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.
Adam Wainwright, Cardinals (@ Cubs) – Wainwright has struggled a bit against the Cubs this year, allowing a total of 12 runs on 24 hits in three starts. He also got touched up for four runs in just 4 2/3 innings against the Rays his last time out. Never mind all that, though. Wainwright is a great play in almost any daily game, and should be able to handle a team that is slashing just .238/.298/.385 this season. If he can make someone other than Anthony Rizzo or Starlin Castro beat him, he’ll have a lot of success.
Paul Goldschmidt, Diamondbacks (@ Phillies, Roberto Hernandez) – Before taking an 0-for-4 (with two walks) on Saturday, Goldschmidt had been swinging a hot bat for about a week. In the seven games between July 18 and 25, he went 9-for-25 with two homers, three doubles and five RBI. He’s just 1-for-7 against Hernandez in his career, but sports a .263/.396/.579 line in 11 games at Citizens Bank Park.
Corey Dickerson, Rockies (vs. Pirates, Edinson Volquez) – Dickerson checks all the boxes that daily fantasy owners should look for in a player. First, he has been hitting well of late, going 12-for-37 with two homers, three doubles and six RBI in his last 10 games. Second, he has a good brief history against Volquez, with three hits – including two doubles – in five career at-bats against the Pittsburgh righty. Finally, he rakes at Coors Field, batting .369/.432/.677 at home this season.
Mike Minor, Braves (vs. Padres) – Minor has been terrible of late, but we’ll know he’s truly a lost cause if he struggles with the Padres on Sunday.
Hyun-jin Ryu, Dodgers (@ Giants) – Ryu shut down the Giants in his only start against them this year, tossing seven shutout innings while allowing just four hits.
Alexei Ramirez, White Sox (@ Twins, Yohan Pino) – Ramirez is 9-for-22 with two homers, four runs and four RBI in his last five games.
Robinson Cano, Mariners (vs. Orioles, Miguel Gonzalez) – Cano is hitting .325/.373/.454 at home this year and .356/.422/.498 against righties.
Nelson Cruz, Orioles (@ Mariners, Roenis Elias) – Cruz has slowed a bit at the plate recently, but he’s mashing lefties to the tune of .353/.456/.600 on the year.
Mike Trout, Angels (vs. Tigers, Rick Porcello) – Trout is 4-for-12 with a homer, six RBI and two walks against Porcello.