SI's FanNation app has arrived, offering daily fantasy sports games that let you put your skills on the line for money or just for bragging rights, leading off with the launch of Baseball Throwdown. Every day, SI's Michael Beller will release his lineup for that day's Baseball Throwdown contest and offer up other picks to get your team ready for the day's slate of games. Download the FanNation app today and get started challenging your friends.
Corey Kluber, Indians (vs. Tigers) – Kluber has allowed three runs in back-to-back starts after not allowing more than two for a month. He did fan eight batters in each of those games, and now has at least seven strikeouts in his last eight outings. In three starts against the Tigers this year, he has allowed seven runs while striking out 24 batters in 22 2/3 innings.
Starlin Castro, Cubs (vs. Brewers, Jimmy Nelson) – Castro is on a seven-game hitting streak, during which he has gone 10-for-27 with a homer and a double. He just wrapped up a great August in which he slashed .378/.408/.510 with three bombs and nine RBI. He went 0-for-2 in Nelson’s first and only start against the Cubs this year, but that shouldn’t prevent you from running him out there in the Baseball Throwdown on Monday.
Jayson Werth, Nationals (@ Dodgers, Roberto Hernandez) – Werth just finished off a monster August, hitting .320/.424/.520 with three homers and 16 RBI in the month. He has been swinging the bat quite well ever since the All-Star break, slashing .314/.417/.483 thus far in the second half. He’s 4-for-9 against Hernandez in his career, and while all of those hits have been singles, it does bode well for his chances on Monday.
Tyson Ross, Padres (vs. Diamondbacks) – In his last start against the Diamondbacks, Ross allowed just two runs on five hits while striking out seven in seven innings.
Cole Hamels, Phillies (@ Braves) – Hamels has allowed three runs in each of his last three starts, but should be able to bounce back against an Atlanta team he dominated the last time they met. He gave up just one run and struck out nine batters in seven innings.
Chris Davis, Orioles (vs. Twins, Phil Hughes) – Davis has finally found his power stroke with some consistency, leaving the yard three times in his last seven games.
Mike Napoli, Red Sox (@ Rays, Drew Smyly) – Napoli is one of three active hitters with a career September OPS north of 1.000. The other two are Albert Pujols and Ryan Howard.
Matt Holliday, Cardinals (vs. Pirates, Gerrit Cole) – Holliday has three homers and four total extra-base hits in his last two games.
Austin Jackson, Mariners (@ A’s, Jason Hammel) – Jackson is 7-for-17 with a steal on his current four-game hitting streak.