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Wednesday’s main fantasy baseball slate has eight games. Brandon Belt (neck, illness) is a candidate to return to the Giants lineup after missing two games. 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 at @DKLive.

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


1. Toronto Blue Jays

The Blue Jays generally aren’t an appealing stack, with the third worst ranked offense on the season by wOBA, but they draw a very soft matchup against human dinger machine David Hess ($4,100) and the Orioles in hitter-friendly Camden Yards.

Hess is allowing nearly three home runs per nine innings, one of the worst home run rates in baseball, and is backed by an Orioles bullpen that has the second worst home run rate allowed. Hess’ home run proneness has him allowing batters to produce an isolated power of .309, way above the league average of .177. The Blue Jays are in an excellent power-hitting spot in this park against this opponent.

Players to consider
Eric Sogard ($4,900)
Justin Smoak ($4,800)
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. ($4,500)
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. ($4,200)
Randal Grichuk ($4,200)


2. Minnesota Twins

The Twins have crushed the ball all season, ranking as the league’s best offense by both wOBA and isolated power, and are in line for a soft matchup. Tommy Milone ($6,900) is expected to be the Mariners’ primary pitcher following first-inning opener Corey Gearrin ($4,000), who has been a little better than average. Milone is a soft-tossing lefty that sits around 87 mph with his fastball and while he has been effective in a small sample in 2019, it likely isn’t sustainable. Milone is projected to be a below average pitcher the rest of the season. He also has an ugly 5.97 ERA and 5.54 FIP over his last 27 starts dating back to the start of 2016 and has been home run prone over that stretch, allowing over two home runs per nine innings.

Players to consider
Mitch Garver ($5,100)
Jorge Polanco ($5,000)
Eddie Rosario ($4,900)
Nelson Cruz ($4,800)
Miguel Sano ($4,600)


3. Baltimore Orioles

Baltimore is home in hitter-friendly Camden Yards against the well-traveled Edwin Jackson ($5,300), who has terrible numbers in five starts with Toronto and is projected to be a very poor pitcher the rest of the season. Jackson has allowed eight home runs in just under 20 IP — a horrific home run rate — and has struck out just 14% of opposing batters, significantly worse than the league average of 23%. The park and opponent will put Baltimore in a good position for run production and power output.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Derek Law will start in place of Edwin Jackson for the Blue Jays tonight. Law is expected to go 1-2 innings before Jackson enters, per Blue Jays play-by-play man Mike Wilner.

Players to consider
Trey Mancini ($5,000)
Renato Nunez ($4,700)
Jonathan Villar ($4,600)
Pedro Severino ($4,300)


4. Philadelphia Phillies

The Phillies play at home in hitter-friendly Citizens Bank Park against Merrill Kelly ($8,000), who has mediocre to below average numbers. Kelly’s contact quality allowed has been poor, allowing batters to produce an expected wOBA of .359 based on the exit velocities and angles of their batted balls, worse than the league average of .321. Kelly doesn’t strike out many batters — just 18%, below the league average of 23%. Kelly’s 4.56 FIP and .176 isolated power allowed are also unimpressive.

Players to consider
Jay Bruce ($5,200)
Rhys Hoskins ($4,400)
Bryce Harper ($4,200)
Jean Segura ($4,200)
J.T. Realmuto ($4,100)
Cesar Hernandez ($3,600)


5. Kansas City Royals

The Royals face LHP Daniel Norris ($5,000), who has mostly below average numbers. Norris has allowed batters to produce an expected wOBA of .351 based on their contact quality, higher than average. Norris’ .191 isolated power allowed and home run rate are elevated, showcasing a propensity to give up extra base hits. Norris also strikes out less batters than average (18%), which should help balls be put into play.

Players to consider
Adalberto Mondesi ($5,600)
Alex Gordon ($4,800)
Whit Merrifield ($4,800)
Jorge Soler ($4,700)
Cheslor Cuthbert ($4,000)


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