There are seven MLB games set to bring us a solid Wednesday night fantasy baseball slate. There are no starting pitchers with a salary of $10K or more, so it appears to be a slate poised for plenty of run production. There are some potential weather issues to monitor as well, specifically in Minnesota and possibly Texas. As you select the right fits for your roster, take a look at the following bargains I think are set up for success at affordable salaries.
SP JEFF SAMARDZIJA, SF at WAS, $7,300
In his most recent start, Samardzija had his best outing in a long time, dominating the Rockies for his first win of the season. He allowed just three hits and one walk and struck out seven in seven shutout innings to finish with 31.4 DKFP. Samardzija lowered his ERA to 1.62 on the season to go with a 1.08 WHIP.
Samardzija has allowed only four runs over his first three starts of the season with 13 strikeouts in 16 2/3 innings. He doesn’t typically post huge strikeout numbers, but he still can put together solid innings and be a productive option. He was limited to just 10 starts last year by injuries but looks healthy and ready to be a bargain option this season. In this start, he’ll face the Nationals, who rank in the middle of the pack in most offensive categories.
SP WADE MILEY, HOU at OAK, $6,600
Miley will get the start for the surging Astros, who started a little slow but have reeled off 10 straight wins. Miley is 1-1 in his first three starts for Houston with a 3.45 ERA and 10 strikeouts in 15 2/3 innings. He struggled a bit in his most recent start in Seattle but battled back after a tough first inning to limit the damage.
This will be his second start against the Athletics this season, and the first time he faced them was his best outing of the season. He went 5 2/3 shutout innings and got the win and 21.2 DKFP on April 6, and he will be a great value if he can duplicate that kind of outing on this slate. Even if he can’t quite get to that level, he still offers a nice shot at getting a win since the Astros appear to be locked in at the plate right now.
OF STEVEN DUGGAR, SF at WAS, $3,400
Duggar has been the Giants’ regular leadoff hitter this season and seems to be settling into the role nicely. He connected on his second home run of the season Tuesday against the Nationals and collected multiple hits for the third time in his past four games. In those four games, he has gone a combined 7-for-23 (.304) with a home run, three runs scored and three RBI.
The lefty should be on the good side of the splits against Nationals righty Jeremy Hellickson ($7,100), who has given up a .444 average and 1.278 OPS to opposing lefties in an extremely small sample this season. Since he typically hits at the top of the Giants’ lineup, Duggar makes a solid bargain option.
OF JOSH REDDICK, HOU at OAK, $3,400
Reddick doesn’t usually hit leadoff but also has been heating up lately. He went 3-for-5 with his first homer of the season Tuesday and raised his average to .319 on the year. The former Athletic has fared well against Oakland since he signed with the Astros as a free agent before the 2017 season.
In his past four games, Reddick is 7-for-18 (.389) with a double, a home run and two RBI. He also has had success in limited action against Frankie Montas ($6,800), going 3-for-8 in their previous meetings.
2B STARLIN CASTRO, MIA vs. CHC, $3,300
The Marlins’ lineup is one of the least productive in baseball so far this season, but Castro still does have some value, typically hitting third in the heart of the order. He has hit safely in four of his past six games and also walked in four of those contests. His .225 average is far from impressive, but he has torn up lefties, going 11-for-23 with a double, two home runs and a 1.261 OPS against southpaws.
Castro is 3-for-12 (.250) with a double against lefty Cole Hamels ($9,400), who starts for Chicago this Wednesday. He hasn’t had a lot of chances to drive in runs due to the struggling lineup around him, but his success against lefties and prime lineup position make him worth a look at this minimal salary.
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