Here are my top stacks to consider for Tuesday’s 10-game main slate.
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1. LOS ANGELES DODGERS
The Dodgers let us down with just two runs on Monday, so if that gets people off them with a four-run projection against Giants LHP Madison Bumgarner ($8,900), this is the lineup I want to be stacking.
MadBum went 0-2 in three starts against LAD last season, giving up eight runs and four homers in 18 innings. In 247 total at-bats, Dodgers hitters have a .300 batting average against him, including 14 homers and 18 more extra-base hits.
Keke Hernandez ($3,900) absolutely crushed Bumgarner, going 19-for-39 against him in his career, launching four bombs and five doubles. Justin Turner ($4,100) and A.J. Pollock ($4,200) have combined for another seven homers and eight more extra-base hits against MadBum. Stack up those RHBs.
Players to ConsiderCody Bellinger ($4,900)
A.J. Pollock ($4,200)
Justin Turner ($4,100)
Corey Seager ($4,100)
Keke Hernandez ($3,900)
David Freese ($3,600)
2. TORONTO BLUE JAYS
The Jays gave us five runs as a top stack on Monday, and are projected to do it again at home against RHP Andrew Cashner ($4,200) and the Orioles.
Cashner got tagged for six runs in four innings of work on Opening Day, although that was a tough spot at Yankee Stadium. Cashner made three starts at the Rodgers Centre last season, going 0-2 while allowing 22 hits (four home runs) and nine earned runs in 17.2 innings.
Since getting shutout on Opening Day, Toronto has scored at least three runs in each game and bounced back for six runs in the second game of the season. With no bat costing us more than $4,400, there’s value to be had here for a five-run projection.
Players to ConsiderRandal Grichuk ($4,400)
Justin Smoak ($4,200)
Teoscar Hernandez ($4,200)
Rowdy Tellez ($4,000)
Lourdes Gurriel ($3,900)
Brandon Drury ($3,600)
EDITOR’S NOTE: Pillar has been traded to the Giants and will not be able to accrue fantasy points on this slate.
3. HOUSTON ASTROS
Houston let us down again with just two runs in their first game against the Rangers. That marks four consecutive outings with two or fewer runs on the board since scoring five on Opening Day. Projected for a slate-high 5.4 runs, this offense is bound to turn around.
The ‘Stros will face RHP Shelby Miller ($4,900), a pitcher they haven’t seen much of. That’s because Miller’s hardly pitched of late, but when he has, he’s been a mess — he went 0-4 in 2018, giving up 21 runs (five homers) in just 16 innings. Miller also pitched just 22 innings in 2017, giving up a more pedestrian 10 runs.
That leaves his last full season as 2016, when Miller pitched 101 innings and went 3-12 with a 6.15 ERA. This is the perfect pitcher for the Astros to pounce on and find their groove.
Players to ConsiderJose Altuve ($5,200)
Alex Bregman ($5,000)
George Springer ($4,800)
Carlos Correa ($4,600)
Michael Brantley ($4,500)
Josh Reddick ($4,200)
4. TAMPA BAY RAYS
I think this could be a contrarian stack worth exploring. Colorado LHP Kyle Freeland ($7,900) was spectacular in his debut against the Marlins, going seven innings and allowing just two hits — one of which was a solo home run. But you could make the argument that Freeland had that success against the worst lineup in baseball in one of the best parks for pitchers.
The Rays are averaging 4.25 runs since Opening Day, and are projected for four in this game. They went off against the Rockies for seven runs on Monday. While Coors Field gets all the hype. Freeland’s splits were actually worse away from home last season. He got hammered by RHBs for 15 of his 17 home runs allowed, and 28 of his other 32 extra-base hits allowed. Tampa has a very RHB-heavy lineup with some extremely affordable bats.
Players to ConsiderTommy Pham ($4,600)
Avisail Garcia ($4,000)
Daniel Robertson ($3,700)
Mike Zunino ($3,700)
Yandy Diaz ($3,400)
Guillermo Heredia ($3,200)
5. BALTIMORE ORIOLES
Who sits just behind the Rays in the AL East standings? Why it’s the Orioles, of course. Fresh of winning a series in the Bronx and beating the Blue Jays in Toronto on Monday, Baltimore’s averaging six runs over its past three games.
The O’s are projected for just 3.7 runs against RHP Marcus Stroman ($8,300), who pitched a shutout in his season debut, allowing just two hits over seven innings. Stroman struggled in 2018, though, owning a 5.54 ERA, and has even struggled with the Baltimore bats over the course of his career.
The Orioles are 21-for-70 (.300) against Stroman in their careers, leaving some potential cheap and low-owned upside here. If Baltimore is a little better than we’re giving them credit for, getting on Baltimore early would be a chance to exploit the perception we have of them.
Players to ConsiderJonathan Villar ($4,100)
Cedric Mullins ($3,900)
Trey Mancini ($3,900)
Dwight Smith Jr. ($3,600)
Rio Ruiz ($3,500)
Chris Davis ($3,200)
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