Daily Intel – 4/6/2019

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News From Yesterday’s Slate

Cincinnati Reds – 0
Pittsburgh Pirates – 2

  • 1B/3B Colin Moran got a start in left field for the first time in his career, which adds a sliver of interest to his fantasy value with OF Corey Dickerson out. Moran could be a useful player in mixed leagues with time to play, and with Dickerson out at least a few weeks, Moran should gain OF eligibility soon. He went 0-for-2 in the game before being lifted for pinch hitter OF Pablo Reyes. 
  • Reds OF Jesse Winker hasn’t found his stride at the plate yet, going 0-for-2 yesterday out of the leadoff spot before being lifted for backup catcher Curt Casali as a pinch hitter. Winker is hitting .053 in 19 at-bats with a .195 OPS.

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Daily Intel – 4/5/2019

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News From Yesterday’s Slate

Kansas City Royals – 4
Detroit Tigers – 5

  • If you think we’re going to stop talking about the Royals bullpen anytime soon, think again! Former top 10 pick RP Kyle Zimmer is back after years of injuries and was getting some buzz earlier this week as a potential closer option as the veterans in this bullpen keep faltering. Well, that’s probably going to be tamped down now after yesterday, where Zimmer entered to start the seventh inning and walked all three batters he faced before being pulled.
  • 2B/OF Josh Harrison had his first big day of the season, leading off for Detroit and reaching base three times, stealing two bases, and scoring three runs.
  • Harrison was driven in once by 2B/OF Niko Goodrum, who is off to a red hot start. He hit two doubles yesterday and drove in three, giving him six doubles on the season and a .318/.483/.591 triple slash line.

New York Yankees – 8
Baltimore Orioles – 4

  • 2B/SS Gleyber Torres continues to be the best bat in the Yankees lineup so far this season, going 4-for-4 yesterday with two homers and four RBI. He hit seventh, but it is hard to see how he isn’t bumped up at some point soon.
  • SP Alex Cobb was decent again in his home debut, lasting 5 2/3 innings and allowing two runs on five hits and a walk, striking out five. Both those runs were long solo homers, but at his best with Tampa Bay, Cobb was always crafty enough to limit big-run mistakes and let his damage only cost him a run or two. He should remain on mixed league radars as a matchup play.

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Daily Intel – 4/4/2019

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News From Yesterday’s Slate

Chicago White Sox – 8
Cleveland Indians – 3

  • SP Carlos Rodon racked up 16 swinging strikes and nine strikeouts on his way to a dominant six-inning outing yesterday. He has changed his pitch mix to more prominently feature his slider, basically eliminating his sinker and changeup as secondary offerings supporting his fastball. If he can keep this up, great; it has worked for some guys, most notably SP Patrick Corbin last year in Arizona. Rodon finished yesterday’s win with no earned runs allowed on two hits and one walk.
  • 2B Jason Kipnis will start a rehab assignment at Triple-A on Friday, and should just be a few days away from giving a potential boost to a lineup that has been generally punchless in the first week of the year.

Philadelphia Phillies – 8
Washington Nationals – 9

  • The Philadelphia bullpen is going to need reinforcements at some point unless RP David Robertson gets himself right quickly. He struggled again yesterday, facing four batters and walking three of them and allowing a single to the fourth. The final walk in that frame was the winning run for the Nats. RP Seranthony Dominguez wasn’t much better, allowing two runs (one earned) on two hits with two strikeouts in the eighth inning.
  • SP Aaron Nola’s fastball was back around the 92 mph average after coming in at 95 mph in his debut. The four-seamer didn’t do much for him, with the Nats homering on it twice.

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Daily Intel – 4/3/2019

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News From Yesterday’s Slate

Colorado Rockies – 0
Tampa Bay Rays – 4

  • Any concern about SP Blake Snell after his shaky debut last week can be put aside, as he displayed his Cy Young form last night over seven shutout innings, striking out 13 and allowing only two singles and a walk. Snell, who is one of the worst starters in the league when it comes to first-pitch strike percentage, threw 17 of his 23 first pitches for strikes last night. If he can upgrade there over the long-term, there’s little left for him to do to become the game’s best pitcher.
  • Colorado SS Garrett Hampson hit second last night but still couldn’t find his stride, going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. He’s 1-for-13 with no walks to start the season.
  • 2B/SS/3B Daniel Robertson left yesterday’s game after a single in his first at-bat due to illness, giving way to 2B/OF Brandon Lowe, who is heating up now after a 2-for-3 performance that included a walk. He’s reached base five times in the last two games.

Philadelphia Phillies – 8
Washington Nationals – 2

  • Bigger than the return of OF Bryce Harper to DC was the news that Nationals SS Trea Turner broke his right index finger on a bunt in the first inning. Turner is going to be gone for an extended period; this has been a 3-to-4 month injury for players in the past. If that’s the case, Turner should be dropped in all leagues.
  • Harper was great, though, going 3-for-5 with a home run, double, and three RBI.
  • SP Zach Eflin was the other story for the Phils, shutting out the Nats for five innings in his season debut while striking out nine and allowing only four baserunners. Eflin worked the corner well all night and is making significant strides in his ability to strikeout hitters.

