MLB DFS Example Lineups: August 13
Justin Vreeland pores over all of the statistics, splits, and matchups to uncover the very best DFS MLB players for today's example lineups.
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*These are example lineups, they are not meant to be plugged in and played as is
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H. Kendrick - 2B
Howie Kendrick is considering whether to retire after the 2020 season.
“‘Man, do you want to go out like this? Do you want 2020 to be any worse?’” he told reporters Friday during a Zoom call in which he revealed that he had previously intended for 2020 to be his last season. “2020 has been strange, due to COVID and all the other climate going around the country. It is a strange year. And to think you would end on a year like this ... it is a tough one.” Between the abbreviated season and a hamstring injury that cost the 37-year-old a month of the already-shortened year, it's surely not how Kendrick envisioned his final go-round after being a postseason hero en route to a World Series title in 2019. “I want to get healthy first, and talk with my family and then decide,” he said. “Because right now, being hurt, I wasn’t too happy about finishing this way. We’ll see what happens. I don’t want to say yes, and I don’t want to say no. Because right now, I really don’t have an answer.”
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Wil Myers was removed from Friday's game against the Giants due to quadriceps tightness.
Padres manager Jayce Tingler said afterwards that Myers had a tight quad coming into the game and it got worse as the game went on, so he was lifted for precautionary reasons. Myers tried to lobby to stay in the game, but to no avail. As of now, it doesn't sound like the injury is serious and Myers should be considered day-to-day.
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T. Locastro - LF
Tim Locastro went 3-for-3 with two RBI, a walk and a HBP Friday as the Diamondbacks topped the Rockies 11-5 in the second game of a doubleheader.
The HBP was actually just the fourth for Locastro in 77 plate appearances this year. Last year, he had 22 in 250 plate appearances. Locastro has been a surprisingly productive hitter this year, coming in at .281/.395/.453. There's little chance that he would have maintained that line in an expanded role, but the Diamondbacks still almost surely would have been better off giving him more playing time early in the season; he had just 29 plate appearances through the end of August.
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T. Clarke - SP
Taylor Clarke surrendered four runs in five innings Friday, but he still earned a win over the Rockies in the second game of a doubleheader.
The win moved Clarke to 3-0 with a 4.36 ERA in five starts and seven relief appearances. Arizona's preference will likely to bring in one starter this winter, which would allow Clarke and Alex Young to battle for the fifth spot, perhaps with some competition from prospect Corbin Martin. Clarke would probably have the initial edge in that battle.
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Antonio Santos got just two outs and gave up six runs Friday in his start against the Diamondbacks.
Santos, who was supposed to spend most of this season in Double-A, was making his third major league appearance after pitching in relief twice previously. He's given up 11 runs and 14 hits in six innings between the three outings.
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Pavin Smith hit his first major league homer Friday off the Rockies' A.J. Ramos.
Smith is hitting .294 in 34 at-bats since being called up for the first time in Sept. 10. He lacks the power one wants to see from a first baseman, but he'll probably get somewhat better there and plate discipline is a strength. He'll have a much better chance of fitting into Arizona's plans for next year if the DH sticks around; Christian Walker probably isn't going anywhere, but the Diamondbacks do seem to like him better as a DH than as a first baseman.
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Kevin Pillar went 3-for-4 with two doubles and three RBI in the second game of Friday's doubleheader in Arizona.
Pillar is batting .322/.359/.471 in 23 games since joining the Rockies, so it's pretty much a given that the team will overpay to keep him as a free agent this winter. It's not the worst possible idea, given the team's struggles to keep two decent outfielders on the field alongside Charlie Blackmon. Pillar has lost a step in center and has big-time OBP issues, but he is competent.
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Ryan McMahon went 2-for-3 with a homer in the second game of Friday's doubleheader against the Diamondbacks.
McMahon has gotten all of the playing time he could have hoped for this year, but he's batting just .202/.303/.414 with 63 strikeouts in 185 plate appearances. He shouldn't be handed a starting job again next year, though with first base and second base still open and maybe even third base becoming a question mark should Nolan Arenado want out, it seems likely that he will be.
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