Last night the baseball heavens collided as we were blessed with one of the greatest games ever pitched and it just so happened to be paired with arguably the greatest baseball announcer major league baseball history. Of course I am talking about CY Kershaw’s, one Hanley Ramirez throwing error from a perfect game, 15 strikeout no-hitter that was narrated by the all-time great Vin Scully who called his 19th career no-hitter. If there were a baseball bible, last night’s Dodger game would deserve a book of it’s own it. Here are some interesting stats that stand out from the two-time CY Young award winning Clayton Kershaw's no-hitter from Wednesday:

  • Only Nolan Ryan had more strikeouts (17 in 1973 and 16 in 1991) than Kershaw’s 15 in a no-hitter in the modern era of baseball (tied with Warren Sphan who punched out 16 in his 1960 no-no).

  • Kershaw’s Game Score of 102 iss the second best over the last 100 years next to Kerry Wood’s 105 back on May 5, 1998 in the game where Wood struck out 20 Houston Astros.

  • The Dodgers organization has 22 no-hitters to their name, which is the most by any team in the history of the major leagues.

  • Kershaw became the only pitcher in the history of major league baseball to accomplished the feat of striking out 15 batters without allowing either a walk or a hit in a start.

And to put a bow on what started of as just another hot ass, middle of the workweek day turned magical it is only fitting that we should paraphrase The Voice of the Dodgers as we segue into Thursday’s daily league recommendations, It's time for the DFS Playbook! Hi, everybody, and a very pleasant good day to you, wherever you may be.

Starting Pitcher Picks of the Night

Pitcher Pos. DraftKings DraftStreet FanDuel Reasons
Jordan Zimmermann P $10,200 $18,330 $8,600 Limited the Braves to one run with 9 K in first meeting this season and has allowed just one run in his three June starts thus far.
Jose Quintana P $6,900 $12,095 $6,000 Has a great chance for solid run support as the Twins have a 30-year old making his MLB debut after 10yrs in the minors; Twins own 5th worst OPS vs LHP and 3rd most strikeouts among AL teams
Collin McHugh P $9,100 $15,420 $7,000 Owns 13th best wOBA vs LHH in MLB at .265 (min. 30 IP), 11th best wOBA in AL (min. 20 IP) among starters; LHH hitting only .202 and RHH even worse vs McHugh at .182 BA and he is facing the worst team in the AL in the Rays today.
Zack Wheeler P $7,400 $15,752 $6,800 If Giancarlo Stanton sits tonight that would leave the Marlins without their top two hitters according to WAR (Christian Yelich currently on the DL). Update: Stanton is IN Marlins Lineup.

Remember, if you get caught in a quandary remember if you have a specific question remember you can always tweet @FantasyNomad and/or post in the comments section below. Don’t forget to bookmark the following four sources to check daily as a compliment to our picks of day.

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Discounted Hitter of the Night: Melky Cabrera

Teams to Stack: A's home vs BOS RHP Jake Peavy, Blue Jays at NYY vs RHP David Phelps, White Sox at MIN vs RHP Yohan Pino

Hitter Pos. DraftKings DraftStreet FanDuel Reasons
Jason Castro C $3,600 $4,448 $3,000 All 6 HR vs RHP
Martin Maldonado C $3,400 $5,125 $2,700 Punt option with a favorable matchup in a hitter friendly park
Matt Adams 1B $3,900 $6,666 $3,200 Dude's been mashing since his return from the DL where he found his power stroke and you get LvR matchup vs PHI RH Dave Buchanan
Adam Dunn 1B $4,200 $5,195 $2,900 Hitting .271 (13-48) with 4 HR in 13 June games and get LvR matchup vs a 30-year old rookie If Konerko is in LU he too is in play.
Brandon Moss 1B $4,600 $8,888 $4,200 Jake Peavey 12th highest HR/FB rate among MLB pitchers when facing LHH at 15.8%
Scooter Gennett 2B $3,700 $5,884 $3,700 His .415 BA (22-53) leads all 2B in month of June and third highest in MLB (min. 10 June games).
Robinson Cano 2B $4,700 $7,397 $4,200 Showing a little more pop in his bat in June and get LvR matchup
Juan Francisco 3B $3,700 $5,446 $3,300 All but 1 HR vs RHP add in you get short porch in Yankee Stadium and this play in a no-brainer
Josh Donaldson 3B $4,500 $7,115 $3,800 Four game hit streak going where he is hitting .300 (5-for-15) showing that the dog days of summer may have come and gone a little early for him.
Chris Owings SS $3,700 $4,946 $3,300 .409 (9-22) 5 XB, 1 HR last seven games and hitting in 2-hole
Ian Desmond SS $4,200 $5,769 $3,400 4-for-6 w/ 3 XBH in career vs Gavin Floyd
Yoenis Cespedes OF $4,600 $6,854 $3,400 Peavy owns 10th worst wOBA vs RHH in AL at .357; Cuban Missle hitting .313 w/ 3 HR in June.
Brett Gardner OF $4,200 $5,777 $3,300 Hitting .360 w/ 2 HR over last six games, game in Yankee Stadium and get LvsR matchup
Melky Cabrera OF $4,200 $6,973 $2,900 Coming off a good game and has favorable matchup hitting in Yankee Stadium vs David Phelps. Of course if you can find a way to afford Edwin Encarcion and/or Jose Bautista you should.
Alejandro De Aza OF $3,500 $5,301 $2,500 A June OPS of 1.126 and all 5 HR this season have come off a RHP
David Peralta OF $3,700 $4,679 $2,900 LvsR matchup vs MIL RHP Yovani Gallardo, game is at home, and he is batting 5th

Best of luck and as always if you have a specific question remember you can always tweet @FantasyNomad and/or post in the comments section below.




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Do you like EE at 1st tonight?


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@CrazyGabey sweet looking forward to what K and DEF I can snag in middle rounds again

@paymekeesee would still role with the RB in McCoy lot of expected value at TE and WR plenty deep enough especially considering draft class

@taas74nunez it's a crap shoot either way but West has no comp for backup role so safer roll of the dice at this point

@CrazyGabey draft this Thursday?

It seems many writers' idea of "Breakout Player(s)" is off. For instance, Anthony Davis, Andre Drummond, Cordarrelle Patterson to name a few