Daily Intel – 4/27/2019

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News From Yesterday’s Slate

San Diego Padres – 4
Washington Nationals – 3

  • SS Carter Kieboom, the Nationals’ top hitting prospect, made his major league debut yesterday, starting at short and hitting ninth. He was scuffling with a strikeout and a groundout in his first two at-bats, but then he homered to leadoff the eighth inning to tie the game, finishing the night 1-for-4. He then struck out again to end the game after the Padres took the lead in the top of the ninth.
  • Padres RP Kirby Yates earned his 13th save of the year despite his shakiest outing of the season, as he started the ninth with two strikeouts before allowing a single and two walks, then striking out Kieboom to end it. Yates has 23 strikeouts in 15 innings and is on pace to throw 93 innings this season, which would smash his career high of 63 innings from last year. At some point, the Padres are going to have to slow down with him.

Miami Marlins – 0
Philadelphia Phillies – 4

  • A long rain delay did not deter Phillies SP Jerad Eickhoff from having another good start, as he shut out the Marlins for seven innings and allowed only a double, a single, and a walk, striking out six. Eickhoff, who struggled with allowing home runs early in his career, has not allowed one yet in 17 innings so far this year.
  • Phillies 2B Cesar Hernandez has hits in seven straight and nine of his last ten games after going 1-for-4 last night. The worrisome part about Hernandez’s fantasy value is that he’s attempted just one steal since March 31st, and his batted ball profile, while improved from previous seasons, is still not strong enough (29.1 percent hard hit rate) to expect a step forward with power to make up for any lost stolen base production.

Oakland A’s – 2
Toronto Blue Jays – 4

  • 3B Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit fifth in his debut and went 1-for-4 with a double. He also made a very loud out in his second at-bat, driving the ball high and to the wall before Oakland OF Chad Pinder made a leaping catch.
  • DH Khris Davis struck out in all four of his at-bats, lowering his batting average to .223. He’s got just three hits in his last 29 at-bats.

Baltimore Orioles – 1
Minnesota Twins – 6

  • Twins 2B/SS/3B/OF Marwin Gonzalez went 0-for-4 last night and remains in the midst of a brutal slump. He has three multi-hit games in April but is still just 10-for-62 this month with four walks and one extra-base hit, a homer.
  • SP Martin Perez improved to 3-0 for the Twins, going six innings for the third consecutive start and allowing only one run on six hits. He did not walk a batter and struck out four. Perez’s new cutter has been a very effective pitch for him so far, allowing only two singles in 157 times thrown. He’s an interesting streaming option against weaker lineups, especially at home while the weather is still relatively mild in Minneapolis.

Milwaukee Brewers – 10
New York Mets – 2

  • Mets SP Jacob deGrom was back after a minor inflammation scare last week with his right elbow, but his fantasy owners probably wish he took more time after allowing five earned runs on five hits and three walks (and two hit batters) over four innings. He struck out seven. deGrom has had to deal with rain delays before each of his last three starts, which obviously isn’t ideal, especially on a night like last night where the game didn’t start until 9:50 p.m. and the weather was cold and wet. His velocity was fine, though.
  • OF Christian Yelich stole his fourth and fifth bases of the season as part of a 2-for-4 night that included a walk, a run scored, and an RBI.

Colorado Rockies – 8
Atlanta Braves – 4

  • Braves SP Max Fried has added the strikeouts to his game that were missing in his first three starts, as he K’d eight yesterday and six in his last start after totaling just 12 in his first three starts, but he’s had a bit of a homer problem in these last two outings, with two last night doing him in for his first loss. He finished with four runs allowed on seven hits over 5 1/3 innings. Still, Fried’s curveball is a clear elite-level pitch, giving him something to support his four-seamer, but he still needs another average pitch for us to feel like he’s taking a full step toward long-term fantasy relevance.

Tampa Bay Rays
Boston Red Sox

  • This game was postponed due to rain and will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Saturday, June 8.
  • SP Charlie Morton will go for the Rays today as they just shift their rotation back one day, which means SP/RP Yonny Chirinos will get two starts next week along with SP Blake Snell with the Rays playing a full seven-game week on the road at Kansas City and Baltimore.

Detroit Tigers – 11
Chicago White Sox – 12

  • White Sox OF Eloy Jimenez left this game with a sprained ankle after running in to the wall on defense. He did not suffer any breaks but will still undergo an MRI today.
  • These two teams applied for 36 hits, with the two veteran first basemen – Miguel Cabrera and Jose Abreu – leading the way with four hits each. Cabrera finally hit his first homer of the year, driving in three and scoring twice, while Abreu hit his fifth homer of the year and drove in five, scoring twice.

Cincinnati Reds – 12
St. Louis Cardinals – 1

  • 1B Joey Votto led off and OF Jesse Winker hit third last night, the seventh time in the last 11 games the Reds have used that lineup combo after Winker led off in 11 of the first 15 games of the season. Votto went 2-for-5 with a homer and two runs scored, and Winker went 2-for-4 with a homer, a walk, and three runs scored. Votto has reached base in eight straight starts, with six hits and seven walks in that span.

