Daily Intel – 5/18/2019

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News From Yesterday’s Slate

Tampa Bay Rays – 3
New York Yankees – 4

  • Rays RP Jose Alvarado got his first save chance in weeks and blew it, allowing a solo homer to start the ninth inning and then three more hits, a walk, and two runs to turn a 3-1 Tampa Bay lead in to a 4-3 loss that put the Yankees in first place.

Chicago Cubs – 14
Washington Nationals – 6

  • Nationals SS Trea Turner returned from the IL after being out since April 2 with a finger injury. He went 2-for-5 with a stolen base, and he now has five steals on the season in five games.
  • Cubs OF Kyle Schwarber broke out of his mini-slump in a big way, reaching base four times in six plate appearances on a homer and three walks, with three runs scored and two RBI.
  • 3B/OF Kris Bryant went 4-for-6 with three home runs in the last three innings of this game, driving in five. His hot streak, which really started on April 26 with a two-run homer against Arizona, has lifted his season-long triple slash to .277/.405/.581 with 11 homers, 31 RBI, and 36 runs scored.
  • Nationals OF Victor Robles left this game after being hit on the left wrist by a pitch. He is day-to-day.

Colorado Rockies – 4
Philadelphia Phillies – 5

  • There have been some questions about the Phillies’ bullpen structure recently, but yesterday they went pretty traditional with RP Pat Neshek starting and working a clean eighth and RP Hector Neris starting and working a clean ninth for his sixth save of the year. Neshek had earned the last save earlier this week, and this was Neris’ first save since May 3.
  • Rockies 1B/OF Ian Desmond has hits in five of his last seven starts and has gone 9-for-26 in that span with two homers, four walks, six runs scored, and six RBI.

Baltimore Orioles – 5
Cleveland Indians – 1

  • Cleveland 3B Jose Ramirez has hit out of the five hole for four straight games, so this demotion looks to be set for the near future. He went 0-for-4 last night with a run scored and his 11th stolen base after he reached on a fielder’s choice.

Houston Astros – 3
Boston Red Sox – 1

  • Astros OF George Springer hit his 17th home run of the season in the eighth inning to turn a 1-0 deficit in to a 2-1 lead. While his home run pace will likely cool off the 50 range that it is at now, Springer’s hard-hit rate of 56 percent is blowing away his previous career rate of around 39-40 percent and is well above the MLB average of 34.2 percent.
  • Red Sox SP David Price will return to the rotation on Monday against Toronto, lining him up for a two-start week. Normally we’d not start a guy who is just coming back from time off with an elbow issue, but the Toronto matchup, even though it is followed by a matchup at Houston, is enough for us to recommend putting Price in lineups in all weekly formats.

Pittsburgh Pirates – 5
San Diego Padres – 3

  • Pirates SP Jordan Lyles dominated the Padres for his best start of the season, striking out 12 over seven innings and allowing only a solo homer, a walk, and four singles. Lyles still doesn’t show anything from the stuff perspective that would make you think his K rate (just about league average) and his 1.05 WHIP will be sustained long term, but he remains a must-own in most leagues because of his ability to keep the ball on the ground and prevent disastrous outings.

Kansas City Royals – 2
Los Angeles Angels – 5

  • Royals SS Adalberto Mondesi went 0-for-3 with a run scored, a walk, and his 16th and 17th steals of the season. Mondesi has stole two bases in three of his last seven games and has seven total steals in that span. He’s on pace for 61 this year.

Minnesota Twins – 7
Cleveland Indians – 1

  • Twins 1B/3B/SS/OF Marwin Gonzalez went 2-for-5 with two runs scored yesterday; it was his ninth straight game with a hit, a span in which he’s gone 12-for-34 (.353) with two homers, five walks, nine runs scored and five RBI.
  • Mariners SP Marco Gonzales struggled for the second straight outing, allowing six runs (five earned) on eight hits and two walks over five innings. In his last four starts Gonzales has only struck out two batters in one outing and three in each of the last three outings, for a total of 11 in 16 2/3 innings.

Oakland A’s – 7
Detroit Tigers – 2

  • Oakland SP Frankie Montas, who is his last start on May 10 set his season high in strikeouts with seven, flew past that checkpoint in this outing, striking out 10 and coming up one out short of his first career complete game. Montas allowed two runs on four hits over his 8 2/3 innings of work, and he did not walk a batter. Montas is getting the opportunity to go deeper in to games, having hit 97 pitches or more in three of his last five starts, and he is a must-start in all formats.

Los Angeles Dodgers – 6
Cincinnati Reds – 0

  • Dodgers 3B Justin Turner left this game early with a shin injury after he fouled a ball off his leg. X-rays were negative, but he won’t play today.
  • Dodgers SP Rich Hill won his first game of the year with six shutout innings of two-hit work, striking out 10 and not walking a batter.

