With a diverse set of scheduled starters for Friday, DraftKings owners could go in a variety of directions with lineup construction. Offensive stacks could be the norm on this day, when several talented lineups will be playing in hitter-friendly venues. The players listed below warrant special attention when filling out Friday lineups.
Drew Hutchison delivered a stellar eight-inning performance and the Blue Jays fought off a late Orioles charge to take a 7-6 victory and complete their first sweep of the season on Thursday night at Rogers Centre.
Kole Calhoun blasted a two-run homer off Jesse Chavez and Nick Tropeano pitched six scoreless innings in his season debut on Thursday afternoon, setting the tone in the Angels' 2-0 victory over the A's in Southern California.
For five innings against the Orioles on Thursday night, Blue Jays right-hander Drew Hutchison was pitching against history. Instead, he settled for his best start this season.
Tampa Bay pushed across a run in the ninth on a Rene Rivera walk-off single to claim a 2-1 win over the Boston Red Sox on Thursday night at Tropicana Field.
The Angels got only one hit in Thursday's win, but Nick Tropeano shut out the A's through six-plus innings, scattering five hits, walking one and striking out five.
The weekend brings several interesting divisional series and even one natural Interleague rivalry, and it comes just as the division races are starting to take shape. The streaking Mets have roared out to a 4 1/2-game edge in the National League East, but a few of the other divisions are tight at the top. Here's a few matchups and games to look forward to on Friday.
Kevin Kiermaier continued to make the unbelievable look routine on Thursday night when he made a run-saving catch in the fifth inning of the Rays-Red Sox game.
If the Giants manage to alter the perceptions and make an odd-numbered year as memorable as the past three even-numbered ones, they might recall the past three days and a sweep of the Dodgers as the springboard.
The Mets are playing at least as well as at any point over the last decade, if not the last quarter-century. The Yankees, almost quietly, are nearly as hot. So when those interborough rivals collide Friday night at Yankee Stadium, there is no questioning what sort of town New York promises to be.
Justin Maxwell's one-out single Thursday shattered a 10th-inning deadlock and gave the San Francisco Giants a 3-2 triumph over the Los Angeles Dodgers, completing a three-game sweep for the defending World Series champions. It was the second straight walk-off victory for the Giants in the series.
Justin Maxwell applied the finishing touch to the Giants' 3-2, 10-inning victory over the Dodgers on Thursday, but it was Angel Pagan who applied the pressure.
Rockies outfielder Corey Dickerson homered for the third time in the past two games and right-hander Jordan Lyles forced 10 outs along the ground in a season-high 6 2/3 innings as the Rockies beat the Padres, 2-1, at Coors Field on Thursday in front of 31,676 to earn a split of the four-game series.
Cardinals righty Michael Wacha improved to 3-0 on the season as he outlasted and outdueled Max Scherzer in St. Louis' 4-1 win at Nationals Park on Thursday.
For a little while Thursday afternoon, it appeared Howie Kendrick would be the hero of the series finale between the Dodgers and Giants. The Giants needed to conjure up some ninth-inning magic after Kendrick made a superb defensive play in the previous frame.
Behind Bartolo Colon's fourth consecutive victory and Daniel Murphy's four RBIs, the Mets defeated the Braves, 6-3, on Thursday afternoon, tying their franchise-record 11-game winning streak.
From a historian's vantage point, what the Mets are doing is similar to 1986. That year, the team also won 11 straight games in April, starting their summer 13-3. That is exactly where the 2015 Mets stand after 16 games, capping off a perfect 10-game homestand at Citi Field.