Daily Intel – 5/13/2019

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News From Yesterday’s Slate

Milwaukee Brewers – 1
Chicago Cubs – 4

  • Cubs 2B/3B David Bote has started 10 games in May and had a good weekend after a slow start to the month; he went 2-for-4 yesterday and finished the three-game set with the Brewers going 5-for-11 with three walks and a run scored.
  • The Cubs used RP Steve Cishek to close out yesterday’s game, and after blowing a save chance earlier in the week, Cishek converted in a clean ninth for his second save of the season. He is the arm to own in the Cubs bullpen for as long as RPs Pedro Strop and Brandon Morrow are hurt.

Los Angeles Angels – 1
Baltimore Orioles – 5

  • If Angels SP Griffin Canning can’t produce a fantasy-viable outing in a start like this, against a poor Orioles lineup in colder-than-normal conditions, we’re not sure how good he’s going to be this season. Canning was unpredictable for all 4 2/3 innings he pitched, walking four and allowing three homers (plus two singles) to make up four earned runs. He draws the Royals next at home this weekend, and if he can’t get a quality start there, we’d recommend dropping him in all mixed leagues.
  • Orioles OF Dwight Smith Jr. led the way offensively with a two-run homer, a single, and a walk in five plate appearances. Smith has five multi-hit games in his last 10 starts and should be a regular starter in all formats.

Chicago White Sox – 5
Toronto Blue Jays – 1

  • White Sox OF Leury Garcia left this game after two at-bats after running in to the center field wall on defense. He was suffering from lower back stiffness. Garcia missed time earlier this week with a thumb problem, so another nagging injury won’t be great for his stolen base value, which is where he generates a lot of his fantasy relevance.
  • White Sox SP Lucas Giolito was very good for his second straight start, going seven innings for the second time this week and limiting the Jays to a run on four hits and a walk while striking out eight. After walking eight batters in his last two starts before straining his hamstring in the third inning of his April 17 start, Giolito has come off the IL and walked only six batters in three starts, a 19 1/3 inning span. He’s struck out 23 over that same period.

Miami Marlins
New York Mets 

  • This game was postponed due to rain, with a doubleheader now scheduled for August 5. SPs Caleb Smith and Noah Syndergaard should now both be on track for two-start weeks this coming week, with Smith getting the Rays on Tuesday and Syndergaard drawing the Nationals tomorrow, before these two pitchers likely rematch in Miami on Sunday.

Seattle Mariners – 2
Boston Red Sox – 11

  • We may look back on this game as the start of OF J.D. Martinez’s push for his third-straight season of 40 or more homers; he went 2-for-4 with two homers, three RBI, a walk, and three runs scored. Martinez has had some rotten fly ball luck so far this year, and that seems to be manifesting itself in a more aggressive approach, and he’s struck out in seven straight games, but for fantasy purposes, it would be fine to see him give back some of his .393 on-base percentage if it results in more swings and more chances to drive the ball.
  • Red Sox SP David Price could be back in the rotation this weekend for the series in Boston against the Astros. If you want to risk putting him in your weekly league lineup, know that he may not be ready to go very deep in to the game.

New York Yankees – 7
Tampa Bay Rays – 1

  • Rays SP Blake Snell was dominant in his first two turns through the New York order, and he ended up striking out 12 in 5 2/3 innings, but he was undone in the sixth inning by some uneven defense and bad luck and ended up allowing two runs on four hits and two walks, taking the loss to fall to 3-4 on the year. Snell generated a ridiculous 26 swinging strikes on his 96 pitches, and while there may still be some lingering command issues from his broken toe, he is still a top five starter in fantasy for us. He’ll get the Yankees next, this time in New York over the weekend.

Texas Rangers – 5
Houston Astros – 15

  • Astros SP Corbin Martin, who we mentioned in yesterday’s Daily Intel, made his first major league start and was good enough to get the win, going 5 1/3 innings and striking out nine with a heavy four-seam fastball approach (50 of his 80 pitches) supported by occasional curveball and changeup usage; both of those secondary pitches generated three swinging strikes each, with the curve being good enough to also draw five called strikes out of its 16 offerings. Martin will get a real test next time out at Boston this weekend, but for now he looks like a high-upside speculation pickup.
  • SP/RP Collin McHugh, who Martin replaced in the rotation, worked 1 2/3 innings in relief of him and allowed a run on three hits and two walks, striking out two.

Atlanta Braves – 5
Arizona Diamondbacks – 3

  • Arizona tried using SP/RP Zack Godley as an Opener yesterday, two weeks after they removed him from the rotation as a starter. The results were average, with Godley allowing a double and three singles in two innings, leading to one run. He struck out two.
  • Braves RP Luke Jackson not only got his fourth save of the year, but he started the eighth inning and was clean through the ninth, striking out two and allowing a single and a double. He threw 23 of his 30 pitches for strikes. Jackson is locked in and should be owned in all formats as the likely full-time Braves closer.

Detroit Tigers – 5
Minnesota Twins – 3

  • Twins DH Nelson Cruz left this game in the seventh inning after suffering a left wrist injury on a swing and miss. He’ll have an MRI today. If you’re in a weekly league, we’d probably play it safe and find someone else for your lineup before the lock is in.

