Daily Intel – 5/19/2019

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News From Yesterday’s Slate

Tampa Bay Rays – 2
New York Yankees – 1       (11 Innings)

  • Yankees SP Masahiro Tanaka dominated the Rays for six innings, allowing only a double and three singles while striking out six, but he left the game after basically making a kick save with his right foot/ankle on a line drive. There was apparently swelling and soreness in the spot after the game, so he’s TBD to make his next start.
  • Rays RP Jose Alvarado bounced back slightly from his blown save on Friday, getting a chance to earn the save in the 11th inning here and converting after allowing a leadoff single, getting OF Aaron Hicks to strikeout and C Gary Sanchez to hit in to a double play.
  • Rays 2B/OF Brandon Lowe and OF Austin Meadows both hit solo shots for their ninth homers of the season. Lowe struck out again in this game, his sixth straight game with a K, a span in which he has 13 strikeouts in 21 at-bats.

Chicago Cubs – 2
Washington Nationals – 5

  • Some signs of life for Nats 2B Brian Dozier, who went 2-for-4 yesterday and 3-for-4 on Friday with a homer, a double, three runs scored, and a walk. He’s hitting .255 with six walks in 61 May plate appearances.
  • Cubs OF Jason Heyward went 0-for-4 and lowered his triple slash to .229/.331/.396, thanks mainly in part to a 1-for-24 stretch over the last week where he has struck out at least once in all seven games he’s started in.

Colorado Rockies – 1
Philadelphia Phillies – 2

  • Phillies SP Aaron Nola had his best start of the season here to improve to 4-0 on the season, working six innings and striking out 12, allowing one run on eight hits and a walk. Nola’s knuckle curve ball, which hitters had a .274 average and .419 slugging percentage on entering this game, was elite yesterday, generating 10 swinging and 11 called strikes on 41 offerings, with the Rockies only generating a single and a double off it.
  • RP Hector Neris worked the last two innings of this game to earn a save for the second consecutive night. His work was perfect here, as he faced the minimum six batters and struck out one, generating seven swinging strikes on his 21 pitches.

Baltimore Orioles – 1
Cleveland Indians – 4

  • Indians DH/1B Carlos Santana is heating up a little, going 2-for-3 yesterday with a double, a homer, a walk, and two runs scored. Santana has reached base 10 times in the last four games.

Houston Astros – 7
Boston Red Sox – 3

  • Tough night with command for Astros SP Corbin Martin, which may temper some of the excitement on him in leagues where waivers run weekly tonight. He lasted only four innings and threw 38 of his 74 pitches for strikes, leading to four walks. He also allowed five hits, three runs (two earned), and did not strike out a batter, generating only two swinging strikes. Martin will get the White Sox next at home on Thursday, followed by the Cubs on 5/28, and a two-start week at Oakland and Seattle after that.
  • Astros RP Josh James relieved Martin and threw three hitless innings, allowing only a walk and striking out two. James has thrown nine innings in May and has not allowed a run and is sporting a 0.44 WHIP with a 13/2 K/BB ratio.

Pittsburgh Pirates – 7
San Diego Padres – 2

  • There’s no stopping Pirates 1B Josh Bell right now, as he went 3-for-4 yesterday with two homers, four RBI, a walk, and a single. He’s got six multi-hit games in his last nine and is 26-for-64 (.406) in May with 14 runs scored, eight homers, six doubles, and 22 RBI.
  • Pirates C Elias Diaz has started the last four games behind the plate, and after a three-hit game last night he’s reached base 10 times in 35 May plate appearances, though all of his hits have been singles and he has only driven in two runs. Still, Diaz could be a heavy volume playing time source for two-catcher leagues moving forward.

Kansas City Royals – 3
Los Angeles Angels – 6

  • Angels SP Griffin Canning provided his first strong start since coming up, throwing seven shutout innings and allowing only four baserunners while striking out five. Canning has walked one batter in three of his four starts, and he’s finding a better mix of his four pitches with each passing inning that he throws. He gets Texas at home next and should be used there in all formats. His next two starts after that will be at Oakland and at the Mariners or Cubs.

Minnesota Twins – 18
Seattle Mariners – 4

  • Twins 3B Miguel Sano got the start at third for the second time in this series, and he hit his first home run of the season, also walking and reaching base on a fielder’s choice to score three runs in his six plate appearances. Sano has struck out five times in his first 16 plate appearances, but his power looks to be fine with yesterday’s homer and two doubles on Thursday.
  • 1B C.J. Cron is the hottest hitter in a Twins lineup that is on fire right now; Cron went 3-for-6 last night with two homers, four RBI, and three runs scored. He is hitting .318 in 66 May at-bats with seven homers, 14 runs scored, and 15 RBI.

Oakland A’s – 4
Detroit Tigers – 1

  • A’s DH Khris Davis missed this game with hip soreness dating back to his outfield wall collision two weekends ago.
  • Tigers SP Matt Boyd continued to boost his ridiculous K/BB rate with eight strikeouts and no walks over 6 1/3 innings, but he allowed four runs, his highest total this season, to take the loss and fall to 4-4 on the year. Boyd is at 73/13 K/BB ratio now over 60 2/3 innings, but there have been some troubling signs with increased contact in his last two starts. He remains a must start and his next two outings are good matchups at the Mets and at Baltimore.

