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News From Yesterday’s Slate
Minnesota Twins – 9
Toronto Blue Jays – 1
- Toronto 3B Vladimir Guerrero Jr. sat out this game, with 2B/3B Brandon Drury getting the start at third. There’s nothing wrong here, yet, but he is clearly frustrated at the plate and his strikeout rate hovering around 30 percent is proof of that.
- SS Jorge Polanco’s career season continued in this one with a 5-for-5 day that included three singles, a double, and a two-run homer. Polanco is 9-for-12 in his last three games with two walks, two doubles, two homers, three RBI, and four runs scored. He leads the AL in batting average at .344 and his 1.061 OPS is good for third in the AL.
Cincinnati Reds – 4
Oakland A’s – 5 (13 Innings)
- A’s 1B/2B/3B Jurickson Profar is starting to find his game offensively, going 1-for-6 last night with a homer, two RBI, and two runs scored. He’s got hits in six straight games, boosting his batting average from .162 to .192 in that span. He’s also scored six runs and driven in seven over those six games.
- Reds 1B Joey Votto went 0-for-5 with a walk, lowering his triple slash to .210/.324/.339 this season in 143 plate appearances. In his last 16 games since getting back-to-back days off on April 20/21, Votto has two extra-base hits ad three RBI.
Boston Red Sox – 2
Baltimore Orioles – 1 (12 Innings)
- In case there were still any doubters left out there, SP Chris Sale is back to his regular must-start, ace status, striking out 14 in eight innings last night and allowing one run on two singles and a double. Sale threw 80 of his 108 pitches for strikes, 24 of them of the swinging variety.
Texas Rangers – 9
Pittsburgh Pirates – 6
- The Rangers used RP Chris Martin to get the save with a three-run lead in the ninth after they completed a massive comeback in the eighth and ninth innings from down 6-2 to up 9-6. Martin worked a clean inning and struck out one to earn his first career save. He’s got six holds this year and a 15/3 K/BB ratio in 14 1/3 innings, so he’s worth a deep-league roster spot for those fishing for saves.
Washington Nationals – 3
Milwaukee Brewers – 7
- Brewers 2B/3B Travis Shaw went 0-for-4 yesterday with a walk and two strikeouts. Shaw just hasn’t been able to find any momentum at the plate; he’s 8-for-47 in the last 15 days with 14 strikeouts, hitting two doubles and two solo home runs with a paltry two RBI. He continues to get regular starts but could be at risk for a decrease in playing time at any point.
Arizona Diamondbacks – 3
Tampa Bay Rays – 2 (13 Innings)
- This game was a world-class slog, with the two teams combining for more than 40 strikeouts. Arizona SP Robbie Ray was able to strikeout 11 of the 23 batters he faced, working 5 2/3 shutout innings and allowing four hits and three walks. Meanwhile, Rays SP Charlie Morton allowed two runs on seven hits and four walks over five innings, striking out eight. Morton has allowed more baserunners than innings in just two starts this year, and he’s sporting a 56/21 K/BB ration in 44 1/3 innings. He looks like to get a two-start week next week against the Marlins and Yankees.
Miami Marlins – 2
Chicago Cubs – 3 (11 Innings)
- Cubs SP Kyle Hendricks followed up last week’s 81-pitch complete game shutout with an eight inning gem last night, allowing only one unearned run on five hits. He did not walk a batter and struck out seven, his second-highest total of the season. Hendricks has dropped his ERA from 5.33 to 3.19 in his last two starts and should be a must-start moving forward.
Seattle Mariners – 10
New York Yankees – 1
- Mariners OF Mitch Haniger went 2-for-4 with a solo homer, a single, a walk, and a stolen base. Even though he’s struggled to get his batting average back above .250 since hovering close to .300 in the first three weeks of the year, Haniger has still hit four homers and stolen three bases in the last couple of weeks, which is keeping his top-end value afloat. He currently ranks 11th on ESPN’s Player Rater at outfield ahead of both OF Mike Trout and OF Mookie Betts.
Kansas City Royals – 0
Houston Astros – 9
- Astros SP/RP Brad Peacock struck out 12 in seven shutout innings, allowing a double, two singles, and a walk. The 12 Ks was an oddity compared to Peacock’s other five starts this year, where he totaled 19 Ks in 26 1/3 innings.
- OF Josh Reddick is flying under the radar as a valuable part of the Houston lineup. He went 2-for-4 last night with two runs scored, and on the season he’s hitting .339 with an .844 OPS. His power isn’t there yet, with only three homers and eight RBI, but he’s scored 17 runs, and that balanced with the elite BA gives him value in all formats.
