Daily Intel – 5/15/2019

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News From Yesterday’s Slate

Baltimore Orioles
New York Yankees

  • This game was once again postponed due to rain. Today’s doubleheader should go off without issue, with no rain in the forecast.
  • Yankees 3B Miguel Andujar will go back in the IL with a recurrence of his labrum issue. Even if he doesn’t have surgery again, we’d drop him now, because it seems unlikely for him to generate any value this year. With Andujar’s spot in the lineup open, the Yankees added 1B/DH Kendrys Morales from Oakland via trade.

New York Mets – 6
Washington Nationals – 2

  • Mets 2B/3B Jed Lowrie suffered a hamstring strain during rehab from his left knee injury, and is now looking at a late June timeframe for his debut. He can be dropped in all mixed formats.
  • Mets C Wilson Ramos hit a grand slam against his former team, his lone hit in three at-bats, though he did have a walk. Ramos went three weeks to open the season without a homer and last night’s shot was his first in four weeks. He’s struggled to get the ball in the air and making far less solid contact than he did last year with the Rays and Phillies.

Milwaukee Brewers – 6
Philadelphia Phillies – 1

  • Brewers 2B Keston Hiura, the team’s top prospect, made his major league debut yesterday after 2B/3B Travis Shaw was placed on the IL with a right wrist injury. Hiura hit seventh and went 2-for-3 with two singles and a walk; his bat has been major league-ready for a while, and he should be added in all formats since he’ll be playing everyday while Shaw is out, and with a good showing he could own this job for the rest of the year.

Chicago Cubs – 3
Cincinnati Reds – 1

  • The Cubs gave SP Kyle Hendricks a shot to get his second complete game of the season, but he walked Reds leadoff man OF Jesse Winker to open the ninth, so he had to settle for his second-consecutive outing of exactly eight innings. Hendricks improved to 3-4 on the year by allowing just a solo homer, two singles, and a walk in those eight innings, striking out seven. He started May with a 5.33 ERA and has made three starts this month, throwing 25 innings with just one earned run allowed, lowering his ERA to 2.86 and his WHIP to 1.15.

San Diego Padres – 3
Los Angeles Dodgers – 6

  • Dodgers SP/RP Julio Urias was placed on the restricted list and administrative leave after being arrested on Monday night for his role in a domestic battery incident.
  • The Dodgers were the team to finally figure out Padres SP Chris Paddack, with the rookie lasting only 4 2/3 innings and allowing six runs (three earned) on five hits and a walk. Paddack struck out a season-low three and allowed homers to OF Joc Pederson and 1B/OF Cody Bellinger. 

Colorado Rockies – 5
Boston Red Sox – 4        (11 Innings)

  • Rockies 2B/SS Garrett Hampson was demoted to Triple-A before this game with 2B Pat Valaika getting called back up and starting at second base.
  • Red Sox SP Chris Sale struck out 17 in seven innings of work, but it took him 108 pitches, preventing him from taking a shot at history and 21 strikeouts in a nine-inning start. Sale allowed a single, a double, and a two-run homer to Rockies 3B Nolan Arenado. 

St. Louis Cardinals – 14
Atlanta Braves – 3

  • Shallow league owners of Braves SP Mike Foltynewicz may need to start looking for new guys to fill his roster spot after another dud last night. Folty allowed eight runs on seven hits and three walks in 4 2/3 innings, with the home run ball being an issue again as he was tagged for three, giving him eight allowed on the season. At this point, with his strikeouts down (14 in 21 1/3 innings), there’s no value in holding him unless you have bench spots in a deeper mixed or NL-only league.
  • Atlanta is calling up top prospect 3B Austin Riley today to potentially take the spot of OF Ender Inciarte, who is dealing with back issues that knocked him out of yesterday’s game early. Inciarte may not go on the IL, and Riley has only played four games in the outfield in his minor league career, but he is destroying the ball at Triple-A with 15 homers and a 1.057 OPS in less than 40 games this year.

Houston Astros – 11
Detroit Tigers – 4

  • Tigers SS Ronny Rodriguez has had a very good month since becoming a regular starter, and after going 2-for-4 last night with a double, a homer, and three RBI, Rodriguez is now batting .333 in 48 May at-bats, with four homers, four doubles, 13 RBI, and seven runs scored.

Los Angeles Angels – 3
Minnesota Twins – 4

  • Twins C Mitch Garver left this game with assistance after injuring his ankle on a play at the plate with Angels DH Shohei Ohtani. The initial read is a high left ankle sprain, which is an injury you normally see in football that costs players lateral agility if they attempt to play through it. We wouldn’t be surprised to see Garver out for several weeks after further tests are done today.

