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Edwin Encarnacion returns to the Yankees' lineup on Saturday

New York Yankees first baseman Edwin Encarnacion is batting fifth in Saturday's Game 6 lineup against the Houston Astros.

What It Means:

Encarnacion will handle designated hitting duties with Giancarlo Stanton resting against Houston.

Our models project Encarnacion for 11.1 FanDuel points on Saturday.

Yankees' Giancarlo Stanton sitting on Saturday

New York Yankees outfielder Giancarlo Stanton is not starting in Saturday's Game 6 against the Houston Astros.

What It Means:

Stanton will head to the bench with Edwin Encarnacion handling designated hitting duties.

In 34 career postseason at-bats, Stanton is hitting .235 with two home runs and three RBI.

Martin Maldonado catching for Houston on Saturday

Houston Astros catcher Martin Maldonado is batting eighth in Saturday's Game 6 lineup against the New York Yankees.

What It Means:

Maldonado will start behind the plate with Robinson Chirinos receiving the night off.

Our models project Maldonado for 8.2 FanDuel points on Saturday.

Houston's Robinson Chirinos resting on Saturday

Houston Astros catcher Robinson Chirinos is not starting in Saturday's playoff matchup against the New York Yankees.

What It Means:

Chirinos will rest with Martin Maldonado starting behind the plate against the Yankees.

In 33 postseason career at-bats, Chirinos is hitting .152 with two home runs and four RBI.

Jake Marisnick out of Houston's ALCS Game 6 lineup

Houston Astros outfielder Jake Marisnick is not starting in Saturday's playoff matchup against the New York Yankees.

What It Means:

Marisnick will head to the bench with Josh Reddick in tonight's lineup.

In 13 postseason career at-bats, Marisnick is hitting .308 with one stolen base.

Astros' Josh Reddick in right field on Saturday

Houston Astros outfielder Josh Reddick is batting ninth in Saturday's Game 6 against the New York Yankees.

What It Means:

Reddick will start in Houston's lineup with Jake Marisnick receiving a breather.

Our models project Reddick for 5.9 FanDuel points on Saturday.

Edwin Encarnacion sitting for New York in ALCS Game 5 on Friday

New York Yankees infielder Edwin Encarnacion is not the lineup for Game 5 of the ALCS against the Houston Astros on Friday.

What It Means:

Encarnacion will sit for the first time this series. He is being replaced in the designated hitter role by Giancarlo Stanton who is batting cleanup versus right-hander Justin Verlander and the Astros.

Encarnacion is batting .067 in the ALCS with 1 hit in 15 at-bats.

Yankees' Giancarlo Stanton (quad) returns to the lineup for ALCS Game 5 on Friday

New York Yankees outfielder Giancarlo Stanton is in the lineup for a must-win Game 5 of the ALCS against the Houston Astros on Friday. Edwin Encarnacion is sitting.

What It Means:

Stanton returns to the lineup for the first time since Game 2 and will bat fourth as the designated hitter versus right-hander Justin Verlander and the Astros. The full Pinstripes lineup: DJ LeMahieu 1B, Aaron Judge RF, Gleyber Torres 2B, Giancarlo Stanton DH, Aaron Hicks CF, Gary Sanchez C, Didi Gregorius SS, Gio Urshela 3B, Brett Gardner LF. James Paxton is on the mound.

Our models project Stanton for 9.9 FanDuel points on Friday. He is priced at $3,500.

Robinson Chirinos catching for Astros in ALCS Game 4

Houston Astros catcher Robinson Chirinos is starting Game 4 of the American League Championship Series on Thursday night versus right-hander Masahiro Tanaka and the New York Yankees.

What It Means:

Chirinos is catching Zack Greinke and hitting eighth while Martin Maldonado sits. He's 2-for-16 (.125) this postseason. The Astros' full Game 4 lineup: George Springer CF, Jose Altuve 2B, Michael Brantley LF, Alex Bregman 3B, Yuli Gurriel 1B, Yordan Alvarez DH, Carlos Correa SS, Chirinos C, Josh Reddick RF.

numberFire's models project Chirinos for 9.4 FanDuel points in Game 4. He's priced at $4,000. The Astros have an implied total of 3.98 runs as road underdogs.

Giancarlo Stanton (quad) still sidelined for Yankees in ALCS Game 4

New York Yankees outfielder Giancarlo Stanton (quad) is not starting in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series on Thursday night against right-hander Zack Greinke and the Houston Astros.

What It Means:

Stanton is still working through a right quad issue. Yankees manager Aaron Boone believes Stanton might be able to play designated hitter in Game 5 on Friday. The full Pinstripes lineup: DJ LeMahieu 1B, Aaron Judge RF, Aaron Hicks CF, Gleyber Torres 2B, Edwin Encarnacion DH, Brett Gardner LF, Gary Sanchez C, Gio Urshela 3B, Didi Gregorius SS. Masahiro Tanaka is toeing the rubber.

