Daily Intel – 8/16/2018

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Arizona Diamondbacks

  • Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reported that the Diamondbacks don’t expect OF Jarrod Dyson back until September. He’s been out since July 5 with a groin injury.

Atlanta Braves

  • OF Ronald Acuña Jr. was intentionally hit by the first pitch of the game (a 97.5 mph fastball) yesterday by Marlins SP Jose Ureña, knocking him out of the game. X-rays on Acuña’s elbow were negative, but he will undergo further tests today to determine if there were any underlying fractures.

Baltimore Orioles

  • 2B Jonathan Villar went 2-for-4 with a home run, two RBI, and two runs scored.
  • SP Dylan Bundy was pounded for 11 hits, including six for extra bases, in allowing seven earned runs to the Mets in 5 1/3 innings of work yesterday. His slider, which was the driver of his solid start to the season, has now been a negative value pitch in seven consecutive starts, according to FanGraphs. Bundy is going to be very tough to trust next week with two starts at Toronto and home for the Yankees.

Boston Red Sox

  • RP Drew Pomeranz was roughed up in relief yesterday, allowing three runs on four hits and a walk in an inning of work.
  • 1B Mitch Moreland had one hit in five at-bats yesterday, but he made it count with a three-run double that helped him snap a streak of 13 at-bats without a hit. He’s hitting just .186 this month in 45 plate appearances, but does have 13 RBI in that span.

Chicago Cubs

  • 1B Anthony Rizzo hit cleanup yesterday for the first time since July 11 after spending all 28 of his previous starts leading off. He went 2-for-4 with a home run, three RBI, a walk, and a run scored. Rizzo has a .333 batting average and 1.013 OPS as a leadoff man compared to a .243 average and .744 at cleanup, so we’ll see if this is a temporary move back to the middle of the order or if he’ll be staying there, especially as 3B Kris Bryant inches toward a return.

Chicago White Sox

  • OF Avisail Garcia went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts yesterday, and said after the game that he plans to undergo surgery on his knee in the offseason. It is fair to wonder if the Sox wouldn’t benefit from just shutting him down at some point in September.

Cincinnati Reds

  • OF Preston Tucker has started the last four games for the Reds; he homered and walked yesterday and is 3-for-10 in that four-game stretch with three walks and only two strikeouts. Tucker had a great start to the year with the Braves and is worth monitoring for deep mixed league owners who may be looking for an under-the-radar power source down the stretch.

Cleveland Indians

  • RP Cody Allen threw two innings yesterday for the first time since April 4, which was his second appearance of the season. Allen was perfect in striking out four and setting up RP Brad Hand to work the ninth for the save, which he earned, but not without some trouble, as he allowed a single, double, and walk to load the bases before getting a fly out to end the game.

Colorado Rockies 

  • SS Trevor Story was the lone offensive bright spot for the Rox in a 12-1 loss last night, going 1-for-3 with an RBI (his 83rd) and a stolen base (his 16th).

Detroit Tigers

  • DH Victor Martinez confirmed his plans to retire after this season.
  • OF Nick Castellanos went 2-for-3 with a walk, two RBI, and a run scored. He’s got 15 hits in August.

Houston Astros

  • Last night was a reminder to never, ever bench C/DH Evan Gattis if you own him. He went 3-for-4 with two solo home runs, breaking a streak over the previous two weeks where he had just three hits in 24 at-bats and had not homered or walked in that stretch.

Kansas City Royals

  • C Sal Perez went 3-for-4 with two home runs, three RBI, and two runs scored yesterday. He’s now got three multi-hit games in his last four starts, pushing his batting average to .237, the highest it has been since early June.

Los Angeles Angels

  • SP Felix Pena has put his awful July 29 start, when he allowed seven runs in 1/3 of an inning, totally behind him, as he was good last night for the third consecutive outing, limiting the Padres to an unearned run in six innings of work. Pena has a 2.65 ERA and 1.00 WHIP in 17 innings this month. He gets a one-start week next week at Arizona but follows that with a two-start week with a home start against the Rockies and a road start against the Astros.

Los Angeles Dodgers

  • SP Hyun-Jin Ryu made his first start since May 2, when he suffered a serious left groin strain, dominating the Giants for six shutout innings and limiting them to three hits with six strikeouts.

Miami Marlins

  • OF Rafael Ortega went 1-for-3 with a single and a walk and stole another base, his fourth in just seven games in the majors this year.

Milwaukee Brewers

  • 1B/OF Ryan Braun unsurprisingly followed up one of his best games of the season with a game where he got injured, leaving in the fifth inning with tightness in his rib cage, which was eventually diagnosed as a strain.
  • C Manny Pina also was injured yesterday and will head back to Milwaukee today for an MRI on his left shoulder.

