Daily fantasy baseball lineup: Start Zack Greinke, Michael Brantley
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Zack Greinke, Dodgers (@ Cubs) — Greinke has been throwing the ball well over the last month, allowing six runs and striking out 27 batters over his last 32 innings, a stretch covering five starts. He's a great play against the Cubs, even with Anthony Rizzo, Jorge Soler and Javier Baez in the lineup. They're still striking out more frequently than anyone, putting up a 23.9-percent strikeout rate this season.
Edwin Encarnacion, Blue Jays (@ Yankees, Shane Greene) — Encarnacion is riding a modest five-game hitting streak, during which he has gone 6-for-19 with two homers, a double and four RBI. Encarnacion has actually been better against righthanded pitching this year, slashing .267/.348/.565 with 27 homers and 77 RBI against same-siders.
Michael Brantley, Indians (@ Astros, Scott Feldman) — Brantley has been raking for the whole month of September, and especially over the last week or so. He is 14-for-30 with a homer, double and five RBI on his current eight-game hitting streak. He's slashing .422/.479/.516 in the month, and is just one home run away from becoming likely the only player in the 2014 season who will finish with at least 20 homers, 20 steals, 90 RBI and 90 runs.
Felix Hernandez, Mariners (@ Angels) — Hernandez has allowed just three runs and fanned 20 batters in his last three starts, and surrendered just one unearned run to the Angels across seven innings the last time he faced them.
Jered Weaver, Angels (vs. Mariners) — Weaver has put up five straight quality starts, allowing nine runs in his last 32 2/3 innings.
Adrian Gonzalez, Dodgers (@ Cubs, Tsuyoshi Wada) — Gonzalez is on a five-game hitting streak, during which he has gone 6-for-20 with three doubles and four RBI.
Josh Harrison, Pirates (vs. Red Sox, Brandon Workman) — Harrison is 11-for-23 with two doubles and three RBI on his current five-game hitting streak.
Matt Holliday, Cardinals (vs. Brewers, Kyle Lohse) — Holliday is hitting .345/.406/.483 with a homer in 32 career plate appearances against Lohse.
Matt Kemp, Dodgers (@ Cubs, Tsuyoshi Wada) — Kemp took an 0-for-3 on Wednesday, but was 7-for-18 with two homers, two doubles and seven RBI in his previous four games.