Daily Intel – 5/11/2019

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News From Yesterday’s Slate

Milwaukee Brewers – 7
Chicago Cubs – 0

  • Brewers OF/1B Ryan Braun went 1-for-4 with a solo homer, a walk, and two runs scored. Braun is having a tremendous start to May, going 13-for-29 with five extra-base hits, five runs scored, and seven RBI.
  • SP Gio Gonzalez was able to once again limit runs in an otherwise pedestrian outing, earning his first win of the season. He shutout the Cubs for 5 2/3 innings, allowing two hits, three walks, and striking out three. Gonzalez has gone between 79 and 87 pitches in his three starts and has picked up between 5 and 5 2/3 innings in those outings, so his range is pretty established.

Los Angeles Angels – 8
Baltimore Orioles – 3

  • Angels SS Andrelton Simmons went 4-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored; he’s got six multi-hit games in his last ten games and is 17-for-45 in that span, but only two of those hits are for extra bases. Still, though, he also hasn’t struck out in that 10-game run, and we think his current .308 batting average is somewhat sustainable. When packed with what will likely be 75-80 runs scored and a similar number of RBI, he should be started in all formats.

Chicago White Sox – 3
Toronto Blue Jays – 4

  • White Sox 2B/3B Yoan Moncada went 1-for-3 with a double, a walk, and a run scored, and he also stole two bases to lift his total to four on the season.
  • Blue Jays 3B Vladimir Guerrero Jr. went 0-for-4, but on the positive side he did not strike out in this game. He’s K’d in eight of his first 11 starts in the majors.

Miami Marlins – 2
New York Mets – 11

  • After starting April with no hits in 18 at-bats, Mets OF Brandon Nimmo has hits in his last three games and five walks over that span, going 1-for-3 yesterday with a run scored, two RBI, and two walks.
  • Marlins SP Pablo Lopez was hammered in the first inning, giving up seven runs, and that set the tone for his night as he only made it through three innings, allowing 10 runs total on 10 hits and two walks, striking out three. Lopez had entered this game on a run of four starts with only six total earned runs allowed over 23 innings.

Seattle Mariners – 1
Boston Red Sox – 14

  • Boston 3B Rafael Devers hit his second homer of the season and now has two in seven games after going the first 32 games this season without one. He went 3-for-5 with that homer, a double, and four RBI, and he’s starting May with a 14-for-38 run that includes nine runs scored and 10 RBI, lifting his batting average to .314 and his OPS to .826.

New York Yankees – 4
Tampa Bay Rays – 3

  • Rays OF Austin Meadows was activated from the IL and went 2-for-4 with a walk, a double, and a two-run homer. Meanwhile, C Mike Zunino was placed on the IL and will miss 4-5 weeks with a left quad strain. The team will go with C Nick Ciuffo and newly-acquired C Travis d’Arnaud for the next few weeks.
  • Rays SP Tyler Glasnow was hurt by defense and some batted ball luck, but ended up striking out nine and allowing three earned runs on five hits and two walks over 5 1/3 innings. Most concerning, though, is that his last pitch saw him call for the trainer and leave with forearm tightness. He’ll have an MRI this weekend.

Texas Rangers – 0
Houston Astros – 3

  • Astros 2B Jose Altuve had a single in his lone at-bat before leaving last night’s game with left hamstring discomfort. He’s day-to-day.
  • Rangers SP Lance Lynn was good in a losing effort – he allowed three solo homers, a double, two singles, and a walk, but he struck out eight in seven innings and was able to go deep in the game with 118 pitches. He remains a good streaming option in shallow mixed leagues if he’s facing a weaker, K-prone lineup.

Atlanta Braves – 2
Arizona Diamondbacks – 1

  • The Braves turned to RP Luke Jackson with a one-run lead in the ninth inning, and he converted his third save of the year with a perfect inning that included two strikeouts.

Detroit Tigers – 0
Minnesota Twins – 6

  • Twins SP Jake Odorizzi threw seven innings of one-hit ball to improve to 5-2 on the season. He struck out five and did not walk anyone. That’s now three straight scoreless starts for the righty, who has allowed just seven hits and five walks over that 20-inning span.

