MLB-Stacks

With only five night games and some tough starting pitchers on the mound, viable stacks might not be all that easy to come by. There are a few that stand out as having significant potential, but you might need to take a risk if you want to differentiate yourself in tournament play.

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Here are five hitting stacks to consider while compiling your DraftKings entry:

1. NEW YORK YANKEES

The Yankees somehow still find themselves atop the AL East despite their rash of injuries. Their offense hasn’t suffered all that much since they enter the night in the top 10 in the league in runs scored, home runs and OPS. Without some of their big sluggers, they are even in the bottom half of the league in strikeouts.

It doesn’t get much juicier than their matchup against Edwin Jackson ($5,000). If the Blue Jays had other options, he probably wouldn’t even be on the big league roster. His first four starts have been a disaster with him allowing 26 runs (24 earned) and six home runs across 16 1/3 innings. He also has just 12 strikeouts. Expect the Yankees to be the chalk stack of the evening.

Players to Consider

Gary Sanchez ($5,500)
Luke Voit ($4,900)
DJ LeMahieu ($4,400)
Aaron Hicks ($4,100)
Gio Urshela ($3,900)


2. TEXAS RANGERS

If it wasn’t for a couple of key injuries, the Rangers might challenge the Yankees for the top stack of the night. However, with Joey Gallo (oblique) already on the IL, Shin-Soo Choo was forced to leave Wednesday’s game after being hit on the hand. Initial reports indicate he avoided a serious injury, but it seems unlikely he’ll be able to be in the lineup for this game in their hitter-friendly home ballpark.

While the Jackson matchup is extremely enticing for the Yankees, the Rangers are also in a spot to thrive against David Hess ($4,200). Andrew Cashner was slated to make this start, but he was pushed back due to leg soreness. Hess has been flat out awful with a 7.10 FIP and a 1.51 WHIP. He’s even allowed 19 home runs in 55 innings. Some of the Rangers’ hitters aren’t all that expensive, either, making this stack even more appealing.

Players to Consider

Hunter Pence ($5,600)
Elvis Andrus ($4,700)
Nomar Mazara ($4,700)
Ronald Guzman ($4,100)
Rougned Odor ($3,700)


3. BALTIMORE ORIOLES

After torching the Rangers for 12 runs in the first game of this series, the Orioles only put one run on the board across 12 innings Wednesday. While those are two pretty extreme swings, the big takeaway is even a bad Orioles lineup has the potential to score plenty of runs against the Rangers’ poor pitching staff. Playing at Globe Life Park certainly isn’t hurting their chances, either.

Opposing them in this game will be Ariel Jurado ($6,400), who has spent the majority of this season pitching out of the bullpen. He did start both of his past two appearances and pitched well, allowing four runs across 12 1/3 innings against the Angels and Royals. With that being said, he allowed a home run in both contests and only recorded nine total strikeouts. The Orioles are an underrated stack to target.

Players to Consider

Trey Mancini ($5,000)
Renato Nunez ($5,200)
Dwight Smith Jr. ($4,900)
Keon Broxton ($3,900)
Hanser Alberto ($3,800)


4. LOS ANGELES ANGELS

When you have the best hitter in baseball on your team, it makes things a lot easier. However, the Angels also have received plenty of contributions from some unexpected sources, which has propelled them to be ranked 11th in runs scored and 13th in OPS in all of baseball. That’s even with Justin Upton (toe) out the entire season.

You wouldn’t think stacking a team versus a pitcher who has thrown a no-hitter this year would be a great idea, but Mike Fiers ($6,900) isn’t pitching well. Despite making history about a month ago against the Reds, Fiers has a 5.36 FIP for the season. He also has allowed four home runs across his past three starts. Even though he did shut out the Angels across six innings earlier this season, they still could be a lineup to stack based on this limited slate.

Players to Consider

Mike Trout ($5,700)
Shohei Ohtani ($3,900)
Tommy La Stella ($4,000)
David Fletcher ($4,100)
Albert Pujols ($3,900)


5. OAKLAND ATHLETICS

Oakland has been middle-of-the-pack in terms of runs scored this season, but it has plenty of dangerous power hitters in its lineup who have helped them hit the eighth-most home runs in baseball. That’s especially impressive when you consider the A’s have struck out the fourth-fewest times. It helps their cause that they will be playing this game on the road, where they have recorded a 112 wRC+ this season. They only have a 94 wRC+ at home.

On the mound for the Angels will be Tyler Skaggs ($8,700), who is not having a bad season with a 4.16 FIP and a 1.28 WHIP. However, a lot of that success came early on. Over his past five starts, he’s allowed 20 runs (18 earned) across 28 innings. Two of those starts even came against bad lineups in the Tigers and Royals. If you’re looking to fade the more popular teams like the Yankees and Rangers, the A’s could the team to target in tournament play.

Players to Consider

Matt Chapman ($4,200)
Khris Davis ($3,900)
Marcus Semien ($3,600)
Jurickson Profar ($3,300)
Ramon Laureano ($3,700)


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