Minnesota Twins

  • It looks exceedingly likely to us that SP Jose Berrios is running out of gas, as last night made it three out of four starts where he couldn’t make it beyond 4 2/3 innings. He allowed seven hits, two walks, and three earned runs in 3 2/3 last night, striking out four against the Pirates. He’s already passed his innings total from the majors last year, but is still 30 innings away from the total he threw when you include the minors. He gets a two-start week next at the White Sox and home for the A’s.

New York Mets

  • 3B Todd Frazier had a nice night out of the DH spot yesterday, going 3-for-6 with a home run, double, stolen base, four RBI, and two runs scored. He has an eight-game hitting streak and has gone 12-for-31 (.387) in that span with nine RBI, two homers, two steals, and five runs scored.

New York Yankees

  • Two injury updates on missing stars for the Yanks: OF Aaron Judge was given a cortisone injection in his injured right wrist on Tuesday, and there is still no timetable for him to pick up a bat. It has already been three weeks since the injury, which was the Yankees original timetable for Judge to start swinging in “game situations.” Meanwhile, C Gary Sanchez is on track to begin a rehab assignment next weekend in Triple-A as he works back from his groin injury.

Oakland A’s

  • SP Brett Anderson had his best outing of the season yesterday, earning a no-decision in 7 2/3 innings of shutout ball with only four singles and a double allowed. He struck out just two, but was efficient in needing only 83 pitches to get that deep in the game, primarily because he generated 16 ground balls compared to just five fly balls.

Philadelphia Phillies

  • C Wilson Ramos was activated last night and made his debut with the team, batting sixth in the order. He went 3-for-4 with a double, a triple, three RBI, and three runs scored. This ends any value for C Jorge Alfaro besides in the deepest of NL-only leagues, as Ramos will likely be getting 70-to-80 percent of the work behind the plate until the Phillies have locked up the NL East, which at their current pace would be in the last week of the season.

Pittsburgh Pirates

  • SP Chris Archer’s struggles with batted-ball luck and performance continued last night, as he didn’t walk a batter but still managed to allow four runs on just six hits in five innings. He struck out seven, but he’s now thrown 14 1/3 innings as a Pirate and has a 5.65 ERA and 1.67 WHIP.

San Diego Padres

  • SP Robbie Erlin was solid last night for his third consecutive start, allowing only two runs in six innings. He’s pitched 16 innings this month with a 2.81 ERA and 1.19 WHIP, though he’s struck out just nine. He’s a desperation two-start option next week with starts at Colorado and at the Dodgers.

San Francisco Giants

  • SP Derek Holland struck out seven in 4 2/3 shutout innings last night, but inefficiency (93 pitches) and some bad luck on batted balls limited his distance. He allowed six hits and four walks.

Seattle Mariners

  • SP James Paxton was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a bruised left forearm after taking a line drive off that area on Tuesday. SP Felix Hernandez will shift back to the rotation for at least one start to replace Paxton.
  • SP Mike Leake threw eight shutout innings in a hard-luck no decision at Oakland yesterday, allowing only a double, a triple, and a walk, striking out six. Leake’s ERA is now 3.90 on the season thanks to a stretch of 20 2/3 innings in August where he’s pitched to a 2.18 ERA. He’s also thrown six straight quality starts.

St. Louis Cardinals

  • 1B/3B Matt Carpenter was hit on the right hand by a pitch on Wednesday and left the game, but preliminary X-rays did not show a break. He’ll undergo further tests today.
  • SP Luke Weaver is ready to start today after cutting his hand and missing a start on Sunday. He’ll flip rotation spots with SP Jack Flaherty, who will go tomorrow at Milwaukee.

Tampa Bay Rays

  • OF Tommy Pham will be activated today before the Rays’ wrap up their three-game set in the Bronx with the Yankees.

Texas Rangers

  • OF Nomar Mazara is set to return to the lineup today after missing almost one month since suffering a sprained right thumb on July 17. Either OF Willie Calhoun or OF Delino DeShields will be demoted, per the Dallas Morning News’ Gerry Fraley.

Toronto Blue Jays

  • OF Randal Grichuk went 1-for-5 with a single and a strikeout yesterday; he was off to a torrid start this month but has just four hits in his last 25 at-bast, with no walks and nine strikeouts in that span.

Washington Nationals

  • 1B/2B Daniel Murphy walked and hit his sixth home run of the season yesterday. He’s got hits in eight straight games and has gone 14-for-31 (.452) in that span.

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