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Alex Bregman and the Astros will take on the Dodgers in the World Series beginning Tuesday night. The 23-year old had a fantastic second half of the season but is hitting only .190 with four extra-base hits through 42 postseason at-bats. After the All-Star break this season, Bregman posted a .315/.367/.536 slash line with four triples, nine stolen bases, 11 home runs, 18 doubles, 44 runs batted in and 48 runs scored in 267 second half at-bats. When the Astros lost shortstop Carlos Correa to injury Bregman stepped up and carried the lineup at times. The Astros will face ace left-hander Clayton Kershaw and Bregman feasted on lefties all season. In 142 regular season at-bats against south-paws, Bregman hit .331 with two triples, seven home runs and nine doubles. Bregman is a sleeper pick to do some damage in Game 1 Tuesday.
Marwin Gonzalez has had a career year but will look to turn around a poor postseason up to this point. The World Series begins Tuesday night and the Astros will need their regular season RBI leader to heat up. Gonzalez drove in a team-high 90 runs this season but is hitting only .162 with two doubles through 37 at-bats this postseason. Houston will go up against Clayton Kershaw in Game 1 and Gonzalez has struggled against left-handed pitching. He hit only .250 in 120 at-bats against south-paws with five doubles and five home runs this season. It has been a magical year for Gonzalez and the Astros hope he can go on one more hot streak before the season is over.
Josh Reddick is excited to play against his former team, the Dodgers, in the World Series, according to the LA Times Pedro Moura. He told the reporter, "Personally, I wouldn't rather do it against any other team. I wasn't really a fan favorite there. I got booed a lot as a home player." Reddick was acquired in a trade by the Dodgers last season and hit only .258 over two months while playing sparingly. Reddick signed as a free agent with the Astros and hit .314 this season. He also became a fixture hitting in the number two hole for a Houston team that scored the most runs in baseball this season. Reddick hasn't had quite the best postseason thus far but will have plenty of added incentive facing his former club beginning Tuesday night.
Yuli Gurriel will enter Game 1 of the World Series as one of the most productive Houston hitters during the postseason. He has at least one hit in 10 of 11 games played thus far, hitting .366 through 41 at-bats with five extra-base hits. He absolutely destroyed in the ALDS, hitting .529 against the Red Sox after hitting .299 with 18 home runs and 75 runs batted in during the regular season. The Astros will face the Dodgers Clayton Kershaw in Game 1 and Gurriel surprisingly only hit .252 with a .395 slugging percentage against left-handed pitching this season. Gurriel is a big part of the lineup depth that has propelled Houston this far in 2017.
Carlos Correa and the Astros are ready for their close-up when the World Series begins Tuesday night. Correa has, perhaps, the biggest upside among a slew of talented young players on Houston and has been flying under the radar thanks to a huge postseason from his double-play teammate Jose Altuve. Correa is hitting .295 through 44 postseason at-bats, with three home runs, four doubles, seven runs scored and nine runs batted in. Correa was having a fantastic season before he tore a ligament in his thumb that sidelined him for almost two months. He returned to the lineup a bit slowly but appears to be back in midseason form. Correa hit .315 during the regular season, including an astounding .391 with five doubles and five home runs in 83 at-bats against left-handed pitching. Altuve may be getting all of the headlines but the Dodgers, and Game 1 starter Clayton Kershaw, will need to shut down Correa if they want to hoist their first World Series trophy since 1988. It will be a tough task.
George Springer and the Astros will face left-handed ace Clayton Kershaw in Game 1 of the World Series. After a strong ALDS, Springer struggled against the Yankees and is slashing only .233/.329/.349 with three extra-base hits and 11 strikeouts through 43 postseason at-bats. These are not numbers reflective of a guy who hit a career-high 34 home runs and slugged .522 during the regular season. The Astros offense has thrived off their leadoff hitter doing damage at the top of the lineup and will need Springer at his best if they want to win the World Series. Springer slashed .301/.423/.549 against left-handed pitching this season with six doubles and nine home runs through 133 at-bats.
Justin Turner sat out Sunday's team workout, a move designed to keep him fresh for the World Series. He is still expected to start Game 1 on Tuesday. GM Farhan Zaidi described Turner as "banged up" and the day off as necessary for his chronically inflamed knees. Turner will likely DH once the series moves to Houston, and days off were routine during the regular season. The Dodgers need Turner as a plant needs sunlight. Against the Cubs in the NLCS, he went 6-for-18 with two homers (including Game 2's game-winner), seven RBI and had a 1.147 OPS. Turner is holding an unbelievable .368 career postseason average, 1.113 OPS and 24 RBI in 26 playoff games. So long as his knees hold up, he'll continue to hit well above average in the coming years. Owners in dynasty and OBP leagues know what a mid-round find he was in 2017.
