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.

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Daily Intel – 5/19/2019

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News From Yesterday’s Slate

Tampa Bay Rays – 2
New York Yankees – 1       (11 Innings)

  • Yankees SP Masahiro Tanaka dominated the Rays for six innings, allowing only a double and three singles while striking out six, but he left the game after basically making a kick save with his right foot/ankle on a line drive. There was apparently swelling and soreness in the spot after the game, so he’s TBD to make his next start.
  • Rays RP Jose Alvarado bounced back slightly from his blown save on Friday, getting a chance to earn the save in the 11th inning here and converting after allowing a leadoff single, getting OF Aaron Hicks to strikeout and C Gary Sanchez to hit in to a double play.
  • Rays 2B/OF Brandon Lowe and OF Austin Meadows both hit solo shots for their ninth homers of the season. Lowe struck out again in this game, his sixth straight game with a K, a span in which he has 13 strikeouts in 21 at-bats.

Chicago Cubs – 2
Washington Nationals – 5

  • Some signs of life for Nats 2B Brian Dozier, who went 2-for-4 yesterday and 3-for-4 on Friday with a homer, a double, three runs scored, and a walk. He’s hitting .255 with six walks in 61 May plate appearances.
  • Cubs OF Jason Heyward went 0-for-4 and lowered his triple slash to .229/.331/.396, thanks mainly in part to a 1-for-24 stretch over the last week where he has struck out at least once in all seven games he’s started in.

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Daily Intel – 5/18/2019

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News From Yesterday’s Slate

Tampa Bay Rays – 3
New York Yankees – 4

  • Rays RP Jose Alvarado got his first save chance in weeks and blew it, allowing a solo homer to start the ninth inning and then three more hits, a walk, and two runs to turn a 3-1 Tampa Bay lead in to a 4-3 loss that put the Yankees in first place.

Chicago Cubs – 14
Washington Nationals – 6

  • Nationals SS Trea Turner returned from the IL after being out since April 2 with a finger injury. He went 2-for-5 with a stolen base, and he now has five steals on the season in five games.
  • Cubs OF Kyle Schwarber broke out of his mini-slump in a big way, reaching base four times in six plate appearances on a homer and three walks, with three runs scored and two RBI.
  • 3B/OF Kris Bryant went 4-for-6 with three home runs in the last three innings of this game, driving in five. His hot streak, which really started on April 26 with a two-run homer against Arizona, has lifted his season-long triple slash to .277/.405/.581 with 11 homers, 31 RBI, and 36 runs scored.
  • Nationals OF Victor Robles left this game after being hit on the left wrist by a pitch. He is day-to-day.

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Daily Intel – 5/17/2019

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News From Yesterday’s Slate

Oakland A’s – 17
Detroit Tigers – 3

  • A’s 1B Matt Olson hit his third homer in four games yesterday, going 2-for-6 with an additional run scored and a single to go along with his solo bomb.
  • Despite the scary score, Tigers SP Spencer Turnbull was spared a disastrous fantasy start because of shaky Tigers defense, with only one of the six runs he allowed being charged as earned. Still, that prevented Turnbull from getting beyond four innings in which he allowed five hits, two walks, and struck out five. His ERA still looks good at 2.40.

New York Mets – 6
Washington Nationals – 7

  • Mets SP Steven Matz will get the start tomorrow against Miami after missing most of the last two weeks with left forearm discomfort. We’d start him in all formats if we owned him.
  • The Nats put SP Anibal Sanchez on the IL with a left hamstring strain after he left this game early. Sanchez only lasted 1 1/3 innings before being pulled, allowing a single, a walk, and striking out two. RP Erick Fedde took over for Sanchez and worked 2 2/3 ineffective innings, allowing four runs on four hits. He struck out two. Fedde is likely to get the first chance in Sanchez’s rotation spot at the Mets on Tuesday.
  • The Mets lost OF Michael Conforto and 2B Jeff McNeil in this game. Conforto suffered a concussion and won’t play in Miami this weekend; McNeil had abdominal tightness that he attributed to previous hernia surgeries, and he thought he’d be fine at some point this weekend.

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Daily Intel – 5/16/2019

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News From Yesterday’s Slate

Game 1
Baltimore Orioles – 3
New York Yankees – 5

Game 2
Baltimore Orioles – 1
New York Yankees – 3

  • Yankees 3B Miguel Andjuar will have surgery on his labrum tear and will miss the rest of the season.
  • Andujar’s fellow second-year infield mate, 2B/SS Gleyber Torres, had his best game of the season, hitting three solo homers over eight at-bats in the doubleheader.
  • Yankees OF Aaron Hicks made his season debut in game one as a pinch hitter and game two as a starter, going hitless across five at-bats with three strikeouts.

New York Mets – 1
Washington Nationals – 5

  • Nationals OF Victor Robles homered for the second consecutive game, adding a single and two runs scored in four at-bats. Robles has cut down on his strikeout rate this month; after K’ing 34 percent of the time in April, he’s only at 26 percent this month.
  • Mets 2B Robinson Cano went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts, continuing his rough month of May that has seen him go 9-for-47 with one RBI.

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Daily Intel – 5/15/2019

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News From Yesterday’s Slate

Baltimore Orioles
New York Yankees

  • This game was once again postponed due to rain. Today’s doubleheader should go off without issue, with no rain in the forecast.
  • Yankees 3B Miguel Andujar will go back in the IL with a recurrence of his labrum issue. Even if he doesn’t have surgery again, we’d drop him now, because it seems unlikely for him to generate any value this year. With Andujar’s spot in the lineup open, the Yankees added 1B/DH Kendrys Morales from Oakland via trade.

New York Mets – 6
Washington Nationals – 2

  • Mets 2B/3B Jed Lowrie suffered a hamstring strain during rehab from his left knee injury, and is now looking at a late June timeframe for his debut. He can be dropped in all mixed formats.
  • Mets C Wilson Ramos hit a grand slam against his former team, his lone hit in three at-bats, though he did have a walk. Ramos went three weeks to open the season without a homer and last night’s shot was his first in four weeks. He’s struggled to get the ball in the air and making far less solid contact than he did last year with the Rays and Phillies.

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Daily Intel – 5/14/2019

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News From Yesterday’s Slate

Baltimore Orioles
New York Yankees

  • This game was postponed due to rain and will be made up as part of a doubleheader tomorrow, May 15.
  • Yankees SP/RP Jonathan Loaisiga will be out for an extended period with a rotator cuff strain.

Houston Astros – 8
Detroit Tigers – 1

  • For the first time this year, Tigers SP Matt Boyd failed to get to five innings, as the Astros waited him out and forced him to throw 96 pitches over four innings, hitting two homers and posting five hits and three runs overall. Boyd walked two and struck out two; we’d consider this a slight blip in an otherwise sterling record of performance so far this year, so continue to start Boyd without reservation this weekend at home against Oakland.

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