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Major League Baseball gives us 11 games for tonight’s fantasy baseball slate. If you’re rummaging around for a purchase from the Bargain Bin, check out these top two bargain pitchers (under $8K) and top three bargain hitters (under $3.5K) for Wednesday, June 14.
Jake Odorizzi – TB vs. TOR – $7,900
At home this season, Odorizzi has been a solid fantasy option going 3-2 with a 3.11 ERA and holding opponents to a .213 average. He looked strong in his last outing going 6.2 innings against the White Sox and allowing three runs on eight hits while striking out eight. He has 23.6 DKFP in that start and has at least 19 DKFP in four of his last five starts at Tropicana Field.
His best start during that run came on May 6th when he had 28 DKFP against the Blue Jays allowing one run on three hits and striking out six in seven solid innings. He’ll face Toronto for the third time this season tonight entering 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA against the Blue Jays and 10 strikeouts in 13 innings. Since he’s at home and in a favorable matchup he’s a low-risk option if you decide to go with a bargain at one of your SP slots.
Brandon McCarthy – LAD @ CLE – $7,600
McCarthy has allowed two earned runs or fewer in each of his last four starts, but he has started the month of June 0-2 due to lack of run support. His last time out he held the powerful Nationals to just two runs on three hits over seven innings, but still ended up on the wrong side of a Max Scherzer gem. He ended up with 16.8 DKFP in that outing, and he has at least 16+ DKFP in seven of his last ten starts.
Since heading to the NL, McCarthy hasn’t faced the Indians since 2014, but he is 6-5 in his career against them with a 3.98 ERA. He has enjoyed his previous trips to Progressive field going 4-1 with a 3.70 ERA and 1.185 WHIP. His matchup is a little riskier than Odorizzi’s since he’s facing a better offense and he’s on the road. However, I do think McCarthy is the second-best option under $8K tonight.
Eric Young Jr. – OF – LAA vs. NYY – $3,200
Young was the hero last night in the Angels’ 3-2 win over the Yankees which snapped New York’s six-game winning streak. Young tied the game in the eighth with a home run and won it in the 11th with a RBI single finishing 2-4 with 21 DKFP. Young has averaged 10.6 FPPG over his last 10 games going 9-32 (.281) with 10 runs scored, seven RBI, two home runs and three stolen bases. He has a .308 batting average to go with a .938 OPS in his 16 games with LA this season.
While he is definitely no Mike Trout, Young has filled in nicely in the Angels’ injury-riddled outfield. When Trout comes back, the situation will be crowded, but Young is making it impossible to ignore his red-hot start to the season. He was a great bargain when his price was under $3k the last couple of weeks, but his speed and average combination makes him still worth a look at this price.
Miguel Cabrera – 1B – DET vs. ARI – $3,400
It’s extremely unusual to see Cabrera at this price given his level of production over the last few years when he has been among the elite options at 1B. 2017 didn’t start well for the Tigers’ slugger who has been limited by injury and inconsistency and only hit .256 in May. However, his bat has started to come alive lately, and he comes into tonight hitting .272 with five homers and 29 RBI.
So far in June, Cabrera has gone 12-38 (.316) with five doubles and seven RBI. He has collected multiple hits in each of his last two starts after going 2-5 last night with two doubles. Cabrera and the Tigers wrap up their mini two-game set against the D-Backs tonight as they face Taijuan Walker. Cabrera hasn’t faced Walker in his career, but Walker will be returning from the DL which sets up well for Miggy and the Tigers.
Yunel Escobar – 3B – LAA vs. NYY – $3,100
Escobar hit the DL in May with a hamstring injury, but he returned on June 1st and has served as the Angels’ cleanup hitter since then. He is 13-41 (.317) in June with five walks, five doubles, three runs scored and a stolen base. He has an extra-base hit in three of his last four games and has produced more power this year at home (.828 OPS) than on the road (.668 OPS).
Tonight, Escobar and the Angels wrap up their three-game set against the visiting Yankees as they take on Michael Pineda. In his career, Escobar is 7-18 (.389) against Pineda with a double, two walks, six RBI and two home runs. He has a 1.228 career OPS against Pineda as a result making him a solid bargain at the hot corner in tonight’s matchup.
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