Stephen Strasburg or bust.
Much like Ron Bergundy opting for milk, you likely made a bad choice when choosing your starting pitcher yesterday. If you chose to spend heavily on pitching, Stephen Strasburg proved to be the only profitable decision. Generally reliable pitchers Cole Hamels, Jared Weaver, Doug Fister, Hisashi Iwakuma, Johnny Cueto, and Clayton Kershaw all disappointed their daily fantasy baseball owners to varying degrees. On the flip side Hector Santiago, Wily Peralta, and Scott Kazmir all earned a victory and far exceeded their economical price tags. If this is shocking to you, then welcome to the ups and downs of daily fantasy baseball. Hopefully today will prove to be a little more predictable.
*Keep in mind, we will only be discussing games that start @4PM eastern time and later.
Always Check The Weather
Houston Astros @ Chicago Cubs – 30% chance of isolated thunderstorms / wind is blowing out to left-CF @ 17 MPH
Minnesota Twins @ Cleveland Indians – 30% chance of isolated thunderstorms
Boston Red Sox @ Detroit Tigers – 30% chance of isolated thunderstorms
The Vegas Factor
Highest Over/Under Totals
Houston Astros @ Chicago Cubs – 10
Boston Red Sox @ Detroit Tigers – 9
Lowest Over/Under Totals
LA Dodgers @ San Diego Padres – 7
Miami Marlins @ San Francisco Giants – 7.5
Pittsburgh Pirates @ LA Angels – 7.5
Oakland A’s @ Seattle Mariners – 7.5
Today’s Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks
Yadier Molina – Yadier prefers to face lefties and is batting .366 on the year.
Wellington Castillo – He’s 10-22 of late and a very cheap option playing in what is projected to be the highest scoring game of the night.
Ryan Howard – Ryan is 13-30 in his last seven games. He’s 4-12 with four homers vs Dillon Gee.
Allen Craig – Allen has 17 RBI in has last 18 games.
Jose Altuve – Jose is a career .337 hitter vs lefties.
Howie Kendrick – Howie is hitting .426 in June and is 7-14 vs Francisco Liriano in his career.
Miguel Cabrera – Miguel is always a good pick. Today is a better day than most.
David Freese – David is yet another Cardinal that likes to hit lefties, who he’s hit .311 against in his career.
Starlin Castro – Castro is underpriced thanks to his struggles, but he has as high a ceiling as any shortstop playing tonight.
Jed Lowrie – 5-9 with a homer in his last two games.
Carlos Beltran – Yes, I like all of the Cardinal righties today.
Giancarlo Stanton – Giancarlo is 13-39 with four homers in June.
Alfonso Soriano – Alfonso is 6-17 vs Bud Norris. And don’t forget about the looming Wrigley wind.
Shelby Miller – Shelby offers high K potential and is 3-1 with a 2.25 earned run average in his last four starts.
Corey Kluber – Corey offers plenty of value for his price. He’s 2-1 with a 1.88 earned run average in his last three starts.
Max Scherzer, Tim Hudson, Patrick Corbin, and Zack Greinke all are worth considering for the right price. Greinke will be facing the Padres for the first time since their brawl, so it should be interesting one way or another. Jerome Williams, Dan Straily, Barry Zito, and Jacob Turner come with risk, but may pay off on multiple pitcher sites; especially in large field tournaments. Hitters - Atlanta, and their boom or bust ways, once again make for an intriguing stackable option. Donovan Hand, who has only worked out of the bullpen, will make his first career start against the Braves. All of the Tigers are worth playing today. Other hitters to consider – Jason Kipnis, Domonic Brown, Michael Young, Jimmy Rollins, Zack Cozart, Todd Frazier, Brandon Moss, Yoenis Cespedes, Andre Ethier, Gerardo Parra, Paul Goldschmidt, Norichika Aoki, Matt Holiday, Anthony Rizzo, Gregor Blanco, Justin Ruggiano.
Thanks for reading everyone and good luck in your games tonight. Feel free to chime in with questions, comments, rants, requests, and general snark.
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