Normally on a night with only six games, stacks might not be that easy to come by. However, that’s not the case Thursday with some terrible pitchers set to take the mound. Let’s dive into the matchups to see which teams stand out as the best ones to target.
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Here are five hitting stacks to consider while compiling your DraftKings entry:
1. NEW YORK YANKEES
It’s not hard to make a case for stacking the Yankees regardless of who they are facing. Even with injuries to Giancarlo Stanton (knee) and Gary Sanchez (groin), they have one of the deepest lineups in all of baseball. They certainly have a ton of power with their 173 home runs ranking behind only the Twins and Dodgers.
Tasked with trying to slow them down will be Rick Porcello ($6,400), who has been awful lately, allowing 27 runs over 23 innings in his past five starts. The Yankees have had no problems against him, scoring 11 runs over five innings in two previous matchups. Despite some of their hefty price tags, this is still a great matchup to pursue.
Players to ConsiderAaron Judge ($5,600)
DJ LeMahieu ($5,400)
Aaron Hicks ($5,000)
Didi Gregorius ($4,900)
Luke Voit ($4,800)
2. LOS ANGELES ANGELS
After playing a series at Dodger Stadium, the Angels will be happy to return to American League play Thursday against the Orioles. That means Shohei Ohtani should be back in the lineup with the DH available to them once again. He’s helped make them a dangerous team that has the ninth-highest OPS (.778) in baseball.
Unless John Means is on the mound, stacking against the Orioles usually pays off. Their pitching staff is just dreadful. Tom Eshelman ($4,700) is their latest hurler to struggle by allowing 15 runs (11 earned) over 14 1/3 innings since being called up from the minors. He was scheduled to start this game, although he might now be used in a long relief role with Jimmy Yacabonis ($6,400) named the starter. Yacabonis hasn’t pitched well, either, with his 6.01 FIP and 1.69 WHIP, making this one of the top matchups to exploit.
Players to ConsiderMike Trout ($5,700)
Shohei Ohtani ($4,900)
Justin Upton ($4,000)
David Fletcher ($4,000)
Andrelton Simmons ($3,800)
3. CLEVELAND INDIANS
The Indians still aren’t an offensive juggernaut, but they’ve been much more potent since their dreadful start to the season. Case in point, they’ve averaged 5.5 runs over their past 15 games. Granted, they’ve faced some bad teams during that stretch, but they will be facing another one in the Royals for this matchup.
Opposing them will be Mike Montgomery ($5,500), making his second start since being traded to the Royals. He faced them in his previous outing, as well, giving up five runs and a home run over two innings. He threw 45 pitches after working out of the bullpen previously with the Cubs, so he likely won’t pitch deep into this game, either. The Indians have an excellent opportunity to be successful once again in their rematch.
Players to ConsiderOscar Mercado ($5,300)
Francisco Lindor ($4,900)
Jose Ramirez ($4,600)
Jordan Luplow ($4,200)
Roberto Perez ($3,500)
4. OAKLAND ATHLETICS
Despite how well the Astros have played, the A’s enter the night within reach of them in the AL West at seven games back in the loss column. They’ll look to make up some ground against the Rangers, who are headed in the opposite direction having lost nine of their past 10 games. Outside of Mike Minor and Lance Lynn, they don’t really have any other quality starting pitchers.
One of their struggling arms is Ariel Jurado ($5,200), who is set to take the mound for this contest. Over his past seven appearances, he’s pitched 33 1/3 innings and allowed 27 runs to go along with a 1.68 WHIP. Add in his career 13.5% strikeout rate and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the A’s thrive in this contest.
Players to ConsiderRamon Laureano ($4,900)
Matt Chapman ($4,800)
Matt Olson ($4,700)
Mark Canha ($4,500)
Marcus Semien ($4,300)
5. KANSAS CITY ROYALS
Normally, the Royals are not a team you want to stack. They are in the bottom third of baseball in most major offensive categories, including runs scored, home runs and OPS. They are also without two of their better hitters in Salvador Perez (who is out for the season) and Adalberto Mondesi (shoulder), further compromising their lineup.
Don’t expect to see them included in a ton of entries with Adam Plutko on the mound for the Indians. When he faced them Saturday, he allowed only one run over seven innings. However, he’s not having a good season with a 6.19 FIP, and he also has allowed 2.6 HR/9. If you’re looking for a contrarian stack in tournament play, the Royals are an option.
Players to ConsiderWhit Merrifield ($5,100)
Hunter Dozier ($4,700)
Jorge Soler ($4,500)
Alex Gordon ($4,400)
Bubba Starling ($3,300)
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