Houston Astros versus New York Yankees

Houston Astros versus New York Yankees

MLB AL Wildcard Fantasy League Picks 10-6-2015
MLB Playoffs Fantasy Picks

The Major League Baseball playoffs get underway with the AL Wildcard game set for Tuesday October 6th. The New York Yankees will host the Houston Astros. MLB fantasy draft managers can tune to ESPN TV from Yankees Stadium at 8PM Eastern Time to follow the results of their roster picks.

This is a one game playoff with the winner advancing into the ALDS series to face the Kansas City Royals. The Houston Astros fell a game short of the Texas Rangers for the AL West division title as they finished with a mark of 86-76. They have not been a good road team with a mark of 33-48. The Astros are a home run hitting offense as the club is second in homers on the year with 230. They don’t hit for average with a team batting average of .250 ranking 21st in MLB. They got great starting pitching this season as the staff sits at fifth in quality starts with 94 on the campaign. The pitching staff is sixth in Team ERA (3.57) and fifth in WHIP (1.20).

The New York Yankees concluded play with an 87-75 record. With Houston’s loss to Arizona in their final game of the year the Yankees earned the home field advantage in this game. Like the Astros the Yankees are a home run hitting team as well ranking fourth in baseball with 212 long balls. They hit .251 as a team which is 17th in the league.

Houston Astros 2B:

Jose Altuve

The Astros second baseman concluded regular season play with a .313 batting average with 15 homers and 66 RBIs. He went 1 for 3 against Tanaka with a home run. He had a nice 3 for 5 game on Sunday. He is hitting .462 for the month of October.

Houston Astros DH:

Evan Gattis

The power hitting DH hit .246 for the regular season with 27 homers and 88 RBIs. He went 0 for 3 against Tanaka this year. Gattis will face a right hander in the AL Wildcard game and hit .250 against righties with 20 homers and 60 RBIs.

Houston Astros RF

George Springer

Springer finished up the year with a .276 batting average with 16 homers and 41 RBIs. He got hot in October with a .429 hitting average. Springer batted .319 away from Minute Maid Field this season.

Houston Astros 1B:

Marwin Gonzalez

The 26 year old first baseman for Houston hit .279 with 12 homers and 34 RBIs. He is another Astro hitter who batted well on the road. Gonzalez hit .293 in his road games this year.

Houston Astros P:

Dallas Keuchel

The left hander in 33 starts is 20-8 with an ERA of 2.48 and WHIP of 1.02. He has worked 232 innings on the season. Keuchel against the Yankees this year is 2-0 with an ERA of 0.00 in 16 innings of work.

New York Yankees RF:

Carlos Beltran

The 38 year old led the everyday hitters with a .276 batting average with 19 homers and 67 RBIs. He had three hits on Sunday at Baltimore with a run scored.

New York Yankees SS:

Didi Gregorius

The replacement to Derek Jeter hit .265 on the campaign with nine homers and 56 RBIs. He had two hits on Sunday with a double and triple with RBI against Baltimore.

New York Yankees LF:

Brett Gardner

The Yankees left fielder was 0 for 5 on Sunday. He concluded the regular season with a .259 batting average with 16 homers and 66 RBIs. He has slumped in the months of August, September and October.

New York Yankees DH:

Alex Rodriguez

ARod led the Yankees in homers with 33 on the season. He hit .250 with 86 RBIs. He slumped down the stretch batting .153 in August, .230 in September and .182 in October.

New York Yankees P:

Masahiro Tanaka

The Yankees right hander is 12-7 with an ERA of 3.51 and WHIP of 0.99. His last start was on September 30th against Boston where he allowed four earned runs and five hits over five innings in a 9-5 home defeat to the Boston Red Sox. He worked five innings against the Astros this year and allowed six earned runs and seven hits in five innings.

MLB Playoffs Fantasy Picks

P: Dallas Keuchel (Astros)
2B: Jose Altuve (Astros)
RF: George Springer (Astros)
1B: Marwin Gonzalez (Astros)
DH: Evan Gattis (Astros)
SS: Didi Gregorius (Yankees)

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