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Dodgers starting Zach McKinstry in right field on Wednesday

Los Angeles Dodgers utility-man Zach McKinstry is batting eighth in Wednesday's contest against the San Diego Padres.

What It Means:

McKinstry will operate right field after Steven Souza was given a break against the Padres.

numberFire's models project McKinstry to score 8.4 FanDuel points at the salary of $2,300.

Matt Beaty in left field for Dodgers on Wednesday night

Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman / outfielder Matt Beaty is batting sixth in Wednesday's lineup against the San Diego Padres.

What It Means:

Beaty will make his 30th outfield appearance after A.J. Pollock was rested against Los Angeles' division competition.

In a lefty versus righty matchup against Joe Musgrove, our models project Beaty to score 6.7 FanDuel points at the salary of $2,100.

Gavin Lux handling shortstop duties for Dodgers on Wednesday

Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Gavin Lux is batting seventh in Wednesday's lineup against the San Diego Padres.

What It Means:

Lux will make his 40th appearance at shortstop after Chris Taylor was shifted to second base, Max Muncy was moved to first, and Albert Pujols was sent to the bench.

numberFire's models project Lux to score 8.0 FanDuel points at the salary of $2,700.

Victor Caratini catching for Padres versus Dodgers

San Diego Padres catcher Victor Caratini is in the starting lineup for Wednesday night's series finale against right-hander Trevor Bauer and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

What It Means:

Caratini will catch for Joe Musgrove and bat eighth. Webster Rivas should be available off the bench after starting on Tuesday.

numberFire’s models project Caratini for 6.5 FanDuel points and he has a $2,200 salary on Wednesday. Per our MLB Heat Map, the Padres' implied total (3.8 runs) is the fourth-lowest in the majors on Wednesday.

Albert Pujols out of Dodgers' Wednesday lineup against Padres

Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Albert Pujols is not starting in Wednesday's contest against the San Diego Padres.

What It Means:

Pujols will head to the bench with Max Muncy shifting to first base, Chris Taylor moving to second, and Gavin Lux at shortstop.

According to Baseball Savant on 140 batted balls this season, Pujols has produced a 9.3% barrel rate and a .262 expected average.

Cody Bellinger (hamstring) batting cleanup for Dodgers on Wednesday

Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman / outfielder Cody Bellinger (hamstring) is starting in Wednesday's game against the San Diego Padres.

What It Means:

Bellinger will patrol center field after Los Angeles' superstar was activated off the 10-day injured list and Mookie Betts was given the night off.

numberFire's models project Bellinger to score 9.1 FanDuel points at the salary of $3,500.

Dodgers' Mookie Betts resting on Wednesday night

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Mookie Betts is not starting in Wednesday's lineup against the San Diego Padres.

What It Means:

Betts will receive a breather after Cody Bellinger made his return from a hamstring injury.

According to Baseball Savant on 199 batted balls this season, Betts has produced a 7% barrel rate and a .262 expected average.

Rangers starting Jonah Heim at catcher on Wednesday

Texas Rangers catcher Jonah Heim is batting ninth in Wednesday's lineup against the Oakland Athletics.

What It Means:

Heim will start behind the plate after Jose Trevino was benched on Wednesday night.

numberFire's models project Heim to score 7.4 FanDuel points at the salary of $2,100.

Brock Holt operating third base for Texas on Wednesday

Texas Rangers utility-man Brock Holt is batting seventh in Wednesday's lineup against the Oakland Athletics.

What It Means:

Holt will handle the hot corner after Charlie Culberson was given a break against their division foes.

In a lefty versus righty matchup against James Kaprielian, our models project Holt to score 8.1 FanDuel points at the salary of $2,400.

Rangers' Andy Ibanez sitting on Wednesday

Texas Rangers infielder Andy Ibanez is not starting in Wednesday's game against the Oakland Athletics.

What It Means:

Ibanez will receive a breather after Nate Lowe was picked as Wednesday's starting first baseman.

Per Baseball Savant on 25 batted balls this season, Ibanez has produced a 12% barrel rate and a .197 expected average.

Pete Alonso batting cleanup for Mets on Wednesday

New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso is starting in Wednesday's contest against the Atlanta Braves.

What It Means:

Alonso will man first base after Dominic Smith was moved to left field, Kevin Pillar was shifted to center, and Albert Almora received the night off.

In a matchup against right-hander Kyle Wright, our models project Alonso to score 13.3 FanDuel points at the salary of $3,100.

Rays' Francisco Mejia out of lineup versus Red Sox

Tampa Bay Rays catcher Francisco Mejia is not in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against right-hander Garrett Richards and the Boston Red Sox with a sore right wrist.

What It Means:

Mike Zunino will catch for lefty Rich Hill and hit ninth. Mejia should be available off the bench.

numberFire’s models project Zunino for 8.4 FanDuel points and he has a $2,600 salary on Wednesday. Per our MLB Heat Map, the Rays have an implied total of 4.9 runs.

Brett Phillips now starting for Rays Wednesday night

Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Brett Phillips will start in center field and bat eighth versus right-hander Garrett Richards and the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday.

What It Means:

The Rays added Phillips to the lineup after Taylor Walls was scratched with a sore wrist. He will join Randy Arozarena and Manuel Margot in the outfield.

numberFire’s models project Phillips for 9.1 FanDuel points and he has a $2,200 salary on Wednesday. Per our MLB Heat Map, the Rays have an implied total of 4.9 runs.

