MLB DFS Top Stacks for Thursday 5/4/23
Orioles vs Jordan Lyles
The Baltimore Orioles’ lineup boasts several intriguing matchups against Jordan Lyles, making them an attractive stack option for today’s DFS contests. Despite Lyles being a right-handed pitcher, certain Orioles batters have displayed success against soft-throwing right-handers like him over the past two years.
Cedric Mullins, the leadoff hitter for the Orioles, has an impressive OPS of .912 in matchups against pitchers with a similar profile to Lyles. Although Mullins has struggled in his recent five games, batting just .133, his historical success against this type of pitcher suggests a bounce-back potential.
Adley Rutschman, the promising young catcher, also has a favorable matchup against Lyles. While the matchup data is limited, it tilts in favor of Rutschman. His presence in the middle of the Orioles’ lineup adds stability and upside to the stack.
Ryan Mountcastle brings power to the table, having slugged .509 over his last 112 at-bats. As a right-handed batter, Mountcastle benefits from Lyles’ susceptibility to right-handed starters. This matchup, combined with Mountcastle’s recent form, makes him an enticing option within the stack.
Anthony Santander, another right-handed hitter, possesses the potential to capitalize on Lyles’ vulnerability to left-handed batters with high isolated power (ISO) numbers. Over the past two years, Lyles has allowed a slugging percentage of .590 in such matchups. Santander’s lower ownership percentage adds value and differentiation to tournament lineups.
Gunnar Henderson, a rising star at third base/shortstop, has demonstrated prowess against right-handers with high flyball rates like Lyles. With a slugging percentage of .521 in his last 59 plate appearances against this profile of pitchers, Henderson offers solid upside and can be an underrated contributor to the stack.
Jorge Mateo, Austin Hays, Ramon Urias, Adam Frazier, Ryan McKenna, and James McCann complete the Orioles’ lineup. While their recent performances may not be as impressive, the favorable matchup against Lyles and the Orioles’ overall offensive potential make them viable low-owned value plays. These players can be strategic differentiators in tournament lineups, as they possess the capability to deliver impactful performances despite their lower ownership percentages.
Cubs vs Patrick Corbin
The Chicago Cubs’ lineup presents intriguing matchups against left-handed pitcher Patrick Corbin, making them an attractive stack choice for today’s DFS contests. Despite Corbin’s presence on the mound, certain Cubs batters have displayed success against left-handed pitchers with specific characteristics in the past two seasons.
Dansby Swanson, batting in the second projected slot, has excelled against bottom-tier left-handers similar to Corbin, with a slugging percentage of .600 over his last 73 plate appearances. Swanson’s historical performance suggests he could be a significant contributor to the stack’s success.
Nico Hoerner, projected to bat first, has demonstrated power against left-handers with low strikeout rates. Although he has struggled in his recent five games, batting just .150, Hoerner’s historical success against this type of pitcher makes him a valuable target within the stack.
Ian Happ has an excellent track record against Corbin, slugging .875 with two extra-base hits in eight at-bats. This history of success makes Happ an enticing option to consider when constructing your lineup.
Cody Bellinger, Patrick Wisdom, and Trey Mancini provide additional depth to the Cubs’ stack. Bellinger, in particular, has been on a hot streak, slugging .700 over his last 40 at-bats. Wisdom’s recent struggles against left-handers with low strikeout rates may lower his ownership percentage, making him an intriguing low-owned value play for tournament lineups. Mancini, with a slugging percentage of .625 in his last 132 plate appearances against left-handers with low strikeout rates like Corbin, adds further upside to the stack.
Seiya Suzuki, Nelson Velazquez, Miguel Amaya, Yan Gomes, Eric Hosmer, Edwin Rios, Tucker Barnhart, and Nick Madrigal round out the Cubs’ lineup. While their recent performances may not be as noteworthy, they benefit from the overall favorable matchup against Corbin. These players offer potential value and differentiation for tournament lineups, as they possess the ability to deliver impactful performances despite their lower ownership percentages.
