Make it a Sunday Funday by cashing one of those big checks from the daily fantasy sites. Sundays are always tricky, with a lot of day games, series finales, homestand finales, and road trip finales. Managers give players a day off and lineups can sometimes look a little bit strange. Astute DFS players can still find ways to make money, however, and finding the right cheap options to plug into your lineup is essential. That’s why we’re here.
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 5:
Washington – The Nationals have a great opportunity to put up some runs against Reds right-hander Jon Moscot. After getting shellacked in Colorado, Moscot has a 7.13 ERA< 9.91 FIP, and a 6.04 xFIP in his 17.2 innings this season. In his MLB career, he’s issued more walks than strikeouts of 29.1 innings of work and has a 6.14/8.21/5.84 pitcher slash. He didn’t miss many bats in the upper levels of the minors either and is simply a filler for the Reds until better pitchers come back from injury.
Pittsburgh – The Los Angeles Angels head to the Bronx after today’s game, but they’ll have to get through it with Hector Santiago on the mound. After laughing in the face of his advanced metrics for four seasons, everything seems to have caught up with the left-hander, who has a 4.96 ERA, a 5.60 FIP, and a 4.75 xFIP. The Pirates have the sixth-best offense by wOBA against lefties.
Houston – Sonny Gray makes his return to the Oakland rotation after a “back injury” popped up in the midst of the worst stretch of his career. Gray has a 6.19 ERA with a 5.14 FIP and a 4.53 xFIP. Maybe he truly was hurt, but he’s been a mechanical mess with no control or command. Houston is rolling right now with wins in 10 of its last 12 and the bats have really come around.
Here are the top value hitters for June 5:
Maikel Franco ($3,800) – Any time you can get a good hitter at a low price against a terrible pitcher, it’s a solid investment. Maikel Franco has struggled a bit this season with a .249/.295/.428 slash, but the Phillies third baseman draws Wily Peralta today and that could be the cure for his slump. Wily P has a 6.51 ERA with a 5.31 FIP and a 4.76 xFIP on the season.
Jung Ho Kang ($3,700) – Jung Ho Kang was expected to take some time to get back into rhythm after a devastating knee injury last season. It hasn’t taken him long at all. Kang has already hit eight home runs in just 87 plate appearances for a .273/.333/.662 slash. He’s hit three of those dongs in just 27 PA against left-handed pitching on the season. He now owns a .477 SLG in his career against southpaws.
Javier Baez ($3,300) – In small sample sizes, Javier Baez has shown a propensity for hitting left-handed pitching. In 23 PA this season, Baez is slashing .450/.522/.650, a continuation of the .421/.450/.632 he slashed in 20 PA last season. The Cubs utility man should get the nod today against Patrick Corbin, so hopefully he can keep up this pace with the platoon edge.
Here are the top value pitchers for June 5:
Matt Harvey ($7,500) – I’m not naïve enough to think that Matt Harvey has been fixed based off of one start, but it was a step in the right direction for him and he carries some value here at this price. Harvey is pitching in a good park against a lineup that he’s familiar with and his velocity came back last start. I’m cautiously optimistic here, along with the fact that some of his peripherals do show positive regression coming.
Gerrit Cole ($7,600) – Gerrit Cole hasn’t been as dominant as he has been over the last couple of seasons, but there’s still a lot to like about the Pirates right-hander. Cole has swing and miss stuff, even though it hasn’t translated in the strikeout column yet. I keep harping on the fact that we’re simply looking for strikeout upside at a low price in these value selections and Cole does bring us that.
Jon Gray ($8,100) – This is the park and the matchup that should allow Jon Gray to have success. The Rockies right-hander has well over a strikeout per inning and his 5.76 ERA isn’t indicative of how well he has thrown the ball. The Padres are one of the worst lineups in baseball against right-handed pitching, so Gray has a very favorable matchup on Sunday.