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Nationals defeat Astros in Game 7, Stephen Strasburg named World Series MVP

The Washington Nationals defeated the Houston Astros by a score of 6-2 in Game 7 of the World Series on Wednesday.

What It Means:

Stephen Strasburg took home MVP honors as the Nationals won their first World Series in franchise history. The 31-year-old right-hander became the first pitcher to ever go 5-0 in the postseason. Howie Kendrick, who also had a case for MVP, went 2-for-3 with a go-ahead 2-run homer and a walk in the Game 7 victory. Juan Soto was another deserving MVP candidate. He went 2-for-4 with an RBI single and a walk on Wednesday. Anthony Rendon added a solo homer. Max Scherzer allowed 2 runs over five innings.

Strasburg allowed 4 runs on 12 hits with 3 walks and 14 strikeouts over 14 1/3 innings in Games 2 and 6.

Kurt Suzuki (hip) scratched from Nationals' Game 7 lineup, Yan Gomes now catching Max Scherzer

Washington Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki (hip) has been scratched from the starting lineup on Wednesday for Game 7 of the World Series against the Houston Astros.

What It Means:

Yan Gomes will catch Max Scherzer and hit eighth against Zack Greinke. It's not clear if Suzuki will be available off the bench. The Nationals' full Game 7 lineup: Trea Turner SS, Adam Eaton RF, Anthony Rendon 3B, Juan Soto LF, Howie Kendrick DH, Asdrubal Cabrera 2B, Ryan Zimmerman 1B, Gomes C, and Victor Robles CF.

The Nationals are road underdogs with an implied total of 3.52 runs. The over/under is 7.5 runs.

Robinson Chirinos starting for Houston in Game 6

Houston Astros catcher Robinson Chirinos is in the lineup on Tuesday night in Game 6 of the World Series against the Washington Nationals.

What It Means:

Chirinos is getting the nod behind the plate while batting eighth in the order against Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg.

Our models project Chirinos for 8.0 FanDuel points across 3.83 plate appearances.

Martin Maldonado sitting for Houston in Game 6

Houston Astros catcher Martin Maldonado is not in the lineup on Tuesday in Game 6 of the World Series against the Washington Nationals.

What It Means:

Maldonado is being replaced behind the plate by Robinson Chirinos against Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg.

In seven games this postseason, Maldonado has a .300 batting average with .833 OPS across 21 plate appearances.

Josh Reddick in Astros' Game 6 lineup

Houston Astros outfielder Josh Reddick is in the lineup on Tuesday in Game 6 of the World Series against the Washington Nationals.

What It Means:

With the series headed back to the American League ballpark, the designated hitter comes back into play. That allows Yordan Alvarez to vacate the outfield while staying in the lineup. Reddick will take over in right field, batting ninth in the order against Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg.

Our models project Reddick for 6.3 FanDuel points across 3.72 plate appearances.

Asdrubal Cabrera starting for Nationals in Game 6

Washington Nationals infielder Asdrubal Cabrera is in the lineup on Tuesday in Game 6 of the World Series against the Houston Astros.

What It Means:

With the series headed back to the American League ballpark, the designated hitter comes back into play. That allows Howie Kendrick to vacate the infield while staying in the lineup. Cabrera will take over at second base, batting sixth in the order against Astros starter Justin Verlander.

Our models project Cabrera for 10.0 FanDuel points across 4.17 plate appearances.

Martin Maldonado catching for Houston in World Series Game 5 on Sunday

Houston Astros catcher Martin Maldonado is in the starting lineup for Game 5 of the World Series against the Washington Nationals on Sunday.

What It Means:

Maldonado is catching right-hander Gerrit Cole and batting eighth versus right-hander Joe Ross and the Nationals. Robinson Chirinos is sitting.

Our models project Maldonado for .7 hits, .4 runs scored, and .4 RBI on Sunday.

Yordan Alvarez starting in left field for Houston in Game 5 of the World Series on Sunday

Houston Astros outfielder Yordan Alvarez is in the starting lineup for Game 5 of the World Series against the Washington Nationals on Sunday.

What It Means:

Alvarez is starting in left field and batting sixth versus right-hander Joe Ross and the Nationals. Jake Marisnick is sitting.

Our models project Alvarez for 1 hit, .5 runs scored, and .7 RBI on Sunday.

Washington's Max Scherzer (neck) scratched, Joe Ross to start in Game 5

Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer (neck) will not start in Game 5's matchup against the Houston Astros.

What It Means:

Joe Ross will take the mound with Scherzer unable to start due to neck spasms. Expect Ross to be somewhat limited after throwing two scoreless innings on Friday.

In 4.2 postseason career innings pitched, Ross has produced a 7.71 ERA and 3 strikeouts.

