeks with a right thumb issue, and his new team put him right in the fire at the leadoff spot yesterday. He went 2-for-5 with a run scored and should be worth tracking over the next week or so since he’s clearly the Orioles’ everyday second baseman.

Boston Red Sox

  • 1B/OF Steve Pearce hit three home runs last night, driving in six. He’s still not an everyday player, though, and remains useful only in AL-only leagues
  • SP Brian Johnson struck out a career-high 11 last night in earning his second win of the season, going five innings and allowing four earned runs on six hits (three home runs) and two walks. He’s an AL-only play.

Chicago Cubs

  • SP Mike Montgomery was pulled after 5 1/3 innings and 79 pitches yesterday, a clear sign of workload management, but he was good enough for us to be a little less worried about his deep mixed league and NL-only value the rest of the way. He only allowed one run on six singles, a double, and a walk, striking out two. He gets a great matchup on Tuesday in his next outing, facing Kansas City in their pitcher-friendly park.

Chicago White Sox

  • After ending July with 18 earned runs and eight home runs allowed in his final three starts, SP Reynaldo Lopez got himself back in to a groove yesterday with seven strong innings against a light-touch opponent in Kansas City. He allowed five hits, two walks, and two runs, striking out four. Lopez said lack of focus was the issue in recent starts, not a workload problem. Still, he remains a no-go in tough matchups like his next one against the Yankees.

Cincinnati Reds

  • With the team going to a six-man rotation for the near future, SP Tyler Mahle is slowly approaching the territory where he’s not worth rostering in shallow mixed leagues. He was awful again yesterday, allowing six earned runs on four hits and three walks in 1 2/3 innings. Over his last four starts he’s only pitched 10 2/3 innings and has allowed 20 earned runs, raising his ERA from 3.66 to 4.95. Mahle’s slider has been a problem, going from a mediocre offering to one that teams are killing him on, and his fastball hasn’t been good enough to pick him up.

Cleveland Indians

  • RP Andrew Miller could come off the disabled list today after throwing back-to-back games Monday/Tuesday at Triple-A. If he doesn’t, he should be ready to go by Monday.

Colorado Rockies 

  • RP Wade Davis blew his fifth save of the year yesterday and was dealt his fourth loss after allowing two runs on three hits in 1/3 of an inning, the capper being a walk-off single by Cardinals 1B Jose Martinez.

Detroit Tigers

  • SP Michael Fulmer took the next step in his rehab earlier this week, playing catch from 60 feet. He’s still likely three weeks away from returning after suffering an oblique strain in mid-July.

Houston Astros

  • RP Roberto Osuna began his minor league rehab assignment yesterday at Double-A, but did not pitch. Meanwhile, SS Carlos Correa joined him in his first rehab game at the Double-A level, playing seven innings in the field and striking out twice in three hitless at-bats.

Kansas City Royals

  • SP Brad Keller is going to be the guy to watch on this team for 2019 purposes as they close out the stretch. He was very good again yesterday, striking out a career-high nine in 6 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on five hits and three walks. That’s two out of three starts with eight or more Ks for Keller, after he was struggling to get more than three or four in most of his June and early July starts.

Los Angeles Angels

  • OF Mike Trout sat out yesterday’s game after suffering a minor wrist contusion.
  • 2B/3B David Fletcher seems entrenched as an everyday player at second baseman, starting the last three games there and leading off in all three since 2B Ian Kinsler was dealt. He went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts yesterday.

Los Angeles Dodgers

  • 3B Justin Turner was activated off the disabled list and inserted in to the lineup in the three spot yesterday, going 1-for-2 with a home run, two RBI, a walk, and three runs scored. The lineup dominoes in the first outing fell like this – 2B/SS/OF Chris Taylor was on the bench with 2B/SS/OF Kike Hernandez2B Brian Dozier started at second base, SS/3B Manny Machado started at shortstop.

Miami Marlins

  • The Marlins have no reason to remove RP Kyle Barraclough from the closer role if they are looking to move him in the August waiver period, but he’s been pretty awful post-All Star Break, allowing 11 runs in 4 1/3 innings over five appearances, blowing three saves. RP Drew Steckenrider would be next up for saves with RP Brad Ziegler dealt to Arizona earlier this week.

Milwaukee Brewers

  • OF Christian Yelich went 3-for-4 yesterday, including a double and a home run off Dodgers ace SP Clayton Kershaw, scoring three runs as well. Yelich is the NL’s leader in batting average at .321 and in the last 15 days he has a .475 batting average and 1.407 OPS in 60 plate appearances.