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Daily Intel – 4/2/2019

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News From Yesterday’s Slate

Colorado Rockies – 1
Tampa Bay Rays – 7

  • 2B/3B Joey Wendle was placed on the Injured List yesterday with a hamstring issue, so 2B/SS Daniel Robertson will likely be seeing everyday at-bats for the near future. He hit seventh yesterday and got the start at third base, going 0-for-4 with an RBI. 3B Christian Arroyo was called up to replace Wendle on the 25-man roster.
  • 2B/OF Brandon Lowe had his first productive game of the season for the Rays, going 2-for-4 with a home run, two RBI, and two runs scored. Lowe is locked in to a cleanup or higher spot in the Rays lineup with seemingly everyday regularity.
  • SP/RP Jalen Beeks is a name to watch in the Tampa Bay bullpen. He’s throwing harder and with more confidence, and after yesterday’s outing he has now thrown five innings with no runs and just five baserunners allowed, striking out five.

St. Louis Cardinals – 6
Pittsburgh Pirates – 5    (11 Innings)

  • 3B Colin Moran, seemingly displaced from his starting job by the spring of 3B Jung-Ho Kang, made the most of his first start of the season yesterday, going 2-for-3 with a double, a home run, three RBI, and two walks. Moran has always had talent at the plate and is young enough (26) to harness that in to a productive fantasy season with enough playing time, should Kang slip up or 1B Josh Bell get hurt.
  • Pirates SP Chris Archer brought the dominance level yesterday that defined his “what if?” potential in Tampa Bay, striking out eight in five innings. But those five innings…that’s the same problem that kept him from becoming an ace with the Rays, as Archer needed 99 pitches to get that far despite not allowing a run and only ceding two hits and three walks.

Chicago White Sox – 3
Cleveland Indians – 5

  • Two great starts here gave way to two miserable bullpen performances. SP Mike Clevinger did nothing to disprove those who thought he was primed to take a step forward to SP1 level this season, striking out 12 over seven innings of one-hit, shutout work. He walked three and needed 106 pitches to get through seven, but he posted an absurdly-high 20 swinging strikes thanks to stuff that looks even better than last season.
  • 1B Carlos Santana has been the Tribe’s only decent offensive performance so far, going 1-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI yesterday to lift his current slash line to .462/.533/.538.

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Daily Intel – 4/1/2019

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News From Yesterday’s Slate

Baltimore Orioles – 7
New York Yankees – 5

  • Manager Brandon Hyde surprisingly did not give much rope to SP Dylan Bundy, who only lasted 3 2/3 innings thanks to a pitch count of 93. Bundy exited with the bases loaded, but to that point he hadn’t allowed a run but he had struck out seven. All three of those runners ended up scoring, leaving Bundy with a line of three earned runs on two hits and five walks. Things don’t get easier for him as he draws the Yankees again, this time back at home over the weekend.
  • 1B/3B Renato Nuñez hit a three-run homer in the first inning of Yankees SP J.A. Happ, and he finished the day 2-for-4 with two runs scored, a walk, and three RBI. Nuñez has big power and could be a lefty killer all year, making him a strong DFS play, which we recommended yesterday.

New York Mets – 5
Washington Nationals – 6

  • 3B J.D. Davis not only got a second consecutive start Sunday, but he did so out of the cleanup spot, going 1-for-5 with a double and a run scored. Davis hit well over .300 with 43 home runs in AA and AAA over the last two seasons between stints in the majors with the Astros, so he’s worth tracking in NL-only and deep mixed leagues.
  • SS Trea Turner stole his fourth base of the season and hit his first two homers of the season yesterday, including a walk-off solo shot in the ninth. Of the hitters taken at the top of the draft, Turner had the best first weekend, and is sporting a .385 batting average with a 1.352 OPS after three games.

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Daily Intel – 3/31/2019

 

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News From Yesterday’s Slate

Baltimore Orioles – 5
New York Yankees – 3

  • Not a ton of clarity on the O’s bullpen in what is sure to be a rare win for them this season. RP Mychal Givens, the spring favorite for saves, worked the eighth inning and dominated, striking out three of the four batters he faced in a scoreless frame. With a 5-1 lead entering the ninth, RP Richard Bleier started but quickly turned the game in to a save situation with SS Troy Tulowitzki homering, so RP Mike Wright entered to clean up the mess and earned the save with two high-velocity Ks of OF Giancarlo Stanton and 1B Luke Voit. Wright becomes a must-own option in AL-only leagues and a watch in 15-team leagues.
  • 2B DJ LeMahieu got his first start as a Yankee at a new spot, third base. He hit ninth and went 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI, and a run scored. LeMahieu’s playing time is worth tracking over the next week to see what his viability is as a starter in 12-team mixed weekly leagues.

New York Mets – 11
Washington Nationals – 8

  • If 1B Pete Alonso is still hanging around in your league, he should be your top priority addition in FAAB or in immediate waivers. Alonso is going to strike out a lot but he has shown an advanced ability to hit the ball hard and is going to be a 30-homer threat with even 450 at-bats. He went 3-for-4 yesterday with two doubles, two RBI, a walk, and a run scored.

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