MLB Top Stacks: April 20th

CHASE OR FADE: THE BALTIMORE ORIOLES


Thursday is typically “getaway day” in MLB, so there are more afternoon games in order to get teams off to the airport en route to the next series. That still leaves us with a seven-game slate tonight, so plenty of stacking options.

One of my favorite options yesterday was Cleveland, but that game wound up being rained out. I’m in a similar situation today with Baltimore, who’s in a great spot against Cincy, but that game is in serious danger of not being played. If it is, however, I’d recommend looking into the O’s. Here are my other top-five stacks:

1. St. Louis Cardinals

The Birds will be going up against Zach Davies in a good hitter’s park in Milwaukee. Davies has had three miserable starts so far this season, which has added up to an 8.79 ERA. He’s particularly struggled against RHB, who are hitting .500 against him in the early going, although both HRs he’s allowed have been from LHB. I think the Cards make for a good under-the-radar stack, and you can choose from bats on both sides of the plate.

Players to Consider

  • Matt Carpenter ($4,800)
  • Aledmys Diaz ($4,500)
  • Dexter Fowler ($4,900)
  • Stephen Piscotty ($4,500)
  • Jedd Gyorko ($4,000)
  • Randal Grichuk ($4,200)


2. Seattle Mariners

Seattle playing in Oakland isn’t the most glamorous game on paper, but once you dive into the pitching matchup, it becomes more attractive. Cesar Valdez will take the mound for the A’s, and his resume made me think I was researching the wrong guy. This dude hasn’t pitched in the big leagues since 2010 when he had a 7.65 ERA over 20 innings. Enough said.

Players to Consider

  • Robinson Cano ($4,400)
  • Mitch Haniger ($3,600)
  • Nelson Cruz ($4,500)
  • Jarrod Dyson $3,100)
  • Kyle Seager ($4,100)
  • Taylor Motter ($3,300)


3. Arizona Diamondbacks

The Diamondbacks aren’t playing in a favorable matchup in San Diego, but the pitching matchup does go their way in this one. Clayton Richard hasn’t been anything special this season and has been hit well by many members of the D-Backs in the past. With no clear-cut team to stack tonight, you might be able to get great ownership on Arizona given the park.

Players to Consider

  • Paul Goldschmidt ($5,100)
  • A.J. Pollock ($4,100)
  • Yasmany Tomas ($3,900)
  • David Peralta ($3,700)
  • Jake Lamb ($4,000)
  • Chris Owings ($3,500)


4. Washington Nationals

The Nats were my top stack yesterday and actually made me look like I know what I’m talking about, dropping 14 runs on the Braves, fueled by 46 DKFP from Bryce Harper. Will that happen again? Almost certainly not. But Washington still feels like it is in another good spot tonight against R.A. Dickey. Although Harper is a must if you’re going to stack the Nats, Jayson Werth is the first guy you need to consider rostering if he plays (DTD with a groin injury) — hitting 13-for-27 (.481) in his career against Dickey, including a pair of homers and five walks.

Players to Consider

  • Jayson Werth ($3,500 – DTD)
  • Bryce Harper ($5,000)
  • Ryan Zimmerman ($3,300)
  • Daniel Murphy ($4,500)
  • Adam Eaton ($4,000)
  • Matt Wieters ($3,100)


5. Kansas City Royals

The Royals are projected for 4.7 runs, which is tied with the O’s for the most on tonight’s main slate. They’re facing Andrew Cashner, whose ERA is over five so far this season, in a good ballpark to hit in Texas. Feels like a pretty solid spot for KC.

Players to Consider

  • Mike Moustakas ($3,700)
  • Alex Gordon ($4,200)
  • Lorenzo Cain ($4,600)
  • Eric Hosmer ($4,500)
  • Salvador Perez ($3,900)
  • Brandon Moss ($4,100)

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