MLB DFS Playbook: April 5
Justin Mason breaks down the 7-game main slate for today's games with his top plays and stacks for GPP and cash games!!
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Trevor Story went 2-for-3 with two walks on Sunday against the Giants.
Story was the bright spot on an otherwise quiet day for the Rockies offense as he reached base four times and had the only extra-base hit with a double off of Anthony DeSclafani to lead off the sixth inning. The 28-year-old shortstop is still searching for his first home run, but a 48.5 percent hard-hit rate suggests the power will be coming.
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B. Belt - 1B
Brandon Belt went 1-for-2 with a home run, two runs scored, one RBI, a stolen base, and two walks against the Rockies on Sunday.
Belt had himself a big day with a home run off of German Marquez in the sixth inning. The 32-year-old first baseman stole his first base of the season in first inning and came around to score on a single by Evan Longoria. He'd reach base two more times by way of the walk. Belt was off to a slow start (2-for-18 with seven strikeouts), so a game like today's is just what the veteran needed.
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German Marquez allowed three runs on six hits and three walks with seven strikeouts on Sunday in a loss against the Giants.
Marquez was hurt by the long ball on Sunday in San Francisco as he gave up a home run to Alex Dickerson in the first inning and a solo shot to Brandon Belt in the sixth. The 26-year-old right hander was able to get seven punch-outs on the day by generating six whiffs on ten swings with the curveball. Marquez is in line to face the Mets at home in Colorado his next time out.
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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.
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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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