Los Angeles Angels

Monday offers a light seven-game MLB slate, but with some action at Coors Field, we have some clear stacking spots. I’ll try and focus on some other spots that standout for stacks, then wrap up with a quick look at Coors.

It’s important to note that you should always keep an eye on the news and lineup notes from @DKLive in order to best prepare for each slate. In addition, feel free to get at me on Twitter with any questions — @julianedlow.

EDITOR’S NOTE: SP Jordan Lyles has reportedly been traded to the Brewers. He was slated to start tonight for the Pirates vs. the Reds.


1. LOS ANGELES ANGELS

After a two-game sweep of the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium, the Angels somehow dropped three of four at home to the Orioles. That said, pitching was more of an issue, as the offense managed 23 runs in the series. Things arguably get easier with Jordan Zimmermann ($4,200) and the Tigers coming to Los Angeles, which has the Angels projected for 6.5 runs.

In 13 starts, Zimmermann is 0-8 with a 7.57 ERA, including a 12.75 ERA in three starts since the All-Star break. Detroit’s bullpen ranks just 26th in baseball with a 5.03 ERA, and has been on the decline recently. With the Angels averaging 5.35 runs per game at home (seventh in the majors), it’s tough to imagine the Tigers being able to hold this offense below its average.

Players to Consider

Mike Trout ($5,700)
Shohei Ohtani ($5,200)
Kole Calhoun ($4,600)
Albert Pujols ($4,400)
David Fletcher ($4,100)
Justin Upton ($4,000)


2. CINCINNATI REDS

The Reds are projected for 5.6 runs at home facing Jordan Lyles ($6,200) and a Pirates squad that’s come completely undone. Pittsburgh’s now lost eight games in a row, allowing an average of 6.7 runs per game over the past two series. Lyles has been a huge part of the problem, with the team dropping his last eight starts, a streak that dates back to May 28.

During the month of July, opposing teams are averaging 10.25 runs per game in Lyles’ starts. He’s gone just 12 total innings in those 12 starts, giving up 23 runs by himself — an ERA of 15.00. With the 24th-ranked bullpen behind Lyles, the Pirates have zero pitching upside in this game. So while the Reds aren’t exactly lethal on offense, they should be good enough to put up some runs in this spot.

Players to Consider

Eugenio Suarez ($5,100)
Nick Senzel ($4,500)
Yasiel Puig ($4,400)
Joey Votto ($4,000)
Josh VanMeter ($3,700)
Scooter Gennett ($3,400)


3. KANSAS CITY ROYALS

Kauffman Stadium isn’t necessarily a hitter’s park, but the Royals dropped nine runs on Trevor Bauer and the Indians on Sunday — a highlight you’ve probably seen by now. They’ll face the perfect pitcher in terms of road struggles in Thomas Pannone ($5,500) of the Blue Jays. Pannone has a 9.77 ERA away from home in 10 outings this season, including all three of his starts.

Toronto’s found itself in plenty of high-scoring games lately, defeating Tampa Bay 10-9 on Saturday, before surrendering a huge lead on Sunday and losing by the exact same score. Toronto’s bullpen has been shelled the last two days, and has to be running thin after a couple of high-scoring games. Pannone hasn’t lasted more than 4 1/3 innings in a pair of starts in July, so the Blue Jays could really struggle getting fresh arms on the mound. Like Cincy, this is another offense that doesn’t rank highly, but is in a very strong spot on this slate, evident by a 5.3 run projection.

Players to Consider

Whit Merrifield ($4,900)
Hunter Dozier ($4,500)
Alex Gordon ($4,400)
Jorge Soler ($4,300)
Cheslor Cuthbert ($3,800)
Bubba Starling ($3,500)


4. WASHINGTON NATIONALS

The Nationals don’t come with as much of a “layup” in the pitching department — they’ll face Dallas Keuchel ($8,800) — but they’re an attractive stack with a 5.3 run projection and all of their bats under $5,000. Keuchel’s been solid with Atlanta this season, but has been worse on the road (4.24 ERA), and had one of his worst starts of the season at Nationals Park — giving up four runs in five innings, although it was his season debut.

The Braves just got out of a high-scoring series in Philly, giving up 16 runs in their last two games. Meanwhile, the Nationals broke out of a slump at home on Sunday, scoring 11 runs in a win over the Dodgers. Atlanta’s bullpen ranks seventh in baseball, so it’s not a great pitching matchup on the whole here. But on a shorter slate, the Nats are worth consideration.

Players to Consider

Trea Turner ($4,900)
Anthony Rendon ($4,900)
Juan Soto ($4,300)
Adam Eaton ($4,000)
Howie Kendrick ($4,000)
Brian Dozier ($3,400)


5. COORS FIELD

This is the obvious spot, with over 12 total runs projected, and the Dodgers favored by about 0.5 runs. While Jon Gray ($6,600) has been slightly better at home (3.90 ERA) vs. on the road (4.12 ERA), I do prefer the Dodgers here. Despite Kenta Maeda’s ($6,800) road struggles, they actually haven’t applied to Coors — he has a 2.89 ERA in two starts this season, and a 3.12 ERA in 10 career appearances. Los Angeles also has a large bullpen advantage here, leaving its bats in the better spot.

Players to Consider

Dodgers
Cody Bellinger ($5,800)
Max Muncy ($5,600)
Joc Pederson ($5,300)
Justin Turner ($5,200)
Corey Seager ($4,700)
Alex Verdugo ($4,500)

Rockies
Charlie Blackmon ($5,500)
Trevor Story ($5,300)
Nolan Arenado ($5,000)
David Dahl ($4,800)
Daniel Murphy ($4,700)
Raimel Tapia ($4,300)

EDITOR’S NOTE: SP Jordan Lyles has reportedly been traded to the Brewers. He was slated to start tonight for the Pirates vs. the Reds.


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