4 Daily Fantasy Baseball Stacks for 4/12/18
Stacking can be a controversial topic in many daily fantasy sports, but you can count baseball as a glaring exception. Here, it's universal.
Using multiple players on the same team on a given day presents you with the opportunity to double dip. If one of your players hits an RBI double, there's a good chance he drove in another one of your guys. When you get the points for both the run and the RBI, you'll be climbing the leaderboards fast.
Each day here on numberFire, we'll go through four offenses ripe for the stacking. They could have a great matchup, be in a great park, or just have a lot of quality sticks in the lineup, but these are the offenses primed for big days that you may want a piece of.
Premium members can use our new stacking feature to customize their stacks within their optimal lineups for the day, choosing the team you want to stack and how many players you want to include. You can also check out our hitting heat map, which provides an illustration of which offenses have the best combination of matchup and potency.
Now, let's get to the stacks.
Lucas Giolito sparkled in 2017, posting a miniscule 2.38 ERA over 45 1/3 innings pitched. He also posted a respectable 19.0% strikeout rate with an improved 6.7% walk rate over those innings, building a lot of confidence heading into the 2018 campaign.
But a closer look at his 2017 revealed some warts. Chief among them, hitters actually squared him up pretty good, with a 35.4% hard-hit rate and 34.9% fly-ball rate. That inflated his tidy ERA to a 4.49 skill-interactive ERA (SIERA). It sure felt like the regression monster was coming, and so far, it has. While it's still early, in two starts and 11 2/3 innings pitched, the young hurler hasn't been able to shake his past command issues, having walked 13.2% of hitters, exceeding his minute strikeout rate of 9.4% and resulting in a 6.31 SIERA.
Giolito's biggest issue is throwing strikes early -- his first-pitch strike percentage so far this season is only 47.2%. To give that number some context, among the 56 qualified starters in 2017, Giolito's mark would be dead-last, and by a margin of 7.4% at that.
Lefties were a big part of Giolito's limited struggles a year ago as they socked him for a 40.6% hard-hit rate and 34.4% fly-ball rate. And there's at least one Minnesota Twins hitter that can get loose for a long ball:
In 2017, Eddie Rosario ($2,500) smashed right-handers to the tune of a .268 ISO, 34.1% hard-hit rate, and 40.3% fly-ball rate. He is almost a must-play at this price point, given Giolito's lefty struggles. But there are three other lefties worth considering, and each of them are below $3,000.
The first is Joe Mauer ($2,800), who's the most expensive of the crew. Mauer was also adept with the platoon advantage, posting a 40.8% hard-hit rate and a strong 12.0% walk rate a year ago.
Another middle-of-the-order thumper is new acquisition Logan Morrison, who's only $2,200. Morrison makes for a cheap play thanks to his .097 batting average this year, but he rocked righties for a .498 ISO, 40.4% hard-hit rate, and 46.3% fly-ball rate as a member of the Tampa Bay Rays a season ago.
To round out the stack, the big German Max Kepler ($2,300) -- fresh off a walkoff bomb -- possesses a pile of pop at a low price point. The lefty hit his way to a 36.0% hard-hit rate and 42.0% fly-ball rate with the platoon advantage in 2017.
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