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News From Yesterday’s Slate
Oakland A’s – 8
Baltimore Orioles – 5
- C Josh Phegley started again in this one, his fourth start in five games, going 1-for-2 with a two-run homer. He’s hitting .313 with a .989 OPS.
- DH Khris Davis hit two homers for the second straight game, driving in three and taking the majors lead in homers with nine.
- SP Aaron Brooks was our cheap DFS pick on the mound yesterday and he delivered the low-cost inning/win combo we hoped he would, providing the bare-minimum quality start of six innings and three earned runs on three hits and three walks. He also struck out, you guessed it, three.
Miami Marlins – 0
Cincinnati Reds – 5
- Marlins 3B/OF Brian Anderson sat on Tuesday to clear his head after a short slump, and he re-entered the lineup Thursday hitting second and producing the only decent day in the Miami lineup, reaching base three times in four plate appearances.
- SP Sonny Gray was rolling in this one for Cincy before he had to leave the game after four innings due to a left calf bruise. The injury actually happened in the second inning but Gray pushed through it, allowing only two singles in four innings, striking out six.
- OF Jesse Winker is waking up, reaching base three times in four plate appearances yesterday with two walks, a single, two runs scored, and a caught stealing.
Cleveland Indians – 4
Detroit Tigers – 0
- Tigers 3B/OF Nick Castellanos missed this one unexpectedly due to a sprained right big toe.
- We’re not sure it would’ve mattered much to have Castellanos, though, as the non-2B/OF Niko Goodrum portion of the lineup has been awful and that did not change yesterday. Goodrum was one of only three Tigers to record a hit, with 2B Josh Harrison and 3B Jeimer Candelario, the top two hitters in the order, both hitting under .180 on the season with slugging percentages under .250.
- We loved OF Leonys Martin in DFS for this game and he came through with a 3-for-4 day that included a solo homer, a double, a single, a walk, a stolen base, two RBI, and two runs scored.
Pittsburgh Pirates – 0
Chicago Cubs – 2
- Cubs SP Jose Quintana had his best start in ages to win this one. He only struck out more than seven batters in one outing last year over 32 starts, and in this one he punched out 11 over seven innings, allowing no runs on four singles and a walk. The difference in this one was an improved curveball, with Quintana generating 11 swinging strikes on 22 offerings.
- Pirates SP Joe Musgrove continues to work through velocity that is down from last year, averaging 91.3 mph on his four-seam fastball after being at 93.5 mph last season over his 19 starts. Still, his ERA sits at 0.00 after this game where he pitched 6 1/3 shutout innings and struck out six. In 15 1/3 innings this year’s he’s struck out 13 and allowed only seven hits and three walks.
Toronto Blue Jays – 6
Boston Red Sox – 7
- Boston has decided to give SP Chris Sale an extra day of rest next week, which means his two-start week becomes a one-start week. He’ll face the Yankees in New York on Tuesday and skip the chance to get Baltimore at home on Monday and the Rays in St. Petersburg on the following Sunday. His two start week will now come the week of April 22 with home starts against Detroit and the Rays.
- SP Nate Eovaldi can probably use an extra day of rest at this point, too. He walked four batters in consecutive starts for the first time in his career, allowed six hits, five runs, and two homers over five innings to take a no decision. Eovaldi’s stuff looks fine in terms of velocity, but his off-speed stuff, particularly his slider, hasn’t been there yet.
- 1B Rowdy Tellez hit one of those homers, going 2-for-4 with that two-run shot and a single. All three of his extra-base hits have been homers.
- Tellez’s first-base counterpart for Boston, 1B Mitch Moreland, also continued his power surge, hitting a solo shot and adding a double with two RBI. He’s hit five homers and is slugging .750 over his first 40 at-bats.
Los Angeles Dodgers – 7
St. Louis Cardinals – 11
- Dodgers SP Clayton Kershaw will make his season debut with a two-start week beginning Monday against the Reds at home, followed by a road start over the weekend at Milwaukee. If you drafted him, you’re using him here.
- C Matt Wieters made his first start of the year for the Cardinals, going 1-for-3 with an RBI sac fly and a two-run single as well as a stolen base.
- The starters were both crushed in this one, with Dodgers SP Walker Buehler only making it four innings and allowing five runs on five hits and two walks, striking out five. He did, however, hit a home run of his own off Cards SP Michael Wacha, who made it one out less than Buehler and allowed eight hits, a walk, and seven earned runs, including three homers. Buehler’s problem right now is efficiency, as he can’t get through most innings in less than 17 or 18 pitches. Wacha, on the other hand, is down in velocity on his fastball, and his changeup is only three or four tics separated from that, making him easier to hit.
