Daily fantasy baseball: Start Kershaw, Posey to win today's games
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Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers (@ Diamondbacks) -- At this point, you should start Kershaw for daily fantasy games every time he starts. His last time out, he allowed just one run in eight innings while striking out 10 in a win over the Padres. The last time Kershaw didn’t earn a quality start, the NBA and NHL playoffs were still in progress. And we’re not even talking the finals for either sport. In Kershaw’s one start against the Diamondbacks this year, he held the to one run and fanned seven batters in seven innings.
Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants (vs. Rockies, Franklin Morales) -- Posey is one of the hottest hitters in all of baseball right now, going 12-for-26 with four homers and seven RBI on his current six-game hitting streak. In the month of August, he’s slashing .315/.358/.551. Morales has been very susceptible to the longball this season. He would have the second most homers allowed per nine innings if he had thrown enough frames to qualify.
Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins (@ Angels, Hector Santiago) -- Stanton has been crushing the ball all through August, slashing .313/.453/.639 with eight homers and 24 RBI. He took an 0-for-4 on Tuesday, but is still 7-for-21 with a bomb and eight RBI in his last five games. With the way he’s swinging the bat, Stanton is the best option in the outfield on Wednesday.
Mat Latos, Reds (vs. Cubs) -- Latos has a 2.48 ERA in his last five starts, fanning 25 batters in 32 2/3 innings.
Corey Kluber, Indians (@ White Sox) -- Kluber has allowed a total of five runs and struck out 53 batters in his last six starts.
Albert Pujols, Angels (vs. Marlins, Henderson Alvarez) -- Pujols is 7-for-16 with three RBI in his last four games.
Matt Carpenter, Cardinals (@ Pirates, Jeff Locke) -- Kinsler went 0-for-4 on Tuesday, but was 6-for-18 with a homer and three RBI in his previous four games.
Hunter Pence, Giants (vs. Rockies, Franklin Morales) -- Pence is 11-for-32 with two homers and five RBI in his last eight games.
Andrew McCutchen, Pirates (vs. Cardinals, Adam Wainwright) -- McCutchen is slashing .311/.333/.533 in 48 career plate appearances against Wainwright.