There are nine games on the slate for 6/9 and daily fantasy players are hoping to have a nice day. The most expensive pitcher on the board at DraftKings comes in at just $8,900, so it should be a good day for hitters around the league. There are two day games and seven nighttime contests, so we’ll use the whole day and see what kind of lineup we can construct to cash those big tickets or those 50/50 and H2H matchups.
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Here are the top teams to stack for June 9:
Colorado – The Rockies return home for what has the chance to be a very interesting game. The Rockies are coming off of a late game in Los Angeles and the Pirates are traveling in from Pittsburgh for this makeup game in Denver. The Pirates leave and head right back home after the game. The Rockies stay home and play San Diego. It could be a real lackluster effort from the Pirates and it doesn’t hurt that Jeff Locke is on the mound. He has a 4.28 ERA, but a 5.12 FIP and a 5.01 xFIP on the season. Lots of contact and lots of home runs from Locke this season. That works well for a Colorado stack.
Washington – The Nationals got the bats together and pummeled James Shields in his White Sox debut on Wednesday. A similar offensive showing could be in the works against Miguel Gonzalez. Gonzalez shows some signs of regression, with a K rate that is unsustainably high for his level of stuff and an 80.6 percent strand rate. His 4.59 SIERA is right in line with his career mark, but his ERA is 3.93. The Nationals have thrived with an extra hitter in the lineup and may do so again here.
New York Yankees – The Angels are going to try to avoid a sweep in this one, but they’ll have to do so with Jhoulys Chacin on the mound. Chacin has a 4.50/4.02/3.83 slash overall on the season. He has been better with the Angels, but he has a .242 BABIP against and his strikeout rate has dropped from his five starts with Atlanta to his five starts with Anaheim. Two of his three AL road starts have been in good pitcher’s parks. This one is not.
Here are the top value hitters for June 9:
Ryan Raburn ($3,600) – Ryan Raburn hasn’t been as strong against left-handed pitching as usual, but he has proven to be a great platoon bat over the last few seasons and we’ll trust the larger sample size over the small one. Even with his .244 average against LHP this season, he’s slugging .537 and has an .870 OPS. Raburn had OPS marks over 1.000 in 2013 and 2015, so we know what he’s capable of with that split.
Nomar Mazara ($3,800) – Nomar Mazara hasn’t shown many signs of slowing down. He draws right-hander Collin McHugh here today, so he’ll have the platoon advantage. All nine of Mazara’s home runs have come against right-handed pitching and he has a .338/.395/.564 slash with a .404 wOBA and a 153 wRC+ on the season. He’s almost always worth plugging into your roster against righties.
Brian McCann ($3,500) – The overall season performance hasn’t been great for Brian McCann, but he has a .281/.349/.544 slash at Yankee Stadium against right-handed pitching this season with four dingers and three doubles. He posted an .878 OPS last season with that same split at home. That short porch elevates a lot of hitters. With only 18 catchers at your disposal tonight, McCann should be near the top of the pecking order.
Here are the top value pitchers for June 9:
Chad Bettis ($4,900) – Situational plays are tuned more for handicapping than they are for daily fantasy, but this one may work out. The Pirates played extra innings last night at home against the Mets and then had to fly out to Denver for a one-game midday makeup game with the Rockies. Then they host division rival St. Louis for a weekend set. If the Pirates aren’t invested, and it’s hard to see them caring much, then Chad Bettis could be the biggest benefactor.
Nate Karns ($7,900) – Strikeout upside is nearly non-existent on today’s DFS ledger, but one guy that can break the mold is Nate Karns. Karns has had some ups and downs this season, but the one constant has been strikeouts. He’s struck out over a batter per inning over 61.2 innings of work this season. The Indians do strike out a fair amount, so this is one of the picks with a higher ceiling today among pitchers.
Gio Gonzalez ($8,900) – The options are so thin today, but at least the “best” pitcher on the board doesn’t cost a whole lot. Gio Gonzalez draws the White Sox, the team that drafted him way back in 2008. He’s been solid on the season with a 3.94 ERA, a 3.73 FIP, and a 3.71 xFIP. The regression he had coming should be done now and he’s got one of the highest strikeout rates of today’s probable starters.