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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Daily Intel – 5/11/2019

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News From Yesterday’s Slate

Milwaukee Brewers – 7
Chicago Cubs – 0

  • Brewers OF/1B Ryan Braun went 1-for-4 with a solo homer, a walk, and two runs scored. Braun is having a tremendous start to May, going 13-for-29 with five extra-base hits, five runs scored, and seven RBI.
  • SP Gio Gonzalez was able to once again limit runs in an otherwise pedestrian outing, earning his first win of the season. He shutout the Cubs for 5 2/3 innings, allowing two hits, three walks, and striking out three. Gonzalez has gone between 79 and 87 pitches in his three starts and has picked up between 5 and 5 2/3 innings in those outings, so his range is pretty established.

Los Angeles Angels – 8
Baltimore Orioles – 3

  • Angels SS Andrelton Simmons went 4-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored; he’s got six multi-hit games in his last ten games and is 17-for-45 in that span, but only two of those hits are for extra bases. Still, though, he also hasn’t struck out in that 10-game run, and we think his current .308 batting average is somewhat sustainable. When packed with what will likely be 75-80 runs scored and a similar number of RBI, he should be started in all formats.

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Daily Intel – 5/10/2019

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News From Yesterday’s Slate

Cincinnati Reds – 3
Oakland A’s – 0

  • Reds 3B Eugenio Suarez went 3-for-4 with a solo homer and two doubles. His 11th homer of the year was his lone RBI on the day, and he also scored twice. Suarez has four homers in his last six starts and five homers in his last ten starts, and while those five homers constitute all but three of his hits over that ten day span, it is encouraging to Suarez find some fantasy value in his power despite league average hard hit and exit velocity rates.
  • SP Chris Bassitt was very good again for the A’s, going 7 2/3 innings on just 93 pitches, striking out nine and allowing three runs on seven hits and a walk. Bassitt is showing a good four-pitch mix with his sinker as a feature offering backed by a four-seamer, cutter, and curveball; he’s got a 23-25 mph difference between his sinker/four-seamer and his curve, so we could see him having some staying power as a mixed league asset this year even as opponents start to get a better book on him.
  • DH Khris Davis sat again with a hip issue stemming from a wall collision last weekend, but he should be in the lineup tonight against Cleveland.

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Daily Intel – 5/9/2019

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News From Yesterday’s Slate

Minnesota Twins – 9
Toronto Blue Jays – 1

  • Toronto 3B Vladimir Guerrero Jr. sat out this game, with 2B/3B Brandon Drury getting the start at third. There’s nothing wrong here, yet, but he is clearly frustrated at the plate and his strikeout rate hovering around 30 percent is proof of that.
  • SS Jorge Polanco’s career season continued in this one with a 5-for-5 day that included three singles, a double, and a two-run homer. Polanco is 9-for-12 in his last three games with two walks, two doubles, two homers, three RBI, and four runs scored. He leads the AL in batting average at .344 and his 1.061 OPS is good for third in the AL.

Cincinnati Reds – 4
Oakland A’s – 5     (13 Innings)

  • A’s 1B/2B/3B Jurickson Profar is starting to find his game offensively, going 1-for-6 last night with a homer, two RBI, and two runs scored. He’s got hits in six straight games, boosting his batting average from .162 to .192 in that span. He’s also scored six runs and driven in seven over those six games.
  • Reds 1B Joey Votto went 0-for-5 with a walk, lowering his triple slash to .210/.324/.339 this season in 143 plate appearances. In his last 16 games since getting back-to-back days off on April 20/21, Votto has two extra-base hits ad three RBI.

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Daily Intel – 5/8/2019

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News From Yesterday’s Slate

Miami Marlins – 2
Chicago Cubs – 5

  • Marlins SP Caleb Smith struck out 11 over 6 2/3 innings in this no decision, allowing two runs on five hits and three walks. Smith went 112 pitches, a new career-high, and has struck out at least a batter per inning in all seven of his starts this season. He’s got a 56/12 K/BB ratio on the season.
  • Mentioned yesterday that 3B/OF Kris Bryant was finding his top form and he hit a three-run homer yesterday to walk it off for Chicago. He also added a triple and a second run scored in five at-bats.

Seattle Mariners – 4
New York Yankees – 5

  • This is about as hard a two-start week as a pitcher could have, but Seattle SP Marco Gonzales got off to a good start with six innings of one-run work yesterday, limiting the Yankees to a double, two singles, and a walk. He only struck out three, giving him six of nine starts where he’s struck out four or less, but his ability to limit walks and homers has kept him viable. He still needs to be monitored closely in matchups, and his second tough battle this week comes Sunday at Boston.
  • Mariners RP Anthony Swarzak blew the save here, allowing a game-tying two-run homer to Yankees 3B Gio Urshela and a single to OF Cameron Maybin before being pulled for RP Roenis Elias, who let Maybin get to second on a steal and a single to DJ LeMahieu to win it after a reviewed tag play at home.

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Daily Intel – 5/7/2019

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News From Yesterday’s Slate

Miami Marlins – 6
Chicago Cubs – 5

  • This wasn’t a pretty outing for RP Sergio Romo’s sixth save of the year, but he did strikeout three batters around allowing a single and a solo homer, which cut his two-run lead to one before he ended it. Romo has six saves in the Marlins’ 10 wins, and has proven himself roster worthy in all formats; he’s almost definitely going to be out the door in July for the trade deadline, so it would be smart to keep him in your lineup for the next 10 or so weeks, as his current pace makes him likely to give you 8-12 saves in that span.
  • Cubs 3B/OF Kris Bryant homered again yesterday, his second in two days and fourth in nine games. Bryant has hits in eight of those games and has also walked eight times in that span while driving in 12.

Seattle Mariners – 3
New York Yankees – 7

  • Mariners 2B/OF Dee Gordon went 3-for-4 with a solo homer and two singles. Gordon is triple slashing .297/.321/.406, numbers that would compare well with his career season in 2015 and his last good season in 2017.
  • Yankees OF Clint Frazier returned to the lineup and went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.

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