Daily Intel – 9/24/2018

Today is the final Fantasy Baseball Now newsletter of the 2018 season. We hope you’ve had tremendous success with your team(s) this season, and that this newsletter kept you on top of the latest news and trends you needed to make winning moves.

During the offseason, we’ll likely be publishing 2019 preview content here, starting around Thanksgiving.

While the current plan is to bring the newsletter back next season, it may not be in its current form. We always welcome feedback on that front and look forward to another fruitful baseball season in 2019. Please send any feedback to fantasybbnow@gmail.com.

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Arizona Diamondbacks

  • After three straight starts where he allowed four runs or more, SP Zack Godley had a minor bounce back yesterday with five innings of two-run ball against the Rockies, though he took his fourth straight loss. He allowed six hits and three walks, striking out five.

Atlanta Braves

  • RP Shane Carle earned his first save of the season yesterday despite a shaky ninth inning, allowing two walks and hitting a batter before closing out a 2-1 win.

Baltimore Orioles

  • SP Alex Cobb made an ill-fated attempt to return from his blister issue on Sunday, lasting only four pitches before being removed from the game. He’ll finish his season with a 4.90 ERA, an incredible feat considering it was as high as 7.23 in early June and 6.67 in early July.

Boston Red Sox

  • OF Mookie Betts returned to the lineup yesterday after missing a couple of games with soreness in his side. He picked up where he left off, recording his second consecutive four-hit game; on Thursday against the Yankees he had two doubles and a homer, and he had the same last night, but instead of driving in five and scoring three, he drove in one and scored twice.

Chicago Cubs

  • OF Kyle Schwarber had a solid weekend against the White Sox after missing 11 days, capping it yesterday with a 2-for-2 effort that included two walks, a double, a home run, and two RBI. It was Schwarber’s second straight multi-hit game.

Chicago White Sox

  • SP Carlos Rodon was crushed for nine hits and six earned runs in 2 1/3 innings yesterday, continuing a rough September in which he’s allowed at least four earned runs in four of his five starts. Rodon has seen his ERA rise a full run from 2.61 to 3.61 over his last nine starts.

Cincinnati Reds

  • This year’s fantasy MVP for the Reds, in our mind, was 3B Eugenio Suarez, who came back from an early-season thumb injury way faster than expected and went on to set career highs in homers (32) and RBI (101) yesterday, despite a brutal slump in September that has seen him hit .224 with only three extra-base hits and five RBI in 67 at-bats.

Continue reading “Daily Intel – 9/24/2018”

Daily Intel – 9/23/2018

NOTE: With the season coming to an end next week and relevant fantasy news tapering off, Monday, September 24 will be the final Daily Intel of the 2018 season. We’ll have news next week on the offseason schedule, including when initial 2019 rankings will post, when to expect in-depth individual player breakdowns, and more.

Arizona Diamondbacks

  • SP Pat Corbin allowed four runs on five hits and four walks yesterday in three innings of work. He struck out five in what was, overall, his worst outing since July; luckily, he’ll get a great chance to close his breakout season with a flourish as he draws the Padres in his final start on Friday.

Atlanta Braves

  • RP Arodys Vizcaino closed out yesterday’s NL East-clinching win for the Braves. It was Vizcaino’s first save since June 17 after he missed most of the summer with a shoulder injury.

Baltimore Orioles

  • 24-year-old OF DJ Stewart has made a good impression since being called up on September 12. He’s got hits in four straight games, going 6-for-11 in that span with two homers, four RBI, four runs scored, and a steal. The 2015 first-round pick has a good chance at being a regular starter in a corner outfield spot next season.

Boston Red Sox

  • OF Mookie Betts will probably miss at least another game or two, as the Red Sox status is all clinched up in terms of a division title and home field advantage in the playoffs.

Chicago Cubs

  • 2B/OF Ben Zobrist went 2-for-4 with two RBI, two runs scored, and a walk yesterday. Zobrist’s power has vanished this month, but he’s still managed to stay valuable with 18 hits and a .316 batting average.

Chicago White Sox

  • SS Tim Anderson reached the 20-homer mark for the first time in his career yesterday, also drawing a walk and scoring two runs. Combined with 26 stolen bases, Anderson has posted a top-10 season at a very deep shortstop position despite his atrocious plate discipline and contact skills (.283 on-base percentage).

Continue reading “Daily Intel – 9/23/2018”

Daily Intel – 9/22/2019

NOTE: With the season coming to an end next week and relevant fantasy news tapering off, Monday, September 24 will be the final Daily Intel of the 2018 season. We’ll have news next week on the offseason schedule, including when initial 2019 rankings will post, when to expect in-depth individual player breakdowns, and more.

