Daily Intel – 9/18/2018

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Arizona Diamondbacks

  • SP Pat Corbin took the loss yesterday despite hurling a quality start against the Cubs, striking out seven in six innings of work. Corbin was undone in his final inning by a two-run homer, but otherwise he allowed just a double, three singles, and a walk.

Atlanta Braves

  • RP Arodys Vizcaino was hit hard in his second appearance since coming off the disabled list over the weekend, allowing two runs on three hits in an inning of work. He did strikeout three, though.

Baltimore Orioles

  • 2B Jonathan Villar only reached base once yesterday on a single in four at-bats, but he did steal two bases when he reached. He has 14 steals in 42 games with Baltimore and 28 in total on the season (he also stole 14 with Milwaukee in 87 games).

Boston Red Sox

  • OF Mookie Betts was fine yesterday after leaving Sunday’s game with soreness in his side. He should be ready to play in today’s game against the Yankees.

Chicago Cubs

  • 3B/OF Kris Bryant homered yesterday for the first time since late July. He also added a walk and a single, driving in two runs, and he’s now got three multi-hit games in his last six starts.

Chicago White Sox

  • OF Avisail Garcia is considered day-to-day with recurring knee issues, and uncertain to play in the White Sox series that starts today against Cleveland.

Cincinnati Reds

  • A rough September continued for SP Anthony DeSclafani last night, as he allowed four runs on seven hits and two walks in five innings to take his second straight loss. DeSclafani has allowed 15 earned runs in 17 1/3 innings this month, with 25 hits and seven walks being the drivers behind his problems.

Cleveland Indians

  • SP Trevor Bauer may come back next week for a few outings as a reliever as the team considers using him in that role for the playoffs.

Colorado Rockies 

  • SS Trevor Story left last night’s game in the fourth inning due to a right elbow issue suffered early in the game on a diving defensive play. He’ll be analyzed today to determine the severity of the injury.

Detroit Tigers

  • SP Michael Fulmer has meniscus damage in his right knee and will miss his final two starts.

Houston Astros

  • SP Framber Valdez struggled with control issues, throwing 40 of his 81 pitches for balls and walking five, but his stuff was very impressive overall, and he ended up working around those walks to shutout Seattle for five innings, allowing only two singles and striking out six. The 24-year-old has now allowed one run or less in four of his five starts since being called up in late August.

Kansas City Royals

  • 1B Ryan O’Hearn went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI yesterday. Over the last 30 days, O’Hearn is hitting .314 with eight homers, 19 RBI, and a 1.149 OPS.

Los Angeles Angels

  • 2B/3B/SS David Fletcher looks to be done for the season after injuring his left hamstring on Sunday.

Los Angeles Dodgers

  • OF Joc Pederson went 3-for-4 yesterday with a double, two home runs, and three RBI. He’s hitting .310 this month with four homers in 42 at-bats.

Miami Marlins

  • RP Adam Conley worked a clean ninth inning last night for his third save of the season. Conley hadn’t received a save chance since August 29, which he blew.

Milwaukee Brewers

  • OF Christian Yelich became the first player in major league history to hit for the cycle twice in the season against the same team when he did it last night against the Reds. Even more impressive is that it only took him six innings to do it. Yelich is now hitting .355 with 20 homers and 50 RBI since the All-Star Break. If we had a vote, Yelich would be our NL MVP.

Minnesota Twins

  • OF Eddie Rosario left last night’s game after again aggravating his right quad injury. It was his first game back in the field for several weeks, so it is likely that the Twins will either shut him down now or put him back at DH for when he’s healthy, which probably won’t be til next year. He was hitting .188 as a DH. In other words, if you want to cut Rosario, you can.

New York Mets

  • SP Zack Wheeler may be done for the season after yesterday’s start where he allowed four runs on three hits and three walks over seven innings to beat the Phillies. He struck out seven. Wheeler has now thrown 187 1/3 innings this year, and manager Mickey Callaway indicated that the team may decide to cap him there and end his season.

New York Yankees

  • OF Aaron Judge took live swings yesterday and while he won’t be back in the lineup this afternoon against Boston, he should be back at some point during this three-game series.
  • RP Aroldis Chapman threw a simulated game yesterday after a bullpen session on Saturday, and looks poised to return to the team this weekend.

Oakland A’s

  • SP Trevor Cahill received an injection in his back over the weekend and was able to play catch on Sunday, so there’s a chance he could return to the rotation for two more starts, beginning with this weekend against Minnesota.

Philadelphia Phillies

  • SS/3B Asdrubal Cabrera suffered a mild calf strain on Monday and could be done for the season, as Grade 1 strains usually take about a week or so to heal, and the Phillies are all but buried in the playoff race.

Pittsburgh Pirates

  • 2B/OF Adam Frazier went 2-for-2 with a double, a walk, two RBI, and a run scored last night, but he was forced to leave the game after fouling a ball off his knee and feeling discomfort.

San Diego Padres

  • 1B/3B/OF Wil Myers went 1-for-3 yesterday with a run scored and his 10th stolen base on the season. He’s now reached double-digits in homers and steals for three consecutive seasons.

San Francisco Giants

  • SP Andrew Suarez worked 7 2/3 solid innings yesterday to win his seventh game of the season. He allowed two runs on four hits and three walks, striking out four, and has thrown quality starts in five of his last seven outings, allowing only five runs in 33 2/3 innings over that five-start span.

Seattle Mariners

  • 1B/DH Dan Vogelbach homered again yesterday, a pinch-hit grand slam that served as the winning hit for the Mariners as they turned a 1-0 deficit in the eighth inning in to a 4-1 win.
  • RP Edwin Diaz needed only five pitches to close out the ninth inning for his 56th save of the year.

St. Louis Cardinals

  • 2B Kolten Wong hit a double, a single, and a solo home run yesterday, driving in three runs in total. Wong has started almost every day since coming off the disabled list on September 7, though he had just one extra-base in 26 at-bats this month before last night.

Tampa Bay Rays

  • RP Sergio Romo recorded his second save in as many days, striking out two and walking one to close out the Rangers yesterday. Romo has now worked four straight days after pitching once between August 25 and September 13.

Texas Rangers

  • SP Adrian Sampson was decent yesterday for the second consecutive start, limiting the Rays to two runs on six hits and a walk over 5 2/3 innings. Sampson has now started twice this month and has allowed only three runs and 10 baserunners in 10 2/3 innings of work.

Toronto Blue Jays

  • SP Ryan Borucki shut out the Orioles for eight innings yesterday on 105 pitches, allowing only three singles and a walk. In three September starts Borucki has thrown 20 1/3 innings with a 1.77 ERA and 0.69 WHIP. He’ll get a stiffer test this weekend at home against the Rays, but he was solid against them on September 4, holding them to two runs and five baserunners in six innings.

Washington Nationals

  • Superstar prospect OF Victor Robles hit his first major league home run last night, also adding a single in four at-bats. Robles has started six of 10 games since being called up earlier this month, and we expect him to get most of the starts the rest of the way with the Nats’ postseason hopes dashed.

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