Daily Intel – 5/20/2019

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News From Yesterday’s Slate

Tampa Bay Rays – 5
New York Yankees – 13

  • Yankees OF Aaron Hicks went 1-for-3 with a two-run homer and two walks, scoring twice. Hicks reached base five times this weekend after going hitless in his first three games off the IL earlier this week.
  • The Yankees used rookie RP Chance Adams for the final three innings of this game with a seven and then eight-run lead, and Adams was tremendous in allowing only a single and a walk while striking out three. The 24-year-old Adams was having another average season at Triple-A, with a 4.80 ERA in 30 innings but 37 strikeouts.

Chicago Cubs – 6
Washington Nationals – 5

  • Cubs OF Albert Almora Jr. went 3-for-3 with two doubles, a walk, and two runs scored, giving him three multi-hit games in his last four starts and a .281/.293/.544 triple-slash in 58 May plate appearances.
  • RP Steve Cishek worked the last 2 1/3 innings to earn his fourth save of the season, allowing only a single and striking out two. Cishek has been perfect in nine innings in May, allowing only four hits and two walks while striking out seven.

Colorado Rockies – 5
Philadelphia Phillies – 7

  • Rockies SP Kyle Freeland is just about useless in every format beyond NL-only after another awful outing, with the Phillies tagging him for four hits and three runs in 1 2/3 innings. Freeland struck out two and walked three. In four May starts he’s thrown 18 2/3 innings and has allowed 17 runs.
  • Phillies OF Bryce Harper capped a good weekend with a homer in a second consecutive game, going 2-for-5 with three RBI. Harper has hits in five straight games but is still hitting under .225 in 62 May at-bats.

Baltimore Orioles – 0
Cleveland Indians – 10

  • Indians SP Shane Bieber struck out a career-high 15 in a complete game shutout, allowing only five singles. Bieber generated 27 swinging and 24 called strikes on the day, with 19 curveballs generating nine of those swinging strikes, a big step forward for a pitch that has been worth negative 2.4 runs this year, according to FanGraphs.
  • Despite the 10-run outburst, 3B Jose Ramirez was hitless again in three at-bats, though he did drive in a run with a bases loaded walk.

Houston Astros – 3
Boston Red Sox – 4

  • The Red Sox used RP Matt Barnes in the eighth inning here despite having a one-run lead entering the inning, and that left the save opportunity to RP Brandon Workman, who got through a walk to strike out two and earn his first save of the year. RP Marcus Walden improved to 6-0, all in relief appearances, with 1 2/3 innings of shutout work, lowering his ERA to 1.37.
  • Astros OF George Springer may miss tonight’s series opener at home against the White Sox with lower back stiffness.

Pittsburgh Pirates – 6
San Diego Padres – 4

  • We mentioned yesterday that Pirates C Elias Diaz is gaining value thanks to his increased playing time and slowly-improving offense. He went 3-for-4 in this game and finished the four-game series in San Diego with eight hits in 16 at-bats.
  • Pirates OF Bryan Reynolds also had a great weekend, going 2-for-4 yesterday with two runs scored. He’s got hits in five of his last six games, including two homers.

Kansas City Royals – 5
Los Angeles Angels – 1

  • Royals SP Danny Duffy posted his third quality start in May, improving to 3-1 on the season with six innings of one-run work where he allowed five hits and three walks, striking out five. While he’s basically ditched his changeup in favor of increased curveball use, Duffy still is struggling to get his K rate back to the mid-20s percent level that it was when he was at his best between 2014-2016. Until he can reach that level, he remains a streaming option in most shallow mixed formats.

Minnesota Twins – 4
Seattle Mariners – 7

  • Mariners DH/1B Dan Vogelbach continued his torrid power run with a 2-for-3 day that included a walk, two runs scored, and his fourth home run in the last five games. Vogelbach has driven in 10 runs in that five-game span, and despite only being 10-for-53 in May, he’s managed stay in the top five in the AL in homers, OPS, and slugging percentage.

Oakland A’s – 5
Detroit Tigers – 3     (7 Innings)

  • This game was suspended in the bottom of the seventh inning and will resume on Friday, September 6.
  • Before the game was stopped, A’s SS Marcus Semien had gone 2-for-4 with a triple, a double, an RBI, and a run scored, his first multi-hit game since April 29.

Los Angeles Dodgers – 8
Cincinnati Reds – 3

  • Another day of dominance on the mound of SP Hyun-Jin Ryu; for the third straight start, he shut out his opponent, this time going seven innings to win his sixth game of the year. He had previously thrown eight and nine shutout innings in his last two starts. His May has included four starts and 32 innings with one earned run allowed, 25 strikeouts, and two walks.

