WEDNESDAY’S PRE-GAME DAILY FANTASY UPDATE
The weather in Chicago has gone from bad to worse, and if you were planning on using Fantasy options from the Texas Rangers or Chicago Cubs, it is time to change your lineup before it is too late. A huge shield of rain extends from just north and west of downtown Chicago all the way back through Rockford, Peoria and over to the Quad Cities. It doesn't look like the rain will stop for quite some time at Wrigley Field, and it will be extremely heavy. The Rangers will likely have to tack on a make-up game with the Cubs on their next trip to the Windy City to play the Chicago White Sox, or some other off day when they are in the vicinity. This one looks to be off.
(*** - updated at 6:13pm ET - the game between the Texas Rangers and Chicago Cubs has been called off due to heavy rain in the Chicagoland area. No makeup date has been announced).
The game between the New York Mets and Colorado Rockies has already been postponed due to persistent snow in the Denver metropolitan area. It isn't particularly heavy, as the region has gotten just a little over an inch or so in the past 24 hours, but snowy and icy conditions do not mix well with baseball.
Another game we're watching is the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and Minnesota Twins. Right now, the radar looks pretty clear except for a snow shower east of Mankato which is moving north. There might be intermittent light drizzle, wintry mix or snow flurries, but this game is looking like it could go off. Still, it might be best to just stay away.
OF Nick Markakis ($4,800) is batting leadoff for manager Buck Showalter, as the skipper tries to get something started. OF Adam Jones ($5,000) will move into the three-hole which was handled by Markakis in the past three games, and C Matt Wieters ($4,500) gets the call in the cleanup spot. Jones is 4-for-10 (.400) with two RBI in his career against Tampa Bay Rays SP Matt Moore ($9,600), while Wieters is a whopping 5-for-8 (.625) with two homers, three walks and three RBI against the Rays' starter.
BOSTON RED SOX
Slumping rookie OF Jackie Bradley Jr. is out of the starting lineup for a second straight game, as OF Daniel Nava ($3,200) gets the start in left field in his absence. SS Stephen Drew ($3,000) is back in the lineup at short, batting eighth. And 1B/OF Mike Carp ($3,200) gets the nod at first base, batting ninth.
OF Shin-Soo Choo is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Philadelphia Phillies, getting a night of rest from manager Dusty Baker. OF Derrick Robinson ($2,300) draws in, leading off and playing center field.
2B Jason Kipnis (elbow) is once again out of the starting lineup, so INF Cord Phelps gets the start at second base and bats seventh for manager Terry Francona. C Carlos Santana ($4,000) made it through his return Tuesday with no setbacks, and is again back in the lineup Wednesday evening.
LOS ANGELES ANGELS OF ANAHEIM
OF Peter Bourjos ($3,600) is out of the lineup for manager Mike Scioscia, as the speedy defensive extraordinaire gets a scheduled day of rest. OF J.B. Shuck ($2,000) gets the start in left field, and he leads off. He had a great spring, and could be a super sleeper. SS Brendan Harris ($2,400) and 3B Luis Jimenez ($2,400) once again comprise the bottom two spots in Scioscia's order.
LOS ANGELES DODGERS
MLB.com reports OF Matt Kemp is getting the night off due to rest. 2B/OF Skip Schumaker gets the nod, and he'll start in center field.
OF Giancarlo Stanton (shoulder) is out of the starting lineup for the sixth consecutive game, however Joe Frisaro of MLB.com is reporting that the slugger "should be ready" for Thursday's game at Cincinnati. Manager Mike Redmond plugs OF Justin Ruggiano ($4,300) to see what he can do against Washington Nationals SP Ross Detwiler ($5,100). Ruggiano is 1-for-5 with a double in his career against the Nats hurler. Daily Fantasy leaguers might look to 2B Donovan Solano ($3,100), who is 3-for-5 with a double, RBI and 1.467 OPS against Detwiler in their brief encounters. SS Adeiny Hechavarria (elbow) was scratched due to a sore right elbow, so 2B/3B Chris Valaika ($2,000) gets the start at shortstop.
ST. LOUIS CARDINALS
1B/OF Allen Craig is not in the starting lineup for manager Mike Matheny, although it is just a routine day of rest. The hot-hitting 1B Matt Adams ($3,300) gets another chance, batting sixth and playing first base.
SP Justin Grimm ($5,000) will have his turn in the rotation skipped as a result of Wednesday's rainout. SP Alexi Ogando ($9,100) will not be pushed back, and will make his scheduled start Thursday in the series finale, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
TORONTO BLUE JAYS
OF Jose Bautista (back, ear infection) is out of the lineup once again for the Jays. He hasn't seen the field since Sunday. OF Rajai Davis ($4,200) gets the nod in right field in Joey Bats' absence.
It appears safe to get OF Bryce Harper ($5,200) (flu) back into the lineup. He missed Tuesday's game due to flu-like symptoms, but he is in there against Miami Marlins SP Ricky Nolasco ($8,300). On Opening Day, Harper took Nolasco deep for a pair of solo home runs. I guarantee Nolasco doesn't try dealing any curveballs to Harper, and if he does, someone might be getting a souvenir in Miami. They might have an empty section or two to run through to get it, but they'll get it. 2B Danny Espinosa (wrist) is out yet again, and manager Davey Johnson told CSNWashington.com it is "50-50" Espinosa returns Friday. 2B Steve Lombardozzi ($3,400) makes yet another start at second base, and he bats second behind leadoff hitter OF Jayson Werth ($4,500). That's because OF Denard Span ($4,200) (flu) is out yet again. OF Rogervin Bernadina ($4,300) is back in the lineup batting seventh after going hitless in four at-bats Tuesday.
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