Jose Altuve's MVP-campaign rolls into Los Angeles Tuesday night for Game 1 of the World Series. The postseason has only been an extension of Altuve's marvelous regular season, slashing .400/.500/.775 with five home runs, eight walks, eight runs batted in and 10 runs scored through 48 at-bats. In Game's 6 and 7 against the Yankees, Altuve went 3-for-7 with two home runs and four runs batted in. Now the whole world will get a look at the mighty second basemen as the Astros take on Clayton Kershaw in Game 1. In 11 career at-bats against Kershaw, Altuve has three hits and all of them are doubles. He is one of the few hitters in Houston's lineup that has seen Kershaw and has the opportunity to add World Series Champion to an already career season over the next week.
Dallas Keuchel will face Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers when the World Series kicks off Tuesday night. It will be a battle between two elite left-handers and Keuchel is 2-1 this postseason with a 2.60 ERA. It will be the biggest start of Keuchel's life, a pitcher who came up through Houston's system at a time when they regularly lost 95-plus games a season. Keuchel this season came out of the gate on fire, beginning the season 9-0 with a 1.67 ERA heading into the All-Star break. Neck issues found the Game 1 starter on the disabled list twice but was able to come back and win 14 games this season. Keuchel won eight of his 14 games on the road this season but allowed 11 home runs and put up a 3.53 ERA through 74 innings pitching away from Minute Maid Park. Most of the Dodgers lineup will be seeing Keuchel for the first time, except infielder Logan Forsythe is hitting .375 in 16 lifetime at-bats against him.
The Atlanta Braves exercised catcher Tyler Flowers' $4 million option for the 2018 season Monday while declining starting pitcher R.A. Dickey's $8 million option. Flowers had an extremely productive season, hitting 12 home runs and driving in 49 in 317 at-bats while splitting time with Kurt Suzuki behind the dish. Both catchers led the majors in catching wins above replacement (5.1) and hit a combined .279/.360/.480 with 31 home runs. Flowers also had arthroscopic surgery on his wrist Oct. 9, but he's expected to make a full recovery and be ready for spring training next year. Dickey, who is considering retirement, went 4.26 in 190 innings and would be an unattractive innings eater for fantasy owners in deeper leagues if he decides to continue playing. Flowers will remain a high-end second catcher in two-catcher or NL-only leagues.
Atlanta Braves RHP R.A. Dickey's $8 million option for 2018 was declined Monday, Oct. 23.
Atlanta Braves C Tyler Flowers had his $4 million option for 2018 exercised Monday, Oct. 23.
New York Yankees impending free-agent third baseman Todd Frazier loved his time in New York this year and is fully open to re-signing this winter. "I would love to be back here. I've said that numerous times," Frazier said after the Yankees' 4-0 loss to the Astros in Game 7 of the American League Championship Series. Frazier turns 32 in February and will likely be seeking a multi-year deal. The Yankees may be opposed to that with prospects Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar on the horizon. Chase Headley will also be around for another season. Frazier did slug 27 bombs and drive in 76 runs in 474 at-bats this year, but he also hit only .213 and will continue to be a black hole for fantasy owners in the average department.
Corey Seager took batting practice Sunday in anticipation of his return to action in Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday. Seager wasn't on the NLCS roster due to a back sprain, but will be re-instated for the World Series. He's returned to full baseball activities and will likely slot back into his regular hitting position of second in the lineup.
Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch announced that starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel will pitch in Game 1 of the World Series and oppose Dodgers lefty Clayton Kershaw. The 'Stros will follow with Justin Verlander in Game 2 in LA. Keuchel had a great year (14-5, 2.90 ERA, MLB best 68 percent ground-ball rate), and he sports an impressive 2.59 postseason ERA in five career starts. The Dodgers have been vulnerable to lefties this year, so Keuchel may have an advantage, but it certainly won't be an easy task on the road.
The Seattle Mariners made SS Osmy Gregorio the 'player to be named later' in a trade that saw RHP Ryan Garton sent to Seattle by the Tampa Bay Rays.
The Tampa Bay Rays have acquired SS Osmy Gregorio from the Seattle Mariners to complete the deal that sent RHP Ryan Garton to Seattle.
Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman is hitting second and playing third base for Game 7 of the Championship Series against Yankees starter CC Sabathia on Saturday. Against the southpaw, outfielder Josh Reddick drops to ninth in the order. Bregman has just seven hits in 38 postseason at-bats (.184) this year, but he does have two long balls and five RBI, and his move up the lineup makes him a DFS sleeper. He's 0-for-3 with a strikeout against Sabathia, but Bregman did hit a cool .331 against lefties in 2017.
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