Seattle Mariners – 7
Kansas City Royals – 6
- Would you believe it if I told you that the Royals. Bullpen. Blew. It. Again? They did. RPs Wily Peralta and Brad Boxberger worked the eighth and ninth inning and combined to blow a three-run lead, with Peralta allowing a run on three hits and Boxberger blowing the save with two runs allowed on three hits. RP Richard Lovelady is starting to look like a real closing option on this team, but with two wins in 12 games it may be a squad that offers no more than 20 saves opportunities for the balance of the year.
- OF Billy Hamilton was carted off the field here after colliding with the outfield wall. He was diagnosed with an MCL sprain in his left knee and is currently day-to-day, but that type of injury will certainly sap his speed in the short term.
- Mariners 2B/OF Dee Gordon is just killing the ball out of the nine spot in the order. He went 3-for-4 yesterday with his first triple and first homer of the year, driving in two and scoring twice. He’s hitting .365 with a .481 slugging percentage.
New York Mets – 6
Atlanta Braves – 3
- SS Amed Rosario hit his first homer of the year in the win, going 2-for-4 with four RBI and a run scored. Rosario is striking out far too much at 32.6 percent compared to his 21 percent range from last year, and he’s also only attempted two stolen bases so far, so it’d be good to see him add a little more power to his game to balance his current fantasy contributions. 51.9 percent of the balls he has put in play have been at 95 mph or better, which puts him in the top 15 percent amongst regular starters so far this year.
San Diego Padres– 7
Arizona Diamondbacks – 6
- Padres OF Franmil Reyes homered for the second time this week despite having just eight at-bats so far in the four games the Padres have played. Reyes is hitting the ball hard and has only struck out in six of his 35 plate appearances, so keep him on your radar if an owner gets impatient and wants to cut or trade him.
- Arizona OF Jarrod Dyson led off again, his third time atop the order in the team’s last four games, going 1-for-5 with his second stolen base on the season and two runs scored.
Colorado Rockies – 0
San Francisco Giants – 1
- 3B Nolan Arenado went 0-for-3 with a walk and remains without a home run in 54 plate appearances this year.
- Rockies SS Garrett Hampson got his four straight start, going 2-for-3. He still has not even attempted a stolen base after swiping 36, 51, and 36 over his first three minor league seasons between 2016-2018.
Daily Fantasy Recommendations for Friday, April 12 (NOTE: We use DraftKings prices and format, which means two pitchers are required)
Note: This is for the Featured 12-game slate, which starts at 7:05 pm Eastern.
- High-priced option: Josh Phegley ($3,900)
- Low-priced option: Francisco Cervelli ($3,400)
- First Base
- High-priced option: Luke Voit ($4,600)
- Low-priced option: Mark Reynolds ($7,200)
- Second Base
- High-priced option: Chad Pinder ($4,400)
- Low-priced option: Daniel Robertson ($3,300)
- Third Base
- High-priced option: Asdrubal Cabrera ($4,200)
- Low-priced option: Jung-Ho Kang ($3,300)
- High-priced option: Trevor Story ($4,400)
- Low-priced option: Willy Adames ($3,300)
- Outfielder (three required)
- High-priced option 1: Aaron Judge ($5,100)
- High-priced option 2: Mookie Betts ($5,400)
- High-priced option 3: Mitch Haniger ($4,500)
- Low-priced option 1: A.J. Pollock ($3,900)
- Low-priced option 2: Joey Rickard ($3,400)
- Low-priced option 3: Josh Reddick ($3,400)
- Pitcher (two required)
- High-priced option 1: J.A. Happ ($9,200)
- High-priced option 2: Zack Wheeler ($8,400)
- Low-priced option 1: Luke Weaver ($7,400)
- Low-priced option 2: Yonny Chirinos ($7,800)
- Won’t be listed as a probable starter by the DK system. Just search his name. He’s likely to be the follower of Rays opener RP Ryne Stanek.
Today’s Best Bets
- Our favorite favorite: Tampa Bay Rays (-130) over TORONTO BLUE JAYS
- Our favorite underdog: New York Mets (+105) over ATLANTA BRAVES
- Our over/under play: Cleveland Indians/KANSAS CITY ROYALS UNDER 7.5 Runs
Note: Best Bets section is for entertainment purposes only.