Fantasy Baseball ALDS Preview – Houston Astros vs Kansas City Royals
It’s the MLB playoffs and cash draft contests are getting hotter than ever. Fantasy Baseball brings us closer together, as we watch our Fantasy Teams battle in the field of glory. One series that will begin Thursday is the ALDS between the Houston Astros (86-76) and the Kansas City Royals (95-67). The Astros won their ALWC game against the Yankees with stellar pitching from Dallas Keuchel. It was 10 years ago that they have made their last division series, and that was in the national league. The Royals on the other end want to get back to the World Series after losing it last year to the San Francisco Giants. Both team met eachother in the regular season 6 time with Houston winning 4 games. Let’s get to the matchups:
Potential Pitching Matchup:
|Schedule||Houston Astros||Kansas City Royals|
|October 8 7:30 PM ET at Kauffman Stadium||RHP Collin McHugh (19-7, 3.89 ERA)*
Away this season (7-4, 4.05 ERA)
|RHP Yordano Ventura (13-8, 4.08 ERA)*
Vs Astros this season (1-0, 1.29 ERA)
At Home this season (7-5, 3.84 ERA)
|October 9 3:30 PM ET at Kauffman Stadium||LHP Scott Kazmir (7-11, 3.10 ERA)*
Vs Royals this season (1-0, 0.00 ERA)
Away this season(1-4, 3.38 ERA)
|RHP Johnny Cueto (11-13, 3.44 ERA)*
At Home this season (3-3, 4.50 ERA)
|October 11 4 PM ET
at Minute Maid Park
|LHP Dallas Keuchel (20-8, 2.48 ERA)*
Vs Royals this season (1-1, 3.17 ERA)
At Home this season (15-0, 1.46 ERA)
|RHP Edinson Volquez (13-9, 3.55 ERA)*
Vs Royals this season (0-0, 9.00 ERA)
Away this season (5-5, 3.61 ERA)
|October 12 TBD
at Minute Maid Park
|RHP Lance McCullers (6-7, 3.22 ERA)
Vs Royals this season (1-0, 1.29 ERA)
At Home this season (4-1, 1.86 ERA)
|RHP Kris Medlen(6-2, 4.01 ERA)
Away this season (5-0, 1.20 ERA)
|October 14 TBD
at Kauffman Stadium
|RHP Collin McHugh||RHP Yordano Ventura|
Series Fantasy Value Picks:
P Dallas Keuchel – Houston Astros – Season: 20-8, 2.48 ERA, 216 Strikeouts
Keuchel is unbeatable at Minute Maid Park. It will be hard to believe he will ever lose again there. Until that day comes, he will be an obvious pick every time he pitch there. Game 3 of the series will be his next start.
1B Kendrys Morales – Kansas City Royals – Season: .290 AVG, 81 Runs, 22 HR’s, 106 RBI’s
Morales leads the team in RBI’s. He was exceptionally good in September hitting .323 with 7 home runs and and 22 runs scored. The Royals will rely on him to produce more points for them during the post-season.
2B Jose Altuve – Houston Astros – Season: .313 AVG, 86 Runs, 15 HR’s, 66 RBI’s
Altuve finished once again as the leader in the league for stolen bases with 38. There is no better second basemen right now than Altuve. He is on top of his game at the plate and on the field. Cash Draft managers will want him on their team every day.
SS Carlos Correa – Houston Astros – Season: .279 AVG, 52 Runs, 22 HR’s, 68 RBI’s
Correa showed that he’s a true fantasy option at shortstop this year. He is the favorite to win the A.L. rookie of the year award. The 21 year-old is sitting comfortably third in the lineup, and with Altuve and Springer in front of him, the RBI’s will keep coming.
3B Luis Valbuena – Houston Astros – Season: .224 AVG, 62 Runs, 25 HR’s, 56 RBI’s
Valbuena knocked a suprising 25 dingers this year. There has been quite a few shakeups this year at third base with Jed Lowrie getting so play time at the end of the season. But power is never a bad thing and Valbuena will deliver them, especially at hitter friendly Minute Maid Park.
OF Lorenzo Cain – Kansas City Royals – Season: .308 AVG, 101 Runs, 16 HR’s, 72 RBI’s
Cain is a fabulous hitter with a lot of speed. At home, he holds a batting average of .337 with 55 runs, 9 homers and 46 RBI’s. The center fielder had great performances against the Astros this season. He has a .389 average against them.
Series Prediction: Houston Astros in 4 Games