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The Astros offense is starting to click, and who better to figure it out against than the Oakland A’s? While they’ve surprised the baseball world to this point, they still aren’t very good. Not to mention they’re facing Aaron Brooks. He sports a career 6.55 ERA in 180 career innings pitched. He’s going to give up hits, runs, and walks, so we’re here to capitalize. Here are a few players to keep your eye on for the Wednesday evening slate on DraftKings. The games start at 7:10pm EST.

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Taj Bradley, SP: $8,000 – Taj Bradley came off the IL last week and had a great start against a loaded Yankees offense. He gave up 1 ER and struck out 7 over 6 innings. He pitched well in his rehab stint before returning to the Rays, so we’re going to expect him to keep the momentum and give us another quality start. The Red Sox aren’t complete slouches at the plate, but have been known to put up some poor performances. The perfect storm for Taj.

Matt Olson, 1B: $5,200 – He’s not cheap, that’s for certain. Olson is a streaky player and his homers come in bunches. He had a homer and a double on Tuesday night, and we’re going to ride that wave into Wednesday. Olson is off to an incredibly slow start this year. You have to think he turns it around at some point, so why not Wednesday evening!?

Gleyber Torres, 2B: $3,800 –Much like Olson, Torres is off to a slow start but the bat is coming alive this week. He comes with a bit of value since the Yankees are facing Pablo Lopez and the Twins. We ride Gleyber’s hot bat to a solid performance out of 2B.

Alex Bregman, 3B: $4,200 – The theme this week seems to be star players who have severely struggled finally breaking out. Tough to argue Bregman doesn’t belong in that category. Now, in terms of you being confident in putting him in your lineup, well that’s ultimately your decision. Let’s try to do some convincing. He’s hit 3 homeruns in his last 2 games (as of 10pm on Tuesday evening). If you remember from the first paragraph, Aaron Brooks of the A’s isn’t quite Cy Young on the mound. Bregman stays hot, and a few of his teammates will mash too

Jeremy Pena, SS: $4,400 – Time for another Astros player. Pena average 8.2 FPPG. He’s been steady this year by hitting for average, stealing some bases, showing a little power. This is much different than his down-year in 2023. We’re taking Pena due to price, consistency, and lack of SS depth in this slate. Fully expect him to hit is average of 8, with potential for more upside if he shows the power.

Yordan Alvarez, OF: $5,500 – It’s hard to build an Astros stack without Alvarez, regardless of how he’s performing at the given time. He hasn’t been horrible, but he hasn’t quite been himself either. In his last 5 games, he’s put up 21, 10, 3, 10, and 8 points (not counting Tuesday night). Again, good not great. It is important to remember the matchup we have against Aaron Brooks and the fact that Alvarez can hit a ball 450 feet at any moment. We want a homer out of him, and I think we get it.

 

I’m Only Happy When It Rains

There doesn’t seem to be any weather impacting this 7:10pm slate of games. Full steam ahead. As an FYI, Kyle Tucker is scorching hot, but he was difficult to fit in due to salary. Feel free to make other adjustments to get him in.

 

Doing Lines In Vegas

The over/under of 8.5 is the highest of the slate and shows up in 4 different games. The Astros are -238 and by far the biggest favorite of the evening. We like seeing that for our Astros stack.  Lance Lynn and Griffin Canning face off tomorrow, and while the over/under is 8.5, this feels like one that can go well over the total.

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