Yahoo MLB DFS Heart of the Order: April 24
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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Ryan Mountcastle went 3-for-4 and homered Friday in a losing cause against the Red Sox.
Struggling offensively and miscast as a left fielder, Mountcastle in on the short list for LVPs to date this season. The bat is sure to come around, and maybe it started to tonight. Still, it wouldn't be stunning if the Orioles opted to send him down at some point. After all, such a move might save them money sometime down the line.
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J. Crawford - SS
J.P. Crawford went 3-for-3 and hit his first homer of the year Friday to lead the Mariners to a 5-4 win over the Rangers.
It was also his first three-hit game of the season. Crawford has his OPS up to .679 now, which isn't too bad for a quality defensive shortstop. However, with just one homer and one steal in 116 plate appearances, he doesn't have much of anything to offer fantasy leaguers.
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C. Flexen - SP
Chris Flexen gave up four runs in 6 1/3 innings Friday in a victory over the Rangers.
Flexen surrendered 10 hits, but eight of those were singles, and he was able to survive on a night on which he did not have his best stuff. A pair of pickoffs of Adolis Garcia at first base helped a bunch. Incredibly, Flexen threw 29 cutters tonight without getting either a swing and a miss or a called strike on the pitch. The win moved Flexen to 3-1 with a 3.78 ERA.
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Carlos Rodon fired six scoreless frames in a 3-0 win over the Royals on Friday.
Rodon had the best month of his life in April and he's keeping it going so far in May. In this one, the resurgent southpaw allowed just five hits (all of them singles) while striking out eight and walking none. He induced 14 swinging strikes in his 92 pitches and now holds a 0.58 ERA through five starts. Those who picked him up off waivers in fantasy leagues are riding high. Rodon will square off against the division rival Twins next time out.
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B. Keller - SP
Brad Keller took the loss Friday against the White Sox after allowing three runs over six innings.
Keller has alternated good and bad starts recently. This one falls into the good category, even in a losing effort. Keller held the White Sox scoreless until Zack Collins connected for a solo homer in the fifth. The White Sox tacked on two more runs in his final frame. Keller struck out a season-high six batters and walked one. He still holds an ugly 7.31 ERA overall and isn't an option in mixed fantasy leagues.
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Liam Hendriks sidestepped trouble to toss a scoreless ninth inning against the Royals on Friday for his sixth save of the season.
It wasn't easy. Hendriks allowed a leadoff double to Salvador Perez before Jorge Soler reached on catcher's interference. He struck out Hunter Dozier and Ryan O'Hearn from there, but Michael Taylor reached on an infield single to load the bases. However, Hendriks got Nicky Lopez to fly out to Tim Anderson in shallow center field to escape and lock down the victory. The big free agent addition has been far from untouchable for his new team, but he's posted an impressive 21/1 K/BB ratio in 12 2/3 innings. We'd bank on some easier save chances coming his way soon enough.
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A. Eaton - RF
Adam Eaton went 1-for-4 with an RBI single, a walk, and a run scored Friday against the Royals.
Zack Collins slugged a 430-foot blast to get the White Sox on the board in the fifth, but Eaton plated an insurance run in the sixth before Jose Abreu drove him in with a double. Eaton's double actually snapped an 0-for-20 hitless streak. He's also been dealing with some leg soreness, so this was his first game action since Tuesday. Even with a prominent place in the lineup, he's a fringy option in standard mixed fantasy leagues.
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Kendall Graveman struck out three of four batters in the ninth for his fourth save Friday against the Rangers.
The Mariners seem to be in no hurry to anoint Graveman their closer, but at this point, the team clearly does trust him over Rafael Montero. It's just a matter of whether it makes more sense to use him earlier in a tight situation or save him for the ninth, and right now, the Mariners are playing it by ear.
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