Daily Intel – 8/9/2018

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Arizona Diamondbacks

  • SP Pat Corbin shut out the Phillies for 7 1/3 innings to earn his ninth win of the season yesterday, striking out nine and allowing only a double and three singles. He had 19 swinging strikes and 20 called strikes on 103 pitches.

Atlanta Braves

  • C Tyler Flowers had three hits yesterday, including a two-run home run, in the Braves’ 8-3 win over Washington. Flowers is in a 50/50 split with C Kurt Suzuki, but he’s doing a lot of good work at the plate right now. In his last 10 starts, he’s picked up eight hits, nine walks, and five runs scored.

Baltimore Orioles

  • SS/3B Tim Beckham went 1-for-3 yesterday with a walk and, for the second consecutive game, a solo home run. Beckham has hit .303 with four homers, 11 RBI, and 14 runs scored in 66 at-bats since the All-Star Break.

Boston Red Sox

  • 3B Rafael Devers returned to the lineup after a short disabled list stint and went 2-for-4 with a home run, a walk, two RBI, two runs scored, and a caught stealing.

Chicago Cubs

  • SP Yu Darvish got threw 33 pitches in a simulated game yesterday without any issues, so the plan is for him to throw one more sim game with an increased pitch count, then start a minor league rehab assignment.

Chicago White Sox

  • SS Tim Anderson hit his 15th home run of the season yesterday, and even though he’s only stolen one base since July 8, he’s still got 22 on the season and looks like to be one of, maybe, 10 players who will go 20/20 this year.

Cincinnati Reds

  • 1B Joey Votto sat out again yesterday with a knee issue that has been lingering since the weekend, but he should be back in action Friday or Saturday.

Cleveland Indians

  • RP Cody Allen was given the save chance last night after RP Brad Hand worked an effective eighth innings (one hit, two strikeouts). Allen blew the save, allowing a leadoff home run to Twins 3B Miguel Sano, and generally scuffling with his command, throwing only 13 strikes on 28 pitches and allowing a single and a walk on top of that home run. He did get the win after SS Francisco Lindor hit a walk-off three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth.

Colorado Rockies 

  • 1B/2B Ryan McMahon started for the second straight game at first base, with 1B/OF Ian Desmond on the bench. McMahon has posted back-to-back multi-hit games, going 2-for-4 yesterday with a double and an RBI.
  • SP German Marquez had his most dominant home start of the year, striking out 10 over six innings. He did allow 10 hits and two walks, but it only led to three runs, as the Pirates were 4-for-15 as a team with runners in scoring position.

Detroit Tigers

  • C/1B John Hicks was placed on the 10-day disabled list yesterday with a right groin strain.

Houston Astros

  • SS Carlos Correa completed his Double-A rehab stint with no issues and is likely to return to the lineup today or tomorrow against the Mariners.

Kansas City Royals

  • OF Brett Phillips has started seven of the Royals last nine games, and he went 2-for-3 yesterday with a walk, a triple, and two runs scored. Phillips has seven hits in those seven starts, including four for extra bases, though he has struck out 14 times in that span.

Los Angeles Angels

  • SP Tyler Skaggs threw a successful bullpen session yesterday and should be back in the rotation on Saturday against the A’s.

Los Angeles Dodgers

  • SP Clayton Kershaw earned a quality start in a no-decision at Oakland yesterday, allowing two runs on six hits in six innings. But he only struck out one, a season low for him. Kershaw’s strikeout remains uncharacteristically low, with 46 strikeouts in 52 1/3 innings since returning from the disabled list on June 23.

Miami Marlins

  • C J.T. Realmuto went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts yesterday; he’s off to a rough start this month, with only one hit and no walks in 23 plate-appearances. That’s pushed his batting average down from .311 on July 29 to .290 now.

Milwaukee Brewers

  • 1B/3B Travis Shaw got another start at second base and made an error on a ground ball. That didn’t transfer to the plate, though, as he went 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBI. Shaw has three home runs and seven RBI in his last three starts.

