Baseball fans that like pitching should be excited with Tuesday night’s list of arms. Three pitchers, David Price, Madison Bumgarner, and Zack Greinke, are priced at $10,500 or more, with current AL Cy Young Award favorite Chris Archer next at $9,800. Offense could be at a premium on Tuesday night because the second tier of starters includes guys like Alex Wood, Carlos Martinez, and Jason Hammel.
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Here are the top teams to stack for June 23:
Los Angeles Angels – I still believe in Collin McHugh, but he’s really fighting with his command right now. The Angels, for all of their offensive shortcomings, have hit 74 home runs this season. Home runs are a quick way to rack up points in DFS formats and McHugh’s command troubles could help. McHugh has already allowed the same number of home runs (13) in 85.2 innings this season that he allowed in 154.2 innings last season. Fastball command has been his biggest problem area and even pitcher-friendly Angel Stadium won’t hold in mistakes on fastballs.
Milwaukee – Jon Niese faces a lineup full of right-handed bats on Tuesday night as the Mets try to get back on track. Niese has allowed a .287/.350/.477 slash to right-handers this season and has allowed 11 unearned runs that don’t show up in his ERA. Away from pitcher-friendly Citi Field, righties are batting .290/.349/.493 against Niese. The fact that Niese is pitching on borrowed time with Steven Matz waiting in the wings may be a tough thing for Niese to handle, let alone a matchup against a righty-heavy lineup in a hitter’s park.
Oakland – Alex “Chi Chi” Gonzalez can’t sustain this much longer. In four starts, he’s on the Nick Martinez path with a 0.90 ERA, a 4.17 FIP, and a 5.05 xFIP. He’s stranded 95 percent of runners against, despite an 8.6 percent K%. He has walked more batters than he has struck out. The A’s squandered 11 baserunners against him on June 11, but they’ve seen him once already and his arsenal is not deep enough to face a team for a second time. The A’s should have a field day offensively in this one.
Here are the top value hitters for June 23:
Kyle Seager ($3,500) – A lot of good hitters are slumping right now and good hitters don’t slump for long. You can find some good values at all positions on Tuesday night as guys with track records try to figure it out. One of them is Kyle Seager. Lefties are teeing off with a .323/.393/.571 slash and a .413 wOBA against Guthrie this season. Seager has been scuffling, but this is the type of matchup that can get a guy out of a funk.
Yoenis Cespedes ($3,900) – One guy not struggling is Yoenis Cespedes, who hit a missile to right center off of Trevor Bauer on Monday night for his first home run in his last 10. The power hasn’t been there lately, but Cespedes is hitting .380 over his last 10 and .308/.340/.508 for the season. The way that Miguel Cabrera tortures Indians pitching should give Cespedes plenty of chances to do damage over the next two days.
Ben Paulsen ($3,500) – Paulsen’s early power explosion has not been sustainable so far, but there are some signs of regression, specifically from a HR/FB% standpoint for Diamondbacks hurler Chase Anderson. Paulsen will continue to get plenty of playing time with Justin Morneau and Corey Dickerson both out of the lineup, so you might as well ride the cheap power potential and high average that will come with being a left-handed hitter at Coors Field.
Here are the top value starting pitchers for June 23:
Jason Hammel ($8,500) – We took advantage of the Dodgers and their travel fatigue in a few different ways on Monday. Just because it’s the next day doesn’t mean that it’s gone. The Dodgers are in one of the busiest cities in the world and are just one day removed from a late game on the West Coast and an early morning arrival in the Windy City. Along with that, Jason Hammel has a 2.89 ERA, 3.09 FIP, and 3.14 xFIP this season, with a spectacular K/BB ratio. The Dodgers have hit righties well, but this is not an ideal situation and Hammel has been excellent so far.
Carlos Martinez ($8,300) – The Marlins are much better against lefties than they are against righties and Carlos Martinez will love pitching at Marlins Park. The flame-throwing right-hander has great peripherals this season and one of the game’s best defenses behind him. This is an ideal matchup and this price looks suspiciously low for a guy averaging better than a strikeout per inning.
Madison Bumgarner ($11,200) – The Padres have the sixth-highest K% against left-handed pitchers this season and manage to rate four percent below league average against southpaws, despite a heavily right-handed lineup and a park factor that should allow them to fare better in that category. Either Bumgarner or Price are solid picks for tonight, especially if coupled with somebody like Martinez and then some of those good value hitters. You can put together a really strong lineup tonight that still includes a high-priced ace.