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Fantasy Baseball: 5 Shrewd Plays For June 4

5 Shrewd Plays for June 4

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For any fantasy baseball 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 4 and deserve your utmost consideration.

5. C, Miguel Montero, Arizona Diamondbacks

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5. C, Miguel Montero, Arizona Diamondbacks

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This fellow had a rough month of May, but may be heating back up, as he's managed to hit safely in five of his past seven games. He'll play at Coors Field tonight against a right-handed pitcher, and both of those could be good news for this backstop. Not only is Coors a great park to hit in, but Montero's average is exactly 100 points higher against right-handed pitching this season.

4. 2B, Neil Walker, Pittsburgh Pirates

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4. 2B, Neil Walker, Pittsburgh Pirates

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Walker is on pace for his most productive MLB season, which isn't bad for a guy who was hitting just .235 heading into May. Since then, his average sits at an impressive .315 with five HRs and 22 RBIs, and he should be in for another solid evening. He'll square off against Ian Kennedy in this one, and while the flamethrower is having a nice season, Walker is hitting .444 off of him with three HRs in his career.

3. 1B, Adam LaRoche, Washington Nationals

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3. 1B, Adam LaRoche, Washington Nationals

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Since a return from the DL, LaRoche has been seeing the ball rather well. He's hitting .296 in seven games with two HRs and seven RBIs, and I see more good times for him today. The Nats take on the Philadelphia Phillies this evening, and LaRoche has always hit the erratic A.J. Burnett hard. In 25 career at-bats, he has a .400 average with three HRs off of him. Burnett has also really struggled of late with a 6.30 ERA in his last five starts.

2. OF, Josh Willingham, Minnesota Twins

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2. OF, Josh Willingham, Minnesota Twins

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After missing seven weeks of action, Willingham has returned and is terrorizing pitchers. He's hitting .409 in his last seven games with a whopping four HRs and 10 RBIs, so you should ride him while he's hot. Today, he faces starter Marco Estrada, who has really struggled this season. His ERA sits at 4.80 in his last nine outings, and he's allowed an incredible 17 HRs in just 67 innings pitched.

1. P, Stephen Strasburg, Washington Nationals

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1. P, Stephen Strasburg, Washington Nationals

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We all know this phenom is good, but he's even better in his home stadium. His ERA is a sparkling 2.03 at Nationals Park this year, and he's striking out a lofty 11.57 hitters per nine innings there. He could be in for a big night as he takes on the Philadelphia Phillies. The Phillies rank 22nd in baseball at 3.86 runs scored per game, and have struck out the ninth-most times per game as a team.

Brian Davis is a fantasy sports writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @SportsGuyBrian, ”Like” him on Facebook, or add him to your network on Google.