Wednesday night’s main MLB fantasy baseball slate has nine games. Christian Yelich (back) is expected to remain out of the Brewers’ lineup again Wednesday. Josh Donaldson (calf) was scratched from Tuesday’s lineup and his status for Wednesday’s game is 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.

Twins LHP Martin Perez ($5,900) often made for a fruitful target for hitting stacks in previous seasons, especially last year, when Perez had an ugly ERA of 6.22 in 85 innings. However, it’s worth noting Perez’s fastball velocity has climbed significantly this year on the back of new mechanics. Perez is sitting about 95 mph with his fastball, a 2 mph improvement from last year, which he attributes to using his lower body more. Perez has good peripherals in a small sample with the velocity leap, limiting batters to an expected wOBA of .311 based on the exit velocities and angles of their batted balls, better than the league average of .322. Perez’s 3.84 FIP is also better than average, as is his .107 isolated power allowed to opponents.

Here are five different hitting stacks fantasy owners can consider using on DraftKings:

1. Philadelphia Phillies

The Phillies have a home matchup in hitter-friendly and home run-friendly Citizens Bank Park against LHP Daniel Norris, who has been prone to giving up extra base hits. Norris’ home run rate has been higher than average in each of the past two seasons, and he has allowed opposing batters to produce an elevated isolated power of .219 through five appearances in 2019. Norris has allowed worse than average contact quality, allowing 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. The combination of the park and opponent gives the Phillies some extra-base hit upside in a stack.

Players to consider

Rhys Hoskins ($5,500)
Bryce Harper ($5,400)
Jean Segura ($4,600)
Andrew McCutchen ($4,500)
J.T. Realmuto ($4,500)

2. Houston Astros

Perez’s improvements were highlighted in the opening paragraph, which makes an Astros stack less appealing than it otherwise would have been at this time last season, when Perez was one of the least effective pitchers in baseball. That said, the Astros still have one of the best offenses in the game, ranking fifth best by team wOBA and projecting to be one of the three highest run-scoring teams for the rest of the season. Despite the big velocity improvement, Perez still has struck out less batters than average and has been walk prone through six appearances in 2019.

Players to consider

George Springer ($5,200)
Michael Brantley ($4,900)
Carlos Correa ($4,800)
Alex Bregman ($4,600)
Jose Altuve ($4,500)

3. Atlanta Braves

The Braves are facing RHP Cal Quantrill, who is making his MLB debut. Quantrill was the eighth overall pick in 2016, but didn’t have particularly impressive numbers in the minors, was not considered a Padres top-10 prospect prior to the season and has been given a future scouting grade of “50,” which represents an average pitcher. Prior to his call-up, Quantrill had a 4.01 FIP in Triple-A. The Braves have been baseball’s second best offense in 2019 by wOBA, but could be without Josh Donaldson (calf) on Wednesday. Download the DK Live app for up-to-the-minute news on Donaldson’s status.

Players to consider

Ozzie Albies ($5,200)
Freddie Freeman ($5,100)
Josh Donaldson ($4,900; DTD)
Ronald Acuna Jr. ($4,800)
Dansby Swanson ($4,400)

4. New York Mets

The Mets have a matchup vs. RHP Anthony DeSclafani, who has been tough on righties in his career but ineffective against lefties. Left-handed batters have hit .289 with a .346 OBP and .500 SLG in DeSclafani’s career, a trend that has continued this season, with LHBs finding strong success through five starts off DeSclafani. DeSclafani’s home run rate vs. LHBs is also higher than average, making LHBs the preferred option in the stack. Robinson Cano (hand) is a LHB that could find success in this matchup, but his status is uncertain after being hit by a pitch over the weekend. Download the DK Live app for up-to-the-minute news on Cano’s status.

Players to consider

Pete Alonso ($5,300)
Michael Conforto ($4,700)
Jeff McNeil ($4,200)
Robinson Cano ($3,900; DTD)
Brandon Nimmo ($3,900)

5. Milwaukee Brewers

The Brewers have a home game in hitter-friendly Miller Park and take on RHP Antonio Senzatela. Senzatela strikes out less batters than average and has a poor 14.5% strikeout rate in a small sample to start 2019. Senzatela has allowed batters to produce an elevated .355 expected wOBA based on the exit velocities and angles of their batted balls through three 2019 appearances, two of which have come on the road. Download the DK Live app for up-to-the-minute news on Christian Yelich’s status as he deals with a back injury.

Players to consider

Christian Yelich ($5,700; DTD)
Eric Thames ($4,900)
Mike Moustakas ($4,700)
Lorenzo Cain ($4,500)
Yasmani Grandal ($4,300)
Ryan Braun ($4,200)

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