Arizona Diamondbacks

  • OF David Peralta was the lone Snake to do damage against Rockies SP German Marquez last night, hitting a two-run homer in the first inning and also singling later in the game. Peralta is now hitting .297 with an .875 OPS and 29 homers this year.

Atlanta Braves

  • OF Ender Inciarte was back in the second spot in the order last night, his third straight game there. Previously-regular number two hitter 2B Ozzie Albies was down to the seven hole, where he went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run. Inciarte went 1-for-4 with a double, a run scored, and an RBI.

Baltimore Orioles

  • OF Cedric Mullins remains the most enjoyable thing about this bare-bones roster, as he posted another two-hit night last night with three runs scored ,a walk, and a stolen base.

Boston Red Sox

  • SP Chris Sale worked up to 73 pitches last night, but it only got him through 3 1/3 innings with Cleveland working counts but still striking out seven times against Sale. He allowed two runs on five hits. Sale gets a must-start for his last outing of the season against the Orioles at home next week. He should be able to go at least 90 pitches.

Chicago Cubs

  • 2B Daniel Murphy went 3-for-5 with a leadoff home runs and two runs scored last night. After a shaky start to September, Murphy is now 6-for-12 over the last week with five runs scored.

Chicago White Sox

  • SP Reynaldo Lopez pulled an unexpected gem out of his hat last night against the Cubs, striking out eight over seven innings and allowing only five hits and one run. Lopez is closing strong with 30 strikeouts in 27 innings this month, and he’s now on a six-start stretch where he’s allowed just five earned runs over 39 2/3 innings. He’ll finish with a start Wednesday against Cleveland.

Cincinnati Reds

  • SP Luis Castillo is going to be one of the more interesting draft stocks to watch next spring. He was arguably the hottest stock in drafts coming in to this year, being drafted in the top 100 despite less than 100 career innings in the majors. He’s burned his owners this year, ranking in the 70-90 range among starters for most of the year. But after last night’s outing, probably his best of the year with 8 1/3 innings of shutout work against Miami, he’s now pitched 33 innings in September to a 1.09 ERA and .85 WHIP, striking out 34 and walking eight. It hasn’t been soft competition like Miami, either, as he’s done it at the Cubs and Cardinals and home against the Dodgers.

Cleveland Indians

  • SP Shane Bieber backed up returning-SP Trevor Bauer last night, as Bauer worked 1 1/3 innings before being removed. Bieber was hit hard again, with the Red Sox tagging him for six runs on eight hits and two walks in 4 2/3 innings. He’s now allowed 18 earned runs in five starts and 29 innings this month, good for a 5.59 ERA.

Colorado Rockies 

  • SP German Marquez dominated again last night, striking out 11 Arizona batters over seven innings to win his 13th game of the year. He allowed two runs on six hits and no walks. Marquez will finish his season Wednesday at home against Philly, so he caps his incredible season of road starts with 102 innings, 111 strikeouts, and a 2.91 ERA.

Continue reading “Daily Intel – 9/22/2019”

Daily Intel – 9/21/2018 (The Final 2019 Stock Watch!)

This is the last Friday of the season that we’ll be publishing a newsletter. For the last four weeks, we’ve been using the sparse Thursday game schedules as an opportunity to put the spotlight on some players whose 2019 draft stock was worth examining now. Today, we’ll give you our thoughts and predictions on the following draft items for each team:

  • Highest drafted hitter
  • Highest drafted starting pitcher
  • Highest drafted relief pitcher
  • Sleeper
  • Bust

You can read the first version of Stock Watch here. You can read the second version of Stock Watch here. You can read the third version of Stock Watch here. You can read the fourth version of Stock Watch here.

Arizona Diamondbacks

  • Highest drafted hitter: 1B Paul Goldschmidt 
  • Highest drafted starting pitcher: SP Pat Corbin
  • Highest drafted relief pitcher: RP Yoshi Hirano
  • Sleeper: SP Robbie Ray 
  • Bust: OF David Peralta 

Atlanta Braves

  • Highest drafted hitter: OF Ronald Acuña Jr. 
  • Highest drafted starting pitcher: SP Kevin Gausman
  • Highest drafted relief pitcher: RP A.J. Minter
  • Sleeper: SS/3B Johan Camargo 
  • Bust: OF Nick Markakis 

Baltimore Orioles

  • Highest drafted hitter: 2B Jonathan Villar
  • Highest drafted starting pitcher: SP Dylan Bundy
  • Highest drafted relief pitcher: RP Mychal Givens
  • Sleeper: SP Alex Cobb
  • Bust: SP Dylan Bundy 

