MLB-Stacks

Wednesday’s fantasy baseball main slate has 10 games. George Springer (back) has been available to pinch run and play defense but does not appear ready to return to the Astros’ lineup as swinging a bat has been difficult. J.D. Martinez (illness) has missed two straight games for the Red Sox and his status is uncertain heading into Wednesday’s game. Javier Baez (heel) was able to pinch hit on Tuesday and is a candidate to return to the Cubs’ starting lineup tonight. Gregory Polanco (finger), Eric Sogard (thumb) and Yandy Diaz (wrist) are also candidates to return to the lineup Wednesday.

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Here are five different hitting stacks fantasy owners can consider using on DraftKings’ main slate on Wednesday:


1. New York Yankees

The Yankees play on the road in hitter-friendly Camden Yards against an Orioles’ staff that has allowed the most dingers in the majors. Baltimore’s bullpen has also allowed the most home runs, which has contributed to the worst bullpen FIP in the league, and Wednesday’s starting pitcher, Dan Straily ($4,800), has allowed nearly three home runs per nine innings. Straily has horrifying numbers, striking out just 11% of batters while allowing opponents to produce an isolated power of .318, giving the Yankees extreme power-hitting and contact upside. Straily has also allowed poor contact quality, allowing batters to produce an expected wOBA of .401 based on the exit velocities and angles of their batted balls.

Players to Consider
Gary Sanchez ($5,500)
Gleyber Torres ($5,300)
Luke Voit ($5,300)
Aaron Hicks ($4,700)
Clint Frazier ($4,300)


2. Houston Astros

White Sox RHP Ivan Nova ($4,400) has been getting creamed this year. Through nine starts, Nova has posted a 5.56 FIP while allowing nearly two home runs per nine innings. Nova has allowed poor contact quality, allowing batters to produce an expected wOBA of .373 based on the exit velocities and angles of their batted balls, worse than the league average of .321. Nova has also been extra-base hit prone, allowing batters to produce an isolated power of .219. He has been poor against both left-handed batters and right-handed batters, with lefties being more productive, and has struck out just 12% of the LHB he has faced.

Players to Consider
Alex Bregman ($5,500)
Michael Brantley ($5,200)
Carlos Correa ($5,200)
Josh Reddick ($4,400)
Yuli Gurriel ($3,900)


3. Minnesota Twins

Angels RHP Matt Harvey ($5,500) has been poor this season and features below-average numbers in many key areas. He has allowed batters to produce an expected wOBA of .373 based on their contact quality, worse than the league average of .321. Harvey has struck out just 17% of batters while generating a swing and a miss on 9.7% of his pitches, both worse than average, which will help the Twins make contact. He has also been extra-base hit prone, allowing a .195 isolated power, which is higher than average. Minnesota has been the league’s second best offense this year by wOBA, trailing only Houston.

Players to Consider
Jorge Polanco ($4,700)
C.J. Cron ($4,700)
Eddie Rosario ($4,600)
Byron Buxton ($4,500)
Max Kepler ($4,100)


4. Chicago Cubs

Phillies RHP Cole Irvin ($6,800) has been effective at preventing runs this season but does not miss many bats. He has generated a swing and miss on just 6.2% of his pitches while striking out 13.5% of batters. Irvin sits a soft 89mph on his fastball and also carried poor strikeout numbers in Triple-A. He’s back of bat-missing will help the Cubs make contact, where good things can happen on balls in play, and Irvin is a candidate for regression with his run prevention going forward given his lack of stuff.

Players to consider
Kris Bryant ($5,400)
Willson Contreras ($5,100)
Javier Baez ($5,000; DTD)
Anthony Rizzo ($5,000)
Albert Almora Jr. ($4,300)


5. Boston Red Sox

The Red Sox play in hitter-friendly Rogers Centre against RHP Aaron Sanchez ($7,200), who has been difficult to hit for power, but his poor control has him putting a lot of runners on base. Sanchez has also allowed poor contact quality, allowing batters to produce an expected wOBA of .367 based on the exit velocities and angles of their batted balls. After a slow start to the season, Boston’s offense has turned it on in May, ranking as the second best offense by wOBA and fifth best power hitting offense by isolated power.

Players to consider
Mookie Betts ($5,300)
J.D. Martinez ($5,100; DTD)
Michael Chavis ($5,000)
Mitch Moreland ($4,900)
Xander Bogaerts ($4,900)
Andrew Benintendi ($4,400)


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