Yahoo MLB DFS Heart of the Order: May 1
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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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.
Added 12:33 am (EST)
M. Foltynewicz - SP
Mike Foltyniewicz surrendered four runs in 6 2/3 innings Friday in a no-decision against the Mariners.
Folty actually had a slightly better outing than Chris Flexen, who allowed four runs in 6 1/3 innings, but Flexen wound up with a win anyway after the Mariners scored their fifth run following Folty's departure in the top of the seventh. Foltyniewicz is just 1-3 in his seven starts, but the Rangers are surely content with his 4.50 ERA.
Added 12:29 am (EST)
Dylan Moore hit his third homer and walked Friday against the Rangers.
It looked like Moore might be coming out of his slump when he went 4-for-11 with a homer and five RBI in the series against the Angels last weekend, but he followed that up by going 0-for-9 with four strikeouts versus the Orioles. Because of his speed and power, it's worth sticking with him in mixed leagues for as long as the Mariners choose to. He needs to get it going, though.
Added 12:27 am (EST)
Nate Lowe hit his seventh homer Friday in the loss to the Mariners.
That the Rangers have faced a whole lot of left-handed pitching has brought Lowe's numbers down, but he's lit up righties since day one this year, batting .313 with six homers and 11 walks in 67 at-bats. Unfortunately, the one time he faced a lefty tonight, he hit into a big double play with the Rangers down one in the eighth.
Added 12:23 am (EST)
O. Herrera - CF
Odubel Herrera went 2-for-4 and delivered a three-run blast for his first homer of the year Friday as the Phillies crushed the Braves 12-2.
Herrera didn't have any extra-base hits or RBI in 31 plate appearances coming into this one. Even after tonight, he's still batting just .176/.222/.265, and he hasn't looked very good in center field. The Phillies might not have any better options at the moment, but they need to look into getting one.
Added 12:21 am (EST)
Zach Eflin pitched 6 2/3 innings of two-run ball and struck out eight Friday in a win over the Braves.
Eflin cruised tonight after getting six runs of support in the bottom of the first. He matched his season high with eight strikeouts, though he did give up his first homer in four starts and his first walk in five starts. He's currently 2-1 with a 3.38 ERA, and he probably should be a little better than that, given that he seems to have been unlucky in the hit department (he's allowed 48 in 45 1/3 innings).
Added 12:18 am (EST)
S. Brown - 1B
Seth Brown went 2-for-2 with a home run and two RBI against the Rays on Friday.
With the left-handed Rich Hill out of the game -- replaced by right-handed Andrew Kittredge -- Seth Brown pinch-hit for Stephen Piscotty with a runner on second and knocked a base hit to put the A's up 1-0. The 28-year-old came up to bat a second time with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning and launched a walk-off home run off of Jeffrey Springs. Brown is hitting .255 with four home runs over 55 plate appearances as the strong-side part of an outfield platoon with Piscotty.
Added 12:15 am (EST)
Charlie Morton gave up six runs -- all of them unearned -- and recorded just two outs Friday in his start against the Phillies.
It's pretty ridiculous that one can pitch as badly as Morton did tonight and not give up any earned runs, but that's what happened, as a passed ball from William Contreras allowed Rhys Hoskins to reach on a strikeout, opening the floodgates for arguably a career-worst outing for Morton. He was finally pulled after walking opposing start Zach Eflin, bringing the leadoff man up for the second time in the first. In spite of the disaster, Morton's ERA dropped from 5.08 to 4.98. Still, as ugly as this was, we wouldn't give up on him in mixed leagues right now.
Added 12:14 am (EST)