WATCH: STACKS TO CONSIDER LOS ANGELES ANGELS


We’ve got a seven-game slate tonight, but the stacking options aren’t too bad. With the top priced pitcher, Brandon McCarthy, at just $9,100, it’s reasonable to expect above average offense tonight. Here are my top five stacks.

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1. ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS

The D-Backs are at home, where they’ve been dominant so far thus season, and will face RHP Zack Wheeler tonight. The interesting aspect about Arizona’s lineup is the injuries they suffered at the top of the order. Leadoff man A.J. Pollock is out with a groin injury, and there’s a good shot we don’t see David Peralta either, due to a tight glute. That means there should be some extra value at the top of the lineup, followed by the usual suspects.

Players to Consider

  • Gregor Blanco ($3,000)
  • Chris Owings ($3,900)
  • Paul Goldschmidt ($5,200)
  • Jake Lamb ($4,700)
  • Yasmany Tomas ($3,900)
  • Brandon Drury ($3,500)


2. LOS ANGELES DODGERS

RHP Matt Cain had one of his best starts of the season against the rival Dodgers earlier in the year and he’s been spectacular when pitching at home. That said, he still yields a .446 on-base percentage to LHB this season, which the Dodgers have plenty of. Looking for a cheap play with some upside? Chase Utley hits .367 with four homers against Cain.

Players to Consider

  • Chase Utley ($3,200)
  • Cody Bellinger ($4,400)
  • Corey Seager ($4,600)
  • Yasmani Grandal ($3,500)
  • Joc Pederson ($4,000)
  • Justin Turner ($4,100)


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3. LOS ANGELES ANGELS

I mentioned all the poor pitching on this slate, but there also aren’t many powerhouse offenses. That leaves the Angels as the only team on the slate projected for five runs or more, at exactly five runs. RHP Mike Pelfrey is the cheapest pitcher on this slate and seems to always let up a few runs before getting yanked early in the game. Like Utley, Danny Espinosa could be a nice, cheap option. He’s 6-for-13 against Pelf with a homer. Pelfrey does have reverse splits, so RHBs hit nearly .130 points better against him than LHB.

Players to Consider

  • Mike Trout ($5,400)
  • Albert Pujols ($4,000)
  • Danny Espinosa ($3,000)
  • C.J. Cron ($3,600)
  • Kole Calhoun ($3,800)
  • Luis Valbuena ($3,500)


4. TORONTO BLUE JAYS

Josh Donaldson and Troy Tulowitzki still aren’t back, but Toronto is starting to turn it around and put some runs up. Joey Bats is coming alive, and the rest of the lineup is following. They’re at home tonight, where they tend to hit well, and facing the ageless Bartolo Colon. Big Sexy is sporting an 8.13 ERA on the road, so this feels like a pretty safe stack.

Players to Consider

  • Jose Bautista ($4,400)
  • Kevin Pillar ($3,500)
  • Kendrys Morales ($3,600)
  • Justin Smoak ($3,900)
  • Ezequiel Carrera ($3,700)
  • Ryan Goins ($2,900)


5. HOUSTON ASTROS

After ruining Derek Jeter night, the ‘Stros are onto Miami, where they’ll face RHP Dan Straily. Straily’s actually been really solid this season, but he’s walked a lot of batters and tends to allow home runs to RHB. That combo could kill you for some runs against a team like Houston, who clearly showed the ability to leave the ballpark last night.

Players to Consider

  • George Springer ($4,600)
  • Jose Altuve ($5,000)
  • Carlos Correa ($4,900)
  • Alex Bregman ($3,800)
  • Brian McCann ($3,200)
  • Josh Reddick ($3,400)

 


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