Daily Intel – 8/7/2018

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Arizona Diamondbacks

  • SP Zack Godley struck out seven in 7 1/3 innings last night in a no-decision against the Phillies. He allowed two runs on five hits and a walk, and over his last 31 innings he’s struck out 36 batters and walked just eight. Godley is back to must-start status every time he’s on the mound, having not had a truly bad start since July 1.

Atlanta Braves

  • SP Max Fried will get one more shot in the rotation today to start game one of a doubleheader at Washington. After that, he’s likely to either head to the bullpen or back to Triple-A, with newly-acquired SP Kevin Gausman taking his spot.

Baltimore Orioles

  • OF Austin Hays has been moved up to Double-A in his rehab assignment after previously being shut down there in mid-July as he works to return from an ankle injury that has kept him out since the end of May.

Boston Red Sox

  • While SP Chris Sale will not be ready to return for a start against Toronto on Wednesday, as originally targeted, it is likely the Red Sox will get 3B Rafael Devers back during the three-game road set with the Jays, most likely on Wednesday. Devers has been out since July 29 with a hamstring issue.

Chicago Cubs

  • SP Yu Darvish will throw a simulated game tomorrow and, if all goes well, should be able to head out on a minor league rehab stint early next week.

Chicago White Sox

  • 2B Yoan Moncada went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts last night. Moncada’s hit a real rough patch since the All-Star Break, with 27 strikeouts in 77 plate appearances, a .123 batting average and a .487 OPS. The only bright spot is that he’s walked 12 times in that stretch, good for a 15.5 percent walk rate that is well above the 9.5 rate he posted in the first half.

Cincinnati Reds

  • 1B Joey Votto is dealing with a right knee issue after being hit by a pitch on Saturday. He sat out Sunday and clearly wasn’t at full strength yesterday, despite reaching base three times. The team said he will definitely sit out tonight’s game.

Cleveland Indians

  • DH Edwin Encarnacion went 1-for-4 yesterday with a home run and four RBI. He’s been more disciplined at the plate since the All-Star Break, with a .371 on-base percentage and a 10-to-6 strikeout-to-walk ratio after posting an 85-to-38 ratio in the first half.

Colorado Rockies 

  • RP Wade Davis righted the ship a little bit last night with a clean ninth inning for his 32nd save of the year. He struck out two.
  • SP Kyle Freeland’s on track to post the most impressive season in Rockies history in terms of starts at Coors Field; after throwing seven shutout innings there last night, he’s now 7-2 in 10 starts at home, with a 2.18 ERA in 62 innings. He’s limited opponents to a .210 batting average and only seven home runs.

Detroit Tigers

  • SP Jacob Turner, who has been around the league a bunch since being drafted by the Tigers ninth overall in 2009, will replace SP Mike Fiers in the rotation after he was dealt to Oakland on Monday.

Houston Astros

  • SS Carlos Correa will aim to play all nine innings in the field at Double-A today and tomorrow, lining him up for a return to the Houston lineup as early as Thursday. He’s been out since late June with back issues.
  • SP Lance McCullers Jr. has a muscle strain in his right forearm and is unlikely to return to the rotation this month. This is better news than an elbow injury, but his value is likely shot for this year, and if you need a roster spot, you can dump him.

Kansas City Royals

  • 1B Hunter Dozier started his eighth game at third base last night, his third start at the position in the Royals’ last five games. He was also bumped up to the cleanup spot for just the fourth time this year, going 2-for-4.

Los Angeles Angels

  • OF Mike Trout received a cortisone injection in his right wrist and is hoping to return to the lineup on Friday.
  • SP/DH Shohei Ohtani did more work toward a return to the mound yesterday, according to manager Mike Scioscia, including getting on the mound to practice his throwing motion. He also threw from 120 feet “with aggression,” according to Trent Rush of the Angels Radio Network.

Los Angeles Dodgers

  • SP Hyun Jin Ryu is nearing a return to the club after being out for three months with a groin injury. He will make a rehab start at Double-A tonight or tomorrow, with the goal to get him five innings or 75 pitches. With the club managing innings for SPs Walker Buehler and Ross Stripling, we’d be surprised if Ryu wasn’t given starts down the stretch, which would make him worth streaming in all formats.

