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Before I get into our Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks for Wednesday, June 24, I thought I’d share a thought or two about Tuesday’s big DFS news.

At the Fantasy Sports Trade Association (FSTA) conference Tuesday, attendees got to hear an awful lot about how healthy the Daily Fantasy Sports world is doing.

While the percentage of Fantasy players that play traditional leagues sits at 84 percent, the number of people playing Daily Fantasy Sports has grown considerably in the past year.

In 2013, just eight percent of the people that played Fantasy Sports happened to play Daily Fantasy games.

But just two years later, the FSTA’s research now shows that number has climbed up to 17 percent of Fantasy users play DFS exclusively.

It’s the future of this sport – and it’s just going to get bigger and bigger each year.

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 DailyBaseballData.com 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:

Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks for Wednesday, 6-24-2015

Top Starting Pitchers

There are 10 games starting at 7pm tonight, with 20 pitchers to choose from, including several left-handed starting pitchers, like.

  • Jaime Garcia, LHP, St. Louis at Miami
  • Wandy Rodriguez, LHP, Texas vs. Oakland
  • Danny Duffy, LHP, Kansas City at Seattle
  • Roenis Elias, LHP, Seattle vs. Kansas City

Gerrit Cole, RHP, Pittsburgh vs. CIN ($11,100): There aren’t many more consistent DFS options out there, as Cole has won six consecutive starts, going at least seven innings in five of those games, allowing less than three earned runs in each outing. You’ll want to pay up for Cole in the late games. The Reds are the second-lowest scoring team in the NL versus righties, and the Reds are batting just .234 on the road.

Jordan Zimmermann, RHP, Washington vs. ATL ($8,300): The Braves aren’t bad against right-handers, and they’ve been a much-improved offense, batting.284 in June. I’d prefer to pay up for Cole, but Zimmermann is someone to consider also.

Danny Duffy, LHP, Kansas City at SEA ($6,900): If you prefer to go cheaper, in a GPP longshot, Duffy’s pitching in a great pitcher’s park in Safeco Field, and he has the best bullpen and the best defense in the majors behind him. The Royals’ station-to-station offense hits about .272 against both on the road and against left-handed starters. (Kendall Graveman is also an interesting GPP play tonight.)

Top Hitters for Wednesday, June 24

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.

Catchers

Yasmani Grandal, L.A. Dodgers at CHC ($3,100): The switch-hitter has a friendlier bat toward right-handers, and Kyle Hendricks is 0-1 in five starts at Wrigley Field.

Sandy Leon, Boston vs. BAL ($2,300): With Blake Swihart missing a couple games with a sprained left wrist, the Red Sox have turned to the switch-hitting Leon. Check the lineups, but Leon could face RHP Bud Norris, who boasts a 7.57 ERA this season.

First Basemen

Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona at COL ($6,100): You’ll have to swallow hard and dig deep to use Goldy at this price, but he’s one of the best hitters in the league, and he’s facing a pitcher that has given up seven home runs in his past five starts.

David Ortiz, Boston vs. BAL ($3,000): It’s a sweet price tag for Big Papi, especially going up against RHP Norris. He has four homers and 13 RBI this month as he digs out of the early season hole he was in.

Second Basemen

Jimmy Paredes, Baltimore at BOS ($2,800): He has eight homers and .539 slugging percentage against right-handed pitchers, and Clay Buchholz is 1-4 with a 4.61 ERA at Fenway Park this season. (Buchholz also had a 6.64 ERA at home last season, too.)

Jeff Baker, Miami vs. STL ($2,400): From the bargain bin, Baker has been pretty good against lefties, and he’ll go up against Garcia, who is pitching above his head right now.

Third Basemen

Nolan Arenado, Colorado vs. ARI ($4,400): Sixteen of Arenado’s 17 home runs came against right-handers this season, and if you don’t pay up on Goldschmidt, he’s a good slugger to lean on at Coors Field.

Pablo Sandoval, Boston vs. BAL ($2,600): Sandoval is another part of a Red Sox stack, as he goes up against RHP Norris. He’s batting .325 against RHP, and he’s hitting 333 at Fenway Park.

Shortstops

Brandon Crawford, San Francisco ($2,800): Crawford is one of the best run producers from the shortstop position, with 42 RBI this season. He faces Ian Kennedy, who has given up eight homers to lefties this season.

Marcus Semien, Oakland at Texas ($2,300): I’m still a believer in him enough to make me start him against Wandy Rodriguez in a great hitter’s park.

Outfielders

Charlie Blackmon, Colorado vs. ARI ($4,500): He hits righties well – a .316 batting average – and he gets the thin air at Coors Field as an advantage against RHP Allen Webster.

Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh vs. CIN  ($4,100): He’s showing more power against right-handed pitchers and Mike Leake gives up a ton o’ bombs.

Leonys Martin, Texas vs. OAK ($2,700): Hitting leadoff in Arlington is a good thing, especially with this salary and against an oppo-handed pitcher (Kendall Graveman).

Alex Rios, Kansas City at SEA ($2,300): He’s back and his salary hasn’t noticed yet, so take advantage of him against left-handed pitchers while you can.

Good luck with your Daily Fantasy Baseball picks for Wednesday, June 24!

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