Los Angeles Angels – 5
Kansas City Royals – 1

  • Angels SP Tyler Skaggs was sharp in his return from a brief IL stint for an injured ankle, shutting out the Royals for five innings with five strikeouts and three walks. Skaggs has only gone more than five innings in one of four starts this year, though, making him a matchup play in shallower mixed leagues. He’ll face Toronto at home next on Wednesday before getting a two-start week the following week at Detroit and at Baltimore.
  • The Angels will be calling up their top pitching prospect, SP Griffin Canning, to start on Tuesday against Toronto. Canning was the 60th overall prospect in baseball entering the season according to MLB.com, and he’s dominated in three starts at Triple-A this year with one earned run allowed and 17 strikeouts in 16 innings.

Chicago Cubs – 3
Arizona Diamondbacks – 8

  • After striking out 11 in seven innings in his last start, Cubs SP Kyle Hendricks was annihilated for 10 hits and seven runs in seven innings last night. His changeup remains the biggest problem, as teams are slugging well over .500 on the pitch, which is an issue when you throw it more than 30 percent of the time like Hendricks does.
  • Cubs OF Albert Almora Jr. went 4-for-5 yesterday with a double and a run scored, one day after he broke a long slump in a pinch hit appearance with his first homer of the year.

Cleveland Indians – 6
Houston Astros – 3

  • It hasn’t taken long for Indians SS Francisco Lindor to pass superstar teammate 3B Jose Ramirez in fantasy value; Lindor went 2-for-5 last night with two home runs and three RBI, giving him three homers on the season. That’s one more than Ramirez, who was hitless in three at-bats and still sits at two homers and nine RBI after 104 plate appearances.

Pittsburgh Pirates –  2
Los Angeles Dodgers – 6

  • Dodgers SP Hyun-Jun Ryu went seven innings for just the seventh time in the last three seasons, striking out a career-high 10 batters and allowing only two runs on eight hits and no walks.
  • Pirates 1B Josh Bell did the biggest damage on Ryu, hitting a solo homer in the fourth inning, his lone hit in four at-bats. But Bell is definitely taking a step forward with power so far this season; this was his sixth homer of the year, and he has three in his last six games.

New York Yankees – 7
San Francisco Giants – 3

  • Yankees 1B Luke Voit is red hot, going 3-for-4 last night with a walk, a double, a homer, three RBI, and two runs scored. He’s got a 13-game hitting streak and hits in 19 of his last 20 games, including three multi-hit games in his last four starts and four homers in his last five games.

Texas Rangers – 4
Seattle Mariners – 5      (11 Innings)

  • Rangers 2B Rougned Odor went 0-for-5 with four strikeouts in his return to the lineup from a multi-week absence due to a knee injury.
  • Mariners 1B/OF Jay Bruce was also hitless in four at-bats after posting back-to-back multi-hit games earlier this week. Still, Bruce’s batting average now sits at a borderline-unplayable .198; if you own him, you need to check your need for power before keeping him in your lineup.

Daily Fantasy Recommendations for Saturday, April 27 (NOTE: We use DraftKings prices and format, which means two pitchers are required)

Note: This is for the seven-game late Featured slate, starting at 7:10 p.m.

  • Catcher
    • High-priced option: Yasmani Grandal ($4,200)
    • Low-priced option: Tyler Flowers ($3,600)
  • First Base
    • High-priced option: Jose Abreu ($4,600)
    • Low-priced option: Justin Bour ($3,800)
  • Second Base
    • High-priced option: Whit Merrifield ($4,800)
    • Low-priced option: Robinson Cano ($4,000)
  • Third Base
    • High-priced option: Eduardo Escobar ($4,400)
    • Low-priced option: Justin Turner ($3,700)
  • Shortstop
    • High-priced option: Tim Anderson ($5,400)
    • Low-priced option: Cole Tucker ($3,300)
  • Outfielder (three required)
    • High-priced option 1: Joc Pederson ($5,000)
    • High-priced option 2: Michael Conforto ($4,700)
    • High-priced option 3: Mitch Haniger ($4,900)
    • Low-priced option 1: Lorenzo Cain ($4,000)
    • Low-priced option 2: Kyle Schwarber ($3,800)
    • Low-priced option 3: Brian Goodwin ($4,300)
  • Pitcher (two required)
    • High-priced option 1: Clayton Kershaw ($10,200)
    • High-priced option 2: Jon Gray ($8,500)
    • Low-priced option 1: Mike Minor ($8,300)
    • Low-priced option 2: Zack Godley ($8,000)

Today’s Best Bets

  • Our favorite favorite: WASHINGTON NATIONALS (-170) over San Diego Padres
  • Our favorite underdog: TAMPA BAY RAYS (+135) over Boston Red Sox
  • Our over/under play: New York Yankees/SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS UNDER 7.5 Runs

Yesterday: 1-2 (hit on underdog)
Season: 44-40-1

Note: Best Bets section is for entertainment purposes only.

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