Daily Fantasy MLB 6/26/14: Matchup Plays and Value Picks
Fantasy Baseball Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Upcoming Matchups
June 26, 2014
It’s Thursday, and that means there are plenty of interesting happenings around the MLB as we gear up for the weekend. With that in mind, let’s take our daily look at some of the trending fantasy players out there and see if anyone’s prime for an addition to your roster. If you’re looking for a sleeper or a matchup play, here’s where to start.
Joe Smith, RP, Los Angeles Angels: Smith is the hottest ticket on the waiver wire right now, and it’s pretty easy to see why. Angels manager Mike Scioscia tagged him as the team’s closer after Tuesday’s game, in which Smith tossed a clean one-hit ninth to earn his sixth save of the year.
Smith will be getting the call in the ninth for now, but this appears to be just a temporary situation. Ernesto Frieri will return to the closer role once he gets things worked out, so keep that in mind as you pick up Smith.
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J.D. Martinez, OF, Detroit Tigers: Very few days go by lately in which we don’t talk about Martinez, and this won’t be one of those days. After staying hot in Cleveland (five hits, two runs, five RBI, one homer), he kept it going in Texas with a homer and two RBI in the Rangers opener. Unbelievably enough, he nailed another solo shot yesterday.
Martinez has been the hottest thing in fantasy for quite some time, and he’s been getting added at a record pace. If for some reason he’s still out there in your league, you need to get him immediately.
Steve Pearce, 1B/OF, Baltimore Orioles: We’ve been talking about Pearce quite a bit recently as well, but the guy just keeps hitting. In the first two games of the White Sox series, he posted three runs and a solo homer, giving him a seven-game hit streak. He came up empty yesterday, though.
As far as fantasy depth, you can’t do much better than Pearce right now. He serves the need of a corner man and an extra outfielder and should fit the bill for any fantasy owner looking for a utility or fill-in guy.
Jesse Hahn, SP, San Diego Padres: Hahn doesn’t pitch again until next week, but we’ll throw his name out there since he’s such a trendy add right now. In his last three starts, he’s 3-0 with just two earned runs and 10 hits allowed in that span. He’s also got a nice 22 strikeouts to his credit in those three wins.
Hahn looked a little rough in his debut early this month, but since then has been flat-out stellar. He’s rocking a 2.38 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP, which is more than a good enough reason to pick him up. He’ll see Cincinnati at home in his next outing.
Vance Worley, SP, Pittsburgh Pirates: Now let’s check out a more immediate situation in Worley. He’s only got two starts to compare numbers from, but both of those have worked out well. He’s 1-0 in that span with three earned runs on 10 hits with just one walk.
That gives Worley a 1.98 ERA and 0.80 WHIP. Granted, those numbers came against sub-par competition (the Marlins and Cubs) but he’ll get a chance to add to them today against the vulnerable Mets. He’s definitely a consideration for a pickup right now.
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