Fantasy Baseball: 5 Shrewd Plays for June 1

5 Shrewd Plays for June 1

Adam Lind Blue Jays
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For any fantasy team, starting the right players is unsurprisingly the key to success. This is especially true in the immensely popular daily leagues, where a single player can mean the difference between a big payday and crushing disappointment. Based on matchups and talent, the following five players could all be in for an excellent day on June 1 and deserve your utmost consideration.

5. OF - Jason Heyward: Atlanta Braves

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5. OF - Jason Heyward: Atlanta Braves

Jason Heyward Braves
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This right fielder has been very productive the past week. He's riding a six-game hitting streak at the moment with two HRs, five RBIs and six runs scored during that span. He has a good shot at continuing his effective ways today when he faces Nathan Eovaldi and the Miami Marlins. Heyward owns a .444 average in 18 at-bats off of Eovaldi, and is a much stronger hitter against right-handed pitching.

4. DH - Billy Butler: Kansas City Royals

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4. DH - Billy Butler: Kansas City Royals

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It's been a mighty struggle for Butler so far in 2014, but maybe he's finally starting to figure things out at the plate. He's put up three multi-hit games in a row, and is hitting .333 since May 18. He faces starting pitcher Mark Buehrle today and while he's having a great season, Butler has always hit him well. In 63 at-bats, Butler owns a .349 average off of him including three HRs.

3. DH - Adam Lind: Toronto Blue Jays

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3. DH - Adam Lind: Toronto Blue Jays

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Lind has really been on fire the past three weeks. He's hitting .412 since May 11 and that should start leading to more RBIs and runs scored soon in this very potent Blue Jays offense. In his career against today's opposing pitcher Jeremy Guthrie, Lind has managed a .364 average in 44 career at-bats, and Guthrie owns an ugly 5.06 road ERA this year. It could be a really nice day at the plate for Lind.

2. 2B - David Wright: New York Mets

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2. 2B - David Wright: New York Mets

David Wright Mets
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This third baseman will look to improve on his good but not great season today against the Philadelphia Phillies. He faces the struggling Cole Hamels who sports an uncharacteristic 4.43 ERA, and Wright owns a .329 average off of him including five HRs in 70 at-bats. Wright is also hitting .453 off left-handed pitching this year. I smell a big day.

1. P - Chris Sale: Chicago White Sox

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1. P - Chris Sale: Chicago White Sox

Chris Sale White Sox
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We may be seeing a superstar in the making here. Sale has been incredibly dominant this season with a 1.73 ERA and 0.69 WHIP, plus is striking out a sky-high 10.65 hitters per nine innings. He could be in for a huge game today as he takes on the San Diego Padres. The Padres are dead last in runs scored per game in baseball (3.27), and own the lowest team average as well (.228).


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