Daily Intel – 8/21/2018

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Arizona Diamondbacks

  • The Snakes only play five games this week, all interleague games with the Angels in for two and the Mariners in for three this weekend. They then have a seven-game week next week at San Francisco and the Dodgers, with SPs Pat Corbin and Clay Buchholz each lined up for two starts.

Atlanta Braves

  • RP Dan Winkler earned the save last night with RP A.J. Minter now not having pitched in consecutive days after blowing a save on Saturday. Winkler has been great all year and would be an elite closer option for the stretch run if he gets the job.

Baltimore Orioles

  • OF Adam Jones rejoined the team after missing three games over the weekend on the bereavement list. He went 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.

Boston Red Sox

  • SP Rick Porcello allowed five runs in seven innings yesterday, with three of his six hits allowed being home runs. Porcello has been very sharp with his command recently, but in his bad outings he’s left a lot of fat pitches in the middle of the zone, resulting in a lot of loud contact. He’s now allowed home runs in eight of his last 10 starts, with a total of 14 bombs allowed in that span.

Chicago Cubs

  • 3B Kris Bryant will face live pitching for the first time since last month prior to tonight’s game against the Tigers. Bryant had no issues swinging off a tee the last few days, so he could be ready for a minor league rehab stint by the weekend.

Chicago White Sox

  • 3B Matt Davidson went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run, three RBI, and two runs scored yesterday. He’s gone 7-for-18 with five runs scored, five RBI, and two homers since being reinserted in to the lineup last Tuesday after sitting for most of the previous three weeks.

Cincinnati Reds

  • OF Phil Ervin went 1-for-3 with a solo home run yesterday. He’s hitting .311 (14-for-45) in August with four homers, 11 RBI, 10 runs scored, and three stolen bases.

Cleveland Indians

  • OF Melky Cabrera went 2-for-3 last night with a solo home run. He now has home runs in consecutive games and four in his last eight starts dating back to August 12. He’s also picked up 13 RBI in that stretch.

Colorado Rockies 

  • The Rox open a six-game stretch at home tonight against the Padres, with SP Tyler Anderson lined up for a two-start week, first against Padres SP/RP Robbie Erlin and then on Sunday against St. Louis and SP Austin Gomber. 

Detroit Tigers

  • SP Michael Fulmer should make another rehab appearance today or tomorrow after throwing two perfect innings in his first rehab work at High-A Lakeland last Tuesday.

Houston Astros

  • OF/INF Marwin Gonzalez went 3-for-4 with a solo homer, a double, a single, three RBI, and two runs scored last night. Gonzalez is having by far his best month of the season in August, with six homers, 13 runs scored, 12 RBI, and a .333 average in 66 plate appearances.

Kansas City Royals

  • SP Jorge Lopez had his best start of his young major league career, allowing one run in five innings, but he was shaky with his command and ended up needing 95 pitches to get through his start, allowing five hits and three walks and striking out three.

Los Angeles Angels

  • SP Shohei Ohtani was able to throw a 29-pitch simulated game without any issues yesterday. Because the Angels can’t/won’t send him to the minors for rehab starts due to his value as a hitter, it’s likely that any starts he makes the rest of the way as a pitcher will be short on pitch count. We’d expect Ohtani to be back in the rotation by the second week of September, though.

Los Angeles Dodgers

  • RP Kenley Jansen was activated off the disabled list yesterday, at least two weeks faster than first expected when he was diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat. Unfortunately, his return was an unsuccessful one, as he entered in a tie game in the ninth inning and allowed back-to-back homers to earn a loss.

Miami Marlins

  • In his off-day mailbag at MLB.com, Joe Frisaro writes that the likely candidates for a call-up next weekend when rosters expand are C Chad Wallach and SP Jeff Brigham.

Milwaukee Brewers

  • Manager Craig Counsell did a little bit of a bullpen role flip last night, with RP Josh Hader working the seventh and eighth innings to set up RP Jeremy Jeffress for the ninth. Hader was perfect in his two innings, striking out three, and while Jeffress did allow two baserunners in the ninth, he got out of it without a run allowed for his fifth save of the year.