Boston Red Sox

  • Highest drafted hitter: OF Mookie Betts
  • Highest drafted starting pitcher: SP Chris Sale
  • Highest drafted relief pitcher: RP Craig Kimbrel
  • Sleeper: SP Eduardo Rodriguez
  • Bust: SP David Price

Chicago Cubs

  • Highest drafted hitter: 2B/SS/3B Javier Baez
  • Highest drafted starting pitcher: SP Kyle Hendricks
  • Highest drafted relief pitcher: RP Pedro Strop
  • Sleeper: OF Jason Heyward
  • Bust: SP Jon Lester

Chicago White Sox

  • Highest drafted hitter: 2B Yoan Moncada
  • Highest drafted starting pitcher: SP Carlos Rodon
  • Highest drafted relief pitcher: RP Jace Fry
  • Sleeper: OF Daniel Palka
  • Bust: 1B Jose Abreu 

Cincinnati Reds

  • Highest drafted hitter: 3B Eugenio Suarez
  • Highest drafted starting pitcher: SP Luis Castillo 
  • Highest drafted relief pitcher: RP Raisel Iglesias
  • Sleeper: 1B Joey Votto
  • Bust: SP Luis Castillo

Cleveland Indians

  • Highest drafted hitter: 2B/3B Jose Ramirez
  • Highest drafted starting pitcher: SP Trevor Bauer
  • Highest drafted relief pitcher: RP Brad Hand
  • Sleeper: 2B Jason Kipnis
  • Bust: SP Shane Bieber

Colorado Rockies 

  • Highest drafted hitter: 3B Nolan Arenado
  • Highest drafted starting pitcher: SP Jon Gray
  • Highest drafted relief pitcher: RP Wade Davis
  • Sleeper: SP German Marquez
  • Bust: OF Charlie Blackmon

Continue reading “Daily Intel – 9/21/2018 (The Final 2019 Stock Watch!)”

Daily Intel – 9/20/2018

NOTE: With the season coming to an end next week and relevant fantasy news tapering off, Monday, September 24 will be the final Daily Intel of the 2018 season. We’ll have news next week on the offseason schedule, including when initial 2019 rankings will post, when to expect in-depth individual player breakdowns, and more.

Arizona Diamondbacks

  • SP Robbie Ray hasn’t been able to go very deep in to games, but he’s found his previously-dominant form again over the last month or so. He one-hit the Cubs over six innings last night, allowing four walks but also striking out eight. In his last six starts he’s only worked 34 innings total, but he’s allowed just six earned runs while striking out 46.

Atlanta Braves

  • C Tyler Flowers has moved in to a more-or-less number one catcher role after splitting time most of the season with C Kurt Suzuki. He’s hit well this month, with hits in seven of his last 10, and he went 2-for-4 yesterday with two runs scored and a home run. He has seven RBI in his last five games, as well.

Baltimore Orioles

  • OF Cedric Mullins has hits in six of his last seven games after going 1-for-4 with an RBI yesterday. Mullins will almost definitely be the opening day center fielder and leadoff hitter next season, as OF Adam Jones will likely move on in free agency.

Boston Red Sox

  • SS/3B/OF Eduardo Nuñez left last night’s game with a recurrence of soreness in his right knee, and he will not play today.

Chicago Cubs

  • C Willson Contreras was hitless in three at-bats yesterday. His rough September continued as he’s now gone 7-for-40 this month with no homers, two runs scored, and six RBI.

Chicago White Sox

  • 1B Jose Abreu was released from the hospital after spending several days there with a right thigh infection, but his return to the lineup this season looks unlikely.

Cincinnati Reds

  • SP Matt Harvey had one of his worst starts of the season yesterday, allowing seven runs on seven hits and two walks over 5 1/3 innings in a loss to the Brewers. For as much positive as there has been in Harvey’s bounceback season, most notably his 150 innings, he’s had a major home run problem, having allowed 26 on the season now. He closes his season with a great streaming opportunity, though, getting the Royals at home on Tuesday.

Cleveland Indians

  • SP Trevor Bauer will return to the rotation tomorrow with a start against Boston. He’s been out since August 11 with a leg fracture. SP Shane Bieber will be the bulk innings guy that night, as Bauer isn’t expected to be in very long.

Colorado Rockies 

  • The Rox offense has fallen apart as their playoff hopes really begin to fade away. At the center of that is 3B Nolan Arenado, who went 1-for-4 with three strikeouts yesterday and is 4-for-25 in the last six games as the Rockies have gone 1-5 over that stretch to fall 2.5 games behind the Dodgers.

