WATCH: STOLEN BASE TARGETS
Major League Baseball provides us with a strong 12-game schedule for this Wednesday, June 7, and there are lots of different ways to assemble your lineup for tonight’s contest. To help you find the best options from the Bargain Bin, check out these top two bargain pitchers (under $8K) and top two bargain hitters (under $3.5K) for tonight.
Jimmy Nelson – Mil vs SF – $7,900
After splitting the first two games of their four-game set against the Giants, Milwaukee gives the ball to Nelson who has looked outstanding recently. In his last two starts, he has allowed just one total run on 12 hits over 15 innings. He has posted over 33 DKFP in each of those outings by racking up 21 strikeouts against the Diamondbacks and Dodgers.
Both those successful outings came at home where he now has a 1-3 record but a 2.93 ERA and 47 strikeouts in 43 innings. In his six starts since May 1st, Nelson has a 1.77 ERA while picking up 42 strikeouts in 35.2 innings. He makes sense as a sub-$8K investment tonight especially facing the Giants who have scored the third-fewest runs in the MLB and hit just .233 as a team.
Buck Farmer – DET vs. LAA – $4,000
If you want to solve all your salary problems with just one ultra-cheap flier, Farmer is worth a look as he makes a spot start for the Tigers tonight against L.A. He only has one MLB start this season which came on May 27, when he held the White Sox scoreless on three hits over 6.1 innings while striking out 11 in the second game of a double-header.
Despite his 37.3 DKFP, Farmer was sent back to Triple-A where he has been much less impressive for the Toledo Mud Hens. In 60.2 innings, he has a 3.86 ERA and 1.30 WHIP while striking out 56 and walking 12. Farmer does get a good matchup against the Trout-free Angels’ lineup, but his last outing definitely looks like an outlier. Still, Farmer is worth a look at such a cheap price even if he gives you half his previous production. Going with Farmer at one of your SP slots gives you the salary to invest in almost any combination of star hitters.
Sam Travis – 1B – BOS @ NYY – $2,700
Since the Red Sox will be taking on lefty CC Sabathia in their second game of their series in the Bronx, look for Travis to get back into the Boston lineup. Manager John Farrell has been platooning Travis with Mitch Moreland, and the power-hitting prospect has definitely done his part when given the chance to play.
Travis is 7-14 (.500) in his five games with a 1.206 OPS, two doubles, two walks and even a stolen base helping him to average 9.2 FPPG. This could be his final start in this stint in the Majors since it looks like Dustin Pedroia will be back Friday, but Travis has to be considered at a great rate as he looks to continue a very strong first impression with Boston.
Jason Castro – C – MIN @ SEA – $3,300
After getting the night off last night, Castro should return behind the plate for the Twins as he looks to extend his hitting streak to eight straight games. Over his last 10 games, he is hitting .263 (10-38) with three doubles, two home runs and six RBI. He has an .833 OPS over that span and is producing eight FPPG.
Tonight, he also gets a nice head-to-head matchup against the Mariners’ starter Yovani Gallardo. Castro has gone 8-21 (.381) against Gallardo in their past meetings with two doubles, a home run and four walks helping him to post a 1.099 OPS in those appearances. If you decide to go with a value bat as your backstop, give Castro some consideration.
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