With 12 games on Thursday’s MLB schedule — only two of which take place in the afternoon — it’s a relatively big day on daily fantasy baseball slates. However, our SP rankings fall off in a hurry, revealing only a handful of desirable options, most of which are high priced. Picking the right sleepers for your DraftKings and FanDuel contests will require taking some risks.Two boom-or-bust candidates are Julio Urias (@ Giants) and Framber Valdez (@ Yankees). Both have great stuff, but Urias isn’t expected to go deep into the game, serving as a glorified opener, while Valdez will face a Yankees lineup that figures to be much tougher than its ranking vs. lefties thanks to the recent “additions” of Giancarlo Stanton and Edwin Encarnacion. MORE THURSDAY MLB: DFS picksToday’s Daily Fantasy Baseball Pitcher Rankings: Thursday, June 20RankPitcherTeamOpponentOpp. wRC+ vs. LHP (rank)Opp. wRC+ vs. RHP (rank)FDDK1Charlie [email protected] A’sN/A96 (15th)$10,500$11,3002Jake [email protected] RoyalsN/A92 (16th)$10,000$10,8003Mike MinorRangersvs. Indians89 (T-19th)N/A$9,100$8,9004Shane [email protected] RangersN/A103 (11th)$9,700$9,3005Robbie RayD-backsvs. Rockies99 (T-12th)N/A$8,900$8,4006Frankie MontasA’svs. RaysN/A111 (T-6th)$9,300$10,0007Madison [email protected] Dodgers109 (8th)N/A$8,400$9,2008Nick [email protected] NationalsN/A86 (24th)$7,700$8,2009Julio UriasDodgersvs. Giants67 (30th)N/A$7,000$8,00010Framber [email protected] Yankees81 (T-25th)N/A$7,400$7,10011Adam WainwrightCardinalsvs. MarlinsN/A75 (29th)$8,000$7,50012Jimmy NelsonBrewersvs. RedsN/A81 (T-25th)$6,500$7,70013Dylan [email protected] MarinersN/A109 (8th)$7,300$7,60014Tanner [email protected] BrewersN/A101 (12th)$7,100$6,50015Erick FeddeNationalsvs. PhilliesN/A89 (20th)$5,900$5,30016Jose [email protected] Blue Jays81 (T-25th)N/A$6,300$8,50017Zac [email protected] CardinalsN/A91 (T-17th)$7,000$7,30018Jeff [email protected] D-backsN/A88 (21st)$6,000$5,00019Tyler ChatwoodCubsvs. MetsN/A97 (T-13th)$5,500$4,60020Clayton RichardBlue Jaysvs. Angels102 (11th)N/A$5,600$5,20021Wade LeBlanc (PLR)Marinersvs. Orioles87 (T-23rd)N/A$6,700$5,80022Glenn SparkmanRoyalsvs. TwinsN/A118 (1st)$5,700$4,20023Walker [email protected] CubsN/A106 (T-9th)$5,500$6,80024Chad Green (O)Yankeesvs. AstrosN/A113 (5th)$5,500$5,00025Gershon Bautista (O)Marinersvs. OriolesN/A81 (T-25th)N/A$4,000wRC+ is defined by Fangraphs as “[measuring] how a player’s wRC compares with league average after controlling for park effects. League average for position players is 100, and every point above 100 is a percentage point above league average. For example, a 125 wRC+ means a player created 25% more runs than a league average hitter would have in the same number of plate appearances. Similarly, every point below 100 is a percentage point below league average, so a 80 wRC+ means a player created 20% fewer runs than league average.” For more on the stat, click here. Watch ChangeUp, a new MLB live whip-around show on DAZNAdam Wainwright (vs. Marlins), Nick Pivetta (@ Nationals), and Jimmy Nelson (vs. Reds) all have decent matchups on paper, but Pivetta is the only one pitching well right now (and not coming off a recent injury). Don’t be surprised to see delays in the Astros-Yankees and Phillies-Nationals games. Check the Fantasy Alarm Weather Center closer to lineup lock for the latest weather reports.