Miami Marlins

  • Manager Don Mattingly wouldn’t commit to keeping RP Kyle Barraclough in the closer role after another dud outing last night. Barraclough entered the ninth with a 2-0 lead and allowed two hits, two walks, and a run, before RP Javy Guerra came in and generated the two ground ball outs the Marlins needed to prevent any of Barraclough’s runners from scoring again to tie the game. Guerra could be the closer moving forward, or RP Drew Steckenrider could get a shot. Both are worth speculating on for NL-only owners in need of saves.

Milwaukee Brewers

  • As of right now, it looks like newly-acquired SP Jordan Lyles will work out of the bullpen, as the club has four more off days in August and won’t need an extra starter any time soon.

Minnesota Twins

  • Both 1B Joe Mauer and 1B Logan Morrison cleared waivers yesterday, opening the door for both to be traded this month in the window where waiver trades are allowed.

New York Mets

  • RP Robert Gsellman worked the eighth inning of last night’s game and RP Jerry Blevins worked the ninth for the save, further clouding the bullpen picture for the Mets.
  • 2B Jeff McNeil went 3-for-4 yesterday with a solo home run, two runs scored, and an RBI.

New York Yankees

  • SP Lance Lynn seized his first shot in the Yankees rotation, striking out nine over seven shutout innings to beat the White Sox last night. He allowed only two hits and a walk.
  • SP J.A. Happ should be ready to take his turn in the rotation on Thursday against Texas after missing a start with a viral illness.

Oakland A’s

  • SP Mike Fiers came over from Detroit, a deal that was also apparently close to happening last week before the trade deadline. Fiers will get a nice boost in value joining a red-hot A’s team that plays in one of the best pitchers’ parks in the league.

Philadelphia Phillies

  • RP Seranthony Dominguez blew his third save of the year yesterday, costing SP Jake Arrieta a win after Arrieta shut out Arizona for eight innings on just three hits and two walks. The velocity on his four-seam fastball has been 96.8 mph and 97.1 mph on average in his last two outings, the two lowest numbers he’s posted this year. It is something to track for his next few outings, as he could be starting to run out of gas.

Pittsburgh Pirates

  • SP Joe Musgrove was a hard luck loser last night in a very tough spot at Colorado, allowing only one earned run over seven innings on four singles and no walks. He only struck out two, but he did throw strikes on 65 of his 87 pitches. Musgrove’s ERA is down to 3.41 on the season, and he’s gone at least seven innings in five of his last six starts.

San Diego Padres

  • SP Brett Kennedy will make his first major league start tomorrow, taking one of the two rotation spots vacated by the waiver departures of SPs Tyson Ross and Jordan Lyles. 

San Francisco Giants

  • RP Will Smith blew his first save chance since June 13 yesterday, giving up a three-run home run to Astros INF/OF Marwin Gonzalez that turned a 1-0 lead in to a 3-1 deficit and, ultimately, loss. Smith remains a top-tier closing option, though.

Seattle Mariners

  • SS Jean Segura went 0-for-6 yesterday and was caught stealing for the ninth time this year. Segura has attempted 11 steals since June 1st and has only been successful four times.

St. Louis Cardinals

  • OF Tyler O’Neill was placed on the 10-day disabled list yesterday with a groin issue. The injury is minor and O’Neill should only miss the minimum 10 days, but this does lock in every day at-bats for OF Harrison Bader for the time being.

Tampa Bay Rays

  • SS Adeiny Hechavarria was traded to Pittsburgh yesterday for a minor leaguer. This opens the door for SS Willy Adames to play every day for the rest of the season.

Texas Rangers

  • 3B Adrian Beltre went 0-for-4 with a walk and a run scored last night, but he’s showing nothing in terms of power production. Beltre has one home run in the last 30 days, a span of 89 plate appearances that also only includes two doubles, 22 strikeouts, and three walks. He’s lost all of his value in 12-team mixed leagues and shallower, and should be cut for a higher upside option.

Toronto Blue Jays

  • SP Mike Hauschild is lined up for his first major league start tomorrow after throwing six shutout innings in relief in his debut last Thursday against Seattle.

Washington Nationals

  • SP Stephen Strasburg will throw a bullpen session on Thursday, with the plan for him to move to then throw live batting practice over the weekend and aim for a minor league rehab stint to being in the middle of next week.

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