2014 Fantasy Baseball, Daily Double Switch for June 17th
This Tuesday we have 14 games to choose from and a surplus in starting pitching. With so many studs on the mound, picking the pitcher with the most upside will be key. Let’s get into the action!
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LAA/CLE: Rain at 40%
The guy I’m looking at the most tonight is Jeff Samardzija against the Marlins. They have struck out a ton lately and most recently nine times to Hammel last night in six innings. He has 15 strikeouts in 13 innings and has that upside that I’m looking for in a pitcher tonight. Jon Lester bounced back nicely in his last start after getting hit around against Detroit. He gave up just one earned run in 7.2 innings against the Indians. Even with just four strikeouts in his last two starts, he’s still averaging more than one an inning.
With so many solid options at 20k or more tonight, you’ll have to go cheap somewhere. Why not Kyle Kendrick against the Braves? They played 13 innings last night and the Braves are strikeout prone. He has gone at least six innings in four straight starts. Phil Hughes is hot this season and I think he could be great tonight. The Red Sox just struggled against Kevin Correja last night, so I like Hughes prospects tonight. He has gone at least six innings in every start this season and has 22 strikeouts in his last 21 innings.
Others to Consider: Masahiro Tanaka, Johnny Cueto
Jonathan Lucroy is tearing up the MLB recently with his .400 average and four home runs in the last 15 days. Miley has given up 21 hits in his last 18 innings and Lucroy is great vs LHP. He’s hitting .328 with one extra base hit every five at bats.
Robinson Chirinos is known for his defensive skills, but he’s hot right now hitting. He has five hits and two home runs in his last two games. He has four home runs in his last eight games overall. If you’re liking that hot streak then roll with him. Otherwise, I’d wait for lineups to come out and find a nice cheap catcher to roll.
Others to Consider: Alex Avila
Paul Goldschmidt is a must mention for me every time I do this article. It’s like he’s always producing for me. The guy is hitting .375 with five home runs in the last 15 days. Typically I’m a big Lohse fan as well, but not against this lineup and in Arizona. He’s giving up plenty of hits right now and Goldschmidt should be able to take advantage of that.
Brandon Moss has shown off the power stroke as well lately. He’s got four in the last two weeks and coincidently has four against Darvish in his career. Moss will certainly be a low owned player tonight, so for GPPs he’s a great option. Ervin Santana is prone to bad stretches, so why not look at Ryan Howard tonight for GPPs? His strikeouts will make him tough to use for cash games, but his power potential is big in that lineup against Santana.
Others to Consider: Jose Abreu, Joey Votto
Dee Gordon is coming off a four-hit game last night, so why not roll him out there again tonight? He faces Chacin who had been solid lately, but still has a 1.36 WHIP. With the RHP on the mound, Gordon could swipe a few bags easily against those Rockies’ catchers. If you’re not a fan of Kendrick tonight then look at Tommy La Stella. He has a seven game hit streak and only has six strikeouts in 62 at bats this season. In the last ten games, La Stella has five multi-hit games.
Others to Consider: Brandon Phillips
Luis Valbuena continues to be hot in the last two weeks. He’s hitting .362 and just yesterday hit in the leadoff slot. He’s facing Desclafani tonight who hasn’t pitched in the MLB in almost a month. Desclafani gave up two home runs in 27 at bats to LHB.
Aramis Ramirez at mid 6k is hard to pass up on against Miley. He has two home runs in the last 15 days with a .333 average. He’s currently amidst a six game hit streak with five extra base hits during that time. A great punt option no matter what is Chris Johnson. He’s hitting .370 lately with a home run. Johnson has six multi-hit games in his last eight.
Others to Consider: Lonnie Chisenhall, Manny Machado
Asdrubal Cabrera has been on a tear recently with plenty of power. Cabrera hit a home run last night and has also added three doubles in his last four games. Against Shoemaker tonight, this whole Indians’ lineup could be great plays. If Erick Aybar is in the lineup tonight then he’s a good play against Josh Tomlin. He had a pinch hit at bat yesterday and got a hit, so even in one at bat he’s feeling it. He’ll also be hitting in a great spot in the order for DFS purposes.
Others to Consider: Starlin Castro
Adam Jones is red hot right now with a home run in two straight games, but gets himself a great matchup to make him one of my top plays overall tonight. He’ll be facing Bedard, the LHP. This season he’s hitting .414 against LHP with 13 extra base hits. He has done all of this in 70 at bats. Ryan Braun is struggling in the last two weeks, but Miley is a great matchup for him to get out of his funk. Miley throws a lot of offspeed, which is what Braun has crushed this season.
Hunter Pence is not struggling and gets himself a LHP to face in John Danks. The guy has eight hits in the last four games and has hit .329 against LHP in 2014. Pence has to be an option tonight especially for cash games.
J.D. Martinez has crushed fastballs in his career and well, Yordano Ventura throws hard fastballs. If he’s in the lineup then he’s in play at 5k. He also hit a grand slam last night. Dexter Fowler has been a part of the Astros hot streak with his .412 average and two home runs in the last fifteen days. He’s definitely in play in cash games tonight.
Others to Consider: Allen Craig, Carlos Gomez