We usually see a lot of day games on a Thursday, making viable stacks sometimes hard to come by for the main evening slate. That won’t be a problem tonight with seven night games on the schedule.
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Here are five hitting stacks to consider while compiling your DraftKings entry:
EDITOR’S NOTE: Tonight’s game between the Red Sox and Yankees has been postponed due to rain.
1. TEXAS RANGERS
Globe Life Park in Arlington is one of the more hitter-friendly stadiums in baseball, which brings a Rangers stack into focus more often than not when they play at home. While their home and road splits haven’t been as dramatic in the early going, the Rangers still have the fifth-highest home wOBA (.343) in the league.
Things are shaping up well for them to be productive once again versus Jakob Junis ($5,800) and the Royals. Junis has had troubles keeping runners off base with his 1.48 WHIP and doesn’t have an overwhelming arsenal with his career 20.5 percent strikeout rate. The Rangers have a lefty-laden lineup, which also could be troublesome for Junis, who has allowed a career .341 wOBA to lefties.
Players to ConsiderJoey Gallo ($5,600; DTD)
Shin-soo Choo ($5,300)
Elvis Andrus ($5,200)
Nomar Mazara ($4,400)
Ronald Guzman ($4,000)
2. LOS ANGELES DODGERS
The Dodgers’ offense is a force to be reckoned with. They have dangerous hitters up and down their lineup, which has resulted in them ranking second in runs scored (306) and third in OPS (.817). They are also in the top 10 in home runs while striking out the fourth-fewest times (427), which is a rare combination to see.
Tasked with trying to slow them down will be Jason Vargas ($6,400), who continues to struggle for the Mets with a 5.79 xFIP and a 1.57 WHIP. His lack of command has led him to issue 4.6 BB/9, and he also has had problems keeping hitters inside the ballpark, allowing 23 home runs across 121 1/3 innings since the start of 2018. Look for the Dodgers to have another excellent offensive showing here.
Players to ConsiderCody Bellinger ($5,800)
Kiké Hernandez ($3,700)
Chris Taylor ($3,400)
David Freese ($3,900)
3. MILWAUKEE BREWERS
Despite having Christian Yelich ($5,900), the Brewers don’t exactly have the most lethal of lineups. Even with his ridiculous start, the team is ranked 13th in runs scored (273) and 12th in OPS (.768). Milwaukee also has struck out the third-most times (541), so it can be prone to the occasional poor performance.
With all of that being said, the Brewers bring plenty of upside to the table against Joe Musgrove ($6,000) and the Pirates. Musgrove has taken a nosedive after getting off to a hot start, allowing 25 runs (22 earned) across 24 innings in his past five starts. He also has just 14 strikeouts compared to 10 walks during that stretch. The downside with Musgrove is he’s done a good job of limiting homers despite his struggles, but this is still a favorable matchup to exploit with a Brewers stack.
Players to ConsiderChristian Yelich ($5,900)
Mike Moustakas ($4,800)
Yasmani Grandal ($4,800)
Orlando Arcia ($3,700)
Eric Thames ($4,300)
4. CLEVELAND INDIANS
Normally, the Indians are a team to shy away from. They’ve been one of the worst lineups in the league, scoring the seventh-fewest runs (224) while also ranking in the bottom third in home runs and OPS. They didn’t do enough to address their holes during the offseason and now find themselves at an even greater disadvantage due to injuries to their pitching staff.
As tough as it has been for the Indians to score runs, they are team to target against Manny Banuelos ($5,600). Once a highly regarded prospect in the Yankees’ organization, Banuelos mostly has bounced around in the minors. Given a chance to start for the White Sox, he’s been terrible with his 5.02 xFIP and 1.89 WHIP. He already has faced the Indians twice this season, allowing 10 runs and five home runs over 8 1/3 innings.
Players to ConsiderFrancisco Lindor ($4,800)
Jose Ramirez ($3,900)
Oscar Mercado ($4,100)
Carlos Santana ($4,500)
Jordan Luplow ($4,100)
5. PITTSBURGH PIRATES
The Pirates have suffered their fair share of injuries, which has contributed to them scoring the fifth-fewest runs (219). They are the healthiest they have been in a while, which has helped them average 4.8 runs per game during the month of May. Despite having a losing record, they are still in the hunt in the NL Central at only four games back.
They will look to continue their improved hitting against Chase Anderson ($7,000), who has pitched 4 2/3 innings or fewer in each of his past three starts. While he didn’t give up a ton of runs, he did allow 13 hits and seven walks across 12 2/3 innings. They might not carry the same upside the four previously mentioned lineups do, but the Pirates could be a sneaky team to target in tournament play.
Players to ConsiderJosh Bell ($5,700)
Starling Marte ($4,600)
Gregory Polanco ($4,300)
Colin Moran ($3,500)
Bryan Reynolds ($4,400)
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