It’s an 11-game slate here on Monday night with a lot of teams projected for high run totals. Here are my top-five teams to stack tonight. Feel free to reach out to me on Twitter with comments or questions: @julianedlow.

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1. HOUSTON ASTROS

The best team in baseball will be in Oakland to face RHP Daniel Gossett tonight. Gossett’s pitched 3.1 innings in his big league career in a start against the Marlins in Miami. He allowed seven runs including a pair of homers — which has his ERA at an eye-popping 16.20. It’d be pretty surprising if this kid doesn’t struggle against Houston’s elite lineup.

Players to Consider

  • George Springer ($5,200)
  • Jose Altuve ($5,100)
  • Carlos Correa ($4,900)
  • Carlos Beltran ($4,100)
  • Brian McCann ($3,800)
  • Marwin Gonzalez ($3,800)


2. TORONTO BLUE JAYS

Toronto’s projected for a slate-high of five-and-a-half runs against RHP Austin Bibens-Dirkx. ABD faced the Jays earlier this season, surrendering three runs in four innings, fueled by home runs from Justin Smoak and Kendrys Morales. It should be a nice night for the long ball again in muggy Texas, so this is definitely an intriguing stack. I’m looking to go big by starting my Jays stack with all the home runs hitters.

Players to Consider

  • Justin Smoak ($4,800)
  • Kendrys Morales ($4,500)
  • Josh Donaldson ($4,600)
  • Jose Bautista ($3,800)
  • Steve Pearce ($3,800)
  • Russell Martin ($3,800)


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3. SEATTLE MARINERS

The Mariners have been one of the hottest teams at home recently and project for another 5.2 runs tonight in a matchup against RHP Anibal Sanchez. Seattle’s bats have hit Sanchez pretty well in their careers, but nothing like the success Nelson Cruz has had. The cleanup hitter is a ridiculous 5-for-12 against Sanchez in his career, all five hits being for extra bases and four of them exiting the ballpark. He’s also drawn three walks, so the guy you’re building this stack around feels pretty obvious. Even if you’re stacking one of these other teams, Cruz is a good guy to get into your lineup if you can.

Players to Consider

  • Nelson Cruz ($4,800)
  • Robinson Cano ($4,600)
  • Kyle Seager ($3,400)
  • Mitch Haniger ($4,300)
  • Jarrod Dyson ($4,100)
  • Ben Gamel ($4,200)


4. LOS ANGELES DODGERS

The Dodgers are at home facing RHP Zack Wheeler, and they are projected for 4.5 runs. With Clayton Kershaw on the mound they may not need a ton of runs to win, but they’re in a strong situation to rack some up. The Dodgers are stacked with LHB, which have hit three-quarters of the home runs allowed by Wheeler so far this season. Wheeler has faced just two members of the Dodgers in the past, switch-hitter Yasmani Grandal and LHB Chase Utley, both of whom have homered off him.

Players to Consider

  • Cody Bellinger ($5,200)
  • Corey Seager ($4,600)
  • Chase Utley ($3,500)
  • Yasmani Grandal ($3,000)
  • Joc Pederson ($3,800)
  • Justin Turner ($4,200)


5. BOSTON RED SOX

The Sox are coming off a huge win in Houston last night and made the trek to Kansas City for tonight’s game. While the combo of a late night game followed by travel may catch up to it, I think this team is still riding a high from its biggest win of the season. Boston’s still projected for nearly five runs, so it’s not in a bad spot against RHP Jason Hammel tonight. Hammel’s been consistently bad this season, and the five Red Sox that have faced him in his career are a combined 23-for-73 (.315).

Players to Consider

  • Mookie Betts ($5,400)
  • Mitch Moreland ($4,300)
  • Andrew Benintendi ($4,300)
  • Hanley Ramirez ($3,400)
  • Dustin Pedroia Q ($3,400)
  • Xander Bogaerts ($4,500)

 


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