5 Things to Watch:
1. Here are the three highest over/unders for Monday, provided by OddsShark...
2. Max Scherzer is on the slate for Monday, but he's facing the team that gave Scherzer his worst start of the season: 5 IP, 7 ER, and 7 Ks.
3. Zack Greinke faces his former employer tonight. Though he's struggled at his new home (5.40 ERA at Chase Field), Greinke has pitched in back-to-back games without allowing an earned run.
4. There is one more pitcher I want to mention before we get to hitters, Jerad Eickhoff. Vegas is not a fan of his tonight. The PHI/TOR game is listed above and the Blue Jays are a strong (-192) favorite with R.A. Dickey on the mound. The main reason for this, IMO, is the fact that Eickhoff is terrible on the road. In five starts away from Citizens Bank Park, Eickhoff is 0-5 with a 6.41 ERA.
5. For the BvP peeps: Albert Pujols is 13-for-28 (.464) with three home runs against Ricky Nolasco...Yunel Escobar is 14-for-34 (.412) with four extra-base hits against Nolasco...Also, Trevor Plouffe is 7-for-17 (.412) with four extra-base hits against Jered Weaver.
I hope you listened to D.J. Foster when he told you to stack the Cubs on Sunday. They scored 13 runs against Atlanta. Julio Urias and Robbie Rays were also suggested and both had great outings.
Must-Start of the day: Michael Saunders, TOR
The biggest split going against Eickhoff is left-handed hitters on the road (.455 wOBA). Saunders is a left-handed hitter, batting in the top four of the order, and has a .207 ISO against righties. Check, check, and check.
Deal of the day: Cheap shortstops
If you're looking for a spot to save some DFS salary money, look no further than the SS position. I've listed a couple players below as great fillers in lineups projected to score around five total runs tonight.
Avoid of the day: Melvin Upton Jr., SD
He is 1-for-15 (.067) with five strikeouts against Wei-Yin Chen.
Stack of the day: Detroit Tigers
Poor James Shields. His nickname "Big Game James" is now referring to what kind of a day opposing offenses will have when Shields is on the mound. He has allowed 17 earned runs in the last 4.2 innings of work. This season, left-handed hitters have a .374 wOBA and .359 BABIP against Shields. Unfortunately, the number of lefty-hitters on Detroit is lacking. Jarrod Saltalamacchia (bad BvP against Shields) and Victor Martinez are the only constant left-handed hitters in the Tigers' batting order. Andrew Romine could get some playing time, as well. On the bright side, Miguel Cabrera (.257 ISO) and J.D. Martinez (.224) are good against righties.
Kyle Hendricks, CHC - Do you want to invest in the game with the lowest over/under without the high price? Look to Hendricks. He's much cheaper than Scherzer and Hendricks has struck out at least six batters in five of the past six outings. In fact, this was Hendricks' performance against the Nats on May 5th: 6 IP, 0 ER, and 4 Ks.
Carlos Carrasco, CLE - His last outing against the Royals was a short one (5 IP, 78 pitches), but it was known that Carrasco was on a limited pitch count upon returning from the DL. In his career, Carrasco is 5-1 with a 3.02 ERA in 44.2 innings of work at Kauffman Stadium. Also, in 2015, he was 4-0 with a 1.55 ERA in four starts against the World Series champs.
Matt Cain, SF - I outlined in my two-start SPs for Week 11 piece why Cain would be a good addition to your season-long fantasy team and those reasons also apply to your DFS lineup tonight. He's allowed two earned runs or less, with at least five strikeouts, in three straight starts. Also, the Brewers have the second-most team punch outs (594 Ks).
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, DET - (See "Stack of the day")
Victor Martinez, DET - (See "Stack of the day")
Chris Herrmann, ARI - He has a .282 ISO against righties this year.
Joey Votto, CIN - Left-handed hitters have a .402 wOBA against Aaron Blair.
Miguel Cabrera, DET - (See "Stack of the day")
Justin Smoak, TOR - He has a .191 ISO against right-handed pitchers this year.
Albert Pujols, LAA - (See "5 Things")
Brett Lawrie, CWS - He has a .200 ISO against southpaws this season.
Ian Kinsler, DET - More exposure to the Tigers' stack.
Josh Donaldson, TOR - He has a .264 ISO against righties this year.
Todd Frazier, CWS - He has a .333 ISO against southpaws this season.
Jake Lamb, ARI - He has a .259 ISO against righties in 2016.
Yunel Escobar, LAA - (See "5 Things")
Danny Valencia, OAK - He has a .450 ISO against lefties this year.
Marcus Semien, OAK - If you don't want to punt the SS spot, Semien has a .341 ISO against lefties this year.
Andrew Romine, DET - (See "Stack of the day")
Ryan Goins, TOR - Toronto is projected to score the most runs on Monday and Goins has a .162 ISO against righties this year.
Michael Saunders, TOR - "Must-start of the day"
Jose Bautista, TOR - He has a .245 ISO against righties this season.
J.D. Martinez, DET - (See "Stack of the day")
Jay Bruce, CIN - Left-handed hitters have a .402 wOBA against Aaron Blair.
Adam Duvall, CIN - He has a .341 ISO against righties this season.
Khris Davis, OAK - He has a .318 ISO against left-handed pitchers this year.
Melky Cabrera, CWS - He has a .233 ISO against lefties in 2016.
Ian Desmond, TEX - He has a .217 ISO against lefties this year.
Mallex Smith, ATL - He has a .212 ISO against righties.