Daily Intel – 5/16/2019

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News From Yesterday’s Slate

Game 1
Baltimore Orioles – 3
New York Yankees – 5

Game 2
Baltimore Orioles – 1
New York Yankees – 3

  • Yankees 3B Miguel Andjuar will have surgery on his labrum tear and will miss the rest of the season.
  • Andujar’s fellow second-year infield mate, 2B/SS Gleyber Torres, had his best game of the season, hitting three solo homers over eight at-bats in the doubleheader.
  • Yankees OF Aaron Hicks made his season debut in game one as a pinch hitter and game two as a starter, going hitless across five at-bats with three strikeouts.

New York Mets – 1
Washington Nationals – 5

  • Nationals OF Victor Robles homered for the second consecutive game, adding a single and two runs scored in four at-bats. Robles has cut down on his strikeout rate this month; after K’ing 34 percent of the time in April, he’s only at 26 percent this month.
  • Mets 2B Robinson Cano went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts, continuing his rough month of May that has seen him go 9-for-47 with one RBI.

Milwaukee Brewers – 5
Philadelphia Phillies – 2

  • Brewers OF Ryan Braun has started the last two games after being limited to pinch hitting in the previous three due to a hamstring issue; he’s going 3-for-8 over those two games with a walk, three runs scored, a homer, and three RBI.
  • Brewers SP Gio Gonzalez won again despite not generating much swing-and-miss from the Phillies; he struck out three over 5 1/3 innings but worked through some jams generated by seven hits and a walk. He’s 2-0 with a 1.69 ERA and 1.08 WHIP over four starts and 21 1/3 innings.

Chicago Cubs – 5
Cincinnati Reds – 6       (10 Innings)

  • Of course this was the game that SP Yu Darvish decided to figure out his control issues, when most owners probably decided to bench him – Darvish did not walk a batter over 5 1/3 innings and 102 pitches, striking out 11 and allowing two runs on five hits. Darvish’s cutter was working at an elite level in this game, generating nine swinging strikes and 10 called strikes on 38 offerings, with the Reds only putting it in play for a hit once, a double by SS Jose Iglesias. Darvish gets two home starts next week against the Phillies and Reds.

San Diego Padres – 0
Los Angeles Dodgers – 2

  • Padres OF Hunter Renfroe went hitless in four at-bats with three strikeouts. After a stretch of four homers in six games last week, Renfroe is hitless this week in 12 at-bats, striking out seven times without a walk.
  • Dodgers SP Kenta Maeda matched his season-high in innings with 6 2/3 and struck out 12, the first time he’s struck out more than six batters in a start this year. Maeda shut out the Padres and allowed only three hits, improving to 5-0 with a 1.19 WHIP and 3.51 ERA. He gets the Rays next on the road and then has a two-start week at home against the Mets and Phillies.

Colorado Rockies – 5
Boston Red Sox – 6       (10 Innings)

  • Rockies SS Trevor Story left this game early after colliding with OF Raimel Tapia on defense. He has a bruised knee and is day-to-day in advance of the Rockies trip to Philadelphia for a three-game series this weekend.
  • Red Sox OF Mookie Betts has reached base 21 times in the last nine games after going 3-for-5 last night with a double, two runs scored, and an RBI. While it has been a major downer for his fantasy value to have only attempted three steals so far this year, his pace of 113 walks could help him surpass 135 or even 140 runs scored this year.

St. Louis Cardinals – 0
Atlanta Braves – 4

  • Braves 3B Austin Riley’s major league debut was a successful one, as he got the start in left field for the injured OF Ender Inciarte and went 1-for-3 with a 430+ foot home run before being pulled for defensive replacement OF Charlie Cluberson (who, ironically, also homered in his lone at-bat). Riley hit sixth in the order, ahead of struggling 2B Ozzie Albies (who struck out twice in four hitless at-bats), and while he may get pulled late in games regularly as he adjusts to the outfield, his power is completely legit and should drive ownership in all formats.
  • Another impressive save for Braves RP Luke Jackson, who worked the last two innings and did not allow a baserunner, needing only 21 pitches to lock down his fifth save of the season. He struck out three.

Houston Astros – 5
Detroit Tigers – 1

  • The Tigers demoted 3B Jeimer Candelario after another rough game yesterday where he was hitless in four at-bats and struck out twice. This should lock in more regular playing time for SS/3B Ronny Rodriguez, 1B/3B Brandon Dixon, and 2B/3B Gordon Beckham in the infield.

