Daily Intel – 8/22/2018

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Arizona Diamondbacks

  • OF David Peralta went 3-for-3 with a double, a home run, a walk, a single, three RBI, and two runs scored yesterday. His torrid August has not been slowed down by the illness he dealt with last weekend, as he’s now hitting .422 in 71 plate appearances this month with eight homers, 15 RBI, and 15 runs scored.

Atlanta Braves

  • SS Dansby Swanson went 2-for-4 last night, with those two hits both being two-run homers. Swanson has put together a power surge recently, with four homers in his last nine games and 11 RBI in that span. He’s also sporting a seven-game hitting streak.
  • RP A.J. Minter is hoping to be back today after dealing with back issues over the last few days.

Baltimore Orioles

  • We’ve reached the end of the line for SP Dylan Bundy, who allowed three home runs and seven earned runs total on 10 hits over four innings last night, striking out just three. Bundy has allowed home runs in each of his last eight starts, a total of 15 in that span and 33 on the season. He’s has two good outings since coming off the disabled list on July 6, and the other six starts in that span have varied from “meh” to “abject nightmare.”

Boston Red Sox

  • SP Nathan Eovaldi didn’t have his best stuff last night, allowing 10 hits and four runs in 5 1/3 innings and only striking out two in a loss to Cleveland. Eovaldi’s control was very good, only throwing 24 balls on his 87 pitches, but he really struggled to put his cutter in good spots, and the Indians generated four hits off the pitch, including three for extra-bases.

Chicago Cubs

  • 1B/2B Daniel Murphy was added to the Cubs yesterday via trade, which probably ends any value SS Addison Russell had in any format, as Murphy should play most days at second base with 2B/SS Javier Baez getting starts at short. 2B/OF Ben Zobrist is impacted negatively by this move, as well.
  • SP Yu Darvish will miss the rest of the season due to the triceps/elbow injury combination that has kept him down for several months now.

Chicago White Sox

  • 1B Jose Abreu had groin surgery on Tuesday will miss at least three weeks.
  • SP Michael Kopech’s long-awaited major league debut was shortened by rain, as he only got through two innings before a 52-minute rain delay forced him out. He allowed three singles, hit a batter, and struck out four, but did not allow a run. His command was pretty spotty and he threw almost exclusively four-seam fastballs, using the pitch on 41 of his 52 offerings.

Cincinnati Reds

  • 1B Joey Votto is aiming for a return from the disabled list when he’s first eligible on Sunday. Worst-case scenario, it looks like you’ll be good to use Votto next week for weekly leagues.
  • 2B Scooter Gennett has multi-hit games in five of his last six starts after going 2-for-4 last night with a home run and three RBI. He’s hitting .480 over the last week.

Cleveland Indians

  • 1B/DH Edwin Encarnacion is likely to come off the disabled list tomorrow after missing a couple of weeks with a biceps issue.
  • OF Melky Cabrera homered again last night, his third straight game with a homer and fifth bomb in his last nine starts. He also added a double and a single last night, scoring twice. With OF Lonnie Chisenhall not close to a return, Cabrera is a nice lottery ticket down the stretch, as he seems to have found his bat after sitting out most of the season.

Colorado Rockies 

  • OF Carlos Gonzalez went hitless in four at-bats last night; while he hasn’t been terrible in August, with a .262 batting average, his power has dropped off, with only one home run this month and two extra-base hits in his last 10 starts.

Detroit Tigers

  • SP Jordan Zimmermann had a nice bounce back start after struggling last Wednesday against the White Sox; he limited the Cubs to a run on seven hits and a walk in six innings, striking out five.

Houston Astros

  • RP Roberto Osuna worked the eighth inning last night and allowed three hits, a run, and struck out three, but prior to the game manager A.J. Hinch said Osuna will get most of the save opportunities for the rest of the season. Still, it was RP Hector Rondon who got the save last night, working a perfect ninth inning.

Kansas City Royals

  • OF Jorge Bonifacio was a late scratch last night with back spasms, so 1B Ryan O’Hearn got a shot to start and took advantage, becoming only the second lefty batter to hit a homer this year off Rays ace SP Blake Snell.

Los Angeles Angels

  • OF Justin Upton was placed on the disabled list yesterday due to a lacerated index finger suffered with an incident at home involving broken glass.

Los Angeles Dodgers

  • SS/3B Manny Machado went 3-for-5 with a solo home run last night, his third multi-hit game in his last six starts and his third home run in his last five starts.

Miami Marlins

  • SP Jose Ureña dropped the appeal of his six-game suspension and began serving it yesterday. He’ll return to the rotation in the middle of next week.
  • SP Pablo Lopez delivered a quality start last night against the Yankees, holding them to seven hits, a walk, and one run over six innings, striking out four. That’s four quality starts in Lopez’s last six outings, and he’s pitched to a 3.33 ERA and 1.07 WHIP in 24 1/3 innings this month, striking out 19 and only walking four.

