Yahoo DFS Baseball: Wednesday Picks

Yahoo DFS Baseball: Wednesday Picks

This article is part of our Yahoo DFS Baseball series.

Pitcher

Carlos Carrasco, CLE at SF ($44): Carrasco has been a bit too susceptible to the blowup this season, but his strikeout potential makes him a perennial threat to put up big points. He has punched out an outstanding 45 batters over his last five starts. The Giants have scored less than four runs per game in 2017, and hold the lowest wOBA in the league against right-handed hurlers.

Drew Pomeranz, BOS vs. TOR ($43): Pomeranz relies heavily on his curveball, throwing it 36.6 percent of the time. The Blue Jays have registered the third lowest RAA against the pitch this season while striking out nearly 22 percent of the time against left-handed pitching.

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Catcher

Alex Avila, DET at KC ($13): Opposition starter Jason Hammel has logged a -7.5 RAA with his fastball in 2017 to go along with a 5.11 xFIP against lefty hitters. Avila has notched a 12.6 RAA against the heater. He comes into the contest with a league-leading 56.3 percent hard contact rate against right-handed pitching.

First Base

Josh Bell, PIT vs. MIL ($18): Bell appears to be coming into his own in his first full season in the major leagues, as he has tallied a .234 ISO against righties over 243 at-bats. Zach Davies has thrown the ball a bit better on the road in 2017, but has allowed a .502 slugging percentage to lefties overall.

Second Base

Chris Taylor, LAD at CWS ($18): Taylor has been a revelation for the Dodgers against southpaws due to the .227 ISO and .447 wOBA he has produced over 66 at-bats. Opposition starter Carlos Rodon's strikeout potential can make him an interesting option against any lineup, but his 19 percent walk rate against righties means that a big offensive inning is always just around the corner.

Third Base

Joey Gallo, TEX at BAL ($14): Gallo has maintained an ISO over .300 against both lefties and righties this season, notching an 11.4 RAA against the fastball in the process. Kevin Gausman's heater has registered a -9.6 RAA, and he has allowed eight homers to left-handed batters over 39.1 innings.

Shortstop

Trevor Story, COL vs. SD ($16): Story's splits tell a tale of two different seasons, as his .315 ISO against lefties is nearly 200 points higher than his mark against same-handed pitchers. Clayton Richard has struck out just 14 percent of the right-handed batters he has faced this season, allowing a .527 slugging percentage over 85.2 innings.

Outfield

David Peralta, ARI at CIN ($17): Tim Adleman has struggled to keep the ball in the yard at Great American Ballpark, allowing 14 homers over 53 innings. Peralta has notched a 36 percent hard contact rate and a .473 slugging percentage against righties over 241 at-bats.

Michael Brantley, CLE at SF ($17): Matt Cain has logged an RAA of -10.8 with his fastball this season, while having walked just over 12 percent of the left-handed batters he has faced. Brantley has walked 11 percent of the time against his opposite hand over 194 plate appearances, contributing to a .371 wOBA.

Bryce Harper, WAS at LAA ($24): Opposition starter Alex Meyer has shown a big arm in his time with the big club, but his penchant for putting men on base often gets him in trouble. The 27-year-old has walked 41 batters over just 60.1 innings. Harper has crushed righties to the tune of a .353 ISO, while also notching a 27.1 RAA against the heater this season.

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