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Here are a few stacking options to consider ahead of Thursday’s six-game fantasy baseball slate (beware of flash flood warnings in Baltimore, leaving only five safe games):
1. MINNESOTA TWINSThe Twins might not be the most explosive offense, but they hung 11 runs on the Tigers with Matt Boyd on the mound Wednesday, and have a huge upgrade in Thursday’s matchup. LHP Francisco Liriano ($6,300) will pitch for Detroit with a 9.45 ERA against this lineup in 2018. We want to target RHBs here in order to get the most home run potential and capitalize on this 5.1 run projection.
Players to ConsiderJorge Polanco ($4,200)
Tyler Austin ($4,000)
Robbie Grossman ($3,600)
Willians Astudillo ($3,400)
John Field ($3,300)
Logan Forsythe ($2,900)
2. CHICAGO CUBSThe Cubs are up at a 5.4 run projection, we just need to pay up more for their bats in a more difficult matchup against Pirates RHP Trevor Williams ($9,300). That said, it’s still the Cubs at Wrigley with the wind blowing out. While Williams has been on a tear, and produced nearly even splits, these LHBs have shown the ability to hit him in the past. With the way Williams has been pitching, there’s some reason to believe the Cubs could be a contrarian stack, even with this high run total on a small slate.
Players to ConsiderJavier Baez ($5,200)
Anthony Rizzo ($4,600)
Kyle Schwarber ($4,300)
Daniel Murphy ($4,100)
Kris Bryant ($4,100) – Questionable
Ben Zobrist ($4,000)
3. SEATTLE MARINERSThe Mariners are projected for 5.2 runs in a home matchup against Rangers RHP Ariel Jurado ($4,800). Jurado’s posted a 7.96 ERA away from home this season, struggling mightily against both sides of the plate. The Mariners offense has been hit or miss lately, but in the spots it goes off, it’s been well worth stacking — scoring between 9-13 runs in three of the last seven games. This spot feels like a big advantage Seattle, which has been up against much better pitching during this run.
Players to ConsiderRobinson Cano ($5,100)
Mitch Haniger ($4,900)
Nelson Cruz ($4,300)
Denard Span ($4,300)
Kyle Seager ($3,800)
Ben Gamel ($3,500)
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