Daily fantasy baseball: Greinke, Stanton smart plays for today
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Zack Greinke, Dodgers (vs. Mets) -- Greinke took on the Brewers in each of his last two starts. In the first one, he gave up four runs on eight hits in six innings. He bounced back his last time out, though he only went five innings. He didn't allow a run and struck out six. Greinke only made in through five innings, however, because he issued five free passes. He had pitched very well in his previous starts, striking out 23 batters in his last two July starts. The Mets are hitting just .235/.306/.354 as a team this year, and Greinke should be able to take care of business against them at home.
Jose Abreu, White Sox (@ Yankees, Hiroki Kuroda) -- After not homering for nearly a month, Abreu has left the yard two times in the White Sox’ last three games. In those three contests, he is 4-for-10 with the two bombs, four RBI and two walks. Friday was his first career game at Yankee Stadium, and he clearly found the environment comfortable.
Carlos Gomez, Brewers (vs. Pirates, Edinson Volquez) -- Even after taking an 0-for-4 on Friday, Gomez is 6-for-14 with three homers, eight runs, four RBI and four walks. He has hit well against Volquez in his career, going 7-for-24 with three roundtrippers. Given his recent performance and his history against Volquez, Gomez is a great play in daily fantasy games on Saturday.
Danny Salazar, Indians (vs. Astros) -- Salazar is fanning more than a batter per inning, and the Astros have the third-highest strikeout rate in the league at 23.3 percent.
Jordan Zimmermann, Nationals (vs. Giants) -- Zimmermann has allowed a total of eight runs while striking out 25 batters in his last five starts.
Robinson Cano, Mariners (@ Red Sox, Brandon Workman) -- Cano is 10-for-29 with a homer, double and four RBI in his last seven games.
Evan Longoria, Rays (@ Blue Jays, Mark Buehrle) -- Longoria is a career .306/.350/.444 hitter in 40 plate appearances against Buehrle.
Giancarlo Stanton, Marlins (@ Rockies, Jordan Lyles) -- Stanton is 7-for-15 with a homer, double and eight RBI in his last four games.
Andrew McCutchen, Pirates (@ Brewers, Wily Peralta) -- McCutchen got his first two hits – one of which was a home run – on Friday since coming off the disabled list. He’s just 1-for-7 against Peralta, but that hit left the yard.