Happy Friday everyone. We have a full 15-game slate of action to dive into for today, so I am not going to bore you with any kind of introduction.
There are some weather concerns, once again, so be mindful of that as we get closer to lock.
Barring any weather-related concerns, Max Scherzer is the best option on the slate. But we need to build around him with our stacks.
Let’s get down to business, and may the force be with you.
GAME STACK – COLORADO ROCKIES @ SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS
1. Nolan Arenado
2. Trevor Story
3. Charlie Blackmon
1. Buster Posey
2. Andrew McCutchen
3. Evan Longoria
Justification – I was a big fan of this game on Thursday night. It didn’t come close to meeting expectations, but the pitchers are much worse for tonight’s game at AT&T Park. The Rockies get to tee off on starting pitcher Derek Holland while the Giants get Kyle Freeland. Both starters are lefties, so both offenses have guys that destroy lefty pitching. The Rockies have well-known lefty masher Nolan Arenado plus Trevor Story and Charlies Blackmon, a lefty who hits lefty pitching well. All have wOBAs of more than .400 while Arenado’s is astronomical at over .500. On the Giants’ side, I am looking at Posey, McCutchen and Longoria. All have hard contact rates of 42% or more while their ISOs are all .190 or higher with Longo’s being the elite power bat of this stack at .352. Yes, you can’t play Arenado and Longoria in the same lineup on DK (but you can at FantasyDraft!), but you can make this stack work and swap the 3Bs. Oh, here’s Freeland’s numbers against RH bats this season – .302 wOBA, 1.02 HR/9, and a 4.80 xFIP. Here are Holland’s numbers against RH bats this season – 3.42 wOBA, 46% hard contact and a 1.80 HR/9.