Fantasy baseball daily notes: Pitcher and hitter rankings for Wednesday

German Marquez struck out nine in a shutout win over the Giants in his last trip to Oracle Park. Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

Don't worry, everyone. No one from the Mets tried to attack me. It's "Heaney," not "Healey."

Back to business: This full 15-game Wednesday slate, which features a surprise Charlie Morton-Jake Odorizzi duel, includes five interleague series. The Seattle Mariners (at Milwaukee Brewers) and Oakland Athletics (at St. Louis Cardinals) lose the designated hitter, while the San Diego Padres (at Baltimore Orioles), Cincinnati Reds (at Los Angeles Angels) and Pittsburgh Pirates (at Houston Astros) will add one.

Which players rostered in fewer than 50% of ESPN fantasy leagues can help in your matchups? Luckily, we have a trio of starters with a solid outlook and a pair of rising middle infielders to pluck off the waiver wire.



Zac Gallen (R), rostered in 21.4% of ESPN leagues, Miami Marlins vs. Washington Nationals: The Nats are starting to roll (top 10 with a .341 wOBA in June), but Gallen will get a chance to follow up his impressive major league debut at home, and pitching at home always puts him and other Marlins arms in line for a rental. Gallen, of course, is one of baseball's biggest risers among prospects, and Washington has a middling offense versus righties (.310 wOBA is tied for 18th).

Jeff Samardzija (R), 6.8%, San Francisco Giants vs. Colorado Rockies: German Marquez is elite away from Coors Field (3.02 ERA), but The Shark swims with a killer instinct at home (3.16 ERA, 34 strikeouts in 37 home innings). Trevor Story (thumb) still inhabits the injured list, and his absence weakens the already futile Rockies road offense, which carries a league-low .283 wOBA.

Matt Strahm (L), 15.2%, San Diego Padres at Baltimore Orioles: Camden Yards may cause you to sweat if you're looking to bolster ERA and WHIP, but those leaning toward immediate win and strikeout potential can overlook Strahm's last three games back from injury (12.08 ERA) and remember that he's facing the Quad-A O's. After all, Strahm has just 2.10 BB/9 this year and should succeed if he forces the Orioles to protect the zone with their 23.8 K%, which ranks among the 10 highest.

Pitchers to avoid

Dallas Keuchel, 80.7%, Atlanta Braves at Chicago Cubs: Keuchel is still shaking off some cobwebs, and toeing the rubber against the league's best offense at taking walks (10.1%) will torment the left-hander who relies heavily on called strikes.

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Catcher -- Brian McCann (L), 5.7%, Atlanta Braves at Chicago Cubs (RHP Yu Darvish): McCann likely will again catch Keuchel, his former Astros teammate. McCann has rattled off all seven of his homers and a .299/.370/.513 slash versus righty pitchers, and lefty batters have tagged Darvish for a .341 wOBA and 10 of his 16 homers allowed.

First Base -- Matt Adams (L), 1.1%, Washington Nationals at Miami Marlins (RHP Zac Gallen): Righty on the hill? Adams can fill ... a spot in your fantasy lineup. Choppy rap lyrics aside, Adams has lived up to his billing with nine homers in 115 at-bats versus righty pitchers. Sure, Gallen is a streamer recommendation, too, but don't ignore the bats on the other side when the fit is perfect.

Second Base -- Jason Kipnis (L), 8.7%, Cleveland Indians vs. Kansas City Royals (RHP Jakob Junis): Since returning from a sore right hip June 14, Kipnis has scorched pitchers with a .372/.438/.721 slash, four homers and 14 RBIs. On Father's Day (June 17), the veteran adjusted the positioning of his hands during his swing, which has contributed to his run. He already had success versus righties this year (currently .279/.351/.456 with seven homers against them), and Junis has coughed up a .368 wOBA against lefty batters.

Third Base -- Michael Chavis (R), 42.8%, Boston Red Sox vs. Chicago White Sox (RHP Reynaldo Lopez): Righties have touched up Lopez nearly as much as lefties (.541 SLG, .357 wOBA), and Chavis, who's broken out of a slump recently, is hitting 103 points higher against righties than lefties at .285, with eight of his 12 homers.

Shortstop -- J.P. Crawford (L), 1.4%, Seattle Mariners at Milwaukee Brewers (RHP Adrian Houser): Have you noticed Crawford is batting .300/.377/.450 in his 114 plate appearances since returning from the injured list May 10? His mechanical changes, including trying to close holes in his often-looping left-handed swing, have produced solid results for the 24-year-old, once considered among baseball's top prospects. Pick him up immediately, especially as the club heads to hitter-enhancing Miller Park. Houser has thrived out of the bullpen but has a 7.50 ERA across his two starts.

Corner Infield -- Jose Osuna (R), less than 1%, Pittsburgh Pirates at Houston Astros (LHP Framber Valdez): Osuna logged some time at third base over the weekend and should remain in the lineup against a southpaw, now that Pittsburgh can use a DH. In a limited career, the 26-year-old carries a useful .330 wOBA, .789 OPS and 104 wRC+ across 180 plate appearances versus lefty batters.

Middle Infield -- Orlando Arcia (R), 4.6%, Milwaukee Brewers vs. Seattle Mariners (LHP Wade LeBlanc): The early read is Seattle opening with righty Austin Adams then following him with LeBlanc, the real reason I'm including Arcia. Righty batters have given LeBlanc major issues (.306/.326/.541). Arcia bats low in the order, which limits his typical fantasy ceiling, but he should draw LeBlanc early in the contest to get at least two plate appearances against him.

Outfield -- Scott Kingery (R), 49.7%, Philadelphia Phillies vs. New York Mets (LHP Jason Vargas): Kingery, who just barely qualifies for this list, boasts a .386/.386/.659 line with three homers in 44 plate appearances versus lefties. He hasn't taken a walk in that split, but the 25-year-old is showing the talent that his prospect hype predicted before an underwhelming 2018.

Outfield -- Alex Verdugo (L), 24.4%, Los Angeles Dodgers at Arizona Diamondbacks (RHP Taylor Clarke): While Verdugo isn't exactly wilting versus lefties (.348/.390/.507), six of his seven homers have come against righties. Clarke has allowed a .416 wOBA in the 87 plate appearances against lefty sticks.

Outfield -- Lourdes Gurriel Jr. (R), 47.4%, Toronto Blue Jays at New York Yankees (LHP James Paxton): Paxton's erratic performance at Yankee Stadium opens the door (birdhouse?) to use some Jays. One of the most readily available on the wire is Gurriel, who's flown against lefties with a .309 clip an five homers in just 57 plate appearances against them this year.