Another day gets underway on the diamond early this afternoon and we’re hard at work finding the players you want to fill out your daily fantasy roster(s). There are a lot of options tonight, with a good mix of pitchers slated to go and some very interesting pitching matchups. Whatever stats or hunches you use to fill out your lineup, it’s best to get as much information as possible before locking everything in, so hopefully you take our value picks article under consideration today.
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 4:
New York Mets – The Mets don’t have great numbers against left-handed pitching on the year, but a matchup against Justin Nicolino could easily change all of that. Nicolino is the league’s ultimate pitch-to-contact starter, which means that he can get in a lot of trouble. Nicolino only has 16 strikeouts out of his 167 batters faced and has been very fortunate to post a .276 BABIP against. He owns a 4.50/4.60/5.28 pitcher slash and that regression may hit here today.
Los Angeles Angels – The time to be replaced in the Pirates rotation is drawing near for Jeff Locke. With the Super Two deadline passing soon, Locke will, in all likelihood, be replaced by one of Pittsburgh’s top pitching prospects. On the year, Locke owns a 4.33/5.00/4.93 pitcher slash with a very poor 3.5 percent K%-BB% and poor command. He’s as below average as a starter can get and the Angels have enough hitters to put a hurting on him today.
Cleveland – The suddenly-surging Indians could be worth a look here today against Ian Kennedy. This is Cleveland’s second crack at the right-hander, who owns a 3.03 ERA, but a 4.30 FIP and a 4.48 xFIP. Kennedy has a .260 BABIP against, which is not sustainable, and an 84.6 percent strand rate, which is really unsustainable. He’s getting a big boost from Kansas City’s defense, but some key cogs of that group are missing right now.
Here are the top value hitters for June 4:
Derek Dietrich ($3,600) – Getting regular playing time, Derek Dietrich has been lighting it up on the fat side of the platoon. On the year, Dietrich owns a .321/.420/.505 slash against right-handed pitching with a .397 wOBA and a 151 wRC+. He draws Bartolo Colon in a very favorable matchup because Colon throws a lot of fastballs and Dietrich is 6.1 runs above average against four-seam and two-seam fastballs this season.
Trea Turner ($3,200) – With the Super Two deadline in the rearview mirror for Trea Turner, the Nationals finally realized that it was time to get Danny Espinoza off the field and that opened the door for Turner. Turner was slashing .310/.376/.472 with 17 stolen bases in 50 games at the Triple-A level before he got the call and he promptly went 3-for-3 with a walk in his season debut. With good speed and the ability to kickstart rallies, he’s a great value buy.
Jurickson Profar ($3,100) – Wait and see what Texas’s lineup will be today because Rougned Odor returns from suspension, but Jurickson Profar would be an excellent streaming candidate if he cracks the starting lineup. Profar owns an impressive collection of minor league stats and has swung a hot bat since his recall with a .364/.364/.636 slash in his 33 plate appearances.
Here are the top value pitchers for June 4:
Chad Bettis ($5,600) – The Rockies right-hander takes on the San Diego Padres here on Saturday and is a great value pick. The Padres have the worst offense by wOBA against right-handed pitching on the season, tied with the Atlanta Braves at .274. The Padres also have one of the highest K% against RHP this season. Bettis should be good for a quality outing and a handful of punchouts at a very reasonable price.
Junior Guerra ($6,800) – The Brewers did a lot of minor league scouting once David Stearns took over and one of the guys that they uncovered was Junior Guerra. So far, Guerra has been tremendous, with almost a strikeout per inning and really good command. The 31-year-old bounced around in the minor leagues and Mexico before really getting into a groove here with Milwaukee. Against the Phillies, he’s plenty viable as a streamer.
Collin McHugh ($8,200) – Collin McHugh has gotten it going of late. The Houston right-hander has 26 strikeouts in his last 21.1 innings of work. He’s been mixing his pitches more effectively and the Astros have enjoyed the spoils of his improvements. Oakland ranks 23rd in wOBA against RHP with one of the lowest walk rates in that split. Hopefully McHugh’s recent successes continue.