5/14/18 Stack’em Up! by CubbableHoosier
Stacks are essential to most DFS players success during MLB season. This article will highlight some promising stacks in prime spots to go off. I am currently using mostly 2017-18 stats until stats get settled out. I will never write up Coors Field as it is a known hot bed for stacking. Stack’em up, Sheet Squad!
Cleveland Indians (Cash/GPP)
The Indians are one of the current hot bat teams in MLB after putting up 26 runs in 3 games this past weekend with 2 being 10+ runs. Now they go to Detroit to face Mike Fiers and the Tigers. Fiers is FB, HR prone pitcher who doesn’t miss a ton of bats. Always a good combo to attack in cash games as well as GPPs.
Jose Ramirez will be high on radars today after this weekend series. He is one of their catalysts so having him in the stack is always a good thing.
Jose Ramirez: .378 wOBA and .220 ISO vs RHP last 2 seasons
With me only coring Jose in the Indians stack, I am giving you lots of choices to pair with for flexibility here. The Indians will come out left hand heavy I expect. Francisco Lindor is firmly in play but price can cause some issues. Guys like Yonder Alonso, Jason Kipnis, Bradley Zimmer and Greg Allen will allow you to get those bats easier with your other pieces. If fading Lindor, Edwin Encarnacion and Michael Brantley would be the bats to look at with a cheaper one or two.
Boston Red Sox (Cash/GPP)
The Red Sox come in as another strong team/stack for cash tonight as well as GPPs. Sean Manaea and the Athletics roll into Boston tonight for a series at Fenway. Most will look at this and think, “Manaea just No Hit them a few weeks ago, I am not high on this.” Well there are a few difference to note here. First being, they are in a more hitter friendly environment where loud outs for RHBs are off the wall and not tracked down. Next, Xander Bogaerts is in the lineup and that changes things immensely for me. Next, Manaea has a track record of struggling at Fenway going 6.1 IPs in 2 games with a 21.32 ERA, 21 hits, 15 ERs, 3 HRs and a 3.316 WHIP. Will these numbers hold….absolutely not and yes a small sample size but that speaks some volumes to me. I still see him getting hit here by a good baseball team. Finally, wind is blowing out to the Green Monster. That will help these big RHBs that Boston has.
With all the noted, JD Martinez and Hanley Ramirez are my core Sox tonight. Both come at a decent price but I find both worth paying for here. JD is one of the big lefty masher in the MLB so zero chance he is getting left out here.
Martinez: .432 wOBA and .313 ISO vs LHP last 2 seasons
Ramirez: .377 wOBA and .260 ISO vs LHP last 2 seasons
After you plug these two in the salary takes a hit but there are salary savers like Christian Vazquez and Edurado Nunez in the lineup to use. If salary is not an issues, Xander Bogaerts and Mookie Betts firmly in play. Normally I would fade lefties but Mitch Moreland (if he starts) is a perfect GPP play tonight if you want to be different and prefer fading Ramirez in a GPP.
Tampa Bay Rays (GPP)
You should know by now….TODAY IS STACK VS ERIC SKOGLUND DAY! Weather is something to be VERY mindful of here. If weather allows this game to play…wind is blowing out to LCF. Weather might knock the ownership here down some more as well.
I want all the Wilson Ramos and CJ Cron in these stacks here. Righties that mash lefties vs a shit lefty, yes please!
Ramos: .388 wOBA and .250 ISO vs LHB last 2 seasons
Cron: .336 wOBA and .213 ISO vs LHB last 2 seasons
This stack is rather inexpensive but you want righties over lefties but either will work here. That is how bad Eric Skoglund is this year. Carlos Gomez is your 2 run HR guy or 3 Ks guy. Anyone who starts you can play; ones I like outside those mention, Rob Refsnyder, Adieny Hechavarria, Johnny Field and Matt Duffy. If weather is a 100% GTG and will not be PPD, you can use these guys for some cash salary savers, just don’t go over board.
Arizona Diamondbacks (GPP)
This is the stack that I first wanted while looking over the slate this morning. I am NOT a Junior Guerra believer. He ids a FB guy, who loses command at times and gives up HRs and is slightly reverse splits (xFIP vs righties on road is 5.67!). Well, the DBacks are loaded with right hand bats that have done tons of damage this year and their best hitter is lost right now, the potential is massive if Goldy finds himself. I believe that some regression is due for Guerra soon.
AJ Pollock is my only core guy today here. He is the best hitter on the team right now by far.
Pollock: .349 wOBA and .210 ISO vs RHP last 2 seasons
After plugging in Pollock guys like David Peralta and Jarrod Dyson are high on my list being lefties but the righties I am loving here are Paul Goldschmidt (willing to chance in GPPs), Steven Souza and Chris Ownings. Ketel Marte could get another start and is a cheap play.