DFS MLB Optimal Lineups: June 30
Kenneth Le

Rickie Nolasco went 5 2/3 innings, allowed seven runs on nine hits and one walk, while he recorded five strikeouts in a loss to the White Sox on Wednesday night.

: Nolasco opened the flood gates on Wednesday night, as he allowed seven runs through only 5 2/3 innings against the White Sox. After seeming to be on such a roll over the last few starts, the biggest difference for Nolasco on Wednesday night was his lack of ground balls produced. In his last three consecutive starts Nolasco reached double digits in ground balls while on Wednesday he allowed nearly double the amount of fly balls. If he can fix that number again, he will likely be in business again.
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James Shields went 6 2/3 innings, allowed one run on eight hits and one walk, while he struck out five in a win over the Twins on Wednesday night.

It appears that “Big Game” James is back on track after three absolutely horrendous appearances to kick off his career with the White Sox. Coming off of a solid five inning/three earned effort in his last start, Shields carried over the things he was doing well into his Wednesday outing and improved upon them. Ultimately Shields finished Wednesday night deep into the seventh inning, while allowing only one run. He also recorded more strikeouts than he has in the past month, giving prospective fantasy owners everywhere hope that Shields has finally turned things around and is ready to get back to his old form.
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Pirates right fielder Sean Rodriguez had a fantastic night at the plate on Wednesday, going 2-for-3 with two doubles, two runs scored, and four runs batted in against the Mariners.

Rodriguez accounted for half of the Pirates prolific offense on Wednesday, and he was just one of three Pirates players with a multi-hit game. The 31-year-old has three doubles in his last two games to go along with three runs batted in. He’s been a great asset to the Pirates this season due to his ability to slot in at almost anywhere on the field. He’s cooled off a bit this month, but he’s hitting .268 this season with six home runs, 25 runs batted in, and an OPS of .845. If he’s in the lineup tomorrow he will face Sonny Gray, who has been very solid in his last five outings.
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Pirates second baseman Josh Harrison went 1-for-5 with a two run double against the Mariners on Wednesday.

Harrison’s only hit of the night came in the top of the second inning, where he smacked a double to left field and gave the Pirates an early 3-0 lead. Tonight’s double was Harrison’s first since June 7th, and he has just six extra base hits since the start of June. After hitting .333 and .325 in the months of April and May respectably, the 28-year-old is hitting just .198 in June. He’ll face off against Sonny Gray tomorrow, who has allowed two or fewer earned runs in four out of his last five starts.
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Pirates infielder David Freese went 2-for-5 with a home run and two runs scored against the Mariners on Wednesday.

Freese hit his seventh home run of the year in the second inning off of Wade Miley, which was the first run of the game for the Pirates. The 33-year-old continues to be a key piece of the lineup against left-handed pitching, as he’s hitting over .340 with three home runs and nine runs batted in against lefties so far in 2016. His batting average has dropped off significantly in June, where he is hitting just .265. Moving forward he will be a nice option in daily fantasy when facing off against a left-handed pitcher. If he’s in the lineup tomorrow Freese will face off against Sonny Gray, who has allowed just four earned runs and struck out 10 in his last 12 innings pitched.
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Pirates starter Jameson Taillon picked up a win in a solid effort against the Mariners on Wednesday, allowing one earned run on six hits with no walks and six strikeouts over six innings pitched.

Gifted with a three run lead after the top of the second inning, Taillon was able to shut down a Mariners offense that was averaging just four and a half runs per game in their last six. Taillon’s six strikeouts is a season high for him, and tonight’s start marks the first time in his Major League career that he didn’t walk a single batter in one of his starts. After back-to-back rough performances where he allowed eight earned runs on 16 hits in his last eight innings pitched, Taillon looked sharp and had very good control on Wednesday. The 24-year-old will look to string together back-to-back solid performances against the Cardinals on the road on Tuesday. The Cardinals average just four and a half runs per game at home so far in 2016, so Taillon should be considered as a decent cheap option for daily fantasy purposes on Tuesday.
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Mariners starter Wade Miley was charged with a loss on Wednesday against the Pirates, allowing five earned runs on seven hits with no walks and a strikeout over four innings pitched.

Wednesday night marked Miley’s first start since coming off of the disabled list with a left shoulder impingement, and his first start back certainly left quite a bit to be desired. Miley surrendered seven hits tonight, which included a home run and two RBI doubles. The good news is that Miley is healthy again and isn’t feeling nagging pain in his shoulder, but he looked rusty on the mound and certainly will need to show improvement in his next start. He’ll take the mound next against the Astros in Houston on Monday, which is a nice matchup for Miley as the Astros are 27th in the league in batting average against left-handed pitching.
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Madison Bumgarner is expected to hit in his start on Wednesday instead of using a DH in the lineup against Oakland.

Ordinarily this wouldn't be news as he does pitch for an NL team, however the game is being played in Oakland where the DH is allowed to be used in the lineup for the visiting National League team. MadBum is the one that started all of the chatter about pitchers being allowed to hit in the Home Run Derby during the All-Star break and we all know how far he can impale a baseball when he makes contact, but with the Giants several games in front of the Dodgers and his massive importance for the team from the mound, why would you risk him getting injured while batting in an unnecessary spot. Also it puts the lineup at a disadvantage willful as opposed to having an added bigger bat in the starting nine.
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Oakland centerfielder Billy Burns went 1-for-2 with a double and two runs batted in against the Giants on Wednesday.

Wednesday night’s RBI double was a rare sight for Burns, who has hit just 14 extra base hits in 274 plate appearances in 2016. The switch-hitting outfielder has shown that he possesses serious speed, but has been slumping terribly at the plate over the course of this past month, hitting just .178 with five extra base hits. Burns doesn’t have great fantasy value outside of the steals category as he isn’t a great hitter and doesn’t possess any real significant power. He’ll square off against Giants ace Madison Bumgarner on Thursday.
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Oakland first baseman Yonder Alonso went 1-for-3 with a two run home run against the Giants on Wednesday.

Tonight’s home run was Alonso’s second of the year, and it was his first home run since April 29th. The 29-year-old first baseman is having a solid month of June, where he’s hitting .325 with a home run and ten runs batted in. His power numbers aren’t great however, as evidenced by the fact that he is OPSing just .626 this year which greatly limits his fantasy value. It’s uncertain whether or not he’ll be in the lineup tomorrow, but even if he plays I would certainly avoid him as he’s facing off against Madison Bumgarner who has allowed left-handed hitters to hit just .158 against him this season.
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