Philadelphia Phillies – 1
Kansas City Royals – 5

  • Royals OF Alex Gordon went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer and a solo shot, giving him eight bombs this season and 30 RBI, which is good for 6th in the American League.
  • Royals SS Adalberto Mondesi stole two bases and now has 12 on the season. It’s his fourth game this year where he’s stolen two bases, and he now has the AL lead in that category.

Pittsburgh Pirates – 2
St. Louis Cardinals – 1

  • Pirates C Francisco Cervelli was 0-for-4 last night with two strikeouts. Cervelli has started just five times in the last two weeks and still hasn’t found his timing at the plate, sporting a .170/.264/.223 triple slash line in 103 plate appearances.

San Diego Padres – 2
Colorado Rockies – 12

  • Three struggling Rockies hitters – 1B/2B Daniel Murphy, 1B/OF Ian Desmond, and 2B/SS Garrett Hampson – all had good nights in this blowout, with Murphy driving in three RBI with a double, Desmond going 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored, and Hampson reaching base three times and scoring a run.

Cleveland Indians – 3
Oakland A’s – 4     (12 Innings)

  • These two struggling offenses weren’t able to produce much in this one, with only three hitters out of the combined 18 starters – A’s C Josh Phegley and 3B Matt Chapman, and Cleveland OF Tyler Naquin – having multi-hit games. Phegley remains the biggest surprise this season in Oakland, with his 3-for-5 night lifting his batting average to .278. He ranks ninth on ESPN’s Player Rater at catcher.

Washington Nationals – 0
Los Angeles Dodgers – 5

  • Another really intriguing relief outing from Dodgers SP/RP Julio Urias. He started the sixth inning with a 3-0 lead and worked the rest of the way, allowing three singles and a hit by pitch but otherwise limiting the Nats to nothing. He struck out one and earned his second save in a week.
  • Dodgers OF Joc Pederson went 2-for-5 with two solo homers. He has 12 home runs on the year now but his batting average remains an issue, sitting at .229 after a poor recent stretch where he’s has just five hits in his last 33 at-bats.

Cincinnati Reds – 7
San Francisco Giants – 0

  • Reds OF Yasiel Puig stole his sixth base of the season as part of a 2-for-5 night that included two RBI and a run scored. Puig is waking up a little at the plate, with nine hits and three steals in his last seven starts, thought he’s still working to find his power stroke, with only nine extra-base hits in 145 plate appearances this season.

Daily Fantasy Recommendations for Saturday, May 11 (NOTE: We use DraftKings prices and format, which means two pitchers are required)

Note: This is for the eight-game Featured set, starting at 7:10 p.m. Eastern.

  • Catcher
    • High-priced option: Chris Iannetta ($4,100)
    • Low-priced option: Wilson Ramos ($3,500)
  • First Base
    • High-priced option: Freddie Freeman ($4,900)
    • Low-priced option: Ryan O’Hearn ($3,600)
  • Second Base
    • High-priced option: Jonathan Schoop ($4,500)
    • Low-priced option: Robinson Cano ($3,500)
  • Third Base
    • High-priced option: Anthony Rendon ($4,400)
    • Low-priced option: Kelvin Gutierrez ($3,500)
  • Shortstop
    • High-priced option: Trevor Story ($5,500)
    • Low-priced option: Amed Rosario ($4,200)
  • Outfielder (three required)
    • High-priced option 1: Eddie Rosario ($4,900)
    • High-priced option 2: Franmil Reyes ($4,600)
    • High-priced option 3: Ronald Acuña Jr. ($4,500)
    • Low-priced option 1: Ender Inciarte ($3,500)
    • Low-priced option 2: Brandon Nimmo ($3,500)
    • Low-priced option 3: Christin Stewart ($4,000)
  • Pitcher (two required)
    • High-priced option 1: Jacob deGrom ($11,000)
    • High-priced option 2: Anthony DeSclafani ($9,200)
    • Low-priced option 1: Jeff Samardzija ($8,000)
    • Low-priced option 2: Brad Keller ($6,500)

Today’s Best Bets

  • Our favorite favorite: Cleveland Indians (-140) over OAKLAND A’S
  • Our favorite underdog: KANSAS CITY ROYALS (+130) over Philadelphia Phillies
  • Our over/under play: Cincinnati Reds/SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS UNDER 7.5 Runs

Yesterday: 3-0
Season: 64-61-1

Note: Best Bets section is for entertainment purposes only.

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