Tampa Bay Rays – 4
Miami Marlins – 0

  • Rays SP Charlie Morton improved to 4-0 on the season with six shutout innings where he struck out five and allowed only three baserunners on singles. The Rays are continuing to be careful with Morton’s workload, as they pulled him with 82 pitches here, but it is hard to argue with the results since he’s sporting a 2.32 ERA and ranks 31th on ESPN’s Player Rater amongst starters, and he’s still on pace to throw 203 1/3 innings this year.

Pittsburgh Pirates – 6
Arizona Diamondbacks – 2

  • After a rough two-start stretch where he allowed 13 earned runs combined, Pirates SP Joe Musgrove bounced back by shutting out Arizona over seven innings, allowing a single and two walks while striking out five. He only threw 75 pitches though, and should be in line for another good start Sunday against San Diego.
  • Pirates 1B Josh Bell went 2-for-4 with two homers and four RBI. He now has 12 homers and 39 RBI on the season with a .329/.401/.692 triple slash.

Oakland A’s – 3
Seattle Mariners – 4

  • Seattle used RP Roenis Elias for the last 2 1/3 innings of this game, with the veteran earning his fifth save of the year and first since April 19 by striking out five and allowing only one baserunner via walk. Elias has worked at least 1 2/3 innings in four of his last five appearances, but that has been stretched out over a three-week span.

Toronto Blue Jays – 7
San Francisco Giants – 3

  • Jays 3B Vladimir Guerrero went 3-for-4 with the first two homers of his major league career, driving in four and also walking once.
  • Giants 3B Pablo Sandoval homered for the second consecutive game, and with seven games started in the last 11 days, he’s posted seven hits in that span, including three homers with seven driven in.

Texas Rangers – 5
Kansas City Royals – 11

  • Royals 2B Nicky Lopez made his major league debut last night, batting second and going 1-for-4 with an RBI, a run scored, and a walk. The 24-year-old is a high-contact, low-power bat with decent speed, and he should see semi-regular playing time with 2B/OF Whit Merrifield playing more in the corner outfield and 3B Kelvin Gutierrez moving to the bench so 1B/3B Hunter Dozier can play third and OF Jorge Soler can DH.

Cleveland Indians – 9
Chicago White Sox – 0

  • Cleveland OF Jordan Luplow received his eighth start in the team’s last nine games and went 2-for-5 with two homers, three RBI, and two runs scored. Luplow has hits in six of those eight starts and could be a decent power source if he continues to get looks in the cleanup spot; he hit 23 homers in 2017 between Double-A and Triple-A, and has a career .468 slugging percentage in the minors.

Daily Fantasy Recommendations for Wednesday, May 15 (NOTE: We use DraftKings prices and format, which means two pitchers are required)

Note: This is for the eight-game Featured set starting at 7:05 p.m. Eastern.

  • Catcher
    • High-priced option: J.T. Realmuto ($4,200)
    • Low-priced option: Austin Barnes ($3,600)
  • First Base
    • High-priced option: Hunter Dozier ($4,400)
    • Low-priced option: Ronald Guzman ($3,800)
  • Second Base
    • High-priced option: Danny Santana ($4,600)
    • Low-priced option: Kike Hernandez ($3,600)
  • Third Base
    • High-priced option: Anthony Rendon ($4,600)
    • Low-priced option: Maikel Franco ($3,900)
  • Shortstop
    • High-priced option: Carlos Correa ($4,800)
    • Low-priced option: Amed Rosario ($4,000)
  • Outfielder (three required)
    • High-priced option 1: Austin Meadows ($5,500)
    • High-priced option 2: George Springer ($5,800)
    • High-priced option 3: Shin-Soo Choo ($4,700)
    • Low-priced option 1: Jorge Soler ($4,100)
    • Low-priced option 2: Franmil Reyes ($3,700)
    • Low-priced option 3: Andrew McCutchen ($4,000)
  • Pitcher (two required)
    • High-priced option 1: Justin Verlander ($11,000)
    • High-priced option 2: Patrick Corbin ($10,000)
    • Low-priced option 1: Jalen Beeks ($7,600)
    • Low-priced option 2: German Marquez ($9,000)

Today’s Best Bets

  • Our favorite favorite: WASHINGTON NATIONALS (-160) over New York Mets
  • Our favorite underdog: Colorado Rockies (+135) over BOSTON RED SOX
  • Our over/under play: Pittsburgh Pirates/ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS UNDER 7.5 Runs

Yesterday: 2-1 (hit on favorite and over/under)
Season: 68-69-1

Note: Best Bets section is for entertainment purposes only.

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