Daily Intel – 9/8/2018

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Arizona Diamondbacks

  • RP Brad Boxberger earned his first save since August 30 after taking losses in his first two September appearances. The D-Backs have not allowed Boxberger to throw a full inning since August 26, as they look to mix and match more with their bullpen to limit Boxberger’s exposure as he struggles.

Atlanta Braves

  • 1B Freddie Freeman went 0-for-4 last night with three strikeouts. He’s slowed down a little bit at the plate after a good stretch in August, with just five hits in his last 30 at-bats and only two RBI in that span.

Baltimore Orioles

  • SP Alex Cobb may not make his start at Tampa Bay tomorrow due to a blister issue on pitching hand.

Boston Red Sox

  • SP Chris Sale will be activated on Tuesday to face the Blue Jays, but he will be on a strict limit of either 40 pitches or two innings, and will be relieved by SP Nathan Eovaldi. 

Chicago Cubs

  • RP Brandon Morrow’s fate for this season should be known by the end of this weekend, as he’ll throw a bullpen session on Sunday that will determine the direction the team takes with his rehab moving forward.

Chicago White Sox

  • Brutal news for the Sox and fantasy baseball in general, as SP Michael Kopech was diagnosed with a torn UCL in his right elbow yesterday. He will almost certainly have Tommy John surgery and be out until spring training 2020.

Cincinnati Reds

  • OF Scott Schebler homered for the second consecutive game, pushing his hitting streak to four games. He also walked, drove in four runs, and scored twice.

Cleveland Indians

  • SP Carlos Carrasco struck out a career-high 14 last night over eight innings, but he was stuck with a no decision after allowing two runs, but only one earned, on six hits and a walk. Carrasco has now struck out 34 batters in his last three starts and has eight or more Ks in eight of his last 10 starts, over which he’s lowered his ERA from 4.03 to 3.41.

Colorado Rockies 

  • 1B/OF Matt Holliday started for the third time in five games last night, and he has hits in all three of those starts, including a double and a solo home run last night. He also walked. He’s hitting .407 with a 1.182 OPS in 27 at-bats since returning to the Rockies, the team he originally came up with and played for from 2004 to 2008.

Detroit Tigers

  • 3B Jeimer Candelario went 3-for-5 last night with a walk-off two-run home run and two runs scored. He’s got homers in consecutive games and three homers in his last seven starts.

Houston Astros

  • OF Josh Reddick went 0-for-4 last night and is in the midst of a brutal slump, hitting .209 with a .528 OPS over the last 30 days (95 plate appearances).
  • SS Carlos Correa is also slumping, going 0-for-3 last night for the third straight game. Since returning from the disabled list on August 10, Correa is hitting under .170 with an OPS under .480 in 24 games.

Kansas City Royals

  • C Sal Perez was back in the lineup for the first time since August 28 last night, going 1-for-5 with a three-run home run. Perez has home runs in three of his last five starts now, dating back to before his thumb injury.

Los Angeles Angels

  • SS Andrelton Simmons went 2-for-5 with a solo home run, his 11th of the season, last night. Simmons has homers in consecutive games and three in his last seven. He’s also got 13 hits in his last nine games, having driven in 10 runs in that same span.
  • DH Shohei Ohtani hit another home run last night, a three-run shot that gave him 19 bombs and 50 RBIs on the season.

Los Angeles Dodgers

  • SP/RP Kenta Maeda earned a save last night with RP Kenley Jansen not making the trip to Colorado. Maeda worked 2/3 of an innings and struck out one.

Miami Marlins

  • OF Lewis Brinson is on fire since returning to the lineup last weekend, with hits in six straight games and a 3-for-4 game last night that included a three-run home run and a double. Brinson is 11-for-22 over that six-game stretch.

Milwaukee Brewers

  • 1B/OF Ryan Braun reached base in all four of his plate appearances last night, going 1-for-1 with three walks and a two-run home run.
  • RP Josh Hader struck out five of the seven batters he faced in two perfect innings last night to earn his fifth win of the year.

