Daily Intel – 5/22/2019

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News From Yesterday’s Slate

Los Angeles Dodgers – 7
Tampa Bay Rays – 3

  • Seven starts on the season for SP Clayton Kershaw, and yesterday was his sixth quality start, as he held the Rays to six hits, a walk, and two earned runs over 6 1/3 innings. He struck out eight.
  • Dodgers SS Corey Seager struggled mightily to open May, with only five hits in his first 28 at-bats, but with yesterday’s 2-for-5 day he’s now got eight hits in his last seven games, including eight RBI.
  • Rays SP Tyler Glasnow did some rehab work yesterday and expressed optimism that he would be back sooner than his 4-to-6 week timetable. It will be two weeks on Friday that he suffered his right forearm injury.

Oakland A’s – 5
Cleveland Indians – 3

  • Cleveland’s two hottest hitters – 1B Carlos Santana and SS Francisco Lindor – both homered again yesterday, giving Santana three homers in four games and Lindor six extra-base hits in the last eight games.
  • If you own A’s DH Khris Davis, you probably aren’t surprised to hear that he is now on the IL after leaving last night’s game after one plate appearance. The hip injury he suffered playing the outfield earlier this month hasn’t improved with occasional days off, so he’ll now sit out until at least early June to see if he improves.

Washington Nationals – 5
New York Mets – 6

  • Mets 1B Pete Alonso has six hits in his last nine games, a span of 28 at-bats, and five of those six hits have been home runs, including the solo shot he hit yesterday. Alonso has cut his home run rate a bunch over the last two weeks, but he’s making less contact and not walking much, so it’ll be interesting to see what his next adjustment is. He now has 16 homers and 36 RBI on the season.

Atlanta Braves – 3
San Francisco Giants – 4

  • We mentioned yesterday that SP/RP Sean Newcomb could be a very interesting relief option in the near-term as the Braves look to fix his command issues, and with RP Luke Jackson blowing the save in this game, Newcomb could be a serious fantasy asset sooner rather than later. Jackson allowed four hits and three runs in 2/3 of an inning, and he’s now blown consecutive saves and three saves in the last 12 days.

Philadelphia Phillies – 2
Chicago Cubs – 3

  • Cubs SP Jose Quintana threw six shutout innings, allowing two hits and three walks while striking out four. It was a solid bounceback from a run prevention perspective after he allowed six runs in his last 11 2/3 innings, but he’s now struck out a total of just 18 batters in his last 29 1/3 innings, making it difficult to consider him a must-start in categories league.

Colorado Rockies – 5
Pittsburgh Pirates – 0

  • Rockies SP German Marquez remains absolutely unhittable away from Coors Field, throwing eight shutout innings yesterday and allowing only a double, two singles, and a walk, while striking out seven. In six starts this season away from home, Marquez has thrown 43 1/3 innings to a 2.08 ERA, a 0.74 WHIP, with 42 strikeouts and seven walks.

New York Yankees – 11
Baltimore Orioles – 4

  • Yankees SP Masahiro Tanaka will start tomorrow, meaning he won’t miss any time after leaving Saturday’s game against the Rays after being struck on the ankle by a line drive.
  • Yankees OF Clint Frazier went 2-for-4 with two homers and five RBI, his first multi-hit game since April 20 and his first home run since April 21.

Miami Marlins – 5
Detroit Tigers – 4     (11 Innings)

  • Marlins OF Harold Ramirez went 2-for-5 with his first career home runs and two runs scored. Ramirez has started just five games since being called up two weeks ago, but with the Marlins now sitting at 14-31 this year, it could be feasible for the 24-year-old to get regular playing time. He has 11 homers and 16 steals in a full 120-game season at Triple-A last year, and was hitting .355 with a .999 OPS in 31 Triple-A games this year.

Cincinnati Reds – 3
Milwaukee Brewers – 0

  • Brewers OF Christian Yelich was held out of this game due to a recurrence of a back issue that has caused him to miss six games earlier this season.
  • Reds SP Sonny Gray shut down the Yelich-less Milwaukee lineup to earn his first win of the season, throwing six shutout innings and allowing only five hits. He did walk four, though, with nine strikeouts; Gray has walked 12 batters total in his last four starts, a span of 20 1/3 innings.

Seattle Mariners – 3
Texas Rangers – 5

  • Seattle 2B/OF Dee Gordon was placed on the IL with a right wrist contusion; he tried to play through the injury after getting hit by a pitch on that same wrist earlier this month, but he’ll now be out until at least May 31.
  • The Mariners also placed 1B/3B Ryon Healy on the injured list with a lower back issue. Gordon’s injury should lock in regular playing time for 2B Shed Long, and with Healy out, 3B Kyle Seager will have immediate playing time waiting for him when he finishes his rehab at Triple-A, where he had two hits and three RBI yesterday.

