DRAFT MLB Lineup Advice: Wednesday (5/16)
We have a 14-game slate spread across the day on Wednesday. To accommodate your schedule, DRAFT allows you to join three different time slots: 14 games (12:35pm EST), eight games (3:40pm EST), and five games (7:05pm EST).
**EDITOR’S NOTE** Caleb Smith is no longer pitching tonight so the Dodgers’ lineup and splits ought to cause adjustments in your rankings
The weather washed away to games on Tuesday (NYY/WSH was suspended). Be sure to check the forecasts before drafting your lineup. While DRAFT allows you to swap out players once their game is postponed, the PHI/BAL game didn’t get the PPD tag until the final game started on Tuesday. Meaning, you couldn’t make any swaps.
This article is posted well before lineups are released by the managers. If you have a question, feel free to reach me on Twitter @CharlieSideHstl.
- Max Scherzer, WSH (vs. NYY)
- Chris Sale, BOS (vs. OAK)
- Justin Verlander, HOU (@ LAA)
- Trevor Bauer, CLE (@ DET)
- Walker Buehler, LAD (@ MIA)
- J.A. Happ, TOR (@ NYM)
- Miles Mikolas, STL (@ MIN)
- Andrew Suarez, SF (vs. CIN)
- Garrett Richards, LAA (vs. HOU)
- Jameson Taillon, PIT (vs. CWS)
Four of my top five pitchers play at 7:05pm (EST), or later, on Wednesday. Meaning, if you’re worried about weather or starting lineups, you can just wait until the last ticket of the night and still get elite pitchers.
Even though he isn’t the strongest favorite of the slate, Scherzer is still my top option at the pitcher position. He’s tallied double-digit strikeouts in three of the last four outings and gets a DH-less Yankees lineup on Wednesday. New York may lead the league in runs scored (234 runs in 41 games), but they’re also in the top 10 of strikeouts (376). Word of warning, it could be raining during this matchup. Last night’s contest was suspended due to rain. I wouldn’t blame you if you avoided all players in this one, just to dodge the rain risk.
Second in my rankings is the team/pitcher with the heaviest odds of the day. Sale, and the Red Sox, are -270 against Oakland on Wednesday. Sale has struck out at least 12 batters in back-to-back appearances and has yet to allow more than three earned runs in any start this season. Sale already faced the Athletics on April 21st, too: 7 IP, 3 ER, and 10 K. Oakland also has the lowest implied run total of the entire slate (three total runs).
- Manny Machado, BAL (vs. PHI)
- Francisco Lindor, CLE (@ DET)
- Freddie Freeman, ATL (vs. CHC)
- Ozzie Albies, ATL (vs. CHC)
- Jose Ramirez, CLE (@ DET)
- Kris Bryant, CHC (@ ATL)
- J.D. Martinez, BOS (vs. OAK)
- Carlos Santana, PHI (@ BAL)
- Anthony Rizzo, CHC (@ ATL)
- Carlos Correa, HOU (@ LAA)
- Joey Votto, CIN (@ SF)
- Jose Altuve, HOU (@ LAA)
- Travis Shaw, MIL (@ ARI)
- Javier Baez, CHC (@ ATL)
- Trea Turner, WSH (vs. NYY)
- Edwin Encarnacion, CLE (@ DET)
- Paul Goldschmidt, ARI (vs. MIL)
- Mike Moustakas, KC (vs. TB)
- Maikel Franco, PHI (@ BAL)
- Eduardo Nunez, BOS (vs. OAK)
Thankfully, I passed on him on Tuesday, because of the weather risk, but I’m plugging in Machado on Wednesday. He’s batting .375 (9-for-24) with two doubles and four home runs in the past week. Also, Machado is mashing righties in 2018. He’s 45-for-121 (.372) with nine doubles and 10 home runs. His Orioles also lead the slate with a 5.7 implied run total on Wednesday.
The CHC/ATL matchup has one of the highest over/unders of the docket. Both the Braves and Cubs are in the top four of runs scored in 2018, too. That’s why four infielders from that game are listed in the top nine of the rankings. In the past week, Freeman is the hotter hitter, so he takes the lead from this group. He’s 9-for-24 (.375) with three home runs in the last seven days.
- Mookie Betts, BOS (vs. OAK)
- Bryce Harper, WSH (vs. NYY)
- Tommy Pham, STL (@ MIN)
- Mike Trout, LAA (vs. HOU)
- Odubel Herrera, PHI (@ BAL)
- George Springer, HOU (@ LAA)
- Eddie Rosario, MIN (vs. STL)
- Rhys Hoskins, PHI (@ BAL)
- Christian Yelich, MIL (@ ARI)
- Lorenzo Cain, MIL (@ ARI)
- Nick Markakis, ATL (vs. CHC)
- Michael Brantley, CLE (@ DET)
- Andrew Benintendi, BOS (vs. OAK)
- Ronald Acuna Jr., ATL (vs. CHC)
- Mitch Haniger, SEA (vs. TEX)
- Nomar Mazara, TEX (@ SEA)
- Corey Dickerson, PIT (vs. CWS)
- Kyle Schwarber, CHC (@ ATL)
- Matt Adams, WSH (vs. NYY)
- Trey Mancini, BAL (vs. PHI)
Pham has gone hitless in his last three games, but I think that changes on Wednesday when he faces Lance Lynn. The former Cardinal has allowed at least four earned runs in four of the past five starts. St. Louis has the third-highest implied run total of the slate (5.1 runs). Pham will likely bat towards the top of the lineup and he’s still produced a .205 ISO against right-handed pitchers (since 2017).
You might be surprised seeing Herrera in the top five of the outfield rankings on Wednesday, but he’s a strong option. Not only are his Phillies projected to score five runs (fourth-most), but Herrera is also batting .500 (6-for-12) in the past week with one double and one home run (five walks). Finally, in his career, Herrera is 6-for-14 (.429) with two home runs against Andrew Cashner.