Eight early and eight late today on the Major League Baseball docket thanks to a doubleheader between the Baltimore Orioles and the Tampa Bay Rays. The starting pitchers are all over the map today, with a couple of staff aces, but mostly a lot of guys in the third tier, so it could be a good day for hitters with warm weather across the country. There are a lot of different possibilities, so let’s dive right in.
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Here are the top teams to stack for June 25:
Cleveland (early) – Three days ago, the Detroit Free Press reported that Anibal Sanchez would need to outperform Mike Pelfrey to get his spot back in the Tigers rotation. If that’s not an indication of how bad Sanchez has been, I don’t know what is. Maybe Sanchez got it going with six relief appearances here in the month of June. Maybe he didn’t. He still owns a 5.97 ERA with a 5.74 FIP and a 5.15 xFIP on the season. He’s given up 49 runs on 75 hits, including 14 HR, in 66.1 innings this season.
Boston (late) – AJ Griffin returns to the rotation for the Texas Rangers against the Boston Red Sox. They probably should have waited a couple of days to bring him back. Griffin threw the ball quite well before he hit the DL and looked pretty good in three rehab starts in Double-A, but we all know that the bigs are a different animal. The Red Sox lead MLB in wOBA and wRC+ against right-handed pitching.
Seattle (late) - Home runs really add up in daily fantasy formats and Mike Leake has handed them out like candy to left-handed hitters. The Cardinals right-hander has allowed 14 HR on the season and 10 of them have come from lefties. Lefties own a .476 SLG this season against Leake. He’s done a good job of limiting walks, so many of them are solo, but that’s still okay for DFS players with some of Seattle’s better power guys on the roster.
Here are the top value hitters for June 25:
Steven Moya (early) ($2,300) – We’ll give this one another shot today as Moya and the Tigers take on Carlos Carrasco. Carrasco hasn’t been all that sharp yet this season, as he suffered a strained hamstring that set him back for about six weeks. In his 47 innings, he’s allowed eight home runs. Lefties have hit four of those. Moya has prodigious power and comes at a great bargain price here once again today.
AJ Reed (late) ($2,900) – Let’s see if the kid starts his career in a big way. He’ll definitely have the chance with a matchup against Chris Young. Young has given up 19 home runs in just 51.1 innings of work. Reed is a guy with prolific power, after hitting 34 HR between High-A and Double-A last season and another 11 at Triple-A this season. He’s a three true outcomes guy with HR, K, and BB. Hopefully more of the HR side against a guy like Young.
Trayce Thompson (late) ($3,800) – It’s been a bit of a struggle recently for Trayce Thompson, but Jeff Locke might be just what the doctor ordered for the younger brother of NBA superstar Klay Thompson. Trayce has a .490 SLG against lefties this season and posted a .636 SLG against southpaws last season. He’s hit for good power in both splits this season, but he definitely has more upside against lefties.
Here are the top value pitchers for June 25:
Gio Gonzalez (early) ($8,400) – The Milwaukee Brewers are 22nd in wOBA against left-handed pitching, solely because of the league’s top BB% at 11.3 percent. Otherwise, they’re not hitting for average or for power. In fact, the Brewers are 27th in SLG against southpaws. That’s why this should be a good matchup for Gonzalez, who shows some regression with a 4.25 ERA, but a 3.51 FIP and a 3.83 SIERA.
Michael Pineda (early) ($8,100) – Michael Pineda makes his second straight start against the Twins, but things have to start falling into place for him soon. His command has been improving, with just three home runs allowed over his last six starts and more reasonable hits allowed numbers. He has 88 K in 77.1 innings of work, so you know you’re going to get strikeouts at the very least.
Dillon Overton (late) ($4,400) – If you need a cheap arm to pair with Jacob deGrom or Madison Bumgarner, Dillon Overton might be your man. The Triple-A call-up is making his big league debut against the lowly Angels and the former Oklahoma standout has moved up the system in methodical fashion. He’s not a high-strikeout guy, but the unfamiliar lefty angle comes into play here. He pounds the zone and misses enough bats to get by.