Pitchers to Stack Against (5/12/16)

By Mark Dankenbring
Pitchers to Stack Against (Thurs-Sun)

Lineup stacking is one of the best ways to rack up a large amount of points and ensure yourself a spot in the money. For those of you unfamiliar with stacking, it refers to adding at least three or four players from the same offensive lineup into your daily lineup that day or evening. Most stacks will revolve around a weak opposing pitcher, so that's what I'm here to identify. Who are the pitchers to target a stack against tonight and this upcoming weekend?

Thursday

Mike Pelfrey (RHP, Detroit Tigers) vs. Baltimore Orioles
Pelfrey enters Thursday's matchup against the Orioles winless in his first six starts of the year. He comes in struggling with a 6.23 ERA and has only lasted 30.1 innings, and average of about five innings per start. All of these stats align to prove that Pelfrey has gotten shelled in his first several outings of the year. Opponents are batting .343 against him on the year, which is a good sign for the already hot Baltimore offense. In 18 games at home, Baltimore has averaged four and a half runs a game, including hitting 25 home runs in the process. There are a few names in particular to target in Baltimore, including Mark Trumbo who hit home runs 10 and 11 yesterday, and Manny Machado who has started the year hitting .359 with 10 home runs of his own. Look for the Orioles to knock Pelfrey all over Camden Yards.

Friday

Luis Severino (RHP, New York Yankees) vs. Chicago White Sox
The White Sox have been on an absolute tear offensively within the last week. They've scored 44 runs in their past six games. Yes, 44. This recent explosion has been a real team effort, with contributions coming from throughout the lineup. Their next opponent will be Luis Severino in Yankee Stadium. Severino has had a very disappointing start to the season, going 0-5 in his first six starts with an ERA of 6.12. Of the seven home runs allowed this year by Severino, five have been at home. It appears that the White Sox will have another strong opportunity to put up numbers Friday at Yankee Stadium, so make sure to include a few of them into your lineup.

Saturday

Jake Peavy (RHP, San Francisco Giants) vs. Arizona Diamondbacks
Peavy has had a brutal start to his 2016 campaign. He'll enter Saturday's contest against the Diamondbacks with a whopping 8.47 ERA (32 ER in 34 innings) in his first seven starts. In Peavy's last two starts on the road, he's allowed 13 runs in only eight innings. Peavy has already faced the DBacks once this year, a start at home resulting in four runs over just five innings. Not terrible, but also nothing to be happy about, especially in the much more pitcher friendly park in San Francisco. The Diamondbacks come into their series with the Giants having won five out of their last six games, and have found a solid flow offensively, averaging over five runs a game in that span. Look for Peavy to struggle again in Arizona, particularly in the middle of the order where Goldschmidt awaits.

Sunday

Derek Holland (LHP, Texas Rangers) vs. Toronto Blue Jays
In his last start against the Blue Jays just last week, Holland allowed 11 earned runs in 2.2 innings of work. The boys from the Six truly had his number, and I expect they'll come into Sunday's game as eager as ever to step into the batter's box. Holland also seems to be rattled after that start, following it up with an even shorter outing, lasting only 2.1 innings against the White Sox, this time allowing just four runs. The Blue Jays offer one of the scariest lineups when facing a left handed pitcher. As Holland experienced in his last start against them, facing all righties in Pillar, Donaldson, Bautista, Encarnacion, and Tulowitzki is one of the most daunting first five hitters in the majors. Look for these five to put up some numbers against the Dutch Oven in Arlington, with maybe a guest appearance and breakout game from the slow starting Russell Martin.