Minnesota Twins

  • OF Byron Buxton is on the Triple-A disabled list with a strained left wrist, which will keep him out for at least two weeks. He was hitting .215 with no home runs at Triple-A.

New York Mets

  • 1B/3B Wilmer Flores went 2-for-3 yesterday with a walk. He’s been solid since moving in to an everyday role and getting a normal run in the middle of the lineup. Over the last 30 days he’s hit .291 in 93 plate appearances, with an .802 OPS. His improvement against right-handed pitching has been the key – after OPS’ing .674 against them in 867 plate appearances between 2015-2017, he’s posted an .869 OPS this year in 181 PAs against same-handed arms. Flores is only 26 and we could see him having a big breakout season next year.

New York Yankees

  • OFs Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Hicks both homered yesterday, with Stanton going 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBI, and Hicks going 1-for-3 with two walks, two runs scored, and an RBI.
  • SP CC Sabathia couldn’t get past three innings yesterday in an outing where his command was off all night, allowing the Red Sox to post two runs on three hits and four walks. Sabathia has now walked multiple batters in five straight starts and hasn’t won a game since July 4.

Oakland A’s

  • OF Dustin Fowler was sent back to Triple-A on Wednesday, which will likely kill his value for the rest of the way in mixed leagues. Still, we could see him coming back for roster expansion on September 1 and being a factor in stolen bases. OF Roman Laureano was called up – he’s played 63 games at Triple-A this year and has hit 13 homers and stolen 11 bases. He should be intriguing to watch over the next week or so if he gets regular playing time.

Philadelphia Phillies

  • 2B Cesar Hernandez went 0-for-4 yesterday and is hitless in his last 13 at-bats. He hasn’t looked comfortable at the plate since fouling a ball off his foot in early July.
  • 3B Mikael Franco hit a three-run walk-off home run to beat Miami yesterday, his 18th of the year and eighth in the last 30 days. He’s also sporting a .319 batting average and .976 OPS in that time.

Pittsburgh Pirates

  • OF Corey DIckerson looks like to return to the lineup tomorrow against St. Louis after missing the minimum 10 days with a hamstring issue.

San Diego Padres

  • 1B/OF Wil Myers left last night’s game with a left foot contusion after fouling a ball off his foot. X-rays were negative but he was spotted leaving the stadium in a walking boot. He also said “there was definitely something it hit that did not feel good,” so we’re guessing this is an injury that will require a DL stint.

San Francisco Giants

  • OF Austin Slater went 2-for-3 yesterday with two RBI, a double, a walk, and three runs scored. He’s been warming up with increased playing time since the All-Star Break, with 10 hits and six walks in 29 plate appearances.

Seattle Mariners

  • 2B/OF Dee Gordon hurt his right ankle in the ninth inning of last night’s game and had to be helped off the field. While there’s no news yet on the severity of the injury, it didn’t look good and the fact that he couldn’t get off the field on his own power tells us that it, at the very least, is going to be something that saps his speed for a month or so.

St. Louis Cardinals

  • SP Miles Mikolas went seven strong innings yesterday, allowing one earned run on seven hits and two walks, striking out six. Mikolas has quality starts in seven of his last 10 outings and is sporting a 2.75 ERA on the season in 137 1/3 innings. He’s a must-start guy every time out.

Tampa Bay Rays

  • SP Jalen Beeks bounced back incredibly well after his meltdown in Baltimore over the weekend. He earned his first win in the majors yesterday with five innings of two-run work where he allowed only two doubles and a walk, striking out four.

Texas Rangers

  • SS Elvis Andrus is looking like the guy who was going in the top 75 in most drafts this year, sporting a 13-game hitting streak after another multi-hit outing yesterday. He’s 21-for-52 in that span with 10 RBI and 12 runs scored.
  • It is probably too late to jump back on the 2B Rougned Odor bandwagon, but it just keeps rolling along – he walked five times last night and has a home run in his only recorded at-bat, scoring three times and driving in three.

Toronto Blue Jays

  • SP Mike Hauschild was impressive in his first major league start, shutting out the Mariners over six innings and striking out five. He allowed only four singles and a walk.
  • The Blue Jays used RP Tyler Clippard as an “opener” yesterday. It was not quite as successful as their division-rival Rays attempts has been, as Clippard allowed two runs on three hits and a walk in an inning of work.

Washington Nationals

  • OF Bryce Harper has turned it up since not moving at the trade deadline. He went 2-for-3 with a home run, two walks, two RBI, and two runs scored yesterday. He’s 9-for-19 over the last week with seven RBI, eight runs scored, and six walks.

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