Daily Fantasy Baseball ALWC Preview – Houston Astros vs New York Yankees
The road to the World Series begins now. One day fantasy baseball will continue with deeper and more in-depth selection as the numbers of MLB matchups dwindles down from here on out. Fantasy Baseball managers, this is your time to shine. The playoffs begins Sunday with the American League Wild Card game between the Houston Astros and the New York Yankees. The Bronx Bombers returns to the post-season after missing it the last two years, while the Astros will try to reach the ALDS and become the first team to make it there in both the National and American league.
The season series went to the Astros, who won 4 out of the 7 matchups this season. Houston also defeated New York twice in the three game series at Yankee stadium back on August. The winners of this showdown will move on to face the Kansas City Royals. You can follow the game this Tuesday on ESPN at 8pm Eastern Time.
Pitching matchup: Houston Astros Dallas Keuchel (20-8) vs New York Yankees Masahiro Tanaka (12-7)
Dallas Keuchel has been lights out when pitching at home this year, going 15-0 with a 1.46 ERA. Unfortunately for him, he’ll be pitching on enemy territory for the Wild Card game. The Yanks will be sending their ace Masahiro Tanaka to the mound. He has struggled in his last two starts though. The Japanese has been dealing with a hamstring strain in the last week. But he will have rested for six days when the game starts. Both of those pitchers will make their post-season debut.
Tanaka has faced the Astros once this year. He has allowed 7 hits and 6 earned run while striking out 5 during 5 innings of work in that contest. He was rewarded with a no-decision after the Yankees came back in the last two innings. Keuchel had more success than his counterpart. He has defeated the Yankees twice in two games this season, giving up 9 hits and no run with 21 strikeouts in 16 innings. If it wasn’t for the fact that he’s 5-8 with a 3.77 ERA in away game, Keuchel would’ve been a sure thing. He’s still a reliable fantasy pick for Tuesday.
Catchers: Houston Astros Jason Castro vs New York Yankees Brian McCann
It’s hard to argue with this one. Brian McCann is the meat and bone of the Yankees power offense, this year. His numbers show it, with 94 RBI’s and 26 home runs. He’s still batting a meager .232. Jason Castro has 11 homers and 31 RBI’s with a .211 average.
First basemen: Houston Astros Chris Carter vs New York Yankees Greg Bird
Greg Bird is the revelation of the year for the Yankees. He came up from the minors in August to replace the injured Mark Teixeira and produced 11 homers with 31 RBI’s while hitting .261 in 46 games. Not bad for the rookie Bird. Chris Carter has been all muscle, no finesse in his approach this year. He has collected 64 RBI’s and 24 home runs with a .199 average. Carter is more productive against the opponent’s pitcher, hitting a perfect 1.000 average in 2 at-bats. You can count a dinger and 2 RBI’s in those meetings.
Second basemen: Houston Astros Jose Altuve vs New York Yankees Rob Refsnyder
Jose Altuve is the A.L. stolen base leader in the past two years. He has warranted his spot as the best second baseman playing in fantasy baseball right now. This season, he has gathered a .313 batting average with 66 RBI’s, 15 homers and 38 stolen bases. On the other team, you have rookie Rob Refsnyder, who has done well hitting .302 at the bottom of the order. He holds 2 long balls and 5 RBI’s this season.
Third basemen: Houston Astros Jed Lowrie vs New York Yankees Chase Headley & Alex Rodriguez
After missing more than a year of Major League Baseball, A-Rod came back hammering the baseball with force. He has completed the season with 33 homers and 86 RBI’s while hitting .250. Think what you may about him, he’s still has a lot of fantasy value left in him. Former Boston Red Sox Jed Lowrie had one of his worst seasons. A .222 average with 1 homer and 5 RBI’s is not good enough, especially when batting in the middle of the order. It doesn’t look like Chase Headley will be able to emulate his 2012 amazing season. It just seems to go downhill for the 31 year-old. He had 11 home runs and 62 RBI’s with a .259 average in the course of the season. He holds one blast and 3 RBI’s against Keuchel. But none of it came this year, as he got flat out blanked by the lefty in 2015.
Shortstops: Houston Astros Carlos Correa vs New York Yankees Didi Gregorius
Carlos Correa is a definite contender for the A.L. rookie of the year award and could likely win it. He has proven all doubters that he deserved being picked first overall in the 2012 MLB draft. The Puerto Rican led all American League rookies in home run this season. He has compiled a 22 homers, 14 stolen bases, 68 RBI’s and a .279 average all year. Didi Gregorius has increased his numbers this year, acquiring 56 RBI’s, 9 deep flies and a .265 batting average. There is still room for improvement.
Outfielders: Houston Astros George Springer, Evan Gattis, Colby Rasmus & Carlos Gomez vs New York Yankees Jacoby Ellsbury, Chris Young & Carlos Beltran
The Houston Astros have built themselves a nice outfield group during the last offseason. The big designated hitter Evan Gattis came in a trade from Atlanta, and has racked up 27 homers, 88 RBI’s and a .246 average. Colby Rasmus had a bounce back season with 25 home runs, 61 RBI’s and batting .238 this year. Carlos Gomez didn’t have has much stolen bases this season has opposed to the last few. He has finished the year hitting .255 while collecting 12 homers, 56 RBI’s and 17 stolen bases. George Springer finally made the starting lineup this year. The 2011 Astros first round pick 41 RBI’s, 16 stolen bases and 16 home runs while batting for .276.
It’s a more aged group of outfielder that the Yankees assembled this year. At 38 years-old, it’s hard to believe that Carlos Beltran can still give in solid numbers. Well he did, batting .276 with 19 home run and 67 RBI’s. Jacoby Ellsbury saw his number digress this season with 21 stolen bases, 33 RBI’s, and 7 home runs with an average of .257. To make matters worse, he is currently dealing with an injured back. Chris Young, the batter of choice against lefties for the Yanks, has acquired 14 blast, 42 RBI’s and an average of .252. He has faced Keuchel exactly 20 times, and has collected 6 hits against the southpaw.
Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks
P Dallas Keuchel – Houston Astros
C Brian McCann – New York Yankees
1B Greg Bird – New York Yankees
2B Jose Altuve – Houston Astros
3B Alex Rodriguez – New York Yankees
SS Carlos Correa – Houston Astros
OF George Springer – Houston Astros
OF Carlos Beltran – New York Yankees
OF Chris Young –New York Yankees