San Francisco Giants
- This game was postponed due to rain and will be made up as part of a doubleheader on July 15.
Los Angeles Angels – 3
Detroit Tigers – 10
- DH Shohei Ohtani got a start against a lefty pitcher, which wasn’t normal last year, but he once again went hitless in three at-bats, striking out twice.
- That lefty was Tigers SP Matt Boyd, who won his fourth game of the year with six innings of three-hit, one-run ball, allowing only a leadoff homer to Angels 2B/3B David Fletcher as scoring damage. He struck out six and did not walk a batter. Boyd’s 63 strikeouts are good for second in the AL.
Atlanta Braves – 4
Los Angeles Dodgers – 9
- Another rough outing for Braves SP Mike Foltynewicz and the guy who followed him, RP A.J. Minter. Folty allowed five runs on six hits and four walks, striking out two and allowing two home runs. He’s allowed five homers in his first three starts this year, and his flyball rate is double his groundball rate.
- Minter, meanwhile, seems as far away from getting the closer role back as anyone in this bullpen, getting called on in the seventh inning here and allowing three hits, two walks, and two runs while recording just one out. This came after two outings where he struck out five of the six batters he faced combined. Minter is totally unpredictable from game to game, and if you’re holding him for saves in a shallow league, you may be better off speculating elsewhere.
Chicago White Sox – 3
Cleveland Indians – 5
- White Sox 2B Yoan Moncada went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts. Moncada is slumping a bit, with strikeouts in 12 straight games and only two games in that run where he’s posted an extra-base hit. His OPS, which was 1.023 on April 16, is down to .849.
New York Mets – 2
San Diego Padres – 3
- SP/RP Wilmer Font made the spot start for the Mets in his debut with the team after coming over from Tampa Bay earlier in the week, and he looked decent over four innings, throwing 39 of his 60 pitches for strikes and allowing two runs on three hits and no walks. He only struck out one, though. Font is worth keeping an eye on in NL-only leagues if he can get 5-8 innings a week for a banged up Mets pitching staff.
Philadelphia Phillies – 5
St. Louis Cardinals – 0
- Phillies SP Jerad Eickhoff took a big step forward in terms of proving his every-start worthiness, shutting down the Cardinals for eight shutout innings and allowing only a double, two singles, and three walks. He struck out four. Eickhoff is a StatCast darling right now, sitting in the 90th percentile in expected batting average, slugging, and on-base against, thanks mainly to a slider/curveball secondary pitch combo that has that has generated 21 strikeouts and only four extra-base hits all season. At this point, Eickhoff should be in your lineup unless you’re in a very shallow league.
Daily Fantasy Recommendations for Thursday, May 9 (NOTE: We use DraftKings prices and format, which means two pitchers are required)
Note: This is for the non-featured All Day slate, with 10 games starting at 1:10 p.m. Eastern.
- High-priced option: Buster Posey ($4,400)
- Low-priced option: Tony Wolters ($3,700)
- First Base
- High-priced option: Edwin Encarnacion ($5,100)
- Low-priced option: Miguel Cabrera ($3,400)
- Second Base
- High-priced option: Ryan McMahon ($4,500)
- Low-priced option: Kike Hernandez ($3,800)
- Third Base
- High-priced option: Matt Chapman ($4,500)
- Low-priced option: Ryon Healy ($3,700)
- High-priced option: Francisco Lindor ($4,700)
- Low-priced option: Tim Beckham ($3,800)
- Outfielder (three required)
- High-priced option 1: David Dahl ($5,100)
- High-priced option 2: David Peralta ($4,700)
- High-priced option 3: George Springer ($5,000)
- Low-priced option 1: Khris Davis ($4,000)
- Low-priced option 2: Starling Marte ($4,200)
- Low-priced option 3: Jesse Winker ($3,800)
- Pitcher (two required)
- High-priced option 1: Chris Bassitt ($8,800)
- High-priced option 2: Rich Hill ($9,700)
- Low-priced option 1: Luke Weaver ($8,000)
- Low-priced option 2: Joe Musgrove ($7,300)
Today’s Best Bets
- Our favorite favorite: CLEVELAND INDIANS (-200) over Chicago White Sox
- Our favorite underdog: Seattle Mariners (+160) over NEW YORK YANKEES
- A few other intriguing underdogs on the board, including Washington (+120), Pittsburgh (+130), and Texas (+145)
- Our over/under play: Washington Nationals/LOS ANGELES DODGERS UNDER 7.5 Runs
Yesterday: 1-2 (hit on favorite)
Note: Best Bets section is for entertainment purposes only.