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MLB Top Stacks: April 8th

A 10-game slate for tonight brings us plenty of opportunities to stack up some teams. Be sure to double-check the starting lineups ahead of setting your rosters. Let’s get to my top-5 for tonight! As always, you can get me on the ol’ Twitter machine @SBuchanan24.

1. Texas Rangers

The Rangers went off last night, and I think it could happen once again. They’ll face Kendall Graveman, who allowed 15 of 22 home runs on the road in 2016. With Graveman relying on contact to get batters out, the Rangers can certainly take advantage of that. Globe Life Park was also one of the top offensive ballparks in 2016.

Players to Consider

  • Carlos Gomez ($4,000)
  • Nomar Mazara ($3,800)
  • Rougned Odor ($4,400)
  • Mike Napoli ($4,000)
  • Shin-Soo Choo ($4,300)

2. Cleveland Indians

I’m not convinced that Greinke is going to rebound at home in 2017. Last season, opposing hitters tagged him for a .335 wOBA with a .328 OBP. They only put up three runs last night, but with so many offensive weapons on the Indians, it’s hard not to like them at the same ballpark again tonight.

Players to Consider

  • Carlos Santana ($4,500)
  • Francisco Lindor ($4,300)
  • Jose Ramirez ($4,100)
  • Yan Gomes ($3,000)
  • Edwin Encarnacion ($4,600)

3. Chicago Cubs

Tommy Milone was, well, quite ineffective in 2016. The Cubs were one of the best hitting clubs against left-handed pitching last season, and I expect more of the same tonight. Last season, Milone allowed a .362 wOBA to right-handed batters and a .357 wOBA to lefties.

Players to Consider

  • Kris Bryant ($5,200)
  • Ben Zobrist ($4,500)
  • Anthony Rizzo ($5,300)
  • Kyle Schwarber ($4,800)
  • Willson Contreras ($3,900)

4. L.A. Dodgers

Surprisingly enough, Jon Gray pitched more effectively at Coors Field than he did on the road last season. In fact, rostering Gray at Coors Field was a strategy implemented on particular nights. With that being said, Gray allowed 18 home runs in 2016, and Coors Field is an incredibly hitter-friendly park. I think the Dodgers are in a prime spot to produce tonight.

Players to Consider

  • Corey Seager ($5,400)
  • Justin Turner ($4,700)
  • Logan Forsythe ($4,800)
  • Joc Pederson ($4,800)
  • Andrew Toles ($3,900)

5. San Francisco Giants

The Giants will take on Jhoulys Chacin, who was roughed up for nine runs against the Dodgers already this season. Left-handed batters have historically hit him hard, as he owns a career .337 wOBA against them. Even more attractive is that fact that not one player listed below exceeds $4,000 in salary.

Players to Consider

  • Brandon Belt ($3,700)
  • Hunter Pence ($3,900)
  • Eduardo Nunez($3,700)
  • Buster Posey ($3,800)
  • Denard Span ($3,600)


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