Daily Intel – 8/19/2018

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Arizona Diamondbacks

  • 1B Paul Goldschmidt went 4-for-4 with four RBI last night, extending his hitting streak to 11 games, with six multi-hit games in that span.

Atlanta Braves

  • RP A.J. Minter blew a fantastic outing from SP Mike Foltynewicz, allowing three runs on four hits in the ninth inning to turn a 3-0 lead in to a 3-3 tie that eventually became a 5-3 loss. Minter has allowed hits in five of his last six outings, though yesterday was just the second time he’s allowed a run since the All-Star Break in 11 appearances.
  • Folty shutout the Rockies for seven innings before Minter’s meltdown, allowing only a double and three singles while striking out nine.

Baltimore Orioles

  • The SP Alex Cobb Redemption Tour continued with his best start in two seasons yesterday, a complete game victory in Cleveland that saw him throw strikes on 69 of 100 pitches and limit the Tribe to two runs on five hits and a walk, striking out three. Cobb’s changeup has been elite in his last three starts, generating their highest FanGraphs pitch values since two starts in July of last year. Cobb is lined up to face the Yankees and Blue Jays at home in his next two starts.

Boston Red Sox

  • SP Chris Sale went back on the disabled list yesterday for the second time this month with inflammation in his left shoulder.

Chicago Cubs

  • SP Tyler Chatwood’s return to the rotation in place of SP Mike Montgomery was the same old story it has been all season – walks and walks and walks. He walked three in just two innings, also allowing two hits, which led to three runs and his day ending at 37 pitches.
  • 2B/OF Ben Zobrist went 2-for-4 with a solo home run this season, as he zeroes in on another double-digit homer season and continues a great month where he’s hit .341 with eight runs scored and seven RBI.

Chicago White Sox

  • OF Avisail Garcia went hitless in four at-bats and is hitting .053 in the last week and .105 this month in 57 at-bats.

Cincinnati Reds

  • SP Matt Harvey threw 6 1/3 shutout innings last night, striking out five and allowing four singles and a walk to beat the Giants. In his last 10 starts, Harvey’s now delivered eight outings with at least five innings and two runs or less.

Cleveland Indians

  • OF Michael Brantley went 0-for-3 with an RBI sacrifice fly yesterday. That snapped his six-game hitting streak in which he had also scored eight runs and walked six times.
  • SP Adam Plutko was sharp in his replacement start for SP Trevor Bauer, limiting the Orioles to three runs on three hits and a walk in seven innings, striking out six.

Colorado Rockies 

  • RP Wade Davis had another perfect outing last night to earn his 34th save of the year. He’s allowed only one hit and one walk in his last four appearances after his early August stretch of eight runs allowed in 2 1/3 innings over four appearances.

Detroit Tigers

  • OF Mikie Mahtook homered for the second time this week, driving in four. The other side of that coin is that those two homers are his only hits in 22 plate appearances since being called back up, though he has walked five times.

Houston Astros

  • 2B Jose Altuve will begin a rehab assignment today in Triple-A, with an eye toward returning during the series that starts tomorrow in Seattle.

Kansas City Royals

  • RP Wil Peralta struck out one in a perfect ninth inning, picking up his eighth save since claiming the role in late June. He’s only walked one in 6 1/3 innings this month after walking 11 in his first 14 1/3 innings this year.

Los Angeles Angels

  • OF Mike Trout will not be back with the Angels until Friday, at the earliest, which is when they return home from a road trip. Trout has been out due to a wrist issue and a family emergency.
  • SP/DH Shohei Ohtani hit a pinch-hit three-run home run and threw 20+ fastballs in a bullpen session earlier in the day. A pretty good day overall as he continues to deliver value as a hitter while rehabbing as a pitcher.

Los Angeles Dodgers

  • SP Rich Hill struck out eight in six innings yesterday, but he also walked a season-high five and allowed four hits and four runs. Hill has seen his command come and go in his last six starts starts, with outings of four, four, and now five walks.

Miami Marlins

  • RP Drew Steckenrider allowed a leadoff home run in the ninth inning to Washington OF Adam Eaton, saddling Steckenrider with his fourth blown save of the year. He did end up earning the win, though, as the Marlins scored twice in the top of the tenth and RP Brett Graves earned his first save of the year with a clean tenth inning.

Milwaukee Brewers

  • OF Christian Yelich went 1-for-4 with a solo home run yesterday, his 19th of the season. Six of those 19 homers have come off same-handed (lefty) pitchers, and he has a .958 OPS against lefties after posting a .721 number against them last year. Yelich is going to be a top-30 pick in roto leagues for the next several years, as he looks like the model of consistency for a .300 batting average and 15-25 homers with 12-16 stolen bases.

