Daily Intel – 5/17/2019

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News From Yesterday’s Slate

Oakland A’s – 17
Detroit Tigers – 3

  • A’s 1B Matt Olson hit his third homer in four games yesterday, going 2-for-6 with an additional run scored and a single to go along with his solo bomb.
  • Despite the scary score, Tigers SP Spencer Turnbull was spared a disastrous fantasy start because of shaky Tigers defense, with only one of the six runs he allowed being charged as earned. Still, that prevented Turnbull from getting beyond four innings in which he allowed five hits, two walks, and struck out five. His ERA still looks good at 2.40.

New York Mets – 6
Washington Nationals – 7

  • Mets SP Steven Matz will get the start tomorrow against Miami after missing most of the last two weeks with left forearm discomfort. We’d start him in all formats if we owned him.
  • The Nats put SP Anibal Sanchez on the IL with a left hamstring strain after he left this game early. Sanchez only lasted 1 1/3 innings before being pulled, allowing a single, a walk, and striking out two. RP Erick Fedde took over for Sanchez and worked 2 2/3 ineffective innings, allowing four runs on four hits. He struck out two. Fedde is likely to get the first chance in Sanchez’s rotation spot at the Mets on Tuesday.
  • The Mets lost OF Michael Conforto and 2B Jeff McNeil in this game. Conforto suffered a concussion and won’t play in Miami this weekend; McNeil had abdominal tightness that he attributed to previous hernia surgeries, and he thought he’d be fine at some point this weekend.

Milwaukee Brewers – 11
Philadelphia Phillies – 3

  • Milwaukee SP Zach Davies was good again despite so-so command, improving to 5-0 with a 1.54 ERA after allowing three runs (but only one earned) over six innings yesterday. He allowed four hits and a walk, but threw just 55 of his 92 pitches for strikes. Davies is doing a good job limiting hard contact (84th/87th percentile on the key StatCast metrics measuring this), which is making up for his total lack of strikeouts (36 in 52 2/3 innings), but these types of starters always seem on the edge of fantasy disaster. He gets one start next week at Pittsburgh.

Texas Rangers – 16
Kansas City Royals – 1

  • Rangers 2B Rougned Odor took advantage of some awful pitching between RP Ian Kennedy and 2B/OF Chris Owings, who served up meatballs for Odor to crush for back-to-back homers in consecutive innings yesterday (the eighth and ninth). Odor added on a single and a walk in six plate appearances, driving in four and scoring twice.
  • OF/DH Willie Calhoun, who made his first start of the season on Wednesday and went 2-for-5 with a homer, had another big day yesterday hitting out of the two hole, going 4-for-7 with three singles, a solo homer, three runs scored, and three RBI. Calhoun is worth a flyer in shallow leagues and is a must-add in 12-team leagues and larger, as he was off to a good start in Triple-A with a .304 batting average, .973 OPS, and more walks (22) than strikeouts (19) in 32 games.

Baltimore Orioles – 7
Cleveland Indians – 14

  • Cleveland 2B Jason Kipnis probably wasn’t on the verge of losing playing time with the team lacking alternatives, but it was important for him to take a step forward offensively soon, and he did that in this game, going 2-for-6 with his first two homers of the year, plus six RBI and three runs scored.

Chicago Cubs – 2
Cincinnati Reds – 4

  • Cubs SP Jose Quintana has now had four straight starts with mediocre results from a fantasy perspective; yesterday he went five innings, his lowest since April 5, and allowed three runs on six hits and a walk, striking out four. Ks have been an issue for Quintana in this four-start stretch, as he has only 14 of them in 23 1/3 innings.
  • Cubs OF Kyle Schwarber led off and went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts; he’s 6-for-37 in May with one extra-base hit, but he has walked 12 times.

St. Louis Cardinals – 2
Atlanta Braves – 10

  • Braves 3B Austin Riley started in left field and went 3-for-4 with a double, two singles, two runs scored, and an RBI.
  • Atlanta SP Julio Teheran worked five scoreless innings to win his third game of the year, limiting the Cards to two singles and four walks while striking out four. Teheran is on a three-start stretch where he’s thrown 17 innings and allowed only one earned run, but he’s also struck out just 12 and walked eight over that period; that comes after starting the season with six or more Ks in six of his first seven starts.
  • St. Louis SP/RP Carlos Martinez will be activated off the IL on Saturday after missing the entire season so far with a shoulder issue. He will likely work low-leverage middle relief innings to start.

