4 Daily Fantasy Baseball Stacks for 5/29/15
Each day here on numberFire, we'll be providing you with four potential offenses to stack in your daily fantasy lineups. These are the offenses that provide huge run potential on that given day based on matchups and other factors.
After reading through these suggestions, make sure to check out our daily projections. These can either let you know which players to include in each stack, or which guy best complements said stack.
Another great tool is our custom optimal lineups, which are available for premium subscribers. Within the tool, we've added the option to stack teams -- you choose the team you want to stack, show how many players you want to use within the stack, and the tool will create a lineup based on this that you can then customize.
Now, let's get to the stacks. Here are the teams you should be targeting in daily fantasy baseball today.
So, y'all want to hear how old Mark Buehrle is? Tonight will be the 51st time that Buehrle has started against the Minnesota Twins. He has thrown 341 innings against his former AL Central foes, or 251.2 more innings than Twins starter Trevor May has thrown in his entire career. I'm not going to tell you his stats in those games because that is the most annoying, worthless poo people could spout at you. Just know that this is a good match-up as Buehrle's stuff has dipped juuuuuuust a wee bit, and the Twins are crushing lefties this year.
I was underselling it when I said Buehrle wasn't as good anymore. When your ERA (5.13) is higher than your K/9 (4.47), you best evaluate yourself, home slice. He is also walking more batters per nine innings (2.32) than he has since 2003. That's less than ideal for the Blue Jays, but it's music to the ears of the team with the 10th best wOBA against left-handed pitchers.
Did I mention they are giving Twins hitters away for free on DraftKings? Brian Dozier is the only hitter that costs more than $4,600. He has a .367 wOBA against lefties while Trevor Plouffe is blessing the children with his .402 wOBA. He'll only cost you $4,100, which is straight robbery. Just keep an eye on the weather as the heaven's finna open during the day in Minnesota, though game time could be dry with the balls ready to fly.
The good news for Red Sox starter Steven Wright is that, unlike Buehrle, his ERA is not higher than his K/9. Score! The bad news is that his FIP and xFIP both are. Sadness. That could result in an unpleasant date with the Rangers.
The one thing Wright does have in his favor is that he induces a high groundball rate at 48.6. Against a team that ranks fourth in the league in fly ball percentage, that's a big ol' sigh of relief for John Farrell. Is it enough to follow in Eduardo Rodriguez's footsteps and contain the Rangers? This feels like a bad clickbait piece. So, you'll never believe what happens next or something.
Texas hasn't been as good against righties as they have been lefties, ranking 18th in wOBA against right-handed pitchers. Part of this, though, is a high strikeout rate that ranks fifth in the American League, and we've already said that Wright hates those. This would be a very expensive stack as five Rangers cost $4,500 or more on DraftKings, but it could also very well be worth it if they are able to light up Wright.
This is not a knock against the very nice start to the season for Hector Santiago. His 2.47 ERA and his 8.23 strikeouts per nine are both good marks that deserve recognition. That said, his 4.50 xFIP and his low 31.0 ground-ball rate deserve attention, too.
Even though they got pounded last night, the Tigers are the ones that usually do the thumping off of left-handed pitchers. They sit third in wOBA against lefties and have the second best walk rate. Santiago has been prone to the walk at 3.62 per nine, so it seems fair to say the Tigers will see plenty of favorable counts tonight.
With their recent skid, the pricing on the Tigers has become very much more relaxed. Miguel Cabrera is facing a left hander, yet he still costs less than $5,000 on DraftKings. I never thought I'd see the day. You know, except for last night, when it also happened. Then Yoenis Cespedes is the only guy at more than $4,000. You could stack the Tigers and still have plenty left over to do a combo stack against a pitcher worse than Santiago. I'd say go for it as there are enough positives here to outweigh the fast start by the Angels' left hander.
There for real might not be a ball put in play in this one. A high-walk, high-strikeout team against a high-walk, high-strikeout pitcher. He doesn't induce an absurd number of ground balls, and they enjoy hitting those puppies in the air. Has there ever been a game compiled solely by the three true outcomes?
As much of a fan as I am of Carlos Rodon, brudduh done forgot what the strike zone looks like. In his three starts, Rodon has walked four, six, and five batters respectively. The Astros walk in 10.0 percent of their plate appearances against left-handed pitchers, the fifth-highest total in the league. They are going to flood the basepaths, and if they can sprinkle in a couple of hits here and there, they will post a decent run total.
Normally, left-handed pitchers are able to hold base runners close to the bag better than those on the flip side. Not so much with Rodon. He has already given up four steals in 22.1 innings. Then you've got Jose Altuve, who is crazy good against lefties, not only as a hitter but as a bag swiper. Six of Altuve's 15 steals this year have been off of lefties. He could have himself a sweet little game tonight in this match-up.