Yahoo DFS Baseball: Wednesday Picks

Mike Barner
Mike Barner provides his best recommendations for a winning Yahoo lineup Wednesday.
Mike Barner provides his best recommendations for a winning Yahoo lineup Wednesday.

Even though there are a bunch of day games Wednesday, we still have 10 games to choose from for the main evening slate on Yahoo. There plenty of excellent pitchers scheduled to take the mound, which might make offense harder to come by than usual. Here are some players to consider while working your way through the options.

Pitching Overview

In terms of favorable matchups, it doesn't get much better than Rich Hill ($53) against the Giants. Hill continues to produce when healthy, registering a 2.60 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP. It hasn't been all sunshine and rainbows based on his 4.21 FIP and 1.7 HR/9, although the later might not be an issue here since the Giants have hit the third-fewest home runs (63) in baseball. The Giants have been one of the least productive lineups, in general, making Hill extremely appealing.

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Another pitcher set to face a weak lineup is Andrew Heaney ($42). Opposing him will be the Blue Jays, who have scored the fourth-fewest runs (286) while striking out the ninth-most times (661). Heaney has been prolific with 30 strikeouts over 21.2 innings, so he could be a difference maker in that category.

The Pirates will receive a reinforcement for their starting rotation with Trevor Williams ($40) set to be activated from the IL. He was pitching well before the injury, allowing three earned runs or fewer in seven of his nine starts. While he can't be counted on for many strikeouts, he's only allowed 0.9 HR/9 for his career. Facing arguably the worst lineup in baseball in the Tigers, Williams is at least someone to consider in tournament play.

Key Values/Chalk

Max Fried has fallen on hard times, allowing 17 runs across 20.1 innings in his last four starts. Although he's managed to hold left-handed hitters to a .276 wOBA this season, righties have had more success with a .333 wOBA. That could lead to a big outing for Pete Alonso ($21), who has been doing plenty of damage with his .350 ISO.

Staying in that same game, the Braves will also be facing a lefty in Steven Matz. Outside of two bad outings in which he allowed 11 earned runs, he's allowed three earned runs or fewer in each of his other 11 starts. Even taking that into consideration, Ronald Acuna Jr. ($24) might be someone to add to your lineup. He's about as hot as it gets, hitting 30-for-82 (.366) with six home runs and four doubles over his last 18 games. Ozzie Albies ($19) is also intriguing based on his career 142 wRC+ versus lefties.

The Marlins aren't normally a lineup you want to target. They are still in the very early stages of their rebuilding process and don't have much to speak of on the offensive side. However, with Daniel Ponce de Leon starting for the Cardinals, they shouldn't be completely ignored. He had a 5.34 FIP across 11 starts at Triple-A this year, so he wasn't dominating the minors. Garrett Cooper ($18) has shown flashes of promise and is 16-for-42 (.381) over his current 11-game hitting streak. Harold Ramirez ($15) has also opened some eyes by batting .331 with a 118 wRC+ since being recalled.


Angels vs. Aaron Sanchez (Blue Jays)

Mike Trout (OF - $27), Shohei Ohtani (OF - $20), Kole Calhoun (OF - $16)

The Angels figure to be one of the more popular stacks for the night with Sanchez and his 1.60 WHIP starting for the Blue Jays. In his previous start against the Angels, Sanchez was roughed up for five runs (four earned) over four innings. Trout and Ohtani carry tremendous upside with their lofty price tags while Calhoun is a viable cost-effective option based on his .345 wOBA versus righties.

Dodgers vs. Drew Pomeranz (Giants)

Justin Turner (3B - $20), David Freese (1B - $24), Enrique Hernandez (2B - $10)

Even though his overall numbers are bad, Pomeranz has allowed just five runs across 14 innings against the Dodgers this season. They have a lot of left-handed hitters, which may be part of the reason for his success. While it might be best to avoid the likes of Joc Pederson and Alex Verdugo, this right-handed trio of Turner, Freese and Hernandez could be dangerous. Freese has a 151 wRC+ against southpaws this year, so expect the Dodgers to find a way to get him into the lineup.

Diamondbacks vs. Jon Gray (Rockies)

Ketel Marte (OF - $24), Eduardo Escobar (3B - $22), Jarrod Dyson (OF - $13)

This could be a tough spot for Gray. He logged six innings against the Padres on Thursday, then came on in relief Sunday and walked three batters while recording just one out. He might be thrown off of his normal routine, making the already inconsistent pitcher someone to stack against. Marte is absolutely raking right now, having hit 38-for-105 (.362) with 11 home runs over his last 24 games. Escobar has been just a lethal this season while Dyson finds himself in a favorable position batting leadoff against righties.

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