Baseball is back! And what better way to kickoff the second half of the season with a fully loaded 15-game Friday night slate? Obviously, there’s no lack of stackable options, but here are my top-5 to consider.

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1. HOUSTON ASTROS

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The Astros put it all together in the first half of this season, particularly with their dominant offense — which is a huge reason why they’re considered one of the World Series favorites. Houston’s projected for over five runs tonight at home against Jose Berrios. The Twins’ RHP has a 5.55 career ERA, and allowed four runs to this very lineup in just five innings earlier in 2017. Leadoff man George Springer is 4-for-7 with a double and a homer against Berrios.

Players to Consider

  • George Springer ($5,500)
  • Jose Altuve ($5,300)
  • Carlos Correa ($4,700)
  • Carlos Beltran ($3,700)
  • Marwin Gonzalez ($4,600)
  • Brian McCann ($3,400)


2. WASHINGTON NATIONALS

The Nats have been clicking this season, and on Friday have a great opportunity in Cincy’s hitter-friendly ballpark. Washington is projected for nearly five a half runs against RHP Tim Adleman, who has a 4.71 ERA this season. Where the Nationals can really hurt Adleman is with the long ball, as he’s allowed 19 homers in 84 innings of work this season.

Players to Consider

UPDATE: Daniel Murphy is NOT in the Nationals’ lineup tonight.

  • Bryce Harper ($5,600)
  • Daniel Murphy ($5,200)
  • Ryan Zimmerman ($4,300)
  • Brian Goodwin ($3,700)
  • Anthony Rendon ($4,600)
  • Stephen Drew ($3,500)


3. SEATTLE MARINERS

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Seattle’s projected for a slate-high 5.5 runs in Chicago tonight, where they’ll face RHP James Shields of the White Sox. Shields has been sloppy this season, particularly at home where he’s watched 10 runners cross home plate in just 14.2 innings on the mound. Given his 10 total homers allowed in just over 36 innings, the Mariners’ power hitters are definitely in a good spot on this slate. Robinson Cano has SMASHED Shields throughout his career, going 37-for-90 (.411) with nine doubles, two triples and five bombs.

Players to Consider

  • Robinson Cano ($4,200)
  • Kyle Seager ($3,300)
  • Nelson Cruz ($4,500)
  • Jean Segura ($4,800)
  • Ben Gamel ($3,300)
  • Jarrod Dyson ($3,800)


4. MILWAUKEE BREWERS

The Brew Crew is looking at a projection of almost five and a half runs themselves, playing at home against RHP Nick Pivetta. Pivetta has a 5.56 ERA on the road this season and has surrendered 12 home runs in 59 innings. You’re going to want to look at RHB in this one, as 11 of those 12 long balls have come in same-handed matchups.

Players to Consider

  • Ryan Braun ($4,700)
  • Travis Shaw ($4,600)
  • Jonathan Villar ($3,600)
  • Domingo Santana ($4,700)
  • Eric Thames ($4,600)
  • Manny Pina ($3,200)


5. CHICAGO CUBS

Watch out for rain in Baltimore, but assuming they play ball, the Cubs should be in a good spot to produce in this interleague matchup. Projected for just a shade over five runs, Chicago will be facing RHP Kevin Gausman, who has an ugly 5.85 ERA this season. With LHB hitting .297 and RHP hitting .332 against him this season, you really can’t go wrong here.

Players to Consider

  • Ben Zobrist ($3,600)
  • Kris Bryant ($5,200)
  • Anthony Rizzo ($4,800)
  • Ian Happ ($4,800)
  • Kyle Schwarber ($3,700)
  • Wilson Contreras ($3,800)

 


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