DFS MLB Heart of the Order - July 7
Jon Impemba brings you his top starting pitcher, three favorite hitters and top stack for today's MLB DFS main slate
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Pete Alonso went 2-for-3 with a homer, three RBI and a walk to lead the Mets to a 5-2 defeat of the Rays on Tuesday.
Alonso came into this one in a 2-for-34 slump. Every time it's looked like he's putting it together this year, things quickly fall apart once again. The Mets will continue to stick with him and hope for the best.
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S. Lugo - SP
Seth Lugo yielded two runs -- one earned -- in 6 1/3 innings Tuesday in a victory over the Rays.
There we go. Lugo struck out seven in earning his second win since joining the rotation late last month. He'll probably pitch again Sunday if the Mets are still in the race. Otherwise, it'd make sense to shut him down on the heels of a positive outing. He'll have a great chance of being successful if he's allowed to remain a starter next year, though the Mets might play it safe anyway and return him to the pen.
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T. Skubal - SP
Tarik Skubal yielded two runs on four hits over 3 2/3 innings on Tuesday in a no-decision against the Twins.
Skubal recorded six strikeouts, and issued a pair of walks, but was also tagged for a pair of solo homers in the abbreviated outing. He coughed up a leadoff homer to Byron Buxton and a solo shot to Mitch Garver in the fourth inning. He was chased from the contest after loading the bases with two outs in that frame. The 23-year-old lefty has flashes of mixed-league potential in his brief major-league debut, but he’s been too inconsistent for fantasy managers to trust every time out. He’s compiled a bloated 6.00 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 31/10 K/BB ratio across 27 innings (seven starts) this season. He’s lined up to take the ball in Detroit’s regular season finale against the Royals in Kansas City on Sunday.
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H. Bailey - SP
Homer Bailey yielded one run on two hits over two innings on Tuesday in a no-decision against the Tigers.
Bailey retired nine straight batters to open the contest -- his first major-league start since July 28 -- before coming unraveled in the fourth inning. He allowed four consecutive Tigers to reach safely, and failed to record an out, before being lifted from the contest. He was only charged with one run, courtesy of an RBI single by Miguel Cabrera, thanks to reliever Cody Stashak, who induced a double-play ball and got a harmless fly out to end the threat without any further damage. He finished with three strikeouts and only walked one batter. The 34-year-old veteran right-hander missed nearly two months due to right biceps tendinitis and finishes the truncated 2020 campaign with a pedestrian 3.38 ERA 1.13 WHIP and 7/3 K/BB ratio across eight innings (two starts).
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M. Garver - C
Mitch Garver slugged his second home run of the season on Tuesday in the Twins’ extra-inning win over the Tigers.
Garver belted a solo shot to left field off Tigers starter Tarik Skubal in the fourth inning. It was his first long ball since August 2. It was his lone hit in five at-bats. The 29-year-old backstop has endured a brutal injury-plagued campaign on the heels of his 31-homer breakout season last year. He missed nearly a month due to an intercostal strain, before finally returning to the Twins’ lineup last week, and owns a calamitous .152/.240/.242 triple-slash line with 33 strikeouts across 75 plate appearances.
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Willi Castro went 2-for-4 with an RBI, a walk, and also scored a run on Tuesday in the Tigers’ extra-inning loss to the Twins.
Castro scalded a base hit to right field, plating Daz Cameron from third base, to put the Tigers ahead in the seventh inning. He also singled in the fourth inning, and walked and scored a run in the sixth inning. The 23-year-old shortstop owns a sublime .336/.374/.531 triple-slash line with 16 runs scored, five home runs and 20 RBI across 124 plate appearances.
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Edwin Diaz threw a scoreless ninth with a three-run lead for a save Tuesday against the Rays.
Diaz has thrown 11 scoreless innings in his last 10 appearances, lowering his season ERA to 1.50. Historians will look back in puzzlement why so much ink was spilled on his "struggles" because he gave up single runs twice early in the season.
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Byron Buxton slugged a leadoff homer on Tuesday in the Twins’ extra-inning win over the Tigers.
Buxton connected on a center-cut changeup from Tigers lefty Tarik Skubal, walloping a leadoff homer -- his 13th round-tripper of the season -- to left field. It was his lone hit in five at-bats. He also struck out twice in this one. He’s been tearing the cover off the ball, going deep eight times in his last 12 games, while also reaching base safely in 13 of 16 games this month. The 26-year-old outfielder owns a bizarre .268/.276/.610 triple-slash line with 19 runs scored, 13 home runs, 26 RBI and one stolen base across 127 plate appearances. He’s among the most polarizing hitters in the entire fantasy landscape, and will be the subject of endless debates within the fantasy community this offseason.
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