MLB DFS Playbook: April 6
James Grande breaks down the eight-game main slate for today's games with his top plays and stacks for GPP and cash games!!
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Giants manager Gabe Kapler confirmed Sunday that Austin Slater had been unavailable the past few games after fouling a ball off of his foot.
Slater missed each of the past two games -- and it was noticeable that he wasn't used as a pinch-hitter against a left-handed reliever during Saturday's game. The issue doesn't appear to be serious though and it's likely that he'll return to the Giants lineup early in the week.
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Eduardo Escobar went 2-for-5 with a home run, double, two runs scored, and two RBI against the Reds on Sunday.
Escobar had himself a big series against the Reds as he homered for the fourth consecutive game, a two-run blast in the fifth inning to put the Diamondbacks up 6-0. The 32-year-old veteran is red hot as he had two hits in each of the three games against Cincinnati.
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D. Peralta - LF
David Peralta went 2-for-4 with a home run, two runs scored, three RBI, and a walk Sunday against the Reds.
Peralta broke the game open against Jose De Leon and the Reds with a three-run shot that traveled 414 feet to right-center in the third inning to put the Diamondbacks up 4-0. The 33-year-old veteran had his second extra-base hit of the day in the fifth inning with a double off of De Leon and later drew a walk. A day like this could be what Peralta needed to get going after a slow start going 5-for-35 entering play Sunday.
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L. Weaver - SP
Luke Weaver struck out eighth batters over seven scoreless innings with just one walk and one hit allowed in a 7-0 win over the Diamondbacks on Sunday.
Weaver was excellent on Sunday, shutting down the Reds offense by generating 17 whiffs on 52 swings and throwing 63-of-94 pitches for strikes. Nine of those whiffs came on the changeup that he paired well with the fastball. The 27-year-old right-hander went exclusively to the fastball-changeup combo as he's seemed to get away from the cutter and curveball so far this season. Weaver is in line to face the Nationals on the road in Washington next weekend.
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J. Alfaro - C
Marlins manager Don Mattingly indicated Sunday that a trip to the injured list is possible for Jorge Alfaro (hamstring).
Alfaro missed his fourth consecutive game on Sunday due to lingering tightness in his left hamstring. It sounds like if he's unable to return on Monday, that the team will send him to the IL (on a backdated stint) and call up additional catching depth. Fantasy managers relying on Alfaro for next week should be sure to have a contingency option in place.
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J. De León - SP
Jose De Leon gave up six runs on eight hits and three walks with nine strikeouts Sunday in a loss to the Diamondbacks.
De Leon just couldn't keep the Diamondbacks offense in check despite generating 18 whiffs and striking out nine on the day. The 28-year-old right-hander was tagged with a three-run shot by David Peralta in the third inning to put the Diamondbacks up by four. Eduardo Escobar would later get him with a two-run blast to right field in the sixth. The strikeouts have been there for De Leon, but too much hard contact has hurt him in the early going. De Leon will look to get better results next time out when Cleveland visits the Reds in Cincinnati next weekend.
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Trevor Story went 2-for-3 with two walks on Sunday against the Giants.
Story was the bright spot on an otherwise quiet day for the Rockies offense as he reached base four times and had the only extra-base hit with a double off of Anthony DeSclafani to lead off the sixth inning. The 28-year-old shortstop is still searching for his first home run, but a 48.5 percent hard-hit rate suggests the power will be coming.
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B. Belt - 1B
Brandon Belt went 1-for-2 with a home run, two runs scored, one RBI, a stolen base, and two walks against the Rockies on Sunday.
Belt had himself a big day with a home run off of German Marquez in the sixth inning. The 32-year-old first baseman stole his first base of the season in first inning and came around to score on a single by Evan Longoria. He'd reach base two more times by way of the walk. Belt was off to a slow start (2-for-18 with seven strikeouts), so a game like today's is just what the veteran needed.
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