Detroit Tigers

  • SP Spencer Turnbull made his first major league start and was hit hard by the Twins, allowing six runs on six hits and a walk over four innings, striking out two. Turnbull’s most impressive minor league trait was suppressing home runs – he allowed four in 119 1/3 innings this year and has allowed only 13 in 423 2/3 career innings in the minors. He was a second round pick in 2014 and should get a fair shot at a rotation spot next season.

Houston Astros

  • SP Dallas Keuchel was hit hard last night for the second time in his last three starts. He lasted only five innings, his shortest outing since July 27, and allowed five runs on six hits and two walks, striking out only three. He’ll get a two-start week to end the season, both on the road against Toronto and Baltimore.

Kansas City Royals

  • SP Heath Fillmyer is a good bet to be in the KC rotation on Opening Day 2019 after another solid outing yesterday. He went seven innings on the road against the Pirates and allowed two runs on eight hits, striking out five with no walks. Fillmyer has gone at least seven innings in three of his last four starts.

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Daily Intel – 9/19/2018

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Arizona Diamondbacks

  • OF Steven Souza Jr. went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts last night. It’s been a lost season for Souza Jr., who has gone 3-for-42 in September with 20 strikeouts and 10 walks.

Atlanta Braves

  • SP Anibal Sanchez made it seven of his last nine starts with three runs allowed or less, but he took a tough-luck loss yesterday to the Cardinals after allowing two runs on four hits and no walks over six innings. He struck out nine; his dominance has ticked up over the last couple of months, as this was his fourth start in his last eight where he’s K’d at least eight batters.

Baltimore Orioles

  • SP Dylan Bundy did not allow a home run last night, that’s the first time that has happened since June 23, a span of 13 starts. He ended up posting his second straight quality start after going six straight starts without doing so, allowing two earned runs on seven hits and a walk over 6 2/3 innings, striking out six. He gets the Yankees on the road on Sunday and finishes at home next Friday against Houston. Do not use him in either of those starts.

Boston Red Sox

  • SP Nate Eovaldi had his best start with the Sox since his brilliant debut and follow-up starts on July 29 and August 4, where he threw 15 shutout innings combined. He limited the Yankees to two hits and two walks last night, shutting them out for six innings and also striking out five.

Chicago Cubs

  • SP Mike Montgomery had his first valuable start in almost two months last night, limiting Arizona to one run on four hits and a walk over six innings. He generated 16 swinging strikes, which helped contribute to a season-high eight strikeouts.

Chicago White Sox

  • OF Daniel Palka homered again last night, his 25th on the season. Half of his 12 hits this month have been home runs.

Cincinnati Reds

  • 1B Joey Votto went 3-for-4 last night, all singles. He’s got hits in nine of his last 10 starts and has posted a .345 batting average this month in 66 plate appearances.

Cleveland Indians

  • RP Andrew Miller worked the ninth inning last night to save his second game of the year, allowing a single and striking out three.

Colorado Rockies 

  • 2B Garrett Hampson got the start at shortstop last night with SS Trevor Story dealing with elbow inflammation. There’s no structural damage for Story, but it is still unclear if he’ll be back this season. Hampson went 1-for-2 with a stolen base, a walk, and a run scored.

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Daily Intel – 9/18/2018

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Arizona Diamondbacks

  • SP Pat Corbin took the loss yesterday despite hurling a quality start against the Cubs, striking out seven in six innings of work. Corbin was undone in his final inning by a two-run homer, but otherwise he allowed just a double, three singles, and a walk.

Atlanta Braves

  • RP Arodys Vizcaino was hit hard in his second appearance since coming off the disabled list over the weekend, allowing two runs on three hits in an inning of work. He did strikeout three, though.

Baltimore Orioles

  • 2B Jonathan Villar only reached base once yesterday on a single in four at-bats, but he did steal two bases when he reached. He has 14 steals in 42 games with Baltimore and 28 in total on the season (he also stole 14 with Milwaukee in 87 games).

Boston Red Sox

  • OF Mookie Betts was fine yesterday after leaving Sunday’s game with soreness in his side. He should be ready to play in today’s game against the Yankees.

Chicago Cubs

  • 3B/OF Kris Bryant homered yesterday for the first time since late July. He also added a walk and a single, driving in two runs, and he’s now got three multi-hit games in his last six starts.

Chicago White Sox

  • OF Avisail Garcia is considered day-to-day with recurring knee issues, and uncertain to play in the White Sox series that starts today against Cleveland.

Cincinnati Reds

  • A rough September continued for SP Anthony DeSclafani last night, as he allowed four runs on seven hits and two walks in five innings to take his second straight loss. DeSclafani has allowed 15 earned runs in 17 1/3 innings this month, with 25 hits and seven walks being the drivers behind his problems.

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