Minnesota Twins

  • 3B Miguel Sano hit his first home run since returning from the minors, part of a 2-for-4 day yesterday that also included a double and two runs scored. Sano is hitting .345 with six walks in his last nine games, with almost every sign being positive that he’s righted the ship after that minor league stint.

New York Mets

  • SS Amed Rosario went 1-for-4 with a single, an RBI, and a stolen base yesterday. Rosario has led off 13 times between July 23 and yesterday, and he’s stolen four bases in that period. With a full-time shot there, he could be a 30-plus steal producer.

New York Yankees

  • In the first inning of last night’s game it looked like SP Luis Severino may be in for another long night, as he allowed two runs. But he settled down and finished seven innings with only three runs total allowed on seven hits and no walks, striking out eight. He threw 73 strikes on 109 pitches.

Oakland A’s

  • SP Mike Fiers had a successful debut with the A’s, going 5 1/3 innings on 78 pitches (56 strikes) and allowing only a run on four hits. He struck out eight.

Philadelphia Phillies

  • OF Odubel Herrera went 0-for-3 yesterday with a strikeout. He’s scuffled for the last week, going 4-for-23 with just one run scored.

Pittsburgh Pirates

  • OF Starling Marte went 1-for-5 with two stolen bases yesterday, his 26th and 27th bags of the season.
  • OF Corey Dickerson also stole a base, showing he’s fully recovered from the hamstring injury that he came back from last week. That was on top of a 2-for-4 day that included an RBI.

San Diego Padres

  • SP Jacob Nix, the team’s #15 prospect entering the season according to John Sickels of Minor League Ball, will be called up to make his major league debut tomorrow against the Phillies. Here’s the scouting report on Nix from Sickels: “an odd duck at this point, fastball can get up to 96, flashes a plus curveball and decent change-up and throws strikes; his control (avoiding walks) is better than his command (hitting your locations within the strike zone) and he sometimes seems to lack deception; game logs show mixture of dominant outings with terrible ones and not much in between; still a possible workhorse starter although he might be more dominant on a per-inning basis if used in bullpen.”

San Francisco Giants

  • SP Jeff Samardzija will throw a bullpen session today after getting through one on Monday with no issues. If that goes well, he’ll throw a sim game on Monday and go out on a rehab assignment after that, with a late August return to the rotation looking possible.

Seattle Mariners

  • C Mike Zunino is heating up a little; he went 2-for-3 yesterday with two solo home runs, a walk, and three runs scored. He’s hitting .348 in August, pushing his season-long batting average up to .210.

St. Louis Cardinals

  • 1B Jose Martinez has now started four straight games in right field after playing almost the entire season at first base. He’s gotten back in track in August after a rough July; so far this month, he’s hitting .292 with four RBI and three runs scored in 27 plate appearances.

Tampa Bay Rays

  • RP Sergio Romo allowed two runs on three hits without recording an out, blowing his seventh save of the season yesterday.
  • SP/RP Jalen Beeks took another step forward last night, limiting the Orioles to a run over five innings. The O’s crushed Beeks for eight runs in 3 1/3 in his Rays’ debut on July 28, so it is all the more impressive that Beeks turned it around against it team that just crushed him so recently. Beeks finished with three strikeouts yesterday, allowing two hits and two walks.

Texas Rangers

  • 1B/3B/OF Joey Gallo went 3-for-5 with two home runs and four RBI yesterday. He’s pushed his batting average back over .200 for the first time since June 16, and he now has 31 homers, 71 RBI, and an .805 OPS.

Toronto Blue Jays

  • OF Randal Grichuk led off yesterday and picked up a single and a three-run home run. He’s been on fire since the All-Star Break, posting a .307 batting average and .931 OPS in 79 plate appearances, with 15 runs scored, 11 RBI, and 12 extra-base hits.

Washington Nationals

  • RP Ryan Madson will officially step in as closer, according to manager Dave Martinez, after RP Kelvin Herrera was placed on the disabled list with a rotator cuff impingement and shoulder inflammation. Herrera will miss two or three weeks.

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