Moment of Zen: Enlightened DFS Picks for April 10

Week 3 of play at FantasyDraft   gets going with some strong pitching and hitting opportunities on a day where, at least for now, the weather will take a back seat to first pitch around the Majors. The snow that postponed the Cubs home opener on Monday has lifted, although at game time Wrigley reads to be overcast with temperatures in the low 40’s, the game should go on.

There are a number of great match-ups on the slate including a Chris Sale/Luis Severino that promises pitching points. At the dish, the Phils monster prospect, Rhys Hoskins, batting .429-2-9 with an outrageous 1.374 OPS,and his mates host the Brewers at Citizens Bank Park.

Of course there are a lot of other possibilities for our roster configuration, so let’s do a little digging and see if we can find those point generators on the diamond.

Pitchers

Aaron Nola ($16,300): 

Cincinnati is an offense trying to get on-track, and with their outfielders Adam Duvall, Scott Schebler, and Billy Hamilton all scuffling for time on the bases, a visit to Philadelphia does not seem like much of a tonic. The team is hitting .233-2-12 on the road, and a not much more convincing .236-3-16 facing right-handers. Nola, who has faced the Redlegs three times, holds a 1-1 mark against them with a 3.15 ERA over 20 innings, with 22 whiffs and an 0.90 WHIP, seemingly giving the Phils pitcher the advantage.

Sean Manaea ($15,100)

Without the bat of right-handed hitter Justin Turner, the Bums offense has had a tough time, especially versus Southpaws. Batting precisely .188-1-11 over 135 team at-bats with 34 strikeouts, both runs and hits are scant. On the other side of the dish, though Manaea’s 2018 mark this year is 1-1, his 1.15 ERA over 15.6 frames, with 15 strikeouts and a minuscule 0.511 WHIP. Thus far lefties are hitting just .182 off Manaea, with right-handed hitters suffering even more, to the tune of .115, and though Los Angeles’ batting woes might dissipate with the return of their third baseman, that will be then, and this is now.

Hitters

David Peralta  ($8,100):

The Diamondbacks outfielder, full tilt healthy it seems, is apparently seeing the ball well, as witnessed by his .324-2-6 line with a steal, and his 11 hits put the Snake charmer among the league leaders. While Johnny Cueto has pitched very well thus far (1-0, 0.69) over 13 innings, the Giants hurler has only struck out five suggesting his control is good, but not his dominance, and though Cueto is 8-1 lifetime at Chase Field, it was the Cueto who whiffed 60 over 62 innings that managed that, and that seems to be a different Johnny Cueto than the hurler taking the ball tonight.

Jose Martinez ($6700):

St. Louis new first sacker is building upon his fine rookie season (.309-14-46) with even more aplomb, hitting at a .313-2-8 clip with a .378 OBP. Though Martinez is nursing a bruised heel, he looks good to go against Brent Suter, the Brewers Southpaw who thus far has a 6.39 ERA and 1.70 WHIP. Over his brief career, righties are batting .283 over 321 at-bats against Suter, and against the Cards, that number goes to 0-2, 4.50 over 16 innings with three each of homers and hit batters allowed.

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