Just four games to look at on tonight’s slate, but identifying the right teams to stack remains equally important. You can also better afford to go contrarian with just eight teams in action, but we do have weather concerns already in the ATL/NYM game. Here are my top-five stacks.

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1. Houston Astros

Houston is facing LHP Ariel Miranda, who allowed a .383 on-base percentage to LHB last season. That’s REALLY bad. But there’s a possibility Reddick is the only LHB in Houston’s order. Although Miranda held RHB to a .254 on-base percentage, he gives up most of his home runs to them, so I think they’re safe to use as well. I want to get as many Houston LHB in my stack as I can, but keep in mind Correa, Springer and Beltran all have a dinger against this guy in just three at-bats a piece.

Players to Consider

  • Josh Reddick ($3,600)
  • George Springer ($4,500)
  • Carlos Correa ($4,800)
  • Carlos Beltran ($3,800)
  • Alex Bregman ($4,000)
  • Jose Altuve ($4,900)


2. Toronto Blue Jays

Toronto is projected for the fewest runs out of my top-four stacks (4.2, while the rest are at 4.8), but I think these bats are going to come alive earlier rather than later. Even with Edwin Encarnacion in Cleveland, this lineup is full of RHB that crush LHP. Morales makes for a nice replacement, and hit .330 as a RHB last season.

Players to Consider

  • Josh Donaldson ($4,600)
  • Jose Bautista ($4,300)
  • Troy Tulowitzki ($3,700)
  • Kendrys Morales ($3,600)
  • Devon Travis ($3,600)
  • Russell Martin ($3,400)


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3. Arizona Diamondbacks

The Diamondbacks and Giants are the gift that keeps on giving. One of them has been my top stack each of the last two days, and that team has gone on to score eight runs. I like the home team slightly better today going up against Jeff Samardzija, who’s solid, but did post an ERA of higher than 4.00 on the road last season. Lamb is where I’m starting here, as a LHB with a little bit of success against Samardzija.

Players to Consider

  • Jake Lamb ($4,100)
  • David Peralta ($3,800)
  • A.J. Pollock ($4,200)
  • Paul Goldschmidt ($5,200)
  • Chris Owings ($3,600)
  • Brandon Drury ($3,600)


4. San Francisco Giants

If you want to go Giants over D-Backs I’m not arguing with you. They’ve been awesome so far this season, and arguably have a little bit better of a matchup against LHP Robbie Ray. Ray allowed an on-base percentage of .304 to LHB last season, and .350 to RHB, so no need to worry too much about which side of the plate your hitters come from.

Players to Consider

  • Hunter Pence ($4,300)
  • Buster Posey $4,200)
  • Brandon Belt ($4,100)
  • Brandon Crawford ($3,800)
  • Gorkys Hernandez ($2,900)
  • Aaron Hill ($2,900)


5. Tampa Bay Rays

Time for the contrarian(ish) stack for this slate. If you truly want to be contrarian, challenge the weather in New York and stack up the Mets, or even the Braves with the horrible season Matt Harvey’s not far removed from.

If you want to be safe, but still contrarian, take a look at the Rays. I just love how cheap these guys are, which allows you to put a premium on pitching, and fit in one or two of your other favorite pricey bats. Evan Longoria is 8-for-22 (.364) with two homers and two doubles lifetime against Marcus Stroman.

Players to Consider

  • Evan Longoria ($4,100)
  • Corey Dickerson ($3,400)
  • Kevin Kiermaier ($3,500)
  • Steven Souza ($3,600)
  • Logan Morrison ($3,300)
  • Brad Miller ($3,700)

Hit me up on Twitter with comments or questions: @julianedlow.

 


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