After one game Thursday, we’re officially back from the MLB All-Star break with a monster 13-gamer Friday night. Here are my top stacks to consider.
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1. NEW YORK YANKEES
The Yankees are projected for a slate-high 7.1 runs, hosting Aaron Sanchez ($4,900) and the Blue Jays. Sanchez’s 6.16 ERA suggests he’s having a bad season, but he’s having an even worse month — 13.05 ERA over his past five starts. Sanchez’s most recent start against the lowly Orioles was the first time in eight starts the opposition didn’t score five or more runs — averaging 8.5 runs per game during that eight-start span.
One of those outings came at Yankee Stadium, where Sanchez lasted 5 1/3 innings (his longest outing since June 8) but surrendered seven runs in a 10-8 loss. New York’s offense has been on fire since getting the majority of its bats back and healthy, averaging 5.72 runs per game (tied with Minnesota atop the majors). Look for more of the same offensive dominance against Sanchez and Toronto’s average bullpen.
Players to ConsiderDJ LeMahieu ($5,300)
Aaron Judge ($4,800)
Gary Sanchez ($4,800)
Gleyber Torres ($4,800)
Edwin Encarnacion ($4,700)
Aaron Hicks ($4,400)
Didi Gregorius ($4,300)
2. MILWAUKEE BREWERS
The Brewers will face Shaun Anderson ($4,800) and the Giants in Milwaukee, where they’re projected for 5.6 runs. Anderson’s been worse away from pitcher-friendly AT&T Park, posting a 4.40 ERA in road starts this season. Anderson’s coming off a poor start entering the break, allowing four runs in four innings in San Diego.
This start in Milwaukee represents the second-toughest task of Anderson’s young career. The toughest was a start at Dodger Stadium in June, which the Giants lost 9-0. San Francisco’s top-10 bullpen isn’t ideal, but the Brewers are averaging 4.82 runs per game at home and have the lefty bats to take advantage of this matchup.
Players to ConsiderChristian Yelich ($5,200)
Yasmani Grandal ($4,900)
Eric Thames ($4,800)
Mike Moustakas ($4,700)
Lorenzo Cain ($4,200)
Ryan Braun ($4,200) Q
3. LOS ANGELES ANGELS
The Angels were hot offensively entering the break and average 5.05 runs per game at home. They’re projected for 5.7 when they host Mike Leake ($7,900) and the Mariners. Leake’s been poor on the road this season, with a 5.08 ERA, although he’s been solid in two starts against the Angels (4.15 ERA).
However, Seattle’s bullpen hasn’t helped Leake out, with the Angels scoring 11 total runs in those outings. The Mariners’ bullpen ranks just 27th in baseball, which leaves the Los Angeles bats in a strong spot for the entire game. But outside of Mike Trout ($5,300), who’s an obvious piece of your stack, these bats are extremely affordable, leaving you with plenty of flexibility.
Players to ConsiderMike Trout ($5,300)
Shohei Ohtani ($4,800)
Kole Calhoun ($4,100)
Justin Upton ($3,800) Q
Andrelton Simmons ($3,600)
Albert Pujols ($3,600)
4. BOSTON RED SOX
The Red Sox rank third in baseball in runs per game at 5.66, and the offense really hit its stride entering the break. Boston’s scored 33 runs in its past four games combined and is averaging well over seven runs per game over the past 21 games. The matchup gets tougher here in a World Series rematch against the Dodgers, but Kenta Maeda ($8,900) hasn’t been anything special away from Dodger Stadium.
Maeda has a 5.52 ERA in nine road starts this season and has pitched in only one AL park so far, giving up five runs in 4 1/3 innings to the Angels. The Dodgers have a top-10 bullpen, but with a 5.5-run projection, Boston should be in a good spot to rattle Maeda at Fenway.
Players to ConsiderRafael Devers ($5,200)
Xander Bogaerts ($5,100)
Mookie Betts ($4,600)
Andrew Benintendi ($4,500)
Christian Vazquez ($4,500)
J.D. Martinez ($4,400)
5. OAKLAND ATHLETICS
First of all, I’d like to pat myself on the back for fading Coors Field in this article. I actually think under 12 runs is a great play in that game, so I’ve got to be consistent and stay away from stacking it. The A’s have a 5.5-run projection, and while Oakland generally scores less at home, it’s a great matchup against Ivan Nova ($5,400) and the White Sox.
Nova has a 5.58 ERA this season and has a below-average bullpen behind him. Chicago’s bullpen once ranked inside the top 10 in baseball but has crumbled over the past month. The A’s have been on fire offensively as they chase an AL Wild Card spot. Oakland’s scored five or more runs in five of its past seven games and should be able to capitalize on this matchup.
Players to ConsiderMatt Olson ($5,100)
Matt Chapman ($4,800)
Marcus Semien ($4,500)
Ramon Laureano ($4,500)
Mark Canha ($4,300)
Khris Davis ($3,700)
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