Ten games are on tap for the first Monday of June and daily fantasy players are chomping at the bit to get back into the mix. Sundays are always tricky with guys sitting and teams not always giving a full effort. Mondays often mean the start of a new series and that change of scenery can be good for everybody. You already know the good players that are out there and those that are a worth adding to your roster on a regular basis, but are you looking for the value plays and the small edges over your competitors? We are.
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 6:
Seattle – The Indians are rolling right now, but it will be a little bit of a shock to the system to head all the way to the Pacific Northwest. Trevor Bauer gets the ball for the Tribe on Monday against the Mariners. Seattle is fifth in wOBA against right-handed pitching and second in wRC+ on the season. They have the seventh-best BB% against RHP and we know that Bauer can be erratic and make some mistakes. Seattle’s a great streaming option tonight.
New York Yankees – We’ll have to see just how sustainable Matt Shoemaker’s newfound arsenal is because it’ll be tested on Monday night. The Angels visit the Bronx and Shoemaker’s fly ball tendencies and poor command could be problematic with the short dimensions at Yankee Stadium. Shoemaker has allowed seven dingers in his 52.1 innings so far this season and has given up 62 hits on the year.
Arizona – The Diamondbacks do not excel against right-handed pitching, nor do they see Chris Archer very often. The Rays right-hander has not been able to command any of his pitches this season, so even a below average offense against righties may be able to take advantage. With Archer focusing so much on his mechanics and throwing quality strikes, the fact that he has to hit and potentially run the bases adds an unwanted distraction. Archer has allowed 12 homers in just 66.1 innings this season. He’s also allowed 41 runs on 70 hits.
Here are the top value hitters for June 6:
Javier Baez ($3,500) – We rode the Baez train to a home run yesterday and we’ll buy another ticket today. Baez and the Cubs head east to take on Adam Morgan and the Phillies. Baez is now up to .435/.500/.739 on the season against lefties with a couple of dingers in his 26 plate appearances. It’s a very small sample, so it should be taken with a grain of salt, but he posted a similar .421/.450/.632 slash last season against southpaws. Regular playing time is hard to come by, but his performance against LHP should have him in there today.
Jung Ho Kang ($3,300) – If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Like Baez, we had Jung Ho Kang in our mix over the weekend and he took care of business for us. Once again today, Kang and the Pirates draw another southpaw, albeit a tougher one in Steven Matz. Kang has three homers in 30 PA against LHP this season for a .276/.300/.724 slash. He has a .469 SLG against lefties in his short career.
Steve Pearce ($3,500) – The Rays are the walking wounded right now with Brandon Guyer, Logan Forsythe, and Kevin Kiermaier all on the DL. That’ll put Steve Pearce in a primary spot in the lineup for this matchup against lefty Robbie Ray. Pearce has five home runs in just 48 PA against lefties on the season. He’s batting .405/.479/.833 in that split and owns a .273/.354/.507 slash in his career against southpaws.
Here are the top value pitchers for June 6:
Chris Archer ($7,900) – This isn’t an ideal situation for Archer, as we know, but there’s also some hope that he could fare a bit better against a team that doesn’t know him. We are always looking for strikeout upside at this price range and nobody has more of it tonight than Archer. He’s still striking out over a batter per inning, so there’s a reasonable expectation of 15-18 points, even if he’s not entirely sharp.
Masahiro Tanaka ($8,300) – This seems like a really low price for Tanaka, who has been terrific this season. The strikeouts haven’t been there, so maybe that’s the cause, but he’s not hurting himself with walks and continues to induce a lot of weak contact. The Angels don’t see much of the right-hander, so he should have an advantage here in this one. The Angels are a little bit above league average against RHP, so it’s not like this is a terrible matchup. Hell, Colby Lewis is priced higher than Tanaka tonight.
Mike Bolsinger ($4,900) – The asking price for Bolsinger isn’t high tonight, which means that expectations don’t need to be either. Bolsinger does have 14 K in 15 IP since his return and the Rockies are 17th in wOBA away from the friendly confines of Coors Field. He’s definitely worth a look here in a decent pitcher’s park against a lackluster offense.