Daily Intel – 8/30/2018

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Arizona Diamondbacks

  • We mentioned after his last start that SP Zack Godley still had our full trust after two outings in which he allowed a combined 11 earned runs in 10 innings, and that trust paid off last night with a dominant road win against the Giants where Godley struck out six and only allowed three baserunners and one run in 7 2/3 innings. Godley’s sinker was much sharper in this outing than his previous two, generating outs 12 of the 13 times it was put in play.

Atlanta Braves

  • SS/3B Johan Camargo went 3-for-4 with a home run, a walk, three RBI, and two runs scored last night. While he hasn’t hit a bunch of home runs in August (just two), it has been a very successful month, with a .308 batting average in 111 plate appearances, with nine doubles, 11 runs scored and 17 RBI.

Baltimore Orioles

  • OF Adam Jones went 2-for-5 with a grand slam and five RBI last night, continuing his good stretch of hitting in the last 10 days or so since returning from the bereavement list. Jones is 10-for-33 in that stretch with six runs scored, six RBI, and only five strikeouts.
  • RP Mychal Givens got a one-out save last night, his fifth save of the season.

Boston Red Sox

  • SP David Price was hit on the left wrist by a 102 mph line drive last night and left the game. He was diagnosed with a left wrist contusion, but the likelihood of a disabled list stint won’t be known until he undergoes more testing today.

Chicago Cubs

  • OF Kyle Schwarber hit leadoff for the first time this season yesterday, going 0-for-3 with a walk and three strikeouts. Schwarber is scuffling a little at the plate right now, with just four hits in his last 30 plate appearances, although two of them have been home runs.
  • RP Brandon Morrow upped his rehab yesterday by playing long toss. He still looks like a long shot to be of any value the rest of the way, with a late September return most likely.

Chicago White Sox

  • The Sox are playing a little bit better in the last few weeks, and RP Jace Fry has been the beneficiary as, seemingly, the entrenched closer. He closed his third game in the last 10 days yesterday, allowing a hit and striking out two in a scoreless ninth inning. Fry has not allowed an earned run in his last nine appearances and has struck out 20 in 10 2/3 innings this month.

Cincinnati Reds

  • OF Billy Hamilton was the leader in a 14-hit, 12-run night for the Reds offense, going 4-for-5 with a home run and three runs scored. He was also caught stealing, making him 0-for-4 on stolen base attempts after starting August with seven steals in his first 10 games.

Cleveland Indians

  • RP Andrew Miller was placed on the disabled list yesterday for the third time this season, this time with a left shoulder issue. There’s no timetable for his return.

Colorado Rockies 

  • A name to keep an eye on for a September call-up is 1B Mike Tauchman, a 27-year-old who is hitting .319 with a .964 OPS and 12 stolen bases in 452 plate appearances at Triple-A this year. He has a .941 OPS with 16 steals at Triple-A last year, and while the Rockies lineup is crowded, Tauchman has a unique skill set that could provide value even in limited playing time.

Detroit Tigers

  • OF Mikie Mahtook homered for the fourth time in his last ten games yesterday, going 2-for-4 with two RBI as well. He’s on a six-game hitting streak as well.

Houston Astros

  • SS Carlos Correa went 0-for-4 with an RBI sacrifice fly yesterday. He’s had a rough month, going 11-for-64 (.172) with only two extra-base hits, though he’s woken up a little in the last eight games, with eight hits, six RBI, and seven runs scored in that span.

Kansas City Royals

  • SS Adalberto Mondesi went 2-for-3 with a home run, triple, and four RBI yesterday. He’s homered in consecutive games and has multi-hit games in his last three starts.

Los Angeles Angels

  • 1B/DH Albert Pujols underwent season-ending left knee surgery yesterday. Pujols had played most of the Angels games this year, so the injury was a bit of a surprise, but either way it looks like SP/DH Shohei Ohtani is going to have the opportunity to hit a bunch in September, as long as his rehab as a pitcher allows him to.

Los Angeles Dodgers

  • RP Kenley Jansen was given the night off yesterday, though manager Dave Roberts said he will be back in the closer role starting tomorrow against Arizona. SP Kenta Maeda received the save chance last night and converted, allowing a run on a hit and two walks.

Miami Marlins

  • While SP Trevor Richards didn’t post the most impressive line last night, allowing three runs on three hits and two walks in 5 2/3 innings, the fact that he did that in Boston against the Red Sox gives us more belief in his recent breakout. He struck out six; his last 10 starts have been primarily against good offenses – Boston, the Yankees, Atlanta, Philly (twice), Tampa Bay (twice), the Cardinals, Washington (twice) – and Richards has been up to the challenge, throwing 53 1/3 innings to a 3.54 ERA with 60 strikeouts and 23 walks.

