A full slate of Tuesday night action in Major League Baseball is on tap for those daily fantasy players looking to recoup Monday losses or build off of a big night. There were 10 games last night, but we’re back to normal with all 30 teams in action this evening. All the games start late, so you’ll have all day to study the matchups and figure out who will definitely be in the lineup. There are several interleague games, so keep that in mind as you fill out those rosters.
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Here are the top teams to stack for June 7:
Baltimore – Yordano Ventura is still a bit of a mess and that’s not a good thing for the right-hander heading into this start at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. In 61.2 innings of work, Ventura has only struck out 41 batters and has issued 35 walks. He owns a 4.82/5.28/5.68 pitcher slash on the season, so he’s actually gotten a little bit fortunate to not have a higher ERA. His ground ball rate has dropped in a big way and elevated pitches fly far in Baltimore.
St. Louis – This could be a really big start for John Lamb, whose rotation spot is in jeopardy with the return of Anthony DeSclafani to the Reds rotation this weekend. Lamb has had a rough go of it this season. He’s given up 37 hits and 20 runs in 30.2 innings with just 16 strikeouts and 13 walks. He struck out 58 in 49.2 innings last season, so the potential is there, but his command and control have been terrible this season. St. Louis could take advantage on Tuesday night.
Washington – The Mat Latos Regression Tour 2016 will be in a city near you very soon, but, tonight, the tour makes another stop in the Windy City. The Nationals can add an extra hitter to the lineup for this one and continue Latos’s run of bad starts. He has a 4.02/5.29/5.29 pitcher slash and is still due for more regression with a .268 BABIP against and a 78.6 percent strand rate. Over his last six starts, Latos owns a 6.54/6.60/5.43 ERA, FIP, xFIP pitcher slash.
Here are the top value hitters for June 7:
Yasmany Tomas ($3,800) – Overall, Yasmany Tomas probably hasn’t been what the Diamondbacks expected, but he’s excelled with a platoon advantage. He’ll have one tonight against Matt Moore in an attempt to improve his .327/.397/.635 slash against southpaws. In his MLB career, Tomas owns a .294/.345/.528 slash against lefties, with a .370 wOBA and a 130 wRC+. Moore has had command problems of late, so this should be a solid matchup.
Joc Pederson ($3,600) – Young Joc got a day off on Monday, so expect him to come back to the park ready to swing away on Tuesday. Pederson and the Dodgers get a visit from Eddie Butler, who has given up 42 hits, six home runs, and 24 runs in 36.2 innings of work. Lefties are slashing .295/.364/.517 against Butler this season and all eight of Pederson’s home runs have come with the platoon advantage.
Domingo Santana ($3,500) – It’s been an injury-riddled season for Domingo Santana so far, but he has a decent matchup here against left-hander Sean Manaea. Santana is a .378/.500/.541 hitter against lefties on the season after posting a .288/.373/.577 slash against southpaws in 2015. Miller Park can be a bit of a launching pad on warmer days, even with the roof in play, so Santana is a viable streaming option here.
Here are the top value pitchers for June 7:
Dallas Keuchel ($5,800) – This is one of those spots where you simply have to gamble on a good pitcher at a very low price. Dallas Keuchel is having some issues, but his advanced metrics suggest some positive regression with a 3.96 FIP and a 3.66 xFIP. His 5.50 ERA is certainly ugly, but he’s been almost a strikeout per inning pitcher over his last three starts and he’s only issued two walks in that span. The control is improving, so that’s a sign that he’s making adjustments. Texas has rocked him twice, but Texas is only 10th in wOBA against LHP with the second-highest batting average and a .334 BABIP. Some regression is coming against LHP.
Julio Urias ($5,900) – In two starts, Julio Urias has had to make his MLB debut in New York City and face the best team in baseball. He’ll make his home debut on Tuesday night against the Colorado Rockies, who are 27th in wRC+ against left-handed pitching, which is a park-adjusted metric. Urias has big strikeout upside and that’s impossible to overlook at this price. This is a much better situational spot for him and he should thrive.
Adam Conley ($7,600) – The Minnesota Twins are 25th in wRC+ against left-handed pitching on the season and 26th in wOBA. Minnesota also has the fifth-highest K% against lefties. Adam Conley is not a strikeout pitcher, but he is a lefty that the Twins have not seen, so that should give him the advantage the first couple times through the lineup. At this price, we’re not asking for miracles or a 30-point game.