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MLB - Fantasy Baseball Daily Notes for June 28

MLB - Fantasy Baseball Daily Notes for June 28 Fantasy baseball daily notes for June 28132dTim HeaneyEarly 2018 fantasy baseball rankings39dTristan H. CockcroftDynasty 300: Top players for 2018 and beyond53dTristan H. CockcroftTop players whose fantasy value changed for 201852dJoe KaiserHow to keep your league fun and interesting all season70dAJ MassCueto declines opt-out, with Giants through '21San Francisco Giants16hThree more years: Tanaka to stick with YanksNew York Yankees2dAndrew MarchandPirates exercise 14.75M option on McCutchenPittsburgh Pirates2dMariners decline options for Gallardo, IwakumaSeattle Mariners4dPedroia out seven months after knee surgeryBoston Red Sox12dScott LauberNats' Murphy has surgery to repair cartilageWashington Nationals17dBoston's Rodriguez, Ramirez undergo surgeriesBoston Red Sox19dScott LauberDaily notes: Pitcher and hitter rankings for WednesdayYoung Rays lefty Blake Snell returns to Major League Baseball on Wednesday after a dominant spell in the minors.Kim Klement-USA TODAY SportsFacebookTwitterFacebook MessengerEmailcommentJun 28, 2017Tim HeaneyFacebookTwitterFacebook MessengerPinterestEmailprintcommentAt this point in the fantasy baseball season, it's a delicate balance when considering season-long stats and recency bias Deciding which is real and which is fool's gold goes a long way toward making the right lineup calls.So with that in mind, let's sort out the best picks to optimize your lineups for Wednesday's fantasy slate.PitchingPitchers to streamBlake Snell (L), 6.6 percent ownership in ESPN leagues, Tampa Bay Rays at Pittsburgh Pirates: Snell unsurprisingly rolled over competition at Triple-A Durham after his recent demotion (2.66 ERA with 61 strikeouts and only 15 walks in seven starts). He has nothing left to prove there. Can he carry his control improvements over to his second majors stint this year? It might be a good opportunity to try him out of the gate: The sunken Buccaneers have a .296 wOBA against LHP, tied for the league's fifth-lowest mark.Trevor Bauer (R), 29.8 percent, Cleveland Indians vs. Texas Rangers: Though we might get gray hair waiting for a consistent turnaround, his 5.53 ERA doesn't reflect his true skills. Progressive Field plays toward hitters, but Texas has the third-worst wOBA on the road (.294). At least Bauer Power should result in some strikeouts, especially against the club with the league's fifth-highest strikeout rate (24.5 percent).David Paulino (R), 4.3 percent, Houston Astros vs. Oakland Athletics: The rookie hasn't walked more than two batters or struck out fewer than four in any of his five starts, and he's keeping his rotation spot with Joe Musgrove suffering a demotion. With the A's integrating more youth into their lineup, they'll start becoming an even more favorable matchup for pitcher rentals.Hyun-Jin Ryu (L), 7.4 percent, Los Angeles Dodgers at Los Angeles Angels: Desperate deep-leaguers could consider the southpaw, despite possible workload management from the coaches Jason Kasdorf Jersey. The Halos own a weak .298 wOBA against his handedness.Pitchers to avoidChase Anderson (R), 82.4 percent, Milwaukee Brewers at Cincinnati Reds: He's been a star lately while building up his strikeouts and limiting homers. However, the Reds hold a competent .332 wOBA against righties and expect the surprising Zack Cozart to return from the disabled list Wednesday.Marcus Stroman (R), 96.2 percent, Toronto Blue Jays vs. Baltimore Orioles: Right-handed bats have pelted Stroman for the 17th-highest wOBA (.361), and the O's boast stellar righty power bats in Manny Machado, Adam Jones, Mark Trumbo and Trey Mancini.Adam Wainwright (R), 52.3 percent, St. Louis Cardinals at Arizona Diamondbacks: The momentum from his seven-inning, one-run gem from Friday will stop at Chase Field.BullpenIt was good to see Roberto Osuna back on the mound Sunday after recently revealing he was dealing with anxiety issues. The Blue Jays' closer may not be available for every chance moving forward. Despite Jason Grilli's closer experience, Toronto probably won't deploy him and his 6.97 ERA again, considering he blew Friday's spot. Perhaps Ryan Tepera or Danny Barnes will fill in on those occasions. Barnes is the better pitcher, but Tepera may benefit from working as the chief setup arm on most occasions.Projected game scoresGS is the projected game score for the pitcher. A "" means that the pitcher lacks requisite career major league data to produce an accurate rating; these are the author's ratings. A 50 typically earns the pitcher a "quality start" by this measure, while a 70 is considered a dominant start pitcher projected Game Scores for June 28GSTeamNameTOppW-LERAWHIP65Stephen StrasburgRCHC8-23.571.1357Steven MatzL@MIA1-13.601.1056Felix