Kansas City Royals v Cleveland Indians

Wednesday’s main fantasy baseball slate has eight games. Mitch Garver (jaw), Joc Pederson (abdomen) and Kevin Newman (leg) are notable players whose statuses are uncertain Wednesday as they deal with injuries. 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 @DKLive.

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

1. Kansas City Royals

The Royals generally do not make for an appealing stack, as they rank as a bottom four offense on the season and bottom five in the second half, but they draw a very strong matchup against the Detroit Tigers and SP Edwin Jackson ($4,400). Jackson has about the worst numbers you will see in the big leagues, posting a 9.35 ERA and 7.52 FIP in 52 IP in 2019. Jackson has been extremely home run prone, allowing nearly three home runs per nine innings, a rate more than double the league average home run rate, and has struck out just 15% of batters, also much worse than average. Jackson is backed by a poor Tigers bullpen that ranks second worst by FIP and seventh worst by ERA. The Royals are in an excellent spot for production against abominable pitching opposition.

Players to consider

Adalberto Mondesi ($5,200)
Whit Merrifield ($4,700)
Jorge Soler ($4,700)
Hunter Dozier ($4,600)
Alex Gordon ($3,900)
Ryan O’Hearn ($3,400)

2. Los Angeles Dodgers

Despite playing in a pitcher-friendly park, the Dodgers have been excellent offensively at home and outstanding against right-handed pitchers. The Dodgers rank as the best home power-hitting offense by isolated power, fifth best home overall offense by wOBA, and rank as the second best overall offense against RHPs. Los Angeles draws a soft matchup against Colorado Rockies RHP Antonio Senzatela ($4,000). Senzatela does not miss many bats, striking out just 12% of batters while generating a swing and a miss on just 6.5% of his total pitches, both significantly worse than the SP league averages of 22% and 10.5%, respectively. Senzatela has very poor numbers even when adjusted for the extreme hitter-friendly play of Coors Field, posting a park-adjusted ERA that is 35 percent worse than average. Left-handed batters in particular have smashed Senzatela, hitting .350 with a .425 OBP and .565 SLG, which is supported by a poor 6.19 FIP vs. LHBs. Dodgers lefties make for the best option in the stack, although Senzatela also has been below average against right-handed batters.

Players to consider

Cody Bellinger ($5,600)
Joc Pederson ($5,300; DTD)
Will Smith ($5,100)
Justin Turner ($4,700)
Matt Beaty ($4,400)
Corey Seager ($4,300)
Gavin Lux ($3,700)

3. Minnesota Twins

The 2019 Twins have set power-hitting records, ranking as the best team in baseball history by isolated power (.229) and home runs (271), and there is still another month to go to add to their home run record. A matchup against Boston Red Sox left-handed pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez ($9,200) isn’t ideal, as Rodriguez has been better than average, but Minnesota’s thunder gives it upside as a stack regardless. The Twins also are getting a park upgrade in hitter-friendly Fenway Park, a strong park for right-handed batters. Nelson Cruz ($5,400) has a history of smashing left-handed pitchers with pop, and his .439 isolated power vs. LHPs this season is explosive, making him the top option in the Twins’ stack.

Players to consider

Mitch Garver ($5,500; DTD)
Nelson Cruz ($5,400)
Max Kepler ($5,200)
Miguel Sano ($4,800)
Jorge Polanco ($4,700)
C.J. Cron ($4,600)
Jonathan Schoop ($4,400)

4. Cleveland Indians

The Indians have a good matchup against Chicago White Sox SP Ivan Nova ($5,100), who has mediocre-to-below-average numbers. Nova has struck out just 14% of batters, giving him less margin for error due to more balls being put into play. His 4.99 FIP is worse than average, and he has allowed poor contact quality, allowing batters to produce an expected wOBA of .347 based on the exit velocities and angles of their batted balls, worse than the league average of .320.

Players to consider

Francisco Lindor ($5,500)
Carlos Santana ($5,200)
Franmil Reyes ($4,600)
Yasiel Puig ($4,300)
Oscar Mercado ($4,100)

5. Pittsburgh Pirates

The Pirates have a solid matchup against Miami Marlins right-handed pitcher Robert Dugger ($7,100), who, despite pitching effectively in his most recent outing in the majors, posted very poor numbers in Triple-A this season. Dugger finished Triple-A with a 7.59 ERA and 6.01 FIP in 10 starts while allowing over two home runs per nine innings. Dugger is backed by a poor Marlins bullpen that ranks as one of the fifth worst bullpens by both ERA and FIP.

Players to consider

Starling Marte ($5,200)
Josh Bell ($5,100)
Bryan Reynolds ($4,800)
Kevin Newman ($4,800)
Jose Osuna ($4,400)

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