2014 Fantasy Baseball Daily Fix: June 12
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We have a nearly full slate of games today – a rarity for a Thursday.
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Jon Lester | LHP | Red Sox – $18,189 – Lester gets the Indians who are 24 th in the majors in wOBA against left-handed pitching. Lester had two outstanding outings before laying an egg against the Tigers last time out. I think he bounces back in a big way at home.
Kyle Lohse | RHP | Brewers | $16,302 – Lohse heads to the friendly confines of Citi Field and the inviting arms of a Mets “offense” that has struggled to a .293 wOBA against right handed pitching this season.
Kyle Kendrick | RHP | Phillies | $9,127 – This is all about the matchup as the Padres are the worst team against right handed pitching in the league. Kendrick isn’t a very good pitcher, but he’s very cheap and I’d rather go with him than player reliever roulette.
Alternative: If you don’t like Lester, Max Scherzer ($20,715) has a good matchup against White Sox team that strikes out a ton versus righties (23.5% – second worst in the league against righties). And if you want to look at relievers, I’d target Koji Uehara ($3,331) as the Red Sox offense has struggled lately and they’ve been playing close games.
Alternatives: As usual on Thursdays, take a look at backup catchers (Gerald Laird ($3,831) is set to get the start) getting the start in a day game after a night game. You can also look at Carlos Corporan ($4,650) who should get the start against a lefty. And if you are desperate to pay at catcher, take Jonathan Lucroy ($7,001).
Freddie Freeman | $8,400 | Braves – You may notice a pattern as you read along today, but I really like the Braves today against the Rockies. Freeman has a .371 wOBA against righties this season and is in Coors.
Alternative: Adam Lind ($6,669) always seems to be on my list each week. He’s back again facing a righty in Kevin Gausman who looked good last time out, but hasn’t been great in his short time in MLB.
Rickie Weeks | Brewers | $5,832 – Weeks is almost a forgotten man, but he’s been playing regularly against left handed pitching and playing pretty well (.356 wOBA this year).
Alternative: Ian Kinsler ($6,734) is in play even if he is facing Chris Sale as Kinsler does have a bit of successes against him and usually hits lefties well.
Kyle Seager | Mariners | $5,246 – Lefty batter with the short porch in Yankee Stadium makes me salivate. Seager’s been great against righties (.399 wOBA) so far this year and he faces Chase Whitley who’s luck can’t continue.
Alternative: David Wright ($4,688) is cheap so you can really punt this position if you’d like.
Jayson Werth | Nationals | $5,360 – This is all about BvP as Werth is 15 for 39 against Tim Hudson in his career with three HRs. You could also take Corey Dickerson ($5,658) who is one of the best hitters against righties in the league.
Jason Heyward | Braves | $7,647 – Heyward has been good against righties (.350 wOBA this year) and yes, he’s also facing Chacin. Heyward’s counterpart Justin Upton ($7,355) makes a solid play as well if you need to save a couple of hundred bucks.
Khris Davis | Brewers | $7,355 – Davis is a machine against left handed pitching (.485 wOBA) though Vegas sees a low scoring game (7 is is the over/under), I see Davis being a part of the runs that do score.
Alternatives: Seth Smith ($5,969) is 8 for 14 against Kyle Kendrick and has a .942 OPS at Citizens Bank Park. I could also see the Phils’ duo of John Mayberry ($4,824) and Marlon Byrd ($5,349) are both solid plays facing lefties. Victor Martinez ($7,875) is a DH only at DraftStreet and back again as amazingly he’s and has been mashing lefties this year and hits starter Chris Sale hard (12 for 22 with a HR in his career).
Yes, the Braves looked over matched against rookie Tyler Matzek last night. But, they’ll get back on the horse and make a great play in Coors (as do the Rockies as well). The Brewers also make a solid contrarian stack with the low run total out of Vegas.
Here’s what my lineup looks like right now before lineups come in.
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