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New York Mets
Projected Lineup Order
Well that went by quick, Colon's perfect game and no-hitter is over. Order in the universe is restored.It is Sunday night, and Bartolo Colon is now six outs away from a perfect game against the Houston Astros. I am filled with joy, but also fear, as I start the Monday stacking article. Why am I filled with fear? This gives hope for every average right-hander to come in and ruin thousands of stacks against him. We will be trembling clicking 3-5 hitters from the same team against any mediocre pitcher from now on. To the battlefields we go, and also stay tuned as I update by out Colon's effort at a potential no-hitter as Carlos Correa just walked.
Well, that went by quickly. The no-no is gone.
Jeremy Hellickson is making the start for Washington, as he spent the last few weeks getting in game shape. Hellickson had a very down 2017 season, allowing 35 home runs, and over a 5.00 ERA. He is a flyball pitcher, and lefties have a small advantage in the long run, while right-handers hit him well last season. Given the Mets are heavily left-handed, I like the stack here quite a bit. Hellickson allowed a 34% hard-contact rate and 50% flyball rate to lefties last season. He also allowed a 2.01 HR/9. Right-handers had a .336 wOBA and 1.84 HR/9. If Hellickson continues throwing his changeup 30% of the time like in 2017, there is major concern. With no strikeout stuff, Hellickson could have a very short outing, and might not last in the Washington rotation long. Give me some of these Mets bats tonight, especially with the wind blowing out to right.
The Mets will bring a handful of lefty bats to the table tonight, and most of them come in the outfield. Brandon Nimmo or Jay Bruce will be in, both owning over a .190 ISO off right-handers dating back to last season. Michael Conforto is the bread and butter leading off, owning a .288 ISO and .414 wOBA off right-handers in that same time span. Asdrubal Cabrera continues to have a stellar start to 2018, and is once again fairly cheap around the industry.
Projected Lineup Order
With Chicago and St. Louis being PPD already, and Toronto potentially doing the same thing, we are limited. My next stack would be Milwaukee, but their injury situation makes it tough to write about. Just two stacks today, but Milwaukee is a potential one to roll with given Luis Castillo's 2018 struggles so far.
Julio Teheran has limited the Phillies in his career for the most part, including a bit earlier this season. Teheran is coming off a good start, but so far in 2018 is allowing a .355 wOBA to lefties and a .484 wOBA to right-handers. He has allowed all four of his home runs at home, where his home road splits are now reversed. He used to be a different arm in Turner Field, but SunTrust is built for lefty power, and Teheran this park was not built for you. Hard-contact continues to be an issue, allowing an even 35.7% hard-contact rate to both sides of the plate, and the groundball rate is under 36%. Teheran's velocity is still averaging out at 89-90, which is not a good thing.
With so many lefties in this lineup there is always a chance for a Phillies blowup. One batter I want to jump to real quick, and if you listen to our pods I reference him as one of the unluckier hitters in 2018 so far. Santana has a .442 xwOBA this season, but a .251 wOBA. He continues to mash with an average exit velocity of 91 mph. Scott Kingery is leading off and has a .231 ISO off right-handers so far in his career. Aaron Altherr also found himself in the lineup, and has a .214 ISO off right-handers dating back to last season. In addition to these names, we have the stud Rhys Hoskins, boasting a .313 ISO and .417 wOBA.