We’re looking to put the pieces into the right slots for roster perfection in daily fantasy formats today. There are 11 games spread throughout the day, as some teams head on to new cities and some return home after a road trip. Every day on the diamond has been interesting this season and today is no different, especially with some of the pitcher salaries and the matchups. Let’s see what’s in store for this Thursday June 2 card.
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Here are the top teams to stack for June 2:
Colorado – Alfredo Simon starts at Coors Field tonight. Not much more needs to be said, but we’ll say it anyway. Simon has a 9.65 ERA with a 6.57 FIP and a 5.45 xFIP. Last start, he was ejected for hitting the opposing pitcher. Simon has given up 46 runs on 64 hits in 40.1 innings of work this season. The Reds bullpen will simply pour gasoline on this inferno. This could be really ugly.
Chicago Cubs – The Cubs get rookie left-hander Julio Urias in his second career start. Urias settled down nicely after a rocky first inning against the Mets in his debut, but this is a much tougher lineup, particularly against left-handed pitching. Urias has an insanely bright future, but the 19-year-old has to learn to manage his emotions and command his pitches in big spots. There will probably be a lot of big spots against this Cubs lineup on Thursday.
Detroit – Michael Pineda, we meet again. The command-less right-hander takes the mound against a team with a lot of power that can really hurt him. Pineda has good K/BB numbers, but he’s allowed a .390 BABIP against and a total of 11 home runs in 53.1 innings of work. Ignore the ERA-xFIP discrepancy because regression assumes a reasonable level of command. Pineda has no command. He’s given up a bunch of line drives, a ton of hard contact, and 73 hits in those 53.1 innings this season.
Here are the top value hitters for June 2:
Josh Harrison ($3,700) – The Pirates are also a viable stacking option today with another left-handed starter on the bump. In 40 PA this season, Josh Harrison owns a .378/.425/.486 slash against lefties and he is one of many (David Freese, Jung Ho Kang, etc.) to be great value buys against Wei-Yin Chen. Harrison has a good mix of speed and contact ability, so he could be in for a big day against this southpaw.
Hyun Soo Kim ($3,200) – It took a little bit of time for the former KBO batting champion to get on track in the big leagues, but he’s figuring it out. Kim is slashing .382/.469/.509 over 64 plate appearances and he’s worked his way into regular playing time against right-handed pitching.
Freddie Freeman ($2,300) – Sure, he’s facing Madison Bumgarner, but Freeman is the cheapest first baseman that is actually on a Major League 25-man roster for today’s action. Against lefties this season, Freeman is actually 29 percent above league average with a .279/.372/.456 slash. It’s a really hard matchup, but there’s no reason that Freeman should ever be priced this low.
Here are the top value pitchers for June 2:
Juan Nicasio ($6,900) – Juan Nicasio is a nice streaming option today against a Marlins lineup that is a little bit below league average against right-handed pitching. Nicasio has 47 strikeouts in his 47 innings of work, so hopefully he’ll be good enough for us to pick up 15 or so points, which is a great ROI at this price.
Jerad Eickhoff ($8,600) – Jerad Eickhoff has had some flashes of brilliance mixed in with poor pitching. He’s got 50 strikeouts in 59.2 innings of work and faces a Brewers lineup that likes to swing and miss. Nobody has struck out in a higher percentage of plate appearances against RHP than the Brewers and they have posted an 89 wRC+ in that split. That means Eickhoff has about as good of a matchup as he can get.
Madison Bumgarner ($12,900) – Just pay the price. Madison Bumgarner takes on the worst lineup in baseball against left-handed pitching today and he should have all kinds of success. The Braves have a .259 wOBA and a 59 wRC+ against lefties with absolutely no power. Their .303 SLG is 23 points lower than the 29th-ranked team. This has potential to be a no-hitter type game or really close to it.