CheeseIsGood's Million Dollar Musings - MLB DFS Strategy: Friday, August 12th

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Happy Friday! The good news is the Cardinals have flown away, but the bad news is we’ve still got Coors and we’ve got Zach Davies vs Antonio Senzatela. But hey, we’ve got a dozen other games with more than enough high-end pivots to make things interesting. On the pitching side we have two clear aces separating themselves from the pack and then a huge glob of good pitchers in the mid-tier. It’s going to be tough to sort all this out, but let’s jump in and see what we can do.

Friday Night Pitching

We have two elite aces at the top of the board and then a huge tangled mess of good pitchers to choose between.

The Aces

Max Scherzer vs Phillies – 32.3% K, 4.6% BB, 1.98 ERA, 2.77 SIERA
Carlos Rodon vs Pirates – 31.2% K, 7.6% BB, 2.95 ERA, 3.06 SIERA

Max Scherzer is one of the most trustable aces you’ll find with only two starts this season with more than two earned runs allowed and at least 6+ innings in 13 of his 15 starts. His 32.3% K rate puts him 7th in the league and one spot ahead of this evening’s fellow ace, Carlos Rodon. Rodon does not quite have Scherzer’s consistency or innings, but he does have the same upside and a better matchup. Both of these aces can put up double-digit strikeouts at any time and give you a slate winning DFS score when they are at the top of their game. The gap between these two aces is non-existent, but the gap between them and everything else on this slate is gargantuan. With pitchers of this caliber, and essentially the same strikeout rate, there is no definitive way to pick one over the other. If forced to choose just one, I’ll take the matchup for Rodon and call him my SP1, but this is SP1 and SP1.

Because of how far ahead of the field these two are, I’m going to be very picky about considering anyone else who is even remotely close to them in salary. We’ve got a big glob of good pitchers with some good matchups and salaries mixed in. This is what it looks like:

Tier Two Pitching

Luis Garcia vs A’s – 25.5% K, 7.2% BB, 3.93 ERA, 3.64 SIERA
Corey Kluber vs Orioles – 21.5% K, 3.5% BB, 4.05 ERA, 3.73 SIERA
Eric Lauer at Cardinals – 23.7% K, 8.5% BB, 3.59 ERA, 4.07 SIERA
Patrick Sandoval vs Twins – 24.1% K, 10.6% BB, 3.41 ERA, 4.08 SIERA
Tony Gonsolin at Royals – 24.2% K, 6.9% BB, 2.30 ERA, 3.70 SIERA
Tyler Mahle at Angels – 25.8% K, 8.7% BB, 4.49 ERA, 3.80 SIERA
Mike Clevinger at Nationals – 22.9% K, 6.3% BB, 3.60 ERA, 3.84 SIERA
George Kirby at Rangers – 24.3% K, 3.3% BB, 3.40 ERA, 3.31 SIERA
Jordan Montgomery vs Brewers – 20.2% K, 4.9% BB, 3.53 ERA, 3.81 SIERA
Jose Berrios vs Guardians – 21.1% K, 5.7% BB, 5.19 ERA, 3.97 SIERA
Michael Kopech vs Tigers – 20.8% K, 11.7% BB, 3.38 ERA, 4.83 SIERA

Salary, salary, salary. The first thing I’m doing is crossing Tony Gonsolin and Eric Lauer off the list due to being priced too close to Scherzer/Rodon. These are good pitchers, but I need more discount than this to even consider fading the aces. The other high-priced option is Luis Garcia. He’s a little tougher to cut immediately due to the matchup, but it’s not any better a strikeout matchup than the aces have and the ceiling is nowhere near comparable. On DK, Garcia just barely hangs on if you really can’t find the extra salary. On FD, Garcia is the primary non-ace with his $2,100 discount from Rodon being enough to put him in the primary pool.

From here, I am going to separate things by site, as we’re going to need to include a few more options on the DK side.

