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Saturday night will bring us a nine-game slate of baseball. We’ll take a look at some of the top potential stacks to help set your lineups. Let jump right into it, and as always, you can reach me on the ol’ Twitter machine @SBuchanan24.

1. Cleveland Indians

Mike Pelfrey is being called up to start tonight against the Indians. Since you can’t see me, I’ll let you know that I have a big grin and I’m nodding my head up and down in excitement. Pelfrey was destroyed last season to the tune of a .394 wOBA against righties and a .361 wOBA against lefties. It’s been rough going for him at Triple-A so far this season as well. In two starts, Pelfrey allowed five runs on 10 hits with a 4:3 K: BB ratio.

Players to Consider

  • Francisco Lindor ($4,100)
  • Jose Ramirez ($3,900)
  • Carlos Santana ($4,300)
  • Edwin Encarnacion ($4,400)
  • Lonnie Chisenhall ($4,200)


2. L.A. Angels

The Angels have an implied run total of five tonight, which is the highest for a non-Coors Field game. They’ll face Casey Lawrence, who is making his first start of the season and has not pitched more than three innings thus far. If Lawrence only pitches a few innings, the Angels will be left with the Blue Jays’ bullpen. The Jays’ pen has struggled in the early going thus far, leaving the Angels in a potentially good spot here.

Players to Consider

  • Mike Trout ($5,200)
  • Albert Pujols ($4,100)
  • Kole Calhoun ($3,800)
  • Andrelton Simmons ($3,100)
  • Martin Maldonado ($2,400)


3. Colorado Rockies

As always, a Coors Field stack certainly comes into play no matter who is on the mound (well, except maybe Clayton Kershaw.) Matt Moore will be taking the mound for the Giants today and he’s had a rough start this season. The left-handed pitcher will face some Rockies that can smash lefties, making this an extremely unfavorable matchup for him. For what it’s worth, Moore has pitched two games in Coors Field, lasting 7.2 innings allowing 10 runs on 12 hits with four home runs. The only reason the Rockies are third on this list is strictly due to the cost of this stack.

Of course, the Giants are also a consideration here as well, but I figure you know that with the game at Coors.

Players to Consider

  • Nolan Arenado ($5,100)
  • Trevor Story ($4,300)
  • DJ LeMahieu ($4,600)
  • Charlie Blackmon ($4,800)
  • Carlos Gonzalez ($4,600)


4. Arizona Diamondbacks

The Diamondbacks at home always piques my interest, especially against a pitcher that’s struggling. Kenta Maeda comes into this start having allowed 11 runs in 14 innings with three home runs. The D-Backs have been hitting right-handed pitching extremely well in the early going and could be a nice core to start with tonight.

Players to Consider

  • Paul Goldschmidt ($4,900)
  • Jake Lamb ($3,900)
  • A.J. Pollock ($4,000)
  • Yasmany Tomas ($3,800)
  • Brandon Drury ($3,400)


5. Miami Marlins

The Marlins have been hitting well this season, and tonight they’ll face off against Jered Weaver. He hasn’t been the gas can we all know he’s capable of being, but he hasn’t exactly been shutting teams down either. In 2016, Weaver had an overall .365 wOBA against opposing hitters with 37 home runs allowed. This game will be in San Diego, which is a slight advantage to Weaver. Coming into this game, the Marlins own a .314 team wOBA against righties with a .320 OBP.

Players to Consider

  • Marcell Ozuna ($3,500)
  • Giancarlo Stanton ($4,500)
  • J.T. Realmuto ($3,500)
  • Christian Yelich ($4,200)
  • Dee Gordon ($4,100)


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