We’ve got a full 15-game MLB slate on Tuesday, so if the weather cooperates, every team is an option to stack. Here are the stacks that standout to me the most.
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1. LOS ANGELES DODGERSThe battle for L.A. will shift to Dodger Stadium this time around, as Felix Pena ($6,700) will face the Dodgers for the second time this season. This will be Pena’s 20th appearance of the season, but just his sixth start — he pitched 3 2/3 out of the bullpen against LAD, allowing a pair of home runs. Pena really struggled in June, with a 7.97 ERA, but then cleaned his stuff up towards the beginning of July. It appears he may be in line for some regression again, after giving up eight earned runs in his last start versus Houston.
The Dodgers are averaging 5.46 runs per game at home this season, which is right in line with their 5.5 run projection for this game. Returning home over the weekend for a series against the Marlins, the Dodgers racked up 19 total runs in the final two games of the series, before earning an off day on Monday. LAD will have a good chance to tee off on a slumping RHP at home, and Pena likely isn’t equipped to pitch deep into this game. That leaves a below-average LAA bullpen to be heavily relied on.
Players to ConsiderCody Bellinger ($5,600)
Max Muncy ($4,900)
Joc Pederson ($4,500)
Justin Turner ($4,400)
Alex Verdugo ($4,200)
Corey Seager ($4,000)
2. CLEVELAND INDIANSAnother seven runs for the Indians on Monday night now means that Cleveland’s scored five-plus runs in seven of their last eight. This team’s red-hot, and has another great matchup against Aaron Sanchez ($5,000) and the Blue Jays. Sanchez has been as bad as it gets since the start of June, giving up 47 runs in 42 innings overdone starts.
The Blue Jays haven’t gotten any favors from the bullpen either, losing all nine of those starts, with the opposition averaging 7.44 runs over that span. Cleveland’s projected for 5.5 runs in this one, and has one of the safest floors, combined with highest ceilings on this slate.
Players to ConsiderOscar Mercado ($5,000)
Francisco Lindor ($4,900)
Carlos Santana ($4,600)
Jose Ramirez ($4,500)
Jason Kipnis ($3,600)
Jake Bauers ($3,500)
3. SEATTLE MARINERSSeattle’s offense has been coming through in the right matchups, including seven runs in the series opener against Texas. The Rangers will send to the mound Brett Martin ($6,700), who has made 30 appearances out of the bullpen without starting this season. Martin has a brutal 7.04 ERA on the road, although he’s had some success in Seattle.
The Mariners should see plenty of the Rangers bullpen in this game, as Martin hasn’t gone more than three innings in a game this season. Texas’ bullpen ranks just 21st in the majors, and has been on a downfall recently. With a 5.1 run projection for the home team, the Rangers should have trouble getting enough arms on the mound to completely limit Seattle.
Players to ConsiderMallex Smith ($4,600)
Domingo Santana ($4,500)
J.P. Crawford ($3,900)
Tim Beckham ($3,900)
Tom Murphy ($3,800)
Kyle Seager ($3,300)
4. ATLANTA BRAVESThe Braves are projected for 5.8 runs when they host the Royals, who will start Danny Duffy ($6,100). The Braves have been tremendous at home this season, averaging 5.67 runs on the year. Duffy has a 4.85 ERA on the road this season, and Kansas City’s bullpen ranks just 20th.
There’s really not much to this one — Atlanta crushes lefties, and is even better in its own ballpark. The RHBs at the top of the order are as hot as can be, particularly Ronald Acuna Jr. ($5,700), who may be the top individual play on this slate. Acuna’s averaging 14.5 DKFP over his last 10 games, including 20-plus in three straight.
Players to ConsiderRonald Acuna Jr. ($5,700)
Freddie Freeman ($5,100)
Josh Donaldson ($4,900)
Dansby Swanson ($4,400)
Ozzie Albies ($4,400)
Nick Markakis ($4,200)
5. WASHINGTON NATIONALSThe Nationals got rained out on Monday, and will not get their chance to face Peter Lambert ($4,600) in their home park. The rookie hasn’t been good so far, with a 6.06 ERA, and a poor performance against the Dodgers away from Coors Field. Equally as important, Colorado’s bullpen has taken a complete nose dive, going from top-10 overall, to 25th in MLB.
Meanwhile, Washington gaining its health has helped it climb to an above average offense. Lambert’s been notably worse against LHBs in the early going on his career, so you’ll want to make sure you have exposure to the very affordable ones that hit high in Washington’s order.
Players to ConsiderAnthony Rendon ($5,100)
Trae Turner ($4,700)
Juan Soto ($4,600)
Matt Adams ($4,100)
Adam Eaton ($3,900)
Brian Dozier ($3,700)
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