FanDuel Tier Two

Starting on FD, Garcia is just the 11th highest priced pitcher, and while that doesn’t quite eliminate everyone else in between him and the aces, it does make for an easy decision in my first few lineups. Rodon, Scherzer and Garcia are the start and end of my primary pool. As for pivots and spreading out, I’m looking at Mike Clevinger and Tyler Mahle as the other pitchers to play in the $9K range. Where this gets tough is that there is very little separating about 10 guys who are all priced within $1,000 of each other. That’s a deeper pool than I want to swim in, so I’m cutting George Kirby, Patrick Sandoval, Corey Kluber, Jose Berrios and Jordan Montgomery. All of them are viable, and I would not argue with you coming to a different variation of plays in this glob. A quick explanation of my thoughts on cutting these guys would be something like this:

Kirby has too low a pitch count, Sandoval is too wild and in a low strikeout matchup, Kluber and Montgomery are low strikeout pitchers who need better matchups or salaries and Berrios is facing the lowest strikeout team in the league.

That leaves Mike Clevinger and Tyler Mahle. Clevinger is a similar pitcher to guys like Berrios, Kluber and Montgomery and if I’m going to play an average strikeout pitcher in a not-great strikeout matchup, I prefer the guy going against the Nationals. Clevinger has been very steady against everyone other than the Dodgers, and should be able to restart his quality start streak here. Tyler Mahle is much more of the wild card who gets a boost from the matchup. His strikeouts have dwindled in the second half, while the home run issues have remained, but we have a track record here that says he’s a step ahead of all these other $9K guys in strikeout ability. This is the matchup to get those strikeouts back, and there are only a couple bats to threaten his power issues. I have some moderate concern about how the Twins love to baby their pitch counts, but we should be able to get six innings here.

The even bigger wild card than Mahle is Michael Kopech against the Tigers. Right-handed pitchers against Detroit are a cheat code and always in play regardless of skill set. This is the worst team in the league against righties and if Kopech is ever going to put things together, this is the spot. With as bad as he’s been, I am not going to be willing to play this jabroni on FD tonight. I totally get it if you want to take shots here, but for me this is only a DK discussion, which we’ll get to next.

So for me, it’s Luis Garcia, gap, Mike Clevinger and Tyler Mahle. I absolutely see the case for Michael Kopech here as well, and the difference between Clevinger/Mahle and any of Berrios, Montgomery, Kluber, Sandoval and Kirby is small enough that you could very easily come to a completely different conclusion.

DK Tier Two

The biggest difference in the sites is that the price gap down to Luis Garcia is not as big on DK. This leaves Garcia as a very distant MME option and I will do everything I can to just find the extra few bucks to go Rodon/Scherzer. I have the same two mid-tier favorites with Mike Clevinger and Tyler Mahle, but it’s a much different decision on Michael Kopech.

On DK, down at $7,100, there are a couple different factors at play. First off, he should be far more popular and I would guess he’s the chalk SP2. A bad pitcher who lacks consistency as chalk, good times. But then, this is also a cheap enough price tag where a 10–15-point start does not kill your lineups. With Detroit being as horrendous as they are, it is really not asking that much to get him up to that range. Then we also need to factor in the possibility that the talent shows up tonight, or at least the innings to get him up to a must-have score. He’s been so bad that I am not expecting that, and am not going to worry about that outlier my builds tonight. The first question I’d ask is this – Kopech or Patrick Sandoval? Sandoval has been the better pitcher, but they are similar-ish guys. Both are ‘supposed to be good’ based on pedigree and both have shown that upside at times in the majors. For me, the matchup gap is big enough that I side with Kopech. The next question I’d ask is this – Kopech or Jordan Montgomery? Montgomery is $300 cheaper than Kopech and the far more trustable real-life pitcher. The matchup is much tougher for power, but it’s actually not any different for strikeouts. When I look at this Brewers lineup, it’s four righties with power in the middle of the lineup that offer some risk, which is four more good bats than Kopech has to face. We also don’t have much pitch count or innings ceiling here. I really want to say that I prefer Montgomery, but I don’t.
I can say that I prefer Clevinger, and he’s only $700 more than Kopech, but that’s my line. If I need to get below Clevinger, as much as it looks like a bad-chalk skill set, I will go with Kopech.

Cheap Nonsense

Austin Voth at Rays – 21.6% K, 6.8% BB, 5.53 ERA, 3.86 SIERA

If you want to get weird, you can dip another $1,000 below Kopech on DK and find Austin Voth. Or if for some reason you feel the need to play every possible expensive bat, he’s basically free on FD. The K-BB% and the SIERA are comparable to the mid-tier pitchers. However, it’s only 8 starts with more bullpen innings mixed in, and he has 218 major league innings since 2018, and the ERA remains above 5.00, so I’m not sure we can immediately say this is going to improve drastically. What I like here is that his skill has been just as good, if not better as a starter. What I don’t like is that he has been held around 75 pitches with no sign that is going to increase. At that, he needs everything to go his way to be useful, even at this salary. The skill set and matchup look to be worth the salary, but I see no upside and there is not enough discount here to get him into my primary pool.

