New York Mets v Atlanta Braves

Wednesday’s main fantasy baseball slate has nine games. George Springer (hamstring) returned to the Astros’ lineup Tuesday after a lengthy absence. Bryan Reynolds (shin) is day-to-day after being a late scratch Tuesday. Max Kepler (wrist) and Lorenzo Cain’s (thumb) statuses are also uncertain. 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. Philadelphia Phillies

The Phillies play at home in hitter-friendly Citizens Bank Park, one of the better parks for dingers, and face Mets left-handed pitcher Jason Vargas ($6,600). While Vargas has a solid 3.75 ERA, some of his key peripheral statistics are below average, including a 4.48 FIP and contact quality derived expected wOBA allowed of .328, with his expected wOBA sitting at a poor .347 vs. right-handed batters. Vargas sits only about 85 mph with his fastball, so he has very little margin for error. Vargas is also backed by a foul Mets bullpen that ranks third worst by ERA and eighth worst by FIP. Right-handed batters are the preferred option in the stack against Vargas.

Players to consider

Scott Kingery ($4,900)
Rhys Hoskins ($4,700)
Bryce Harper ($4,600)
Jean Segura ($4,100)
Cesar Hernandez ($4,000)
J.T. Realmuto ($4,000)

2. Houston Astros

The Astros have a home matchup against Pirates right-handed pitcher Dario Agrazal ($5,300). Agrazal has not posted impressive numbers in Triple-A this season, striking out just 20% of batters while posting a 4.18 FIP and 4.00 ERA. Agrazal’s average fastball velocity also has been clocked at a below-average 92 mph. Agrazal is backed by a poor Pirates bullpen that ranks fourth worst by ERA and ninth worst by FIP. Houston has been the league’s second best offense this season by wOBA and is beginning to get healthier with both Jose Altuve and George Springer returning to the lineup in the past week after missing time with injuries.

Players to consider

Yordan Alvarez ($5,200)
George Springer ($4,900)
Alex Bregman ($4,900)
Michael Brantley ($4,600)
Jose Altuve ($4,100)
Josh Reddick ($4,000)

3. New York Mets

The Mets get a significant park upgrade in hitter-friendly Citizens Bank Park and face RHP Nick Pivetta ($7,300), who has been homer prone this season, allowing over two dingers per nine innings. Pivetta’s contact quality derived expected wOBA allowed of .372 and his 5.51 FIP are both ugly. Pivetta is backed by a Phillies bullpen that ranks as the third worst bullpen by FIP, third worst by home run rate and ranks below average by ERA. Since both Pivetta and the Phillies’ bullpen have been home run prone and Citizens Bank Park is one of the better home run parks in baseball, the Mets carry some power-hitting upside.

Players to consider

Pete Alonso ($5,400)
Michael Conforto ($4,700)
Jeff McNeil ($4,500)
Todd Frazier ($4,300)
Wilson Ramos ($4,200)
Dominic Smith ($4,200)

4. Milwaukee Brewers

The Brewers have a home matchup in hitter-friendly Miller Park against the Mariners, who are opening with Austin Adams ($4,500) and going with Wade LeBlanc ($5,800) as their primary pitcher. Like Vargas, LeBlanc is a soft-tossing lefty with very little margin for error due to poor fastball velocity. LeBlanc’s 4.88 FIP is below average, and his contact quality derived expected wOBA allowed of .363 is poor. He has been cracked hard by right-handed batters, allowing an elevated expected wOBA of .374 to RHBs based on their contact quality while posting a 5.38 FIP vs. RHBs, making righties the more appealing handedness in the stack. Download the DK Live app for up-to-the-minute news on Lorenzo Cain’s status as he deals with a thumb injury.

Players to consider

Christian Yelich ($5,900)
Mike Moustakas ($5,300)
Yasmani Grandal ($5,000)
Ryan Braun ($4,500)
Lorenzo Cain ($4,400; DTD)
Jesus Aguilar ($3,600)

5. St. Louis Cardinals

The Cardinals face Athletics RHP Daniel Mengden ($6,900), who struggled prior to being optioned to Triple-A, striking out just 18% of batters while generating a swing and a miss on just 6% of his pitches and getting batters to chase at just 19% of his pitches outside of the strike zone, all poor numbers. Mengden allowed batters to produce an expected wOBA of .347 based on the exit velocities and angles of their batted balls, higher than the league average of .322. Left-handed batters hit Mengden particularly well, posting an expected wOBA of .373.

Players to consider

Marcell Ozuna ($4,800)
Paul DeJong ($4,400)
Matt Carpenter ($4,200)
Paul Goldschmidt ($4,000)
Kolten Wong ($3,800)

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