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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Daily Intel – 5/13/2019

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News From Yesterday’s Slate

Milwaukee Brewers – 1
Chicago Cubs – 4

  • Cubs 2B/3B David Bote has started 10 games in May and had a good weekend after a slow start to the month; he went 2-for-4 yesterday and finished the three-game set with the Brewers going 5-for-11 with three walks and a run scored.
  • The Cubs used RP Steve Cishek to close out yesterday’s game, and after blowing a save chance earlier in the week, Cishek converted in a clean ninth for his second save of the season. He is the arm to own in the Cubs bullpen for as long as RPs Pedro Strop and Brandon Morrow are hurt.

Los Angeles Angels – 1
Baltimore Orioles – 5

  • If Angels SP Griffin Canning can’t produce a fantasy-viable outing in a start like this, against a poor Orioles lineup in colder-than-normal conditions, we’re not sure how good he’s going to be this season. Canning was unpredictable for all 4 2/3 innings he pitched, walking four and allowing three homers (plus two singles) to make up four earned runs. He draws the Royals next at home this weekend, and if he can’t get a quality start there, we’d recommend dropping him in all mixed leagues.
  • Orioles OF Dwight Smith Jr. led the way offensively with a two-run homer, a single, and a walk in five plate appearances. Smith has five multi-hit games in his last 10 starts and should be a regular starter in all formats.

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Daily Intel – 5/12/2019

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News From Yesterday’s Slate

Milwaukee Brewers – 1
Chicago Cubs – 2        (15 Innings)

  • It looked for a little bit that 1B Jesus Aguilar was starting to find his 2018 form at the plate for the Brewers, but a 1-for-5 day yesterday with a walk makes it nine games without a homer and just one double in that span since he homered three times in two games early last week.
  • Brewers SP Zach Davies allowed two runs or less for an eight straight start to open his 2019 season, going 6 1/3 innings and allowing six hits, a walk, one earned run, and striking out five. His next two starts will come at home next week against Atlanta followed by another one-start week at home against Cincinnati.

Los Angeles Angels – 7
Baltimore Orioles – 2

  • Angels 1B Albert Pujols hit his eighth and ninth homers of the year here, his second consecutive game with home runs and his third this week. He’s sitting between the 71st and 75th percentiles in expected slugging and hard hit rate, categories he hasn’t ranked that high in relative to the rest of the league in several year, and his 43.4 percent hard hit rate is his personal best since 2016, when he hit 31 homers. Based on his current form, 30 homers does not look out of the question, but it will likely come with a .235-.240 batting average.

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