Joey Wendle on Tampa Bay's hot corner Wednesday

Tampa Bay Rays infielder Joey Wendle is in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against right-hander Garrett Richards and the Boston Red Sox with a sore right wrist.

What It Means:

Wendle will start on third base and bat sixth. Wander Franco will play shortstop and hit third after Taylor Walls was scratched with a sore wrist.

numberFire’s models project Wendle for 11.1 FanDuel points and he has a $3,000 salary on Wednesday. Per our MLB Heat Map, the Rays have an implied total of 4.9 runs.

Billy McKinney heads to New York's bench on Wednesday night

New York Mets outfielder Billy McKinney is not starting in Wednesday's lineup against the Atlanta Braves.

What It Means:

McKinney will sit on Wednesday night after Michael Conforto made his return from a hamstring injury.

According to Baseball Savant on 116 batted balls this season, McKinney has produced a 7.8% barrel rate and a .242 expected average.

Michael Conforto (hamstring) returns to Mets' lineup on Wednesday

New York Mets outfielder Michael Conforto (hamstring) is batting third in Wednesday's game against the Atlanta Braves.

What It Means:

Conforto will man right field after New York's slugger was activated off the 10-day injured list on Wednesday.

In a matchup against right-hander Kyle Wright, our models project Conforto to 9.8 score FanDuel points at the salary of $2,500.

Tony Kemp leading off for Oakland on Wednesday

Oakland Athletics utility-man Tony Kemp is starting in Wednesday's lineup against the Texas Rangers.

What It Means:

Kemp will make his 39th appearance at second base after Jed Lowrie was sent to the bench on Wednesday night.

numberFire's models project Kemp to score 12.6 FanDuel points at the salary of $2,400.

Chad Pinder out of Athletics' Wednesday lineup against Texas

Oakland Athletics utility-man Chad Pinder is not starting in Wednesday's contest against the Texas Rangers.

What It Means:

Pinder will receive the night off with Ramon Laureano in right field, Matt Olson handling designated hitting duties, and Mitch Moreland at first base.

According to Baseball Savant on 69 batted balls this season, Pinder has produced a 18.8% barrel rate and a .251 expected average.

Nate Lowe hitting fifth in Texas' Wednesday lineup

Texas Rangers first baseman Nate Lowe is starring in Wednesday's contest against the Oakland Athletics.

What It Means:

Lowe will man first base after Andy Ibanez was rested against right-hander James Kaprielian.

numberFire's models project Lowe to score 10.0 FanDuel points at the salary of $2,800.

Oakland's Jed Lowrie resting on Wednesday night

Oakland Athletics second baseman Jed Lowrie is not starting in Wednesday's game against the Texas Rangers.

What It Means:

Lowrie will sit against Oakland's division rivals after Tony Kemp was picked as Wednesday's starting second baseman.

Per Baseball Savant on 185 batted balls this season, Lowrie has produced a 9.7% barrel rate and a .266 expected average.

Yandy Diaz sitting Wednesday for Rays

Tampa Bay Rays infielder Yandy Diaz is not in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against right-hander Garrett Richards and the Boston Red Sox with a sore right wrist.

What It Means:

Ji-Man Choi will replace Diaz on first base and bat second. Brandon Lowe will cover the leadoff spot in place of Diaz.

numberFire’s models project Lowe for 12.5 FanDuel points and he has a $3,100 salary on Wednesday. Per our MLB Heat Map, the Rays have an implied total of 4.9 runs.

Taylor Walls (wrist) scratched Wednesday, Brett Phillips added to Tampa Bay's lineup

Tampa Bay Rays infielder Taylor Walls has been scratched from Wednesday's lineup against right-hander Garrett Richards and the Boston Red Sox with a sore right wrist.

What It Means:

Brett Phillips has been added to the lineup in center field as the No. 8 hitter. Wander Franco will now play shortstop with Brandon Lowe on second base and Joey Wendle on the hot corner.

numberFire’s models project Phillips for 9.1 FanDuel points and he has a $2,200 salary on Wednesday. Per our MLB Heat Map, the Rays have an implied total of 4.9 runs.

Ehire Adrianza hitting sixth for Atlanta on Wednesday

Atlanta Braves utility-man Ehire Adrianza is starting in Wednesday's lineup against the New York Mets.

What It Means:

Adrianza will make his 16th outfield appearance after Ronald Acuna was scratched with lower back tightness.

In a matchup against right-hander Tylor Megill, our models project Adrianza to score 9.9 FanDuel points at the salary of $2,100.

Seth Brown in left field for Athletics on Wednesday

Oakland Athletics outfielder / first baseman Seth Brown is batting eighth in Wednesday's lineup against the Texas Rangers.

What It Means:

Brown will operate left field after Mark Canha was given a breather against the Rangers.

In a lefty versus righty matchup against Mike Foltynewicz, our models project Brown to score 10.9 FanDuel points at the salary of $2,100.

Mark Canha heads to Oakland's bench on Wednesday

Oakland Athletics outfielder Mark Canha is not starting in Wednesday's contest against the Texas Rangers.

What It Means:

Canha will rest on Wednesday night after Seth Brown was announced as Oakland's starting left fielder.

According to Baseball Savant on 201 batted balls this season, Canha has produced a 10% barrel rate and a .253 expected average.

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