DRAFT MLB Lineup Advice: Wednesday (8/8)

by Adam Meyer | @CharlieSideHstl | Featured Writer
Aug 8, 2018

We have a spread out 14-game slate on Wednesday. DRAFT has provided three time slots to draft throughout the day: 12:10 pm EST start (14 games), 3:10 pm EST start (12 games), and 7:05 pm EST start (nine games).

We should see plenty of offense as seven games have an over/under of at least nine total runs. Surprisingly, the SEA/TEX matchup leads the slate at 11 total runs. The game at Coors Field is second (10.5 total runs). As far as favorites are concerned, three teams are heavy favorites (-200 odds, or greater): Indians, Yankees, and Cubs. Severino’s -280 odds is the strongest play, according to Vegas.

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.

Special Offer: Get a FREE FantasyPros upgrade >>

Pitchers

1. Clayton Kershaw, LAD (@ OAK)

2. Luis Severino, NYY (@ CWS)

3. Jacob deGrom, NYM (vs. CIN)

4. Patrick Corbin, ARI (vs. PHI)

5. Mike Clevinger, CLE (vs. MIN)

6. Jose Quintana, CHC (@ KC)

7. Mike Foltynewicz, ATL (@ WSH)

8. Marco Gonzales, SEA (@ TEX)

9. Tommy Milone, WSH (vs. ATL)

10. Vince Velasquez, PHI (@ ARI)

Welcome back to the top of the rankings, Mr. Kershaw! Since returning to action on June 23rd, he hasn’t allowed more than three earned runs in a start and has only allowed more than two earned runs once in an appearance. So, he’s tallied seven outings, out of eight, where he’s allowed two earned runs, or less. The strikeout total is also on the rise. Kershaw has K’d at least seven batters in three of the last four contests.

One name that might get lost in the shuffle on Wednesday is Corbin. He’s struck out at least eight batters in three consecutive appearances. While he’s allowed at least three earned runs in three of the last four starts, the Phillies are 20th in runs scored (493 runs in 112 games) and second in team strikeouts (1,076).

Infielders

1. Jose Ramirez, CLE (vs. MIN)

2. Francisco Lindor, CLE (vs. MIN)

3. Javier Baez, CHC (@ KC)

4. J.D. Martinez, BOS (@ TOR)

5. Matt Carpenter, STL (@ MIA)

6. Nolan Arenado, COL (vs. PIT)

7. Ben Zobrist, CHC (@ KC)

8. Nelson Cruz, SEA (@ TEX)

9. Trevor Story, COL (vs. PIT)

10. Eric Thames, MIL (vs. SD)

11. Trea Turner, WSH (vs. ATL)

12. Giancarlo Stanton, NYY (@ CWS)

13. Freddie Freeman, ATL (@ WSH)

14. Didi Gregorius, NYY (@ CWS)

15. Whit Merrifield, KC (vs. CHC)

16. Anthony Rizzo, CHC (@ KC)

17. Paul Goldschmidt, ARI (vs. PHI)

18. Rougned Odor, TEX (vs. SEA)

19. Jesus Aguilar, MIL (vs. SD)

20. Edwin Encarnacion, CLE (vs. MIN)

Baez is batting .429 (12-for-28) in the past week. That is tied for the league lead in hits in the past seven days. He’s not only notched a hit in nine of the last 10 starts, but Baez has also recorded at least two hits in three of the last four contests.

While Cruz isn’t having nearly the week that Baez is, he continues to crush the Rangers. This season alone, he’s batting .472 (17-for-36) with four doubles and three home runs. Seattle leads the slate with a 6.1 implied run total. Also, in his career, Cruz is 6-for-10 (.600) with two home runs against Yovani Gallardo.

Outfielders

1. Mookie Betts, BOS (@ TOR)

2. Mike Trout, LAA  (vs. DET)

3. Christian Yelich, MIL (vs. SD)

4. Carlos Gonzalez, COL (vs. PIT)

5. Charlie Blackmon, COL (vs. PIT)

6. Andrew Benintendi, BOS (@ TOR)

7. Gregory Polanco, PIT (@ COL)

8. Starling Marte, PIT (@ COL)

9. Bryce Harper, WSH (vs. ATL)

10. David Peralta, ARI (vs. PHI)

11. Aaron Hicks, NYY (@ CWS)

12. Rhys Hoskins, PHI (@ ARI)

13. Michael Brantley, CLE (vs. MIN)

14. Ronald Acuna Jr., ATL (@ WSH)

15. Mitch Haniger, SEA (@ TEX)

16. Mallex Smith, TB (vs. BAL)

17. A.J. Pollock, ARI (vs. PHI)

18. Juan Soto, WSH (vs. ATL)

19. Brett Gardner, NYY (@ CWS)

20. Brandon Nimmo, NYM (vs. CIN)

Colorado is second on the slate with an implied run total of 5.9 runs. In the past week, Gonzalez has tallied seven hits (7-for-27), with two doubles and one home run. Blackmon has only recorded three hits in the last seven days, but he still leads the Rockies with a .273 ISO against right-handed pitchers since 2017. Lefties are batting .293 against Chris Archer this season (.262 for righties).

