MAKE SURE TO START RYAN BRAUN IN DAILY PLAY SUNDAY
For Sunday, June 2, there are 15 games in Major League Baseball, including two evening games. The San Francisco-St. Louis (2:15pm ET) game will be nationally televised on TBS, Arizona-Chicago Cubs (2:20pm ET) will be nationally televised on WGN, and the Boston-N.Y. Yankees (8:05pm ET) game will be televised on ESPN. The Kansas City-Texas (3:05pm ET) game is also available free on MLB.com.
*** WEATHER ALERT ***
The weather over the weekend was a little crazy, but Sunday has just a handful of cities to watch. Two are minor concerns, while the weather in Pittsburgh is of moderate worry.
Washington at Atlanta (1:35pm ET - 30 percent chance of isolated thunderstorms)
Cincinnati at Pittsburgh (1:35pm ET - 60 percent chance of scattered thunderstorms)
Boston at N.Y. Yankees (8:05pm ET - 30 percent chance of isolated thunderstorms)
(DraftKings.com salaries in parentheses)
THESE SEVEN WILL BE HEAVENLY
Ryan Braun, OF, Milwaukee ($5,600 at PHI): Braun has had quite a bit of success against Philadelphia Phillies SP Cliff Lee ($10,300), going 8-for-16 (.500) with three solo home runs and a 1.563 OPS in his career against the Phillies' ace.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, L.A. Dodgers ($5,100 at COL): Gonzo is 11-for-30 (.367) with two doubles, three homers, nine RBI and four walks in his career against Colorado Rockies SP Jorge De La Rosa ($7,700). He has at least one RBI in each of his past four games.
Mat Latos, SP, Cincinnati ($10,200 at PIT): Latos is 4-0 with a 2.40 ERA in seven starts against the Pittsburgh Pirates dating back to the start of the 2010 season. That fact, coupled with the fact he has lasted at least six innings in four straight outings, and 10 of his 11 starts, makes him a must play, even with a little bit of a hefty price tag.
Paul Maholm, SP, Atlanta ($8,000 vs. WAS): Maholm could be a real bargain against the Washington Nationals and rookie SP Nate Karns ($7,000). Maholm is 1-1 with a 1.15 ERA in two starts against the Nats, going at least eight innings in each outing.
Nick Markakis, OF, Baltimore ($4,400 vs. DET): Markakis has rolled up six hits in 13 career at-bats (.462) with a double, home run, two RBI and a 1.269 OPS in his career against Detroit Tigers SP Rick Porcello ($5,600).
Dustin Pedroia, 2B, Boston ($4,800 at NYY): Pedroia has fared pretty well against New York Yankees SP Hiroki Kuroda ($8,900), rolling up seven hits in 15 at-bats (.467) with a double, home run, two RBI, one walk and no strikeouts in his career.
C.J. Wilson, SP, L.A. Angels ($9,400 vs. HOU): Wilson is a great play against the strikeout-happy Houston Astros. He is 3-1 with a 2.93 ERA in six starts against the Astros since the start of the 2010 season, and he has rolled up 15 strikeouts in 12 1/3 innings against Houston in two outings this year.
THESE SEVEN WON'T GET IT DONE
Pedro Alvarez, 3B, Pittsburgh ($3,800 vs. CIN): Alvarez has struggled mightily over his career against Cincinnati Reds SP Mat Latos ($10,200). The Bucs' third baseman is 3-for-15 (.200) with no extra-base hits, no RBI, five walks and six strikeouts.
Garrett Jones, 1B/OF, Pittsburgh ($4,100 vs. CIN): Jones is just 3-for-18 (.167) with no extra-base hits, no RBI and no walks with seven strikeouts in his career against Latos.
Jason Kipnis, 2B, Cleveland ($4,000 vs. TB): Kipnis is hitless in six career at-bats against Tampa Bay Rays SP Jeremy Hellickson ($8,000), and he has no walks and a .000 on-base percentage. Avoid.
Rick Porcello, SP, Detroit ($5,600 at BAL): Porcello has a very tempting price tag, but since he is 0-3 with a 4.81 ERA in four starts against the Baltimore Orioles since the start of the 2010 season, he should be avoided.
Mark Reynolds, 1B/3B, Cleveland ($4,400 vs. TB): Reynolds has had a difficult time in his career against Hellickson, going 3-for-18 (.167) with two doubles, no RBI, four walks and six strikeouts.
Carlos Santana, C, Cleveland ($4,600 vs. TB): Santana has managed just two walks with two strikeouts while going 0-for-7 in his career against Hellickson.
Rickie Weeks, 2B, Milwaukee ($3,900 at PHI): Weeks has shown some signs of life lately, hitting safely in seven of his past eight games. Still, he is batting just .182 on the season. Weeks is also 1-for-10 (.100) with no extra-base hits or RBI with one walk and two strikeouts all-time against Lee.
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