The Yankees are home favorites with an implied total of 4.52 runs. The over/under is 8.5 runs.

Houston's Zack Greinke announced as Thursday's Game 4 starter

Houston Astros pitcher Zack Greinke is starting in Thursday's Game 4 matchup against the New York Yankees.

What It Means:

Greinke will start in Game 4 after receiving normal rest due to today's rainout. Houston's veteran has struggled this postseason, allowing 9 earned runs in 9.2 innings pitched.

Our models project Greinke for 22.1 FanDuel points on Thursday.

Yankees' Masahiro Tanaka starting in Thursday's Game 4 against Houston

New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka will start in Thursday's ALCS matchup against the Houston Astros.

What It Means:

Tanaka will take the mound in Game 4 after producing six scoreless innings in the ALCS opener.

Our models project the Yankees' pitcher for 24.5 FanDuel points on Thursday.

Yankees-Astros ALCS Game 4 postponed to Thursday

Game 4 of the American League Championship Series between the New York Yankees and Houston Astros has been postponed until Thursday due to inclement weather in the New York area.

What It Means:

The Yankees and Astros were both expected to go with a bullpen committee approach on Wednesday, but now Game 1 starters Zack Greinke and Masahiro Tanaka will be able to toe the rubber in Game 4. Assuming there are clearer skies in New York on Thursday, the game will be played at 8:08 PM ET.

numberFire's models project Greinke for 22.1 FanDuel points in Game 4. Tanaka is pegged for 24.5 FP.

Source: Bryan Hoch

Nationals complete sweep of Cardinals, Howie Kendrick named 2019 NLCS MVP

Washington Nationals infielder Howie Kendrick was named Most Valuable Player of the National League Championship Series.

What It Means:

Kendrick drew a walk and scored a run Tuesday night in a 7-4 victory as the Nationals completed a four-game sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals. That came on the heels of hitting 3 doubles and 3 RBI in Game 3. He also went 2-for-4 with a double and a walk in Game 1. The 36-year-old veteran and his Nationals teammates will face either the Houston Astros or the New York Yankees in the club's first-ever World Series appearance.

Kendrick is slashing .289/.341/.474 with a dinger, 4 doubles, 9 RBI, and 6 runs scored in 41 plate appearances this postseason.

Jose Altuve homers, scores a pair as Astros take ALCS Game 3

Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve went 2-for-5 with a solo homer, steal, and 2 runs scored Tuesday in a 4-1 win over the New York Yankees in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series.

What It Means:

Altuve sent one deep in the top of the first inning, giving him 12 homers for his career in the postseason. He then singled in the seventh and made it home on a wild pitch. The Astros will look to take a commanding 3-1 series lead in Game 4 Wednesday night in New York.

The star second baseman is batting .417/.462/.667 with 4 home runs, 6 RBI, and 6 runs scored in 34 plate appearances this postseason.

Yan Gomes catching for Nationals Tuesday in NLCS Game 4

Washington Nationals catcher Yan Gomes is starting Tuesday in Game 4 of the National League Championship Series against right-hander Dakota Hudson and the St. Louis Cardinals.

What It Means:

Gomes is catching Patrick Corbin and batting eighth as the Nationals try to complete a sweep of the Cardinals. Washington's full Game 4 lineup: Trea Turner SS, Adam Eaton RF, Anthony Rendon 3B, Juan Soto LF, Howie Kendrick 2B, Ryan Zimmerman 1B, Victor Robles CF, Gomes C, Corbin SP. Kurt Suzuki is available off the bench.

numberFire's metrics expect Gomes to score 8.1 FanDuel points in Game 4. He's priced at $2,500. The Nationals are home favorites with an implied total of 4.17 runs.

Dexter Fowler on Cardinals' bench in NLCS Game 4

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Dexter Fowler is not starting Game 4 of the National League Championship Series versus left-hander Patrick Corbin and the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night.

What It Means:

Fowler is taking a seat after going 2-for-33 with 10 strikeouts in eight postseason games. He's yielding center field to Harrison Bader and the leadoff spot to Tommy Edman on Tuesday evening.

The Cardinals are road underdogs with an implied total of 3.33 runs.

Tommy Edman leading off NLCS Game 4 for Cardinals

St. Louis Cardinals infielder/outfielder Tommy Edman is starting Game 4 of the National League Championship Series versus left-hander Patrick Corbin and the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night.

What It Means:

Edman had been hitting seventh this postseason, going 6-for-29 (.207) with 4 extra-base hits and 6 strikeouts, but the Cardinals are shaking up the order a bit Tuesday against a lefty. Jose Martinez is hitting second after hitting fifth last game. Yadier Molina and Paul DeJong are lined up fifth and sixth, respectively. Kolten Wong has dropped from second to eighth. St. Louis is down 3-0 in the series.

numberFire's models project Edman for 10.9 FanDuel points in Game 3, at a cost of $2,900. The Cardinals are road underdogs with an implied total of 3.33 runs.

