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James Shields, Royals (@ White Sox) — Shields has been very good in his last five starts, allowing a total of seven runs in 36 innings, good for a 1.75 ERA. He started against the White Sox two outings ago, allowing three runs and fanning six batters in seven innings. The Royals can clinch a playoff spot on Thursday with a win and a Seattle loss. Expect Shields to contribute positively to that effort.
Edwin Encarnacion, Blue Jays (vs. Mariners, Tom Wilhelmsen) — Encarnacion took an 0-for-3 on Wednesday, but he went 9-for-18 with two homers, a double and 10 RBI in his previous five games. He's now slashing .305/.387/.561 with six jacks in September. Encarnacion is just 1-for-5 against Wilhelmsen in his career, but he's swinging a hot-enough bat to trust him on Thursday.
Andrew McCutchen, Pirates (@ Braves, David Hale) — McCutchen has been right at the center of the Pirates' charge back into the playoffs, as expected: He's 10-for-22 with two homers, two doubles, a triple and three RBI in his last eight games. McCutchen is also a career .291/.394/.557 hitter in 94 career plate appearances at Turner Field.
Andrew Cashner, Padres (@ Giants) — Cashner has been great since returning from the disabled list and has allowed two runs in his last 17 innings.
Jose Quintana, White Sox (vs. Royals) — Quintana has allowed just one run in each of his last three starts, a stretch covering 20 1/3 innings. He has 26 strikeouts in that span.
Ian Kinsler, Tigers (vs. Twins, Trevor May) — Kinsler went 4-for-8 with a double, three RBI and three walks in the last two games of the Tigers' series with the White Sox.
Freddie Freeman, Braves (vs. Pirates, Edinson Volquez) — Freeman has had a rough September, but he's hitting .300/.397/.489 against righties this year.
Nelson Cruz, Orioles (@ Yankees, Hiroki Kuroda) — Cruz is swinging a hot bat, going 7-for-10 with a homer in his last two games.
Starling Marte, Pirates (@ Braves, David Hale) — Marte is riding a nine-game hitting streak, during which he has gone 13-for-35 with two homers and a double.