There are day and evening slates on Wednesday, and these picks will focus on the night games.
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Stephen Strasburg, WAS, $11,300 - Hands down, Stephen Strasburg is my number one pitcher on tonight’s slate of games. Atlanta typically didn’t strike out very much last year, but I tend to be more lenient with a pitcher that has such good strikeout stuff. This is a pitcher friendly ballpark and I think he is a good anchor for your teams on FanDuel.
Michael Pineda, NYY, $8,400 - If you wanted to go cheaper, perhaps Michael Pineda is the guy. Since he joined the Yankees, he’s been very effective when he hasn’t been injured or suspended. He also has a solid strikeout rate, and although Houston is an extremely scary offense in terms of their power, they are a team that has led the major leagues in strikeouts the past couple years.
Josh Phegley, OAK, $2,100 - If you’re looking to save money, it is usually the catcher position that is most punt worthy. In this case, I think not only do we get a super cheap price tag of only $2,100 but we also get a player with some extreme upside, in my opinion. Last season Josh Phegley jumped on my radar with his numbers against left-handers. Tonight he takes on Carlos Rodon, a left-hander who has a knack for getting out of control at times.
Joey Votto, CIN, $3,900 - With the split slate today, there are only seven games at night time. That is pretty low for a normal Wednesday in MLB. With the reduced the number of hitters out there, I see Joey Votto being the number one option of all positions. He anchors down a cash game team nicely because he isn’t home run dependent, although he still has that big upside. He has a nice way of steadily accumulating points for you with his multitude of ways of getting on base.
Daniel Murphy, WAS, $3,100 - Murphy had a nice debut for Washington. Second base is usually a thin position and that’s especially so tonight because we only have seven teams playing. Murphy is a really solid hitter in a platoon matchup against a right-hander, and the splits favor him.
Manny Machado, BAL, $4,200 - Machado is the third baseman that brings the most power to the table today. Some of the other big producers at this position tonight are typically just singles and doubles hitters. Machado brings that opportunity for a home run. He’s facing off against a right-hander tonight and he has reverse splits, meaning that Machado hits right-handers better than left-handers.
Carlos Correa, HOU, $4,300 - Correa is the best shortstop in the game right now. He is an offensive beast and even against a good pitcher like Michael Pineda it is a good idea to get a hitter like this in your lineup in a small ballpark like New York. I would put Votto as my number one hitter tonight followed very closely by Bryce Harper, but I would have Carlos Correa at number three; the fact he is at such a thin position like shortstop may give him an advantage over the other guys.
Bryce Harper, WAS, $5,200 - With the extremely loose pricing early in the season, it makes it much easier to get a guy like Bryce Harper on your team with a stud pitcher. No matter what ballpark it is, Harper is always one of your better hitters on any slate when there is a right-hander facing him on the mound. In this case, it is going to be Bud Norris tonight. This matchup and short slate put Bryce Harper in the discussion as being one of the top two hitters tonight.
Miguel Sano, MIN, $3,300 - We didn’t get to see the big power in the first game of the year for Miguel Sano, but I know it’s there. He burst onto the scene last year, slapping a .400+ wOBA against right-handers as a rookie, and tonight he is in a very hitter friendly ballpark against a marginal right-hander. I like his odds of driving the ball for extra bases.
Ben Revere, WAS, $2,800 - Revere saves you a little bit of money in a position where you need to roster three guys. He’s obviously not going to rack you up a lot of points with power, but he makes for a very solid cash game play because of his ability to get on base and then easily make value by stealing a base.