Daily Intel – 5/23/2019

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News From Yesterday’s Slate

Los Angeles Dodgers – 1
Tampa Bay Rays – 8

  • Rays 2B Brandon Lowe got a rare start against a lefty pitcher, Dodgers SP Rich Hill, and he had a good day with two hits, an RBI, and a run scored. Lowe started May slowly but now has seven hits in his last six games, with two homers and six RBI.

Oakland A’s – 7
Cleveland Indians – 2

  • A’s SP Frankie Montas struck out nine over six shutout innings, allowing only five hits and two walks. Montas struck out 10 in his last start and has 31 Ks over 26 2/3 innings this month.
  • A’s DH Khris Davis may actually not need an IL stint for his hip injury; an MRI will take place today and a decision will be made before tomorrow’s series opener against the Mariners.

Washington Nationals – 1
New York Mets – 6

  • The bullpen let down Washington SP Max Scherzer in this game; it wasn’t the most efficient outing for Scherzer, who needed 109 pitches to get through six innings, but he shutout the Mets on four hits and two walks while striking out nine.
  • Nats RP Sean Doolittle allowed most of the damage, getting hit hard for the second time in the his three outings. He allowed four runs on two hits and a walk, leaving the game without recording an out. In his last three outings his ERA has jumped from 0.95 to 3.43.

Atlanta Braves – 9
San Francisco Giants – 2

  • Another homer for Braves 3B/OF Austin Riley in this game, giving him four in his first eight major league starts. The three-run shot gave Riley nine RBI and seven runs scored so far this year. He did strikeout twice last night, though, and has 10 Ks in 31 plate appearances. Still, with two homers in three games at a park as cavernous as the Giants’, you know this kid’s power is legit, and regular playing time moving forward would likely mean a run at 25 homers.

Philadelphia Phillies – 4
Chicago Cubs – 8

  • Cubs OF Albert Almora Jr. hit a grand slam here, his lone hit in four at-bats, but he’s thrived with regular playing time over the last week-plus. With 25 at-bats in seven starts over the last week, Almora has 11 hits, including three homers, with seven runs scored and eight RBI.
  • Phillies OF Andrew McCutchen went 3-for-5 with a homer, a double, and two runs scored, and is starting to heat back up at the plate after a rough patch. He’s got hits in eight of his last 10 games, with four extra-base hits, five runs scored, and eight RBI in that span.

Colorado Rockies – 9
Pittsburgh Pirates – 3

  • Rockies closer RP Wade Davis went on the 10-day IL with a left oblique strain. He’ll miss a couple of weeks at a minimum, and RP Scott Oberg will get the save chances for Colorado in the interim. Oberg has had a good season from a surface stats perspective, with a 1.77 ERA in 20 1/3 innings, but he has a dangerously tight 13/11 K/BB ratio.

New York Yankees – 7
Baltimore Orioles – 5

  • Yankees 2B Gleyber Torres went 2-for-5 with two runs scored and his 12th homer of the season, a two-run shot that gave him 10 homers on the season against Baltimore. In 82 career at-bats against the O’s, Torres has 13 homers.
  • Yankees OF Brett Gardner had three doubles, a walk, and a run scored in four at-bats. He’s got hits in four straight games and has raised his batting average from .193 to .226.

Miami Marlins – 6
Detroit Tigers – 3

  • Marlins 3B/OF Brian Anderson hit a two-run homer and now has bombs in consecutive games. Anderson had a real slow open to the season, but he has hits in six of his last nine games, including five extra-base hits and seven RBI.

Cincinnati Reds – 9
Milwaukee Brewers – 11

  • After going six innings or more in seven of his first eight starts, Reds SP Luis Castillo has now gone less than six innings in back-to-back outings, including a rough 2 2/3 innings stint yesterday where he allowed four runs on five hits and three walks. He struck out just two.
  • Brewers 2B/3B Mike Moustakas went 3-for-5 with a solo homer, two singles, and three runs scored.

