KBO DFS Playbook - July 5
Greg Jewett breaks down the top plays and values for your KBO DFS lineup builds.
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O. Mercado - CF
Oscar Mercado went 1-for-5 and struck out four times in a loss to the Reds on Thursday.
In a game where the Indians were able to put up 13 runs, Mercado was able to add a single, but he continues to have contact issues. After impressing in 2019 as a rookie, the outfielder is hitting just .132, and he has yet to pick up an extra-base hit. It's a small sample size, but so far, Mercado has been one of the bigger disappointments over the first two-plus weeks of the season.
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J. Winker - LF
Jesse Winker was ejected from Thursday's game against the Indians.
Winker was not happy with a called third strike, and he was run from the game after making his feelings known to Jerry Meals. On top of that, Reds manager David Bell was also given the ole heave-ho.
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Khris Davis went 2-for-3 with two RBI to help the A's beat the Rangers 6-4 on Thursday.
Davis has been sitting against righties lately, and even against the lefty today, he was down in the seventh spot in the lineup. He was also removed for a pinch-runner after singling in the seventh, costing him a fourth at-bat in the game. Davis is 5-for-27 with one homer, four RBI and 10 strikeouts in 31 plate appearances.
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A. Tejeda - SS
Anderson Tejeda went 2-for-4 with a homer, three RBI and a steal in his major league debut Thursday against the A's.
The 22-year-old Tejeda had never played a game above high-A ball before taking Mike Fiers deep today. He was supposed to be in Double-A this season after missing much of 2019 and hitting .234/.315/.386 in 43 games for high-A Down East when healthy. He's expected to be a short-term fill in for Rougned Odor, but if he keeps surprising with the bat, he could force the Rangers to play him.
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W. Calhoun - LF
Willie Calhoun went 0-for-5 on Thursday, leaving him 1-for-23 on the season.
Even though Calhoun has struggled, the Rangers have had him batting third in each of his last two starts. He has hit the ball harder than his .043 average suggests, but it's still been a rough go for him since suffering a broken jaw this spring and a hip flexor injury in summer camp.
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C. Hernandez - 2B
Cesar Hernandez went 2-for-4 with three RBI and three runs scores in a rout of the Reds on Thursday.
Hernandez has excelled in the leadoff role with Cleveland to begin this delayed campaign, and the three-reach day -- he also drew a walk -- sees the long-time Philadelphia infielder improve his on-base percentage to .429. He's also hitting .319, and while there hasn't been much power potential, he's off to a very nice start and should score plenty of runs hitting at the top of this lineup.
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Jose Ramirez went 3-for-5 with two homers, a triple, four runs scored and four RBI in a 13-0 trashing of the Reds on Thursday.
Ramirez had a monster game in a contest where the Indians were able to put up two touchdowns with a missed extra point. He opened the scoring with a solo shot off of Luis Castillo in the first, and he punctuated it with a two-run homer off of Cody Reed in the seventh. In between, the switch-hitting star added an RBI triple and a single. Ramirez got off to a terrible start in 2019, but he's looked the part in 2020 with four homers, 11 RBI and a 1.015 OPS in 14 games.
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Carlos Carrasco gave up just one hit in six scoreless innings to help the Indians to a win over the Reds on Thursday.
If there was one flaw, it was that Carrasco walked four, but he also struck out eight. It's been tremendous to see Carrasco pitch so well early in this season, and this strong start sees him lower his ERA to 2.50 on the young year. He's also struck out 23 hitters against six walks, so it isn't good luck. Keep in mind that this was one of the better fantasy starters in baseball before the injuries and illness, and he's pitched like that hurler so far this summer. He'll look to keep this going next week in his start against the Cubs.
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