PITCHING CLIFF NOTES

If you are a spread it out at pitcher type of person, you should love the mid-tier tonight. If you are a spend up and don’t overthink it type of person, you should love Rodon/Scherzer tonight. If you are a matchup and salary loving type of person, you are probably drawn to Kopech. Basically, if you don’t like something tonight, you need to start over.

Personally, I am in the spend up and don’t overthink it camp. Because we have so many good mid-tier pitchers, it’s quite likely that a couple guys match the aces at least from a points per dollar perspective. But picking out the right ones is dart-throwy and none of them have the upside of the aces. I’ll be locking in double-aces as much as possible.

On FD, I will use mostly Luis Garcia as the cheaper option, while keeping Mike Clevinger and Tyler Mahle in the pool. I would not argue with you for using Kopech here, or any of the big mid-tier glob, they just aren’t going to make it for me.

On DK, Rodon/Scherzer is reachable and that will be my go-to build. Luis Garcia is fine, but kind of in no man’s land for pricing, so I may not end up with him. As much as I don’t like the sound of Kopech chalk, he’s too cheap here and he will be in my primary pool. But I will try to get up to Clevinger ahead of him as much as possible. Tyler Mahle also makes the cut here but just barely. I will also include Jordan Montgomery just to make sure I’m not going overboard with Kopech.

Friday Night Bats

The Coors Field game is going to top the list today, but it’s a big top tier that is going to force the ownership to get spread out. I’m going to start by separating all this into three tiers:

Top Tier Bats – NL West and Houston

Colorado Rockies vs Zach Davies
Arizona Diamondbacks at Antonio Senzatela
SD Padres at Cory Abbott
LA Dodgers at Daniel Lynch
Houston Astros vs Adam Oller

Tier Two Bats

Toronto Blue Jays vs Cal Quantrill
NY Yankees at Nathan Eovaldi
Chicago White Sox vs Daniel Norris
Boston Red Sox vs Domingo German
SF Giants vs Bryse Wilson
Seattle Mariners at Rangers Bullpen

Tier Three Bats

St. Louis Cardinals vs Eric Lauer
Texas Rangers vs George Kirby
Minnesota Twins at Patrick Sandoval
TB Rays vs Austin Voth
NY Mets vs Ranger Suarez
Jose Ramirez, Shohei Ohtani

Can We Just Play The NL West And Be Done With It?

The Rockies and Diamondbacks are both throwing bad starters, and both have bad bullpens. This is an incredibly obvious spot to love both sides, but then we’ve got better lineups also facing very beatable pitchers with their division mates the Padres and Dodgers.

Let’s start with my favorite game on Coors Field slates – If this game were being played in a neutral ballpark, would we still like it? The answer for me is yes, however, I would definitely like the Padres more. We don’t have any sample size on Cory Abbott, but what we’ve seen has been bad, the minor league numbers were bad and like the Coors teams, it’s a bad bullpen behind him. San Diego is a far better lineup than either Arizona or Colorado, and without looking at salary or ownership, the Padres are my clear favorite team on this slate. When we bring salary into the mix, what I find is that Juan Soto, Manny Machado and Brandon Drury can’t be reasonably played together with ace pitchers. To that I say Whoop-Dee-Doo. Sure, Soto and Machado are top of the line bats here, but there are a lot of ways this team can break a slate. This is similar to how I’ve viewed the Dodgers most of this season. Yes, they have best bats that you have to spend on, but the lineup is deep enough that you can stack it any which way and they can win a slate without Soto or Machado posting must-have scores.

Speaking of the Dodgers, they have a bit more a mysterious matchup here. Daniel Lynch almost looks like he should be terrible, but he’s really not terrible very often. The way this one could end up being a slate winner is with the patience of the Dodgers wearing him down and getting enough baserunners that one big swing at the right time could throw this game into nonsense territory. He does get hit hard and in the air, giving plenty of home run upside to the righties. The issue is simply the pricing on the top four bats and then the mix of weaker skills and pinch-hit risk at the bottom of the order. They end up a step behind San Diego for me tonight.

