Friday night is coming and we get a beautiful 13-game slate on our hands. You’re going to have to pick what top stack you want to pay up for in this one, as there are a ton. So let us dig in and see what stacks we love.
1.) Colorado Rockies: The Rockies return home and we all know where the chalk is going to be. With the total opening up at 11, I wouldn’t be surprised if it even jumped up half a run or a full run by game time. Robbie Ray is a very respectable pitcher who can rack up all the strikeouts in the world when he is on point. Ray has had a very tough time away from Arizona this season, as he has posted a 4.43 ERA and his strikeout numbers take a drastic fall by almost seven strikeouts per nine innings. More bad news for him is Trevor Story and Nolan Arenado play for the Rockies. With the money aside my favorite bats in order are Nolan Arenado, Trevor Story, Ian Desmond, Charlie Blackmon, and Mark Reynolds. Arenado, over his career, has been exceptional against lefties at home, batting .367. I know Ray is no slouch, but Arenado is an elite hitter. Trevor Story, in his own right, mashes lefties at home in his short career with a .325 batting average. As my favorite hitters on the slate they will be LOCKED into all of my lineups.
2.) Texas Rangers: What’s a Coors slate if we don’t get the Rangers at home also? Trent Thornton comes into down with his zero wins and three loss record and 5.08 ERA. Thornton struggles against lefties so far in his young career, especially in the power department. If you know anything about the Rangers you should know where I’m heading with this one, to Joey Gallo. Gallo arguably has the highest upside on this slate with the chance to break out for three home runs in a game at any time. For power upside, Nomar Mazara should crack your stack along with Shin-Soo Choo and the CHEAP Rougned Odor. Those four players are my favorites in this spot. If you want to round it out and make it a five man stack I LOVE the spot for Elvis Andrus, he is just a little expensive.
3.)Tampa Bay Rays:Let me start off by saying how horrible I think Dan Straily is, horrible. I LOVE the Rays here especially against Straily’s very slow 89 MPH fastball. My favorite hitter here would have to be Brandon Lowe. This season against fastballs, which Straily throws 45% of the time, Lowe has a .463 wOBA and a .217 ISO. I’m going to make a home run call here with Lowe. Pair him with Tommy Pham, who holds a .428 wOBA and a .240 ISO, at the top of the order as I love doing with my stacks. Avisail Garcia is also another hitter who I love here, as we get him at a respectable price. If you want to be contrarian with your stack, I also love the spot for Willy Adames. He absolutely CRUSHES fastballs.
4.) Philadelphia Phillies: At some point the Phillies just have to break out right? The story on Jeremy Hellickson here so far this season is that he cannot get lefties out. The Phillies have a pretty decent hitter on their team who happens to be a lefty named Bryce Harper, Heard of him? He’s pretty good if I may say so myself. Harper has struggled so far this season, but I do expect a nice breakout game for him in this one. Pair him with Andrew McCutchen, who has been playing well as of late. To get contrarian I love the spot for J.T. Realmuto in this one and many players don’t pay up for catcher, so jam him in. What’s a full Phillies stack without Rhys Hoskins? Hoskins is a reverse splits hitter, as he is much better against right-handed pitchers and I bet he has no problem taking Hellickson deep in this one. Hoksins has that GPP upside we all strive to get from our players. Don’t forget about Maikel Franco, as no one ever wants to pay his tag because of where he hits, but he can hit one out at any time. Hellickson sporting a 5.82 ERA with very low strikeout upside doesn’t look well for him in this one.
Won the FanDuel, 11K MLB Pickoff Single Entry Tournament in May of 2019. Started playing MLB DFS a couple years ago and have found success as mainly a cash game player. After playing season-long fantasy for five years I decided to give DFS a shot and have never looked back. Grinding all year around with MLB, NBA and NFL.