Daily fantasy baseball lineup: Start Cole Hamels, Buster Posey
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Cole Hamels, Phillies (vs. Marlins) — Hamels has been surrendering runs at a fairly regular clip over the last month or so, allowing a total of 12 runs in his last five starts. At the same time, he has 28 strikeouts in 31 1/3 innings in that span. Teams may have been getting to him a little bit, but that strikeout upside still makes him a very attractive player in daily fantasy leagues. He should be able to take advantage of a Giancarlo Stanton-less Marlins lineup on Friday.
Buster Posey, Giants (vs. Dodgers, Hyun-jin Ryu) — Posey has been raking in September, slashing .472/.488/.750 with two homers and 11 RBI. After a pair of hitless games, he has four hits, including a double, over the last two days. The Giants kick off a monster weekend series with the Dodgers on Friday, and while Posey has just five hits in 21 at-bats against Ryu, three have gone for extra bases, and one of those left the yard.
Jose Bautista, Blue Jays (vs. Rays, Nate Karns) — Bautista has been nearly as hot as Posey in September, hitting .324/.390/.622 with three homers and 13 RBI. He took his first hitless game of the month on Thursday, but that's no reason to believe he is slowing down. He has been a monster at home this year, slashing .286/.382/.551 with 17 homers and 50 RBI. He's a great play against the Rays and Karns on Friday.
Gerrit Cole, Pirates (vs. Cubs) — Cole could post gaudy strikeout numbers against a Cubs team that has struggled of late and strikes out in 23.8 percent of their at-bats, tops in the majors.
Jose Quintana, White Sox (vs. Twins) — Quintana has allowed just three runs in his last 13 innings and gave up just one unearned run in five innings in his last start against the Twins.
Anthony Rendon, Nationals (@ Mets, Dillon Gee) — Rendon has gotten back on track in September, slashing .324/.429/.471 in the month.
Miguel Cabrera, Tigers (vs. Indians, Carlos Carrasco) — Cabrera is hitting .333/.444/.600 with a homer and a double in 18 career plate appearances against Carrasco.
Carlos Gomez, Brewers (vs. Reds, Mat Latos) — Gomez is a career .417/.417/.833 hitter against Latos, with two homers, two doubles and a triple in 24 plate appearances.
Justin Upton, Braves (@ Rangers, Derek Holland) — Upton has three hits, including a homer, and five RBI in his last two games. He's also slashing .308/.410/.635 against lefties this year.