DOMONIC BROWN IS A MUST-HAVE IN DAILY PLAY TUESDAY
For Tuesday, June 4, there are 15 games in Major League Baseball. The Chicago Cubs-L.A. Angels (10:05pm ET) game will be nationally televised on WGN. The N.Y. Mets-Washington (7:05pm ET) game is also available free on MLB.com.
*** WEATHER ALERT ***
There is a 40 percent chance of scattered thunderstorms for the Minnesota-Kansas City game (8:10pm ET), but outside of that, there are no other weather concerns in Major League Baseball. Enjoy the night.
(DraftKings.com salaries in parentheses)
THESE 10 MIGHT BE PERFECT
Lance Berkman, 1B, Texas ($4,900 at BOS): Berkman has posted some amazing numbers in his career against Boston Red Sox SP Ryan Dempster ($8,700). He is a career .294 hitter (20-for-68) with three doubles, six homers, 17 RBI and 16 walks with a 1.032 OPS against Dempster. While he has 20 strikeouts, Berkman is worth using for his power potential against a pitcher he is obviously comfortable facing.
Domonic Brown, OF, Philadelphia ($3,800 vs. MIA): Brown smacked his 17th home run in Monday's series opener, and he finished 3-for-4 to push his average to .291. Brown is on a roll, and that should continue against Miami Marlins SP Ricky Nolasco ($7,600). Brown is 6-for-12 (.500) with a double, triple, home run, three RBI and a 1.500 OPS all-time against the Miami hurler.
Ryan Howard, 1B, Philadelphia ($4,600 vs. MIA): Howard has raked against Nolasco in his career, going 10-for-36 (.278) with five doubles, four homers, seven RBI, eight walks and a 1.159 OPS.
Ted Lilly, SP, L.A. Dodgers ($7,100 at SD): Sure, Lilly is 0-2 this season, but that should change Tuesday night against the San Diego Padres. Since the start of the 2010 season, he is 6-2 with a sparkling 1.82 ERA over nine starts against the Padres, posting 48 strikeouts over 54 1/3 innings.
Jake Peavy, SP, Chicago White Sox ($9,300 at SEA): Peavy was smashed for a season-high six earned runs in just four innings May 30 at Chicago Cubs. The innings total was a season low. He should bounced back nicely against Seattle, as Peavy is 1-0 with a 2.79 ERA in three starts against the Mariners since the start of the 2010 season, posting 17 strikeouts over 19 1/3 innings during the span.
Hanley Ramirez, SS, L.A. Dodgers ($4,300 vs. SD): The Dodgers are expected to activate Ramirez (hamstring) from the 15-day disabled list in time for Tuesday's game. That's bad news for San Diego Padres SP Clayton Richard ($6,300), as Ramirez is an unbelievable 9-for-10 (.900) with a double, two RBI, a walk and a 1.909 OPS against the Padres' hurler.
Juan Uribe, 3B, L.A. Dodgers ($3,200 vs. SD): Uribe is a tremendous value play against Richard, as he is a career .393 (11-for-28) hitter against the San Diego hurler, posting a double, triple, three home runs, six RBI and a 1.273 OPS.
Jered Weaver, SP, L.A. Angels ($8,900 vs. CHC): Weaver has only faced the Cubs once since the start of the 2010 season, allowing just two hits with no walks and 11 strikeouts June 19, 2010, in a win at Wrigley Field. This current Cubs lineup is much less threatening, and he could duplicate those results from nearly three years ago.
Vernon Wells, OF, N.Y. Yankees ($4,600 vs. CLE): Wells has struggled mightily lately, going just 7-for-57 (.123) since May 15, which was the last time he smacked a home run. However, a meeting against Cleveland Indians SP Scott Kazmir ($7,500) could be just what the doctor ordered to get Wells untracked. He is 12-for-38 (.316) in his career against Kazmir with four doubles, three home runs, four RBI, six walks and a 1.067 OPS. It's now or never for Wells, who has floundered for three weeks now.
David Wright, 3B, N.Y. Mets ($5,200 at WAS): Wright has a hefty price tag, but since he is batting .321 (9-for-28) with two doubles, two homers, four RBI and a .962 OPS against Washington Nationals SP Jordan Zimmermann ($9,100), he is worth the money.
THESE FIVE WON'T JIVE
Adrian Beltre, 3B, Texas ($5,300 at BOS): Beltre has rolled up three doubles in 18 career at-bats (.167) against Dempster, but those are his only hits against the veteran. He has just one RBI, four strikeouts and a marginal .544 OPS against Dempster. There are better options for the same amount of money.
Kelly Johnson, 2B, Tampa Bay ($4,100 at DET): Like so many others, Johnson has had a difficult time in his career against Detroit Tigers SP Anibal Sanchez ($9,300). Johnson is just 5-for-26 (.192) with a double, triple, home run, six RBI and three strikeouts. With a .241 on-base percentage all-time against Sanchez, Johnson isn't worth the money.
Buster Posey, C, San Francisco ($3,700 vs. TOR): Posey has managed just one single in seven at-bats (.143) with one RBI, no walks and two strikeouts all-time against Toronto Blue Jays SP Josh Johnson ($7,600). Posey should be avoided.
Will Venable, OF, San Diego ($3,600 at LAD): Venable is just 1-for-9 (.111) with no extra-base hits, RBI or walks in his career against Los Angeles Dodgers SP Ted Lilly ($7,100). While the price tag might be tempting, Venable is just 3-for-20 (.150) over his past eight games, and should be avoided.
Kevin Youkilis, 3B, N.Y. Yankees ($3,800 vs. CLE): For whatever reason, Youk has struggled in his career against Kazmir. He is just 9-for-39 (.231) with three doubles, three RBI, eight walks and 16 strikeouts against the former Tampa Bay Rays starter. With a .308 slugging percentage and .662 OPS against Kazmir, even with a tempting price Youkilis is not worth starting.
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