MLB DFS Playbook: August 4
Justin Vreeland breaks down today's MLB DFS main slate with his top plays.
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|Colorado Rockies||C. Owings (R)||D. Dahl (L)||S. Hilliard (L)|
|San Francisco Giants||A. Dickerson (L)||B. Belt (L)||M. Yastrzemski (L)|
|Houston Astros||M. Maldonado (R)||J. Altuve (R)||A. Bregman (R)|
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A. Hicks - CF
Aaron Hicks is leading the American League with a 20.1 percent walk rate this season.
Hicks is one of only three qualifiers with a walk rate exceeding 20 percent (Juan Soto and Bryce Harper are the others), and he's drawn 20 walks while striking out only 15 times this month. It's been a relatively disappointing season for Hicks from a power perspective, as he's slugging just .399 and has hit only five home runs. However, he's still been productive on the whole with a .382 on-base percentage that's top-20 in baseball.
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Nick Madrigal has gone 10-for-25 (.400) over his current seven-game hitting streak.
The streak has lifted Madrigal's average from .324 to .344. Unfortunately, only three of Madrigal's 32 hits this season have gone for extra bases (they've all been doubles), and he's managed just one stolen base in 26 contests. It's been about as low-impact as a high average can get.
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Daniel Murphy has started just one of the last 15 games for the Rockies.
The veteran infielder has just one single in 21 at-bats this month. Murphy is in the last year of his contract and is batting just .235/.276/.336 this season, so it's no surprise that the Rockies want to get a look at Josh Fuentes at first base. While it seemed at the time of the signing that Murphy landing in Colorado would bear plenty of fantasy fruit, it hasn't happened.
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Corey Seager went 1-for-3 with a home run and two RBI to lead the Dodgers to a 5-1 win over the Athletics on Thursday.
Seager showed off his impressive bat speed and sneaky power when he hung back on a Mike Fiers looping curveball and drove it to left-center for a solo shot in the third inning. Later, he added a sacrifice fly RBI to push the Dodgers' lead to 5-0 in the sixth inning. The home run was Seager's 15th in 49 games this year and gives him 41 RBI and 37 runs scored to go with his .325/.374/.620 line. He's the most dangerous hitter in a Dodgers lineup chock full of dangerous hitters.
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Sean Murphy hit his seventh home run of the season in Thursday's loss to the Dodgers.
The A's were in danger of getting shut out before Murphy launched a Jake McGee offering over the boards in center field in the eighth inning. The homer, a solo shot, was his only hit of the game, and his seventh homer of the year. He showed good pop in a 20-game sample at the end of last season as well and could eclipse the 20-homer plateau if he ever gets a full season's worth of at-bats. Hopefully that comes in 2021, God willing and the creek don't rise.
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Will Smith went 2-for-4 with an RBI single and a run scored in Thursday's win over the A's.
Smith's RBI single in the first inning got the Dodgers on the board, and in the sixth he led off the inning with a double off tough lefty Jesus Luzardo before coming around to score on an Enrique Hernandez single. The 25-year-old was red-hot two weeks ago but has cooled off considerably of late, hitting just .222/.276/.333 in his last seven games to drop his overall line to a still-respectable .282/.395/.544 in 34 games. Perhaps Thursday's two-hit night will bring to bear a few more good performances over the season's final handful of games.
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Mike Fiers held the Dodgers to two runs over five innings but took the loss Thursday.
Fiers gave up five hits and a walk over his five innings but got no help from his offense, which managed a run on three total hits against Walker Buehler and company. Despite the result, it was another good showing from the 35-year-old, who's now allowed three runs or fewer in six of his last seven starts dating back to mid-August. In 11 starts overall this season, Fiers finishes with a 4.58 ERA and 1.37 WHIP. He'll be a free agent this winter.
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Pablo Lopez shut out the Braves for five innings and struck out six in the Marlins' 4-2 victory Thursday.
Back-to-back bad outings early this month have taken a toll on Lopez's numbers, but he still finishes the regular season 6-4 with a 3.61 ERA. He still hasn't peaked yet, either. Not only did his strikeout rate take a nice jump this year (59 K in 56 1/3 IP), but with his groundball rate improving, he allowed just four homers.
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