Seattle Mariners – 1
Texas Rangers – 2

  • Rangers SS Elvis Andrus will be activated off the IL on Saturday. The team will have a difficult playing time crunch for fantasy owners to monitor with 1B/2B/3B Logan Forsythe, SS/3B Asdrubal Cabrera, SS/OF Danny Santana, OF Hunter Pence, and 2B Rougned Odor.
  • Pence homered again in this game, his 10th on the year, and also singled and scored two runs. He’s got four homers in the last nine games and is hitting .321 with 18 RBI in 53 at-bats this month.
  • Rangers DH/OF Willie Calhoun went on the IL with a left quad strain, and OF Delino DeShields was called up to replace him on the roster.

Chicago White Sox – 9
Houston Astros – 4

  • White Sox OF Eloy Jimenez was hitless in his first seven at-bats off the IL on Monday and Tuesday, but he busted out yesterday with two solo homers in four at-bats.

Game 1
Kansas City Royals – 8
St. Louis Mariners – 2

Game 2
Kansas City Royals – 3
St. Louis Mariners – 10

  • Cardinals OF Marcell Ozuna went 3-for-8 with five RBI and two runs scored in the doubleheader, including two doubles and a three-run homer. Ozuna has six extra-base hits in his last eight games, with 11 RBI and six runs scored in that span.

Boston Red Sox – 6
Toronto Blue Jays – 5      (13 Innings)

  • The Red Sox gave RP Marcus Walden a chance to close this out after RP Matt Barnes worked the eighth inning with a two-run lead and allowed a solo homer. Walden allowed a double and a two-out single that tied the game, then stayed in for the tenth and allowed another single and a double, but this time he was able to prevent the run from scoring. Walden struck out three in his two innings of work.

Minnesota Twins
Los Angeles Angels

  • This game was postponed due to poor field conditions and will be made up today.
  • Angels DH Shohei Ohtani will likely sit out the game again today with a finger injury suffered on a hit by pitch on Tuesday.

Arizona Diamondbacks – 2
San Diego Padres – 5

  • Arizona 1B/2B Wilmer Flores is likely to miss several weeks, if not more, with a fracture in his right foot. The severity of the fracture will be known in the next few days.
  • Padres SP Eric Lauer had his best start of the season, throwing seven innings of one-run ball and allowing only four hits with seven strikeouts and no walks. Other than an eight-run outing at Colorado on May 10, Lauer has allowed two runs or less in his last six starts.

Daily Fantasy Recommendations for Friday, March 29 (NOTE: We use DraftKings prices and format, which means two pitchers are required)

Note: This is for the six-game Featured slate, starting at 12:10 p.m.

  • Catcher
    • High-priced option: Christian Vazquez ($4,400)
    • Low-priced option: Tony Wolters ($3,400)
  • First Base
    • High-priced option: Luke Voit ($5,100)
    • Low-priced option: Rowdy Tellez ($4,000)
  • Second Base
    • High-priced option: Michael Chavis ($5,400)
    • Low-priced option: Thairo Estrada ($3,800)
  • Third Base
    • High-priced option: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. ($4,400)
    • Low-priced option: Brian Anderson ($3,200)
  • Shortstop
    • High-priced option: Gleyber Torres ($5,400)
    • Low-priced option: Brendan Rodgers ($4,000)
  • Outfielder (three required)
    • High-priced option 1: Aaron Hicks ($4,500)
    • High-priced option 2: Charlie Blackmon ($5,500)
    • High-priced option 3: Mookie Betts ($5,100)
    • Low-priced option 1: David Dahl ($3,900)
    • Low-priced option 2: Jason Heyward ($3,800)
    • Low-priced option 3: Billy McKinney ($3,600)
  • Pitcher (two required)
    • High-priced option 1: Matt Boyd ($10,300)
    • High-priced option 2: Masahiro Tanaka ($9,300)
    • Low-priced option 1: Trevor Richards ($7,500)
    • Low-priced option 2: Steven Matz ($7,300)

Today’s Best Bets

  • Our favorite favorite: New York Yankees (-200) over BALTIMORE ORIOLES
  • Our favorite underdog: Miami Marlins (+150) over DETROIT TIGERS
  • Our over/under play: Miami Marlins/DETROIT TIGERS UNDER 8.5 Runs

Yesterday: 1-2 (hit on favorite)
Season: 77-80-1

Note: Best Bets section is for entertainment purposes only.

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