We’ve got a 12-game main slate tonight with plenty of great stacking options. Here are my top-5 teams to target:

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1. Arizona Diamondbacks

This Diamondbacks/Giants series has been a great place to look for stacks so far in the early going. I love the Red Sox today (my next stack), but it’s April 5th, which by Boston standards is still practically winter. Getting away from these crummy East Coast weather games can’t be overlooked. Matt Moore has allowed members of the D-Backs to hit for an average of .305 against him, with Paul Goldschmidt posting a tasty 5-for-9 with a double and a homer.

Players to Consider

  • Paul Goldschmidt ($5,000)
  • A.J. Pollock ($4,100)
  • Chris Owings ($3,500)
  • Jake Lamb ($4,000)
  • Yasmany Tomas ($3,900)
  • Brandon Drury ($3,500)


2. Boston Red Sox

Sure, it might be chilly at Fenway today, but it still doesn’t mean you should overlook the Sox. They scored five runs on Opening Day with Gerrit Cole on the mound, and the young Jameson Taillon still hasn’t scratched the surface of his potential. Taillon was nearly two full runs worse on the road last season in his limited starts, and he also pitched much better during the day rather than at night. This has all the makings of a wake-up game for this youngster to get knocked around.

Players to Consider

  • Andrew Benintendi ($4,000)
  • Mookie Betts ($5,200)
  • Hanley Ramirez ($4,700)
  • Pablo Sandoval ($3,700)
  • Mitch Moreland ($3,300)
  • Dustin Pedroia ($4,200)


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3. San Francisco Giants

The Giants were my top stack yesterday and pumped out eight runs in Arizona. I love both teams again in this game tonight, with each side projected for 4.8 runs. Taijuan Walker had interesting splits last season for a RHP, allowing RHB to hit .285 and LHB just .206. Keep in mind that LHB did hit 16 home runs off him in 248 at-bats, while RHB knocked just 11 balls out of the park in 274 at-bats. Basically, I think it’s safe to target both.

Players to Consider

  • Brandon Crawford ($3,700)
  • Brandon Belt ($4,000)
  • Gorkys Hernandez ($2,800)
  • Hunter Pence ($4,200)
  • Buster Posey ($4,100)
  • Eduardo Nunez ($4,000)


4. Colorado Rockies

I’ve been sleeping a little bit on the Rockies this season, but they’re 2-0 with 13 runs scored so far in Milwaukee … just wait until this team gets home to Coors Field! But it’s tough not to like stacking them up once again against Wily Peralta. Peralta isn’t exactly known for being on top of his game early in the season, posting an ERA of 7.40 or higher in both April and June last season (5.85 in May). He was also worse in his home ballpark for the entire season, posting a 5.23 ERA. LHB and RHB both hit over .304 against him last season … why isn’t this my top stack again?

Players to Consider

  • Nolan Arenado ($5,000)
  • Charlie Blackmon ($5,100)
  • DJ LeMahieu ($4,500)
  • Carlos Gonzalez ($4,900)
  • Trevor Story ($4,700)
  • Mark Reynolds ($3,400)


5. Washington Nationals

Usually, I like to be contrarian with this final stack, but I wanted to mention the Nats. If you want to take a little bit more of a risk, consider targeting the Philly/Cincy game, but beware there are weather concerns.

Consider this, though — Washington’s bats haven’t been that good in a small sample-size against Dan Straily, hitting .229 in 35 at-bats. Straily was much worse on the road than at home last season, though (8-1, 2.90 ERA at home vs. 6-7, 4.70 ERA on road), so there’s value to this game being in Washington. I’m thinking you can be contrarian with this stack since Straily held LHB to a .191 average last season. That means not starting your stack with the Harper/Murphy/Eaton trio that most are likely to build around.

Players to Consider

  • Anthony Rendon ($3,900)
  • Jayson Werth ($3,600)
  • Ryan Zimmerman ($3,400)
  • Trea Turner ($5,000)
  • Adam Eaton ($4,400)
  • Matt Wieters ($3,200)

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