Chicago White Sox – 1
Houston Astros – 5

  • Astros OF George Springer missed this game with what looks like a minor back issue, so OF Josh Reddick got a chance to leadoff and went 1-for-2 with a single, a walk, and a run scored. If Springer’s back issue were to lead to an IL stint, Reddick would stand to benefit from a volume perspective on at-bats and runs scored at the top of an elite lineup.

Kansas City Royals
St. Louis Cardinals 

  • This game was postponed due to rain and will be made up as part of a doubleheader today, meaning scheduled starters Royals SP Homer Bailey and Cardinals SP Michael Wacha will both get their turns one day later than originally planned. Wacha will face Royals SP Brad Keller in game one, Bailey will face Cards SP Adam Wainwright in game two.

Boston Red Sox – 3
Toronto Blue Jays – 10

  • Jays 1B Rowdy Tellez went 2-for-5 with two homers and five RBI; Tellez has hits in six consecutive games, but he hasn’t homered since May 1 and had only three RBI and two runs scored this month before this game.
  • Boston SP Eduardo Rodriguez had not allowed a homer in his last five starts, a span of 29 2/3 innings, before this game, but the Jays tagged him for three in this loss, with Rodriguez giving up six runs total on six hits and three walks. He’s now 4-3 on the year with a 5.43 ERA and 1.46 WHIP and will get his second start of the week at Houston on Sunday.

Minnesota Twins – 8
Los Angeles Angels – 3

  • Before the game, Angels SS Andrelton Simmons went on the IL with a serious left ankle sprain that could keep him out until past the All-Star Break. 2B/SS Luis Rengifo was called back up to replace him after being with the team briefly earlier this month; while he didn’t show much with the bat in the 34 at-bats he had, he does offer a serious speed source if he can get on base.

Arizona Diamondbacks – 2
San Diego Padres – 3

  • Padres 1B Eric Hosmer homered for the first time since May 8, hitting a two-run shot that turned the Padres 2-1 deficit in to the 3-2 lead that they won with. Hosmer has played 19 games in May and has hits in 16 of them, sporting a .319 batting average and .811 OPS over 77 plate appearances.
  • Arizona OF David Peralta left this game with right shoulder soreness. Considering that he was dealing with a muscle issue on the right side of his back as of a few days ago, you can guess the two injuries are related. He’s unlikely to play today with an afternoon start.

Daily Fantasy Recommendations for Wednesday, May 22 (NOTE: We use DraftKings prices and format, which means two pitchers are required)

Note: This is for the 10-game Featured set, which starts at 7:05 p.m. Eastern.

  • Catcher
    • High-priced option: Robinson Chirinos ($4,400)
    • Low-priced option: Willians Astudillo ($3,600)
  • First Base
    • High-priced option: Mitch Moreland ($4,900)
    • Low-priced option: Justin Smoak ($3,800)
  • Second Base
    • High-priced option: Ryan McMahon ($4,500)
    • Low-priced option: Luis Rengifo ($3,400)
  • Third Base
    • High-priced option: Gio Urshela ($4,300)
    • Low-priced option: David Fletcher ($3,500)
  • Shortstop
    • High-priced option: Jorge Polanco ($4,700)
    • Low-priced option: Scott Kingery ($3,900)
  • Outfielder (three required)
    • High-priced option 1: Josh Reddick ($4,400)
    • High-priced option 2: Brett Gardner ($4,800)
    • High-priced option 3: Andrew Benintendi ($4,400)
    • Low-priced option 1: Nick Castellanos ($4,000)
    • Low-priced option 2: Austin Riley ($4,200)
    • Low-priced option 3: Alex Verdugo ($4,100)
  • Pitcher (two required)
    • High-priced option 1: Rich Hill ($10,200)
    • High-priced option 2: Max Scherzer ($11,100)
    • Low-priced option 1: CC Sabathia ($7,400)
    • Low-priced option 2: Daniel Norris ($6,900)

Today’s Best Bets

  • Our favorite favorite: Atlanta Braves (-150) over SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS
  • Our favorite underdog: TORONTO BLUE JAYS (+140) over Boston Red Sox
  • Our over/under play: Cincinnati Reds/MILWAUKEE BREWERS UNDER 8.5 Runs

Yesterday: 0-2 (STL pick was rained out)
Season: 76-78-1

Note: Best Bets section is for entertainment purposes only.

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