With eight afternoon games scheduled, this article will cover the top five stacks I’ll be considering. As always, you can get me on the ol’ Twitter machine @SBuchanan24.


1. St. Louis Cardinals

The Cardinals will play at SunTrust Field this afternoon taking on R.A. Dickey. He’s been decent in his two home starts this season, but we have lots of reasons to believe that could change. Over his last three starts, Dickey has allowed a 41% hard hit rate to opposing hitters with four home runs surrendered. The Cardinals enter this game with some of the best numbers against righties, owning a .340 wOBA, with a .446 SLG and a .343 OBP.

Players to Consider

  • Matt Carpenter ($3,900)
  • Jedd Gyorko ($3,800)
  • Kolten Wong ($3,500)
  • Aledmys Diaz ($3,800)
  • Randal Grichuk ($3,500)

2. New York Mets

Jose Urena will make his first start of the season for the Marlins today after working six games out of the bullpen. Urena hasn’t had much success as a starter, owning a career .338 wOBA, with a .444 SLG and a .347 OBP over the span of two years. The Mets have a number of injuries to their lineup right now, but they still have players that can hit RHP. With Urena mainly a contact pitcher, the Mets can hopefully find some success today.

Players to Consider

  • Jay Bruce ($4,300)
  • Michael Conforto ($4,000)
  • T.J. Rivera ($2,900)
  • Neil Walker ($3,600)
  • Matt Reynolds ($2,600)


3. Boston Red Sox

This one may come as a bit of a surprise, especially considering how well Santana has pitched thus far. With that being said, I think it’s worth taking into consideration the teams he’s faced. In six starts he’s faced the A’s, Rangers, Indians, White Sox (twice) and Royals. All of these teams have a wOBA against righties in the lower half of the league, except the Indians where Santana had his worst start of the season. The Red Sox enter the day with a .322 wOBA against righties with a .334 OBP. I like this stack because not only will it be low owned, but I think it could surprise many and hopefully shoot you up the leaderboard.

Players to Consider

  • Hanley Ramirez ($4,600)
  • Andrew Benintendi ($4,300)
  • Mookie Betts($5,300)
  • Mitch Moreland ($3,800)
  • Xander Bogaerts ($4,400)

4. Pittsburgh Pirates

Believe it or not, the Pirates own the highest projected run total on this slate at 4.7 runs. Overall, this team has been brutal at the plate, owning just a .302 wOBA against righties with a .317 OBP and a .372 SLG. So why would you consider this stack today? Well, Zack Davies has allowed a 41% hard hit rate to opposing hitters over his last three starts and has allowed no less than five hits in each of his six starts. Believe me, I know this isn’t a sexy stack by any means, but I at least have some confidence going against Davies.

Players to Consider

  • Josh Bell ($3,100)
  • Gregory Polanco ($4,200)
  • Andrew McCutchen ($4,300)
  • Gift Ngoepe ($2,400)
  • John Jaso ($2,900)

EDITOR’S NOTE: Andrew McCutchen is not in the Pirates’ starting lineup on Sunday.

5. Chicago White Sox

I know, I feel like I’m showcasing every stack you WOULDN’T consider today. Chris Tillman is making his first start of the season for the Orioles and is tabbed as their ace. So, why would we consider Chicago today? Well, based on his rehab appearances, Tillman has been struggling in the early going. Over 16.1 innings in the minors, he’s allowed 13 runs on 20 hits with a 14:4 K: BB ratio and SEVEN home runs allowed. His last rehab tuneup saw four home runs allowed in just five innings of work. Unless he walks into Camden Yards today and magically transforms, I can’t imagine he doesn’t struggle.

Players to Consider

  • Avisail Garcia ($3,800)
  • Jose Abreu ($4,900)
  • Melky Cabrera ($4,500)
  • Todd Frazier ($4,700)
  • Matt Davidson ($3,700)

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