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.
Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers (@ Cubs) — What better way to polish off a likely Cy Young and MVP season than with a matchup against the Cubs? Kershaw is putting a bow on one of the best pitching seasons ever, and he should dominate a Cubs team that is tops in the majors in strikeout rate. But before we go celebrating all things Kershaw, his peripheral numbers suggest he may not be having as good a year as his surface stats would have you believe. After all, he has a 1.70 ERA, but his FIP is all the way up to 1.86.
(Kidding, of course.)
Miguel Cabrera, Tigers (@ Royals, Jason Vargas) — Cabrera has been hitting well over the last few days, going 10-for-17 with a homer, three doubles and two RBI in the last four games. He has also done well against Vargas in his career, slashing .294/.500/.647 with a homer and three doubles in 24 plate appearances. Expect Cabrera to come up big for the Tigers in the first game of a potentially division-deciding three-game series this weekend.
Charlie Blackmon, Rockies (vs. Diamondbacks, Chase Anderson) — Two days ago, Blackmon notched his third 5-for-5 or better game this season. He has cooled off a bit in September, but he's a great play on Friday given that he's hitting at home. You definitely want someone from Colorado in your lineup with the Rockies facing Anderson, and Blackmon is a strong play given his reasonable projection. He has just one hit against Anderson in his career, but it left the yard.
Jose Quintana, White Sox (@ Rays) — Quintana has allowed four runs and fanned 23 batters in his last 20 innings, a stretch covering his last three starts.
Zack Wheeler, Mets (@ Braves) — Wheeler got shelled in his last outing, but the last time he faced the Braves, he allowed two earned runs and struck out seven in seven innings.
Ian Desmond, Nationals (@ Marlins, Tom Koehler) — Desmond has eight hits, including a homer and three doubles, and six RBI in his last five games.
Jonathan Lucroy (@ Pirates, Jeff Locke) — Lucroy is 4-for-10 with a homer, a double and four walks in 14 career plate appearances against Locke.
Corey Dickerson, Rockies (vs. Diamondbacks, Chase Anderson) — Dickerson is 6-for-13 with a homer, a triple and five RBI on his current four-game hitting streak.
Steve Pearce, Orioles (vs. Red Sox, Allen Webster) — Pearce is on a six-game hitting streak, during which he has gone 10-for-20 with four homers, two doubles and nine RBI.