Daily Intel – 8/17/2018

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Arizona Diamondbacks

  • SP Clay Buchholz threw a complete game last night, striking out six and allowing five hits and one run. Buchholz only generated six swinging strikes on 112 pitches, but his command was strong all night as he kept his pitches out of the middle part of the plate and generated a lot of weak contact.

Atlanta Braves

  • OF Ronald Acuña Jr. was healthy enough to start last night after being hit on the elbow in Wednesday’s game. He went 1-for-4 with his ninth stolen base of the year.
  • RP Brad Brach was given a chance to close last night’s game but was undone by bad defense, allowing three unearned runs on two hits and a walk, turning a 3-2 lead in to a 5-3 loss.

Baltimore Orioles

  • OF Adam Jones is officially on the bereavement list for this weekend’s series. OF Craig Gentry was activated from the disabled list to take his roster spot.

Boston Red Sox

  • SP Eduardo Rodriguez threw a rehab game on Wednesday and could be ready to make a rehab start on Monday. He’s been out for more than a month with an ankle issue, so it’ll like take at least two rehab starts for him to be ready.

Chicago Cubs

  • SP Yu Darvish will make a rehab start in the minors on Sunday.
  • SP Jon Lester bounced back last night after three straight awful outings. He shutout the Pirates for six innings, allowing only five hits, and struck out eight, tied for his highest total in a start this year. Lester’s next start comes Wednesday in Detroit, and we’d be fine trusting him there in almost all formats.

Chicago White Sox

  • OF Leury Garcia is likely to come off the disabled list today after missing 11 days with a left hamstring strain. Garcia’s main asset is contact and stolen bases, so we should know quickly how well he’s recovered.

Cincinnati Reds

  • OF Scott Schebler should be able to head back out on his rehab assignment early next week after resuming a throwing program earlier this week.

Cleveland Indians

  • It was confirmed yesterday that SP Adam Plutko will start tomorrow against Baltimore in place of SP Trevor Bauer. 

Colorado Rockies 

  • OF David Dahl led off yesterday for just the third time this season, producing a big game with two hits, including a home run and three RBI.
  • RP Wade Davis worked a relatively clean ninth inning, allowing only a double and striking out two to earn his 33rd save of the year.

Detroit Tigers

  • OF Mikie Mahtook has started three of the Tigers’ four games since being recalled yesterday, and he hit his first home run of the season yesterday after going 120 plate appearances without one entering the game.

Houston Astros

  • OF Derek Fisher was optioned to Triple-A yesterday, which all but confirms that OF George Springer will be activated from the disabled list today.

Kansas City Royals

  • RP Glenn Sparkman could be a name for AL-only owners to watch down the stretch. He started for the first time yesterday and threw four innings, coming off the back of a 4 1/3 innings relief outing last Saturday. He allowed two earned runs on four hits yesterday against the Blue Jays, striking out three and walking one.

Los Angeles Angels

  • SP/DH Shohei Ohtani has had a pretty good week between progress in his pitching rehab and a solid day hitting cleanup yesterday, as he went 1-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored.
  • OF Kole Calhoun went 3-for-4 last night with a home run and two runs scored.

Los Angeles Dodgers

  • OF Yasiel Puig was suspended two games for his altercation with Giants C Nick Hundley on Tuesday. He’ll appeal the suspension, so he should be able to play this weekend.

Miami Marlins

  • SP Jose Ureña was suspended six games for hitting Braves OF Ronald Acuña Jr. with a fastball to leadoff Wednesday’s game.

Milwaukee Brewers

  • SP Jhoulys Chacin will be bumped up in front of SP Chase Anderson to start Sunday’s series finale in St. Louis. The move will give Anderson a two-start week at home next week against the Reds and Pirates.

Minnesota Twins

  • 3B Miguel Sano went 2-for-4 yesterday with a walk, two runs scored, three RBI, and his third home run in his last seven games.
  • 2B Logan Forsythe has been killing the ball since being acquired from the Dodgers. He went 5-for-5 yesterday with two doubles, two RBI, and three runs scored. He’s hitting .449 this month in 53 plate appearances, though only four of his hits have gone for extra bases.

New York Mets

  • OF Brandon Nimmo was hit by a pitch in the left hand during the first game of yesterday’s doubleheader. He was in clear pain and left the game, but X-rays were negative on his left index finger. OF Jose Bautista came in the game for him and ended up driving in seven runs.

