It was a wild Wednesday in the majors with the trade deadline dominating the headlines. Now that the dust has settled, contending teams will start to make their push for the postseason. Thursday won’t be the busiest of nights with only six games making up the main evening slate in DFS, but there still are some appealing stacks.
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Here are five hitting stacks to consider while compiling your DraftKings entry:
1. HOUSTON ASTROS
The Astros have to be considered one of the winners of the deadline after they swung a deal with the Diamondbacks to acquire Zack Greinke. Adding him to a rotation that also contains Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole is going to make them extremely hard to defeat in the playoffs. Their lineup has battled various injuries throughout the season, but they are finally all healthy at this point. To no surprise, that has enabled the Astros to average 5.4 runs across their past 15 games.
They will look to keep things rolling against Danny Salazar ($7,600), who will be activated from the IL to make his first start of the season. He actually hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2017, so it seems unlikely he’ll be able to pitch deep into this contest. He’s had problems limiting baserunners during his career, recording a WHIP of at least 1.34 in three of his past four seasons.
Players to ConsiderYordan Alvarez ($5,600)
George Springer ($5,300)
Jose Altuve ($4,800)
Michael Brantley ($4,700)
Yuli Gurriel ($4,500)
2. TAMPA BAY RAYS
While the Rays didn’t make any huge trades at the deadline, they did make a few minor moves to help fortify their roster. Although they are nine games behind the Yankees in the loss column for the lead in the AL East, they are in the thick of the Wild Card hunt despite a rash of injuries to their starting rotation. They’ve won the first two games of this big series against the Red Sox, scoring 14 runs in the process.
They will look to take advantage of another underwhelming starter in Andrew Cashner ($5,400), who the Red Sox recently acquired from the Orioles. Boston might be having some buyer’s remorse, though, considering he has allowed 13 runs (12 earned) across 17 2/3 innings in his first three starts with the team. He doesn’t miss many bats with his career 17.7% strikeout rate, so the Rays could once again be in line for a productive evening.
Players to ConsiderAustin Meadows ($4,900)
Travis d’Arnaud ($4,900)
Eric Sogard ($4,600)
Nate Lowe ($4,300)
Kevin Kiermaier ($4,200)
3. ATLANTA BRAVES
If there was any team that needed to address its bullpen on the trade market, it was the Braves. They did just that, bringing in Shane Greene, Chris Martin and Mark Melancon. One area they didn’t need to address was their lineup since they are in the top 10 in baseball in runs scored, home runs, OPS and stolen bases. They’ve had a couple of huge offensive explosions of late, scoring at least 11 runs in two of their past five contests.
Trying to slow them down will be Anthony DeSclafani ($7,300), who isn’t exactly thriving with a 4.41 FIP and a 1.29 WHIP. He particularly has had trouble keeping hitters inside the ballpark, allowing 1.7 HR/9. Another area of concern is his .385 wOBA allowed to left-handed hitters. The Braves have some dangerous hitters from that side of the plate, leaving them with the potential to hang a crooked number here.
Players to ConsiderRonald Acuña Jr. ($5,300)
Freddie Freeman ($5,100)
Ozzie Albies ($4,200)
Ender Inciarte ($3,700)
Brian McCann ($3,700)
4. BOSTON RED SOX
Despite all their pitching issues, the Red Sox still find themselves very much in the chase for a playoff spot. They’ve been able to remain afloat in large part because of their lineup. They lead the league in runs scored and are second in OPS behind only the Twins. Across their past nine games, all of which came against the Rays or Yankees, they’ve averaged a whopping 7.8 runs.
With the Rays’ starting rotation dealing with key injuries, Brendan McKay ($6,300) once again was recalled from the minors to start this contest. His most recent start didn’t go well with the White Sox scoring six runs (five earned) across 3 1/3 innings. While he is one of the more promising pitching prospects, the Red Sox still make for a very appealing stack with how hot they are right now. It also helps they have the third-highest wRC+ at home (115) in baseball.
Players to ConsiderMookie Betts ($5,500)
J.D. Martinez ($5,400)
Xander Bogaerts ($5,400)
Michael Chavis ($4,300)
Christian Vazquez ($4,000)
5. BALTIMORE ORIOLES
There really hasn’t been much to get excited about with the Orioles this season. They find themselves buried in the cellar of the AL East and are likely years away from fielding a competitive team. If there is any sort of silver lining, it’s that their atrocious record has them in the hunt for the top pick in next year’s draft.
One of the main reasons for the Orioles’ struggles is their lack of pitching talent. Their lineup isn’t exactly great, either, but they do have a 93 wRC+ at home compared to an 81 wRC+ on the road. The Blue Jays will be starting Trent Thornton ($6,800) in this matchup, who is set to be activated off the IL after dealing with an elbow injury. He wasn’t great before being sidelined, posting a 4.70 FIP and a 1.54 WHIP. With the limited slate of games, the Orioles are a stack that is at least worth considering.
Players to ConsiderTrey Mancini ($5,000)
Anthony Santander ($4,800)
Renato Nunez ($4,800)
Jonathan Villar ($4,600)
Chance Sisco ($4,100)
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