Mike Tauchman

Wednesday evening’s fantasy baseball slate is a five game evening beginning at 6:40 p.m. ET, a slightly earlier lock time than normal, so fantasy owners should be aware of the earlier start time. John Means (bicep) is expected to return to the mound for the Orioles against the Yankees. Gleyber Torres (core) left Tuesday’s game early and his status is in question for Wednesday’s game in Baltimore. Fantasy owners can receive up-to-the-minute news, analysis and lineups by downloading the DK Live app. You also can follow DK Live on Twitter @DKLive.

Here are five different hitting stacks fantasy owners can consider using on DraftKings on Wednesday:

1. Boston Red Sox

The Red Sox draw a very soft matchup in hitter-friendly Fenway Park against right-handed pitcher Glenn Sparkman ($4,500). Sparkman has struck out just 13% of batters faced, significantly worse than the league average of 22%, and has been home run prone, allowing over two home runs per nine innings. The poor strikeouts and elevated home runs have contributed to an ugly 5.95 FIP. Sparkman has been getting hit hard, allowing batters to produce an expected wOBA of .362 based on the exit velocities and angles of their batted balls, higher than the league average of .320. Sparkman’s isolated power allowed to batters of .222 is also higher than average. Boston hitters will be in good position to put the ball in play and hit for power against a pitcher who does not miss many bats and has been prone to giving up dingers.

Players to consider
Rafael Devers ($5,600)
Xander Bogaerts ($5,400)
Andrew Benintendi ($5,300)
J.D. Martinez ($5,300)
Mookie Betts ($5,200)

2. San Diego Padres

The Padres don’t often make for an appealing stack option, but a matchup against the tanking Mariners and LHP Yusei Kikuchi ($5,000) is appealing. Kikuchi has allowed batters to produce an expected wOBA of .339 based on their contact quality, worse than average. He has been especially extra base hit prone, allowing batters to produce an elevated isolated power of .247 in part to allowing over two home runs per nine innings. Kikuchi has struck out just 16% of batters, contributing to an ugly 5.95 FIP. The lack of strikeouts combined with the home run proneness puts Padres batters in a good spot.

Players to consider
Fernando Tatis Jr. ($5,100)
Manny Machado ($4,300)
Hunter Renfroe ($4,300)
Eric Hosmer ($4,100)
Wil Myers ($3,700)

3. New York Yankees

The Yankees are horribly banged up offensively and are facing LHP John Means ($6,700), who was Baltimore’s lone All-Star and has been effective at preventing runs and baserunners this season. That said, Means is making his first start off the injured list after a bicep injury sidelined him for two weeks, so rust could be an issue, and if his command isn’t quite as on point, New York could see better pitches to hit. Means’ FIP of 4.46 is mediocre and significantly higher than his 3.12 ERA, so he has less margin for error than pitchers who generate a higher strikeout total. The matchup is taking place in hitter-friendly Camden Yards, and Means is backed by a terrible Orioles bullpen that ranks second worst by ERA and worse by FIP. Baltimore’s bullpen has allowed the most home runs among pens by a comfortable margin.

Players to consider
DJ LeMahieu ($5,500)
Mike Tauchman ($5,000)
Didi Gregorius ($4,900)
Aaron Judge ($4,800)
Gio Urshela ($4,800)
Gleyber Torres ($4,800; DTD)

4. Milwaukee Brewers

The Brewers get a park downgrade on the road in Pittsburgh but have an unimposing matchup against RHP Trevor Williams ($7,600). Williams has been below average by both ERA (4.75) and FIP (4.54) and has been far less effective against left-handed batters, allowing LHB to hit .331 with a .377 OBP and .536 SLG while striking out only 14% of LHB. Brewers’ left-handed batters make for an appealing option in this matchup.

Players to consider
Christian Yelich ($5,700)
Keston Hiura ($4,600)
Mike Moustakas ($4,300)
Ryan Braun ($4,300)
Eric Thames ($4,000)
Yasmani Grandal ($3,900)

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