There was a full slate of games for MLB DFS on Wednesday, June 3rd and we even had a doubleheader with the Tigers and White Sox. Some big name pitchers put up big numbers which means we had some notable bats who put up some duds. Points and salaries are based on DraftKings.
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Stephen Strasburg ($10,300)
Strasburg and the Nationals played host to the Marlins on Wednesday and got the win 3-1. Strasburg was the top MLB DFS performer and put up 45.5 fantasy points. He was able to pitch 7.1 innings and struck out a whopping 14 batters over his 110 pitches. Strasburg only allowed two hits and gave up two walks. He was credited the win and improved to 10-4 on the year. Strasburg has been a stud nearly all season and his ERA is now at 3.64 and his WHIP is at 1.04. His K/9 is in great shape at 10.68.
Strasburg will not have another start before the All-Star break. When the second half of the season resumes he should slot right back in as one of the Nationals’ best starters. Strasburg did struggle a bit in his last three starts going into Wednesday but righted the ship in a big way. This was Strasburg’s first start in which he didn’t allow an earned run since mid April. His high strikeout rate will keep him as a top MLB DFS pitcher for the foreseeable future.
Sonny Gray ($9,200)
Sonny Gray took advantage of the scuffling Milwaukee Brewers’ lineup Wednesday and got the win in a 3-0 game. Gray improved to 5-5 on the year and has now taken a win in three of his last four starts. Gray was able to strike out 12 over eight full innings. He allowed four hits and only walked one. Gray scored 43 MLB DFS points. His ERA is now at 3.59 and his WHIP is at 1.18. His K/9 now sits at 10.27 which is a big improvement from his career number of 8.06.
Gray will also not make another start before the All-Star break. He has been a very consistent pitcher this year and has not given up more than four earned runs in any start and that was only on two occasions. After starting the season 0-4 he has improved all the way to 5-5 and has pitched really well over the past two months. Expect him to continue his good first half and pitch well after the break.
Mike Clevinger ($9,700)
Clevinger and the Indians’ pitching staff combined to shut out the Royals on Wednesday. Clevinger started it out with six great innings. He allowed only four hits and struck out nine. The Indians’ coaching staff only allowed him to throw 79 pitches, which limited his upside. He scored 33.1 fantasy points and improved to 2-2 on the year. He has now started five games this year and has an ERA of 4.44. This ERA should improve as his WHIP is only 0.99. His strikeout numbers are off the charts as he has a K/9 of 14.81. This was a great bounce-back performance as Clevinger gave up seven earned over just 1.2 innings in his last start.
Clevinger will also have a long break before his next start as the Indians only have three more games before the All-Star break. In limited action this year, Clevinger showed immense upside to go with a bit of streakiness. Clevinger has three games where he allowed no earned runs and in the other two he combined for 12 earned runs over just six innings. This could be a case where he was still knocking off some rust and a small break could be just what he needs. Expect Clevinger to come out after the All-Star break as one of the top MLB DFS pitchers for the remainder of the year.
Chris Sale ($11,800)
Sale and the Boston Red Sox were visitors at Toronto and took the loss 6-3. This loss for Sale dropped his record to a surprising 3-8. Sale was not able to get through six innings Wednesday and gave up five earned runs on nine hits. He struck out five while walking two and gave up three home runs. His 5.55 MLB DFS points was his worst performance since early April. Sale’s ERA is now at 4.04 and his WHIP is in great shape at 1.07. His K/9 is also very good at 12.87.
Sale will not make another start before the All-Star break. Sale’s numbers show he should have some positive regression in his win-loss total after the break. He has been one of the top MLB DFS pitchers all season and that should not change after the break. Expect him to use the break to his advantage and rest up and come back as strong as ever.
George Springer ($5,900), Jose Altuve ($4,600)
Springer, Altuve and the Astros were visitors at the very hitter friendly Coors Field and won in a low scoring game, 4-2. Most who expected this to be a very high scoring game were disappointed with the final score. Springer and Altuve were both high priced and highly owned players in this matchup and both put up goose eggs. Springer was off to a scintillating start to the year before getting injured and has a batting average of .307 to go with an OPS of .995. He has hit 18 home runs and has 45 RBI, all in the span of only 56 games. Altuve also missed some time with injury but has not been his normal self when on the field. Altuve is batting .264 with an OPS of .793, both under his career averages by a good margin. He has hit 10 home runs and has 25 RBI over 52 games played.
Springer and Altuve’s Outlook
Both of these All-Star type players should bounce back post All-Star break. Springer should find the form that had him in early contention for the MVP and Jose Altuve has been too good of a player over the last few years to stay down. Expect these two and the rest of the Astros’ offense to be at the top of MLB DFS lists in the second half of the year.
Home Run Derby Losers
Christian Yelich and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. wil face off as the 1 and 8 seed in the Home Run Derby over All-Star weekend. These are two guys who if they weren’t matched up, would have been the odds-on favorites in my opinion. Now they will have to slug it out just to get to the second round. I still think whoever gets the win in this round one matchup will go on to win the entire Home Run Derby.
Justin Upton left Wednesday’s game with a left quad injury. With this injury coming so close to the All-Star break he could be held out until after the break.
Scooter Gennett left Wednesday’s game with a groin injury. This is expected to land him back on the IL.
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