Ranking Fantasy Baseball Pitchers, Lineup Tips For Wednesday’s MLB Games

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What you need to know for Wednesday’s MLB games

By Todd Zola

  • After a two-day respite after the first lineups were set up, matinee baseball returns on Wednesday. Three of the four starters are listed in well over 50% of the ESPN league, but Steven Matz (45% listed in ESPN leagues) is available in just over half as the St. Louis Cardinals host the Mets from New York. The visiting Mets have one of the most successful rosters in the league, although they struggled with lefties early on. Backed by a solid defense in a launch location, Matz is a solid streaming option, just note that the game starts at 1:15 p.m. ET.

  • The Houston Astros roster is averaging the eighth-fewest runs per game in MLB. Their offense is due to a slight uptick which can begin at any time. Even so, Glenn Otto (1%) is an under-the-radar streaming contender, as well as an economical DFS pick, as the Texas Rangers host the Astros in Arlington. Otto was an eye opener on his first start, displaying an increasing shot mark across the board, but most notable was his curve ball which he deployed considerably more than last season.

  • MacKenzie Gore’s prospect status (48%) was such a rollercoaster ride that it’s hard to believe he’s still only 23 years old. His first two major league starts are encouraging, though 10 strikeouts with four walks in his opening 10 1/3 innings warns not to get caught up in his early 1.74 and 1 ERAs, 06 WHIP. Gore’s first road outing is in the Great American Ballpark. However, don’t let that stop you from streaming it against a Cincinnati Reds team scoring the lowest points per game in the league.

  • The Boston Red Sox offense has been quiet, largely to deal with good pitchers. Yet good queues are supposed to perform better. Early struggles removed DFS salaries and while they will be adjusted to account for Ross Stripling talking up the hill for the Toronto Blue Jays host, expect both teams to score some points with Michael Wacha taking the ball for the visitors and Garrett Whitlock unavailable as he starts on Thursday. Stacking either side with the most bet makes sense (or pennies).

  • At first, the smart money was all about taking the underside on batting props. Overall punches are down and newbies aren’t working deep enough in games to rack up the required puffs. On the other hand, some teams are fanning themselves to a high degree, most notably the Baltimore Orioles. Jordan Montgomery is taking the hill at Yankee Stadium against the Orioles, and even though Montgomery’s 18.3% strikeout rate so far is five ticks below his career mark, his tendency to rack up innings against lesser opponents, as well as the visitors’ vulnerability make Montgomery a fun choice to beat his batting prop.



Wednesday’s Starting Pitcher Rankings


Top hitters under-50% listed for Wednesday

The best and worst hitters of the day are generated by THE BAT X, a projection system created by Derek Carty using advanced methods like those used in MLB front offices, taking into account a variety of factors, including talent players, ballparks, relievers, weather, umpires, defense, receiver framing and more.


  • Eric Hosmer (SD, 1G — 37%) to Vladimir Gutierrez

  • Taylor Ward (LAA, RF — 6%) against Zach Plesac

  • Yandy Diaz (VG, 1G – 21%) against Marco Gonzales

  • Andrew McCutchen (MIL, LF — 43%) at Bryse Wilson

  • Rowdy Tellez (MIL, 1B — 9%) at Wilson

  • Tommy Pham (CIN, LF — 35%) against MacKenzie Gore

  • Brad Miller (TEX, 1G — 10%) against Cristian Javier

  • CJ Abrams (SD, SS — 7%) in Gutierrez

  • Bobby Dalbec (BOS, 1B — 17%) at Ross Stripling

  • Tony Kemp (OAK, 2G — 8%) at Jakob Junis

Worst hitters listed over 50% for Wednesday

  • Owen Miller (CLE, 2B — 71%) to Shohei Ohtani

  • Franmil Reyes (CLE, DH — 81%) in Ohtani

  • Ryan McMahon (COL, 3G — 70%) at Ranger Suarez

  • Spencer Torkelson (DET, 1B — 78%) at Joe Ryan

  • Amed Rosario (CLE, SS — 59%) in Ohtani

  • Myles Straw (CLE, CF — 73%) at Ohtani

  • Bobby Witt Jr. (KC, SS — 89%) at Dylan Cease

  • Ian Happ (CHC, LF — 66%) to Charlie Morton

  • Javier Baez (DET, SS — 89%) at Ryan

  • Anthony Santander (BAL, RF — 62%) to Jordan Montgomery

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