Here are the top teams to stack for MLB’s May 22nd action:
The Texas Rangers’ Adrian Sampson is the perfect stacking target on Wednesday as he is due to come in after Jesse Chavez, who only helps make this stack formidable. Sampson has a 4.79 ERA this season as well as a 5.18 SIERA. Sampson also is getting hit extremely hard, as he has a 47.2% hard contact rate in 2019. The Seattle offense will take advantage of these opportunities, as the Mariners have a team ISO of .229 against righties this season.
As you construct your Seattle stacks, look to begin with the right-handed bats of the Mariners. Sampson has allowed a .343 batting average, .428 wOBA and 2.22 HR/9 to right-handed hitters this season. Edwin Encarnacion (FanDuel: $4,000 DraftKings: $5,300), Mitch Haniger (FanDuel: $3,800 DraftKings: $5,300), Ryan Healy (FanDuel: $2,800 DraftKings: $3,700) and Tim Beckham (FanDuel: $2,900 DraftKings: $4,000), are all right-handed batters that have excelled against right-handed pitching this season. Each of these hitters have ISO’s over .200 in those type of matchups.
And while he is not a right-handed batter, Daniel Vogelbach (FanDuel: $4,000 DraftKings: $5,500), has to make your list of Mariners. He has a .410 ISO and .458 wOBA against righties in 2019, while Sampson is allowing a 50.9% hard contact rate to lefties this season.
Seattle will be starting Marco Gonzales. The southpaw has a put up decent numbers in 2019 but has a 4.99 xFIP, meaning regression is on its way. Look for that move back to mean to begin tonight. The Rangers put up big power numbers against left-handed pitching.
Piece that Rangers’ stack together with the left mashers: Joey Gallo (FanDuel: $4,300 DraftKings: $5,600), Nomar Mazara (FanDuel: $3,600 DraftKings: $4,100), Hunter Pence (FanDuel: $3,900 DraftKings: $5,400) and Danny Santana (FanDuel: $3,700 DraftKings: $5,200).
New York Yankees
Whenever the Baltimore Orioles push Dan Straily to the bump, we are going to be interested in attacking the right-hander with stacks. And today is no different, especially with the Yankees being Straily’s opponent. The New York offense has produced the sixth-highest ISO against right-handed pitching this season. That should play well against Straily, who owns a 6.42 SIERA, 7.24xFIP and 2.93 HR/9 this season, all of which are the highest of any pitcher scheduled to start today.
When building your Pinstripes stack, feel free to use any and all Yankees regardless of which side of the plate they bat from. Straily has been bad against both righties and lefties this season. Against left-handed batters he is allowing a .384 wOBA and a 2.3 HR/9. And versus righties he is allowing a .394/.419/.732 slash line.
Just be sure not to leave Gary Sanchez (FanDuel: $4,400 DraftKings: $5,500) off any of your Yankee builds. The New York slugger is raking against righties this season. He owns a .381 ISO and a .413 wOBA against them. You are probably going to want some combination of Gleyber Torres (FanDuel: $4,000 DraftKings: $5,300), Brett Gardner (FanDuel: $3,000 DraftKings: $4,800), Luke Voit (FanDuel: $4,200 DraftKings: $5,300) and Clint Frazier (FanDuel: $3,400 DraftKings: $4,300) as well. Each of those four Yankees’ hitters have .200-plus ISOs against right-handed pitching in 2019.
The Astros have crushed right-handed pitching all season long. They have a .220 ISO, .355 wOBA and a 127 wRC+ against them. With the White Sox starting Ivan Nova in this one, you have to believe they keep smashing, so load up on the Astros.
As you load up on them, feel free to picks batters from either side of the plate. Nova is allowing a .435 wOBA to lefties and a .365 wOBA to righties in 2019.
The Astros’ stack should begin with the usual suspects. Alex Bregman (FanDuel: $4,300 DraftKings: $5,500), George Springer (FanDuel: $4,500 DraftKings: $5,900) if he is in the lineup and Michael Brantley (FanDuel: $4,000 DraftKings: $5,200). Each of these three sluggers have an OPS greater than 1.010 against right-handed pitching.
You will also want to target Robinson Chirinos (FanDuel: $3,000 DraftKings: $4,400), Jake Marisnick (FanDuel: $2,400 DraftKings: $4,900), Carlos Correa (FanDuel: $4,100 DraftKings: $5,200) and Aledmys Diaz (FanDuel: $3,300 DraftKings: $4,500). These four Astros all have ISOs greater than .200 against righties in 2019.
The Twins have been red hot over the last week. In the last seven days the Minnesota offense has a .307 batting average and a .230 team ISO. With the Twins facing the Angels’ Matt Harvey tonight, there is no reason to believe the Twins’ bats cool tonight.
Harvey owns a 5.07 SIERA and has a below league average 17% K rate. You want to attack the Angels’ starter with left-handed bats. Harvey is allowing a .395 wOBA, 1.89 HR/9 and a 55.9% hard contact versus lefty batters in 2019.
So, as you build your Twins’ stack you are looking at guys like Jason Castro (FanDuel: $3,200 DraftKings: $4,100), Jorge Polanco (FanDuel: $4,200 DraftKings: $4,700), Max Kepler (FanDuel: $3,600 DraftKings: $4,100) and Eddie Rosario (FanDuel: $4,200 DraftKings: $4,600). The Twinkies’ lefty foursome all have ISOs of at least .243 against right-handed pitching this season.
Good luck and happy stacking!
After participating in season-long fantasy baseball for over two and a half decades, Wes shifted his focus to the DFS grind. He has shared from his experiences and began his MLB DFS-writing career at FanRag.com in 2013. There he provided a deep analysis inside the numbers of matchups as well as winning FanDuel lineups. The cash game grinder has also done work with Razzball and is excited to help the Win Daily family get into the green.