Rankings of fantasy baseball pitchers, training tips for Wednesday’s MLB games

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What you need to know for Wednesday’s MLB Games

By Todd Zola

  • Just like last year, daytime games populate Wednesdays through to summer. The schedule starts early with a 12:10 PM ET match at Tropicana Field with the Milwaukee Brewers visiting the Tampa Bay Rays for an interleague report. Both teams have recently strengthened their midfield with Kolten Wong returning for the guests while Wander Franco is back for the hosts. Isaac Paredes (29% deployed in ESPN leagues) the recent streak has solidified a regular place in the squad. Along with Yandy Diaz (23% on the roster) and Harold Ramirez (3%) they are in play as hitters to stream with the platoon edge on Eric Lauer. Luis Urias (50%), Tyrone Taylor (4%) and Andrew McCutchen (33%) are Brewers’ best options, as they also benefit from the platoon hit on Jeffrey Springs.

  • The crop of launchers for streaming features more quantity than quality as there are a handful of options, but the pairings aren’t as tempting as you usually want. Reds rookie Hunter Greene (36%) conceded three homers to the Dodgers on his last start, but this time equaled the Chicago Cubs, where his 28.9% strikeout rate has a better chance of racking up fantasy points. Greene’s opponent is southpaw Justin Steele (4%) who has a favorable start at home against an improving but still beatable Reds team.

  • Chris Flexen (35%), Dylan Bundy (20%), Dane Dunning (10%) and Mitch Keller (2%) round out the streamers. Flexen is at home against the amazing Orioles. Adley Rutschman provided a boost to the Baltimore lineup, but even in the past month they’ve been airing with a 25% clip against right-handed, along with a below-average wOBA of .302. Bundy has a date with a troublesome Guardian offense. Cleveland doesn’t cheer a lot, but it doesn’t have a lot of pop either. Bundy has been pitching well lately, walking only two with only two points earned allowed in his two outings, which span 14 frames. Dunning’s first half was erratic, but he is in good shape to score solid consecutive efforts against the Royals, despite their recent promotion to rookie Vinnie Pasquantino. Keller is still honing his sinker control, a field he recently added in place of his four-stitched fastball. Even so, early results are encouraging with a 2.82 and 1.16 WHIP ERA in June.

  • Pasquantino (8%) tops the list of hitters, especially in scoring leagues where his patience at the pot should give way to walks with a low strikeout rate. The Pirates hitters are in a good position in front of Paulo Espino. The main candidates are Oneil Cruz (55%), Bligh Madris (4%), Michael Chavis (3%), Daniel Vogelbach (2%) and Jack Suwinski (5%).

  • Whether starting Clayton Kershaw at Coors Field is a decision his fictional managers have had to consider two or three times a season. Overall, his numbers aren’t favorable in this scenario. Even so, the Colorado attack isn’t that powerful this season, so it’s worth the risk. Here’s a final reminder that neither Tanner Houck nor Jarren Duran are available for the Red Sox today. Those who pick up Clay Holmes while Aroldis Chapman is out should keep holding on as Bret Boone has indicated that Chapman may have to make his way back into the closest role when he returns later this week.

Start of the pitchers’ classification for Wednesday


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