Los Angeles Dodgers – 0
Cincinnati Reds – 4

  • Reds OF Jesse Winker went 1-for-4 with his 10th homer of the season, his first extra-base hit since May 5. Winker is really struggling right now because he’s swinging a lot early in the count, having only generated one walk in his last 11 games dating back to May 1. He needs to get back to the patience he showed in April, and until then he’s a fringy starter in 12-team, five-outfielder mixed leagues.
  • Reds SP Tyler Mahle dominated the Dodgers over six shutout innings to finally win his first game of the season. He allowed only four singles and two walks, striking out five, with 32 of his 98 pitches being called or swinging strikes. Mahle gets the Cubs in Chicago next weekend, and with his home run issues we’d be careful using him in that outing.

New York Mets – 0
Miami Marlins – 2

  • Marlins SP Pablo Lopez bounced back nicely here to win after getting crushed by the Mets for 10 hits and 10 runs last weekend in New York. Lopez threw seven shutout innings and struck out seven, allowing just a double and two walks. Lopez had an insane 26 foul balls on his 92 pitches, which is a bit of a downer when you think about the Mets maybe just missing a couple of pitches by inches that could’ve been hits, but on the macro level, Lopez has thrown gems in three of his last five starts, and while his next start at Washington isn’t an absolute must-start, he then follows that with a great two-start week at San Francisco and at San Diego.

Milwaukee Brewers – 3
Atlanta Braves – 4        (10 Innings)

  • Brewers 2B Keston Hiura went 0-for-4 with a run scored and is now sitting at 4-for-20 in his first five games as a major league, with seven strikeouts and one walk, and no extra-base hits.
  • Conversely, fellow MLB newcomer 3B Austin Riley is crushing the ball for Atlanta, with a 2-for-3 day yesterday that included a two-run homer and a single. Riley is 8-for-15 to start his career, with hits in all four of his games.

St. Louis Cardinals – 8
Texas Rangers – 2

  • Cardinals SP Dakota Hudson had a second consecutive quality start, his third QS in his last four outings, with six innings of two-run work where he allowed a double, four singles, and two walks, striking out five. Hudson has generated 58 ground balls in his last five starts, a span of 28 2/3 innings, and he’s finding a groove that could make him valuable in shallow formats as a streamer. He gets the Braves next at home over the weekend, followed by likely home starts against the Cubs and Reds.

Toronto Blue Jays – 1
Chicago White Sox – 4      (5 Innings)

  • White Sox OF Leury Garcia hit his second home run of the season in this game and also stole his seventh base of the year. Garcia’s speed is legit but he is amongst the league’s worst regular starters in terms of quality of contact.
  • White Sox SP Lucas Giolito gets credited for his first career complete game thanks to this rain-shortened situation, improving to 5-1 this year with five innings of one-run work where he allowed three hits and two walks, striking out four. Giolito is a tough start next week at Houston, despite his recent strong stretch, but after that he gets Kansas City twice and Cleveland at home between that.

San Francisco Giants – 8
Arizona Diamondbacks – 5

  • One night after homering and looking like he was over his back issue, OF David Peralta missed this game for Arizona with a flare up of that injury.
  • Arizona C Carson Kelly is making the most of his sporadic playing time; he’s started seven of Arizona’s last 13 games, but in that stretch he’s gone 7-for-19 with three homers, three walks, four runs scored, and four RBI.

Daily Fantasy Recommendations for Sunday, May 19 (NOTE: We use DraftKings prices and format, which means two pitchers are required)

Note: This is for the 10-game Featured slate, which starts at 1:05 p.m.

  • Catcher
    • High-priced option: Josh Phegley ($4,100)
    • Low-priced option: Tyler Flowers ($3,500)
  • First Base
    • High-priced option: Rhys Hoskins ($5,000)
    • Low-priced option: Yonder Alonso ($3,400)
  • Second Base
    • High-priced option: Brandon Lowe ($4,900)
    • Low-priced option: Robinson Cano ($3,800)
  • Third Base
    • High-priced option: Mike Moustakas ($4,600)
    • Low-priced option: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. ($4,000)
  • Shortstop
    • High-priced option: Marcus Semien ($4,100)
    • Low-priced option: Willy Adames ($3,600)
  • Outfielder (three required)
    • High-priced option 1: Mookie Betts ($5,000)
    • High-priced option 2: Marcell Ozuna ($4,800)
    • High-priced option 3: Alex Verdugo ($4,400)
    • Low-priced option 1: Austin Riley ($3,900)
    • Low-priced option 2: Charlie Tilson ($3,500)
    • Low-priced option 3: Kevin Kiermaier ($3,700)
  • Pitcher (two required)
    • High-priced option 1: Hyun-Jin Ryu ($10,700)
    • High-priced option 2: Shane Bieber ($9,000)
    • Low-priced option 1: Reynaldo Lopez ($6,900)
    • Low-priced option 2: Jerad Eickhoff ($7,800)

Today’s Best Bets

  • Our favorite favorite: Los Angeles Dodgers (-185) over CINCINNATI REDS
  • Our favorite underdog: Pittsburgh Pirates (+105) over SAN DIEGO PADRES
  • Our over/under play: Minnesota Twins/SEATTLE MARINERS OVER 8.5 Runs

    Yesterday: 2-1 (hit on favorite and over/under)Season: 73-76-1

    Note: Best Bets section is for entertainment purposes only.

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