Friday’s 14-game slate offers plenty of stacking options, including some great value spots to consider. Here are the teams that stand out.
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1. LOS ANGELES ANGELS
The Angels are projected for a slate-high 6.4 runs in Baltimore, where they’ll face Dan Straily ($6,100). Straily’s been terrible this season, with a 7.43 ERA through his first six appearances. He’s been even worse when pitching at home, with an 11.57 ERA in four outings.
While the Angels aren’t the most lethal offense, there’s plenty of numbers that point to this being a good spot to stack ‘em up. They’ve worked their way into the top half of MLB in terms of runs per game, thanks to 13 runs in their last game in Detroit. LAA bats are 26-for-73 (.356) against Straily in their careers’, and Baltimore’s bullpen ranks 29th in MLB with a 5.95 ERA.
Players to ConsiderMike Trout ($5,700)
Shohei Ohtani ($4,900)
Kole Calhoun ($4,800)
Brian Goodwin ($4,600)
Tommy La Stella ($4,300)
2. BOSTON RED SOX
The Red Sox are back at Fenway Park, where they’re projected for just about six runs against Erik Swanson ($7,700) and the Mariners. Swanson has a 4.94 ERA on the season, although he’s coming off six scoreless innings against the Indians. Prior to that, Swanson had allowed 17 runs in 17 2/3 innings in 2019. Expect him to revert back to that after a strong outing in Cleveland.
Boston’s starting to round into form, now averaging 5.07 runs per game at home. Prior to their recent road trip, the Red Sox scored five-plus runs in each game of their last series at home. Now 8-2 in their last 10, I’m looking for this team to carry some of that momentum into a game against a team going in the complete opposite direction. Seattle’s bullpen has dropped all the way to 25th in baseball, with a 4.96 ERA on the season.
Players to ConsiderMookie Betts ($5,100)
Michael Chavis ($5,000)
J.D. Martinez ($4,800)
Andrew Benintendi ($4,600)
Mitch Moreland ($4,400)
Xander Bogaerts ($4,400)
3. MINNESOTA TWINS
The Twins are projected for 5.5 runs at home against the Tigers, who are sending RHP Tyson Ross ($6,000) to the mound. Through six starts, Ross has a 5.34 ERA, and the Twins are partially to thank for it. Ross faced Minnesota back in April, giving up all four runs of a 4-3 loss in his six innings.
Meanwhile, the Twins remain scorching hot, averaging 5.31 runs per game. They’ve managed to score seven or more runs in three of their last five games, and should have a good chance to score some runs against the bullpen, which they failed to do the last time they faced Ross. Detroit’s bullpen ranks just 28th, with a 5.74 ERA.
Players to ConsiderJorge Polanco ($5,700)
Eddie Rosario ($5,200)
Nelson Cruz ($5,100)
Mitch Garver ($4,700)
Max Kepler ($4,500)
C.J. Cron ($4,200)
4. COLORADO ROCKIES
The Rockies host the Padres at Coors Field, where they’re projected for 5.7 runs opposite Eric Lauer ($6,600). Lauer’s 4.30 ERA drops to 5.40 away from home, and he got smashed for seven runs in just three innings in his lone appearance at Coors in 2018.
Coors has been hot lately, with at least one team scoring eight or more runs in all five games during this current homestand. That includes 12 runs from the Rockies on Wednesday in a 12-11 victory over the Giants. While San Diego does have a top-10 bullpen, playing in Colorado (where the Rockies average 5.53 runs) is a different game.
Players to ConsiderCharlie Blackmon ($5,800)
Nolan Arenado ($5,700)
Trevor Story ($5,600)
Raimel Tapia ($5,100)
Ian Desmond ($4,300)
Mark Reynolds ($4,200)
5. TORONTO BLUE JAYS
This is kind of a painful team to stack, averaging just 3.62 runs per game, and dropping by the day. Toronto’s scored more than two runs just once in its last seven games. However, with a five-run projection at home in this one, maybe it’s a time to buy low on the Blue Jays, especially if people are fading them while they’re cold.
The good news for Toronto is that they’ll face White Sox RHP Dylan Covey ($6,200) — who’s surrendered four runs in just six innings this season. Going back to 2018, though, Covey had a 5.18 ERA, so the Blue Jays should have plenty of chances in this one. With an average bullpen, it’ll be important to get to Covey early in this one to get some production.
Players to ConsiderEric Sogard ($4,500)
Justin Smoak ($4,000)
Freddy Galvis ($3,800)
Randal Grichuk ($3,800)
Rowdy Tellez ($3,800)
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. ($3,700)
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