Before we dive into our Daily Fantasy Baseball picks for Saturday, June 27, for FanDuel’s DFS contests, I thought it would be nice to reflect a little bit on this game of baseball.
There’s just something special about baseball on Saturdays in the summer, especially after the NBA and NHL are over, and before the NFL training camps begin.
During the summer, we’re all trying to hit the beach or take the kids to the pool or grill out all afternoon. But as baseball fans, we’re always checking on scores.
As a kid, we used to have the Major League Baseball Game of the Week on NBC, and we’d have Mel Allen and This Week in Baseball, which was the greatest sports show on TV back then. Watching the player’s bloopers at the end was 10 times better than watching SportsCenter’s Not Top 10 on Fridays.
But now, baseball and Saturdays aren’t met with the same love as they once were, but I truly think Daily Fantasy Baseball could someday fix that. If the numbers from the FSTA conference earlier this week are an indication, DFS could be a game-changer for a lot of industries.
These picks will be for FanDuel specifically – because that’s the best-est site to play on! (Plus, I write over there a couple times a week!) Unfortunately, there are only four night games. Rather than hinge all of this article on just four games, I thought I’d share some picks from all of the day’s games, with a player chosen from the night-set among each position.
Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks for Saturday, June 27
I’ll try to give you a pick for the day games and a pick for the night games. As always, check the team’s lineups as you get closer – a great spot to do that is on MLBStartingNine.com.
Matt Harvey, RHP, N.Y. Mets vs. Cincinnati, $10,500 (Day)
Clayton Kershaw’s facing the Marlins in a great pitcher’s park, but he’s close to $2,000 more expensive than Harvey, who will pitch at Citi Field, another great pitcher’s park, at home against the Reds. The Marlins aren’t bad against lefties (.271 BA), but the Reds are the second-worst run-scoring team in the NL against right-handers.
Garrett Richards, RHP, L.A. Angels vs. Seattle, $8,800 (Night)
He has allowed just five earned runs in his past three starts, but more importantly, Richards is 4-1 with a 2.23 ERA at home, compared to a 3-4 road record, with a 5.17 ERA. Add all of that to the fact that the Mariners are batting an MLB-worst .224 against RHP, with the third-most strikeouts, and Richards is a solid play at a great price.
Victor Martinez, Detroit vs. Chicago White Sox ($3,400)
He’s smacking left-handers to the tune of .260-plus points better than he hits right-handers.
Blake Swihart, Boston at Tampa Bay ($2,400)
Not a bad cheap option against RHP Matt Andriese, as Swihart hits .274 vs. right-handers.
Prince Fielder, Texas at Toronto ($3,600)
Fact: Prince Fielder has more multi-hit games this season than any other hitter in the majors (30). Fact: Fielder is batting .387 with seven homers and 33 RBI against RHP this season. Fact: Bears beat beets.
Yonder Alonso, San Diego vs. Arizona ($2,500)
Left-handed Alonso will face Jeremy Hellickson Saturday, and Alonso has been particularly well at not scoring you minus points. In other words, he might not crush homers, but in cash games, he’s helpful because he rarely scores a zero or less than zero.
Jason Kipnis, Cleveland at Baltimore ($4,600)
This is a tough sell, but Tillman’s ERA is north of 6.00 and Kipnis is a streaking demon right now, especially against righties (batting .401 against RHP in 2015).
Neil Walker, Pittsburgh vs. Atlanta ($2,500)
Julio Teheran hasn’t been great this season, and Walker is struggling in June, but he’s a nice GPP play tonight, with power potential.
Maikel Franco, Philadelphia vs. Washington ($3,700)
The rookie is batting .322 with a .912 OPS against RHP this season, and the up-and-down Gio Gonzalez is 2-3 with a 5.89 ERA on the road this year.
Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay vs. Boston ($2,900)
He’s not having a standout year, by any means, but he still has a nice pricetag, and he has a .438 on-base percentage against left-handed pitchers.
Jhonny Peralta, St. Louis at N.Y. Mets ($3,200)
No shortstop is hitting right-handed pitching better this season than Peralta (.322), and the veteran also has 32 RBI in 205 at-bats vs. righties.
Ian Desmond, Washington at Philadelphia ($2,500)
Desmond has been slumping this month, but he poked a homer out Thursday, he’s in a great hitter’s park and he’s facing a left-hander (Adam Morgan).
Mike Trout, L.A. Angels ($4,900)
Finding Trout for under $5K at home against a lefty!?! (He actually hits righties better, but still …)
Justin Upton, San Diego vs. Arizona ($3,200)
Upton is batting under .200 this month, but he hits righties pretty well, hits nearly 100 points better at home, and he’s going up against his former ballclub.
Rajai Davis, Detroit vs. Chicago White Sox ($2,900)
The speedster is one of the best hitting Tigers against left-handers, and LHP John Danks toes the rubber for the White Sox today. Davis leads the Tigers with 32 total bases versus LHP.
Avisail Garcia, Chicago White Sox at Detroit ($2,400)
The bad news is Garcia hasn’t homered since June 8. The good news is his price is super low because of that, and he’s one of the best White Sox hitters against left-handers (.313 BA, .787 OPS).
Good luck with your Daily Fantasy Baseball picks for Saturday, June 27!
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