OK, Coors Field. The pricing is decent enough that I don’t think we’ll be looking at ridiculous ownership numbers here. Senzatela is the type of guy who needs BABIP to go against him, or needs a team with a lot of fly ball power that can hit for power. He won’t beat himself with walks and won’t make it easy to get the ball in the air. When I look at this Arizona lineup, I see Christian Walker and Daulton Varsho, and then a bunch of guys who would not be on my list if this game weren’t in Coors Field. With the low strikeouts, of course this is a stack, but I am officially uninspired here and will mostly just use Walker and Varsho as one offs.

Zach Davies is also kind of almost OK in his own weird way. I feel the same way about the Colorado stack. He’s a low strikeout pitcher to lefties, there’s a bad bullpen, and it’s Coors Field, so yeah, stack ‘em. But when I really look at the matchups, I just don’t love anything. He allows more fly balls and hard contact to righties, so I guess C.J. Cron, Brendan Rodgers and Randal Grichuk look OK. And because he’s a low strikeout pitcher to lefties, I guess Ryan McMahon and Charlie Blackmon look OK.

This is the feel I have on this game. The pitchers and bullpens are weak enough that we have to expect scoring here. The 12-run total looks about right, and I can see a 7-5 type of game. On a lot of slates, that’s great. But tonight, I don’t see a 7-5 game winning any DFS tournaments.

Along with the Padres and Dodgers, the other team that jumps up ahead of Coors on my list is the Houston Astros. In his 43 innings this season, Adam Oller has a laughable 7.63 ERA and a 5.81 SIERA that is by far the worst mark on this slate. He has struck out just 12.2% of lefties with 16% walks and a .368 ISO, while striking out just 15% of righties with a .268 ISO. It’s a small sample size, but this guy looks like absolutely the worst pitcher in the league so far. Yordan Alvarez is my favorite spend up on the slate. I love Kyle Tucker, Jose Altuve, and Alex Bregman. And we should hopefully get a couple dirt-cheap options like Chas McCormick or Jake Meyers at the bottom of the lineup to help afford a stack.

When I step back and look at things, the Padres and Astros are the standouts for me, followed by the Dodgers, followed by Coors Field.

Tier Two Bats

Toronto Blue Jays vs Cal Quantrill
NY Yankees at Nathan Eovaldi
Chicago White Sox vs Daniel Norris
Boston Red Sox vs Domingo German
SF Giants vs Bryse Wilson
Seattle Mariners at Rangers Bullpen

From here, things get a lot trickier. We have some more very good teams who are in good spots, but not quite as good as the top tier. Specifically, the Blue Jays and Yankees are the lineups with the talent to match the Padres, Dodgers and Astros.

Cal Quantrill is a weirdly good real-life pitcher, but a 12.1% K rate to righties is just asking for too much batted ball help to get through this loaded lineup. While he’s not a huge ground ball pitcher, he will throw a lot of sinkers to righties and does make it easy to square up. The only individual bat I love here is the fly balls of Matt Chapman. As a group, the Guerrero, Hernandez, Bichette, Kirk stack has endless upside, but they need a lot to go right to move into the top tier.

Nathan Eovaldi has improved the past few starts, but he is still throwing with diminished velocity, and a strike thrower with a 1.92 HR/9 has very clear downside against the Yankees. I prefer the individual bats for the Yankees ahead of the Blue Jays, with Aaron Judge and Anthony Rizzo leading the way. As a full stack, I lean slightly to Toronto.

I still do not understand how the White Sox are not better than they are. Robert, Abreu, Jimenez, Vaughn, Moncada, Grandal. That lineup is 3rd place in the AL Central. Ridiculous. But, it is what it is, and Jose Abreu is the only batter in this lineup over a .200 ISO this season against lefties and as a team, they are just 24th in ISO against LHP. And after Norris comes out of the game, they are even worse against righties. Theoretically, they should be able to hit a couple home runs against Norris, this is a fly ball lefty with a .249 ISO to RHB the past two seasons. I am stubbornly going to keep playing the top four bats here, with Abreu, Robert, Jimenez and Vaughn, and just hope it suddenly turns around.

I have moderate interest in Red Sox lefties against Domingo German, mostly just Rafael Devers and maybe some cheap Alex Verdugo. The Red Sox are a viable stack, but it’s pretty far down the list.

