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The MLB Fives for June 20

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Five Notes for the Late Games

1. Starting Pitchers- So today there is Mike Minor LHP ATL vs NYM and Lance Lynn RHP STL vs CHC as my absolute favorites. Minor has been a top 5 pitcher in baseball over the last calendar year, and I don’t think this Cubs lineup is good at all even though they touched up Wainwright the other night. Felix Hernandez RHP SEA @ LAA is always a good option but his price is a little high on the happens chance that he faces the good-hitting version of the Angels. The cheap plays are going to be Stephen Fife RHP LAD vs SD and Roy Oswalt RHP COL @ WAS. Fife has stuck out at least 4 and has not given up more that 2 ER in any of his 3 starts since returning to the Dodger starting rotation. Oswalt will face a struggling Nationals team for his first start back. He still has some skills and has that lovely minimum price on DraftKings. For you early gamers, I like Yovani Gallardo RHP MIL @ HOU as he gets to face off against the Astros and hasn’t given up a run in his last two starts.  puig

2. Stud Hitters- Buster Posey C SF (hitting 7 of his 8 HRs vs RHP and Koehler has been serving it up lately), Prince Fielder 1B DET (slump buster game vs RHP John Lackey), Adrian Gonzalez 1B LAD (XBH in 3 of last 4 and 7 of 8 HRs have come against RHP facing Jason Marquis), Dustin Pedroia 2B BOS (not a believer in soft-tossing LHP Jose Alvarez), Evan Longoria 3B TB (hitting .333 AVG and .936 OPS against LHP), Hanley Ramirez SS LAD (best available), Giancarlo Stanton OF MIA (hit safely in 8 of last 9 since returning from DL), Yasiel Puig OF LAD (turning into the picture of consistency), and Carlos Beltran OF STL (still swinging a hot bat if you can wiggle him in your LU, plus I think Feldman is due to get smacked around a bit).

3. Value Hitters- Mike Zunino C SEA (Hanson doesn’t intimidate me from using Zunino as a minimum-salary, catcher punt),  Matt Adams 1B STL (feeling like there will be an Adams sighting today), Marco Scutaro 2B SF, Chris Johnson 1B/3B ATL (hit 3 run HR last night and has killed LHP at times this year, .371 AVG vs LHP),  Andrelton Simmons SS ATL (should get some SB opps and Runs if he can get on base), Jonny Gomes OF BOSWil Myers OF TB (must start at minimum salary on Starstreet), and Ryan Sweeney OF CHC (who knows the Socrdave hero could strike again facing a good RHP Lance Lynn).

4. Stack ‘em Up- Braves vs LHP Jon Niese, Red Sox @ LHP Jose Alvarez, Rays vs LHP Andy Pettitte, Dodgers vs RHP Jason Marquis, and Giants vs RHP Tom Koehler

5. My Starstreet Lineup

P- Mike Minor ATL $27,200

P- Lance Lynn STL $25,900

C- Mike Zunino SEA $2,000

1B- Prince Fielder DET $6,300

2B- Dustin Pedroia BOS $6,300

3B- Evan Longoria TB $6,300

SS- Andrelton Simmons ATL $4,400

OF- Giancarlo Stanton MIA $7,500

OF- Carlos Beltran STL $7,300

OF- Wil Myers TB $2,000

Util- Brandon Belt SF $4,800 (also like Chris Johnson at 4,100 here which would give you 700 more for wiggle)

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About Ben Pritchett

Member of the FSWA. Top 4 2012 Most Accurate Fantasy Baseball Expert. Top 3 Finisher in the 2012 DSFC football championship. Written for The Hardball Times and Daily Joust.

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