I actually liked more stacks on Monday’s eight-game slate than I do with a full slate of 14 baseball games on Tuesday evening. Of course, there are some spots that stand out, so here’s where I’m looking for stacking purposes.
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1. NEW YORK YANKEES
We’ll have to keep an eye on the weather in New York, but assuming it holds up, we’ve reached the point where you just can’t overthink this spot. The Yankees own the Orioles, scoring 19 combine runs in a pair of victories during Monday’s doubleheader. The Yanks are projected for 6.8 runs in this one, facing John Means ($5,900).
Means got off to a great start to the season, but he has fallen off over the past month. Since the All-Star break, means has a 7.11 ERA in four starts, giving up a home run almost every three innings. Conveniently, his last start came against the Bronx Bombers, who scored four runs against him in 3 2/3 innings, en route to an eventual 14-2 blowout. When the Yankees play the Orioles, you stack them.
Players to ConsiderDJ LeMahieu ($5,000)
Gio Urshela ($5,000)
Cam Maybin ($4,600)
Aaron Judge ($4,400)
Gleyber Torres ($4,400)
Gary Sanchez ($4,300)
2. DETRIOT TIGERS
On the opposite end of the spectrum, we have the Tigers — AKA the worst offense in baseball, scoring 3.65 runs per game. Yusei Kikuchi ($5,300) will start for the Mariners, who’s gotten hammered over his last five starts, with a 6.93 ERA. RHBs have done a number on Kikuchi this season, and Detroit actually offers some value from that side of the dish.
You won’t have to pay more than $4,200 for a bat here, and can easily roster much cheaper bats in the heart of the order. That’s pretty rare for an offense looking at a 5.1-run projection. Kikuchi’s backed by a bullpen that ranks 25th in baseball, and the Tigers have shown the ability to put up runs recently. Detroit’s scored five or more runs in three of its last six, including two games with 10 runs.
Players to ConsiderNiko Goodrum ($4,200)
Brandon Dixon ($4,100)
Miguel Cabrera ($3,700)
Travis Demeritte ($3700)
Victor Reyes ($3,400)
Dawel Lugo ($2,800)
3. LOS ANGELES ANGELS
The Angels have been really disappointing lately, losing games and failing to put up runs in spots that set up really well on paper — like Monday’s 10-2 home loss to the Pirates. The Angels have been a really good scoring offense at home this season, averaging 5.16 runs per game, and projected for 5.5 on this slate. Eventually, we’re going to see these bats bounce back.
Trevor Williams ($6,000) will get the start for Pittsburgh and represents an opportunity for the Angels offense to get back on track. Williams has a 6.35 ERA in five starts since the break, and he has the 21st-ranked bullpen working behind him. It’s tough to trust the Angels at the moment, but that could keep their ownership extremely low on a 14-game slate, giving them a lot of GPP upside.
Players to ConsiderMike Trout ($5,800)
Shohei Ohtani ($4,700)
Kole Calhoun ($4,200)
Justin Upton ($4,000)
Albert Pujols ($3,800)
David Fletcher ($3,500)
4. Arizona Diamondbacks
The bats at Coors were mostly a letdown on Monday’s slate, but we still hit the projected total of 14 runs in an 8-6 Arizona victory. This time around, I actually like the starting pitching more — Zac Gallen ($7,000) is a great talent, and threw five scoreless innings in his team debut. Jon Gray ($7,300) has a better ERA at home (3.88) than on the road (4.22), which is pretty astounding.
The bottom line here is that I can’t trust Colorado’s bullpen, which ranks 28th in baseball. I’d prefer rostering the Diamondbacks here, even though Gray’s been solid against them this season. Sprinkling some Rockies bats in there makes sense, but just beware of how pricy targeting this game is, and high ownership should come along with it. I’d like to try and fade Coors on this slate, but the lack of stacking options means I’ll probably still want some exposure. The game total here is set at 12, but opened up at 13 and has been bet down.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Jeff Hoffman will start in place of Jon Gray (ankle) for tonight’s game vs the Diamondbacks.
Players to ConsiderKetal Marte ($5,700)
Eduardo Escobar ($5,500)
Christian Walker ($4,800)
Jarrod Dyson ($4,700)
David Peralta ($4,700) Q
Jake Lamb ($4,000)
5. Colorado Rockies
Players to Consider
Charlie Blackmon ($5,600)
Trevor Story ($5,600)
Nolan Arenado ($5,300)
Ryan McMahon ($4,300)
David Murphy ($4,200)
Raimel Tapia ($4,100)
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