Daily Intel – 5/21/2019

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News From Yesterday’s Slate

Boston Red Sox – 12
Toronto Blue Jays – 2

  • Boston OF Jackie Bradley had one hit on the day, but it was his first home run of the season, a two-run shot that gave him nine RBI on the season.
  • 3B Rafael Devers was the real fantasy standout here, going 3-for-5 with a solo homer, two singles, three RBI, two runs scored, and his sixth stolen base on the season. Devers had a rough weekend with one hit in 12 at-bats, but he’s picked up right back where he left off early last week when he had a streak of four straight multi-hit games.
  • Red Sox SP David Price only threw 67 pitches in his return from the IL, but it was enough to get through five shutout innings for the win. He allowed three hits and two unearned runs after Jays C Luke Maile homered two batters after Red Sox 2B/3B Michael Chavis made an error on a grounder.

Oakland A’s – 6
Cleveland Indians – 4

  • Indians SS Francisco Lindor hit a solo home run with the Indians down three in the ninth inning; it was his lone hit in five at-bats, but Lindor is starting to hit his stride offensively, with five multi-hit games in his last nine starts, with five extra-base hits and three steals in that span.

New York Yankees – 10
Baltimore Orioles – 7

  • The Yankees had a massive comeback in this one, as they were down 6-1 thanks to another bad start by SP J.A. Happ, who was tagged for nine hits, a walk, and six earned runs in 3 2/3 innings. Happ has now allowed 13 homers on the season, and three of his last four starts have seen him allow two homers in each. With a really low strikeout rate (40 in 52 1/3 innings, 3 Ks or less in four of his less five starts) on top of a homer problem, it is worth exploring a replacement for Happ in all mixed formats.
  • Orioles RP Mychal Givens got his first save opportunity since May 6 and was destroyed for five runs on four hits and a walk in 1 1/3 innings. Givens hadn’t been scored on since April 24, and this game raised his ERA from 2.75 to 4.71.

Washington Nationals – 3
New York Mets – 5

  • Nats OF Adam Eaton went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts in this game. He had two multi-hit games over the weekend, but he’s now gone 10 games without an extra-base hit and 13 games without an RBI.

Philadelphia Phillies – 5
Chicago Cubs – 4       (10 Innings)

  • More progress from Cubs SP Yu Darvish, who followed his 11 K/0 BB outing from last week with a 7 K/3 BB outing here over six innings. Darvish threw 58 of his 95 pitches for strikes, including 16 of 25 batters seeing first-pitch strikes and a total of 35 called or swinging strikes. Darvish got a no-decision after going six innings and allowing four hits and three earned runs. He gets a home start this weekend against the Reds to cap his two-start week.

Seattle Mariners – 9
Texas Rangers – 10

  • Mariners SS Tim Beckham had his first big day in a few weeks, going 3-for-4 with a homer, five RBI, a walk, and a run scored. While Beckham has struggled in May, with a .222 batting average in 45 at-bats, he has really cut down on his strikeout rate recently, with only six Ks in his last nine starts, a span of 35 at-bats. If he can continue to make contact at that rate, he has a shot at turning his current nine-homer total in to 30 by season’s end.
  • Rangers 2B Rougned Odor is crushing the ball right now, with a three-run homer last night giving him four bombs in his last five games, with six homers and 16 RBI in May.

Arizona Diamondbacks – 4
San Francisco Giants – 1

  • Braves SP Mike Soroka was dominant again here, allowing a solo homer and a single over eight otherwise flawless innings. He struck out seven and is now sitting at 5-1 on the season with a 1.01 ERA.
  • More interesting, though, was the use of SP/RP Sean Newcomb in the ninth inning for a save opportunity. Newcomb converted for his first career save, and in seven relief appearances since May 6 after being called back up from Triple-A, Newcomb has thrown 8 1/3 innings and not allowed a run or a walk, with eight strikeouts. The Braves likely aren’t ready to give up on him as a starter yet, but he does have the tools to be a dominant back-end option.
  • Braves OF Ronald Acuña Jr. homered twice, giving him 11 on the season. He’s really heating up with nine hits and seven RBI in his last five games, along with seven runs scored and seven RBI.

Minnesota Twins – 3
Los Angeles Angels – 1

  • Twins 3B Miguel Sano won this game with a two-run homer in the eighth inning to break a 1-1 tie. Sano has five hits in 21 at-bats since coming off the IL, and four of them have been of the extra-base variety. He has also struck out nine times in that span. If he’s still available in your roto league and you need power, he is a must-add, but in points formats he looks like he’s going to continue to be the same high-K/low-BB (just one BB so far) drag that he’s always been.
  • Angels SP Andrew Heaney could be back in the rotation as early as Sunday at home against the Rangers after striking out 10 in 4 1/3 innings during a Triple-A rehab start yesterday.

Chicago White Sox – 3
Houston Astros – 10

  • Astros SP Brad Peacock dominated for five innings, allowing only a single and a double and keeping the White Sox off the scoreboard for his fifth win of the year. He struck out nine.
  • Astros 1B Tyler White has started the last three games, and yesterday he finally homered for the first time this season. He also had two hits and two RBI on Saturday at Boston. White had 12 homers and 12 doubles in just 210 at-bats last year, so a sudden power surge wouldn’t be totally out of character.

Arizona Diamondbacks – 1
San Diego Padres – 2

  • Padres OF Franmil Reyes has six hits in his last 28 at-bats, and five of those hits are home runs. The other is a double. He continued that trend last night with a 1-for-4 game where he hit his 15th homer of the year, but also struck out twice.

Daily Fantasy Recommendations for Tuesday, May 21 (NOTE: We use DraftKings prices and format, which means two pitchers are required)

Note: This is for the 14-game Featured set, which starts at 7:05 p.m. Eastern.

  • Catcher
    • High-priced option: Yadier Molina ($4,200)
    • Low-priced option: Buster Posey ($3,500)
  • First Base
    • High-priced option: Paul Goldschmidt ($4,700)
    • Low-priced option: Kendrys Morales ($3,600)
  • Second Base
    • High-priced option: Danny Santana ($4,800)
    • Low-priced option: Adam Frazier ($3,800)
  • Third Base
    • High-priced option: Alex Bregman ($5,400)
    • Low-priced option: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. ($3,900)
  • Shortstop
    • High-priced option: Trea Turner ($4,700)
    • Low-priced option: Dansby Swanson ($4,000)
  • Outfielder (three required)
    • High-priced option 1: Mookie Betts ($5,100)
    • High-priced option 2: Eric Thames ($4,700)
    • High-priced option 3: Andrew Benintendi ($4,300)
    • Low-priced option 1: Austin Riley ($4,000)
    • Low-priced option 2: Niko Goodrum ($3,200)
    • Low-priced option 3: Tommy Pham ($3,700)
  • Pitcher (two required)
    • High-priced option 1: Justin Verlander ($11,300)
    • High-priced option 2: Domingo German ($9,900)
    • Low-priced option 1: Erick Fedde ($7,000)
    • Low-priced option 2: Spencer Turnbull ($7,800)

Today’s Best Bets

  • Our favorite favorite: ST. LOUIS CARDINALS (-175) over Kansas City Royals
  • Our favorite underdog: Washington Nationals (+120) over NEW YORK METS
  • Our over/under play: Oakland A’s/CLEVELAND INDIANS UNDER 7.5 RunsYesterday: 2-1 (hit on underdog and over/under)
    Season: 78-77-1

    Note: Best Bets section is for entertainment purposes only

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