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It’s Friday, which means all the MLB teams are in action. One afternoon game leaves us with a 14-game slate for tonight, so there won’t be a shortage of options. Here are my top-5 stacks.

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1. DETROIT TIGERS

The Tigers are projected for 5.2 runs at home, which ties them for the most on the slate. They’ll face LHP Derek Holland, who actually has an impressive 2.37 ERA this season. His history suggests that ERA will climb at some point, and tonight could be the start. Many of the Tigers have hit Holland well, including 4-for-11 from Miggy with a pair of homers. In terms of hits allowed from Holland, all eight of his home runs, his lone triple and 11 of his 12 doubles have all come from RHB — something Detroit is loaded with.

Players to Consider

  • Miguel Cabrera ($4,200)
  • J.D. Martinez ($5,000)
  • Justin Upton ($4,000)
  • John Hicks ($2,700)
  • Victor Martinez ($3,700)
  • Nicholas Castellanos ($3,100)


2. ATLANTA BRAVES

The Braves will have the pleasure of teeing off against RHP Bronson Arroyo in a hitter friendly ballpark in Cincy. Arroyo’s sporting a 6.62 ERA on the season, getting slammed pretty evenly by hitters from both sides of the dish. Current Braves hit a combined .351 off Arroyo, highlighted by Matt Kemp — 12-for-28 with two dingers. Matt Adams has also taken Arroyo deep twice.

Players to Consider

  • Matt Kemp ($4,600)
  • Matt Adams ($3,600)
  • Nick Markakis ($3,500)
  • Ender Inciarte ($4,100)
  • Brandon Phillips ($3,700)
  • Adonis Garcia ($3,600)


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3. CINCINNATI REDS

On the opposite end of what should be a run-filled game, the Reds will face RHP Mike Foltynewicz. Although his ERA is a couple points lower than Arroyo, they’re much the same in the sense that they aren’t able to dominate either side of the plate. Bats from both sides will be in play, which gives the offense a much better chance of going off. Cincy is the other team besides Detroit that is projected for 5.2 runs.

Players to Consider

  • Joey Votto ($5,200)
  • Adam Duvall ($5,300)
  • Scott Schebler ($4,200)
  • Eugenio Suarez ($3,700)
  • Billy Hamilton ($5,000)
  • Zack Cozart ($4,500)


4. NEW YORK YANKEES

The Bronx Bombers are in Toronto squaring off against LHP Francisco Liriano and his 6.35 ERA. The hitter-friendly park should only help New York’s bats, who already have been successful against Liriano in the past. Three of the five Yankees that have faced the lefty 10 or more times have an average of .300 of better. The most successful of the bunch has been Matt Holiday — 11-for-32 with two doubles and two long balls.

Players to Consider

  • Matt Holliday ($4,100)
  • Aaron Judge ($5,200)
  • Brett Gardner ($4,500)
  • Chris Carter ($3,200)
  • Aaron Hicks ($4,000)
  • Starlin Castro ($3,800)


5. BALTIMORE ORIOLES

The O’s are at home and will see the reigning Cy Young Award winner tonight in RHP Rick Porcello. Pretty Ricky has returned to his norm this season, though, with a 4.21 ERA that is nearly identical to his career average. Baltimore has given him trouble in previous outings … Mark Trumbo, Chris Davis and Adam Jones all have three home runs against him. Overall, five Orioles that have faced Porcello 17 or more times have an average of .300 or better. The Sox will be a popular stack as well against Alec Asher. Asher isn’t as good as his numbers this season indicate. Hanley Ramirez has taken him deep twice in just four plate appearances.

Players to Consider

  • Mark Trumbo ($4,000)
  • Manny Machado ($3,900)
  • Adam Jones ($4,100)
  • Chris Davis ($4,000)
  • Seth Smith ($3,200)
  • J.J. Hardy ($3,200)

 


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