After a couple of 15-game slates, things are changing up tonight with just five games on Thursday evening’s main slate. That said, we’ve seen a ton of runs lately, so there’s sure to be some nice options even on a smaller slate (particularly given the lack of pitching on this slate). Here are my top-5 stacks.

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1. Boston Red Sox

This Sox vs. O’s series has gotten as ugly as it can get. I think things will finally calm down tonight, but it’s a brutal pitching matchup with both teams calling in pitchers that aren’t typically in the rotation. Boston will face RHP Tyler Wilson, who’s appeared in five games, but pitched just five innings and has a 5.40 ERA. RHB have killed Wilson thus far, so I’m looking there to start a Sox stack — something Boston has plenty of.

Players to Consider

  • Mookie Betts ($5,300)
  • Hanley Ramirez ($5,000)
  • Dustin Pedroia ($4,300)
  • Xander Bogaerts ($5,000)
  • Andrew Benintendi ($4,600)
  • Mitch Moreland ($4,000)


2. Seattle Mariners

The Mariners were in my top stacks last night and went for eight runs. I think they’re in another great spot tonight at home against RHP Alex Meyer — who’s only pitched 3.2 innings this season, but has a career ERA of 6.54 (8.36 on the road). He’s allowed a .404 on-base percentage to LHB in his career, so I like starting there. But Nelson Cruz also hit a two-run bomb in his only at-bat against this guy, so you can’t ignore that info.

Players to Consider

  • Robinson Cano ($4,600)
  • Nelson Cruz ($4,800)
  • Kyle Seager ($4,300)
  • Jean Segura ($4,600)
  • Ben Gamel ($3,000)
  • Jarrod Dyson ($3,200)


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3. Baltimore Orioles

Veteran RHP Kyle Kendrick will be on the mound, making his first career start in the AL after nine years in the NL (and missing all of last season). Typically pitchers have a tougher time in the AL, which means Kendrick’s 4.63 ERA career ERA could be on the rise. He had a 6.32 ERA in his last healthy season and allowed a .302 average to hitters on the whole. A great hitting team like the Orioles, who are already playing angry, should be able to do some damage here. Seth Smith is 11-for-22 with four extra-base hits against Kendrick from back in their NL days, so he seems like a nice cheap option to start with.

Players to Consider

  • Seth Smith ($3,700)
  • Chris Davis ($4,200)
  • Mark Trumbo ($4,300)
  • Manny Machado ($5,100)
  • Adam Jones ($4,500)
  • Hyun-Soo Kim ($3,800)


4. Tampa Bay Rays

Even the expensive pitchers on this slate like RHP Dan Straily come with plenty of flaws — a 4.15 ERA on that season that jumps to 6.10 on the road. With only 10 teams on the slate, the Rays are in play as a somewhat contrarian stack seeing Straily could be much higher owned than usual given the lack of pitching available. The Rays have some interesting cheap LHB that could produce in this spot.

Players to Consider

  • Corey Dickerson ($3,800)
  • Kevin Kiermaier ($3,500)
  • Colby Rasmus ($3,400)
  • Logan Morrison ($3,300)
  • Brad Miller ($3,700)
  • Steven Souza ($3,600)


5. Atlanta Braves

The Braves are another team going up against one of the most expensive pitchers on the slate, so they could be lower owned. RHP Zack Wheeler, who’s allowed three homers and a .346 on-base percentage to LHB this season, will have to deal with some power LHB in Atlanta. Freddie Freeman is 7-for-14 with a pair of doubles and a dinger off Wheeler in his career.

Players to Consider

  • Freddie Freeman ($5,200)
  • Nick Markakis ($3,600)
  • Ender Inciarte ($4,200)
  • Matt Kemp ($4,700)
  • Adonis Garcia ($3,400)
  • Tyler Flowers ($2,900)

 


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