For just an eight-game MLB slate, we have some elite stacking options to choose from Monday evening. Here are the spots that standout to me the most.
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1. NEW YORK YANKEES
The Yankees host the Orioles for a doubleheader in the Bronx, so the details on the second game are still up in the air. We’ll need to see who’s pitching for Baltimore, but what we do know is it won’t be anyone good. In fact, it likely will be someone pretty bad from their 29th-ranked bullpen.
We’ll need to pay attention to the Yankees’ side of things, too, since it’s likely some bats will rest/start off on the bench. The good news is DJ LeMahieu ($5,200) and Aaron Judge ($4,400) are both out of the lineup for the early game, making it likely they’ll be starting the second game. Early projections here have New York at about 7.5 runs, but you’ll need to be sure to monitor the situation because of the early game.
Players to ConsiderDJ LeMahieu ($5,200)
Gio Urshela ($5,000)
Brett Gardner ($4,500)
Aaron Judge ($4,400)
Gleyber Torres ($4,400)
Didi Gregorius ($4,100)
2. COLORADO ROCKIES
The Rockies have a 7.2-run projection at Coors Field, hosting Merrill Kelly ($7,400) and the Diamondbacks. Kelly’s 0-2 in a pair of starts against Colorado this season, giving up 10 runs in 12 2/3 innings. The Rockies wound up with 14 total runs in those two games combined, which makes their run projection in this one pretty spot on.
The Rockies have struggled offensively on the road, which has hurt their season, but the offense has maintained its dominance at home. Colorado averages well over two runs per game more at Coors, and leads MLB in scoring at home at 6.46 runs. I’d suspect Coors ownership will be high as always, but with so many strong options on this slate, it could be a little diminished compared to your average eight-game slate.
Players to ConsiderCharlie Blackmon ($5,700)
Trevor Story ($5,600)
Nolan Arenado ($5,400)
Daniel Murphy ($4,400)
Ryan McMahon ($4,200)
Raimel Tapia ($4,100)
3. ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS
In the visitor’s dugout, the Diamondbacks essentially are in equally as strong a spot, projected for seven runs. They’ll face Peter Lambert ($5,700), who hasn’t faced Arizona yet, but his brutal season’s been only getting worse lately. Lambert has a 7.28 ERA at home and has given up 13 total runs in a pair of starts this month (nine innings pitched).
The Diamondbacks actually have the sixth-best road offense in baseball, and that should be even more enhanced with a trip to Coors. The Rockies’ crumbling bullpen also gives Arizona’s bats some additional upside — it’s slid all the way down to 28th overall, with a 5.20 ERA.
Players to ConsiderKetel Marte ($5,500)
Eduardo Escobar ($5,500)
Jarrod Dyson ($5,300)
David Peralta ($4,900)
Adam Jones ($4,500)
Jake Lamb ($4,300)
4. HOUSTON ASTROS
The Astros are all over Twitter for the wrong reasons — they were the largest favorite to lose an MLB game since 2004. But they still scored seven runs in Sunday’s loss to the Orioles and are in a strong bounce-back spot Monday with a 6.1-run projection in Chicago. The White Sox will send Dylan Cease ($9,100) to the mound, who’s salary made my eyes pop out of my head when I saw it.
The rookie has managed a 6.00 ERA through the first six starts of his career and will face the toughest lineup he ever has had to face. The White Sox have a decent bullpen to help limit the damage, but this offense is too talented not to like in this spot. The ‘Stros will have a chance to get to Cease early in this one, and make any production against the bullpen gravy.
Players to ConsiderYordan Alvarez (5,600)
George Springer ($5,200)
Alex Bregman ($5,100)
Jose Altuve ($4,900)
Carlos Correa ($4,600)
Michael Brantley ($4,300)
Editor’s Note: Tonight’s game between the White Sox and Astros has been postponed due to inclement weather.
5. TEXAS RANGERS
I really don’t mind targeting a game stack here between the Rangers and Blue Jays, but from a team perspective, I slightly lean Texas because Toronto will be tossing a bullpen game. Neil Ramirez ($4,000) is slated as the starter, but he hasn’t pitched more than two innings in any outing this season, and only accomplished that once.
Ramirez has a 5.40 ERA (6.48 at home) and generally has pitched in games with high run totals all year — the Jays have lost 13 of the 16 games he’s appeared in. If he does wind up going a few innings in his first start of the season, the Rangers have the LHBs to do some damage to the RHP. The Rangers are pretty affordable for a 5.4-run projection, but like I mentioned, adding some Blue Jays to this stack against Ariel Jurado ($6,800) also could prove profitable.
Players to ConsiderDanny Santana ($5,000)
Willie Calhoun ($4,200)
Shin-Soo Choo ($4,100)
Elvis Andrus ($3,800)
Rougned Odor ($3,800)
Nomar Mazara ($3,700)
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