Minnesota Twins

  • OF Eddie Rosario returned to the lineup last night after missing more than a week with a quad strain. He went 2-for-5 with a home run and two runs scored.

New York Mets

  • SP Steven Matz allowed two earned runs and struck out eight in five innings yesterday, extending his stretch of starts with two runs or less allowed to four games. He’s struck out 31 in that four-start stretch and has walked only five, but he still has not won a game since July 26.

New York Yankees

  • SP Masahiro Tanaka struck out 10 in eight shutout innings last night, allowing only a double and two singles to earn his 11th win of the year. Tanaka’s slider has been the tipping point on whether he can produce outings like this or whether he gets hit hard – the pitch has not been a negative value offering in his last 10 starts, so its not a surprise that he’s on a roll right now, with a 2.30 ERA in nine starts and 58.2 innings since the All-Star Break, having struck out 61 and walked just 10.

Oakland A’s

  • OF Roman Laureano is getting more run at the top of the A’s lineup thanks to his recent hot stretch, and last night he went 2-for-4 with two solo home runs and a walk. He’s hitting .309 with a .955 OPS in 90 plate appearances since making his major league debut on August 3.

Philadelphia Phillies

  • RP Tommy Hunter worked a clean ninth inning for his fourth save of the season last night. He appears to be the most valuable arm to own for saves in the Philly bullpen, as RP Seranthony Dominguez worked the eighth innings and has not recorded a save since August 16.

Pittsburgh Pirates

  • SP Chris Archer went six innings and earned his second straight quality start after opening his Pittsburgh career with five straight non-quality starts. He struck out six and allowed three runs on five hits and three walks. He’s now got a 5.28 ERA in 34 1/3 innings with the Bucs.

San Diego Padres

  • 1B Eric Hosmer went 2-for-4 with his first home run since August 21, driving in three.
  • 2B Luis Urias and C Francisco Mejia topped the batting order last night, perhaps giving a window in to what the Padres plan for their lineup next season. Both guys went 1-for-4 with a run scored.

San Francisco Giants

  • 2B/SS Alen Hanson picked up two hits, including a solo home run, last night, also stealing his seventh base of the year. He’s homered twice in his last nine at-bats.

Seattle Mariners

  • 2B/OF Dee Gordon went 0-for-3 last night and has just two hits in his last 17 at-bats over a five-game slump.

St. Louis Cardinals

  • SP Michael Wacha now seems unlikely to return this season after being pulled from his rehab start on Friday night with new discomfort in his injured oblique.
  • C Yadier Molina sat out last night’s game with a hamstring issue and won’t play at all this weekend.

Tampa Bay Rays

  • C Nick Ciuffo went 2-for-2 with a walk and his first-career home run last night, driving in four. Ciuffo has had a rocky ride as a prospect, but he’s got a ton of talent and is just 23 years old, so he could be a real option in two-catcher leagues next season if he platoons with currently-injured C Michael Perez. 
  • OF Kevin Kiermaier stayed hot with another home run, a single, and three RBI last night. He’s gone 9-for-16 in the last week with three homers and seven RBI in his last five games.

Texas Rangers

  • 1B/3B/OF Joey Gallo hit his 35th home run of the season last night, driving in three runs. He also added a single and a double, giving him his first multi-hit game since August 24, which was also the last time he had homered before yesterday.

Toronto Blue Jays

  • OF Kevin Pillar hit his 12th home run and stole his 12th base of the season last night.
  • 1B Rowdy Tellez hit two more doubles last night, driving in and scoring a run in five at-bats. Tellez is the first American League rookie since Joe DiMaggio in 1936 to have six doubles in a three-game span as a rookie.

Washington Nationals

  • RP Sean Doolittle was activated from the disabled list before Friday night’s game, which was ultimately postponed. Doolittle will go to back to his closer role after missing two months with a stress reaction in his left foot.

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