New York Mets – 0
Miami Marlins – 3

  • The Mets will go down in history as the team that somehow got shutout over a weekend by a historically-awful Marlins team, and in doing so they gave Miami SP Sandy Alcantara the first complete game and the first shutout of his career, with the second-year righty allowing only two hits and a walk while striking out eight. Alcantara had entered this game with nine strikeouts total in his last 21 innings, a span of four starts where he had also allowed six homers. The moral of the story…start all of your borderline-useable pitchers against the Mets for the foreseeable future, starting with Nationals SP Erick Fedde on Tuesday and all three of the Detroit starters this coming weekend (SPs Gregory Soto, Spencer Turnbull, and Daniel Norris)

Milwaukee Brewers – 3
Atlanta Braves – 2       (10 Innings)

  • A good start for Braves SP Mike Foltynewicz, the first time we can say that this year. He worked six innings and allowed just two solo homers and a single, and while he didn’t walk anyone, he only struck out three and was pulled after 67 pitches. He gets St. Louis next on the road on Friday, and we’d be wary about using him there unless you need to take a risk on a win source.
  • Brewers SP Brandon Woodruff basically matched Folty, but went two innings longer, also allowing two solo homers with three singles, but no walks and six strikeouts over eight innings. That’s five straight starts for Woodruff with one run allowed or less, and he’s gone five innings twice in that span, six innings twice, and now eight.
  • Brewers RP Josh Hader worked consecutive days for the first time since April 1 and 2, bouncing back from Saturday’s loss to work two perfect innings with three strikeouts to earn his first win of the year.

St. Louis Cardinals – 4
Texas Rangers – 5        (10 Innings)

  • Texas’ new closer, RP Chris Martin, blew the save in this one, allowing a one-out homer in the ninth inning to Cardinals RP Dexter Fowler. Martin hasn’t earned a save since getting his first opportunity on May 8.
  • Rangers 2B/OF Danny Santana did not start this game due to an ankle issue, but he entered as a pinch hitter and hit his first home run since May 1. He then walked in the 10th inning and scored the winning run on a sacrifice fly by OF Nomar Mazara.

Toronto Blue Jays – 5
Chicago White Sox – 2

  • Just like Friday’s win, the Jays offense was powered by home runs from 3B Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and C Danny Jansen, who hit their fourth and second bombs of the season, respectively. This was a solid weekend for Jansen, who the Jays will continue to give regular work to in what will be a lost season. If he was dropped in any two-catcher leagues, we’d add him immediately to see if he’s found something in this series.
  • Jays RP Ken Giles hadn’t worked since May 14, so the team gave him 1 2/3 innings here for the save chance, and he responded with three strikeouts around a single and a double, earning his 10th save of the year.
  • The White Sox may activate OF Eloy Jimenez today in advance of the start of their series in Houston.

San Francisco Giants – 3
Arizona Diamondbacks – 2      (10 Innings)

  • Arizona SP Robbie Ray only lasted four innings here thanks to a totally inefficient 87-pitch outing where he walked four and struck out six, allowing two runs. Ray has gone six innings exactly in two of his 10 starts this year – the other eight have been 5 2/3 innings (twice), 5 1/3 innings (once), five innings (four), and this game.
  • Giants 3B Pablo Sandoval’s renaissance continued with a game-winning, pinch-hit homer in the 10th inning, his fifth home run in May and fourth in the last week. Sandoval is now hitting .301/.326/.673 in 83 at-bats this season, with a 48 percent hard-hit rate that is far outpacing his previous mid-30s levels from the last few seasons.

Daily Fantasy Recommendations for Monday, May 20 (NOTE: We use DraftKings prices and format, which means two pitchers are required)

Note: This is for the 7:05 p.m. Featured slate, which has eight games.

  • Catcher
    • High-priced option: J.T. Realmuto ($3,700)
    • Low-priced option: Tyler Flowers ($3,500)
  • First Base
    • High-priced option: Anthony Rizzo ($4,600)
    • Low-priced option: Yonder Alonso ($3,100)
  • Second Base
    • High-priced option: Gleyber Torres ($4,800)
    • Low-priced option: Jonathan Schoop ($3,800)
  • Third Base
    • High-priced option: Josh Donaldson ($4,300)
    • Low-priced option: Willians Astudillo ($3,300)
  • Shortstop
    • High-priced option: Trea Turner ($4,600)
    • Low-priced option: Andrelton Simmons ($3,700)
  • Outfielder (three required)
    • High-priced option 1: Eddie Rosario ($4,300)
    • High-priced option 2: Mitch Haniger ($4,600)
    • High-priced option 3: Shin-Soo Choo ($4,900)
    • Low-priced option 1: Bryce Harper ($4,000)
    • Low-priced option 2: Max Kepler ($3,800)
    • Low-priced option 3: Austin Riley ($4,000)
  • Pitcher (two required)
    • High-priced option 1: Patrick Corbin ($10,900)
    • High-priced option 2: Mike Soroka ($9,200)
    • Low-priced option 1: Luke Weaver ($8,500)
    • Low-priced option 2: Jake Odorizzi ($8,200)

Today’s Best Bets

  • Our favorite favorite: CLEVELAND INDIANS (-170) over Oakland A’s
  • Our favorite underdog: Philadelphia Phillies (+125) over CHICAGO CUBS
  • Our over/under play: Boston Red Sox/TORONTO BLUE JAYS OVER 9.5 Runs

Yesterday: 3-0
Season: 76-76-1

Note: Best Bets section is for entertainment purposes only.

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