Tuesday will be one of the last big main slates of the MLB season, with 13 games. With plenty to factor in, here are the top offenses I’m looking to stack.
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1. OAKLAND ATHLETICS
Dillon Peters ($4,200) has been brutal for the Angels this month, allowing 10 runs in three starts, lasting just 11 1/3 innings. Oakland ranks sixth overall offensively despite a difficult scoring environment at home. That’s thanks to averaging the third-most runs per game on the road this season — 5.73.
The A’s have the RHBs to hit Peters early and hard in this one, and the LHP has been lasting fewer than four innings per start this month. That’s not good news for the 21st-ranked bullpen backing him up. Oakland is battling in the wild card race and has plenty of motivation to keep its foot on the gas with a 5.7-run projection.
Players to ConsiderMarcus Semien ($5,200)
Matt Olson ($4,800)
Ramon Laureano ($4,800)
Mark Canha ($4,700)
Matt Chapman ($4,200)
Khris Davis ($3,600)
2. HOUSTON ASTROS
The Astros have wrapped up the AL West, but the battle for home field in the AL is coming down to the wire. The Yankees and Astros both enter Tuesday’s slate with 102 wins, so beating up on a terrible Mariners team will be important.
Justin Dunn ($6,400) will be the opener for Seattle, pitching just 2 2/3 innings in two starts in his major league career. We shouldn’t see much of him, and he’ll be backed by the Mariners’ 22nd-ranked ‘pen. Houston is averaging 5.72 runs per game this season and projected for 6.3 on this slate. The ‘Stros bats should have no issues getting going in this one.
Players to ConsiderYordan Alvarez ($5,600)
George Springer ($5,500)
Alex Bregman ($5,100)
Jose Altuve ($4,700)
Yuli Gurriel ($4,600)
Michael Brantley ($4,100)
3. CLEVELAND INDIANS
The Indians are battling for their wild card lives, and Hector Santiago ($5,900) is the only thing standing in their way on this slate. Santiago has a 5.65 ERA this season and rarely lasts more than a couple innings. The White Sox have an average bullpen, but no motivation to use their top guys with their season over.
That has a hot Cleveland offense, which went for 10 runs in its last game, projected for a 5.8-run total in this one. Again, this one comes down to needing production as well. The Indians sit behind the Rays for the final AL wild card spot. These RHBs should rake.
Editor’s Note: Carson Fulmer is now listed as the starter for the White Sox in place of Santiago.
Players to ConsiderFrancisco Lindor ($5,000)
Oscar Mercado ($5,000)
Jose Ramirez ($5,000) Q
Carlos Santana ($4,900)
Yasiel Puig ($4,400)
Franmil Reyes ($4,100)
4. BOSTON RED SOX
Both of these teams have been eliminated, but sometimes these meaningless games can turn into high-scoring ones —- just look at the 11-10 game between Toronto and Baltimore on Monday. Edinson Volquez ($6,900) will take the mound for the Rangers, and he hasn’t pitched more than an inning in a game since April 4.
Volquez has a 5.02 ERA on the season, so who knows how he’ll fare if he’s asked to go more than a couple innings in this one. Texas’ bullpen is in the bottom third of the league and will face a Boston offense that’s been consistently good on the road — the 5.74 runs per game are the same it averages at Fenway. The Red Sox have a monster 6.5-run projection on this slate.
Players to ConsiderMookie Betts ($5,700)
Rafael Devers ($5,500)
Xander Bogaerts ($5,400)
J.D. Martinez ($4,900)
Mitch Moreland ($4,700)
Brock Holt ($3,700)
5. TORONTO BLUE JAYS
We saw this matchup pop for both sides Monday, and it sets up as a strong spot for the Blue Jays again here. We get one more chance to stack against Dylan Bundy ($7,400) this season, and I don’t want to pass it up. Bundy’s been slipping since the All-Star break, but maybe even more importantly, we get to target Baltimore’s bullpen here, which ranks only above the Nationals.
The Blue Jays are projected for 5.1 runs on this slate, which is pretty modest. The value comes in the salary of these bats, though, as all but one are $4,100 or less. Toronto should be another popular value stack Tuesday, particularly coming off Monday’s outburst.
Players to Consider
Cavan Biggio ($4,900)
Randal Grichuk ($4,100)
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. ($3,800)
Reese McGuire ($3,800)
Justin Smoak ($3,600)
Billy McKinney ($3,500)
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