We’ve got a 14-game MLB main slate here on Tuesday, with some high-powered offenses in really strong spots. Here are the stacks that standout most.
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1. LOS ANGELES DODGERSThe Dodgers are in one of the best spots they’ve been in all season, facing Ty Blach ($5,200) in Baltimore. Not only does one of the best offenses in baseball get to beat up on one of the worst pitching staffs, but Camden Yards with a DH should just be another upgrade. Those factors have Los Angeles projected for 6.5 runs.
Blach has a 10.95 ERA in six outings this season (four starts), and has been even worse at home — 14.81 ERA. The Orioles’ bullpen ranks dead-last in baseball, with a 5.84 ERA, so the Dodgers’ bats will maintain their upside for the entire game. Of course, Blach has seen the Dodgers before, having been a member of the Giants to begin the season. When he faced them in April, he gave up seven runs in 3 1/3 innings.
Players to ConsiderCody Bellinger ($5,600)
David Freese ($5,400)
Will Smith ($5,200)
Justin Turner ($5,000) P
A.J. Pollock ($4,700)
Corey Seager ($4,300)
2. ST. LOUIS CARDINALSThe Coors Field effect is obvious, so the Cardinals are by no means a sneaky stack, with a slate-high 7.4-run projection. However, it can’t be stressed enough how great this matchup against Chi Chi Gonzalez ($4,000) is. The Rockies have lost all nine games that Gonzalez has pitched in this season, with the opposition averaging seven runs per game.
The St. Louis bats have been heating up on this run to the top of the NL Central, and all signs point to this being a very strong spot. Gonzalez enters this one with an 11.17 ERA at Coors, so outside of facing one of the worst pitchers in baseball in the ideal park, we have to keep in mind how bad Colorado’s bullpen is — 26th in the majors with a 5.11 ERA.
Players to ConsiderTommy Edman ($5,400)
Marcell Ozuna ($5,300)
Paul Goldschmidt ($5,100)
Kolten Wong ($4,800)
Paul DeJong ($4,800)
Dexter Fowler ($4,500)
3. HOUSTON ASTROSThe Astros now have 36 total runs in their last two games, so let’s just say the bats are pretty hot coming into this one. Tanner Roark ($9,700) isn’t by any means an ideal matchup, he has a solid 3.86 ERA, including a quality starts against Houston. The A’s also have a top-10 bullpen, but that hasn’t stopped the Astros from coming into this one with a 5.8-run projection.
The Astros are averaging an insane 6.12 runs per game at home this season, and haven’t had issues getting to good pitchers. Mike Fiers was the victim on Monday’s slate, having by far the worst start of his season, going for -19.15 DKFP. Houston’s hot enough to target almost regardless of pitching.
Players to ConsiderGeorge Springer ($5,400)
Alex Bregman ($5,100)
Yordan Alvarez ($5,100)
Jose Altuve ($4,500)
Yuli Gurriel ($4,400)
Michael Brantley ($4,100)
4. BOSTON RED SOXThe Red Sox will face T.J. Zeuch ($5,600) in Toronto, making the first start of his big league career. Zuech has pitched in relief once, giving up two runs in four innings against the Braves. All of Boston’s disappointments this season have stemmed from pitching, as this offense has consistently done its job. The Red Sox are actually averaging more runs per game on the road than at Fenway Park this season (5.72).
The Blue Jays have an average bullpen, but this is more about taking an elite offense against an inexperienced starter. It’s tough to poke any big holes in Zeuch’s career in the minors, with a 3.52 ERA in 19 starts. But the Red Sox are projected for six runs in this one, and you can get some decent value on the bottom half of the order.
Players to ConsiderMookie Betts ($5,400)
Rafael Devers ($5,200)
Xander Bogaerts ($5,200)
J.D. Martinez ($4,900)
Andrew Benintendi ($4,000)
Brock Holt ($3,400)
5. COLORADO ROCKIESWe can’t forget about the home team here at Coors either, with a 6.3-run projection of their own. While the Cardinals’ bullpen has been lights out, there’s still upside here in targeting against Michael Wacha ($5,800). Wacha struggled against this Colorado lineup earlier in the season, giving up three runs in 4 2/3 innings in St. Louis. Obviously, shifting the scene to Coors won’t make things any easier for Wacha.
The Rockies are still baseball’s top offense at home this year, averaging 6.23 runs per game. Wacha has a 5.40 ERA in 14 outings on the road this season, and will be making his first appearance at Coors in a few years.
Players to ConsiderCharlie Blackmon ($5,500)
Trevor Story ($5,400)
Nolan Arenado ($5,300)
Daniel Murphy ($4,700)
Ryan McMahon ($4,700)
Raimel Tapia ($3,900)
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