School’s out for summer!
Well, at 3:30 p.m. central I can finally say peace out to the 2017-18 school year…thank goodness!
I am ready for a summer of spending time with friends and family and recharging for August (football season).
And I am excited to spend more time providing content for Daily Overlay, including a DRAFT article on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
As for tonight, we have a lot of ways to go in our roster construction. We have Chris Sale against his former team, Justin Verlander in Texas, a game in Coors, Strasburg (but check if it’s hot in Washington) and the Yankees and Mets fight in the first game of the Subway series.
As usual, I will not recommend any Coors bats officially, BUT Paul Goldschmidt is my favorite overall play tonight with Chris Sale being my favorite pitcher.
So we are looking for contrarian options for tournaments tonight and I might’ve gone about as contrarian one can go besides stacking the White Sox against Sale tonight, and maybe the A’s/ Royals, too.
So let’s get to it and may the force be with you!
GAME STACK – SAN DIEGO PADRES @ MIAMI MARLINS
1. Christian Villanueva
2. Franmil Reyes
3. Hunter Renfroe
1. Starlin Castro
2. Brian Anderson
3. J.T. Realmuto
Justification – I just really like how you can stack this game up. I tried to see if you could play Verlander and Sale together and get these bats in, annnd you can’t. But both of these squads offer a nice 3-man stack from each side and you can play all 6 in one lineup. Villanueva, Reyes and Renfroe are the lefty smashers on this team. They are up against Caleb Smith tonight. Villanueve crushes southpaws as he sports a .552 wOBA with a .596 ISO and 50% hard hit rate against them. Meanwhile, Reyes and Renfroe also have had lots of success as Reyes sports a .380 wOBA and .353 ISO with a 33% hard hit rate. Renfroe has a .359 wOBA, a .250 ISO and a 55% hard contact rate. Against RH bats this season, Smith has allowed a 35% hard contact rate with a 1.02 HR/9 rate. I like Smith as an SP2 tonight by the way. As for the Marlins, there probably couldn’t be more of an unimpressive stack, but I like these three. Castro, Anderson and Realmuto are all swinging sticks very well at the moment. Anderson has 16 hits in his last 10 games with 6 of those games with multi-hit games. Realmuto and Castro each have at least 12 hits in that 10-game span as well. They face lefty Eric Lauer, who has been dreadful against RH bats, allowing a .421 wOBA, 45% hard contact rate and a 1.95 HR/9 rate. This game looks unattractive as hell, but I love the stacks for large field tournaments.