WATCH: CHASE OR FADE – AMIR GARRETT
For the second straight day, there are 10 MLB games under the lights tonight giving fantasy baseball players plenty of options to sort through for Wednesday’s lineups. There aren’t many big-name pitchers today, and hitting is expensive since there are several very favorable matchups. If you’re planning on spending big to get the lumber, you may need to grab a few options from the Bargain Bin to get under the salary cap. Each Monday, Wednesday and Friday, you can find my Bargain Bin post featuring two pitchers under $8K and three hitters under $3.5K. Let’s get right to my picks for this Wednesday night.
Steven Wright – SP – BOS vs. BAL – $7,600
Going with a knuckle-baller is always a risky proposition, but Wright is the sub-$8K pitcher I like the most tonight as he makes his second start of the season. He pitched better than his final line against the Tigers last Friday allowing four runs in 6.2 innings and finishing with just 8.4 DKFP. He had only given up one hit (a single) through his first five innings before things fell apart on him.
Tonight, he’ll look to hold things together at Fenway where he’ll face the Orioles. Baltimore’s bats have been sluggish to start the season, and they have scored the second-fewest runs in the Majors. Wright was 2-0 against the O’s last season holding them to five runs in 16.1 innings and striking out 11.
Amir Garrett – SP – CIN @ PIT – $5,800
The Reds have gotten off to a quick 6-2 start to the season and will look to complete their sweep of the Pirates tonight in Pittsburgh. Garrett was impressive in his MLB debut last week against the Cardinals holding them to just two hits over six scoreless innings walking a pair and striking out four. Garrett won the job with a strong Spring Training, and he finished with 23.1 DKFP in his first start of the regular season.
He should be able to build on that start tonight as he takes on the Pirates who have scored the fourth-fewest runs in the Majors and have particularly struggled against lefties hitting just .138 as a team (8-58). Garrett is still a little raw as a prospect, so there is risk with rolling with him tonight. However, I think the young southpaw is set up for another good outing.
Travis Shaw – 1B/3B – MIL @ TOR – $3,300
The Brewers acquired Shaw this offseason from the Red Sox, and he has yielded great returns so far this season starting the year 8-30 (.267) with a homer and seven RBI while sporting a very healthy .953 OPS. Shaw is hitting right in the middle of the Brewers’ lineup and actually served as the team’s DH in the first game of their series in Toronto last night.
Shaw went 1-5 with a triple, run scored and RBI for 12 fantasy points. He should be set up for more success tonight since he is 5-10 in his career against Toronto’s scheduled starter Marcus Stroman. Two of those hits were doubles, and he also has a homer, three RBI and a pair of walks against Stroman who looked strong in his first start of the year which was the only game the 1-6 Blue Jays have managed to win.
Yunel Escobar – SS/3B – LAA vs. TEX – $3,300
The Angels have been hitting Escobar at the top of their lineup all season long, and the 34-year-old has been consitently producing great numbers even though he lacks elite power or stolen base potential. Escobar has multiple hits in four straight games and at least 13 DKFP in each of those games while going 11-17 with three doubles and a homer.
Tonight, he and the Angels will face A.J. Griffin and the Rangers in Anaheim. In his career, Escobar is 4-10 with a double against Griffin, and his hot start to the season makes him a low-risk option in a good spot at the top of a lineup that should score runs tonight.
Andrew Toles – OF – LAD @ CHC – $2,800
After coming off the bench for the Dodgers’ last two games against left-handed pitchers, Toles will likely return to the leadoff spot for LA as they face righty John Lackey and the Cubs tonight in Wrigley. In his last start, Toles hit his first homer of the season in Colorado while going 1-3.
On the season, he is just 4-18 (.222) with three runs scored and three RBI. However, if he’s hitting at the top of the Dodgers’ lineup tonight he has a lot of potential for a player who costs under $3K. Toles will likely continue to sit against lefties, but he does have a little pop and plenty of speed to make him an attractive play when hitting leadoff at the top of a strong LA lineup.
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