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3 Daily Fantasy Baseball Stacks for 7/12/18

The Pirates enter a premium matchup with what could be a rusty Wade Miley. Which other offenses should you be targeting on Thursday's short slate?

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.

Pittsburgh Pirates

Wade Miley has pitched just 6.1 innings (5.77 SIERA) this season due to injury, but since he is a veteran pitcher we don't have to try to wade through this tiny sample. In over 150 innings with the Baltimore Orioles last season, Miley recorded just an 8.1% swinging-strike rate and 5.07 SIERA. Considering he should likely be even worse on Thursday, having not pitched in a Major League contest since April, he is a candidate to have a short start.

Miley has allowed a career .339 wOBA to right-handed hitters in his career, so we will want to target right-handed bats for our Pirates stack.

Starling Marte ($3,900) certainly fits the bills of a right-handed bat, and you're building around him to start this one off. His 32.9% fly-ball rate would be the highest of his career, and he's got enormous upside because of his ability to swipe a bag or two.

Elias Diaz ($2,800) has a 6.1% strikeout rate, 36.4% fly-ball rate, and 43.2% hard-hit rate against southpaws on the year. Josh Harrison ($2,800) is another excellent cheap option; he has just a 11.1% strikeout rate to pair with identical 39.1% fly-ball and hard-hit rates against left-handed pitching. Josh Bell ($2,800) has recorded a 126 wRC+ against southpaws this year, and Francisco Cervelli's ($2,700) wRC+ against left-handed pitching is 150. For Cervelli, this includes a 19.5% strikeout rate, 48.7% fly-ball rate, and 37.4% hard-hit rate.

Gregory Polanco ($3,800) is a left-handed hitter, but his 49.0% fly-ball rate and 35.8% hard-hit rate give him an ideal batted-ball profile for some sneaky power upside. In a small sample, Polanco's 139 wRC+ against southpaws this year is higher than his 111 mark against right-handed pitchers. Corey Dickerson ($3,600) has a 123 wRC+ against left-handed pitching this year as well.

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