Houston Astros v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Wednesday’s main fantasy baseball slate has eight games. Tommy Pham (hand) was scratched from Tuesday’s game, and his status for the Rays’ matchup against the Red Sox is uncertain. Yoan Moncada (hamstring) exited Tuesday’s game, and his status for the White Sox’ matchup against the Mets is also unclear. 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’ main slate on Wednesday:

1. Texas Rangers

The Rangers have a home matchup in hitter-friendly Arlington, one of the best hitter’s parks in baseball, and they are set to face below-average pitching opposition. The Mariners are expected to open with RHP Matt Wisler ($4,100) and follow him with LHP Wade LeBlanc ($6,400) as the primary pitcher, both of whom have allowed more home runs than average. In LeBlanc’s case, he is allowing close to two home runs per nine innings and has allowed below-average contact quality, allowing batters to produce an expected wOBA of .341 based on the exit velocities and angles of their batted balls, higher than the league average of .320. LeBlanc’s .218 isolated power allowed to opponents is also higher than the league average of .181. The Rangers are in a good position for power hitting in one of the best power hitting parks in the game against two pitchers who have been prone to allowing extra-base hits.

Players to consider

Danny Santana ($5,300)
Shin-Soo Choo ($4,800)
Hunter Pence ($4,700)
Nomar Mazara ($4,500)
Willie Calhoun ($4,500)
Elvis Andrus ($4,300)


2. Houston Astros

While a matchup against Indians SP Zach Plesac ($7,300) doesn’t look highly appealing glancing at his strong 3.10 ERA, Plesac has peripheral statistics that indicate his run prevention is in danger of strong regression. Plesac has allowed batters to produce a contact quality derived expected wOBA of .342, worse than the league average of .320, which provides evidence he has been getting struck well by opposing hitters. His 5.14 FIP is also worse than average on the back of a below-average strikeout rate (18%) and higher than average home run rate. Plesac’s peripheral statistics do not match his run prevention, and Houston has one of the best offenses in baseball, putting it in good position to start the regression.

Players to consider

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


3. Minnesota Twins

The Twins have been baseball’s best offense by both wOBA and isolated power and draw a matchup against the Marlins, who are starting RHP Sandy Alcantara ($5,200). Alcantara’s 4.76 FIP is worse than average on the back of striking out just 16% of batters while walking 11%, both poor rates. Alcantara’s contact quality derived expected wOBA allowed of .328 is also worse than average. Miami is backing Alcantara with a below-average bullpen by both FIP and ERA.

Players to consider

Mitch Garver ($5,300)
Max Kepler ($5,000)
Miguel Sano ($5,000)
Jorge Polanco ($4,800)
Eddie Rosario ($4,600)


4. Oakland Athletics

Newly acquired RHP Jordan Lyles ($6,100) will take the mound for the Brewers, which puts Oakland in a decent spot. While Lyles probably hasn’t pitched as poorly as his 5.36 ERA indicates, some key peripheral statistics are worse than average, including a 4.81 FIP and contact quality derived expected wOBA allowed of .327. Lyles also has allowed more home runs than average, which has contributed to allowing a heavy .241 isolated power to opponents, indicating allowing a lot of extra-base hits.

Players to consider

Marcus Semien ($4,700)
Matt Olson ($4,300)
Mark Canha ($4,300)
Matt Chapman ($4,100)
Khris Davis ($3,300)


5. Philadelphia Phillies

Giants SP Jeff Samardzija ($8,100) has been home run prone away from pitcher-friendly Oracle Park, which makes sense given he has a higher-than-average fly ball rate. A total of 41% of Samardzija’s batted balls have been in the air, above the league average of 36%, which could be a factor in hitter-friendly Citizens Bank Park, one of the smaller parks in baseball. Left-handed batters have been especially successful putting the ball in the air against Samardzija, hitting 49% of their batted balls in the air, which has contributed to an elevated home run rate of two home runs per nine innings vs. LHBs, along with a poor 5.52 FIP vs. LHBs. Of note, the game has some risk of rain.

Players to consider

Bryce Harper ($4,300)
Rhys Hoskins ($4,200)
Scott Kingery ($4,100)
J.T. Realmuto ($3,900)
Jean Segura ($3,900)


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