Two-thirds of the league will be in action on this Monday night to kick off a new week in Major League Baseball. That means we have 10 games to consider when filling out our lineups. The prices in the market are rather interesting, with three big-ticket starting pitchers and a lot of guys on the low end of the totem pole. That means you’ll have to choose your lineup wisely.
Remember that our column here at BangTheBook is centered exclusively on finding value. You know who the good players are. So does everybody else. It’s those under-the-radar guys that you pair with those high-salary players that allow you to come out on top.
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Here are the top teams to stack for June 13:
Detroit – Might as well give this one a shot. James Shields makes his second start for the Chicago White Sox after getting bombarded last time out by the Washington Nationals. Everything’s going in the wrong direction for Shields. He has the worst K%-BB% of his career by a pretty wide margin and his command is still non-existent. He has a 5.06 ERA with a 4.96 FIP, and a 4.43 SIERA. Nine straight seasons of 200+ innings seem to be catching up with him. For their part, the Tigers are eighth in wOBA against RHP and sixth in SLG.
Texas – Even though there are a lot of bottom-tier SP today, it doesn’t seem like a great day for stacking. Stacking in Oakland is tough to digest, but Sean Manaea is giving up some long balls and those are the things that add up the quickest. Manaea has given up seven in 45 innings and Texas is a top-eight offense in SLG against lefties.
Toronto – This could be a tricky start for Jerad Eickhoff. It’s always worth monitoring when National League pitchers have to face a lineup with a DH. For Eickhoff, that’s just another chance to get burned. The right-hander has allowed nine home runs in 73.1 innings of work this season and hitters from both sides are slugging over .400. The key Blue Jays in the middle of the order are showing signs of coming out of some early-season struggles and Jose Bautista will hopefully be back in the lineup.
Here are the top value hitters for June 13:
Michael Saunders ($3,900) – Michael Saunders has had a surprisingly strong season. His performance against righties with a .310/.384/.517 slash isn’t all that stunning, but his huge splits against southpaws are. Regardless, the platoon splits seem more sustainable against RHP and he has a good matchup here against Jerad Eickhoff, who has allowed a .270/.320/.478 slash to lefties this year.
Ben Zobrist ($3,300) – Ben Zobrist has scuffled over his last 10 games, but sometimes hitters can get out of a slump by facing elite-level starting pitchers. The focus is there and it gets the competitive juices flowing a little bit more than usual. Zobrist, despite those struggles, still has a .324/.431/.500 slash on the year. Six of Zobrist’s eight dingers have come from the left side with a .331/.440/.514 slash with 31 BB and just 19 K.
Derek Dietrich ($3,600) – Derek Dietrich has been a really solid hitter with the platoon advantage so far this season. Dietrich is batting .307/.400/.472 against right-handed pitching this season and he draws a favorable matchup here against Colin Rea. Rea has been fortunate to post a .250 BABIP against vs. left-handed hitters, but he only has a 3.5 percent K%-BB%, so regression should come soon.
Here are the top value pitchers for June 13:
Ricky Nolasco ($7,200) – Ricky Nolasco goes to the forgiving environment of Angel Stadium for this start tonight and he has some signs of positive regression to take advantage of against the Angels. Nolasco has a 5.17 ERA with a 3.57 FIP and a 3.95 xFIP on the season. His 59 percent strand rate is the root cause of the high ERA, as his K/BB marks are really solid.
RA Dickey ($7,400) – It’s a bad day for DFS, so limit your exposure as much as you can. RA Dickey may be worth a look here tonight because he’s taking on a relatively young Phillies lineup that hasn’t seen the knuckleball a whole lot. There’s not a whole lot of strikeout upside on the card anywhere, so you have to get a little bit creative.
Carlos Carrasco ($10,800) – Carlos Carrasco makes his third start back off the DL and he should get better and better with each outing. The Royals are still dealing with a myriad of injuries and that should give Carrasco the opportunity to put up a big stat line. He’s induced 25 ground ball outs over his last two starts and the Indians are one of the best at converting ground balls into outs.