MLB DFS Heart Of The Order - April 25 (Video)
James Grande gives you his core plays across hitters and pitchers along with who he's stacking for today's main slate.
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Max Fried was victorious in his return from the injured list on Friday, allowing just one run over five innings against the Mets.
The Braves gave him all sorts of help with the bat, so Fried was able to cruise for the most part. He held the Mets to three hits and a pair of walks, with the only run scoring on an RBI double from Jeff McNeil in the fifth. Fried fanned three batters while throwing 57 out of his 80 pitches for strikes. It was an encouraging showing after Fried went down with a back spasm earlier this month. He’s now sporting a 1.96 ERA on the year. That might not be enough to win the NL Cy Young Award this season, but there’s no doubt that he’s arrived as a legitimate ace.
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S. Matz - RP
Making his return from the injured list, Steven Matz was rocked for six runs over 2 2/3 innings in a loss to the Braves on Friday.
Making his first start since August 15, Matz surrendered eight hits (including two home runs) and three walks before being pulled. Things could have been worse, but he was able to work out of a tough jam in the first inning. The southpaw now holds a brutal 9.79 ERA through 26 1/3 innings this season.
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Marcell Ozuna went 2-for-4 with a home run, a walk, three RBI, and two runs scored in Friday’s 15-2 blowout victory over the Mets.
Ozuna knocked in the first run of the game when he singled off Steven Matz in the first inning and he extended that early lead with a long two-run homer in the second inning. The 30-year-old has been scorching hot over the past month, hitting .364 with 11 home runs and 36 RBI over his last 30 games. After settling for a one-year deal with the Braves last offseason, he should do quite well for himself this winter.
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Ozzie Albies went 2-for-5 with a pair of homers and three RBI in a blowout win over the Mets on Friday.
Albies took Franklyn Kilome deep for a two-run shot in the fourth inning before launching a solo homer in the sixth. The 23-year-old is hitting .378 (14-for-37) four home runs, eight RBI, three steals, and 10 runs scored over nine games since returning from a wrist injury. That’s more like it.
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Travis d’Arnaud reached base five times Friday against the Mets, including a two-run homer.
The former Mets catcher went 3-for-4 on the night while drawing a pair of walks. D’Arnaud is enjoying a career year in his first season with the Braves, with a .336/.397/.550 batting line to go along with eight home runs and 30 RBI over 37 games. This would be a 30-homer, 100-RBI pace over a normal 162-game season.
Added 11:25 pm (EST)
Ronald Acuna Jr. went 2-for-4 with a solo homer, a walk, and three runs scored as part of a lopsided win over the Mets on Friday.
Ozzie Albies and Acuna went back-to-back against Jared Hughes in the sixth inning. Acuna had just one hit in 21 at-bats over his previous six games, so this was nice to see. He’s obviously capable of elite production as the regular season comes to a close.
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J. Kipnis - 2B
Jason Kipnis went 0-for-3 on Friday and is hitting .206 with one homer in his last 25 games.
Kipnis was a nice surprise for the Cubs at the beginning of the year, but the early production didn't last for long. He's still playing against most right-handers anyway, largely because Nico Hoerner has struggled to get anything going offensively. We're not so sure David Bote wouldn't be the Cubs' best option at second base right now.
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Jorge Polanco went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts as the Twins' No. 8 hitter on Friday.
It took nearly two months of very modest production, but the Twins finally dropped Polanco in the lineup tonight. The shortstop opened up as the team's No. 3 hitter, spent most of August in the two hole and had never hit lower than fourth before batting eighth tonight. It's an overdue move. While he's mostly maintained a solid average throughout, he has just 10 extra-base hits and 13 walks in 202 plate appearances. His OPS sits at .667.
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