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Fred Zinkie

Yanks outfielders salivate at chance to face righty

Yanks outfielders salivate at chance to face righty

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The players listed below could provide difference-making stats for DraftKings participants on Wednesday.

Freddie Freeman (Braves): The first baseman will be in position to thrive when he brings his lifetime .881 OPS against right-handers (.738 vs. lefties) to hitter-friendly Camden Yards in a matchup against right-hander Chris Tillman (career 4.09 ERA, 1.31 WHIP).

Nick Markakis (Braves): The former Oriole could be a cost-effective outfielder for DraftKings participants when he puts his lifetime .810 OPS against right-handers (.741 vs. lefties) on the line against Tillman (4.71 ERA, 1.40 WHIP in 2015) at Baltimore's offense-inducing venue.

A.J. Pierzynski (Braves): Pierzynski could complete an economical Braves stack against Tillman (career 4.46 FIP) and provide production at a premium position. In his career, the catcher has handled right-handers to the tune of a .768 OPS (.664 vs. lefties).

Adam LaRoche (White Sox): Hitting .212, the first baseman could have a reduced price tag in DraftKings contests when he brings his career .835 OPS against right-handers (.704 vs. lefties) into a matchup against Rick Porcello. The Red Sox right-hander has struggled this season to the tune of a 5.51 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP.

Edwin Encarnacion (Blue Jays): Since the outset of 2012, Encarnacion has produced a .264/.357/.528 slash line against right-handers and a .268/.369/.543 slash line at Rogers Centre. The first baseman could drive in multiple runs at the expense of Phillies right-hander Jerome Williams, who has struggled this season to the tune of a 6.28 ERA and a 1.66 WHIP. Also of note: Encarnacion and his teammates will attempt to put balls into play against a Phillies squad that ranks last in the Majors with a .664 defensive efficiency ratio.

Brett Gardner (Yankees): With 27 homers and 36 steals since the outset of last season, Gardner possesses the diverse skill set that DraftKings participants covet. The outfielder -- who owns balanced career splits -- may produce in multiple ways when he faces right-hander Colby Lewis (career 4.80 ERA, 1.37 WHIP) and a Rangers bullpen that ranks 29th in the Majors with a 4.52 ERA.

Brian McCann (Yankees): As a big leaguer, McCann has handled right-handers to the tune of an .829 OPS (.753 vs. lefties). The catcher -- who has compiled 15 homers and 58 RBIs across 284 at-bats this season -- could provide power at a premium position when he meets up with Lewis (4.49 ERA in 2015) at hitter-friendly Globe Life Park in Arlington.

Jacoby Ellsbury (Yankees): The outfielder will be primed to improve his lifetime .796 OPS against right-handers (.741 vs. lefties) when he tangles with Lewis. In his career, Lewis has allowed left-handed hitters such as Ellsbury to post an .818 OPS (.726 OPS allowed to righty batters).

Jason Heyward (Cardinals): Heyward has produced pronounced career splits, with an .828 OPS against right-handers in comparison to a .661 mark vs. lefties. The outfielder -- who has hit .318 with four homers and nine steals across 145 plate appearances since June 17 -- will be in position to thrive against Reds righty Anthony DeSclafani (career 4.50 ERA, 1.37 WHIP).

Matt Carpenter (Cardinals): From a premium lineup position, Carpenter may reach base often and score multiple runs when he brings his lifetime .831 OPS against right-handers (.745 vs. lefties) into a matchup with DeSclafani (1.37 WHIP in 2015). Carpenter could also excel late in the game against a Reds bullpen that sits 28th in baseball with a 4.28 ERA.

Kolten Wong (Cardinals): With 11 homers and 11 steals across 401 plate appearances, the second baseman has been a factor in many 2015 DraftKings contests. Wong could improve on his career .712 OPS against right-handers (.647 vs. lefties) at the expense of DeSclafani or steal a base against catcher Brayan Pena, who has thwarted six of 48 would-be basestealers this season.

R.A. Dickey (Blue Jays): After a slow start to the season, Dickey has posted a 2.11 ERA across his past three starts. The right-hander may not be negatively affected by his homer-prone tendencies on Wednesday, when he faces a Phillies lineup that ranks 29th in the Majors with a .661 OPS vs. righties.

Tyson Ross (Padres): With a 3.45 ERA and a 9.7 K/9 rate, Ross has been an asset in many 2015 DraftKings contests. The right-hander will be primed to continue a recent run of success (2.57 ERA across his past seven starts) when he faces a Mets lineup that ranks 26th in the Majors with a .669 OPS vs. righties.

Bartolo Colon (Mets): DraftKings participants who do not select Ross may instead opt for his mound opponent. With a season-to-date 4.60 ERA, the right-hander could have an economical price tag in DraftKings contests when he faces a Padres lineup that ranks 28th in the Majors with a .662 OPS against righties.

All statistics are accurate through the completion of Monday's games.

Fred Zinkie is the lead fantasy baseball writer for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @FredZinkieMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.