New York Mets – 6
Miami Marlins – 8

  • Miami RP Sergio Romo bounced back from a four-walk disaster on Tuesday to work two innings here for the first time this season, allowing a double and a single but otherwise keeping the Mets at bay to hold this win and earn his seventh save of the year. Romo struck out two batters.

Milwaukee Brewers – 8
Atlanta Braves – 12

  • After his two worst outings of the season in consecutive starts, Braves SP Max Fried bounced back with six innings of shutout ball in this game, allowing only two hits and two walks while striking out five. Fried continues to excel thanks to efficiency in his outings; he’s worked six or more innings in six of his nine starts, and he’s only gone over 100 pitches once in those games. He is tied for the NL lead in wins with six, primarily thanks to that ability to work deeper in to games and cut down on the need for the Braves shaky bullpen to close things out for him.

St. Louis Cardinals – 3
Texas Rangers – 7

  • It was a very poor homecoming for former Rangers and now-Cardinals SP Miles Mikolas, who gave up nine hits and seven runs in 1 1/3 innings in his worst outing since he returned to the majors last year. His ERA ballooned from 3.83 to start the game to 4.88 when he left. He gets the Braves next back at home next weekend.
  • Rangers RP Jose Leclerc has gone from closer to opener, taking on that latter mantle yesterday for the first time and throwing a very effective inning, striking out two and not allowing a baserunner. Since his removal from the closer role, Leclerc has worked six innings and allowed one earned run, striking out 10 and walking four with only one hit allowed.

Toronto Blue Jays – 10
Chicago White Sox – 2

  • SP Aaron Sanchez only worked three innings yesterday for Toronto despite allowing just two runs on three hits and two walks with four strikeouts. If you’ve played fantasy baseball in the last three years, you can probably guess the ailment that knocked out Sanchez early. Yes, it is the return of the dreaded blister for the Jays’ righty, who suffered the same injury on May 20 of 2017  and was basically done for the year after that. He also missed a large chunk of time last year due to a contusion on his pitching hand. Keep an eye on what is next for Sanchez, as we would definitely keep him benched if he makes his next scheduled start at home against Boston on Wednesday.
  • Jays 3B Vladimir Guerrero Jr. went 1-for-4 with his third career homer, two runs scored, a walk, and two RBI. Jays C Danny Jansen also homered for the first time this season, a two-run shot, and he also added a single and a walk in five plate appearances. Prior to this game, Jansen was 3-for-28 in May no extra-base hits and no RBI.

San Francisco Giants – 0
Arizona Diamondbacks – 7

  • Arizona OF David Peralta, who was dealing with a minor back issue heading in to this game, went 1-for-3 with a walk, a homer, two RBI, and two runs scored.

Daily Fantasy Recommendations for Saturday, May 18 (NOTE: We use DraftKings prices and format, which means two pitchers are required)

Note: This is for the 7:15 p.m. Featured slate, which has seven games.

  • Catcher
    • High-priced option: Robinson Chirinos ($4,700)
    • Low-priced option: Willians Astudillo ($3,800)
  • First Base
    • High-priced option: Freddie Freeman ($5,000)
    • Low-priced option: Jay Bruce ($3,800)
  • Second Base
    • High-priced option: Mike Moustakas ($4,500)
    • Low-priced option: Nicky Lopez ($3,100)
  • Third Base
    • High-priced option: Anthony Rendon ($4,800)
    • Low-priced option: Ty France ($3,300)
  • Shortstop
    • High-priced option: Trea Turner ($4,700)
    • Low-priced option: Cole Tucker ($3,000)
  • Outfielder (three required)
    • High-priced option 1: Mike Trout ($5,500)
    • High-priced option 2: Hunter Renfroe ($4,500)
    • High-priced option 3: Shohei Ohtani ($4,400)
    • Low-priced option 1: Austin Riley ($3,900)
    • Low-priced option 2: Juan Soto ($4,000)
    • Low-priced option 3: Marwin Gonzalez ($3,400)
  • Pitcher (two required)
    • High-priced option 1: Jose Berrios ($10,700)
    • High-priced option 2: Griffin Canning ($8,500)
    • Low-priced option 1: Corbin Martin ($7,200)
    • Low-priced option 2: Nick Margevicius ($6,900)

Today’s Best Bets

  • Our favorite favorite: LOS ANGELES ANGELS (-170) over Kansas City Royals
  • Our favorite underdog: DETROIT TIGERS (+105) over Oakland A’s
  • Our over/under play: Tampa Bay Rays/NEW YORK YANKEES UNDER 8 Runs

Yesterday: 1-2 (hit on over/under)
Season: 71-75-1

Note: Best Bets section is for entertainment purposes only.

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