Six day games and nine night games make up the June 20 MLB schedule. Today’s look at the top teams and players to stream will include players from the early games, as well as the late games. We’ve had some mixed results lately, as the day-to-day variance of DFS has been particularly tough lately. It’s important for contest players to find a strategy that works and remain consistent with it.
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Here are the top teams to stack for June 20:
Cincinnati – Tom Koehler has some ugly home/road splits, which aren’t that big of a surprise. Since he made his MLB debut with the Marlins in 2012, Koehler owns a 4.71 ERA away from Marlins Park and a .262/.335/.433 slash against. It’s particularly bad this season with a .291/.365/.534 slash line. Koehler has below average K/BB rates and they have been exacerbated by his inability to command the ball on the road. Lefties are slugging .490 against Koehler this season and the Reds have guys like Joey Votto and Jay Bruce, that are certainly worth streaming today.
Milwaukee – Everybody will want to stack the Rockies against Kyle Lohse, which makes a lot of sense, but canceling out may not be the best strategy. Instead, look to the Brewers, who could deal Chad Bettis the HR/FB regression that he has coming. Bettis shows reverse splits with a .264/.312/.389 against righties. Since that’s out of the ordinary, it should keep the Brewers’ salaries down a tick. The Brewers got after Jorge de la Rosa last game and may have another big offensive showing on Saturday.
Los Angeles Dodgers – Tim Hudson probably should have called it quits and left at the top of the mountain after being a World Series champion in 2014. The veteran right-hander is clearly declining in all areas. His 4.65 ERA has a 4.48 FIP and a 3.99 xFIP attached to it with the highest HR/FB rate of his career. The stuff just isn’t sharp anymore. A lot of balls in play mean a lot of chances for hits and that’s what makes the Dodgers an attractive stack.
Here are the top value hitters for June 20:
Josh Reddick ($4,200) – Did you know that Josh Reddick has the seventh-best wOBA against right-handed pitching this season? His .573 SLG is a big reason for his .423 wOBA and 179 wRC+ against righties. That’s a sample size of 197 plate appearances and Reddick also has the fourth-lowest K% against righties. That’s a prolific offensive threat against Jered Weaver and Reddick should have a nice day at the dish.
Salvador Perez ($3,800) – Against Rick Porcello, Salvador Perez should have some RBI chances as the lefties at the top of the order set the table. Pinpointing catcher production is not easy, but Perez should get plenty of opportunities to help out your lineup. He doesn’t walk much, but Porcello doesn’t walk many guys anyway.
Randal Grichuk ($3,300) – Grichuk has put together a solid .281/.303/.535 slash line. He has tremendous gap power with nine doubles and four triples on the season. He’s also hit four home runs, so there’s a decent amount of pop in that bat as well. He doesn’t walk a whole lot, but he’s made a lot of solid contact this season and that’s worth a gamble at this salary.
Here are the top value pitchers for June 20:
Jon Lester ($9,000) – Lester has had a roller coaster ride of a season so far. Eighteen stolen bases against have hurt some of his numbers, but the Twins aren’t the same slap-and-steal team that they used to be. They only have 26 stolen bases on the season. Their 16-9 record against lefties is overblown because they are in the bottom half of the league in most offensive categories against lefties. Lester is averaging just shy of a strikeout per inning and is going six innings per start. With the DH, Lester should work deep and throw a gem against an overrated Twins team.
Taijuan Walker ($7,400) – This is a feast or famine pick. Walker has some great strikeout upside, but a matchup against the Astros is obviously cause for concern for any pitcher. Walker has pitched significantly better at Safeco Field than he has on the road, which shouldn’t come as a big surprise. This is a little bit of a gamble, but one that could pay off in a big way.
Tyson Ross ($8,600) – I really like Ross in this start. He’s shown great swing-and-miss stuff, even though he has seen an increase in walks by trying to take his defense out of the equation. Perception of the Diamondbacks continues to rise, but Ross is a very good hurler and is coming off of a bad start against Oakland. The A’s weren’t a good matchup for Ross and this one is more in line with his strengths.