Fantasy baseball daily notes: Pitcher and hitter rankings for Wednesday

Scott Kingery faces a left-hander who has struggled mightily on the road this season. Kyle Ross/Icon Sportswire

Wednesday's schedule graces us with a full 15-game allotment, and the pitcher streams are surprisingly abundant. I'm focusing on several right-handers. One takes the mound in his pitcher-friendly home park. Two are pitching for elite teams and following an opener, which could give them a fine chance for a cheap win.


Pitchers to stream

Pablo Lopez (R), rostered in 7.2% of ESPN leagues, Miami Marlins vs. Milwaukee Brewers: The right-hander posted a useful outing Friday with his first quality start since returning from the injured list Aug. 26. He'll enjoy another home matchups, and though Milwaukee's lineup can be tough, it's hardly as dangerous as last year's version. A pleasant first-half surprise that's been chiefly forgotten in fantasy circles, Lopez boasts a 2.68 ERA in pitcher-friendly Marlins Park this season.

Dustin May (R), 9.9%, Los Angeles Dodgers at Baltimore Orioles: The Dodgers are expected to start off with Ross Stripling, with May to follow. Any Dodgers hurler in an advantageous position for a win -- against the league's basement inhabitants -- is worth a grab. May has struggled as a reliever this year, but look past that for this matchup.

Jose Urquidy (R), 3.7%, Houston Astros vs. Oakland Athletics: Josh James is expected to start this one before Urquidy gives way. The righty's 5.33 ERA hides a more serviceable 4.40 FIP. His 8.00 K/9 isn't alluring, but he's walked just five in 27 innings so far, which makes him a decent option as long as he's letting the Astros offense support him. Oakland has a 110 wRC+ in the second half (seventh in the majors), but hard to argue going with a Houston pitcher when chasing fantasy victories down the stretch.

Pitcher to avoid

Dakota Hudson (R), 56.6%, St. Louis Cardinals at Colorado Rockies: If you need the victory here enough to chance that the slumping Rockies will wilt at Coors Field, you couldn't ask for a better pitcher -- a ground-ball specialist with a quality start in four of his past five outings-- with which to roll the dice. Still, this trip to Colorado should make you nervous, considering the park's reputation and his 4.01 ERA on the road.


Seth Lugo, who remains unclaimed in about 83% of ESPN leagues, recorded his fifth save of the year on the back of two perfect innings Monday. He's a fine pickup for those still chasing in the category, as he'll probably be first in line for closures with Edwin Diaz's continued struggles.


Catcher -- Zack Collins (L), 0.1%, Chicago White Sox vs. Kansas City Royals (RHP Glenn Sparkman): Stack your lefty bats against Sparkman (.385 wOBA allowed to them this year). Collins is getting work at catcher or designated hitter, and he at least has the platoon setup in his favor, despite his lack of pop in his first 38 big-league plate appearances.

First base -- Christian Walker (R), 26.3%, Arizona Diamondbacks at New York Mets (LHP Steven Matz): Arizona is one of the best offenses versus lefty pitchers, and while Walker is no slouch versus righties, he has big advantages against lefties with a 0.66 BB/K, 14.8 BB% and .361 OBP, compared to 0.32, 8.9 and .339, respectively.

Second base -- Kolten Wong (L), 38.8%, St. Louis Cardinals at Colorado Rockies (RHP Antonio Senzatela): Senzatela is already a must-test with any hitter when he works at Coors Field (7.21 ERA). Wong's .371 OBP versus righties and .388 wOBA on the road versus righties make him hard to ignore in this setting.

Third base -- Ryan McMahon (L), 27.8%, Colorado Rockies vs. St. Louis Cardinals (RHP Dakota Hudson): Your Coors home hitter of the day, McMahon prefers his Denver digs (.292/.354/.557 with 15 of his 20 homers on the season). Another stat working against Hudson: his 1.34 road HR/9.

Shortstop -- Scott Kingery (R), 36.2%, Philadelphia Phillies vs. Atlanta Braves (LHP Dallas Keuchel): Keuchel has looked more like his peak self lately but has a 5.26 road ERA and has allowed a .286/.355/.434 slash to righty batters. Kingery, meanwhile, torches lefties to a .306/.327/.574 slash and a .365 wOBA.

Corner infield -- Colin Moran (L), 7.6%, Pittsburgh Pirates at San Francisco Giants (RHP Logan Webb): Sure, it's Oracle Park -- a pitcher's haven -- but if you need to dig, 11 of Moran's 13 homers have left the yard off righty pitchers.

Middle infield -- Freddy Galvis (S), 19.8%, Cincinnati Reds at Seattle Mariners (LHP Marco Gonzales): Galvis has already set a career best with 22 homers and is on a career-high pace of a .436 SLG%, and he's made plenty of contact with a .283 clip against lefties.

Outfield -- Kole Calhoun (L), 44.4%, Los Angeles Angels vs. Cleveland Indians (RHP Adam Plutko): Calhoun arrives on this list again as he'll face off with another righty, against whom he's clubbed 18 homers with a .809 OPS. Plutko wilts against lefty batters, having allowed a .290/.335/.511 triple slash with a .351 wOBA.

Outfield -- Jordan Luplow (R), 0.4%, Cleveland Indians at Los Angeles Angels (LHP Dillon Peters): Here's another bottom-side platoon gem that could contribute one big day in the fantasy playoffs. Luplow has churned out a .300/.403/.645 slash with 10 homers in 129 plate appearances versus lefties. Peters has yielded a .368 wOBA versus lefties.

Outfield -- Cameron Maybin (R), 1.5%, New York Yankees at Detroit Tigers (LHP Matthew Boyd): Despite his breakout year, Boyd has endured huge homer issues. He's allowed 1.91 big flies per nine against righties -- and he's surprisingly coughed up 2.71 HR/9 at his expansive home of Comerica Park. Maybin has just one homer in 66 at-bats versus lefties this year but should be in the lineup and could help in a pinch.