Milwaukee Brewers

  • 2B/3B Travis Shaw homered again last night, his lone hit in five at-bats. Shaw has home runs in consecutive games and three in his last four, but he hasn’t walked in almost two weeks and only has two walks in the month of August.

Minnesota Twins

  • SP Ervin Santana is scheduled today for an MRI on his right middle finger, the finger that he had surgery on before the season. He’s unlikely to pitch again this year.
  • OF Eddie Rosario went 2-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored yesterday. He’s got hits in eight of his last nine games.

New York Mets

  • 1B/3B Wilmer Flores’ strong month continued yesterday with a 2-for-3 day that included two runs scored, a double, and his first walk in eight games. Flores is hitting .318 in 90 plate appearances this month, with 13 RBI and nine runs scored.

New York Yankees

  • The left knee problems of RP Aroldis Chapman flared up again last night, as he only lasted six pitches in the bottom of the 12th inning before leaving the game. He’ll have an MRI today. RP David Robertson is also dealing with a “tender shoulder,” so RP Dellin Betances or RP Zach Britton look most likely for saves in the short-term.

Oakland A’s

  • SP Brett Anderson threw seven scoreless innings last night, holding Texas to only a single and a walk while striking out six. Anderson’s non-fastball stuff was working well all night – between his slider and his changeup, he threw both pitches 40 times and generated eight swinging strikes, seven called strikes, and nine foul balls. He’s now thrown 26 2/3 innings this month and allowed only two earned runs (.68 ERA), but has only struck out 14 batters.

Philadelphia Phillies

  • OF Roman Quinn hit his first career home run last night and added a single in four at-bats. Quinn is getting sporadic playing time, but he bears keeping an eye on over the next week or two, as he did have 14 steals in the minors this year and could hold some value in NL-only leagues if the Phillies lineup continues to struggle and looks for a spark from someone new.

Pittsburgh Pirates

  • With the Pirates’ collapse out of the playoff picture all but complete, SS Kevin Newman has started the last two games at shortstop, going hitless in six at-bats. Newman is an intriguing option for speed down the stretch – in 109 Triple-A games this year, he was hitting .302 with a .350 on-base percentage and 28 steals, which led the International League. He also led the IL with 74 runs scored.

San Diego Padres

  • 1B Eric Hosmer’s hitting streak is at nine games after last night’s 2-for-5 effort that included his 13th home run of the season. Hosmer is hitting .311 with 11 RBI, 12 runs scored, and three homers in 80 at-bats and 18 games this month.

San Francisco Giants

  • C Buster Posey is facing a “not if, but when” decision soon, as he needs hip surgery that requires six months of recovery. The decision should be made this week, but we don’t expect Posey to be in the lineup much anymore, so if you need at-bats from the catcher position, you can drop him now.

Seattle Mariners

  • DH Nelson Cruz didn’t start last night due to back spasms, but he was able to pinch hit
  • SP James Paxton will throw a bullpen session tomorrow with the hope of returning to the rotation next week.

St. Louis Cardinals

  • SP Daniel Poncedeleon struck out eight last night, but couldn’t earn a decision because he needed 90 pitches to get through four innings. He allowed five hits, a walk, and an earned run. SP Luke Weaver, who was moved to the bullpen to make room for Poncedeleon, earned the win with 2 1/3 innings of work, striking out one and allowing a run on three hits.

Tampa Bay Rays

  • SP Blake Snell was cut loose for a full workload last night after being limited in his last two starts, and he took advantage by striking out 11 Royals in six innings and allowing only a solo home run, a double, two singles, and a walk. Snell improved to 15-5 with the win and now has a 2.07 ERA on the season. With SP Chris Sale hurt in Boston and SP Trevor Bauer done for the season in Cleveland, Snell has the inside track to the Cy Young Award if he can finish strong.
  • OF Tommy Pham dislocated his finger and is day-to-day, but we’d expect him to be out of the lineup until the weekend.

Texas Rangers

  • C/3B Isiah Kiner-Falefa went 0-for-3 last night and does not have an extra-base hit in his last 25 at-bats.

Toronto Blue Jays

  • OF Billy McKinney went 2-for-3 with a walk, a home run, three RBI and two runs scored yesterday.
  • DH Kendrys Morales homered again last night and went 3-for-4 overall with two RBI and two runs scored. He’s homered in three straight games and has 11 hits and four homers in his last six games.

Washington Nationals

  • With 1B/2B Daniel Murphy gone to the Cubs, 2B Wilmer Difo should get everyday playing time the rest of the way. He started at second last night and went 1-for-4 with a solo home run.
  • SP Tanner Roark threw three shutout innings last night, allowing only a single and striking out a batter before he had to leave due to a long rain delay.

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