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FanDuel Daily Fantasy Baseball (DFS) picks for Wednesday, June 1: pitching

I list some pitching options for today.

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The three best pitching options in the early game are Jacob deGrom ($10,100), Jamie Garcia ($8,500), and Cole Hamels ($10,000). deGrom has not resembled his 2015 ace self due to a velocity and strikeout drop, but his velocity has picked up lately and it's help lead to a 28% K% over his last 2 starts. He still doesn't look nearly as good as he did last year, but he appears to be building his arm strength back after logging a large workload last year. deGrom faces a bottom third White Sox offense by wRC+ (88) and ISO (.134) vs RHP, and he gets them at home in Citi Field against the below average Miguel Gonzalez.

Hamels faces a mediocre Indians offense by wRC+ (94) and K% (21.4%), and bottom third by ISO (.124). Hamels has had some home run issues this year with 1.74 HR allowed per 9 IP, but a 26% home run to fly ball ratio is not going to be sustainable for a player with Hamels' skill set. He still has an excellent 25% K% and 52% GB%, and a 3.34 ERA despite the home run issues.

Garcia gives a little bit of salary relief and faces a mediocre Brewers lineup that has a 93 wRC+, .148 ISO and 22.7% K% vs LHP. Garcia has a 3.47 ERA, 61% GB% and 22% K%, and will be the favorite to get the win against a bad team that is pitching the below average Zach Davies.

In the late game, Felix Hernandez ($11,000) faces a horrible Padres offense that is last in wRC+ (70), second to last in ISO (.126), and fourth highest in K% (24.3%) vs RHP. Felix is on the decline; he's had a drop in strikeouts, spike in walks, and loss in velocity, but is still pitching to a 2.86 ERA and will be in strong position to dominate a punchless Padres lineup.

Max Scherzer faces a similarly impotent Phillies offense that ranks bottom 5 in wRC+ (75) and ISO (.133). Scherzer still has an elite 30.5% K%, but has been home run prone this year on the back of a 19% home run to fly ball rate, which will almost certainly come down based on his skill set.

Because of the Coors Field game, a salary relief play is something I will probably lean toward using to fit higher upside bats into my lineup. Michael Fulmer ($7,600) is a guy I have leaned on his last 2 outings, but he faces an Angels offense that has the lowest K% vs RHP at 15% and a top 10 wRC+ and 101. I'll probably avoid him tonight. The guy I like here is Aaron Sanchez against a poor, aging Yankees lineup. The Yankees have a bottom 5 wRC+ vs RHP at 86; only the Phillies, Reds, Braves and Padres are worse. Sanchez has a 3.29 ERA and 21.5% K%. He opposes Masahiro Tanaka, which is not ideal for run support, but Sanchez should be in good position to prevent runs at a good level.