Philadelphia Phillies – 6
Kansas City Royals – 1

  • Phillies SP Cole Irvin, a 25-year-old lefty, made his major league debut yesterday and pitched very well to win the game, going seven innings and allowing a run on five singles and a walk. He struck out five. Irvin flew through the minors in 2.5 seasons after being picked in the fifth round by Philly in 2016 out of the University of Oregon, and between last year and this year at Triple-A he’d thrown 197 1/3 innings at the level to the tune of a 2.51 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP. His K rate was low, and that’s probably going to be the case in the majors for however long he sticks, but he could be one of those guys who is tough to crack for major league lineups as he goes through the first time, making him an intriguing option while SP Vince Velasquez is out. Irvin next gets to face the Rockies at home in Philly over the weekend.

Pittsburgh Pirates – 10
St. Louis Cardinals – 6

  • Pirates 1B Josh Bell continued his career season in this game with a perfect 4-for-4 day (plus a walk in his other PA) that included a double, a homer, five RBI, and three runs scored. Bell ranks fifth at first base on ESPN’s Player Rater, mostly because the Pirates no longer let him run after he’d gone 4-for-15 on steal attempts to start his career.

San Diego Padres – 7
Colorado Rockies – 10

  • Rockies OF Raimel Tapia is getting more regular playing time and took advantage of the heavy home slate Colorado had this week, with yesterday’s three-hit game closing his week with a 9-for-18 run that included six RBI, four extra-base hits and four runs scored.
  • Padres 3B/OF Wil Myers hit seventh again yesterday, and that’s been his regular spot in the order for his sporadic playing time over the last two weeks. He finished the weekend with back-to-back two hits games and is hitting .248 with a .757 OPS in 140 plate appearances this year, and he’s getting killed by a strikeout rate over 35 percent (50 Ks in his 140 PAs).

Cleveland Indians – 5
Oakland A’s – 3

  • A’s 1B Matt Olson hit his first homer of the season yesterday, adding a walk in four plate appearances. Olson is hitting the ball hard 54.5 percent of the time according to StatCast, so any worries about his ability to put power behind his swing after his hamate bone injury can at least be a bit tempered.

Washington Nationals – 0
Los Angeles Dodgers – 6

  • Dodgers SP Hyun-Jin Ryu followed his four-hit complete game shutout from last Wednesday with a game that was potentially more valuable from a fantasy perspective, going eight shutout innings and allowing only a double and a walk, striking out nine. With a 54/3 K/BB ratio and a four-start stretch of 32 innings with three earned runs allowed, there’s nothing much to say about Ryu beyond “don’t trade him.”
  • SS Corey Seager hit a grand slam and drove in a fifth run on a sacrifice fly; it was his first home run since April 12, and between that game and yesterday he had a grand total of six RBI in that span.

Cincinnati Reds – 5
San Francisco Giants – 6

  • The Reds SS Jose Iglesias hit fifth yesterday, the second time he’s been there in the last week after hitting between sixth and eighth in the first 30 games of the season. He went 2-for-4 with two RBI and has a .288 batting average and .734 OPS so far; he’ll be an everyday player until at least early June when 2B Scooter Gennett returns.

Daily Fantasy Recommendations for Monday, May 13 (NOTE: We use DraftKings prices and format, which means two pitchers are required)

Note: This is for the 7:05 p.m. Eastern Featured set, which has six games. Also, there is a good chance for rain in Philly, so be careful with that MIL @ PHI game, though it is supposed to stop in the 6-7 pm window.

  • Catcher
    • High-priced option: J.T. Realmuto ($4,100)
    • Low-priced option: Grayson Greiner ($2,800)
  • First Base
    • High-priced option: Christian Walker ($4,900)
    • Low-priced option: Yonder Alonso ($3,400)
  • Second Base
    • High-priced option: Jonathan Schoop ($4,100)
    • Low-priced option: Shed Long ($3,400)
  • Third Base
    • High-priced option: Matt Chapman ($4,400)
    • Low-priced option: Jung-Ho Kang ($2,900)
  • Shortstop
    • High-priced option: Jean Segura ($4,300)
    • Low-priced option: Tim Beckham ($3,700)
  • Outfielder (three required)
    • High-priced option 1: David Peralta ($5,100)
    • High-priced option 2: Eddie Rosario ($4,700)
    • High-priced option 3: Bryce Harper ($4,400)
    • Low-priced option 1: Khris Davis ($4,000)
    • Low-priced option 2: Chad Pinder ($3,700)
    • Low-priced option 3: Niko Goodrum ($3,500)
  • Pitcher (two required)
    • High-priced option 1: Jose Berrios ($9,400)
    • High-priced option 2: Matt Boyd ($8,800)
    • Low-priced option 1: Yusei Kikuchi ($7,500)
    • Low-priced option 2: Reynaldo Lopez ($6,800)

Today’s Best Bets

  • Our favorite favorite: MINNESOTA TWINS (-145) over Los Angeles Angels
  • Our favorite underdog: DETROIT TIGERS (+135) over Houston Astros
  • Our over/under play: Oakland A’s/SEATTLE MARINERS UNDER 8.5 Runs

Yesterday: 2-1 (hit on favorite and over/under)
Season: 66-65-1

Note: Best Bets section is for entertainment purposes only.

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