Minnesota Twins

  • SP Stephen Gonsalves couldn’t make it out of the second inning in his major league debut, allowing six hits, two walks, a hit batter, and four earned runs in 1 1/3 innings of work. Gonsalves pitched in Double-A and Triple-A for the second consecutive season this year, going 12-3 with a 2.76 ERA in 22 starts and 120 2/3 innings, though he had walked 65 on the year to balance his 120 strikeouts.

New York Mets

  • OF Brandon Nimmo was finally placed on the disabled list Monday after dealing with a bruised finger from a hit by pitch four days earlier.
  • SP Zack Wheeler struck out 10 in seven innings last night, throwing 81 strikes on 113 pitches. He took a no decision, though, as the Mets couldn’t support him despite Wheeler allowing only one run on five hits and a walk.

New York Yankees

  • OF Giancarlo Stanton has said he’s ready to play the field for today and tomorrow’s games at Miami. Stanton has been playing designated hitter for most of August due to tightness in his left hamstring.

Oakland A’s

  • SP Mike Fiers is three-for-three in great outings since joining the A’s, throwing seven one-hit shutout innings last night with eight strikeouts and one walk to beat the Rangers. He’s pitched 20 1/3 innings in Oakland to the tune of a 1.33 ERA and .69 WHIP, striking out 22 and walking only one.

Philadelphia Phillies

  • SP Zach Eflin will be back from the minors tomorrow to start against the Nationals.

Pittsburgh Pirates

  • SP Chris Archer left last night’s game with left leg discomfort, which seems to have happened while he was hitting. Archer was having a decent day up to that point, only allowing a run on five hits and a walk in four innings.

San Diego Padres

  • OF Hunter Renfroe is dealing with a bruised forearm after being hit by a pitch on Sunday, so he’s 50/50 to return to the lineup for tonight’s series opener at Colorado.

San Francisco Giants

  • RP Mark Melancon pitched two innings for the first time this season last night and allowed only a hit while striking out three. He’s been perfect in six August appearances, not allowing an earned run and striking out six with only one walk in 6 2/3 innings.

Seattle Mariners

  • 2B Robinson Cano smashed his first home run since returning from his suspension, also adding two doubles, three RBI, and two runs scored.
  • 2B/OF Dee Gordon was back at second base with SS Jean Segura returning. Gordon went 2-for-4 with a run scored.

St. Louis Cardinals

  • SS/3B Jedd Gyorko was out of the starting lineup yesterday for just the second time in the last 11 games, but he came off the bench to hit a pinch-hit home run in the ninth inning. Gyorko has been very good in August, with a .281 average, 12 runs, 10 RBI, and three homers in 57 at-bats.

Tampa Bay Rays

  • SP/RP Ryan Yarbrough earned his 12th win of the year with 5 1/3 innings of shutout work against the Royals yesterday, striking out six and allowing only a bloop double, a single, and a walk. After a rough three-game stretch to end July and open August, Yarbrough has thrown 11 1/3 scoreless innings.

Texas Rangers

  • OF Shin-Soo Choo saw his six-game hitting streak end with an 0-for-3 effort yesterday. He did walk but was caught stealing for the first time this season in five tries. Choo continues to get on base at an elite level (.395 OBP in 535 plate appearances).

Toronto Blue Jays

  • DH Kendrys Morales hit two home runs and drove in four last night, giving him 16 home runs on the season.
  • RP Ken Giles pitched a perfect ninth inning for his 16th save of the season. He’s been very effective in save situations since joining the Blue Jays, earning four saves in his last four appearances since August 12.

Washington Nationals

  • SP Stephen Strasburg will come off the disabled list to start tomorrow’s game against the Phillies.
  • 1B/2B Daniel Murphy was claimed on waivers, so the Nats have two days to work out a trade, let Murphy go with a return, or pull him back from waivers.

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