Monday’s eight-game MLB slate offers some high-power offenses in spectacular spots. With only one pitcher above $10,000, there aren’t many matchups we need to fade. Here are my top stacks.
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1. NEW YORK YANKEES
The Yankees came alive Sunday with 13 runs, bumping their average up over five runs per game. They’re projected for 5.6 runs Monday in Baltimore and actually have been more productive in road games — 5.72 runs per game.
New York will face Andrew Cashner ($5,600), who got torched by the Yanks back on Opening Day. Cashner was tagged for six runs in four innings back in March but was able to limit New York to two runs in six innings when he faced them in his most recent start. This lineup has plenty of experience against Cashner, but watch out for new addition Kendrys Morales ($3,400). Morales isn’t just a cheap bat in the middle of a productive lineup, he’s also 7-for-14 with three homers against Cashner. The Orioles have a 29th-ranked bullpen when it comes time to pull the plug on Cashner.
Players to ConsiderLuke Voit ($5,200)
Gary Sanchez ($5,200)
Gleyber Torres ($4,800)
DJ LeMahieu ($4,200)
Aaron Hicks ($4,200)
Kendrys Morales ($3,400)
2. TEXAS RANGERS
The Rangers still rank as baseball’s top offense, thanks primarily to their 6.05-run per game average at home. Texas has been remarkably consistent, scoring five or more runs in six of its past seven games, with a high of 16 runs during that span. The Rangers have a 5.8-run projection at home, where they’ll face Mike Leake ($6,600).
While Seattle’s recent struggles haven’t been due to Leake (2.29 ERA in May), he did get hammered the one time he faced Texas this season. This lineup scored nine runs against him in five innings (five earned), in an eventual 15-1 game. These bats historically have dominated Leake, and there’s a large enough sample here for even non-BvP believers to buy in — 59-for-168 (.351) with 27 extra-base hits (seven homers). The Mariners’ bullpen ranks just 27th, leaving even more upside here.
Players to ConsiderJoey Gallo ($5,700)
Shin-Soo Choo ($4,900)
Logan Forsythe ($4,800)
Willie Calhoun ($4,500)
Rougned Odor ($4,300)
Nomar Marza ($4,100)
3. MINNESOTA TWINS
After a mere four runs Sunday, the Twins still are averaging 9.6 runs per game over their past five outings. Minnesota ranks second in the majors with 5.7 runs per game but have been outstanding on the road — 6.7 runs per game. The Twins find themselves in Los Angeles, projected for just about 4.5 runs versus Taylor Cole ($4,300) and the Angels.
Cole has pitched only 7 1/3 innings this season in four outings, all out of the bullpen. He has a 4.91 ERA, although he has pitched two clean innings against the Twins. The Angels have the ninth-best bullpen so far in 2019, so this isn’t as bad a spot as it’d be for most pitching staffs, but it’ll be tough for them to contain one of the top offenses in the game. The Twins averaged 5.33 runs per game in their three-game series against the Angels earlier this season in Minnesota and have a higher ceiling on the road. These bats are crazy cheap for the production they’ve given us so far in 2019.
Players to ConsiderJorge Polanco ($4,400)
Eddie Rosario ($4,300)
C.J. Cron ($4,200)
Max Kepler ($3,800)
Jonathan Schoop ($3,800)
Marwin Gonzalez ($3,300)
4. HOUSTON ASTROS
Houston had its 10-game winning streak snapped by Chris Sale and the Red Sox on Sunday but now return home to face a White Sox team that’s yet to name a starter. The Astros have been fantastic at the dish after their cold start, now ranking third in runs per game at 5.5, a number that jumps to six in home games.
The White Sox do have a decent bullpen (it ranks 11th with a 3.99 ERA), so this won’t just be batting practice for Houston, but returning home to a favorable matchup leaves plenty of upside. The downside here is just how expensive the Astros bats have become — their eight and nine hitters are often over $4,500. I think the above three stacks offer more value, but in terms of pure ceiling, Houston’s as good as anyone right now if you can afford it.
Players to ConsiderAlex Bregman ($5,600)
Michael Brantley ($5,600)
Carlos Correa ($5,200)
Josh Reddick ($4,200)
Yuli Gurriel ($3,900)
Tyler White ($3,500)
5. WASHINGTON NATIONALS
The Nationals finally are getting healthy, and having Trea Turner ($4,600) and Anthony Rendon ($5,100) at the top of the order has made a huge difference. We can ignore the season-long numbers here, but Washington’s scored at least five runs in five straight games and gets to face a Mets squad heading in the wrong direction.
After initially pegging Drew Gagnon as the starter, the Mets have shifted to sending out Wilmer Font ($7,500), who has been awful this season with a 7.08 ERA and 1.52 WHIP in 20 1/3 innings. In his previous appearance, Font allowed five earned runs on six hits, including one HR in 2 1/3 innings vs. the Nationals.
Players to ConsiderAnthony Rendon ($5,100)
Trea Turner ($4,600)
Howie Kendrick ($4,400)
Juan Soto ($4,200)
Victor Robles ($4,100)
Adam Eaton ($3,700)
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