Daily Intel – 5/6/2019

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News From Yesterday’s Slate

Minnesota Twins – 1
New York Yankees – 4     (8 innings)

  • We mentioned yesterday after SP J.A. Happ’s rough Saturday outing that the mantle for Yankees staff ace was up for grabs after SP James Paxton went on the IL, and after yesterday’s performance it is probably safe to hand that title to SP Domingo German. German struck out seven in 6 2/3 innings, allowing only a double, three singles, and three walks, which totaled up to one run and his sixth win on the season.
  • Twins OF Eddie Rosario went 1-for-4 with a run scored but remains mired in a brutal slump. He’s 2-for-30 in his last eight games and his triple slash has dropped to .223/.271/.537.
  • In other rough pitching news for the Yankees, it was said yesterday by the front office that SP Luis Severino is not going to be back until after the All-Star Break, if at all this season. But on a plus side for the hitting ledger, OF Clint Frazier should be activated off the IL today after missing two weeks with a left ankle sprain.

Boston Red Sox – 9
Chicago White Sox – 2

  • Red Sox SP Rick Porcello struck out seven and did not walk a batter in six innings, but walked away with a no decision after he allowed two solo homers and three singles to leave a 2-2 game in the bottom of the seventh. That’s three straight quality starts for Porcello, who has bounced back from walking 12 in his first three outings to walking five in his last four.

Oakland A’s – 3
Pittsburgh Pirates – 5    (13 Innings)

  • The A’s gamble of playing DH Khris Davis in the outfield in a National League park came back to bite them yesterday, as Davis crashed in to the wall with his left hip chasing a ball and had to leave the game. He said he was a little stiff after the game but that he expects to be ready to play DH on Tuesday when the A’s return home to take on Cincinnati.

Washington Nationals – 1
Philadelphia Phillies – 7

  • Nationals C Kurt Suzuki hit cleanup yesterday and was the lone bright spot in the DC offense, going 2-for-4 with a solo homer. Suzuki has four homers in his last 11 games, with only eight of those games being starts. He’s up to a .298/.339/.596 triple slash with five homers and 14 RBI in 59 plate appearances.
  • Washington 3B Anthony Rendon looks set to return from the IL tomorrow, so go ahead and put him in your lineups in weekly leagues.

Tampa Bay Rays
Baltimore Orioles

  • This game was postponed due to rain and will be made up as part of a day-night doubleheader on Saturday, July 13.
  • The Rays will skip their planned Opener day and go with SP Blake Snell on normal rest today at home against Arizona, while the Orioles will stay on their rotation track and go with SP John Means today at home against Boston.

Kansas City Royals – 2
Detroit Tigers – 5     (10 Innings)

  • Royals 1B/3B Hunter Dozier homered in this game, his lone hit in four at-bats. It was his first homer in 10 games, but he’s kept his strong start going despite that down tick in power; in that 10-game span between home runs, Dozier had hits in every game but one and went 13-for-33. He should be owned and started in all formats.

Houston Astros – 10
Los Angeles Angels – 4

  • Angels C Jonathan Lucroy went 2-for-4 with two home runs, three RBI, and two runs scored. Lucroy has hit all four of his homers this season in the last two games, a stretch where he’s also scored six runs and nearly walked as many times as he’s struck out (3 to 4). Lucroy is a solid option in mixed leagues thanks to his playing time volume and an ability to put the ball in play.

Seattle Mariners – 10
Cleveland Indians – 0

  • Very good bounceback outing for Mariners SP Erik Swanson, who allowed only a double and three walks over six shutout innings to earn his first major league win. He struck out three and only generated five swinging strikes on 106 pitches, though, so he remains an AL-only play at best.
  • 1B/OF Jay Bruce had two hits in this series in 12 at-bats for Seattle and they were both home runs, including a grand slam yesterday. He now has 19 hits this season, and 11 are homers.
  • Seattle 1B Edwin Encarnacion also homered, his second in two games, and added in single, two runs scored, and two RBI in five at-bats. He’s homered four times in his last eight games and has 10 on the season, with an impressive 29/21 K/BB ratio in 137 plate appearances.

Atlanta Braves – 3
Miami Marlins – 1    (10 Innings)

  • RP Luke Jackson was asked to get the save in the bottom of the tenth inning after the Braves took the lead in the top half, and he struck out two in between a double to earn his second save in a week’s span. Jackson isn’t perfect, but he still looks like the best mixture of effectiveness and potential for saves in the Atlanta bullpen.
  • Atlanta SS/3B Johan Camargo only started one game in this series, and it was yesterday where he went 0-for-4. Camargo has hit better in the last week or so when he’s played, with eight hits in his last nine starts, but he still has only one extra-base hit in the last two weeks. He shouldn’t be owned outside of deep mixed and NL-only leagues.

San Francisco Giants – 6
Cincinnati Reds – 5

  • Reds RP Raisel Iglesias was given the ball with one out in the ninth inning and the game tied, and he proceeded to allow a double to Giants C Buster Posey and, two pitches later, a two-run homer to SS Brandon Crawford. Iglesias took the loss, his fifth of the season, and he’s now allowed four homers in 16 2/3 innings this year.
  • Posey also homered earlier in the game, a three-run shot off Reds ace SP Luis Castillo. There’s some power lurking in Posey’s bat, with hits in 10 of his last 11 games and seven extra-base hits in that span.