Source: Todd Dybas

Nationals' Howie Kendrick returns to the lineup for Game 4 of the World Series on Saturday

Washington Nationals infielder Howie Kendrick is in the lineup for Game 4 of the World Series against the Houston Astros on Saturday.

What It Means:

Kendrick returns to the lineup at second base and will be fifth versus right-hander Jose Urquidy and the Astros. Asdrubal Cabrera heads to the bench to accommodate Kendrick's return.

Our models project Kendrick for 1.2 hits, .6 runs scored, and .5 RBI on Saturday.

Nationals' Yan Gomes catching World Series Game 4 on Saturday

Washington Nationals catcher Yan Gomes is in the lineup for Game 4 of the World Series against the Houston Astros on Saturday.

What It Means:

Gomes is catching left-hander Patrick Corbin and batting eighth versus right-hander Jose Urquidy and Houston Astros. Kurt Suzuki is sitting.

Our models project Gomes for .7 hits, .4 runs scored, and .5 RBI on Saturday.

Jake Marisnick starting in center for Houston in Game 4 of the World Series on Saturday

Houston Astros outfielder Jake Marisnick is in the starting lineup for Game 4 of the World Series against the Washington Nationals on Saturday.

What It Means:

Marisnick will get the start in center field and bat eighth versus left-hander Patrick Corbin and the Nationals. Josh Reddick is headed to the bench.

Our models project Marisnick for .8 hits, .5 runs, and .3 RBI on Saturday.

Nationals' Howie Kendrick out of Friday's Game 3 lineup

Washington Nationals designated hitter Howie Kendrick is not in the lineup for Game 3 of the World Series against the Houston Astros.

What It Means:

With the series heading to D.C, Kendrick will head to the bench from his role as the designated hitter.

In the first two games of the World Series, Kendrick produced 2 hits, 1 RBI, and 1 run scored in 9 at-bats.

Houston's Yordan Alvarez out of Friday's Game 3 lineup

Houston Astros outfielder Yordan Alvarez is not starting in Friday's Game 3 lineup against the Washington Nationals.

What It Means:

Alvarez will head to the bench with the Astros playing under National League rules and losing the designated hitting spot.

In 47 career postseason at-bats, Alvarez is hitting .213 with one RBI.

Stephen Strasburg, Nationals spank Astros 12-3 in Game 2

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg allowed 2 runs on 7 hits over six innings with 7 strikeouts and 1 walk in a 12-3 victory over the Houston Astros in Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday.

What It Means:

Alex Bregman hit a 2-run homer off Strasburg in the first inning that evened up the game, but the ace right-hander zeroed in after that. The Nationals will likely call on Strasburg again in Game 6, if necessary. Juan Soto went 1-for-3 with a double, 2 walks, and 2 runs scored in the blowout victory. Adam Eaton went 2-for-4 with a 2-run homer and 2 runs scored. Anthony Rendon went 1-for-4 with a two-run double and a walk. Kurt Suzuki hit a go-ahead dinger in the sixth inning. Game 3 will be played in the nation's capital on Friday.

Strasburg's 1.34 ERA this postseason ranks only behind Mariano Rivera (0.70) and Sandy Koufax (0.90) in the live-ball era for pitchers who have thrown 40 or more innings in the playoffs.

Asdrubal Cabrera in Washington's Game 1 lineup on Tuesday

Washington Nationals infielder Asdrubal Cabrera is in the lineup on Tuesday night in Game 1 of the World Series against the Houston Astros.

What It Means:

The World Series is kicking off in Houston, so both teams with have a designated hitter. As such, Howie Kendrick will vacate the middle infield, leaving the door open for Cabrera to start at second base and bat sixth in the order against Gerrit Cole.

Our models project Cabrera for 9.8 FanDuel points across 4.15 plate appearances.

Kurt Suzuki starting for Washington in Game 1

Washington Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki is in the lineup on Tuesday night in Game 1 of the World Series against the Houston Astros.

What It Means:

Suzuki is getting the nod behind the plate while batting eighth in the order against Astros starter Gerrit Cole.

Our models project Suzuki for 9.8 FanDuel points across 3.92 plate appearances.

Yan Gomes sitting for Washington in Game 1 of World Series

Washington Nationals catcher Yan Gomes is not in the lineup on Tuesday night in Game 1 of the World Series against the Houston Astros.

What It Means:

Gomes started Game 4 of the NLCS against the St. Louis Cardinals, but against Gerrit Cole, Kurt Suzuki will get the nod behind the plate. He'll bat eighth in the order against the Cy Young favorite.

In six games so far this postseason, Gomes has a .308 batting average and a .785 OPS.

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.

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