Thursday evening brings us an eight-game main slate with plenty of good-looking stacks. Hit me up on Twitter with comments or questions: @julianedlow.

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1. SEATTLE MARINERS

It’s time to start paying attention to what the Mariners have been doing during this home stretch. They’re 6-1 and haven’t scored fewer than five runs in any of those six wins, while also racking up 12 runs on two occasions. Averaging 8.5 runs per win during the home stand, it’s impossible to ignore Seattle against RHP Kyle Gibson. Gibson has a 7.23 ERA this season and is getting dominated by both sides of that plate (.337 average to LHB/.310 average to RHB).

Players to Consider

  • Robinson Cano ($4,700)
  • Nelson Cruz ($5,100)
  • Kyle Seager ($3,900)
  • Ben Gamel ($3,400)
  • Danny Valencia ($4,400)
  • Guillermo Heredia ($3,100)


2. HOUSTON ASTROS

Even when they lose, the Astros still put up runs. No pitcher can hold this offense down, especially not one with a 5.93 ERA like RHP Jason Hammel. Hammel gets taken deep by both sides of the dish but has reverse splits when it comes to batting average, getting hit for a whopping .350 by RHB. That plays perfectly into Houston’s strengths, which is why it’s projected for 5.3 runs.

Players to Consider

  • Jose Altuve ($5,500)
  • Carlos Beltran ($4,700)
  • Carlos Correa ($5,500)
  • George Springer ($5,600)
  • Yuli Gurriel ($3,900)
  • Brian McCann ($3,200)

UPDATE: Carlos Beltran is NOT in the Astros’ lineup tonight against the Royals.


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3. WASHINGTON NATIONALS

The Nats are also projected for a slate-high 5.3 runs against RHP Alec Asher at home in the Beltway Series. Asher’s been a far worse pitcher on the road this season, where his ERA jumps to 5.23. All hitters are in play here to target, but I’d look to start by targeting the obvious power lefties.

Players to Consider

  • Bryce Harper ($5,400)
  • Daniel Murphy ($4,900)
  • Brian Goodwin ($3,000)
  • Ryan Zimmerman ($5,200)
  • Trea Turner ($5,400)
  • Michael Taylor ($4,500)

UPDATE: Daniel Murphy and Ryan Zimmerman are NOT in the Nationals’ lineup tonight against the Orioles.


4. TAMPA BAY RAYS

The Rays have sneaky stack potential, projected for nearly five runs at home against LHP Derek Holland. Holland had been having a good season up until his last start, when he got smacked back to reality by the Tigers for eight earned runs in 2.1 innings. RHB are killing Holland for all 11 home runs he’s allowed, his only triple and 14 of his 15 doubles. It’s blatantly obvious which side of the plate to target here. Evan Longoria is the ideal place to start — 9-for-28 in his career against Holland with four doubles and three homers.

Players to Consider

  • Evan Longoria ($3,600)
  • Steven Souza ($4,600)
  • Tim Beckham ($3,500)
  • Rickie Weeks ($2,600)
  • Derek Norris ($2,600)
  • Daniel Robertson ($2,800)

UPDATE: Rickie Weeks is NOT in the Rays’ lineup tonight against the White Sox.


5. CHICAGO CUBS

The Cubs are at Wrigley facing off against RHP Tyler Chatwood, where they’re projected for five runs. Chatwood’s been much better away from Coors Field, so you can’t take his 4.60 ERA too seriously, but he’s still nothing special. The Cubs are a strong enough lineup to find a way to keep scoring runs as they have been. I prefer something contrarian and cheap like the Rays, but the Cubs certainly provide a safer option.

Players to Consider

  • Anthony Rizzo ($4,900)
  • Kyle Schwarber ($3,900)
  • Ben Zobrist ($3,500)
  • Ian Happ ($4,000)
  • Jason Heyward ($3,700)
  • Wilson Contreras ($3,600)

 


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