2014 Fantasy Baseball Daily Fix: June 19
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We have a nearly full slate of games today for the second week in a row. This week I’m going to focus on the late games only – the contest starts at 7:05pm eastern – giving my east coast and west coast friends equal time.
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DraftStreet Team of the Day
Shelby Miller | RHP | Cardinals – $15,334 – Back to back double digit games for Miller make him one of the hotter pitchers around. Couple that with facing the Phllies lackluster lineup against righties (27 th overall in wOBA at .291) makes Miller a great option at a middling price. And the cherry on top? He’s at home where he’s been a much better pitcher (.590 OPS against versus .749 on the road) for his career.
Collin McHugh | RHP | Astros | $15,420 – The Rays aren’t terrible against right handers (18 th overall in wOBA), but McHugh has been solid all year long and the Rays haven’t been a great offensive team over the last few weeks.
Jose Quintana | LHP | White Sox | $12,095 – I love the matchup for Quintana as he gets the Twins (with a rookie making his major league debut on the mound). The Twins have the sixth highest K% against lefties (23.1%) and rate 20 th in all of baseball in wOBA.
Alternative: Jordan Zimmerman ($18,330) is certainly in play against a Braves lineup that can’t figure righties out. Drew Hutchison ($12,394) is also an option for me – I know he was manhandled by the Yankees in his second start of the season at Rogers Centre. However, he’s a different pitcher on the road (.573 OPS against on the road, 1.041 OPS against at home). I’d roll the dice with him today in tournaments.
Derek Norris | A’s | $4,466 – Is there a hotter catcher on the planet? Norris came into the year with the label of a platoon catcher who could kill lefties. He still kills lefties (1.097 OPS against this season), but he may have figured out righties now too (.834 OPS against)
Alternatives: Punt. I’d take a look at whoever starts at catcher for the Blue Jays (Dioner Navarro ($4,543) or Josh Thole ($4,285) – Erik Kratz ($5,291) is probably too expensive, but is also an option).
Tommy La Stella | Braves | $4,677 – La Stella has been moved up in the order lately getting more opportunities. He’s also a high contact hitter who rarely strikes out so he’s a great option at such a low price.
Alternative: Dustin Pedroia ($6,3,49) – Pedroia historically has done well against lefties. He’s down a bit this year, but still has a .359 wOBA against them this season.
Conor Gillaspie | White Sox | $4,242 – Batting third in a lineup that expect to have a field day, puts Gillaspie in a good spot today. He’s also second on the team in wOBA against righties at .388 just 11 points behind Jose Abreu.
Alternative: Juan Francisco ($5,446) – Francisco against righties (.408 wOBA this year) is almost always on my list.
Jose Reyes | Blue Jays| $7,864 – Notice a theme? More Blue Jays more often today. Reyes hits leadoff so he’ll get more opportunities than most. His picked up the pace getting his wOBA up to .346 against righties. He has hits in nine of his last ten games so he’s a good bit to pick up a few points on the day.
Alternative: There aren’t a lot of other options, but I’d look at Xander Bogaerts ($5,406) who performs well against left handed pitching.
Melky Cabrera | Blue Jays | $6,973 – Looky here – another Blue Jay. Cabrera’s .340 wOBA isn’t star level, but he’s got a .397 wOBA on the road which should help to provide a boost and puts Cabrera in my lineup. He also has a HR against Phelps in 8 ABs.
Adam Eaton | White Sox | $4,897 – Eaton looks to finally be fully healthy and as a result performing how we expected him to do so prior to the 2014 season. He’s picked up hits in 10 of his last 11 games and he’s scored more than five points in four of his last six games.
Alternatives: Jason Heyward ($5,053) – Heyward is another BvP play as he’s 3 for 12 agaisnt Jordan Zimmerman with a HR. Jose Bautista ($9,889) is also a great choice if you choose not pay to first basemen.
Yes, the Blue Jays certainly look like a tasty matchup against righty David Phelps and they are my number one stack today. You could also look at the White Sox against 30-year old rookie Yohan Pino making his major league debut for the Twins.
Here’s what my lineup looks like right now before lineups come in.
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