Major League Baseball Fantasy News October 8th 2015
Houston Astros versus Kansas City Royals Game 1 ALDS MLB Playoffs Cash League Fantasy Preview 10-8-2015
The Houston Astros will wheel back after one day of rest to meet the Kansas City Royals from Game 1 of their ALDS best of five series. Fantasy baseball draft GM’s can tune to Fox Sports 1 on Thursday October 8th at 7:30PM Eastern Time from Kansas City to track the performance of their roster picks.
The Houston Astros were an AL Wildcard entrant and had to travel to Yankees Stadium to face New York in a one game playoff. The Astros got an outstanding six innings of work from left hander Dallas Keuchel as Houston wins 3-0 to advance to the ALDS. The Astros bullpen allowed no hits and no runs in the final three innings of this game. The Astros are second in Major League Baseball in home runs this year and the Astros got two long balls in the victory.
The Kansas City Royals finished with the best record in the American League with a record of 95-67. They closed strong with a five game winning streak to finish with a better record than Toronto to have home field advantage in both the ALDS and ALCS. This Royals team is third best in MLB in team batting as they hit .269 on the season. They rank just 24th in quality starts because the bullpen is very strong for Kansas City it doesn’t require the starters to go far into games.
Houston Astros RF:
The Astros right fielder had a double in the win against the Yankees. Springer has hit better on the road than at home this year. George Springer is batting .319 on the road with seven homers and 18 RBIs. He is hot in October with a .429 batting average.
Houston Astros 2B:
Altuve concluded play in the regular season leading the everyday players for Houston with a .313 batting average with 15 homers and 66 RBIs. He had a key hit with an RBI in the 3-0 win at the New York Yankees on Monday. A negative is the Astros second baseman is hitting just .143 against Ventura in his career.
Houston Astros DH:
The power hitting DH has 27 homers and 88 RBIs on the year with a .246 batting average. He is 1 for 3 life time against Ventura with a triple. Gattis has batted just .217 on the road this year.
Houston Astros P:
In 32 starts in 2015 McHugh is 19-7 with an ERA of 3.89 and WHIP of 1.28. He didn’t face the Royals this season. McHugh was 10-2 following the All Star Game.
Kansas City Royals CF:
Cain led the Royals everyday hitters with a .307 batting average with 16 homers and 72 RBIs. His batting average is .335 at home with 46 RBIs. Cain hit .350 against Astros pitching this year.
Kansas City Royals 1B:
The Royals first baseman batted .297 on the year with 18 homers and 93 RBIs. He hits .311 at home with 49 RBIs. He does look to break a 2 for 15 slump for the month of October.
Kansas City Royals DH:
The 32 year old veteran hit .290 on the season with 22 homers and 106 RBIs. He is 0 for 5 life time against McHugh.
Kansas City Royals P:
The KC right hander is 13-8 with an ERA of 4.08 and WHIP of 1.30. In one start against Houston this year Ventura is 1-0 as he allowed one earned run over seven innings of work.