St. Louis Cardinals – 5
Chicago Cubs – 13

  • Cubs 3B Kris Bryant went 2-for-4 with a homer, four RBI, and two runs scored, giving him hits in eight of his last 10 games. Bryant has also homered three times in that 10-game run and posted four doubles, nine runs scored, 11 RBI, and a 6/9 K/BB ratio. He looks like he’s putting his slow first four weeks way behind him now.

Toronto Blue Jays – 2
Texas Rangers – 10

  • Blue Jays SP Clay Buchholz hasn’t had anything to his game since a six-inning, one-run outing in his first start of the year; he was pounded yesterday for seven runs in four innings on eight hits and a walk. For the season, Buchholz has thrown 24 2/3 innings and has struck out only 12 batters, making him impossible to use even in AL-only leagues.
  • Rangers 2B Rougned Odor went 2-for-4 with a homer and three RBI yesterday. Odor has struck out 16 times in eight games since coming off the IL on April 26, but he is showing some signs of finding his power stroke.

New York Mets – 2
Milwaukee Brewers – 3

  • Brewers OF Christian Yelich returned to the lineup after missing a week with lower back soreness, and in his second at-bat of the game he hit a ball 440 feet after it left his bat at 110.5 mph. Yelich now has 15 homers, a mark he didn’t hit last year until July 28…and he still won the MVP last year. That homer was a two-run shot and his lone hit in four at-bats.
  • Yelich’s teammate OF Lorenzo Cain left this game after being hit on the left hand by a fastball. He’s day-to-day.

Arizona Diamondbacks – 7
Colorado Rockies – 8

  • A quick moment to recognize the strong start RP Wade Davis has had to the season. Davis worked a perfect ninth for his fifth save of the year yesterday, and while his 14/8 K/BB ratio in 11 2/3 innings isn’t the prettiest, he’s done a good a very good job limiting fly balls, with an 8.7 percent rate that is ideal for pitching in a park like Coors. He’s also boosted his cutter usage and has gotten maximum value out of the pitch, as hitters have a .063 batting average and .063 slugging percentage against it in 19 plate appearances (just one single with seven strikeouts).

Los Angeles Dodgers – 5
San Diego Padres – 8

  • There were shades of last year’s disastrous early season outings from RP Kenley Jansen in this one, as he was around the plate for his entire appearance and ended up loading the bases on singles. He had also managed to strike out two hitters, but when it mattered most, Padres OF Hunter Renfroe stepped up with two outs and the bases loaded and his a grand slam to win it. It was Renfroe’s seventh homer of the year and 16th RBI, and it left Jansen with a 4.67 ERA and his first loss of the year.
  • Dodgers 1B/OF Cody Bellinger missed his second consecutive game with right shoulder soreness, but he did workout pre-game and should be safe to use in weekly lineup leagues this week.
  • In an interesting move, the Dodgers brought in C Travis D’Arnaud after he was let go by the Mets earlier this week. Combined, Cs Russell Martin and Austin Barnes have an on-base percentage over .360, with Barnes having four doubles and four homers, so it is hard to see where D’Arnaud fits in based on that, but obviously they wouldn’t bring him in without a potential plan to use him, even sparingly.

Daily Fantasy Recommendations for Monday, May 6 (NOTE: We use DraftKings prices and format, which means two pitchers are required)

Note: This is for the nine-game Featured set, witch games starting at 7:05 p.m.

  • Catcher
    • High-priced option: Christian Vazquez ($4,200)
    • Low-priced option: Jorge Alfaro ($3,600)
  • First Base
    • High-priced option: Paul Goldschmidt ($4,300)
    • Low-priced option: Yuli Gurriel ($3,700)
  • Second Base
    • High-priced option: Jose Altuve ($4,400)
    • Low-priced option: Robinson Cano ($3,500)
  • Third Base
    • High-priced option: Michael Chavis ($4,900)
    • Low-priced option: Brandon Drury ($3,800)
  • Shortstop
    • High-priced option: Javier Báez ($5,900)
      • There is a 40-50 percent chance of rain throughout this MIA @ CHC game.
    • Low-priced option: Wilmer Difo ($3,400)
  • Outfielder (three required)
    • High-priced option 1: Mookie Betts ($5,500)
    • High-priced option 2: Bryce Harper ($4,500)
    • High-priced option 3: Adam Eaton ($4,600)
    • Low-priced option 1: Marwin Gonzalez ($3,100)
    • Low-priced option 2: Kyle Schwarber ($3,900)
    • Low-priced option 3: Steve Pearce ($3,600)
  • Pitcher (two required)
    • High-priced option 1: Jacob deGrom ($10,700)
    • High-priced option 2: Blake Snell ($9,700)
    • Low-priced option 1: Martin Pérez ($6,600)
    • Low-priced option 2: Merrill Kelly ($7,800)

Today’s Best Bets

  • Our favorite favorite: Washington Nationals (-115) over MILWAUKEE BREWERS
  • Our favorite underdog: Atlanta Braves (+135) over LOS ANGELES DODGERS
  • Our over/under play: Philadelphia Phillies/St. Louis Cardinals OVER 8.5 Runs

Yesterday: 1-2 (hit on favorite)
Season: 56-54-1

Note: Best Bets section is for entertainment purposes only.

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