Daily Fantasy MLB 6/29/14: Matchup Plays and Value Picks
Fantasy Baseball Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Upcoming Matchups
June 29, 2014
We’re almost finished up with the weekend (and still wondering where it went so quickly), but there’s still plenty of business to take care of on the MLB field. That means we fantasy owners need to be on point, as there are a lot of big matchups out there today. With that said, let’s take our daily look at some of the up-and-coming value plays out there right now.
Jake Petricka, RP, Chicago White Sox: The big prize from yesterday’s waiver wire scramble was Petricka, who earned a save on Friday in a 5-4 win over Toronto on the road. He pitched 2/3 inning, allowing no base runners. It was his second save of the year.
Ronald Belisario has been canned from the closer’s role, and that opens the gates for Petricka. He’s been one of the team’s best relievers this season, and if he continues to pitch well he could lock up the job.
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Drew Smyly, SP/RP, Detroit Tigers: Let’s stay on the mound and check out Smyly, who is coming off a very nice outing in Texas. He tossed six shutout innings against the Rangers in his last appearance, bagging the win on five hits and one walk.
Smyly is sporting a 3.19 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP right now and seems to be headed in the right direction. He’ll get a favorable matchup in Houston today against the Astros, and should be considered everywhere.
Bartolo Colon, SP, New York Mets: We talked about Colon a few days back, but we’ll go over him again since he’s pitching today. He’s on a stellar run right now, logging a 6-0 record since May 17, never allowing more than two earned runs in an appearance during that frame.
Colon has been on it, and it’s great to see the old veteran still has some life left in his arm. He’s got a 3.67 ERA, but that would be much lower if not for some hiccups early in the year. He’ll see Pittsburgh on the road today.
C.J. Cron, 1B, Los Angeles Angels: Cron has been a red-hot name in the waiver wire pool for a little while now, and his big Friday certainly helped matters. He bashed a pair of homers in Kansas City during the opener, giving him five in a six-game span. He was 1-for-4 yesterday.
Cron will most likely remain productive as long as he’s getting starts, and as long as he’s hitting, he’ll get starts. There’s no way you can ignore these types of numbers, so he needs to be picked up everywhere.
Brad Miller, 2B/SS, Seattle Mariners: Let’s dig a little deeper and check out some middle infield action in Miller. He carried a three-game hit streak into a home game against Cleveland yesterday, posting two runs, a homer and three RBI in that span. He came up empty yesterday, though.
Miller’s season-long BA is still pretty yucky, but at least he’s heading in the right direction. He’ll give you some power and a few RBI here and there, so as long as he doesn’t fall into a hole of missed swings anytime soon, he’s definitely worth owning in the thin 2B/SS market.
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