Monday brings us a nine-game main slate and a pretty cheap collection of starting pitchers. With only two arms above $10,000, there are some very attractive teams to stack. Be careful of weather on the East Coast, where some of these top offenses are playing.
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EDITOR’S NOTE: Tonight’s game between the Yankees and Mets has been postponed due to rain.
1. NEW YORK YANKEES
The Yankees are projected for more than 5.5 runs, playing host to Jason Vargas ($7,600) and the Mets. Vargas has turned his season around, allowing just five total runs in his past four starts combined, but this is still a matchup the Yanks have performed in.
Vargas has lost each of his past two starts against the Yankees, with an 8.10 ERA in those outings. Vargas is coming off an extremely rare complete-game shutout, but it was against the lowly Giants. Outside of his past two starts, Vargas hadn’t made it out of the sixth inning. That means we could see plenty of the Mets’ 24th-ranked bullpen.
Players to ConsiderGary Sanchez ($5,100)
DJ LeMahieu ($4,500)
Luke Voit ($4,400)
Gleyber Torres ($4,300)
Aaron Hicks ($4,100)
Didi Gregorius ($3,900)
2. WASHINGTON NATIONALS
The Nationals will face Odrisamer Despaigne in Chicago, who isn’t even eligible on this slate. Despaigne has yet to pitch in the majors this season, but had a 6.69 ERA pitching for multiple teams in 2018 — primarily out of the bullpen, and pitching just 39 total innings.
It’s tough to imagine Despaigne making it too deep in this game, but the upside for the White Sox is they have the eighth-best bullpen in baseball. That still isn’t enough to keep the Nationals from entering this game with a six-run projection. The Nationals hosted the White Sox for a two-game series last week, racking up 15 total runs in the series. They’re in an even stronger spot entering this slate.
Players to ConsiderAnthony Rendon ($5,600)
Howie Kendrick ($5,200)
Juan Soto ($5,100)
Trea Turner ($5,000)
Matt Adams ($4,200)
Adam Eaton ($3,900)
3. COLORADO ROCKIES
The Rockies also are projected for six runs but have the luxury of hosting Yu Darvish ($6,200) and the Cubs at Coors Field. Colorado’s averaging 6.3 runs per game at home this season and has had success against Darvish at Coors.
The Cubs have a top-10 bullpen but struggled against this lineup last week in Chicago, particularly during an 9-8 win. The Cubs make for a solid stack as well, but with so many offenses in strong spots on this slate, didn’t quite make the cut.
Players to ConsiderTrevor Story ($5,900)
Charlie Blackmon ($5,800)
Nolan Arenado ($5,500)
David Dahl ($5,300)
Daniel Murphy ($5,000)
Ryan McMahon ($4,200)
4. LOS ANGELES DODGERS
The Dodgers will play in Los Angeles, but in a road game against Griffin Canning ($8,400) and the Angels. The Dodgers rank fifth in runs per game, scoring 5.29 per game, and Angel Stadium’s been a great park for hitters this season.
While Canning’s been a solid pitcher — 2-2 in seven starts with a 3.52 ERA — he’s faced only one lineup that ranks in the top 13 offenses in runs per game in his young career. Behind Canning, the Angels have just the 20th-ranked bullpen, with a 4.59 ERA. The Dodgers are projected for more than five runs and have the LHBs at the top of that order to get to Canning early.
Players to ConsiderCody Bellinger ($5,100)
Joc Pederson ($4,400) P
Corey Seager ($4,200)
Max Muncy ($4,100)
Justin Turner ($3,900)
David Freese ($3,800)
5. TAMPA BAY RAYS
The Rays are coming off a dominant series victory at Fenway over the weekend, scoring 21 total runs and five or more in three of the games. They’re projected for more than five runs when they host the A’s on this slate, going against a pitcher with almost zero experience.
Tanner Anderson ($4,000) has pitched in six games in his MLB career, giving up 10 runs in 11 1/3 innings out of the bullpen for the Pirates last season. Anderson’s never lasted more than 3 2/3 innings in any game, nor has he every pitched in a game that’s seen fewer than 11 runs (the totals in his six MLB outings averaged 15 runs per game). Anderson has just a 6.26 ERA in Triple-A this season and will have Oakland’s 17th-ranked bullpen playing behind him. It’s tough to imagine Tampa struggling offensively in this one.
Players to ConsiderAustin Meadows ($5,400)
Avisail Garcia ($4,600)
Brandon Lowe ($4,400)
Tommy Pham ($4,300)
Ji-Man Choi ($4,000)
Yandy Diaz ($3,800)
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