New York Yankees

  • 1B Greg Bird went 0-for-4 yesterday, popping out to foul territory with the bases loaded and nobody out in the ninth inning. Bird is now hitting .149 in 47 August at-bats, with no home runs and two RBI.

Oakland A’s

  • SP Mike Fiers and SP Brett Anderson will be the A’s two-start guys next week, with both being worth streaming in almost all formats with starts at home against Texas and at Minnesota.

Philadelphia Phillies

  • 1B Justin Bour went 0-for-6 between yesterday’s doubleheader and a starter in game one and a pinch hitter in game two. Bour is hitting .194 in the last 30 days, with a .675 OPS only four extra-base hits.
  • 1B/OF Rhys Hoskins went 3-for-7 with two home runs, four RBI, and two runs scored in the doubleheader.

Pittsburgh Pirates

  • SP Ivan Nova pitched 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball yesterday allowing only six singles and a solo home run, which ultimately served as the winning run in a 1-0 loss for Nova. He struck out three.
  • RP Felipe Vazquez got an inning of work in a non-save situation yesterday after not working since last Saturday. He’s only pitched four times in the last 18 days due to the Pirates post-trade deadline slump.

San Diego Padres

  • SP Jacob Nix only lasted 2/3 of an inning in his second major league start last night, allowing seven of the nine batters he faced to reach base and five of them to score.

San Francisco Giants

  • SP Dereck Rodriguez suffered a mild hamstring strain in the benches-clearing brawl between the Giants and Dodgers on Tuesday. He’s going to miss at least one start, with SP Casey Kelly taking his place tonight.

Seattle Mariners

  • The M’s face two lefty starters this weekend in Dodgers’ SPs Rich Hill and Clayton Kershaw, which could be a good opportunity for 2B Robinson Cano to get his bat going, as he’s posted an .838 OPS against lefties this year, including more walks (nine) than strikeouts (six).

St. Louis Cardinals

  • SP Luke Weaver’s return to the rotation after a missed start over the weekend was an unsuccessful one, as he allowed seven hits and a walk in 3 2/3 innings, leading to four runs (two earned) with only one strikeout. SP Tyson Ross, who was great in a spot start for Weaver last Sunday, came in and got the job done in relief, allowing only an unearned run in 3 1/3 innings on two hits and two walks with one strikeout.
  • C Yadier Molina has now started behind the plate in all of the Cardinals’ last 25 games, an incredible feat for a 36-year-old catcher. His performance hasn’t been bad this month, either, with a .288 average, nine RBI, and eight runs scored.

Tampa Bay Rays

  • SP Blake Snell remained on a pitch count yesterday for the second consecutive start. After throwing five perfect innings in Toronto over the weekend, he was pulled yesterday after five innings and 76 pitches in New York, but it was enough to earn his 14th win of the year after he allowed just a double, a single, and a walk, with no earned runs and six strikeouts.
  • OF Mallex Smith continues to run at a league-leading clip when he reaches base now, swiping his 26th base of the year yesterday. The odds look good that Smith will end up leading the majors in steals this year, barring a massive slump in September, as he’s now stolen 10 bases in the last 30 days.

Texas Rangers

  • OF Nomar Mazara was activated from the disabled list and went 1-for-3 with a two-run homer, a walk, and two runs scored in four plate appearances. OF Willie Calhoun was optioned to Triple-A, meaning OF Delino DeShields is safe for now.

Toronto Blue Jays

  • OF Teoscar Hernandez went 0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored yesterday. Here’s the positive for Hernandez right now: he’s walked four times in the last five games after walking just 26 times in his previous 95 games. The bad: he’s struck out at least twice in six of the last eight games, with a total of 16 Ks in that 27 at-bat span.

Washington Nationals

  • SP Stephen Strasburg is on track to return to the rotation on Tuesday against the Phillies after throwing a 70-pitch simulated game on Wednesday. Meanwhile, SP Jeremy Hellickson will have an MRI on his wrist today after injuring it during his star on Wednesday when he tried to jump over a runner sliding in to home after a wild pitch.
  • OF Bryce Harper went 3-for-3 with a double and three RBI last night. He’s up to 77 RBI on the season.

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