WEDNESDAY’S PREGAME DAILY FANTASY BASEBALL UPDATE
The weather situation is looking much less grim in Cleveland than it did earlier this morning. Some of the thunderstorm activity which had been in the area has pushed off toward Pennsylvania and western New York, and there are no echoes on the radar west of Cleveland all the way back through Indiana. That's not to say cells could not pop up with air fairly unstable, but as of right now, the outlook for the Reds-Indians is looking great.
As of 4:30pm ET, the radar was absolutely clear for the New York Metropolitan area, so that third installment of this season's Subway Series from the Bronx appears to headed for a rain-free evening.
There is rain in the area, but it is far north of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, and the forecast looks pretty good for the Diamondbacks-Rangers, too. That leaves the Brewers-Twins game as the only real remaining concern. A shield of rain is pushing up from Iowa toward the Twin Cities, and a delay and/or postponement cannot be ruled out here. It would be a good idea to avoid all Milwaukee Brewers and Minnesota Twins for tonight's game, just to be on the safe side. The interactive radar is included so you can make your own determination.
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Interactive Radar -- Minneapolis/St. Paul
(DraftKings.com salaries in parentheses)
Manager Fredi Gonzalez has plugged OF B.J. Upton ($3,900) back into the starting lineup after a couple of mental days off to work on his mechanics at the plate. He'll bat eighth ahead of the pitcher's spot against the Toronto Blue Jays, but he should mostly be avoided for daily Fantasy purposes.
BOSTON RED SOX
Red Sox DH David Ortiz (rest) is not playing first base, and instead is out of the lineup in the National League park at Philadelphia. However, WEEI.com reports that Ortiz is expected to play first base in the series finale, so keep that in mind for Thursday. He would be facing Phillies right-handed SP Jonathan Pettibone, so it could be a very favorable start.
There is no room in the lineup for C/DH Victor Martinez ($2,900), as manager Jim Leyland does not have the luxury of the designated hitter spot in a National League park. 3B/OF Don Kelly ($3,200) gets the starting nod in center field, batting eighth ahead of the pitcher's spot.
KANSAS CITY ROYALS
Manager Ned Yost gets 3B Mike Moustakas ($3,300) (quadriceps) back from injury tonight. 'Moose' is in the fifth spot of the order and manning his regular spot at the hot corner. His return is much to the chagrin of St. Louis Cardinals SP Lance Lynn ($9,400), who has served up two home runs and three RBI to Moustakas in just three career at-bats.
Brewers 2B Rickie Weeks (rest) is out of the lineup again for Wednesday's game at Minnesota despite the use of the designated hitter in the AL park. SS Jeff Bianchi ($3,400) draws another start in place of the struggling Weeks. SS Jean Segura ($3,800), who appears to have sapped all of the hitting ability from his middle infielder counterpart, leads the National League with a .365 batting average. With eight homers and 22 RBI, he is a steal at this salary level.
The Twins activated 3B Trevor Plouffe ($3,700) (concussion) from the special 7-day concussion disabled list, and he is in the lineup and batting sixth for manager Ron Gardenhire. While that's all well and good, remember the weather is a bit of a concern, so go another way for your third baseman.
NEW YORK METS
Manager Terry Collins has the struggling 1B Ike Davis ($3,900) back in the eighth spot of his lineup for Wednesday's series opener at Yankee Stadium. Davis was hitless in three at-bats with two strikeouts Tuesday, dropping his average to .152. He has managed just four hits over his past 53 at-bats. OF Lucas Duda ($4,300) serves as the designated hitter in the American League park, meaning OF Mike Baxter ($4,000) a chance to start in left field against the crosstown rivals.
NEW YORK YANKEES
Manager Joe Girardi gives OF Vernon Wells ($4,600) a night off, as he has been struggling at the plate lately. OF Ichiro Suzuki ($3,800) draws into the lineup, starting in left field while batting sixth.
Nationals 2B/SS Danny Espinosa ($3,600) (wrist) is back in the lineup for manager Davey Johnson. He will serve as the ninth batter in the order in Baltimore, with 1B/3B Chad Tracy ($3,500) drawing the assignment as designated hitter in the AL park. OF Rogervin Bernandina ($4,200), who swatted his first home run last night, draws another start. He'll play right field and bat second, with OF Bryce Harper (knee) still nursing a knee ailment.
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