A stack can win you a tournament, and it can also put you in last place. Picking the right stack is an art, and if you perfect that art, you will find yourself with a large bank account. Today I am here to help you scout out all the stacks for the nine game MLB slate. Each team is ranked in order from what I (Muntradamus) expect to be most dominant, to least.
Nick Margevicius is pitching well with an ERA hovering in the 3.50 range, but a matchup against a Braves team that just crushed the lefty in Tyler Anderson is not what Margevicius was hoping for. In order for the Braves to be shut down, they have to beat themselves. There will be hard hit balls all game long, and those hard hit balls can find themselves in the stands, especially at home.
The Dodgers offense is one of the best in baseball, and even though Jeff Samardzija is pitching better this season, he is still not solid enough to escape this game without any damage. The Dodgers bats are all hot and players like Joc Pederson and Cody Bellinger can rip the cover off the ball plenty of times throughout the night.
Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, you cannot be fooled again. Last time John Means shut down the White Sox to one earned in five IP. While that is an impressive start, to pitch against the same team in back-to-back starts is never an easy task. The White Sox bats got hot over the weekend, and when a pitcher does good in one start, that MEANS his second start will not be as great.
Kyle Freeland has shown signs of life on the road, and he is on the road for this start. The Brewers offense can take advantage of those hanging curveballs. To be honest it is better to be a lefty than a righty against the Brewers these days, but this matchup does look semi-promising for the Brewers, who are happy to return home. Freeland has to be on point to avoid the big hits.
Jake Odorizzi is starting to pitch better, and lucky for him he will be home against one of the best teams in the AL. The Astros do not have any particular matchup that makes you scream in excitement, but as a team they can figure out how to put up a lot of runs. It may not come as expected, but Odorizzi is far from a safe start in this one.
Zach Davies has been sharp with an ERA sitting at 1.65, but I can guarantee you his ERA will not finish the season like that. A matchup against the Rockies, not in Colorado, is not what Davies wants. The middle of that lineup is on fire, Arenado/Story/Blackmon are all hitting the ball well, even Ian Desmond is heating up. This could easily be the sleeper stack of the night.
Eduardo Rodriguez has a lot of junk in his arm trunk, however the Athletics are the type of team that can take advantage of a lefty when he is not having a good night. Chances are Eduardo will get it done, but Matt Chapman is hitting the ball well, and Stephen Piscotty is playing his best baseball all season. The key is Khris Davis, who has been cold over the last two weeks, but he is always capable of launching a big time shot against any lefty pitcher.
While a Boston stack at home could usually lead to great things in the past, this Red Sox team is not stroking the ball the way they would like to. Mookie Betts is starting to heat up a bit, but the rest of the team is far from impressive. While J.D. Martinez is hitting .340, he only has four HRs this season! The rest of the team’s power is not getting it done, and Frankie Montas is a hard throwing righty that should be able to get past this Red Sox lineup more often than not. While there is potential because the Red Sox are at home, they are only on this list because of what they have done in the past.
Brad Keller has been strong this season, but a matchup against the Rays may be his hardest yet this season. There are not a lot of soft spots against this Rays lineup, and they are riding sky high after beating Chris Sale in Boston. Keller is a good pitcher, but he is a better fantasy pitcher when he faces bad teams.
While Michael Wacha has been hittable this season, the Nationals bats are really struggling in the back half of that order. It is also no lock at all that guys like Juan Soto and Adam Eaton, who need to get on base for this stack to work, will have BEAST performances against Wacha. He is coming off of his best start a couple weeks ago, allowing only one ER to the Brewers. The Nationals bats are semi-hot, but this matchup is not.
Tanner Roark is pitching some solid baseball as of late as he has not allowed more than one ER in his last three starts. The Mets bats are not that dominant, and besides Michael Conforto, there is not a huge threat to go yard. Pete Alonso is doing well, but Brandon Nimmo is beat up and Robinson Cano may not even play. The Mets need a star in order to compete.
Paul Goldschmidt is not hitting the ball well, in fact a lot of the Cardinals are struggling. Going up against Patrick Corbin, who is easily one of the best lefties in baseball, the Cardinals will be hard pressed to find a breakout hitting game. The matchup does not look good on paper, especially in Washington.
The Twins are hot as an offense, but hitting usually comes with the territory of playing against the Orioles. However, this is no Orioles matchup on Monday, it is Justin Verlander. When Verlander is on the mound, 10 times out 11, it is not a good idea to stack against him. The only reason Twins are not on the bottom is because they are hitting the ball.
Mike Soroka owns a 1.69 ERA, which automatically means the Padres have a tough matchup ahead. Eric Hosmer has been super hot to carry the Padres offense as of late, but besides him there is nobody that Soroka should really fear. Expect it to be a long day for the Padres offense.
The Orioles will hardly appear on a high ranking for a stack with their weak offense. They are going up against Manny Machado, um, Manny Banuelos, who is a hard throwing lefty that completely fooled the Orioles for four IP of shutout baseball last week..
It’s never good to face the Rays when they go with Ryan Stanek for the opener, then turn it over to Jalen Beeks the rest of the way. The Royals bats do not match up well with any pitcher that Rays throw out there, and with all the confusion and changing of pitchers, expect the timing of the Royals offense to be off on Monday.
After a slow start of giving up 11 ERs, Zach Wheeler has found his form and is coming off of a dominant 11 strikeout game. The truth is the Reds bats do not have a name to really be afraid of, maybe Yasiel Puig and Joey Votto, if it was 2016. The Reds are not consistent enough to be able to unravel the white hot Wheeler.
The Giants hitting the ball in Dodger Stadium? Would not count on it. Kenta Maeda has been one of the stronger pitchers for the Dodgers this season, and the Giants are really lacking good hitting against tough pitching. While they were semi-productive hitting the ball this weekend against the Yankees, they were also getting blown out. Expect Maeda to escape with an easy win.