SI's FanNation app has arrived, offering daily fantasy sports games that let you put your skills on the line for money or just for bragging rights, leading off with the launch of Baseball Throwdown. Every day, SI's Michael Beller will release his lineup for that day's Baseball Throwdown contest and offer up other recommendations to get your team ready for the day's slate of games. Download the FanNation app today and get started challenging your friends.
Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers (@ Giants) – Kershaw did something in his last two starts that he hadn’t done in his previous four: allow a run. In that way, you could say it was a slight disappointment that he surrendered a grand total of four runs while striking out 19 in 16 combined innings against the Padres and Cardinals. Kershaw is a must-play in all daily games every time he takes the mound. He has made one start against the Giants this year, allowing three runs on seven hits and fanning nine in seven innings.
Anthony Rizzo, Cubs (vs. Cardinals, Shelby Miller) – Rizzo currently boasts a 10-game hitting streak, going 13-for-37 with five homers and six RBI in that stretch. On the other side, Miller has allowed at least three runs in each of his last five starts and making it out of the sixth inning in just one of them. With a hot, muggy day expected in Chicago, the ball should be flying at Wrigley.
Andrew McCutchen, Pirates (@ Rockies, Tyler Matzek) – McCutchen enjoys hitting pretty much everywhere the Pirates play, but he, like many hitters, really loves stepping in the box at Coors Field. He has a career .329/.415/.600 slash line with three homers, four doubles and three triples in the thin air in Denver. If you choose him, you will have to contend with a six-point projection, but it will be worth it.
Julio Teheran, Braves (vs. Padres) – Not only are you picking on the Padres, you’re doing so with a guy who has been one of the best pitchers in the league all season.
Chris Sale, White Sox (@ Twins) – Like Kershaw, there’s little Sale can do wrong right now. He has allowed just one run in each of his last three starts, striking out 24 batters in 23 2/3 innings.
Josh Donaldson, A’s (@ Rangers, Nick Tepesch) – Donaldson is 3-for-6 with a double, three RBI and a walk in his career against Tepesch.
Chase Utley, Phillies (vs. Diamondbacks, Josh Collmenter) – Utley is 3-for-7 with a double and two walks in his career against Collmenter.
Jose Bautista, Blue Jays (@ Yankees, Chris Capuano) – Bautista has owned Capuano in his career, batting .389/.500/.833 with two homers and two doubles in 22 plate appearances.
Carlos Gomez, Brewers (vs. Mets, Jon Niese) – Gomez is swinging a hot bat, going 6-for-15 with a homer, triple, three RBI and four runs scored in his last three games.