Monday September 8th, 2014

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Pitcher

Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers (vs. Padres) -- Time for our weekly appreciation of Kershaw. He was dominant yet again in his last start, allowing one run on three hits and striking out eight in eight innings, picking up his 17th win of the season. He has allowed a total of two runs in his last 24 innings, and hasn’t surrendered more than three in a start since the middle of May. The Padres are quite simply no match for this year’s NL Cy Young -- and potentially MVP -- award winner.

Infielder

Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers (vs. Royals, Jeremy Guthrie) -- In his last even games, Cabrera has been doing everything possible to get the Tigers back in front of the Royals in the AL Central. He’s 15-for-30 with five homers and nine RBI. He has also owned Guthrie in their respective careers, slashing .333/.404/.556 with three homers and 12 RBI in 52 plate appearances. Even with the high projection, he’s a strong play on Monday.

Outfielder

Nelson Cruz, Baltimore Orioles (@ Red Sox, Joe Kelly) -- After a sluggish August, Cruz has gotten off to a hot start in April. He’s 11-for-27 with four homers and 12 RBI in seven games. Cruz has also been much better away from home, slashing .286/.349/.598 with 24 homers on the road. Get him in your active lineup on Monday.

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Pitchers

Felix Hernandez, Seattle Mariners (vs. Astros) -- It’s always fun when the two best pitchers on the planet pitch on the same day. He went eight innings and gave up just one run and three hits in his last start.
Doug Fister, Washington Nationals (vs. Braves) -- Fister tossed eight shutout innings and allowed just five hits in his last outing against the Braves.

Infielders

Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies (@ Mets, Jon Niese) -- Arenado has three homers in his last four games, though it’s worth noting that all of those came at Coors Field.
Robinson Cano, Seattle Mariners (vs. Astros, Brad Peacock) -- Cano has seven hits -- including two doubles -- and four RBI in his last six games.

Outfielders

Jose Bautista, Toronto Blue Jays (vs. Cubs, Jacob Turner) -- Bautista is 16-for-46 with seven homers and 12 RBI on his current 11-game hitting streak.
Charlie Blackmon, Colorado Rockies (@ Mets, Jon Niese) -- Blackmon has 10 hits -- including two homers, a double and a triple -- in his last eight games.

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