Tuesday’s 10-game slate features a few teams projected for five or more runs, highlighted by the Braves and Rockies at Coors Field — where they combined for 14 runs on Monday. Here are some teams that standout.
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1. SEATTLE MARINERS
After an offseason that most figured would send the Mariners in the wrong direction, their offense has gotten off to a historic start. Another 13 runs in Kansas City on Monday brought the M’s up to 32 homers on the year — the most ever in the first 12 games of the season.
Seattle’s projected for a modest 4.6 runs against RHP Jake Junis ($7,200), who has a 4.63 ERA through his first two starts. Junis has been spectacular against this lineup in his career, with Seattle bats going 4-for-43 (.093), but this offense is in a different zone right now. The Mariners are averaging an MLB-high 8.17 runs per game, including 11.33 over their last three games, and 9.33 runs in road games. The bats are still shockingly affordable for this historic production.
Players to ConsiderEdwin Encarnacion ($4,200)
Mallex Smith ($4,100)
Domingo Santana ($4,100)
Jay Bruce ($4,000)
Omar Narvaez ($3,400)
2. OAKLAND ATHLETICS
Oakland let us down a little bit on Monday but did score four runs in a loss to Baltimore. On this slate, they’ll be up against LHP John Means ($4,500) — a bullpen arm with a 6.00 career ERA. Facing the Orioles’ pen in Baltimore has the A’s looking at a 5.5-run projection in this one.
The A’s have been rolling out a RHB-heavy lineup regardless of opponent, but expect plenty of power from the right side to go up against Means. He’ll likely only last a few innings in this game, but as you’d imagine, Baltimore’s bullpen hasn’t performed very well this season.
Players to ConsiderKhris Davis ($5,400)
Matt Chapman ($4,600)
Stephen Piscotty ($4,600)
Marcus Semien ($4,400)
Chad Pinder ($4,200)
3. COLORADO ROCKIES
The Rockies wound up with six runs on Monday’s slate, and are projected for 5.5 against Atlanta LHP Max Fried ($6,400). I put the Mariners and A’s as my top-two stacks because there’s some better value there, but Colorado’s bats aren’t all that expensive compared to Oakland.
Fried was a bullpen arm for Atlanta in the first series of the season, but earned a start against the Cubs, going six scoreless innings. Fried has limited experience at Coors in his career, but it didn’t go well in his lone appearance — three runs in 2.2 innings. RHBs should be more valuable here given Fried’s career splits.
Players to ConsiderNolan Arenado ($5,300)
Trevor Story ($5,100)
Garrett Hampson ($4,400)
Ian Desmond ($4,300)
4. ATLANTA BRAVES
The Braves went for eight runs in the first game of the series at Coors, and are projected for 5.1 runs against RHP German Marquez ($8,800). Marquez is off to a tremendous start this season, posting a 0.69 ERA and .119 opposing batting average, his lone mistake surrendering a solo home run.
That said, this will be Marquez’s first game of the season at Coors, where he had a 4.74 ERA last season (compared to just 2.95 on the road). Marquez faced Atlanta twice last season, getting knocked around for a 6.94 ERA. This spot screams for Marquez to slip up, and the Braves have been producing runs when in good spots early on this year.
Players to ConsiderRonald Acuna Jr. ($5,200)
Freedie Freeman ($5,100)
Josh Donaldson ($4,900)
Ozzie Albies ($4,700)
Ender Inciarte ($4,300)
Nick Markakis ($4,000)
5. KANSAS CITY ROYALS
Kansas City is averaging 5.17 runs per game at home, and are projected for 4.5 runs against Seattle LHP Marco Gonzales ($7,600). While Gonzales is off to a solid 3-0 start with a 3.20 ERA, opposing teams have still found their way to four runs per game in his starts.
These Kansas City bats have had success against Gonzales in previous matchups, going 16-for-43 (.372), leaving him with a 5.87 ERA against KC over the last three seasons. RHBs have much more success against Gonzales, so you’ll want to try and focus your stack on that side of the plate.
Players to ConsiderAdalberto Mondesi ($4,800)
Whit Merrifield ($4,400)
Jorge Soler ($3,900)
Alex Gordon ($3,700)
Hunter Dozier ($3,600)
Martin Maldonado ($2,900)
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