MLB DFS Heart Of The Order - April 17 (Video)
Howard Bender gives you his core plays across hitters and pitchers along with who he's stacking for today's main slate.
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Brandon Bielak yielded two runs over five innings on Tuesday in a no-decision against the Giants.
Bielak surrendered six hits, but a solo homer by Wilmer Flores in the second inning accounted for all of the damage against him in this one. He struck out four batters and only handed out one free pass. The 24-year-old rookie right-hander has allowed four runs -- three earned -- with a 11:7 K:BB ratio over 15 1/3 innings across four appearances (two starts) this season. Bielak doesn’t offer huge strikeout upside, but he represents an intriguing streaming option against the Rockies at home in his next start on Monday.
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T. Anderson - SP
Tyler Anderson surrendered four runs over five innings on Tuesday in a no-decision against the Astros.
Anderson gave up five hits, including a solo homer to Alex Bregman in the third inning. He walked three batters and only recorded two strikeouts. The 30-year-old lefty has given up seven runs on 15 hits with an underwhelming 9:11 K:BB ratio across five appearances (three starts) this season. It hasn’t been confirmed yet, but the journeyman southpaw appears to be lined up to start the opener of a four-game series against the Angels on Monday. Regardless of his immediate role, Anderson doesn’t offer enough fantasy upside to warrant consideration outside of NL-only formats.
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T. Rogers - RP
Tyler Rogers recorded a pair of strikeouts in a scoreless 10th inning against the Astros on Tuesday to record his first major-league save.
Rogers was tasked with protecting a one-run lead, with the potential tying run on second base to start the frame, in extra innings and managed to keep the Astros off the scoreboard. He got Yuli Gurriel to ground out before whiffing Carlos Correa and Kyle Tucker to preserve the victory. The 29-year-old righty owns a 10.61 ERA with an 8:2 K:BB ratio across 9 1/3 innings this season.
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H. Pence - RF
Hunter Pence crushed a pinch-hit, three-run homer on Tuesday to propel the Giants to a 7-6 extra-inning victory over the Astros.
Pence ignited the Giants’ late-inning four-run rally by crushing a pinch-hit, three-run homer -- his first round-tripper of the season -- to right field off Astros lefty reliever Blake Taylor in the seventh inning. He also singled in the ninth off closer Ryan Pressly. The 37-year-old outfielder has been a complete non-factor offensively in limited playing time for the Giants, but he certainly came through in the clutch in this one.
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Garrett Richards allowed one run over six innings on Tuesday in a win over the Dodgers.
Richards recorded only three strikeouts, but managed to limit a struggling Dodgers’ lineup to just six hits and a pair of walks in this one. The 32-year-old righty has allowed 10 runs on 20 hits with a 19:7 K:BB ratio over 21 2/3 innings across four starts this season. He’s worthy of a roster spot in standard mixed leagues and is a solid fantasy option when he takes on the Diamondbacks in his next start on Sunday.
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Fernando Tatis Jr. went 2-for-5 with a stolen base and a run scored on Tuesday in the Padres’ win over the Dodgers.
Tatis Jr. collected a pair of singles to extend his hitting streak to nine games and also record his seventh multi-hit performance of the shortened season. The 21-year-old fantasy superstar has exploded in his second season at the major-league level, hitting .333/.407/.750 with 16 runs scored, eight home runs, 18 RBI and five stolen bases across 81 plate appearances. There’s nothing left to say at this point. He’s an absolute fantasy monster.
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Nick Anderson finished off the Red Sox by striking out three of the four batters he faced in the ninth inning of an 8-2 game on Tuesday.
It wasn't a save situation, obviously, but the way the Rays had set things up tonight suggested that Anderson still probably would have gotten the ball in the ninth had the offense not exploded for six runs to blow the game open in the seventh. Anderson, who earned saves in two of his previous three appearances, still hasn't allowed a run in 5 1/3 innings this year.
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M. Chavis - 2B
Making his first start at second base this year, Michael Chavis went 2-for-4 with a triple and an RBI on Tuesday, but also had a miscue that helped lead to a six-run inning for the Rays.
Chavis hadn't played anywhere other than first base in a few weeks, so it's not surprising that he had some rust at second. It's still good to see him there, and the Red Sox should strongly consider playing him at second regularly, probably even if they trade Mitch Moreland. There is a chance Chavis will hit enough to be a useful first baseman in the majors, but he's quite a bit more likely to be an asset if he can play an adequate second base
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