Friday night brings us a 14-game main slate in the MLB, and the big-name offenses are in strong spots. Here are my favorite stack to kickoff the weekend.
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1. NEW YORK YANKEES
We saw 22 runs at Fenway Park on Thursday evening, but only three of them belonged to the Yankees. New York left plenty of runs on the table, though, and should be able to get some of them back against Andrew Cashner ($6,400). The Yanks still lead the MLB with a 5.8-run average and are projected for exactly that on this slate.
Cashner is in a pretty poor spot no matter what angle you take on this game. He’s been a disaster in his first two starts with the Red Sox, giving up 10 runs in 11 innings overall — a 10-4 loss to the Blue Jays and a 5-0 loss to his former team in Baltimore. Cashner also has gotten smoked in three starts against the Yankees this season, giving up 11 runs in 16 innings. Boston’s shaky bullpen offers even more upside to stacking the Yankees in a bounce-back spot.
Players to ConsiderAaron Judge ($5,500)
Edwin Encarnacion ($5,500)
DJ LeMahieu ($5,400)
Aaron Hicks ($5,100)
Didi Gregorius ($5,100)
Gleyber Torres ($4,900)
2. BOSTON RED SOX
The scoring should continue at Fenway, with the Red Sox fresh off a 19-run outburst. James Paxton ($8,800) should present a tougher matchup than Thursday, but Boston still is projected for 5.3 runs. The Red Sox are averaging a fraction of a run less than New York per game, good for the second-highest in baseball.
Paxton’s been great against the Red Sox in his career and pitched eight scoreless innings, allowing just two hits, against them earlier in the season. Boston was off to a poor start in April, though, and Paxton’s had some slip-ups recently — six or more runs in three of his past eight starts. The way this offense is raking, we should be in position for another high-scoring game.
Players to ConsiderRafael Devers ($5,500)
Mookie Betts ($5,100)
Xander Bogaerts ($5,000)
J.D. Martinez ($4,500)
Michael Chavis ($4,100)
Sam Travis ($3,000)
3. LOS ANGELES DODGERS
The Dodgers are projected for 5.4 runs in Washington, where they have the LHBs to hit Anibal Sanchez ($6,600) hard. Sanchez hasn’t been great out of the All-Star break, with a 4.91 ERA in a pair of road starts. He gave up three runs in 4 1/3 innings to the Dodgers earlier in the season, a game the Nationals wound up losing 5-0.
The Dodgers have been spectacular offensively and even slightly better on the road with 5.46 runs per game. Even more attractive than stacking against Sanchez is the idea of going against Washington’s bullpen, which continues to battle with the Orioles and Mets for the worst in baseball. Just look at Thursday’s outing against the Rockies, as the Nationals blew Max Scherzer’s start by allowing five runs against relief pitching.
Players to ConsiderCody Bellinger ($5,600)
Max Muncy ($5,100)
Joc Pederson ($4,700)
Justin Turner ($4,400)
Corey Seager ($4,100)
Alex Verdugo ($4,000)
4. TAMPA BAY RAYS
Jacob Waguespack ($6,800) only has 19 innings of major league experience under his belt, but his four outings (two starts) haven’t gone well. He has a 5.68 ERA, including three runs in four innings against Tampa Bay. Waguespack hasn’t proven he can pitch deep into a game and should put a lot of pressure on Toronto’s bullpen.
The Rays haven’t shown much pop in the bats lately, but that gives us some affordable salaries on them in a good spot. Tampa’s projected for 5.1 run, and has the LHBs to stack high in the order here, which could force the Jays to make some early pitching changes. The Rays have scored 20 runs in three games in Toronto this season.
Players to ConsiderAustin Meadows ($4,500)
Tommy Pham ($4,100)
Nate Lowe ($4,000)
Ji-Man Choi ($3,500)
Matt Duffy ($3,400)
Joey Wendle ($2,700)
5. MINNESOTA TWINS
There are plenty of places to go with this final stack — the Angels, Mariners and Indians are all in strong spots. But I’m putting my trust in the Twins after an impressive 10-run outburst, including four home runs off Lucas Giolito. Minnesota’s offense has been tremendous on the road all season long and is projected for 5.6 runs against Dylan Cease ($7,800) and the White Sox.
Thursday’s victory was the fifth game in a row the Twins have scored seven or more runs, and Cease isn’t the type of pitcher to put an end to that streak. The rookie has given up 13 runs in 16 innings in the majors and had a 4.48 ERA in the minors this season. Look for the Twins to keep smashing here.
Players to ConsiderNelson Cruz ($4,900)
Eddie Rosario ($4,800)
Miguel Sano ($4,800)
Max Kepler ($4,600)
Jorge Polanco ($4,500)
Luis Arraez ($4,000)
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