Saturday night brings us a solid seven-game slate with a bunch of stacks to consider. As always, you can get me on the ol’ Twitter machine @SBuchanan24.

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1. Seattle Mariners

The Mariners will face off against Mike Pelfrey tonight, which feels like the easiest pitcher to target against. The Mariners have been hitting well at Safeco Field this season, posting a .331 wOBA with a .349 OBP and a .412 SLG. Pelfrey hasn’t pitched much in the majors this season, but he’s already been shaky with his control with a BB/9 of 3.8 and he’s allowed four home runs in five starts. With only two pitchers eclipsing at least a $10K salary, this should be an easy stack to roster.

Players to Consider

  • Nelson Cruz ($4,800)
  • Jean Segura ($5,100)
  • Ben Gamel ($3,800)
  • Kyle Seager ($3,800)
  • Danny Valencia ($3,100)


2. Baltimore Orioles

Mike Bolsinger has only had two starts this season, but he’s another pitcher I want to target against tonight. In his last start against the Braves, Bolsinger allowed six runs (five earned) on eight hits in just 4.2 innings with a 3:2 K:BB ratio. In the hitter-friendly Camden Yards, I can’t imagine Bolsinger finding much success. The Orioles have bene heating up at the plate lately, posting a team .352 wOBA over the past two weeks with a .337 OBP and a .488 SLG.

  • Chris Davis ($5,100)
  • Adam Jones ($4,500)
  • Mark Trumbo ($4,600)
  • Seth Smith ($4,100)
  • Jonathan Schoop ($3,800)


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3. Texas Rangers

Justin Verlander hasn’t been his dominant self this season, as he owns a very uncharacteristic 4.6 BB/9 through eight starts. On top of that, opposing hitters have a 44% hard hit rate over his last three games with a batted ball distance of 259 ft. Not exactly the type of numbers you want to see from your ace. The Rangers are a very patient team and rank eighth in the league in BB% at 9.5%. Aside from that, they own a .326 wOBA against righties with a .322 OBP and a .432 SLG. Verlander’s name alone could drive down ownership, but this could end up being a sneaky stack tonight, and one I’m personally a fan of using. 

Players to Consider

  • Shin-Soo Choo ($4,100)
  • Elvis Andrus ($3,600)
  • Nomar Mazara ($4,300)
  • Jonathan Lucroy ($3,600)
  • Mike Napoli ($3,600)


4. Toronto Blue Jays

This is a funny matchup because I don’t exactly trust the Blue Jays to produce, and I don’t exactly trust Gausman on the mound. So, which side do we choose? Camden Yards certainly sways me towards the Blue Jays even though they’ve disappointed us many times already. The Blue Jays are in the lower half of the league in wOBA on the road at .305 with a .306 OBP and a .392 SLG. Not very impressive. However, Gausman has been rocked lately, posting negative points in three of his nine starts and under 10 DK points in another three starts. Opposing hitters have a 41% hard hit rate against him in his last three starts with a batted ball distance of 224 ft. 

Players to Consider

  • Kendrys Morales ($4,400)
  • Jose Bautista ($4,900)
  • Justin Smoak ($4,500)
  • Kevin Pillar ($3,700)
  • Devon Travis ($4,200)


5. Arizona Diamondbacks

The D-Backs were a highly successful stack last night, thanks to Jered Weaver and his eight runs he allowed in 0.2 innings. They have a tougher matchup today against Luis Perdomo, which pushes them down to my number five stack. Perdomo is VERY boom-or-bust every start, so it’s hard to predict just who you’ll get. Lefties have given him the most trouble thus far, as he’s allowing a .405 wOBA with a .510 SLG and a .431 OBP. Personally, I think the D-Backs may be a GPP stack only, as Perdomo is always capable of pulling off a stellar game.

  • Jake Lamb ($5,200)
  • Paul Goldschmidt ($3,900)
  • David Peralta ($4,100)
  • Yasmany Tomas ($4,400)
  • Brandon Drury ($3,800)

 


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