Wednesday’s main fantasy baseball slate has 10 games. Max Scherzer’s status is unclear for Wednesday’s start after breaking his nose while practicing bunting, but reports say Scherzer is planning on starting. Yoan Moncada (back) is a candidate to return to the White Sox’ lineup. Fantasy owners can receive up-to-the-minute news, analysis and lineups, including the statuses of Scherzer and Moncada, 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. Texas Rangers

The Rangers play at home in hitter-friendly Arlington, one of the best hitter’s parks in baseball, where temperatures at first pitch will be around 90 degrees. Hotter weather helps fly balls travel further, which aids in power output. Of note, there is some rain risk for this game with the current morning forecast. If the game plays, the Rangers have a strong matchup against RHP Adam Plutko ($5,900), who has been dinger prone. Plutko has allowed an elevated home run rate of 2.6 per nine innings in about 104 big league IP, with that number at over three per nine innings through four 2019 starts. Plutko allows a lot of fly balls, which can be dangerous in Texas; 56% of Plutko’s batted balls have been in the air in his career, significantly above the league average of 36%.

Left-handed batters are preferred, as Plutko has struck out just 13% of LHB, compared to 23% of RHB in his career. Plutko’s career FIP of 7.03 vs. LHB is foul, while is 5.60 FIP vs. RHB is also poor.

Players to consider
Shin-Soo Choo ($5,000)

Elvis Andrus ($4,900)

Danny Santana ($4,800)

Nomar Mazara ($4,400)

Willie Calhoun ($4,300)

Rougned Odor ($4,100)


2. Cleveland Indians

The other side of the Arlington game is the Indians, who get to hit in an excellent power-hitting park against a pitcher who has made just one appearance above Double-A in Joe Palumbo ($5,500). Palumbo’s scouting report has him as a below average pitcher, and he threw a heavy amount of four-seam fastballs in his only big league outing, throwing the pitch 68% of the time, significantly above the league average fastball rate of 53%. Cleveland’s best hitters against four-seam fastballs this year by contact quality have been Roberto Perez ($4,300), Francisco Lindor ($5,500), and Oscar Mercado ($5,000).

Players to consider
Francisco Lindor ($5,500)

Oscar Mercado ($5,000)

Carlos Santana ($4,900)

Roberto Perez ($4,300)


3. Los Angeles Angels

The Angels get a park upgrade in hitter-friendly Rogers Centre and face below-average pitching. Aaron Sanchez ($5,000) has allowed batters to produce an expected wOBA of .346 based on the exit velocities and angles of their batted balls, higher than the league average of .321. Sanchez’s 5.17 FIP and 5.04 ERA are also both worse than average. He is also backed up by a Blue Jays’ bullpen that has allowed the third most home runs and ranks as the fifth worst bullpen by FIP.

Players to consider
Mike Trout ($5,700)

Shohei Ohtani ($5,200)

Tommy La Stella ($4,600)

Kole Calhoun ($4,300)

Justin Upton ($4,100)


4. Los Angeles Dodgers

The Dodgers didn’t produce runs against Drew Pomeranz ($6,200) two starts ago, but he has been ineffective this season despite pitching half of his games in one of the best pitcher’s parks in baseball. Pomeranz has allowed batters to produce a contact quality derived expected wOBA of .349, worse than the league average of .321. Pomeranz has been home run prone, allowing over two home runs per nine innings, which has contributed to a poor 5.55 FIP. Los Angeles’ contact quality in their previous game against Pomeranz was also better than average, suggesting that their zero runs scored was unlucky.

Players to consider
Cody Bellinger ($5,700)

Max Muncy ($5,100)

David Freese ($4,700)

Justin Turner ($4,100)

Enrique Hernandez ($3,200)


5. Pittsburgh Pirates

The Pirates face a Tigers team that will feature below average pitching. Jordan Zimmermann ($7,000), who has been ineffective through six starts with an elevated home run rate, a 5.44 FIP and an ERA approaching six, is making his first start off the injured list. Zimmermann will be backed by a Tigers bullpen that has allowed the second highest home run rate and ranks as the second worst bullpen by FIP. Zimmermann also does not miss many bats, striking out just 16% of batters, worse than the league average of 23%. The lack of bat-missing will help Pirates’ batters make contact and put the ball into play.

Players to consider
Josh Bell ($4,800)

Starling Marte ($4,600)

Bryan Reynolds ($4,200)

Kevin Newman ($4,000)

Corey Dickerson ($3,600)


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