MLB DFS Playbook: April 2
Justin Mason breaks down the six game slate of today's games with his top plays and stacks for GPP and cash games!!
Opening Day is behind up and now we are in the grind!
Today has a 6-game main slate with no real weather concerns.
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A. DeSclafani - SP
Anthony DeSclafani tossed six scores innings with six hits and one walk allowed with eight strikeouts in a 4-0 win over the Rockies.
DeSclafani was impressive Sunday against the Rockies as he struck out eight batters over his six innings of work. The 30-year-old right hander generated a whopping 16 whiffs -- six on the fastball. DeSclafani threw 64-of-94 pitches for strikes and issued just one free pass. Through two starts, he's allowed just one run over 11 innings with 12 strikeouts. DeSclafani is in line to face the Marlins in Miami next weekend.
Added 7:37 pm (EST)
Trea Turner went 3-for-4 with a stolen base on Sunday against the Dodgers.
Turner was just about the only bright spot in the Nationals lineup on Sunday with three base hits. He moved into scoring position with his first stolen base of the season in the third inning. The 27-year-old star shortstop is 7-for-23 to begin the year with two home runs and the one steal.
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Kenley Jansen struck out two batters in a perfect ninth inning to record his second save on Sunday against the Nationals.
Fantasy managers got a scare on Friday when it Corey Knebel recorded the save for the Dodgers. Manager Dave Roberts was just giving Jansen a day off to manage his workload as the 33-year-old veteran closer looked sharp on Sunday. Jansen was averaging 93.5 MPH on the cutter and topped out at 94.4. He'll be just as effective as long as he maintains that velocity, something his workload management will no doubt play a part of.
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Z. McKinstry - 3B
Zach McKinstry went 2-for-3 with a home run, double, one run scored, and three RBI against the Nationals.
McKinstry would provide all the offense the Dodgers needed on Sunday with a two-run double off of Max Scherzer in the second inning. The 25-year-old would later tack on an insurance run with a solo blast off of Tanner Rainey in the seventh. McKinstry had just one hit over his previous 16 at-bats coming into this one as he's filled in for Mookie Betts (back). He'll likely revert back to a bench role with limited playing time once Betts returns.
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Max Scherzer allowed just one run on three hits and one walk with five strikeouts Sunday in a loss against the Dodgers.
Scherzer did a good job of holding a high-powered Dodger offense in check with just one run allowed on the day. That run came in the second inning on a double by Zach McKinstry that would score Max Muncy from first base. Scherzer averaged just 92.8 MPH on the fastball after averaging 94.4 in his first start. It could be something to monitor going forward. The 36-year-old right-hander is set to face the Diamondbacks in Washington on Friday.
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Clayton Kershaw tossed six scoreless innings with five hits allowed and struck out six batters in a 3-0 win against the Nationals on Sunday.
Kershaw needed only 86 pitches to get through six innings while keeping the Nationals scoreless on the day. The 33-year-old left-hander scattered five hits but did not walk a batter as he threw 54-of-86 pitches for strikes. Kershaw went primarily to his slider and generated eight whiffs on the pitch, ending his day with a 33 percent CSW rate (called strikes plus whiffs). He's set to face the Padres on the road in San Diego his next time out.
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Mark Melancon tossed a perfect ninth inning on Sunday to record his fifth save of the season against the Rangers.
Melancon got Anderson Tejeda to strike out looking for the first out followed by two groundouts to lock down his MLB-leading fifth save of the season. The 36-year-old veteran right-hander is a perfect 5-for-5 on save attempts and has not allowed a run with only one hit and no walks issued so far.
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Manny Machado went 1-for-4 with a solo home run Sunday against the Rangers.
Machado added an insurance run in the ninth inning with a solo blast off of Rangers closer Ian Kennedy for his second round-tripper of the season. The ball came off the 28-year-old's bat at 105 MPH as he pulled it 341 feet to left. Machado has started 9-for-37 in the early going with two home runs and has been caught stealing on his only attempt.
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