The combination of advantageous matchups and the Cubs’ offensive potential makes this stack an enticing option for DFS players seeking high upside and differentiation in their lineups.
Rays vs Vince Velasquez
The Tampa Bay Rays’ lineup presents enticing matchups against right-handed pitcher Vince Velasquez, making them an appealing stack choice for today’s DFS contests. Several Rays batters have demonstrated success against right-handed pitchers with similar repertoires to Velasquez over the past two seasons.
Randy Arozarena, projected to bat third, has an impressive slugging percentage of .597 in his last 142 plate appearances against right-handed pitchers with comparable profiles to Velasquez. Arozarena’s recent success suggests he could be a valuable contributor to the stack’s performance.
Yandy Diaz, slated to bat first, has been on a tear with an OPS of 1.095 in his last 50 plate appearances. Diaz’s recent form adds further justification for targeting him within the stack, as he possesses the ability to deliver impactful performances.
Wander Franco, one of the game’s brightest young stars, has limited matchup data against Velasquez. However, the available data leans in favor of Franco. As a high-upside talent, Franco brings stability and potential to the stack.
Harold Ramirez and Isaac Paredes provide additional depth to the Rays’ lineup. Ramirez has shown success against right-handers with high flyball rates, batting .293 over the past two years. However, his recent well-hit rate of 9.1% may impact his overall performance. Paredes’ home batting average over the last year has been underwhelming at .219, but he remains a viable option given the favorable matchup against Velasquez.
Jose Siri, Brandon Lowe, Manuel Margot, Christian Bethancourt, Taylor Walls, Josh Lowe, Francisco Mejia, and Luke Raley round out the Rays’ lineup. While their recent performances may not be as noteworthy, they benefit from the overall favorable matchup against Velasquez. These players offer potential value and differentiation for tournament lineups, as their lower ownership percentages provide an opportunity for strategic lineup construction.
Considering the advantageous matchups and the Rays’ offensive potential, this stack represents a compelling option for DFS players seeking high upside and differentiation in their lineups.
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Braves vs Jesus Luzardo
The Atlanta Braves’ stack presents a compelling opportunity against left-handed pitcher Jesus Luzardo of the Marlins. While the Braves’ lineup has shown a relatively higher strikeout rate against pitchers similar to Luzardo over the past two years, other matchup data suggests favorable conditions for the Braves’ hitters.
Ronald Acuna, projected to lead off, has been on a tear with an OPS of 1.471 in his last 13 at-bats over the past five days. Acuna’s recent success showcases his ability to deliver impactful performances and makes him a strong candidate to target within the stack.
Austin Riley, projected to bat third, has excelled against hard-throwing left-handed pitchers like Luzardo, with a slugging percentage of .543 in his last 53 plate appearances against them over the past two seasons. Riley’s power potential and position in the lineup make him an attractive option to consider.
Matt Olson, projected to bat second, has displayed consistent offensive production with a wOBA of .381 this season. Olson’s ability to generate offense provides a solid foundation for the stack’s potential success.
Sean Murphy and Ozzie Albies offer additional depth to the Braves’ lineup. Murphy has shown success against hard-throwing lefties, slugging .477 in his last 56 plate appearances against them over the past two seasons. Albies’ matchup data is limited, but there is a slight favorable inclination towards Luzardo.
Marcell Ozuna, Michael Harris, Kevin Pillar, Vaughn Grissom, Chadwick Tromp, Eddie Rosario, Sam Hilliard, and Ehire Adrianza complete the Braves’ lineup. While their recent performances may not be as noteworthy, their inclusion in tournament lineups can provide low-owned value plays for differentiation. These players possess the potential to contribute to the stack’s success and offer opportunities to build unique lineups in tournament play.
That’s all I’ve got for today
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