Another week of the Major League Baseball schedule begins with a lot of interleague play. There are 15 interleague games on the schedule for Monday night and these are always interesting. These hitters and pitchers don’t have a whole lot of experience facing one another, which can certainly be helpful to the pitchers. Some American League teams will be at a disadvantage by losing the DH this week, as some of these series are two-game home-and-home sets. Keep that in mind as you look at today’s players and matchups.
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Here are the top teams to stack for GPPs on June 15:
Detroit – The Tigers offense has gotten back on track in the month of June and has a juicy matchup against Jon Moscot and what will probably turn out to be the Cincinnati Reds bullpen. Moscot had underwhelming stats in the upper levels of the minors and is a pitch-to-contact righty with a standard four-pitch mix and nothing exciting. He has a 4.5 percent swinging strike percentage, so the Tigers are going to do what they usually do and make lots of loud contact. They’re a very expensive stack, but it could be very worth it.
Kansas City – The Royals are struggling, but they got a much-needed day off thanks to Mother Nature on Sunday and not head to hitter-friendly Miller Park to face Kyle Lohse. With plenty of contact and more fly balls than ever before, Lohse has been throwing organized batting practice this season with a 6.27 ERA. He doesn’t walk anybody, but the Royals don’t walk anyways, so that skill is neutralized in this one. Command has been terrible for Lohse and that’s a bad thing against a Royals lineup that has punished mistakes most of the season.
San Francisco – It may not happen due to Nelson Cruz’s back spasms, but the Seattle Mariners lose the DH on Monday by playing in San Francisco. That means that we could see Mark Trumbo and Nelson Cruz both in the outfield. With righty Tim Hudson on the bump for the Mariners, Logan Morrison will play first. This would be one of the worst defensive outfields ever and Taijuan Walker likes to work up in the zone with his fastball. That leads to a lot of fly balls and those could be a very bad thing if that outfield combination happens. Even if it doesn’t, Walker has control and command issues and the Giants have been tremendous offensively this season.
Here are the top value hitters for June 15:
Joey Gallo ($3,800) – Gallo has a nice matchup against a pitch-to-contact righty that shouldn’t exploit his swing-and-miss tendencies with Carlos Frias on the mound on Monday. Gallo is the 19th-most expensive third baseman, which seems way too low for him given the power potential.
Wilin Rosario ($3,300) – Rosario takes on Dallas Keuchel on Monday night with the Rockies at the Astros. It’s not Coors Field, but Minute Maid Park is still a pretty good yard for guys with bats. Rosario has a .353/.389/.529 slash against southpaws this season and has been relegated to platoon duty this season. Including this season, Rosario has a .330/.364/.637 slash against lefties.
Kelly Johnson ($3,200) – Johnson is one of those platoon players to find value in on a regular basis so long as he’s swinging a good bat. This season, Johnson missed a bit of time with an injury, but has a .281/.330/.510 slash. All six of his home runs are against righties and he has a .270/.323/.517 slash against them on the season. The Braves have done a good job against righties most of the season and Rick Porcello is a guy that is susceptible to bad splits against left-handed hitters.
Here are the top value pitchers for June 15:
Carlos Rodon ($6,500) – The Pirates face a tough customer in Rodon on Monday. He has been getting better with his starts and has the ability to rack up some strikeouts. The Pirates have never seen Rodon before, which adds to the allure of streaming him on Monday. The Pirates aren’t a very patient team, which should mitigate Rodon’s control problems and could allow him to work deeper into the game than usual. Ignore his points per game stats, if you look at that sort of thing, because he has some relief appearances in there.
Edinson Volquez ($7,100) – The Royals and Brewers meet at Miller Park on Monday and this seems like a terrific spot for Edinson Volquez. Volquez has held righties to a .214/.305/.306 slash on the season and the Brewers are very right-handed heavy. He has really benefitted from the team’s great defensive play and the Royals had a day off to rest their legs on Sunday thanks to a rainout. That could play a role in this one and Volquez is a good streaming option, especially with Kansas City in line to score some runs.
John Lackey ($7,700) – The crafty right-hander got an extra day of rest due to Sunday’s rainout and he draws a Twins lineup that is extremely overrated this year. With a wRC+ in the bottom five of the league, Lackey ability to limit walks and surprisingly good command should be assets against the Twins. His strikeout rate isn’t great, but he has averaged more than six innings per start this season and has one of the game’s best defenses behind him.