Thursday night is loaded with important series, including the Indians facing the Yankees and the A’s hosting the Astros. There aren’t many aces scheduled to take the mound, leaving us with several viable offenses to stack.
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Here are five hitting stacks to consider while compiling your DraftKings entry:
1. CINCINNATI REDS
On the surface, the Reds might not seem like a great team to stack. They are in the bottom-third of the league in runs scored and dealt away a couple of key hitters at the deadline in Yasiel Puig and Scooter Gennett. However, with the help of rookie sensation Aristides Aquino, they have averaged 5.8 runs across their past 10 games.
They’ll look to continue their recent run of success against Michael Wacha ($5,400), who has been awful with his 5.54 ERA and 6.10 FIP. Not one to normally give up a lot of home runs, he’s been plagued by the long ball this season, allowing 2.1 HR/9. Another stat of note is that right-handed hitters actually have thrived against him with a .403 wOBA.
Players to ConsiderAristides Aquino ($4,900)
Eugenio Suarez ($4,600)
Jesse Winker ($4,100)
Joey Votto ($4,000)
Jose Iglesias ($4,000)
2. CHICAGO CUBS
Two teams fighting to make the playoffs will face off here with the Cubs hosting the Phillies. The Cubs have been one of the more potent offenses this season, posting the eighth-highest OPS (.783) in baseball. They also have strengthened their lineup by adding Nicholas Castellanos at the trade deadline and recalling Ian Happ ($4,300) from the minors.
The Phillies have been trying to cobble together the back end of their rotation and will send one of their struggling pitchers to the mound in Drew Smyly ($6,600). He pitched well in his first two starts with the team, but he’s allowed 11 runs (nine earned) over 10 2/3 innings since. Overall, he has a 6.85 FIP and has given up 2.8 HR/9, leaving the Cubs with tremendous upside.
Players to ConsiderJavier Baez ($5,100)
Kris Bryant ($5,000)
Anthony Rizzo ($4,700)
Nicholas Castellanos ($4,700)
Jonathan Lucroy ($3,700)
3. MINNESOTA TWINS
More often than not, the Twins are going to be a popular team to stack. Not only are they ranked inside the top-three in baseball in runs scored and OPS, but they also have hit the most home runs. Even with Nelson Cruz (wrist) on the IL, they still have several imposing hitters within their lineup.
Tasked with trying to slow them down will be Pedro Payano ($6,300), who will be making just his sixth appearance with the Rangers. His 3.86 ERA might look nice, but his 1.71 WHIP paints another picture. He also had a 1.52 WHIP at Triple-A, so his inability to keep runners off base is nothing new. Add in this contest being played at hitter-friendly Globe Life Park, and the Twins could be in line for a productive night.
Players to ConsiderMax Kepler ($5,200)
Eddie Rosario ($5,000)
Miguel Sano ($4,800)
Jorge Polanco ($4,600)
Luis Arraez ($4,300)
4. ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS
While the Dodgers have run away with the NL West, the Diamondbacks actually have a shot at earning a Wild Card spot. Their lineup has been one of their strengths, leaving them with the eighth-most runs scored. They are also the healthiest that they have been in a while with Jake Lamb ($3,800) and David Peralta ($4,000) back in the fold.
One of the teams that they are battling for a playoff spot is the Giants, who they will be facing in this contest. Dereck Rodriguez ($4,800) is being recalled from Triple-A to start, setting the Diamondbacks up for a potentially productive evening. He pitched poorly before being sent down, recording a 5.32 ERA that was supported by a 5.40 FIP. He also has had trouble keeping hitters inside the ballpark, allowing 1.5 HR/9.
Players to Consider
Eduardo Escobar ($4,800)
Christian Walker ($4,200)
Carson Kelly ($4,300)
Nick Ahmed ($4,200)
5. NEW YORK YANKEES
The Yankees might be to hitters what the Astros are to pitchers. No matter who they seem to throw out there, they have produced. Despite injuries demolishing their depth chart, they still lead all of baseball in runs scored. They recently have feasted on the inferior pitching staffs of the Orioles and Blue Jays, but they have proven that they can give problems to even some of the best pitchers in the league.
Facing them at Yankee Stadium is no easy task, which is what Adam Plutko ($5,900) will be forced to do Thursday. The Indians have needed him to help fill in for injuries, but he hasn’t exactly pitched well with his 5.96 FIP. He also has given up seven home runs over his past 29 innings. That’s an especially troubling stat considering all of the power hitters that are up and down the Yankees’ lineup.
Players to ConsiderGleyber Torres ($5,200)
DJ LeMahieu ($5,100)
Mike Tauchman ($4,900)
Brett Gardner ($4,700)
Didi Gregorius ($4,400)
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