Daily fantasy baseball: Expect bounce-back game from Gomez
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Hisashi Iwakuma, Mariners (@ Red Sox) -- Iwakuma has been excellent the last two months, allowing more than two runs just once since the beginning of July. In his last five starts, he has surrendered a total of four runs while striking out 32 batters in 36 1/3 innings. He has yet to start against the Red Sox this year, but they're batting just .243/.316/.367 on the season. This is a lineup Iwakuma should be able to handle.
Adrian Beltre, Rangers (vs. Royals, Jason Vargas) -- Beltre has been swinging a hot bat for about a week now. In his last six games, he is 11-for-23 with two doubles, three RBI, four runs and two walks. He has always struggled with Vargas in his career, going 4-for-30 with three strikeouts, but daily fantasy gamers should be willing to look the other way given how Beltre has performed at the plate recently.
Carlos Gomez, Brewers (vs. Pirates, Vance Worley) -- Gomez took an 0-for-4 on Saturday, but he is still among the hottest hitters in baseball over the last five days or so. He’s 6-for-18 with three homers, two doubles and four RBI in Milwaukee’s last five games. He’s 1-for-4 with a double against Worley in his career, and is hitting .279/.369/.511 at home this year.
Chris Sale, White Sox (@ Yankees) -- In his one start against the Yankees this year, Sale tossed six shutout innings, allowing one hit and striking out 10.
Stephen Strasburg, Nationals (vs. Giants) -- Strasburg has allowed one earned run with 12 strikeouts in his last two starts -- a stretch covering 15 innings.
Adrian Gonzalez, Dodgers (vs. Mets, Bartolo Colon) -- Gonzalez is 6-for-18 with a pair of homers against Colon in his career.
Jose Abreu, White Sox (@ Yankees, Chris Capuano) -- Abreu is raking again, going 4-for-10 with two homers and four RBI in his last three games.
Adam Jones, Orioles (@ Cubs, Tsuyoshi Wada) -- Jones went 0-for-4 on Saturday, but was 8-for-17 with a homer and a double in his previous four games.
Mike Trout, Angels (@ A’s, Scott Kazmir) -- After struggling for most of the month of August, Trout may finally be getting going. He’s 3-for-8 with a home run in his last two games.