Bryse Wilson is one of the weakest pitchers on this slate, particularly against lefties where he has a .425 wOBA and .265 ISO on 16.7% strikeouts and a scary 55% hard hit rate. I love the matchup and salaries for the Giants lefties. The issue here is the always present SF pinch-hit nonsense. The Pirates have a couple lefties in the bullpen, so most likely, we end up losing at least a couple of Pederson, La Stella, Wade and Belt at some point in the game. However, on DK, they are so incredibly cheap that I am still in on the stack here. Even if a couple guys end up out of the game, they could have enough damage done early to pay off these salaries. I go Joc Pederson, Brandon Belt, Mike Yastrzemski, but everyone is in play.

I am not excited about trying to pick out individual Mariners bats against a Rangers bullpen game, but with Julio Rodriguez and Mitch Haniger both back in the lineup, this is a very good team that deserves to be in the stacking conversation. This is simply a mix and match based on positional and salary needs, as they are going to see a slew of relievers, both right and left-handed.

Tier Three Bats

St. Louis Cardinals vs Eric Lauer
Texas Rangers vs George Kirby
Minnesota Twins at Patrick Sandoval
TB Rays vs Austin Voth
NY Mets vs Ranger Suarez
Jose Ramirez, Shohei Ohtani

Once I get to Tier Three, I am mostly just looking at individual bats to play around the higher ranked stacks.

Paul Goldschmidt, Nolan Arenado vs Lauer – Fly ball lefty with a .205 ISO allowed to RHB. Goldy and Arenado are the main targets here, but feel free to consider some cheaper options like Paul DeJong and maybe even Albert Pujols as well.

Adolis Garcia and Corey Seager vs Kirby – Kirby is a strike thrower with average batted balls.

Byron Buxton, Jose Miranda, Carlos Correa at Sandoval – The Twins are the team in this tier I’m most interested in stacking, though my first lean is actually Jose Miranda with the low strikeouts and power.

Pete Alonso, Darin Ruf, Eduardo Escobar vs Suarez – Suarez is a solid pitcher with ground ball ability. Alonso is the obvious option, but both Ruf and Escobar are affordable dart throws with big fly ball ability.

Jose Ramirez and Josh Naylor at Berrios – Berrios sits at a .236 ISO to lefties with just 18.6% K and 41% fly balls. Ramirez and Naylor are both high contact bats with power.

Shohei Ohtani vs Mahle – I generally prefer right-handed power against Mahle, and Taylor Ward is viable here, but Ohtani breaks all the rules and is always going to be in the pool.

HITTING CLIFF NOTES

Big slate, lots of options. My initial thought here is that ownership is just not going to matter at all. There will be some lean to the Coors Field game, Padres, Astros and Dodgers, but it should be spread out enough there that I don’t see it as a decision point. I will simply play the teams I like best out of that top tier, and for me that is the Padres and Astros first, then the Dodgers, then the Diamondbacks and Rockies.

For stacking outside of that top five, I will include the Blue Jays, Yankees, White Sox, Giants and Mariners in my primary pool, and then have some sprinkles of Red Sox and Twins.

The spend up bats are as evenly mixed as the stacks, but I’ll rank them this way – Yordan Alvarez, Aaron Judge, Juan Soto, Jose Ramirez, Rafael Devers, Kyle Tucker, Manny Machado, Christian Walker, Daulton Varsho, Paul Goldschmidt

There are various ranges of what you might consider value on this slate. For DK, I’ll break it up into $3,500 – low $4K and then $3,400 and below:

DK Lower mid-Tier ValueAlek Thomas, Christian Walker, Josh Naylor, Lourdes Gurriel, Josh Donaldson, Mitch Haniger, Riley Greene, Yasmani Grandal, Darin Ruf, Chris Taylor, Paul DeJong, Taylor Ward

DK PuntsJose Miranda, Trent Grisham, Brandon Belt, LaMonte Wade, Mike Yastrzemski, Brandon Crawford, Aaron Hicks, Alex Verdugo, Christian Arroyo, David Peralta, Rougned Odor, Nate Lowe, Yulieski Gurriel, Chas McCormick, Jake Meyers, Vinnie Pasquantino, Albert Pujols, Jake McCarthy, Elehuris Montero, Sam Hilliard

On FD, a Carlos Rodon lineup leaves just over $3,000 per bat, so I’ll use that as the value cut-off, which gives me:

