Tuesday offers a 15-game MLB main slate, so every team will be in action on this one. With so many options on the board, here are the stacks that stand out above the rest.
It goes without saying that Coors Field has been running hot lately, and we all expect the Rockies and Giants to be pretty popular stacks, especially with the price tags pretty reasonable. So I’ll stay away from Coors in top stacks today.
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1. WASHINGTON NATIONALS
The Nationals will visit Camden Yards, where they’re projected for 6.7 runs in a great park for hitters, with the addition of a DH in the AL park. It’s a smash spot for the Nats, who’ll face Asher Wojciechowski ($5,300) — who’s pitched just 10 1/3 innings in three games this season (6.10 ERA). Woj Bomb hadn’t pitched since 2017 prior to this season, and shouldn’t last very deep into this one.
The opposition averages 9.3 runs per game in Woj’s appearances this season, which is also helped by Baltimore’s helpless bullpen. The O’s now rank dead-last in baseball, as the only bullpen with an ERA above 6.00. While Washington didn’t come out of the break scorching in its series against Philly, the offense has taken a clear step forward since getting healthy. Look for those bats to tee off against a bunch of bad pitchers in Baltimore.
Players to ConsiderAnthony Rendon ($5,400)
Juan Soto ($5,300)
Trea Turner ($5,100)
Howie Kendrick ($4,800)
Adam Eaton ($4,000)
Ryan Zimmerman ($3,700)
2. CLEVELAND INDIANS
The Indians have broken out of their offensive slump over the past month and put up eight runs against the Tigers as Monday’s top stack. Things get even better on this slate, facing Ryan Carpenter ($4,700) and the rundown Tigers bullpen. Carpenter is pretty much as bad as is gets for an MLB starting pitcher, giving up 39 runs in 37 2/3 innings over eight starts.
The opposition averages 8.9 runs per game in Carpenter’s starts this season, including 13 runs to the Indians back on June 14 — Carpenter gave up eight runs in just three innings. Between Carpenter and Detroit’s 26th-ranked bullpen, there’s not much more to sell here. The Indians are in a position to put on a show offensively.
Players to ConsiderFrancisco Lindor ($5,000)
Carlosa Santana ($5,000)
Jose Ramirez ($4,300)
Oscar Mercado ($4,100)
Jordan Luplow ($4,000)
Bobby Bradley ($3,600)
3. BOSTON RED SOX
The Red Sox dropped 10 runs on the Blue Jays in the series opener, and are in another strong spot here — projected for 6.5 runs against Jacob Waguespack ($6,800). Wagu has only pitched nine innings in the majors, all out of the bullpen. He’s given up six runs in those outings including three in five innings against the Red Sox (in Toronto).
After getting five runs off Trent Thornton on Monday, the Sox drove in another five against Toronto’s bullpen. Thornton lasted just four outs, so this bullpen had a lot of work to do on Monday, leaving it thin for this matchup. Waguespack isn’t someone I’d exactly trust to pitch deep into this game, so look for Boston to have more matchup advantages against bad pitching for the entirety of this one.
Players to ConsiderRafael Devers ($5,500)
Xander Bogaerts ($5,500)
Mookie Betts ($5,500)
J.D. Martinez ($4,800)
Andrew Benintendi ($4,300)
Michael Chavis ($4,200)
4. LOS ANGELES DODGERS
Like most of these options, the Dodgers are another stack that pulled through for us on Monday, dropping 16 runs in Philly. They’ll face another middle-of-the-pack RHP on this slate in Vince Velasquez ($5,900), which leaves the hot LHBs in another great spot. Velasquez has been split between starting and coming out of the bullpen this season, but has started all four of his outings over the past month, and has a 5.94 ERA.
Velasquez did face the Dodgers earlier in the year, giving up two runs in 1 2/3 innings out of the bullpen on two different occasions. Just look at the damage done on Monday — double-digit DKFP for eight different hitters. The bats are in a position to keep some of that momentum rolling given the similar matchup, and a poor bullpen.
Players to ConsiderCody Bellinger ($5,600)
Max Muncy ($5,000)
Joc Pederson ($4,500)
Corey Seager ($4,300)
Justin Turner ($4,300)
Alex Verdugo ($4,300)
5. MINNESOTA TWINS
Despite cooling down, it’s still the Twins that lead baseball with 5.68 runs per game, and that’s exactly what they’re projected for on this slate. Minnesota could get overlooked but has a great matchup against Steven Matz ($6,000) and the dumpster fire Mets bullpen. Matz has been brutal on the road this season, with a 7.07 ERA in nine starts, compared to a 2.54 ERA at home. He’s also yet to pitch in an AL park this season, which could bring more issues.
Matz was a mess leading into the All-Star break, with a 10.22 ERA in his last five outings, pitching just 12 1/3 innings in those games. And we all know what’s behind Matz no matter how long he lasts in this one — the 28th-ranked bullpen in baseball, and it’s somehow on the decline. This is a great spot for the Twins to fly under the radar, particularly with very affordable salaries.
Players to ConsiderNelson Cruz ($4,600)
Max Kepler ($4,500)
Miguel Sano ($4,400)
Jorge Polanco ($4,200)
Jonathon Schoop ($3,700)
Marwin Gonzalez ($3,500)
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