Toronto Blue Jays – 2
Chicago White Sox – 4

  • Toronto optioned OF Teoscar Hernandez to Triple-A, with OF Jonathan Davis getting a start in center field yesterday and OFs Randal Grichuk and Billy McKinney in the corners. Davis stole a base but did not get a hit in three at-bats.

Pittsburgh Pirates – 3
San Diego Padres – 4

  • Pirates SP Trevor Williams was working pretty well in the first 3 2/3 innings of this game, striking out five and allowing only a solo homer, a walk, and a single, but then he grabbed his right side after throwing a pitch and immediately left the game with what was deemed “right side discomfort.” It’d be a shock if Williams didn’t end up in the IL.
  • Padres 2B Ian Kinsler delivered the winning blow in this game with a three-run homer in the seventh inning; he’s been better in May, with a .270 average, three homers, seven RBI, and six runs scored in 37 at-bats.

Minnesota Twins – 11
Seattle Mariners – 6

  • The Mariners brought OF Mallex Smith back up from Triple-A after almost three weeks, and he stepped back in to the lineup in the nine hole last night with a solo homer in four at-bats. It was Smith’s first hit in the majors since April 18, a stretch of 23 at-bats.
  • Twins OF Byron Buxton went 2-for-5 with a three-run homer and a single, scoring twice. He’s homered in consecutive games and is hitting .333 in 56 May plate appearances with five walks, 10 runs scored, and nine RBI.
  • Seattle 2B/OF Dee Gordon was back in the lineup after being out a week with a wrist injury. He went 0-for-4 out of the leadoff spot.

Colorado Rockies 

  • Top prospect 2B Brendan Rodgers is expected to be called up today in advance of the team’s series against the Phillies. He’s an immediate must-add in all formats and may be the guy to put your largest FAAB bid on if you play that format.

Daily Fantasy Recommendations for Friday, May 17 (NOTE: We use DraftKings prices and format, which means two pitchers are required)

Note: This is for the 7:05 p.m. Eastern slate, which is Featured and has all 15 games on the night.

  • Catcher
    • High-priced option: James McCann ($4,500)
    • Low-priced option: Willians Astudillo ($3,600)
  • First Base
    • High-priced option: Justin Smoak ($3,900)
    • Low-priced option: Jared Walsh ($3,200)
  • Second Base
    • High-priced option: Whit Merrifield ($5,100)
    • Low-priced option: Brandon Drury ($3,400)
  • Third Base
    • High-priced option: Jose Ramirez ($4,300)
    • Low-priced option: Daniel Robertson ($3,000)
  • Shortstop
    • High-priced option: Paul DeJong ($5,100)
    • Low-priced option: Marcus Semien ($3,900)
  • Outfielder (three required)
    • High-priced option 1: Joc Pederson ($5,000)
    • High-priced option 2: Shohei Ohtani ($4,700)
    • High-priced option 3: Mike Trout ($5,600)
    • Low-priced option 1: Aaron Hicks ($4,100)
    • Low-priced option 2: Jake Bauers ($3,500)
    • Low-priced option 3: Andrew McCutchen ($3,900)
  • Pitcher (two required)
    • High-priced option 1: Rich Hill ($9,000)
    • High-priced option 2: Jacob deGrom ($11,400)
    • Low-priced option 1: Jordan Lyles ($8,100)
    • Low-priced option 2: Merrill Kelly ($6,700)

Today’s Best Bets

  • Our favorite favorite: WASHINGTON NATIONALS (-150) over Chicago Cubs
  • Our favorite underdog: Kansas City Royals (+140) over LOS ANGELES ANGELS
  • Our over/under play: San Francisco Giants/ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS UNDER 9 Runs

Yesterday: 1-2 (hit on favorite)
Season: 70-73-1

Note: Best Bets section is for entertainment purposes only.

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