St Louis Cardinals  v Pittsburgh Pirates

Wednesday’s main fantasy baseball slate is large with 14 MLB games. Christian Yelich (knee) got injured in Tuesday’s game and will miss the remainder of the season for the Milwaukee Brewers, cutting short his second consecutive MVP-level season. Mike Trout (toe) is a candidate to return to the Los Angeles Angels’ lineup. Justin Turner (ankle), Starling Marte (wrist), Avisail Garcia (groin), Yuli Gurriel (hamstring) and Mike Moustakas (wrist) also have statuses that are uncertain. Fantasy owners can receive up-to-the-minute news, analysis and lineups, including the statuses of these players, by downloading the DK Live app. You also can follow DK Live on Twitter @DKLive.

Here are a few different hitting stacks fantasy owners can consider using on DraftKings on Wednesday:

1. Colorado Rockies

Armed with the greatest hitter’s park in the majors, the Rockies have been baseball’s most productive team at home, and they draw a good matchup against St. Louis Cardinals right-handed pitcher Dakota Hudson ($8,200). Despite a strong 3.40 ERA, some of Hudson’s peripheral statistics could be an issue in Coors Field, which has a spacious outfield and can diminish pitch movement. Hudson has struck out just 17% of batters while walking 10%, both worse than average, which has contributed to a below-average 4.94 FIP. The lack of bat-missing could help more balls be put into play, where they can find holes in a spacious outfield. Hudson also has allowed batters to make solid contact quality, with batters producing an expected wOBA of .339 based on the exit velocities and angles of their batted balls, worse than the league average of .320. Hudson’s below-average peripheral statistics could result in his run prevention crashing down in a horrible environment for pitching in Colorado.

Players to consider

Trevor Story ($5,200)
Charlie Blackmon ($5,100)
Nolan Arenado ($5,000)
Daniel Murphy ($4,400)
Ryan McMahon ($4,200)
Raimel Tapia ($3,700)

2. St. Louis Cardinals

The other side of the Coors Field matchup is St. Louis, which faces off against right-handed pitcher Antonio Senzatela ($4,200) in a massive park upgrade in Colorado. Senzatela has very poor numbers in 21 starts in 2019, striking out a minuscule 12% of batters while posting a 5.52 FIP, about a run worse than the league average. Senzatela has allowed poor contact quality, allowing batters to produce an expected wOBA of .361 based on the exit velocities and angles of their batted balls, much worse than the league average of .320. Left-handed batters have had the most success off Senzatela, making them the better option in the stack, although right-handed batters are also a good option. The gigantic park upgrade combined with facing a soft starting pitcher makes the Cardinals a highly appealing stack option.

Players to consider

Tommy Edman ($5,400)
Paul Goldschmidt ($5,100)
Marcell Ozuna ($4,900)
Kolten Wong ($4,900)
Paul DeJong ($4,800)
Matt Carpenter ($4,700)
Dexter Fowler ($4,500)
Yadier Molina ($4,200)

3. Houston Astros

The Astros are tied with the Rockies for the most productive home team and draw a matchup against contact-oriented left-handed pitcher Brett Anderson ($5,900) of the Oakland Athletics. Anderson has struck out just 12% of batters as he tried to induce ground balls with a sinker, something Houston can take advantage of, as the Astros have plus numbers against sinkers. Anderson also has allowed poor contact quality, allowing batters to produce an expected wOBA of .349, worse than the league average of .320. The Astros, who strike out less than any team in the league, are a candidate to put a lot of balls into play against a pitcher who does not miss many bats.

Players to consider

Yordan Alvarez ($5,600)
Alex Bregman ($5,500)
George Springer ($5,400)
Jose Altuve ($5,000)
Yuli Gurriel ($4,700; DTD)
Michael Brantley ($4,500)

4. Boston Red Sox

The Red Sox, who have been a top-five offense by both wOBA and isolated power, have a road matchup in hitter-friendly Toronto against Blue Jays right-handed pitcher Trent Thornton ($7,100). In three starts against Boston this season, Thornton is averaging negative fantasy points as he has been knocked around hard, allowing Red Sox batters to produce an expected wOBA of .458 based on the exit velocities and angles of their batted balls, an explosively high number. Thornton has allowed worse contact quality than average and more extra-base hits than average on the season.

Players to consider

Rafael Devers ($5,100)
Mookie Betts ($5,000)
Xander Bogaerts ($4,800)
J.D. Martinez ($4,700)
Andrew Benintendi ($4,000)

5. Chicago White Sox

The White Sox have a home matchup in hitter-friendly Chicago against terrible pitching opposition. Kansas City Royals SP Glenn Sparkman’s ($4,400) FIP of 6.06 is second worst among all pitchers to throw at least 100 IP this season. Sparkman has struck out just 13% of batters while allowing poor contact quality, allowing batters to produce an expected wOBA of .362. Sparkman has also been extra-base hit prone, allowing batters to produce an isolated power of .230, higher than the league average of .184.

Players to consider

Tim Anderson ($4,900)
Jose Abreu ($4,800)
Yoan Moncada ($4,800)
Eloy Jimenez ($4,000)
James McCann ($3,900)
Leury Garcia ($3,900)

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