Tuesday, June 7, has a handful of early games leading up to a robust 12-game featured slate with a first pitch at 7:05 p.m. ET. Let’s get into the top MLB DFS picks today for pitchers and stacks for DraftKings and FanDuel daily fantasy baseball lineups.
DraftKings & FanDuel MLB DFS Picks Today (6/7)
Top Stack: Yankees at RHP Cole Sands — 5.0 implied runs
Cole Sands spent three years as a starter for Florida State before being selected in the fifth round of the 2018 MLB Draft. Injuries and the pandemic have combined to limit the soon-to-be 25-year-old to only 196.1 MiLB innings. In three outings, including one start in The Show this season, Sands has allowed a pair of home runs and four walks, leading to a 7.88 ERA in eight innings. On the positive side, he has recorded 10 strikeouts and has a promising curveball, but he will need to work on some secondary pitches to keep batters from sitting on it.
Once again, the Yankees are popping in the Awesemo Stack Tool. Mostly healthy once again, New York is rolling out a deep lineup teeming with power. The absurdity of Joey Gallo batting ninth still does not seem real. Aaron Judge, Anthony Rizzo, Giancarlo Stanton and D.J. LeMahieu are the core four to target in all formats. Switch-hitting Aaron Hicks is better against lefties, but if he gets a lineup promotion for any reason, he can be considered for full stacks. Josh Donaldson is back from his latest injury and he still has power against same-handed pitchers, though he is clearly on the downslope of his career.
Evening Slate: Blue Jays at RHP Brad Keller — 5.2 implied runs
Catcher Alejandro Kirk, first basemen Vladimir Guerrero Jr., shortstop Bo Bichette and outfielder George Springer are all near the top of respective positions in the new Awesemo Top Batters Tool. Brad Keller has been a disaster this season and his control has been awful. In each of his last three starts, he has issued three walks. Normally, he is able to limit power, but he has already allowed seven home runs and his strikeout have all but disappeared down to a career-low 4.9 per nine innings. In addition to the aforementioned quartet, Matt Chapman and Teoscar Hernandez should be on the short list for Toronto stacks.
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Late Slate: Giants vs. RHP German Marquez — 5.0 implied runs
This has been a rough season for German Marquez, who has been saddled with a 6.71 ERA and a 1.62 WHIP that are both dramatically above his career figures of 4.43 and 1.29, respectively. Power has also been an issue, as he has allowed 11 home runs and 29 total extra-base hits, which are both on pace to double last season’s results.
Even with Brandon Belt out with an injury, the Giants offense is loaded with batters swinging the stick from the left side of the plate. Joc Pederson, Mike Yastrzemski, Brandon Crawford and Tommy La Stella should all be at the top of the order. For differentiation, Evan Longoria and Wilmer Flores are in the mix, while Luis Gonzalez and Donnie Walton are discount dandies at the bottom of the order.
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Best MLB DFS Pitchers Today
Top Target: RHP Kyle Wright vs. Athletics — 3.4 implied runs
- DFS Salary: DraftKings $10,100 | FanDuel $10,500
Yesterday, we had weather concerns in half of the games, including one delay and one postponement. Today, there is increased risk in the Midwest once again, as well as in Baltimore and Atlanta. Fortunately, there are plenty of pitching options to look at with a player pool twice as large when compared to yesterday. If there are any weather concerns for Atlanta, or you just do not like Kyle Wright, then Justin Verlander, Carlos Rodon and Alek Manoah all have similar projections and salaries with positive matchups.
This season, the Athletics have a 77 wRC+, which is the second lowest in the league against right-handed hurlers. This means they are creating runs 23% less efficiently than league average, and they are also striking out 22.7% of the time with a pitiful .113 ISO, which is the third worst in the league. The projected lineup has a 26.5% strikeout rate against righties dating back to the start of last season, along with a weak 5.8% walk rate.
Today, we are paying full freight for Wright, though he has been solid across his last 300 batters faced, inducing a 51.8% ground ball rate while limiting power and also striking out 26.0% of all hitters. The 10.3% walk rate is a little concerning, but the matchup and potential punchouts more than offset those worries. Atlanta is also a -250 moneyline favorite to garner the win.
Secondary Target: LHP Tarik Skubal at Pirates — 3.4 implied runs
- DFS Salary: DraftKings $9,500 | FanDuel $10,400
While some lineups are a veritable who’s who of talent, the Pirates lineup is more of a “who the heck is that guy?!” Ke’Bryan Hayes, Bryan Reynolds and Michael Chavis are decent options at the top of the order, but the remainder of the lineup would be hard-pressed to find playing time with most teams in the league.
Tarik Skubal has continued to build on the success he found last year with increased ground ball and strikeout rates. On the season, he has ceded just two home runs after allowing an abysmal 35 in just 149.1 innings last season. Both his 2.15 ERA and 0.95 WHIP are in the top 10 among qualified starters, and his 9.4 strikeouts per nine innings are right around his career average.
Wild Card Target: RHP Jeffrey Springs vs. Cardinals — 3.4 implied runs
- DFS Salary: DraftKings $6,300 | FanDuel $8,700
While Jeffrey Springs is a neutral play on FanDuel at $8,700 with so many other options, he stands out as an excellent SP2 on DraftKings with a $6,300 salary. St. Louis does have a league-best 131 wRC+ against southpaws, which is not exactly a surprise considering it can put out a nearly full complement of right-handed batsmen. Springs has above-average strikeout stuff, with a 31.8% rate over his last 311 batters faced. The salary, ballpark and need to roster two hurlers have him as a popular option on DraftKings tonight.
Keegan Thompson is in play as an SP2 for DFS, but we definitely can look to him in the MLB player props market. Currently, he has a 3.5 over/under on his strikeout prop, and the Awesemo MLB Projections have him for 4.4, giving him a 62% probability of surpassing this threshold. While that seems like it may be a close call, we need to keep in mind that the youngster is increasing his pitch count now that he is in the starting rotation and he has at more than three strikeouts in four of his last six games. Though he only had three in his last start against St. Louis, he did pitch a season high 5.1 innings on 89 pitches.
Other Pitching Options
- RHP Edward Cabrera vs. Washington Nationals (Early)
- LHP Carlos Rodon vs. Colorado Rockies (Main, Late)
- RHP Justin Verlander vs. Seattle Mariners (Main, Evening)
- RHP Alek Manoah at Kansas City Royals (Main, Evening)
- RHP Mitch White at Chicago White Sox (Evening SP2)
- Ronald Acuna vs. LHP Cole Irvin (Main)
- Cedric Mullins vs. RHP Keegan Thompson (Main)
- Bryce Harper at RHP Jason Alexander (Evening)
- Brandon Nimmo at RHP Yu Darvish (Late)
- Jake Cronenworth vs. RHP Taijuan Walker (Late)
Final MLB DFS Thoughts & MLB Weather Notes
Once again, it looks like there is some precipitation risk in the Midwest with games in Cincinnati, Cleveland (Game 1) and Kansas City worth monitoring as first pitch approaches. Baltimore has scattered showers, but if something ends up over Camden Yards, it would likely be enough to cause a delay. Finally, Atlanta has afternoon thunderstorms, but things clear out in the early evening, so this game should be safe.Thanks for reading to the end of this article! If you appreciate this free content and want to see more of it every day, you can help us out by sharing this article on social media! Looking for more MLB DFS picks content? We have loads of daily fantasy baseball articles, data, DraftKings and FanDuel cheat sheets and more on the Stokastic MLB DFS home page.
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