WEDNESDAY’S DAILY FANTASY BASEBALL PREGAME UPDATE
We're still keeping an eye on the radar. As of three hours before game-time in Chicago, it appears baseball will be played on the south side. Most of the radar echoes appear offshore over Lake Michigan. There is nothing to the west or southwest that suggests baseball will be threatened at U.S. Cellular Field, so feel free to use your Red Sox and White Sox accordingly.
The weather is not as favorable in Cleveland and Pittsburgh. While the scope looks pretty good in C-Town right now, there is a batch of showers and thunderstorms in a line from Toledo all the way down through Cincinnati marching toward the east at a rapid pace. As mentioned in the morning blog, this line is accompanied by a cold front, and this will bring gusty winds, strong storms and heavy rain in a brief period to Progressive Field. Expect a weather delay. Whether that is before the start of the game, which would be good news for pitchers, as they wouldn't start and then endure a delay, or not, we're uncertain. It's best to shy away from any Tigers and Indians, just to be on the safe side.
Down the road in Pittsburgh, the heavy stuff is moving out, and that line of showers and storms that will affect Cleveland shouldn't move into the Pittsburgh area until 9-10pm. Confidence is fairly high that baseball will be played at PNC Park without much hinderance, but if you have other alternatives at the ready, and don't want to deal with weather at all, avoid all Cubs and Pirates.
*** WEATHER ALERT ***
Interactive radars (follow along throughout the day)
Chicago Cubs-Pittsburgh (7:05pm ET - 40 percent chance of scattered thunderstorms)
Detroit-Cleveland (7:05pm ET - 60 percent chance of scattered thunderstorms)
Boston-Chicago White Sox (8:10pm ET - 30 percent chance of isolated thunderstorms)
(DraftKings.com salaries in parentheses)
BOSTON RED SOX
Red Sox manager John Farrell gives C Jarrod Saltalamacchia ($3,400) behind the dish. He is 5-for-12 with a home run and two RBI over his past four games, and he is hitting .318 (14-for-44) with two dongs and five RBI in the month of May. As such, he is quite a nice bargain at a skimpy position.
While honored before Wednesday's game, Indians OF Nick Swisher (personal) will remain on the paternity list until at least Friday. OF Ryan Raburn ($3,700) draws a start in right field, batting eighth against his former team, the Detroit Tigers. Raburn might be worth a look, as he tries to prove something to his former organization. 1B Jason Giambi ($3,000) draws another start as the designated hitter, batting sixth behind C Carlos Santana ($4,500), who serves as the first baseman. Monday's Tribe hero C Yan Gomes ($2,900) gets a start behind the dish, and he'll bat ninth.
Astros 3B Matt Dominguez (quadriceps) is out of the lineup for manager Bo Porter due to a sore left quadriceps. He'll have Wednesday and Thursday's scheduled off day to get himself right. 3B Jimmy Paredes ($3,100) gets the starting nod in Dominguez's absence, and he will bat seventh. OF Trevor Crowe ($2,700) could be a very sneaky play, as he bats eighth. At the very least, you can start a guy who is going to get regular at-bats in this one, and end up saving a few thousand in salary to spread around elsewhere.
KANSAS CITY ROYALS
Royals C Salvador Perez (hip) is out of the lineup for a second consecutive game, meaning C George Kottaras ($3,300). He was hitless in two at-bats with two walks and an RBI in Tuesday's game, and Kottaras could be a nice low-end option against Houston Astros SP Jordan Lyles ($6,300). He has faced Lyles just twice, but is 1-for-2 with an RBI. 2B Chris Getz ($3,300) is batting leadoff in manager Ned Yost's order, but he has just three hits in 22 May at-bats (.136), so he should be avoided regardless of price and matchup.
LOS ANGELES ANGELS OF ANAHEIM
OF J.B. Shuck ($3,000) is being reward for his solid play with another start Wednesday. He bats ninth in manager Mike Scioscia's lineup. Shuck has hit safely in three straight, and six of the past seven. He is hitting .320 (8-for-25) with two doubles, three runs scored and four RBI during the span, making him a worthwhile, low-salary alternative.
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