Daily Fantasy Baseball Advice – 6/30/15
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June 30th, 2015
Daily Fantasy Baseball – 6/30/15
Here is my lineup for tonight’s games. Please note that I’m using the salary cap based on FanDuel prices.
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Pitcher – Andrew Heaney – Los Angeles Angels
Although there are a lot of quality pitchers on the mound this Tuesday, I’m going to try and save some money and go with the left-handed Andrew Heaney of the Los Angeles Angels. Heaney, the top pitching prospect in the Angels system, made his Angels debut last Wednesday and pitched well against the Houston Astros giving up just 1 ER on 4 hits while striking out 5. Heaney has a great arm with a lively fastball and slider and has been working on a changeup this offseason to include in his arsenal. Outside of his time in the Pacific Coast League this season, Heaney has been dominant in his minor league career and in is four seasons of minor league ball has posted a career 8.9 K/9 ratio. Heaney will be going up against the New York Yankees on Tuesday night and could have a decent night with the K’s as the Yankees rank 9th in MLB in total strikeouts vs. LHP and have an overall strikeout percentage of 20.1%. It’s a bit of risk going with Heaney with so many proven starters on the mound, but I like his chances against the Yankees on Tuesday.
Catcher – Jonathan Lucroy – Milwaukee Brewers
Jonathan Lucroy has had a tough 2015 season as he missed about 6 weeks due to a foot injury and is currently hitting .230 with a homerun and 13 RBI’s on the season. Although Lucroy has been struggling, he was able to collect four hits last night and although he does face a tough pitcher in Philadelphia’s Cole Hamels, he has had success against the left-hander in his career. In his last three seasons, Lucroy has a .329 average and .923 OPS against LHP and in his career against Hamels, Lucroy has a .463 (6-13) average with a homerun and 3 RBI’s. Lucroy has fared well against Philadelphia as in his last three seasons he has a .339 (20-59) average and a 1.008 OPS. Lucroy is way too talented of an offensive player to be listed at this low of a price and I’m hoping that he can put together back to back solid nights against a team he has done well against in the past.
First Base – Chris Carter – Houston Astros
Chris Carter is the ultimate boom/bust pick as the slugging first baseman is hitting just .196 average but does have 13 homeruns and 37 RBI’s on the season. The reason why I’m going with Carter on Tuesday night is due to the fact that I like his matchup against a struggling Danny Duffy of the Kansas Royals. Duffy has really had a difficult 2015 as he comes into Tuesday’s matchup with a 5.44 ERA, 1.70 WHIP, and has allowed RHB to have a .305 average and .848 OPS against him. Carter has limited experience against Duffy in his career, but is 1 for 2 lifetime against the left-hander with 2 walks and a homerun and I’m hoping he can connect for another long ball on Tuesday night.
Second Base – Dee Gordon – Miami Marlins
Dee Gordon has slowed down from his torrid start of the 2015 season, however, the second baseman is still hitting .353 on the season with 39 runs scored and 26 SB. Gordon has a great matchup against Ryan Vogelsong of the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday as in his career, Gordon has posted a .344 (11-32) average against right-hander. Gordon has been a thorn in the Giants side so far in 2015 as in 9 bats, he has collected 5 hits and 3 doubles. Gordon is hitting .342 against RHP on the season and with his success against Vogelsong, I’m hoping that he can get on base a few times and get us a couple of SB’s on Tuesday night.
Shortstop – Carlos Correa – Houston Astros
Carlos Correa has been everything as advertised so far in his young MLB career and although his price-tag has quickly ascended to be the highest among all shortstops, I’m willing to spend the money on the rookie as I like his matchup against the left-handed Danny Duffy of the Kansas Royals. In just 89 AB’s as of Monday night, Correa is hitting .303 with 5 homeruns, 15 RBI’s, and 4 SB. Correa has fared well against LHP as he currently has a .317 average and .967 OPS against lefties. As I mentioned above, Duffy is allowing RHB to hit .305 against him on the season and as he has really struggled throughout the season, I really think that Correa and the Astros can do some damage against Duffy on Tuesday night.
Third Base – Kris Bryant – Chicago Cubs
I’m going to go with another highly talented rookie in Kris Bryant on Tuesday as the slugging third baseman is hitting .273 with 10 homeruns and 43 RBI’s. I’m going with Bryant on Tuesday as I like his matchup against the left-handed Jonathon Niese who has struggled a bit since April. Bryant is currently hitting .308 against LHP on the season and is averaging a homerun in every 9.75 AB’s against left-handers in 2015. Bryant has fared well against the Mets as in his young career he has a .429 average and 1.529 OPS. Niese is allowing RHP to have a .298 average against him on the season and although Bryant his limited experience against Niese, he does have a .333 (1-3) average against him in his career. Bryant has tremendous power and I’m hoping that he will be able to connect of Niese and the New York Mets on Tuesday night.
Outfield – George Springer – Houston Astros
As you can tell by now, I’m stacking the right-handed bats of the Houston Astros against Danny Duffy of the Kansas City Royals. Springer has struggled over the past week as he has only hit .083 however, the talented outfielder is hitting .263 with 12 homeruns, 27 RBI’s and 13 SB’s so far in 2015. Springer has done well against LHP as has a .280 average with 6 homeruns in 93 AB’s against lefties on the season. Although Springer has struggled as of late, he has posted a .333 average and a .905 OPS so far in the month of June. Springer has done well against Kansas City in his two years in MLB as in his career, Springer has posted a .400 (8-20) average and 1.338 OPS against the Royals.
Outfield – Ryan Braun – Milwaukee Brewers
Ryan Braun is once against heating up as the veteran outfielder is hitting .389 over the past week and is now hitting .265 with 15 homeruns and 50 RBI’s so far in 2015. Braun will be up against a tough left-hander in Philadelphia’s Cole Hamels, however, Braun has had success against Hamels as in his career he has posted a .323 (10-31) average with 3 homeruns and 5 RBI’s. In his last three seasons, Braun has an incredible .451 (32-71) average and 1.424 OPS against the Phillies. Hamels has struggled a bit as of late as he has given up at least five ER’s in two of his last three outings. Hamels has allowed 11 homeruns against RHB on the season and as Braun is currently swinging a hot bat, I’m hoping that he can connect on one on Tuesday night.
Outfield – Mitch Moreland – Texas Rangers
I was very close in taking Moreland last night over Gomez and I wish I stuck with my gut as Moreland went on to hit two homeruns against Bud Norris and the Baltimore Orioles on Monday night. The left-handed hitting Moreland has had a great 2015 as he has posted a .300 average with 12 homeruns and 39 RBI’s. Moreland has been great against RHP on the season as he has a .307 average and .901 OPS against righties in 2015. Moreland will be up against the right-handed Miguel Gonzalez in which in his career he has posted a .375 (3-8) average. Moreland has been impressive against RHP all season and for his price tag ($2600) he has great value on Tuesday night.