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Before I get into my FanDuel picks for Saturday, June 20, I wanted to talk about Chris Sale’s big night.

Last week, I wrote a column on FanDuel that mentioned some nicknames for certain Daily Fantasy Baseball events that only DFS players would be familiar with.

For instance, a “Hand Grenade,” is a bargain-priced player that you held onto for several days in a row with no production, then, when you finally let him go – he blows up.

In a related incident, I had Sale (vs. TEX) in my lineup for the entire afternoon yesterday, then finally decided to bail on him and go with Jacob deGrom, who was just $200 cheaper. A couple days earlier, the Rangers had smacked Clayton Kershaw around for four runs in the first four innings, and I just had it in my head that they were coming around – especially against lefties.

While Sale didn’t get the win, he did throw eight shutout innings with 14 strikeouts, posting 22 FanDuel points on the night (deGrom had 8.33 FanDuel points). So my new nickname for swapping out at the last second from a beast to a loser is a “Jesse James.” Not the cowboy, but instead, the motorcycle customizer that left Sandra Bullock for Michelle McGee (the female Marilyn Manson).

Batter vs. Pitcher: Doug and I are in the same boat on how this information has become noise in the industry – although, we were both slow to convert. He wrote a great piece on why batter vs. pitcher stats aren’t something you should pay much attention to. But if you’re still into reading about BvP stats, you can check for that fix.

Rather than target hitters against certain pitchers, look at hitters vs. right- or left-handed pitchers. Doug put together two awesome charts for your perusal:


FanDuel Picks for Saturday, June 20

Top Starting Pitchers

Rather than do picks for the entire day, which take in the early games that a lot of you won’t be able to get in on because you’re reading this too late in the day, I decided to just write these FanDuel picks for the nine “Night” games, which start at 7pm.

  • Louis at Philadelphia
  • Tampa Bay at Cleveland
  • Miami at Cincinnati
  • Boston at Kansas City
  • Y. Mets at Atlanta
  • Detroit at N.Y. Yankees
  • San Francisco at L.A. Dodgers
  • Houston at Seattle
  • San Diego at Arizona

Dallas Keuchel, LHP, Houston at SEA ($9,800): He’s $1,200 less than Corey Kluber, the most expensive pitcher, and $900 more than third-place John Lackey. The Mariners are the third-worst scoring offense in the majors, and while they happen to hit lefties a little better than righties, they have the third-most strikeouts in the month of June. Keuchel doesn’t lose many games, and he doesn’t let many people on base.

Noah Syndergaard, RHP, N.Y. Mets at ATL ($6,700): The rookie has gone at least six innings in five of his past six starts, allowing one or fewer runs in three of those six starts.

Top Hitters for Saturday, June 6

Here are two choices at each position; one is the best bet for production and the other is a lower priced option with a favorable outlook.


Yadier Molina, St. Louis at Philadelphia ($2,600): Nice hitter’s park for Molina, plus he’s finally coming around with the bat – raising his batting average from .275 to .291 over the past nine games. He also has good reverse splits this season, batting .314 vs. RHP, rather than .208 vs. LHP.

Blake Swihart, Boston at KC ($2,200): CHECK LINEUPS! I like Swihart because he’s becoming a cheap catcher to play that doesn’t end up deducting points from your lineup. For instance, over his past nine games, he has just one game in which he didn’t post positive FanDuel points. He also hits RHP better than lefties.

First Basemen

Joey Votto, Cincinnati vs. MAI ($4,000): Votto’s not your traditional slugger, but he seems like he’s always putting up positive points for you. He faces RHP Tom Koehler, who has given up 10 HR this year, and Votto has a slash line against righties of .296/.400/.586.

Adrian Gonzalez, L.A. Dodgers vs. SF ($3,000): Good matchup against Tim Hudson, and Gonzalez remains a probable 25-HR/100-RBI player, available at a great price.

Second Basemen

Jace Peterson, Atlanta vs. NYM ($3,100): If you don’t play Syndergaard, then toss Peterson in your lineup, as he has six doubles in his past eight games, and his 25 RBI are the third-most for 2B vs. RHP.

Kolten Wong, St. Louis at PHI ($2,800): Great bargain for a solid lefty/righty matchup vs. Aaron Harang in a great pitcher’s park. Wong has seven homers and 32 runs scored (second-most for 2B vs. RHP).

Third Basemen

Matt Carpenter, St. Louis at PHI ($3,400): Another lefty Cardinals to stack against Harang in a great hitter’s park. Carpenter has 37 runs scored against righties.

Mike Moustakas, Kansas City vs. BOS ($2,800): One of the cheaper third basemen available, Moustakas rarely puts up negative points, and he currently leads all 3B vs. right-handed pitchers with a .348 batting average.


Jhonny Peralta, St. Louis at Minnesota ($3,400): He’s stellar against right-handers, hitting 30 points higher than any other shortstop versus righties.

Wilmer Flores, N.Y. Mets at Atlanta ($2,700): He’s a solid slugging shortstop that leads the position with seven homers vs. RHP.


Giancarlo Stanton, Miami at CIN ($5,300): He’s facing a right-hander in DeSclafani, but he also leads all right-handed hitters in homers against RHP with 17.

Yoenis Cespedes, Detroit at NYY ($3,400): Always good with the reverse splits (.324 vs. RHP, compared to .204 vs. LHP), plus he’s batting .362 in June.

Nelson Cruz, OF, Seattle vs. HOU ($3,100): I’m still a fan of Keuchel tonight, but if you go with someone else, consider a relatively cheap Cruz, who’s hitting  .419 with six homers in 43 at-bats this season.

Jason Heyward, St. Louis at PHI ($2,900): Another lefty Card, he’s hitting over .300 in June. He’s actually batting better vs. righties, uncharacteristically, as he hit about 135 points better against righties (.304) last season.

Hopefully, we hit more homers than GIDPs with our FanDuel picks for Saturday, June 20, and you come out a winner!

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