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News From Yesterday’s Slate
Tampa Bay Rays – 1
Cleveland Indians – 3
- Rays OF Avisail Garcia went 1-for-3 with an RBI and a walk, adding his fourth stolen base of the season. Garcia has hits in seven of his last nine games, including four homers and eight RBI.
Cincinnati Reds – 6
Chicago Cubs – 5
- Cubs RP Steve Cishek was given the save chance here with a 5-4 lead in the ninth, and he faced three batters – walking 1B Joey Votto, allowing a two-run homer to 3B Eugenio Suarez, and hitting OF Jesse Winker with a pitch. With RP Pedro Strop moving along in his rehab, he should be added in all leagues with the expectation that he’ll be closing as soon as he’s back on the roster.
Miami Marlins – 10
Washington Nationals – 12
- Marlins SP Pablo Lopez was hit hard yesterday, failing to follow-up his seven-inning, one-hit game last weekend against the Mets. Lopez lasted only 3 2/3 innings, allowing four runs on seven hits and a walk, giving up two homers. In his 10 starts this year, Lopez has only allowed homers in three of them, but those three games saw him give up two homers twice and three homers the other team; that susceptibility to blowups combined with his inability to go deep in to games regularly makes him tough to roster in mixed leagues.
Los Angeles Dodgers – 10
Pittsburgh Pirates – 2
- Dodgers C Austin Barnes went 2-for-5 with two doubles and two RBI. Barnes has not found consistent playing time yet, with just five starts in the last 12 days, but he is hitting the ball well and could be in for more regular action as the Dodgers progress with the season.
San Diego Padres – 6
Toronto Blue Jays – 3
- We mentioned yesterday the return of 2B/SS Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and the initial call-up of 2B Cavan Biggio, and both guys started this game with Gurriel in left field and Biggio at second, with 2B Eric Sogard not starting. Gurriel went 1-for-3 with a solo homer, and Biggio went hitless in three at-bats.
Detroit Tigers – 9
New York Mets – 8
- The Tigers were very all or nothing against Mets SP Noah Syndergaard, who threw 104 pitches to get through 5 1/3 innings, but allowed six runs on 10 hits and a walk despite striking out nine.
Boston Red Sox – 2
Houston Astros – 4
- Three Boston errors hurt SP Chris Sale’s cause in this one, as he allowed only three hits and two walks, but four runs total, with just two earned. He struck out five.
- SS Xander Bogaerts made two of those errors that damaged Sale, but he did make up for it with a 1-for-3 day that included a solo homer and a walk.
Philadelphia Phillies – 6
Milwaukee Brewers – 4
- Brewers SP Jimmy Nelson was activated from the IL but was sent to Triple-A to continue working toward a return to the majors. If you’re holding on to Nelson in a deep mixed league, you’re going to have to plan for a mid-June call-up for Nelson, at best. If that’s a problem, start looking for someone to take his roster spot. He has thrown 19 innings so far this year in his rehab assignment, striking out 22 and walking nine with a 4.74 ERA.
Chicago White Sox – 4
Minnesota Twins – 11
- The homer barrage continued in this game for the Twins, with OF Max Kepler and Eddie Rosario, and 3B Miguel Sano going deep for the 11th, 15th, and 5th time this year, respectively. Sano also added two walks and scored three runs.
Atlanta Braves – 5
St. Louis Cardinals – 2
- Cardinals SP Michael Wacha has been moved out of the rotation to the bullpen, an unsurprising move considering his 5.59 ERA this year.
- More good signs from Braves SP Mike Foltynewicz, who has now put together two consecutive good starts after his first starts resulted in 19 earned runs allowed in 20 1/3 innings. Folty went six strong innings in this game, allowing only an unearned run on five hits while striking out seven.
New York Yankees
Kansas City Royals
- This game was postponed due to rain and will be made up as part of a doubleheader today.
- Yankees SP James Paxton suffered a setback in his recovery from a left knee injury during a rehab game yesterday. His timetable to return should be more clear this weekend.
Baltimore Orioles – 6
Colorado Rockies – 8
- Newest Oriole OF Keon Broxton got the start in center field yesterday, batting sixth, and went 2-for-4 with a massive 474-foot home run, his first of the year. Broxton has a ton of power and should still be able to run despite being older than the 2016/2017 seasons where he stole 23 and 21 bases, respectively. If you are looking for a lottery ticket in a deep league, Broxton is a great option.
Seattle Mariners – 2
Oakland A’s – 6
- A’s DH Khris Davis was finally placed on the IL yesterday with the left hip problem that has been nagging him for several weeks.
Texas Rangers – 4
Los Angeles Angels – 3
- Angels C Jonathan Lucroy went 2-for-4 with a solo homer, his seventh of the season. Lucory’s seven homers are his most in a season since 2016, and he’s showing the baseline skills that make us think he’s set to finish the season as a potential top-five catcher.
Arizona Diamondbacks – 18
San Francisco Giants – 2
- Arizona OF David Peralta was placed on the IL before this game due to inflammation in his right shoulder. With 1B Kevin Cron called up on Friday, as well, and 1B/OF Christian Walker scuffling, it’ll be interesting to see how Arizona mixes and matches. Last night, OF Tim Locastro got the start in left field.
Daily Fantasy Recommendations for Saturday, May 25 (NOTE: We use DraftKings prices and format, which means two pitchers are required)
Note: This is for the 2:10 p.m. Featured slate, which has 10 games.
- High-priced option: Willson Contreras ($5,000)
- Low-priced option: Willians Astudillo ($3,900)
- First Base
- High-priced option: C.J. Cron ($5,000)
- Low-priced option: Jesus Aguilar ($3,500)
- Second Base
- High-priced option: Derek Dietrich ($4,500)
- Low-priced option: Chad Pinder ($3,800)
- Third Base
- High-priced option: J.D. Davis ($4,300)
- Low-priced option: Jose Ramirez ($3,700)
- High-priced option: Scott Kingery ($4,400)
- Low-priced option: Marcus Semien ($4,000)
- Outfielder (three required)
- High-priced option 1: Kris Bryant ($5,300)
- High-priced option 2: Max Kepler ($5,000)
- High-priced option 3: Bryce Harper ($4,900)
- Low-priced option 1: Jay Bruce ($3,800)
- Low-priced option 2: Jesse Winker ($3,600)
- Low-priced option 3: Wil Myers ($3,800)
- Pitcher (two required)
- High-priced option 1: Patrick Corbin ($11,500)
- High-priced option 2: Carlos Carrasco ($10,400)
- Low-priced option 1: J.A. Happ ($7,800)
- Low-priced option 2: Taylor Clarke ($7,700)
Today’s Best Bets
- Our favorite favorite: COLORADO ROCKIES (-190) over Baltimore Orioles
- Our favorite underdog: KANSAS CITY ROYALS (+120) over New York Yankees (this is for game 1 – Jake Junis vs Chad Green)
- Our over/under play: San Diego Padres/TORONTO BLUE JAYS OVER 9.5 Runs
Yesterday: 2-1 (hit on favorite and underdog)