Minnesota Twins

  • 1B Tyler Austin went 3-for-4 with another home run yesterday, his third in just six starts since joining the Twins.
  • 3B Miguel Sano also homered again yesterday, going 2-for-4 with a walk. Sano is the ultimate high-risk/high-reward option for owners that need power down the stretch, and Austin could be a similar, less expensive version of that skill set.

New York Mets

  • 2B Jeff McNeil went 2-for-4 with a triple, an RBI, a run scored, and a stolen base yesterday. He’s reached base in all of his last six starts, with nine hits, a walk, and only two strikeouts in that span. He also stole his first base of the year yesterday.

New York Yankees

  • 3B Miguel Andujar is red hot right now – after a 3-for-5 game yesterday with a double, a homer, two runs scored, and three RBI, he’s now hitting .338 in 71 August at-bats, with 13 extra-base hits, 13 runs, and 17 RBI.

Oakland A’s

  • SP Trevor Cahill pitched the A’s in to first place yesterday with seven one-hit, shutout innings against the Astros. Cahill’s changeup has been very sharp in his seven starts since coming off the disabled list on July 12, as he’s thrown it about 23-25 percent of the time in most outings and has gotten positive value out of it in all but one start.

Philadelphia Phillies

  • OF Odubel Herrera was back in the lineup yesterday after not starting on Friday, but he didn’t produce any sort of game that would make you think he’s coming out of his month-long slump. In going hitless last night, Herrera is now at .178 for August with one extra-base hit and one walk. He’s had bad luck with batted balls, hitting only .211 when he’s usually in the .290-.300 range.

Pittsburgh Pirates

  • 3B Colin Moran went 0-for-4 yesterday with an RBI fielder’s choice and a strikeout. Moran’s playing time has totally dropped off this month with 3B David Freese hitting well – after getting between 77 and 86 plate appearances in every month this year, Moran has 34 in August.

San Diego Padres

  • SS Freddy Galvis went 2-for-3 with a walk and two RBI yesterday. His 52 RBI on the season ranks 11th among shortstops.

San Francisco Giants

  • RP Hunter Strickland returned to the mound last night, exactly two months to the day he blew a save in grand fashion against Miami and broke his pitching hand’s pinkie finger punching a wall in anger. He allowed a run on two hits in a low-leverage inning of work, as the Giants were down big after SP Madison Bumgarner allowed six runs (five earned) in six innings.

Seattle Mariners

  • RP Edwin Diaz blew his first save since June last night, allowing a one-out home run to Dodgers 1B/3B Max Muncy. He didn’t allow another run or baserunner in the inning and struck out two.
  • 3B Kyle Seager went 1-for-2 with a three-run home run and two walks. Seager now has 20 bombs this year, a nice consolation prize for his .226 batting average and .277 on-base percentage.

St. Louis Cardinals

  • SP Miles Mikolas’ under-the-radar Cy Young push continued yesterday as he improved to 13-3 with a 2.80 ERA on the season. He limited the Brewers to one run on five hits and no walks, striking out seven. What was most impressive was that Mikolas did not have his fastball working at all, as it performed at its worst level this season per FanGraphs pitch value, with Mikolas allowing two doubles and a homer on the pitch. He compensated by having his best performance of the season with the slider, generating 15 strikes and only five balls on 30 offerings, with the 10 times it was put in play resulting in outs every single time.

Tampa Bay Rays

  • 1B/OF Jake Bauers went hitless in three at-bats yesterday and is now 6-for-49 (.122) in August. The positive for Bauers in this slump is his plate discipline – he had a 20-to-18 strikeout-to-walk ratio in June when he came up, but struggled in July with a 28-to-7 ratio. Now, in August, he’s back to a solid 19-to-11 ratio; we’re confident he’ll get right and hit well down the stretch.

Texas Rangers

  • 3B Adrian Beltre returned to the lineup after missing a few games with a recurrence of a hamstring issue. He went 1-for-4 with two RBI.

Toronto Blue Jays

  • OF Billy McKinney was called up and started in left field yesterday against his former Yankee teammates, going 2-for-4 with a walk and two RBI. McKinney was hitting .221 with 16 home runs in 76 games at Triple-A this year.

Washington Nationals

  • RP Koda Glover worked the tenth inning of a tie game last night and took the loss, allowing two runs on three hits and a walk.
  • OF Adam Eaton came off the bench to go 2-for-2 with a solo home run and two runs scored.

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