Memorial Day brings us a jam-packed afternoon slate, featuring 13 total games. With first pitches scattered throughout the day, make sure you’re monitoring your lineup. Here are my top offenses to stack.
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1. CINCINNATI REDSThe Reds offense has been hot lately, scoring at least six runs in each of their last four games. Coming off 10 runs on Sunday afternoon, Cincy’s projected for another 5.5 runs at home against Nick Kingham ($6,600) and the Pirates. While the Reds rank just 21st in runs per game, they’ve still managed to score a solid 4.71 runs per game at home this season.
Kingham has pitched in 11 games this season, starting just twice, and has an 8.76 ERA in those appearances. Pittsburgh has been terrible in recent games Kingham’s pitched in, as opponents have scored six or more runs in each of his last six appearances — averaging 9.7 runs during that span. Look for this lineup to stay hot in an ideal matchup at home, that also featured Pittsburgh’s 23rd-ranked bullpen.
Players to ConsiderEugenio Suarez ($5,000)
Derek Dietrich ($4,900)
Nick Senzel ($4,500)
Yasiel Puig ($4,300)
Jesse Winker ($4,000)
Joey Votto ($3,700)
2. WASHINGTON NATIONALSAfter an ugly sweep at the hands of the Mets, the Nationals have found some offense in this series against the Marlins. Washington’s scored 26 runs in the first three games of the series, and will face Jose Urena ($6,300) in the finale.
The Nationals have an average offense on the season, but getting their health back in the last couple of weeks has really improved their offense. Urena’s been solid this season, with a 4.30 ERA, but the Marlins have just the 26th-ranked bullpen behind him. This series has featured a lot of runs late in games because of how poor these bullpens are, and there’s no reason they should improve after seeing a lot of work over the weekend. Washington’s projected for over 5.0 runs, but have some affordable bats mixed into the top of the order.
Players to ConsiderAnthony Rendon ($5,800)
Juan Soto ($5,400)
Trea Turner ($4,800)
Adam Eaton ($4,100)
Matt Adams ($4,100)
Kurt Suzuki ($3,900)
3. NEW YORK YANKEESThe Yankees will face Matthew Strahm ($8,500) at Yankee Stadium, where the home team returns from a red-hot road trip. New York’s scored at least six runs in eight straight games, and is averaging 8.4 runs over than span. While Strahm’s been very solid in 2019, posting a 3.06 ERA that actually improves to 2.33 on the road, this is by far the toughest spot he’s been in this season.
Strahm has reverse splits when it comes to opponent’s batting average, allowing LHBs to hit .347, and RHBs just .218. However, the righties have smashed all six homers he’s given up, which could become a problem for the Padres with these big bats in Yankee Stadium. San Diego has an average bullpen, but we’re looking for a quick start here for these RHBs.
Players to ConsiderGary Sanchez ($5,500)
Luke Voit ($5,200)
Gleyber Torres ($4,600)
DJ LeMahieu ($4,200)
Aaron Hicks ($4,100)
Kendrys Morales ($2,800)
4. BOSTON RED SOXThe Red Sox return home on Memorial Day, averaging 5.57 runs per game at Fenway. That’s right around their 5.8-run projection against Jefry Rodriguez ($6,100) and the Indians. While Rodriguez has a 4.08 ERA this season, his six outings have all been against below-average offenses — his two outings against Oakland (15th in runs per game) have been his toughest task. His last start came against the A’s last week, when they wound up putting up seven runs.
Rodriguez has a 5.05 career ERA, and should be in line for some regression at Fenway Park, facing the Red Sox for the first time in his career. Rodriguez gets hit pretty hard from both sides of the plate, so we can target all the top bats in Boston’s lineup. The Red Sox will need to watch out for Cleveland’s bullpen, which ranks second in baseball.
Players to ConsiderMookie Betts ($5,600)
Michael Chavis ($5,500)
J.D. Martinez ($5,300)
Rafael Devers ($5,300)
Xander Bogaerts ($5,200)
Andrew Benintendi ($4,500)
5. OAKLAND ATHLETICSThe A’s have scored five or more runs in each of their last six games, coming into a favorable matchup vs. Trevor Cahill ($6,100) and the Angels. Oakland’s faced Cahill already this season, scoring four runs against him in six innings (on two homers).
Cahill’s found himself in some very high scoring games this season, with his opponents scoring eight runs in consecutive starts. He’s also pitched in two games where the opponent wound up scoring 12 and 14 runs. Cahill’s 6.43 ERA has been on the decline this month, with a 7.23 ERA in four starts in May. Once a top 10 bullpen, the Angels have fallen all the way to 19th, so the help behind Cahill is nothing to be afraid of. As usual, Oakland’s bats are priced way too cheap.
Players to ConsiderMatt Olsen ($4,000)
Matt Chapman ($3,900)
Mark Canha ($3,900)
Marcus Semien ($3,700)
Stephen Piscotty ($3,600) Q
Robbie Grossman ($3,600)
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