Los Angeles Angels – 7
Minnesota Twins – 8

  • Angels 2B/3B Tommy La Stella went 4-for-5 with his 11th homer of the season, three singles, and a walk. In the last week, La Stella has gone 13-for-27 with four homers, six RBI, and seven runs scored.
  • Angels C Jonathan Lucroy went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer, a double, a walk, three RBI, and two runs scored. Lucroy is playing like a must-start at the catcher position, with five homers and 10 RBI in 36 at-bats over the last 10 games.
  • Twins 3B Miguel Sano was activated from the IL and C Mitch Garver was placed on the IL after injuring his ankle on Tuesday. Sano did not play in yesterday’s game.

Tampa Bay Rays – 1
Miami Marlins – 0

  • RP Jose Alvarado worked the seventh and a piece of the eighth inning yesterday, with RP Diego Castillo working the ninth and earning his fifth save of the year with a walk and two strikeouts in the frame. Alvarado has not saved a game since April 7 and looks unlikely to return value in shallow leagues over the long-term. If you need saves, you can drop him in 12-team leagues and smaller.
  • Rays 3B Yandy Diaz left this game in the seventh inning due to left ankle discomfort and is considered day-to-day with this weekend’s series at the Yankees.

Pittsburgh Pirates – 1
Arizona Diamondbacks – 11

  • Not a great day for the two starters, but for different reasons. Pirates SP Chris Archer came off the IL and was smoked over 80 pitches and 3 2/3 innings, allowing six earned runs on four hits and five walks. He struck out three.

Toronto Blue Jays – 3
San Francisco Giants – 4

  • The Giants debuted SP Shaun Anderson in this game, with the 24-year-old rookie going five innings and allowing two earned runs on two hits and three walks. He struck out five. Anderson was pitching pretty well in the Triple-A Pacific Coast League, with a 4.11 ERA over 35 innings and 37 strikeouts compared to 11 walks. The league average ERA in that league this year is 5.27, with pitching staffs allowing 1.5 home runs per nine innings. Anderson had only allowed three homers in his 35 innings, good for a rate of 0.8 homers per nine.

Texas Rangers – 6
Kansas City Royals – 1

  • Texas SS Elvis Andrus was placed on the IL with a left hamstring strain after leaving Tuesday’s game early. 2B Logan Forsythe should be the full-time beneficiary via a shift to short from first base, where he has been playing most of the season. He started there in this game and went 2-for-3 with a walk, two doubles, and two runs scored.
  • Royals 2B Nicky Lopez hit second again and went 2-for-5 with a double and a run scored. SS Adalberto Mondesi was perfect in four plate appearances with three singles and a walk, stealing his 14th and 15th bases of the season.

Daily Fantasy Recommendations for Thursday, May 16 (NOTE: We use DraftKings prices and format, which means two pitchers are required)

Note: This is for the five-game Featured set that starts at 6:40 p.m. ET.

  • Catcher
    • High-priced option: Yadier Molina ($4,200)
    • Low-priced option: Willians Astudillo ($3,900)
  • First Base
    • High-priced option: Freddie Freeman ($4,500)
    • Low-priced option: Rowdy Tellez ($3,600)
  • Second Base
    • High-priced option: Ozzie Albies ($4,100)
    • Low-priced option: Yolmer Sanchez ($3,100)
  • Third Base
    • High-priced option: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. ($4,100)
    • Low-priced option: Austin Riley ($3,400)
  • Shortstop
    • High-priced option: Jorge Polanco ($5,000)
    • Low-priced option: Manny Machado ($4,300)
  • Outfielder (three required)
    • High-priced option 1: Starling Marte ($5,400)
    • High-priced option 2: Ronald Acuña Jr. ($4,500)
    • High-priced option 3: Yasiel Puig ($4,200)
    • Low-priced option 1: Miguel Sano ($3,500)
    • Low-priced option 2: Charlie Tilson ($3,500)
    • Low-priced option 3: Teoscar Hernandez ($3,300)
  • Pitcher (two required)
    • High-priced option 1: Luis Castillo ($10,600)
    • High-priced option 2: Trevor Williams ($8,300)
    • Low-priced option 1: Michael Pineda ($7,300)
    • Low-priced option 2: Marcus Stroman ($7,700)

Today’s Best Bets

  • Our favorite favorite: CINCINNATI REDS (-125) over Chicago Cubs
  • Our favorite underdog: Pittsburgh Pirates (+115) over SAN DIEGO PADRES
  • Our over/under play: Milwaukee Brewers/PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES UNDER 8.5 Runs

Yesterday: 1-2 (hit on favorite)
Season: 69-71-1

Note: Best Bets section is for entertainment purposes only.

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