Arizona Diamondbacks v St Louis Cardinals

Wednesday’s main fantasy baseball slate has nine games. Mike Trout (calf) is a candidate to return to the Angels’ lineup after missing two games. Eloy Jimenez exited Tuesday’s game early after a collision in the outfield and appears headed to the injured list for the White Sox. Adalberto Mondesi’s status is also uncertain for the Royals after exiting Tuesday’s game early diving for a ball in the field.

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

1. Washington Nationals

The Nationals get both a park and league upgrade, moving to hitter-friendly Camden Yards in the American League, where they will be able to use the designated hitter. Camden Yards is one of the better home run parks in baseball, and the Nationals face Orioles pitching that has been home run prone. Starter Aaron Brooks ($5,200), who was claimed off waivers from the Athletics, has been home run prone this season, allowing more than two dingers per nine innings. Brooks’ 5.53 FIP is ugly on the back of elevated home runs and a below-average strikeout rate, striking out 20% of batters, worse than the league average of 23%. Brooks’ .230 isolated power allowed to batters is higher than average on the back of being extra-base hit prone. Brooks also has allowed batters to produce an expected wOBA of .364 based on the exit velocities and angles of their batted balls, worse than the league average of .322. Brooks, who is not fully built up as a starter, is backed by a Baltimore bullpen that ranks worst in the league by FIP (5.63), ERA (6.21) and home run rate (1.88/9 IP). Nationals’ hitters will be in an excellent spot for power hitting and run scoring in this matchup.

Players to consider

Anthony Rendon ($5,500)
Juan Soto ($5,500)
Trea Turner ($5,300)
Matt Adams ($4,400)
Victor Robles ($4,400)
Adam Eaton ($4,100)
Ryan Zimmerman ($3,800)

2. Los Angeles Dodgers

The Dodgers, who have been baseball’s third best offense, get a park upgrade on the road at hitter-friendly Citizens Bank Park and face RHP Nick Pivetta ($5,600), who has ugly numbers. Pivetta has been home run prone, allowing more than two home runs per nine innings, which has contributed to a poor 5.75 FIP. Pivetta has allowed poor contact quality, allowing batters to produce an expected wOBA of .369 based on the exit velocities and angles of their batted balls, and has allowed a poor .248 isolated power on the back of a lot of extra-base hits. Pivetta is backed by a Phillies bullpen that also has been very home run prone, allowing the second highest home run rate among bullpens while ranking as the third worst bullpen by FIP. Philadelphia’s home run proneness, combined with Citizens Bank Park’s home run friendly play, will create some home run upside for the Dodgers, who rank fourth best in baseball in total dingers.

Players to consider

Cody Bellinger ($5,800)
Max Muncy ($5,100)
Joc Pederson ($4,600)
Justin Turner ($4,600)
Corey Seager ($4,400)
A.J. Pollock ($3,800)

3. Boston Red Sox

Boston has a home matchup in hitter-friendly Fenway Park against Blue Jays SP Aaron Sanchez ($4,400), who has been ineffective. Sanchez’s 5.50 FIP is poor, and Sanchez has allowed batters to produce an expected wOBA of .361 based on their contact quality, also a poor number. Sanchez has struck out just 17% of batters, which should help Red Sox batters put the ball into play. The Red Sox have had a strong offense, ranking as the fourth best offensive team by wOBA while leading baseball in total runs scored.

Players to consider

Rafael Devers ($5,700)
Xander Bogaerts ($5,600)
Mookie Betts ($5,400)
Christian Vazquez ($4,900)
J.D. Martinez ($4,800)
Andrew Benintendi ($4,500)

4. Arizona Diamondbacks

The Diamondbacks draw a road matchup in hitter-friendly Arlington, one of the best hitter’s parks in baseball, and face mediocre pitching opposition. The Rangers are starting RHP Jesse Chavez ($4,100), who despite a plus 3.84 ERA has mediocre peripheral statistics, including a 4.51 FIP and a slightly higher than average home run rate. Chavez has allowed batters to produce an expected wOBA of .329 based on their contact quality while allowing a .188 isolated power based on extra-base hits allowed, both slightly worse than average. Texas’ bullpen also has been below average, ranking sixth worst by FIP and seventh worst by home run rate.

Players to consider

Ketel Marte ($5,200)
Eduardo Escobar ($5,200)
Jarrod Dyson ($4,800)
Christian Walker ($4,700)
Adam Jones ($4,200)

5. Houston Astros

The Astros are on the road in Angel Stadium, which isn’t a top park for hitting, but they have been the second best offense in baseball by wOBA and face mediocre pitching opposition. The Angels are expected to use Felix Pena ($6,700) as their primary pitcher Wednesday. Despite contributing significantly to a combined no-hitter in his most recent appearance, Pena has unimpressive peripheral statistics on the season, including a 4.67 FIP, isolated power allowed of .189, and contact quality derived expected wOBA allowed of .334, all worse than average. Pena also has allowed more home runs than average.

Players to consider

George Springer ($5,100)
Yordan Alvarez ($4,900)
Alex Bregman ($4,800)
Jose Altuve ($4,600)
Yuli Gurriel ($4,500)
Michael Brantley ($4,200)

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