Friday is loaded with a 15-game MLB main slate, but even with all 30 teams in action, we still only have three pitchers priced over $10,000. That means plenty of great places to target teams to stack. Here are the top five that stand out to me.
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1. COLORADO ROCKIES
The Rockies are in one of their top spots of the season, projected for almost 7.5 runs against Edwin Jackson ($5,200) and the Blue Jays at Coors Field. Jackson has been awful in three starts for Toronto this season, pitching even worse than his 9.00 ERA indicates.
Opponents are batting .339 against him, scoring 16 runs in 14 innings, giving up five home runs. In Jackson’s three starts, opponents scored a total of 35 runs, so stacking against him in any park has yielded huge success, let alone at Coors. With the Rockies averaging a league-high 6.19 runs per game at home, this stack is just a no-brainer (and should be chalk). The Jays’ bullpen is just about average, so even when Jackson’s knocked out of the game, the matchup shouldn’t be too tough.
Players to ConsiderNolan Arenado ($5,900)
Trevor Story ($5,800)
Daniel Murphy ($4,800)
Raimel Tapia ($4,600)
David Dahl ($4,700)
Ryan McMahon ($4,700)
2. CLEVELAND INDIANS
The Indians have a 5.7-run projection entering a matchup against Dylan Covey ($4,600) in Chicago. Covey has a 5.47 ERA on the season and gets hit equally as hard from both sides of the dish. Covey’s faced the Indians just once this season, as he came out of the bullpen and gave up two runs without recording an out.
While the Indians scored just four runs in the first game of the series, they’re coming off a series where they scored 26 runs in three game in Boston. The White Sox have won only one of the seven games Covey’s pitched in, and the opponent’s scored five or more runs in five of those outings. Cleveland has some extremely cheap bats hitting in the top half of its batting order, giving us some great value here.
Players to ConsiderFrancisco Lindor ($5,200)
Carlos Santana ($5,200)
Jose Ramirez ($4,100)
Jason Kipnis ($3,400)
Jake Bauers ($3,400)
3. TEXAS RANGERS
The Rangers are projected for 5.5 runs at home against Danny Duffy ($7,200) and the Royals. Duffy does have a solid 3.12 ERA on the season, but his worst outing came against Texas — four runs in five innings in an eventual 11-5 win. Kansas City’s bullpen ranks just 23rd in the majors with a 4.79 ERA, which also will play into the Rangers’ favor.
Texas has the second-best offense in baseball and the third-best at home, where it averages 5.85 runs per game. That first matchup against Duffy came in Kansas City, so look for this game to potentially even rack up more runs. Stacking the Royals on the opposite side isn’t a bad strategy, either.
Players to ConsiderHunter Pence ($5,700)
Joey Gallo ($5,500)
Shin-Soo Choo ($5,400)
Elvis Andrus ($4,800)
Nomar Mazara ($4,300)
Asdrubal Cabrera ($4,000)
4. HOUSTON ASTROS
Houston’s found itself in some low-scoring games of late but still flashed potential, scoring six and nine runs in victories over the Cubs in the first two games of their series. Even through injuries, we still are looking at the ninth-best offense in baseball, scoring more than five runs per game in road games.
The matchup in Oakland will be against Mike Fiers ($7,700), who has a 5.00 ERA so far in 2019. His worst outing was a brief one against the Astros, lasting just 1 2/3 innings while surrendering six runs. Like the Indians, the most attractive part of stacking the Astros on this slate is how cheap they are. Alex Bregman is the most expensive bat at $4,400, which leaves a ton of values on the board.
Players to ConsiderAlex Bregman ($4,400)
Michael Brantley ($4,100)
Derek Fisher ($3,400)
Robinson Chirinos ($3,200)
Josh Reddick ($3,200)
Yuli Gurriel ($3,100)
5. SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS
It’s rare we get to target the Giants in a spot like this — in an AL park with a DH and a great park for hitters. San Francisco is projected for an uncharacteristic 4.7 runs in a matchup against Andrew Cashner ($6,600). While the Giants have just the 28th-ranked offense, these bats have had success against Cashner, hitting 40-for-116 (.345) as a team with eight doubles and six homers.
Baltimore’s bullpen ranks 29th with a 5.98 ERA, so the Giants should have an even larger advantage when Cashner is taken out of the game. San Francisco has some awesome values with its bats and could go overlooked because of how poor its overall offensive rankings are this season.
Players to ConsiderPablo Sandoval ($4,400)
Brandon Belt ($4,100)
Joe Panik ($3,800)
Kevin Pillar ($3,500)
Buster Posey ($3,300)
Brandon Crawford ($3,100)
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