Our DFS slate had a full 15 games once again on Wednesday, June 26th. It was a good day for most of the high priced pitchers and some other batters put up big games as well. Points and salaries are based on DraftKings.
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Trevor Bauer ($10,600)
Trevor Bauer and the Indians beat the Kansas City Royals at home Wednesday 5-3. Bauer pitched 6.2 innings and gave up one earned run on only three hits and one walk. He racked up 12 strikeouts while throwing 127 pitches. Bauer scored 37.4 DFS points. This was a good bounce-back performance as Bauer gave up five earned runs on 10 hits over four innings in his last start. Bauer’s ERA is now at 3.55 and his WHIP is at 1.14. This is now three out of his four starts that have been stellar.
Bauer’s next projected start will come against the same Kansas City Royals, this time on the road on July 3rd. Bauer dismantled the Royals offense Wednesday and he should have similar DFS success in this start. The Royals offense has been bad this year and has not been any better lately. In June, the Royals rank 25th in runs scored and average 3.91 runs per game. They are also tied for 10th in strikeouts. He should be counted on again vs. the Royals in DFS.
Mike Minor ($11,000)
Mike Minor of the Texas Rangers threw a complete game gem on Wednesday. He pitched all nine innings while giving up only one earned run on five hits and two walks. Minor struck out seven and gave up one home run. He scored 34.55 fantasy points in DraftKings DFS. Minor’s ERA is now at a sparkling 2.40 and his WHIP is at 1.12. His K/9 sits at a pretty good 8.79.
Minor’s next projected start will come on Monday, July 1st at home against the Angels. The Angels have avoided the strikeout all year and this trend has not changed lately. In June, the Angels rank 26th in strikeouts and have struck out only 7.26 times per game. They have also scored well this month and average 5.43 runs per game, ranking in the Top 10. Minor has been good lately but this doesn’t look like a high upside matchup. At Minor’s price, I will be looking elsewhere for more DFS value.
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. ($4,500)
Gurriel Jr. and the Blue Jays visited the Yankees and lost in a close game 8-7. Gurriel Jr. did all he could to get them the win, going 3-for-5 while hitting two home runs and a double. He finished with two runs scored and four RBI for 37 fantasy points. Gurriel Jr.’s batting average is now at .304 and his OPS is at .965. He has hit 12 home runs and has 30 RBI. He has been on a DFS tear his last few games and has 12 hits over his last five games.
Gurriel Jr.’s Outlook
The Blue Jays now head back home for a four game series against the Kansas City Royals. Kansas City’s pitching has been pretty good lately and ranks 12th in team ERA in the month of June. They have allowed an opposing batting average .258 in June, ranking at 16th in the league. Gurriel Jr. has been one of the hotter hitters in baseball the last week and there isn’t a pitcher in the Royal’s rotation that should scare anyone too much. Fire him up in this series as an affordable DFS player.
James Paxton ($9,000)
Paxton and the Yankees beat the before mentioned Blue Jays 8-7 but it was not because of Paxton’s pitching performance. Paxton was only able to pitch 4.1 innings and gave up six earned runs on eight hits. He also walked four and gave up three home runs. He earned three strikeouts over his 91 pitches. Paxton’s ERA is now at 4.34 and his WHIP is at at 1.43. Paxton has 81 strikeouts over 64.1 innings which puts his K/9 at 11.34.
Paxton’s next projected start will come on Tuesday, July 2nd on the road agaisnt the New York Mets. The Mets offense has been pretty good lately and averages 5.17 runs per game in June. They have done well at putting balls in play and strike out only 7.87 times per game. Paxton has not gotten through more than six innings since mid April and I don’t see that changing here. He does have decent strikeout upside for DFS but if he can’t work deep into games, it is limited.
Nolan Arenado ($4,900)
Arenado and the Rockies visited the San Francisco Giants Wednesday and got the win 6-3. Arenado wasn’t any help offensively in this one as he went 0-for-4 and struck out once. He has played really well this year and has even played good away from Coors Field. Arendao has a home/away batting average split of .370/.280. He has actually hit more home runs on the road as 11 of his 19 have come away from home. His overall numbers are great and his batting average is at .321 and his OPS is at .964.
The Colorado Rockies head back home for a four game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers pitching staff has been really good in June and leads the majors in team ERA at 2.27. This should keep Arenado a little less owned than normal, when he plays at Coors Field. He will always be a top DFS third baseman when he plays at home and I do not think that changes in this tougher matchup.
Eddie Rosario sprained his ankle Wednesday and is considered day-to-day.
Giancarlo Stanton has been placed on the 10-day IL with a PCL sprain.
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