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Former boxing heavyweight champion Mike Tyson sits in the Pittsburgh Pirates dugout as he waits to throw out the first pitch before a baseball game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Milwaukee Brewers in Pittsburgh Thursday, April 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)PITTSBURGH (AP) – Hitting was supposed to be the Pittsburgh Pirates’ weakness coming into the season yet they lead the major leagues in home runs through the first 16 games of the season.Andrew McCutchen hit his first homer of the season and drove in three runs, Pedro Alvarez had a three-run shot and pinch-hitter Josh Harrison broke a tie with a long ball in the seventh inning as the Pirates handed the Milwaukee Brewers their first road loss, 11-2 on Thursday night.The Pirates have hit 23 homers despite allowing first baseman Justin Morneau and right fielder Marlon Byrd to leave as free agents last winter. What encouraged manager Clint Hurdle the most was that three of the four homers on Thursday night were of the multi-run variety.“It’s good to know you can strike quickly but we need to hit a few more with men on base like we did tonight rather than just solos,” Hurdle said.Of course, the Pirates would have more multi-run homers if they could improve upon a .304 on-base percentage.“That has been priority No. 1 since the first day of spring training,” Hurdle said. “We need to raise the on-base percentage.”Harrison’s two-run drive down the left field line off Rob Wooten (0-1) was the second of his career as a pinch hitter. It stared Pittsburgh’s nine-run outburst over the seventh and eighth innings that was capped by Alvarez’s sixth of the year.Hurdle wanted Harrison to bunt Jordy Mercer up to second base after he led off the inning with a single. However, Harrison failed to sacrifice then made it up for it.“That’s why baseball is a crazy game,” Harrison said. “One second, I didn’t the job done and then the next second I put us ahead with a home run.“I don’t hit a lot of home runs but I do know if you hit the ball down the left field line (at PNC Park) that you have a chance,” he said. “I knew I hit it hard.”Pittsburgh Pirates’ Andrew McCutchen (22) is greeted as he crosses home plate by teammate Starling Marte (6) after hitting a two-run home run off Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo during the first inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Thursday, April 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)McCutchen, last year’s NL MVP, hit a two-run homer in the first inning in his 57th at-bat.Gaby Sanchez also connected while Alvarez, Starling Marte, Russell Martin and Jordy Mercer each had two of the Pirates’ 12 hits.Edinson Volquez (1-0) gave up two runs in seven innings for his first win with the Pirates, scattering eight hits.“It’s a great feeling to get that first W for the Pittsburgh Pirates,” Volquez said. “That’s why they brought me here, to win games, so I feel like I did my job this time.”Jonathan Lucroy and Scooter Gennett had two hits each for Milwaukee, which had won its first six road games. The Brewers have lost three of four since a nine-game winning streak.Wooten relieved starter Yovani Gallardo to start the seventh. Harrison connected when he was pinch-hitting for Volquez, who signed a one-year, $5-milion contract with the Pirates in December as a free agent.Gallardo allowed two runs and three in six innings with four walks and six strikeouts. However, Wooten allowed three runs while getting only one out and rookie left-hander Wei-Chung Wang was hammered for six runs in 2-3 of an inning as the Brewers bullpen’s ERA rose from a major league-best 1.33 to 3.16.After Harrison’s homer put the Pirates ahead 4-2, McCutchen made it a three-run lead with a fielder’s choice grounder.“That’s by far the most disappointed I’ve been in myself in professional baseball at any level,” Wooten said. “I don’t have the words to describe it. It’s embarrassing.”NOTES: Brewers 1B Lyle Overbay was placed on the paternity list after his wife gave birth to a boy on Thursday morning in Milwaukee and INF-OF Elian Herrera was recalled from Triple-A Nashville. … Pirates OF Jose Tabata, who had a pinch-hit RIB double in the eighth, passed all concussion protocols Thursday morning, a day after leaving a game in Cincinnati in the fourth inning when he ran into the scoreboard while making a catch. .. Milwaukee RHP Kyle Lohse (2-1, 3.05) is scheduled to pitch Friday night against Pittsburgh RHP Charlie Morton (0-1, 3.32).