Yahoo DFS Baseball: Wednesday Picks

Yahoo DFS Baseball: Wednesday Picks

This article is part of our Yahoo DFS Baseball series.

Pitcher

Robert Gsellman, NYM vs. ATL ($31): Two rocky starts against the Marlins have worked to inflate Gsellman's ERA, but he has been able to register a 25 percent strikeout rate over three starts this season. The Braves come with all the usual weaknesses to exploit. They hit the ball on the ground at a 49 percent clip, and are a bottom 10 team against right-handed pitching according to wOBA. It was initially thought that Gsellman would have his turn skipped due to Tuesday's postponement, which could make him a nice scarcity option if DFS players are slow to catch the news.

Sean Manaea, OAK at LAA ($41): Manaea's 27 percent strikeout rate this season is showing signs of staying power, as it has been fueled by a swinging strike rate of 14 percent. The Angels should have a tough time hitting for power against an extreme groundballer like Manaea, as they have put the ball on the ground in 50 percent of their at-bats.

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Catcher

Stephen Vogt, OAK at LAA ($10): Vogt has been kept off the field quite a bit to begin the year due to facing a disproportionate amount of lefty starters, but has done good work against his opposite hand, notching a .175 ISO over 40 at-bats. Matt Shoemaker has struck out just five of the 38 left-handed batters he has faced this season while allowing a .639 slugging percentage over that span.

First Base

Wil Myers, SD at ARI ($20): Taijuan Walker may not be suited to the hitter-friendly environment of Chase Field, as he has allowed a .563 slugging percentage over 11.2 innings. Myers has shown a tremendous amount of power against righties to begin the season, as evidenced by his .308 .ISO over 65 at-bats.

Second Base

Brian Dozier, MIN at TEX ($16): Cole Hamels has somehow managed to register a 2.77 ERA despite a 14:9 K:BB over 26 innings. Dozier has struggled to get going in 2017, but has kept a 13.6 percent walk rate against left-handed pitching. Hamels has been the beneficiary of some fortunate scheduling of late, but now faces a team with no shortage of power and patience, which could make him someone to load up against.

Third Base

Kris Bryant, CHC at PIT ($22): Tyler Glasnow has brought down the walks a bit after allowing five free passes in his season debut against the Reds, but his command of the zone remains in question, as it took him 102 pitches to get through 4.2 innings in his last start against the Yankees. Glasnow has shown himself to be a groundball pitcher in his young career, which should work to benefit Bryant, who is carrying a 51 percent flyball rate through his first 20 games.

Shortstop

Elvis Andrus, TEX vs. MIN ($18): Hector Santiago has struck out less than 17 percent of the right-handed batters he has faced in 2017, while allowing a hard contact rate of 37 percent. Andrus slugged .491 against his opposite hand last season, and has shown some power in his 15 at-bats this year, having notched a .267 ISO over that span.

Outfield

Nelson Cruz, SEA at DET ($22): Daniel Norris has walked eight right-handed batters in just 13.2 innings while surrendering a hard contact rate of nearly 40 percent. Cruz held a mammoth .351 ISO against lefties last season, and has notched a hard contact rate of 36 percent in his 13 at-bats this year.

Jay Bruce, NYM vs. ATL ($18): Bruce has been fantastic against righties in 2017, recording a .362 ISO and a .469 wOBA over 47 at-bats. Julio Teheran has walked more left-handed batters (11) than he has struck out this season (eight), and won't necessarily get relief by turning to his slider, as Bruce has notched a 2.0 RAA against the pitch.

Bryce Harper, WAS at COL ($28): We saw what kind of damage can be done when you put two powerful offenses in Coors Field, as the Nationals and the Rockies combined to score 27 runs Tuesday. Tyler Chatwood has allowed three homers to lefties in 14 innings, and could be primed to serve up at least one more when his groundball tendencies meet Harper's 47 percent flyball rate.

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