Peralta cracks the top 10, as he’s tied with Baez atop the weekly leaderboard with 12 hits in the last seven days (.500 AVG). Of those 12 hits, half are for extra-bases (three doubles and three home runs). Also, at home, Peralta is batting .335 (.263 on the road). Wednesday’s game is at Chase Field.

Get a FREE baseball contest entry with your 1st deposit at DRAFT.com >>

Adam Meyer is a featured writer at FantasyPros. For more from Adam, check out his archive and follow him @CharlieSideHstl.

What's your take? Leave a comment

1Alvin Kamara (NO)RB
2Todd Gurley (LAR)RB
3Michael Thomas (NO)WR
4Tyreek Hill (KC)WR
5Damien Williams (KC)RB
6Julian Edelman (NE)WR
7Robert Woods (LAR)WR
8Brandin Cooks (LAR)WR
9Sony Michel (NE)RB
10James White (NE)RB
 View all Flex Rankings 
11C.J. Anderson (LAR)RB
12Josh Reynolds (LAR)WR
13Mark Ingram (NO)RB
14Rex Burkhead (NE)RB
15Sammy Watkins (KC)WR
16Travis Kelce (KC)TE
17Chris Conley (KC)WR
18Keith Kirkwood (NO)WR
19Tre'Quan Smith (NO)WR
20Phillip Dorsett (NE)WR
21Ted Ginn (NO)WR
22Chris Hogan (NE)WR
23Spencer Ware (KC)RB
24Cordarrelle Patterson (NE)WR
25Rob Gronkowski (NE)TE
26Kelvin Benjamin (KC)WR
27John Kelly (LAR)RB
28Austin Carr (NO)WR
29Shane Vereen (NO)RB
30Gerald Everett (LAR)TE
1Mike Trout (LAA)CF,DH
2Mookie Betts (BOS)CF,RF
3Jose Ramirez (CLE)2B,3B
4Francisco Lindor (CLE)SS
5Nolan Arenado (COL)3B
6J.D. Martinez (BOS)LF,RF
7Max Scherzer (WSH)SP
8Trea Turner (WSH)SS
9Christian Yelich (MIL)LF,CF
10Manny Machado (FA)3B,SS
 View All Rankings 
11Chris Sale (BOS)SP
12Ronald Acuna (ATL)LF,CF
13Jose Altuve (HOU)2B
14Alex Bregman (HOU)3B,SS
15Aaron Judge (NYY)RF,DH
16Bryce Harper (FA)CF,RF
17Jacob deGrom (NYM)SP
18Freddie Freeman (ATL)1B,3B
19Paul Goldschmidt (STL)1B
20Giancarlo Stanton (NYY)LF,RF
21Corey Kluber (CLE)SP
22Trevor Story (COL)SS
23Justin Verlander (HOU)SP
24Andrew Benintendi (BOS)LF,CF
25Charlie Blackmon (COL)CF
26Aaron Nola (PHI)SP
27Gerrit Cole (HOU)SP
28Kris Bryant (CHC)3B,RF
29Juan Soto (WSH)LF,RF
30Clayton Kershaw (LAD)SP
1Anthony Davis (NOR)PF,C
2James Harden (HOU)PG,SG
3Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL)SF,PF
4Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN)C
5Kevin Durant (GSW)SF,PF
6LeBron James (LAL)SF,PF
7Stephen Curry (GSW)PG,SG
8Nikola Jokic (DEN)PF,C
9Damian Lillard (POR)PG
10Russell Westbrook (OKC)PG
 View All Rankings 
11Victor Oladipo (IND)PG,SG
12Paul George (OKC)SG,SF
13Joel Embiid (PHI)PF,C
14Kawhi Leonard (TOR)SG,SF
15Chris Paul (HOU)PG
16Jimmy Butler (PHI)SG,SF
17Kemba Walker (CHA)PG
18Kyrie Irving (BOS)PG,SG
19Ben Simmons (PHI)PG,SF
20Jrue Holiday (NOR)PG,SG
21Rudy Gobert (UTH)C
22Andre Drummond (DET)PF,C
23John Wall (WAS)PG
24Kyle Lowry (TOR)PG
25Khris Middleton (MIL)SG,SF
26Donovan Mitchell (UTH)PG,SG
27Bradley Beal (WAS)SG
28Kevin Love (CLE)PF,C
29Draymond Green (GSW)PF,C
30LaMarcus Aldridge (SAS)PF,C
Build winning DFS lineups

Use the FantasyPros Lineup Optimizer to build winning lineups based on expert projections.