Monday is one of the stranger main slates of the MLB season, as we have just three games beginning at 9:40 p.m. ET. With a brief late slate, I’ll just run through my top three stacking options, as we have pretty limited options.
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1. HOUSTON ASTROS
The Astros are pretty clear cut as the top stack to target on this slate. Playing in Seattle isn’t ideal, but facing Wade LeBlanc ($5,000) is. LeBlanc has a 6.99 ERA in six starts this season and surprisingly has been worse at home — 8.31 ERA in four starts. LeBlanc was solid when he hosted the ‘Stros earlier in the season, but after giving up two runs in 4 2/3 innings, Houston wound up with a 10-6 victory.
The Astros are averaging over five runs per game on the road this season and are projected to top five runs Monday. LeBlanc’s been terrible against Houston in his career, with these bats going 36-for-114 (.316) against him with 15 extra-base hits. As we saw the first time around, Seattle’s 27th-ranked bullpen leaves the Astros in prime position after they knock LeBlanc out of the game. This lineup is banged up, but it still has been productive and has some great value bats.
Players to ConsiderAlex Bregman ($4,900)
Michael Brantley ($4,600)
Josh Reddick ($3,900)
Robinson Chirinos ($3,800)
Myles Straw ($3,500)
Yuli Gurriel ($3,500)
Editor’s Note: Brantley is not in the lineup for tonight’s game
2. SEATTLE MARINERS
The Astros will have Corbin Martin ($7,100) on the mound, leaving the Mariners in a solid spot at home. While I much prefer Houston’s bats, they should also wind up being extremely chalky on such a small slate. Seattle’s projected for 4.6 runs, which is just about what it averages at home.
Martin has a 5.51 ERA, and it’ll be important for the Mariners to get to him early, as Houston has the best bullpen in baseball. Martin’s pitched just 16 1/3 innings in his career (all this season), giving up 12 total runs. Martin did last into the sixth inning of his first start but hasn’t gone more than four innings since. Early success will be crucial to this stack, unlike the Astros, who should be in favorable matchups the entire game.
Players to ConsiderEdwin Encarnacion ($4,400)
Mitch Haniger ($4,300)
Dan Vogelbach ($4,300)
Mallex Smith ($4,100)
Omar Narvaez ($4,000)
Kyle Seager ($3,400)
3. LOS ANGELES DODGERS
The Dodgers will face Robbie Ray ($9,200) in Arizona and probably wouldn’t be a focal point on even an average-sized slate. But with a 4.7-run projection on this slate, they’re in consideration. The Dodgers rank fourth in runs per game and have managed more than five runs per game on the road this season.
Ray’s been solid, with a 3.59 ERA and nearly identical splits at home versus on the road. One of Ray’s worst starts of the season did come against the Dodgers, letting up three runs in five innings — a game the D-Backs did go on to win 5-4. Arizona has a pretty average bullpen, making this is a tough spot to have a ton of faith in. I’d look to target some RHBs here and hope the expected Astros chalk is a bust.
Players to ConsiderCody Bellinger ($5,800)
Justin Turner ($4,300) P
David Freese ($4,000)
Kiké Hernandez ($3,900)
Chris Taylor ($3,400)
Will Smith ($2,700)
Editor’s Note: Bellinger is not in the lineup for tonight’s game
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