MLB DFS Picks: Spotlight Pitchers & Top Stacks for Tuesday, June 8

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Tuesday, June 8, has all 30 teams in action with a nice mix of pitchers to target as well as offenses with upside potential. Let’s get into the top MLB DFS picks for pitchers and stacks for Yahoo, DraftKings and FanDuel.

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MLB DFS Picks: Spotlight Pitchers and Top Stacks, Tuesday, June 8

Yahoo Stack of the Day: New York Mets at LHP Bruce Zimmermann — 4.7 implied runs

While game-time temperatures in Baltimore are flirting with 80 degrees, it is going to be very humid; that combination is a boon for offenses. Another bonus is having southpaw Bruce Zimmermann on the mound in these conditions. Tonight marks Zimmerman’s 11th career start, and he has a grand total of 59 innings in the majors under his belt. In this time, he has allowed 2.22 home runs per nine innings to opposite-handed batsmen and 1.59 to lefties.

New York is missing nearly half of its projected best offensive lineup after getting gobsmacked by injuries. This includes Michael Conforto, Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, J.D. Davis and Jonathan Villar. This talent void has led to some discounted hitting options as well as several players who have been promoted from their regular spots in the batting order.

Amazingly, Kevin Pillar is back in action after suffering several facial/nasal fractures from being hit by a pitch. The last two games he has been serving as the leadoff hitter for the Mets, and his $9 salary is a steal on Yahoo. James McCann ($15) is a little spendy, but he is locked in with four home runs in his last six starts. Over his career, he has had sustained success in righty/lefty matchups and he is in a prime spot tonight. Getting Pete Alonso ($13) in our Yahoo lineups is going to be a priority with his sustained success against opposite-handed hurlers. With all the injuries to the Mets, and with this game being in an American League park, it would make sense that Tomas Nido ($8) will either be behind the dish or serving as the designated hitter. Finally, gamers can mix and match with Francisco Lindor, Brandon Drury and Billy McKinney to round out MLB DFS stacks.

Evening Slate

San Francisco Giants at RHP Jordan Lyles — 4.3 implied runs

There is a decent chance that the roof will be open in Texas, with game-time temperatures “only” in the upper-80s tonight. Evan Longoria (shoulder) is out for at least the next month, and Mike Yastrzemski (thumb) will miss another week. However, there is a chance that Brandon Belt will return from his oblique injury, as the team was hoping to get him back this weekend.

Jordan Lyles has somehow allowed only two home runs in his last five starts after being one of the early-season leaders in that category. However, he has still allowed multiple runs in four of those games and his strikeouts are inconsistent at best. In his last 195 matchups against same-handed hitters he is allowing 2.22 home runs per nine innings. Over his last 259.2 innings, Lyles is allowing 1.66 home runs per nine innings, with a nearly equal split to righties and lefties.

While he doesn’t make a lot of contact, Brandon Crawford seems to get extra-base hits when he does get his bat on the ball. It has been a full month since his last stolen base, so only look to him on sites where he is cheap. Alex Dickerson is the player to target across the DFS sites, and his salary is particularly wrong at $2,200 on FanDuel. Buster Posey is worthy of consideration on all slates, and he has three straight multi-hit games. Finally, LaMonte Wade Jr. is an intriguing option, and he has shown a little pop and there is a solid likelihood that he will be leading off tonight.

Late Slate

Oakland Athletics vs. RHP Jon Duplantier — 4.3 implied runs

While it is going to be a cool evening in Oakland with temperatures in the mid-50s, journeyman Jon Duplantier is likely to let the Athletics bats get cooking. In his two starts this year across 8.2 innings, he has suffered four home runs and five walks with a 9.35 ERA and 1.85 WHIP. He is only in the rotation because the Diamondbacks are desperate. If he manages to stay in the majors beyond the All-Star break, it will be in the bullpen as a long reliever.

The A’s are a prime target for MLB DFS picks on the three-game late slate, and they are also a decent differentiation stack on the main slate. Focus on the hitters with power upside first, including Matt Olson, Mark Canha, Mitch Moreland, Matt Chapman and Seth Brown. Catcher Sean Murphy is a fine play on all slates. Let salary constraints and position needs be the guide.

Spotlight Pitchers

Top Target: RHP Shane Bieber at St Louis Cardinals — 3.1 implied runs

  • DFS Salary: Yahoo $52 | FanDuel $11,500 | DraftKings $10,300

While Shane Bieber costs top dollar tonight, there are plenty of hitters who can provide salary cap relief. Bieber has topped 100 pitches in each of his last 11 starts, with an average of 106.8 per start. He is third in MLB with 13.3 strikeouts per nine innings, behind only Jacob deGrom and Corbin Burnes. This season, the Cardinals have been a bottom-five offense against right-handed pitching and have marginal power at best.

Secondary Target: RHP Tyler Glasnow vs. Washington Nationals — 3.1 implied runs

  • DFS Salary: Yahoo $53 | FanDuel $11,000 | DraftKings $10,000

While it is never smart to bank on the win, it should be noted that the Rays are nearly 2-1 favorites over the Nationals. Even with the designated hitter, Washington is not a particularly imposing offense after the top of the order. Tyler Glasnow should approach the 100-pitch mark tonight, and he has eight-plus strikeouts in seven of his last eight starts, including five games with at least 10 punchouts.

Wild Card: LHP Matthew Boyd vs. Seattle Mariners — 4.1 implied runs

  • DFS Salary: Yahoo $39 | FanDuel $7,400 | DraftKings $6,500

Seattle will be without Kyle Lewis and Evan White, who are on the injured list, and they just sent rookie Jarred Kelenic back to the minors after his prolonged slump. This means that as long as Matthew Boyd can successfully survive Mitch Haniger, Ty France and Tom Murphy, he should find smooth sailing tonight.

The wild card aspect is that since the beginning of the 2019 season, Boyd leads MLB with 60 home runs allowed in fewer innings than all but two other pitchers in the top 10. Through 62.1 innings this season, Boyd is allowing a home run rate that is half that of his career mark. Some of this is due to luck, but to be fair, his strikeouts are down as well, so an uptick there could easily offset a return to his career homerun rates. The confluence of matchup and salary make Boyd a risky but appealing option tonight.

Final Thoughts for the Tuesday, June 8 MLB DFS Slate

With every team in action and most of the games being played in favorable hitting weather tonight, gamers only need to play pitchers and hitters they are comfortable with. As always, be mindful that salaries and scoring formats differ across the various fantasy sites, and a home run play on Yahoo may be a below-average MLB DFS pick on DraftKings or FanDuel.

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