With games spread out throughout the day, and some teams having the day off, we’ve got just five games on tonight’s main slate (and some potential weather issues in Chicago). But the beauty of stacking in MLB is that it’s just as important no matter how many games are on the slate.

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Here’s my top-5 stacks:


1. Colorado Rockies

They’re super expensive and could be popular, but this is exactly the type of game we expect the Rockies to light up the scoreboard. They’re at Coors facing off against Jarred Cosart and the Padres … which, on paper, is about as good as it gets. Colorado’s projected for 6.7 runs in this one, so its going to be the obvious stack for those that can make it fit.

Players to Consider

  • Charlie Blackmon ($5,100)
  • Carlos Gonzalez ($5,200)
  • Nolan Arenado ($5,300)
  • DJ LeMahieu ($4,800)
  • Gerardo Parra ($4,200)
  • Mark Reynolds ($5,000)

2. Pittsburgh Pirates

If you want to stay away from the Rockies, the Pirates could be an awesome, low-owned stack to differentiate yourself. Stacking Pittsburgh allows you to pay up for pitching because most of its bats are so cheap, yet the Pirates are still projected for 4.6 runs of their own. Brandon Finnegan looked great in his first start for the Reds, which could also scare people away from Pittsburgh, but these bats have had some success against him in limited exposure.

Players to Consider

  • Starling Marte ($4,500)
  • Jordy Mercer ($3,000)
  • Francisco Cervelli ($3,000)
  • David Freese ($3,000)
  • Josh Harrison ($3,500)
  • Josh Bell ($3,100)


3. Washington Nationals

Anytime the Nationals face a RHP you can argue they make for a good stack with that LHB stretch they have at the top of their order. Many of the Nats have hit well against Adam Wainwright in their careers, but none more than Ryan Zimmerman — 10-for-32 with two homers and five doubles. Projected for 4.5 runs at home, I like Washington’s stack potential in this one.

Players to Consider

  • Ryan Zimmerman ($3,500)
  • Bryce Harper ($5,000)
  • Daniel Murphy ($4,600)
  • Adam Eaton ($4,200)
  • Jason Werth ($3,700)
  • Matt Wieters ($3,300)

4. San Diego Padres

Don’t forget about the other side of this matchup at Coors Field. Everyone could be going nuts to jam as many Rockies into their lineups as possible, but these Padres are projected for five runs on their own as well. Tyler Chatwood let up four runs in his first start of the season, and that was away from Coors. The Padres make for an interesting stack tonight.

Players to Consider

  • Yangervis Solarte ($4,700)
  • Wil Myers ($5,300)
  • Manuel Margot ($4,600)
  • Travis Jankowski ($4,000)
  • Ryan Schimpf ($4,700)
  • Erick Aybar ($2,700)

5. St. Louis Cardinals

The Cardinals have been inconsistent this season, sandwiching a 10-run outburst against the Reds in-between getting shutout twice. The potential is there, though, and the Cards could go overlooked in D.C. Like the Buccos, these bats are cheap, so it’s a good way to fit elite pitching and hope for a contrarian stack to go off for a big night.

Players to Consider

  • Dexter Fowler ($4,200)
  • Aledmys Diaz ($3,900)
  • Matt Carpenter ($4,100)
  • Randal Grichuk ($3,600)
  • Kolten Wong ($3,000)
  • Yadier Molina ($3,300)

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