Milwaukee Brewers

  • In an insane game where the Brewers racked up 22 hits, it was, unsurprisingly, OF Christian Yelich who stood out the most again, going 6-for-6 and hitting for the cycle with three RBI and two runs scored.
  • RP Josh Hader had his worst outing of the season last night, allowing four earned runs on three hits and a walk in 2/3 of an inning.

Minnesota Twins

  • C/3B Willians Astudillo hit his first major league home run last night, his lone hit in four at-bats. Astudillo is a high-contact bat that would be a valuable mixed league option at catcher if he can get 12-15 at-bats a week in September.

New York Mets

  • OF Brandon Nimmo has four hits in two games after coming off the disabled list. He hit eighth on Tuesday and seventh last night, though, a surprising relegation considering the team hit veteran OF Austin Jackson third last night.
  • 1B/3B Todd Frazier went 2-for-5 with a grand slam and five RBI yesterday. Frazier’s power has come back in August, as 11 of his 26 hits this month have gone for extra bases and he’s driven in 20 while scoring 16 times.

New York Yankees

  • SP CC Sabathia delivered a quality start last night, albeit in a losing effort, striking out six in six innings. That was CC’s third straight quality start, and he’ll finish August with 26 2/3 innings and 35 strikeouts with a 2.70 ERA. He gets a rough matchup in his next outing on Monday in Oakland, but he seems to have tamed the home run issue that plagued him in July, so we’re comfortable starting him there, especially with it being a two-start week.

Oakland A’s

  • SP Trevor Cahill got smashed for the second consecutive start, allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits and six walks in 3 1/3 innings. Cahill is hard to peg right now from start to start, making him a difficult guy to own in shallow mixed leagues.

Philadelphia Phillies

  • OF Roman Quinn has been very good when the Phillies have given him starts this month – after sitting out Tuesday’s game, Quinn started and led off last night and went 3-for-5 with a triple, a stolen base, and two runs scored. He’s 20-for-54 in August and has hits in all of his last six starts.

Pittsburgh Pirates

  • For as good as he’s been in seven starts since July 11, SP Trevor Williams entered last night’s game with just 22 strikeouts in than seven-start span, lending some skepticism to the long-term viability of his improvement. But he changed that last night in his eighth straight good outing, shutting out the Cardinals for six innings and striking out eight. He limited them to three hits and three walks, and now has an ERA of .75 in a 48-inning, eight-start stretch.

San Diego Padres

  • OF Hunter Renfroe’s power stretch continued yesterday with a three-run home run, his ninth home run in August. He’s hit .299 in that span and has driven in 26 runs.

San Francisco Giants

  • OF Steven Duggar tore the labrum in his left shoulder diving in to second base last night and will miss the rest of the season. The move should lock in regular playing time for OF Gorkys Hernandez. 

Seattle Mariners

  • SS Jean Segura went 2-for-3 yesterday with his 20th stolen base of the year and a run scored, but he left the game after fouling a ball off his shin in the sixth inning. He’s day-to-day after X-rays came back clean.

St. Louis Cardinals

  • SP/RP Carlos Martinez worked out of the bullpen last night for the third time in eight days since coming off the disabled list. He hasn’t allowed a run yet in those three appearances, spanning four innings.

Tampa Bay Rays

  • If you’re looking for another potential league winner for you in September, OF Tommy Pham has all the tools. He’s got hits in five consecutive starts, with four multi-hit games in that span, including a 2-for-5 game yesterday with a home run and two RBI. Pham is clearly seeing the ball well right now and could easily put up a 7-8 homer, 20-22 RBI type of month in September.

Texas Rangers

  • SP Mike Minor was sharp in a loss to the Dodgers yesterday, striking out seven in six innings and allowing just two hits, three walks, and two runs. That continues a strong second half in which Minor has posted a 2.78 ERA and .79 WHIP is six starts.

Toronto Blue Jays

  • Perhaps the oddest trend in baseball this year has been RP Ken Giles’ inability to pitch effectively in non-save situations. He entered another one last night and allowed three hits and three runs (one earned) in 1/3 of an inning. According to Baseball Reference, in 25 games this year where Giles has entered in a non-save situation, he’s faced 106 batters and allowed a 1.024 OPS. In 19 games where he’s entered with the chance to get a save, he’s allowed only one run and a .407 OPS.

Washington Nationals

  • OF Juan Soto is heating back up after a slow start to August. He went 2-for-5 with his first home run since August 13, driving in two. He has 11 hits in his last nine games, though he continues to strikeout at a very high clip, with 14 Ks over that same stretch.

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