Players have been having a difficult time piecing together hitting streaks as the weather has heated up in June. It’s fun watching hitting streaks, especially guys who aren’t just limping by with singles, but really are mashing the ball. Lately, those have been few and far between. Los Angeles Dodgers SS Corey Seager ($4,900) leads the hit parade with a 10-game hitting streak, tied with Washington Nationals C Wilson Ramos ($4,500) and Colorado Rockies 3B Nolan Arenado ($4,900) for the longest current runs in the majors. While each streak has been impressive, it has sapped their power.
Look to Baltimore Orioles 2B Jonathan Schoop ($4,700) for the most impressive streak going. He enters play Tuesday with a nine-game steak in tow, tied for longest in the American League. He is hitting .474 (18-for-38) with 13 runs scored, three homers and six RBI while posting a ridiculous .789 slugging percentage. Minnesota Twins SS Brian Dozier ($4,400) is right on his heels with a .405 average (15-for-37) with eight runs scored, three homers and seven RBI during his nine-game run.
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TOP DFS PITCHER OF THE DAY
Julio Urias, SP, L.A. Dodgers ($7,400 at MIL): Urias hasn’t been lasting long into games, but he has slowly been increasing his innings over the past three outings. He has lasted at least five innings during the span, allowing a total of five earned runs over 19.1 innings. Urias has been a little hittable, as is evidenced by his 1.48 WHIP, but he tends to limit the damage and he doesn’t walk many. He has just five walks in 24.1 June innings. Urias is a cheap source of strikeouts, racking up 32 in those 24.1 June innings, and that includes eight against Milwaukee June 17. The Brewers strike out more than any other National League team.
Aaron Sanchez, SP, Toronto ($6,200 at COL): While working in Coors Field is always cause for concern, Sanchez has proven he can handle difficult situations on the road. He is 5-0 with a 2.48 ERA in nine road starts with a sparkling .217 opponent batting average while racking up 61 strikeouts over 61.2 innings on the road. He has also served up just three road homers, so he keeps the ball down and that will serve him well in the rarefied air of Denver. Plus, at this low price for a guy who is 7-1 with a 3.33 ERA and 1.26 WHIP, he is worth the risk.
Julio Teheran, SP, Atlanta ($11,600 vs. MIA): Regardless of what his team is doing overall, Teheran is a winner. He is just 3-7 on the season, but he has a stellar 2.46 ERA with 99 strikeouts over 106 innings while holding the opposition to a .183 batting average. He is especially hard on right-handed hitters, holding them to a .180 average and meager .278 slugging percentage and .489 OPS. Teheran is throwing peas right now, but no one notices because of his awful record. He’ll outshine Miami Thursday.
Johnny Cueto, SP, San Francisco ($11,300 at ARI): As good as Cueto has been this season, he is even better on the road. He is an amazing 7-0 with a 2.17 ERA over eight road outings with 48 strikeouts in 54 innings. His .213 opponent batting average away from AT&T Park is 25 points better than at home. He made one appearance at Chase Field already this season, holding the Diamondbacks to two runs over seven innings while whiffing nine batters. Look for more of the same Friday.
Daniel Mengden, SP, Oakland ($6,900 vs. PIT): The original plan was for Mengden to split time between Double-A and Triple-A this year, but that was tossed out the window due to injuries. Mengden was rushed, but he looks every bit comfortable in the majors. He finally received run support Monday in San Francisco, earning his first win, although he has three straight quality starts while averaging seven strikeouts per outing. Don’t look at his 1-3 record as an indicator of how well he has pitched. He received a total of four runs of support in his first three outings.
Collin McHugh, SP, Houston ($7,100 vs. CHW): McHugh had a rough start to the season, but he has pitched better of late. He has three straight quality starts and is a tremendous DFS value at this salary level. While he walks a handful of batters to make things more difficult, he generally limits the damage thanks to his ability to strike people out. He was solid against the White Sox in his previous start, limiting them to two runs and five hits with eight strikeouts over seven innings in a 2-1 loss May 19.
TOP DFS HITTER OF THE DAY
David Ortiz, 1B-DH, Boston ($5,100 at TB): Big Papi certainly isn’t the guy Archer wants to see as he struggles to get it done this year. Big Papi is a career .379 hitter (11-for-29) with three doubles, two homers and 14 RBI against the Tampa starter while posting a 1.127 OPS. It’s a big enough sample size to know D.O. is going to get his Tuesday. OF Mookie Betts ($4,600) and SS Xander Bogaerts ($4,200) are also good plays in a Boston stack.
Jason Castro, C, Houston ($3,300 at LAA): It’s been a very trying season for Angels RHP Jered Weaver, and it’s about to get more difficult. Castro has managed three career homers against the soft-throwing righty, so you’ll want to make him a part of your lineup at a mid-tier price. 2B Jose Altuve ($4,900), SS Carlos Correa ($4,700) and OF George Springer ($4,600) are each essential parts of a Houston stack.
Brandon Belt, 1B, San Francisco ($4,600 at OAK): Belt handles the twig well against left-handed pitchers, and he’ll have a good stat line against A’s LHP Dillon Overton. Belt is hitting .272 (22-for-81) with three doubles, three triples, four homers, 15 RBI and a strong .923 OPS. You’ll want him as a cornerstone of your DFS lineup, and fellow Giants C-1B Buster Posey ($4,500) has seven doubles and an .868 OPS against LHP, while 2B Joe Panik ($4,500) has rolled up 13 RBI in 88 at-bats vs. LHP.
Jhonny Peralta, SS, St. Louis ($4,100 vs. MIL): Peralta was happy to see Brewers RHP Matt Garza back and healthy, as it makes him money. He is 17-for-37 (.459) with two doubles, two homers, five RBI and a 1.149 OPS against Garza over the years. OF Matt Holliday ($3,900) also carries a high average (.367) in 30 career at-bats against Garza, while 1B Matt Adams ($3,800) has three extra-base hits (two doubles, one homer) in 15 career at-bats.
Carlos Gonzalez, OF, Colorado ($4,500 at LAD): CarGo has handled himself with aplomb against left-handed pitching, smacking six homers in 83 at-bats while posting 16 RBI. He is a solid part of all DFS lineups Saturday night. You’ll certainly want his partner in crime Arenado, too, as he has a .311 average (23-for-74) with six doubles, five homers and 13 RBI vs. LHP while managing a 1.022 OPS this season against southpaws.
Jayson Werth, OF, Washington ($3,600 vs. CIN): If Werth does one thing really well it’s handle the bat against left-handed pitching. He is hitting a robust .394 (28-for-71) with six doubles, five homers, 15 RBI, 10 runs scored and a silly 1.146 OPS vs. LHP this season. Werth is worth the mid-priced salary Sunday, as is his teammate Bryce Harper ($4,700) who has rolled up 15 RBI in 73 at-bats vs. southpaws.