HernandezRPHI3-24.681.5655Yu DarvishR@CLE6-53.121.0755Trevor BauerRTEX6-65.531.4355Zack GodleyRSTL3-12.531.0054Marcus StromanRBAL7-43.691.2954Ivan NovaRTB7-53.061.0854Alex MeyerRLAD3-44.201.4653John LackeyR@WSH5-84.741.3152David PaulinoROAK2-05.041.4452Chase AndersonR@CIN6-22.921.1252Ian KennedyR@DET1-64.951.2252Kyle FreelandL@SF8-53.701.4651Rick PorcelloRMIN4-95.001.5351Blake SnellL@PIT0-44.711.6251Masahiro TanakaR@CWS5-75.741.4151Mark Leiter Jr.R@SEA1-03.601.1650Daniel NorrisLKC4-54.661.5850Carlos RodonLNYY------50Hyun-Jin RyuL@LAA3-64.301.4049Ty BlachLCOL4-54.861.3348Luis CastilloRMIL0-03.602.0048Luis PerdomoRATL2-44.561.4248Bartolo ColonR@SD2-77.781.7147Adam WainwrightR@ARI7-55.351.5446Wade MileyL@TOR3-54.481.6446Jeff LockeLNYM0-35.701.5245Adalberto MejiaL@BOS2-34.931.5842Jesse HahnR@HOU3-54.661.42HittingCatcherMike Zunino (R), 39.6 percent, Seattle Mariners vs. Philadelphia Phillies (RHP Mark Leiter Jr.): Just one of many M's worthy of fantasy start. This is a reminder that Zunino, who's hit 10 homers in 170 at-bats, is still widely available. Changes to his swing have led to a more palatable swing-and-miss approach because it's leading to the power many have hoped for. The 26-year-old minors lifer Leiter is in a solid spot to get a peek at it.First BaseWilmer Flores (R), 4.9 percent, New York Mets at Miami Marlins (LHP Jeff Locke): Are the Mets facing a southpaw? Will Wilmer into your lineup. He's 19-for-61 (.311) with an .815 OPS and .333 wOBA against them this season, living up to his recently established reputation as a southpaw-smashing specialist.Second BaseJosh Harrison (R), 59.9 percent, Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Tampa Bay Rays (LHP Blake Snell): If you're not using Snell, here's a fine platoon play. The versatile Harrison has a .414 wOBA against left-handers and a .383 wOBA in 96 June plate appearances.Third BaseMatt Davidson (R), 27.7 percent, Chicago White Sox vs. New York Yankees (RHP Masahiro Tanaka): Tanaka looked good Friday but still has allowed 21 home runs on the season. His sinker's consistency isn't yet verified, and the homer-happy, late-blooming Davidson -- who's launched seven home runs in both May and June -- could take full advantage.ShortstopTroy Tulowitzki (R), 63.8 percent, Toronto Blue Jays vs. Baltimore Orioles (LHP Wade Miley): Tulo is heavily owned, but here's a chance to feel somewhat good about using him. Miley's right-handed opponents have put together a sparkling .355 wOBA.Corner InfieldYuli Gurriel (R), 28.2 percent, Houston Astros vs Kyle Okposo Jersey. Oakland Athletics (RHP Jesse Hahn): Gurriel's reverse splits (.315/.340/.516, .360 wOBA against righties) will help him against Hahn.Middle InfieldWhit Merrifield (R), 22.8 percent, Kansas City Royals at Detroit Tigers (LHP Daniel Norris): June has smacked Merrifield with a dose of reality (.267, zero homers), but Merrifield has pushed across 17 RBI this month. He'll carry his .341 wOBA against left-handers into this clash.OutfieldDavid Peralta (L), 41.7 percent, Arizona Diamondbacks vs. St. Louis Cardinals (RHP Adam Wainwright): Chase Field plus the platoon advantage over Wainwright (9.48 road ERA) equals a move Peralta into the lineup.Joc Pederson (L), 27.5 percent, Los Angeles Dodgers at Los Angeles Angels (RHP Alex Meyer): Meyer boasts a 2.77 ERA in June, but the red-hot Pederson has knocked all six of his homers off right-handers.Domingo Santana (R), 40.1 percent, Milwaukee Brewers at Cincinnati Reds (RHP Luis Castillo): Castillo turned heads with his triple-digit heat over the weekend, and Great American Ball Park doesn't play as well for righty bats. Still, Santana's .358 wOBA against righties is one point higher than against lefties, and he's been one of baseball's hottest hitters since the end of April.Hitter matchup ratingsNotes: Hitter ratings account for the opposing starting pitcher's history (three years' worth, as well as the past 21 days) and ballpark factors. "LH" and "RH" ratings account only for left- and right-handed batters, respectively. Weighted on-base average (wOBA) is the primary statistic used in the calculation. Ratings range from 1 to 10, with 10 representing the best possible matchup, statistically speaking, and 1 representing the worst. So, for example, a 10 is a must-start rating, whereas a 1 should be avoided (if possible); a 1-2 is poor, 3-4 is fair, 5-6 is average, 7-8 is very good and 9-10 is excellent.Hitter matchup ratings for June 28TEAMOVERALLLHRHSB7871564833451091031112445475910334953636753810578694463421282238777865615554536855553344637754535657435556455738565196912418FacebookTwitterFacebook MessengerEmailcommentSponsored HeadlinesComments ABOUT COOKIES We use cookies to offer an improved online experience. By clicking "OK" without changing your settings you are giving your consent to receive cookies.