Five day games and 10 night games are on the Major League Baseball schedule for June 16. As mentioned yesterday, all of the action is of the interleague variety, so that certainly had an impact on Monday’s games. Tuesday would seem to be a good day for hitters. Matt Harvey is the only pitcher that costs north of $10,000, and only four others will cost you $9,000 or more.
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Here are the top teams to stack for GPPs on June 16:
Kansas City – The Royals will take their cuts against Matt Garza, whose skill set has clearly declined this season. Garza is trending in the wrong direction in both strikeouts and walks, as well as home runs and line drives. Lefties have posted a .342 wOBA against him this season, with 25 extra-base hits out of 37 total hits. When he’s missing, he’s missing badly, and the Royals, despite a recent power drought, still have plenty of talented hitters. The Royals aren’t as good of an offense right now as they were at the start of the season, but that has also lowered their salaries a little bit, so this stack is also cost-effective.
St. Louis – A matinee pick for stacking purposes today with the Cardinals up against regression candidate Kyle Gibson. Gibson has given up five runs in back-to-back outings and has allowed six home runs over his last four starts. Gibson has seen an uptick in strikeouts, which is a little bit surprising given his ground ball stylings, but his 3.24 ERA, 4.54 FIP, 4.13 xFIP, and 4.24 SIERA suggest that rough times are still on the way. This is an early getaway day game, so perhaps this is a stack to use in early 50/50s or GPPs, but the Cardinals should get plenty of good swings.
Los Angeles Dodgers – Alex “Chi Chi” Gonzalez could the rabbit’s foot lodged in an unnamed orifice beaten out of him by the Dodgers on Tuesday night. After posting underwhelming numbers in the minor leagues, including an eight-start stint in Triple-A, Gonzalez has a 0.42 ERA over his first three Major League starts. Small sample size bias is in play, but Gonzalez has a .197 BABIP against. He has walked more hitters than he has struck out after a poor 26/19 K/BB in Triple-A. Perhaps there’s some deception in his arsenal, but the Dodgers feast on right-handed pitching and have a good chance to do the same tonight.
Here are the top value hitters for June 16:
Jake Lamb ($3,400) – The Diamondbacks offense has been one of the biggest surprises of the season and Lamb was a big part of it until he missed time with an injury. Lamb has always been viewed by scouts as a platoon bat with good raw power. He draws Garrett Richards in this start, which could be tough, but Richards has a history of having a tough time with lefties and Lamb has a .327/.400/.531 slash against righties in 55 PA this season. Richards has been hit or miss this season and this is a good value at a premium position in order to spend a little more elsewhere.
Eugenio Suarez ($3,300) – Suarez could be a very sneaky streamer on Tuesday night against his former team. The Tigers traded him away in the Alfredo Simon deal and he gets his first crack at revenge against lefty Kyle Ryan. Suarez had a .274/346/.562 slash against southpaws in Triple-A this season. He has a little bit of stolen base upside and the Reds have been very good against lefties this season. If he’s batting near the top of the order, he could have some run-scoring opportunities.
Ben Zobrist ($3,600) – Zobrist is starting to come around in his return from the DL. He had three hits and a couple of doubles on Sunday and walked four times against Tyson Ross and the Padres bullpen on Monday. Andrew Cashner has had some control problems this season, so Zobrist’s patience will be an asset once again in this game.
Here are the top value starting pitchers for June 16:
Trevor Bauer ($7,100) – This is a good matchup for Bauer against a team that swings and misses quite a bit. He has the occasional control problems, as everybody knows, but he has reliably worked deep into games and has a lot of swings and misses on the season. The young, free-swinging Cubs have a lot of power and could run into a mistake, but Bauer’s strikeout upside is too much to ignore at this price.
Andrew Cashner ($8,100) – With a total of 6.5, not a whole lot of offense is expected in the games between the Padres and Oakland A’s. That should put Cashner in a good position to work deep into the game and probably record some strikeouts along the way. The A’s are a patient offensive team, but patience also leads to strikeouts because of deep counts. Like other Padres starters, Cashner realizes how terrible the defense is and how many of the outs he needs to record himself.
Vincent Velasquez ($5,500) – With the first start jitters out of the way, Velasquez can focus on getting comfortable and throwing all of his pitches. He was a little bit erratic against the White Sox, but he takes on a Rockies lineup that is not operating at full strength. Corey Dickerson is back, but is still hobbled by plantar fasciitis. Justin Morneau is out. Once again, the strikeout upside is too much to overlook at this price.