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Fantasy Baseball: 5 Shrewd Plays For June 5

5 Shrewd Plays for June 5

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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 5 and deserve your utmost consideration.

5. C - Wilson Ramos: Washington Nationals

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5. C - Wilson Ramos: Washington Nationals

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After suffering through a lengthy DL stint and a very sluggish start at the plate, the Nationals' backstop may finally be ready to break through. He's hitting .333 over his last nine games and has a great matchup today. Not only has Philadelphia Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick struggled of late with a 4.84 ERA in his last six outings, but Ramos has six hits in 11 at bats career at bats off of him, including two HRs.

4. OF - Hunter Pence: San Francisco Giants

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4. OF - Hunter Pence: San Francisco Giants

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There seems to be no slowing this outfielder down. Pence now sits at No. 6 overall in baseball with 44 runs scored and may be looking at another hot stretch at the plate. He's hitting .364 over his last five games with two HRs and simply loves hitting off Cincinnati Reds' projected starter Mike Leake. Pence owns a lofty .455 average against him in 22 at bats, including a HR and two doubles.

3. 1B - Chris Davis: Baltimore Orioles

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3. 1B - Chris Davis: Baltimore Orioles

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This slugger has been in quite the funk of late, but he may be seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. He's hit safely in four of his last five games and managed to go yard yesterday for the first time since May 23. He'll face right-handed starter Colby Lewis today, and that seems like really good news for Davis. Not only does Lewis own an ugly 5.44 ERA and 1.77 WHIP, but left-handed bats are hitting .350 off of him this season.

2. 2B - Ian Desmond: Washington Nationals

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2. 2B - Ian Desmond: Washington Nationals

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His average may sit at a disappointing .225, but you really can't complain about his 11 HRs and 33 RBIs. He has an excellent shot at improving all of those numbers this afternoon when he faces Philadelphia starter Kyle Kendrick. Desmond has simply owned Kendrick in his career to the tune of a .405 average in 37 at bats, including two HRs.

1. P - Madison Bumgarner: San Francisco Giants

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1. P - Madison Bumgarner: San Francisco Giants

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This guy is making hitters cry to their mommies right now. His ERA is a minuscule 2.08 in his last six games, and his Ks per nine innings sits at a ridiculous 11.08 over that stretch. I expect another big showing for him today. He takes on the Cincinnati Reds this afternoon, and not only do they rank 28th in baseball at 3.54 runs scored per game, but they are hitting just .231 against left-handed pitching this season.

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