Yahoo MLB DFS Heart of the Order: April 22
Jon Impemba pores over the data and analysis to bring you his top plays to build your lineups around for tonight's Yahoo MLB DFS main slate.
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Jared Walsh went 1-for-3 with an RBI walk against the Rays on Wednesday.
Walsh drove in the only run of the day for the Angels on an RBI walk in the third inning after Ryan Yarbrough intentionally walked Mike Trout to load the bases. The 27-year-old later added a base hit to bring his batting average to .333 with six home runs and 22 RBI through 114 plate appearances. While he's unlikely to hit for such a high average on the year, a 21.9 percent strikeout rate suggests a lot of what he's doing early on is legit.
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Brandon Lowe went 1-for-4 with a home run, three RBI, and a walk against the Angels on Wednesday.
The Rays were held scoreless through six innings until a walk and a base hit put two runners on for Brandon Lowe before he slugged a three-run shot off of Junior Guerra. It would turn out to be the only runs the Rays would score in the 3-1 victory. The 26-year-old second baseman is off to a slow start hitting just .193 with five home runs through 125 plate appearances.
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J. Springs - RP
Jeffrey Springs allowed no walks or hits and struck out one batter to record a four-out save against the Angels on Wednesday.
Springs came in with a runner on third and two outs in the eighth inning to finish the game and record his second save of the season. The 28-year-old southpaw did not allow a base-runner and struck out one batter. Springs likely got the opportunity due to the team placing Diego Castillo on the injured list with groin tightness. The Rays are likely to use multiple relievers to cover the ninth inning until Castillo returns.
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A. Kittredge - RP
Andrew Kittredge struck out one batter with one hit and one walk allowed over two innings against the Angels on Wednesday.
Kittredge started the game as the opener for the Rays on Wednesday and held the Angels scoreless over two innings. It was the second time this season the 31-year-old right-hander has been used as an opener. He's been an effective, versatile arm for the Rays and holds a 1.32 ERA over 13 2/3 innings.
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Shohei Ohtani allowed just one hit and walked six batters over five scoreless innings with seven strikeouts in a no-decision against the Rays on Wednesday.
Ohtani was effectively wild in his first start since April 26. The 26-year-old right-hander walked six batters and tossed just 47-of-84 pitches for strikes but generated 15 whiffs to strike out seven and keep the Rays off the board. Ohtani was averaging 96 miles per hour on the fastball and touched 99.8. He carries a 2.41 ERA and 1.39 WHIP due to a high walk rate, but has struck out 30 batters over 18 2/3 innings on the year. Ohtani is currently projected to make his next start on Tuesday against the Astros in Houston.
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Ramon Laureano went 3-for-5 with a home run, double, two runs scored, and one RBI against the Blue Jays on Wednesday.
Laureano took Robbie Ray deep in the first inning for his seventh home run of the season and his fourth in five games. The 26-year-old outfielder added a base hit in the third and a double in the sixth. The recent hot stretch brings his batting average to .254, but has helped fantasy managers tremendously with seven homers and eight steals over 125 plate appearances.
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Randal Grichuk went 3-for-5 with a run scored and two RBI against the A's on Wednesday.
Grichuk made it 2-0 in the first inning with a single off of Chris Bassitt to drive in Vladimir Guerrero Jr. He later scored Guerrero Jr. again on a base hit in the eighth inning. The 29-year-old outfielder is hitting .302 following the the three-hit day and has a strikeout rate under 20 percent. Grichuk made an effort to make more contact last season and has picked up where he left off. He's been hitting in the middle of the Toronto lineup and should be rostered in all formats.
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Matt Duffy went 3-for-4 with a game-tying single in the 11th and a stolen base Wednesday as the Cubs edged the Dodgers 6-5.
After Duffy tied the game in the 11th, Anthony Rizzo won it with a single to left. Duffy's steal was his third of the year, which is quite a surprise. He was sneaky fast in his younger days, stealing 12 bases for the Giants in 2015 and again for the Rays in 2018, but at age 30, after going without a steal in 2019 and not playing in the majors last year, he certainly seemed an unlikely candidate to contribute in that category this year.
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