Harrison Bader starting for Cardinals Tuesday in NLCS Game 4

St. Louis Cardinals center fielder Harrison Bader is starting Game 4 of the National League Championship Series versus left-hander Patrick Corbin and the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night.

What It Means:

Bader is replacing a struggling Dexter Fowler in center field and hitting seventh in his first start of the series as the Cardinals switch it up against the Nationals' left-hander. He's gone 2-for-10 with an RBI, a score, and 5 strikeouts this postseason. The center fielder has also gone 1-for-2 on steal attempts.

numberFire's models project Bader for 9.0 FanDuel points in Game 3, at a cost of $2,500. The Cardinals are road underdogs with an implied total of 3.33 runs.

Jose Altuve in Astros' two-hole for ALCS Game 3 Tuesday afternoon

Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve is starting Game 3 of the American League Championship Series against right-hander Luis Severino and the New York Yankees on Tuesday afternoon.

What It Means:

The Astros apparently want to avoid having three right-handed hitters in a row, so Altuve is trading places in the lineup with Michael Brantley after batting third the past four games. Yuli Gurriel and Yordan Alvarez have also flip-flopped, with the former now hitting fifth and the latter sixth. Altuve is hitting .370/.414/.778 with 3 homers, 5 RBI, and 4 runs scored through 29 plate appearances this postseason.

numberFire's models project Altuve for 13.3 FanDuel points in Game 3, at a cost of $4,200. The Astros are road favorites with an implied total of 4.08 runs.

Brett Gardner in left, batting fifth for Yankees against Astros

New York Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner is in left field and hitting third in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series versus right-hander Gerrit Cole and the Houston Astros on Tuesday afternoon.

What It Means:

Gardner played center field and hit fifth in Game 2. He's gone 5-for-21 with a home run, 3 RBI, 3 runs scored, and 9 strikeouts this postseason. Gleyber Torres is in the five-hole Tuesday. Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, and Gio Urshela are lined up 5-7.

numberFire's models project Gardner for 9.9 FanDuel points in Game 3, with a price tag of $3,000. The Yankees are home underdogs with an implied total of 3.42 runs.

Giancarlo Stanton (quad) sitting again for Yankees in ALCS Game 3

New York Yankees outfielder Giancarlo Stanton (quad) is not starting in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series against right-hander Gerrit Cole and the Houston Astros on Tuesday afternoon.

What It Means:

Stanton also sat out Game 2 with a right quadriceps strain, but manager Aaron Boone says the slugger is available off the bench Tuesday. Brett Gardner, Aaron Hicks, and Aaron Judge are in the outfield for the Yankees as the series shifts to New York.

The Yankees are home underdogs with an implied total of 3.42 runs in Game 3.

Aaron Hicks starting for Yankees in ALCS Game 3 Tuesday afternoon

New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks is playing center field and batting ninth in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series versus right-hander Gerrit Cole and the Houston Astros on Tuesday afternoon.

What It Means:

Giancarlo Stanton is sidelined with a groin strain for a second straight game, so Hicks is joining Brett Gardner and Aaron Judge in the outfield. He made a pinch-hit appearance in Game 2 on Sunday in his first action since landing on the injured list August 3 due to a right elbow injury. Cameron Maybin is available off the Yankees' bench Tuesday afternoon.

numberFire's models project Hicks for 7.8 FanDuel points in Game 3, with a price tag of $2,500. The Yankees are home underdogs with an implied total of 3.42 runs.

Martin Maldonado catching for Astros in ALCS Game 3

Houston Astros catcher Martin Maldonado is starting Game 3 of the American League Championship Series against right-hander Luis Severino and the New York Yankees on Tuesday afternoon.

What It Means:

Maldonado is catching Gerrit Cole and batting ninth in his first start of the series. Robinson Chirinos is available off the bench. Maldonado went 2-for-5 with an RBI in the ALDS.

numberFire's models project Maldonado for 8.8 FanDuel points in Game 3, at a cost of $2,200. The Astros are road favorites with an implied total of 4.08 runs.

Josh Reddick enters Astros' lineup for ALCS Game 3

Houston Astros outfielder Josh Reddick is starting Game 3 of the American League Championship Series against right-hander Luis Severino and the New York Yankees on Tuesday afternoon.

What It Means:

Reddick is playing right field and hitting eighth in his first start of the series. He's gone 1-for-10 with 5 strikeouts this postseason. George Springer is starting in center field. Jake Marisnick is sitting.

numberFire's models project Reddick for 8.1 FanDuel points in Game 3, at a cost of $2,600. The Astros are road favorites with an implied total of 4.08 runs.

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