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.

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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.

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