Jurickson Profar, Jake Cronenworth, Alejandro Kirk, Lourdes Gurriel, Josh Donaldson, Gleyber Torres, Alex Verdugo, Eloy Jimenez, Yasmani Grandal, Eduardo Escobar, Yandy Diaz, Jesse Winker, Christian Vazquez, Justin Turner, Chris Taylor, Paul DeJong, Jake McCarthy, Elehuris Montero, Carlos Correa, Jose Miranda, Joc Pederson, Brandon Belt

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Happy Friday! The good news is the Cardinals have flown away, but the bad news is we’ve still got Coors and we’ve got Zach Davies vs Antonio Senzatela. But hey, we’ve got a dozen other games with more than enough high-end pivots to make things interesting. On the pitching side we have two clear aces separating themselves from the pack and then a huge glob of good pitchers in the mid-tier. It’s going to be tough to sort all this out, but let’s jump in and see what we can do.

Friday Night Pitching

We have two elite aces at the top of the board and then a huge tangled mess of good pitchers to choose between.

The Aces

Max Scherzer vs Phillies – 32.3% K, 4.6% BB, 1.98 ERA, 2.77 SIERA
Carlos Rodon vs Pirates – 31.2% K, 7.6% BB, 2.95 ERA, 3.06 SIERA

Max Scherzer is one of the most trustable aces you’ll find with only two starts this season with more than two earned runs allowed and at least 6+ innings in 13 of his 15 starts. His 32.3% K rate puts him 7th in the league and one spot ahead of this evening’s fellow ace, Carlos Rodon. Rodon does not quite have Scherzer’s consistency or innings, but he does have the same upside and a better matchup. Both of these aces can put up double-digit strikeouts at any time and give you a slate winning DFS score when they are at the top of their game. The gap between these two aces is non-existent, but the gap between them and everything else on this slate is gargantuan. With pitchers of this caliber, and essentially the same strikeout rate, there is no definitive way to pick one over the other. If forced to choose just one, I’ll take the matchup for Rodon and call him my SP1, but this is SP1 and SP1.

Because of how far ahead of the field these two are, I’m going to be very picky about considering anyone else who is even remotely close to them in salary. We’ve got a big glob of good pitchers with some good matchups and salaries mixed in. This is what it looks like:

Tier Two Pitching

Luis Garcia vs A’s – 25.5% K, 7.2% BB, 3.93 ERA, 3.64 SIERA
Corey Kluber vs Orioles – 21.5% K, 3.5% BB, 4.05 ERA, 3.73 SIERA
Eric Lauer at Cardinals – 23.7% K, 8.5% BB, 3.59 ERA, 4.07 SIERA
Patrick Sandoval vs Twins – 24.1% K, 10.6% BB, 3.41 ERA, 4.08 SIERA
Tony Gonsolin at Royals – 24.2% K, 6.9% BB, 2.30 ERA, 3.70 SIERA
Tyler Mahle at Angels – 25.8% K, 8.7% BB, 4.49 ERA, 3.80 SIERA
Mike Clevinger at Nationals – 22.9% K, 6.3% BB, 3.60 ERA, 3.84 SIERA
George Kirby at Rangers – 24.3% K, 3.3% BB, 3.40 ERA, 3.31 SIERA
Jordan Montgomery vs Brewers – 20.2% K, 4.9% BB, 3.53 ERA, 3.81 SIERA
Jose Berrios vs Guardians – 21.1% K, 5.7% BB, 5.19 ERA, 3.97 SIERA
Michael Kopech vs Tigers – 20.8% K, 11.7% BB, 3.38 ERA, 4.83 SIERA

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  • gregoriousthewise

    On a slate like tonight would you use the Giants cheap bats as one off’s and mini stacks, or just full stack them? I always seem to use them as as one off’s and such and they inevitably get pinch hit for in the 4th inning. super tilting. Fantastic article as always!

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    @gregoriousthewise said...

    On a slate like tonight would you use the Giants cheap bats as one off’s and mini stacks, or just full stack them? I always seem to use them as as one off’s and such and they inevitably get pinch hit for in the 4th inning. super tilting. Fantastic article as always!

    they are cheap enough i am fine using them as one-offs even with the risk. you just need one HR and you’re more than set. If you use just 1-2 Giants bats, you increase your chance that they make it through the game. If you 5-stack them, you basically guarantee a pinch-hit or two. I would say that Joc, Wade and La Stella have the most risk.

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