Atlanta Braves v Philadelphia Phillies

It won’t be the busiest of nights in the majors Thursday with only seven games on the schedule. With that being said, there are several struggling pitchers expected to take the mound, leaving their opponents in a favorable position to score in bunches.

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Here are five hitting stacks to consider while compiling your DraftKings entry:

1. LOS ANGELES DODGERS

With more than two weeks left to play, the Dodgers already have wrapped up the NL West. Their roster is loaded with talent both on the mound and in the batter’s box, leaving them as one of the favorites to win the World Series. They remain one of the top teams to stack in DFS, having scored the fifth-most runs and posting the fourth-highest OPS in baseball.

They will be in another position to flex their muscles against Dylan Bundy ($5,100), who has allowed 1.8 HR/9 this season. That should come as no surprise considering he has allowed 1.7 HR/9 for his career. Add in his uninspiring 22.8% strikeout rate, and the Dodgers have significant upside here. The only important thing to keep an eye on is how many of their normal starters they play with the division already sewn up.

Players to Consider

Cody Bellinger ($5,400)
Joc Pederson ($5,200)
Corey Seager ($4,500)
Matt Beaty ($4,300)
Gavin Lux ($3,600)


2. ATLANTA BRAVES

The Braves aren’t too far away from their own division title. They enter play Thursday with a sizable lead over the Nationals, thanks in large part due to their stellar offensive production. They’ve scored the sixth-most runs in baseball and could be one of the top lineups to contend with for years to come based on some of their outstanding young players.

As far as favorable matchups go, it doesn’t get much better than Drew Smyly ($6,500). The fact he continues to start for the Phillies despite having a 6.44 FIP and a 1.60 WHIP only shines a light on their dearth of quality options. He’s been particularly done in by the long ball, giving up 29 of them across only 101 2/3 innings.

Players to Consider

Ronald Acuña Jr. ($5,500)
Freddie Freeman ($5,300)
Josh Donaldson ($5,200)
Ozzie Albies ($4,600)
Dansby Swanson ($4,100)


3. WASHINGTON NATIONALS

The Nationals are in the driver’s seat for one of the Wild Card spots in the National League. They’ve done that despite losing the former face of the franchise Bryce Harper to the Phillies. While the trio of Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg and Patrick Corbin have been pivotal to their success, they also rank inside the top 10 in both runs scored and OPS while striking out the fourth-fewest times.

They will be facing another playoff-bound team in the Twins, who largely have been successful based on the strength of their lineup. Their starting rotation leaves a lot to be desired and has been further weakened with Michael Pineda being suspended for taking a banned substance. Thursday’s starter, Kyle Gibson ($8,200), also has faltered down the stretch, giving up 23 runs (21 earned) over 26 1/3 innings in his past five starts. This has the makings of another offensive outburst for the Nationals.

Players to Consider

Anthony Rendon ($5,300)
Juan Soto ($5,100)
Trea Turner ($4,700)
Adam Eaton ($4,000)
Asdrubal Cabrera ($4,000)


4. BOSTON RED SOX

It looks like the reigning champs won’t have the opportunity to defend their crown. Pitching woes have derailed the Red Sox’ season, leaving them in need of significant help if they are going to grab a Wild Card spot. One area of the team that hasn’t struggled has been their lineup, which has scored the fourth-most runs.

They will face a familiar foe in Clay Buchholz ($5,800), who spent the first 10 seasons of his career with the team. Now a member of the Blue Jays, he enters with a 5.15 FIP and a 1.32 WHIP through eight starts. Don’t worry that this game isn’t being played at Fenway Park considering the Red Sox’ 105 wRC+ on the road is the fifth-highest mark in baseball behind only the Yankees, Twins and Astros.

Players to Consider

Mookie Betts ($5,100)
Rafael Devers ($4,800)
J.D. Martinez ($4,500)
Mitch Moreland ($4,000)
Jackie Bradley Jr. ($3,500)


5. CINCINNATI REDS

Normally, the Reds are not a lineup to seek out in DFS. They do have some power, but they rank inside the bottom-third of baseball in both runs scored and OPS. It’s been even more of a struggle for them on the road, which is where they will be for this matchup versus the Mariners. They have an 83 wRC+ on the road compared to a 93 wRC+ at home.

The good news is they will have the DH available to them with this game being played in an American League park. The Mariners will deploy Justin Dunn ($6,700) as the opener with Tommy Milone ($7,400) expected to then follow and pitch the majority of the innings. He’s allowed at least four runs in four of his past six outings, so this might be one of those rare instances to pursue the Reds.

Players to Consider

Eugenio Suarez ($4,700)
Aristides Aquino ($4,700)
Phillip Ervin ($3,300)
Jose Iglesias ($3,100)
Curt Casali ($2,900)


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