All 30 teams are in action tonight, so we’ve got a 15-game main slate to dissect. That leaves plenty of stacking options despite some of the better ballparks (Colorado, Arizona) not hosting a game. As you’ll notice, a few of these stacks come against some of the cheapest pitchers on the slate, which makes sense. But there are also a couple of stacks against some stud pitchers that could make for contrarian plays on such a large slate.

Hit me up on Twitter with comments or questions: @julianedlow. Here are my top-5 stacks.


1. St. Louis Cardinals

The Cards are at home, where they’re projected for 4.4 runs against RHP Wily Peralta. The Brewers’ hurler is somehow is 4-1 on the season despite a 5.19 ERA, but that one loss came at the hands of the Cardinals — who scored six runs and didn’t record a strikeout against Peralta. I’m starting a stack specifically with Carpenter, who is 20-for-43 (.465) with six doubles and three homers against Peralta.

Players to Consider

  • Matt Carpenter ($4,200)
  • Jedd Gyorko ($3,700)
  • Kolten Wong ($3,100)
  • Randal Grichuk ($3,800)
  • Stephen Piscotty ($4,100)
  • Yadier Molina ($3,500)

2. Cincinnati Reds

Cincy will face RHP Tyler Glasnow in the friendly confines of their home ballpark. Glasnow hasn’t been sharp this season having failed to pitch more than five innings in a single start and with an ERA dangerously close to eight. His worst start of the season came in a 7-1 loss to the Reds when he failed to make it out of the second inning. This feels like a pretty ideal situation for Cincy.

Players to Consider

  • Joey Votto ($4,800)
  • Adam Duvall ($4,200)
  • Scott Schebler ($3,700)
  • Billy Hamilton ($4,100)
  • Tucker Barnhart ($2,700)
  • Zack Cozart ($3,500)


3. Houston Astros

The Astros have the task of facing LHP Cole Hamels tonight, but in that past that actually hasn’t always been a bad thing, which is why they project for 4.7 runs. The ‘Stros are loaded with RHB that hit Hamels well — three players with three home runs against him and three that hit .300 or better in 10 or more career at-bats against him. I love the idea of stacking up some different combos of RHB along with McCann, who’s 17-for-61 (.279) lifetime vs. Hamels.

Players to Consider

  • Brian McCann ($3,300)
  • Evan Gattis ($3,800)
  • Jose Altuve ($4,700)
  • Carlos Beltran ($3,700)
  • Carlos Correa ($4,600)
  • George Springer ($4,300)

4. Cleveland Indians

The Indians face a stud themselves in RHP Justin Verlander, but these Indians’ bats have handled him well over his long career. There are definitely names you probably want to avoid based on the past — Kipnis, Almonte, Naquin and even Encarnacion, who hit just .115 against Verlander, though he does have a pair of homers in 28 at-bats. However, every name you see below hits .273 or better against Verlander in 20 or more at-bats. The only outlier is Santana, who hits just .217, but has generated the most power with eight home runs.

Players to Consider

  • Carlos Santana ($3,800)
  • Francisco Lindor ($4,100)
  • Michael Brantley ($3,900)
  • Jose Ramirez ($3,500)
  • Lonnie Chisenhall ($2,900)
  • Yan Gomes ($2,600)

5. New York Yankees

The Yanks have been perhaps baseball’s best team thus far in 2017, and are projected for 5.4 runs at Yankee Stadium against RHP Matt Latos. With that short porch in right field, and the wind blowing out, those LHB shouldn’t have to work too hard to leave the ballpark. The Yankees should be pretty popular, though, so give that some consideration before making your decision.

Players to Consider

  • Brett Gardner ($3,900)
  • Jacoby Ellsbury ($3,800)
  • Chase Headley ($3,500)
  • Didi Gregorius ($3,600)
  • Aaron Judge ($4,000)
  • Starlin Castro ($3,600)


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