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Tue Oct 2619:46Marwin Gonzalez Included On World Series RosterMarwin Gonzalez3B/RFTwinsFree Agent
Houston Astros infielder/outfielder Marwin Gonzalez was added to the World Series roster after being left off both the ALDS and ALCS rosters. He started the year with the Boston Red Sox before they designated him for assignment on August 13. He then signed with Houston after spending seven seasons with the club from 2012-2018. He struggled at the plate this season, slashing .199/.275/.304 with five home runs across 91 games. He was better against left-handers, though, posting a much higher .713 OPS. Don't expect Gonzalez to see much playing time, but he should get some pinch-hitting opportunities while playing in Atlanta.
Source: Brian McTaggartRotoBaller.com
Tue Oct 2619:34Kyle Wright Makes World Series RosterKyle WrightSPBravesFree Agent
The Atlanta Braves have listed right-hander Kyle Wright on its World Series roster, according to Mark Bowman of MLB.com. The Braves left him off of both the division and league championship series rosters. Wright only appeared in two games this season. He pitched to a 9.95 ERA with six strikeouts and five walks over 6.1 innings. Expect Wright to be used as a long reliever, or start a bullpen game down the road. He takes the spot of fellow right-hander Jacob Webb. Webb struggled in two appearances this postseason, posting a 21.60 ERA after he produced a decent 4.19 ERA in 34 relief appearances during the regular season. The Braves also added outfielder Terrance Gore this time around, who replaces utility man Johan Camargo.
Source: Mark BowmanRotoBaller.com
Tue Oct 2619:09Jorge Soler Back In Lineup As Designated Hitter TuesdayJorge SolerDHRoyalsFree Agent
Atlanta Braves outfielder Jorge Soler will be the designated hitter for the World Series opener against the Houston Astros on Tuesday, according to MLB.com. He will also bat leadoff, something he did near the end of the regular season and the beginning of the playoffs. The Braves placed Soler on the COVID-19 injured list before Game 4 of the NLDS. He was activated on October 21 but didn't start the final two games of the league championship series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The slugging outfielder slashed .223/.316/.432 with 27 HRs in 2021. He turned a corner after joining the Braves midseason, posting a .882 OPS and 14 HRs in 55 games. Across 15 postseason plate appearances this year, he's batting just .154 with two doubles and a 33.3 K%. Expect Soler to continue getting reps at DH while playing in Houston.
Source: MLB.comRotoBaller.com
Tue Oct 2616:52Framber Valdez Out To Build Off Strong Last StartFramber ValdezSPAstrosFree Agent
Houston Astros starter Framber Valdez will take the mound to start Game 1 of the World Series against the Braves. After a shaky postseason start, Valdez was fantastic when it counted most, tossing eight strong innings of one-run baseball in Game 5 of the ALCS. Late-season injuries to Zack Greinke and Lance McCullers Jr. suddenly have Valdez serving as de facto ace for the Astros staff. Valdez posted a 5-2 mark at Minute Maid Park during the regular season with a 1.37 WHIP and a 3.45 ERA through 11 home starts this season. Valdez will have a tough test against a top-to-bottom dynamic Braves lineup in Game 1.
Source: Houston AstrosRotoBaller.com
Tue Oct 2616:38Yuli Gurriel Hopes To Stay Hot In World SeriesYuli Gurriel1BAstrosFree Agent
Houston Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel will hit seventh for Game 1 of the World Series against the Braves. Gurriel came alive in the ALCS, going 10-for-22 (.454) with two extra-base hits, four runs scored and six runs batted in. In a lineup full of big names and potent hitters, Gurriel can easily fly under the radar. But the 37-year-old is just as talented and is 4-for-12 with runners in scoring position hitting from the bottom-half of the lineup. Gurriel will present excellent DFS value for Game 1 as the veteran posted an .889 OPS during the regular season at Minute Maid Park.
Source: Houston AstrosRotoBaller.com
Tue Oct 2616:31Kyle Tucker Leads Astros With 15 Postseason RBIKyle TuckerRFAstrosFree Agent
Houston Astros outfielder Kyle Tucker will hit sixth for Game 1 of the World Series against the Braves. The 24-year-old has exploded during this postseason run, posting four multi-RBI games through the team's 10 postseason games. Over his last 40 at-bats, Tucker is slashing .275/.310/.625 with two doubles, four home runs, nine runs scored and a team-leading 15 runs batted in. Tucker has been dynamite with runners in scoring position in the playoffs, going 8-for-17 in those situations with a 1.118 slugging percentage. Tucker and teammate Yordan Alvarez will be the best DFS options for Game 1.
Source: Houston AstrosRotoBaller.com
Tue Oct 2616:26Carlos Correa Posting 1.147 OPS At Home In PlayoffsCarlos CorreaSSAstrosFree Agent
Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa will hit fifth for Game 1 of the World Series against the Braves. Correa has been fantastic hitting at home in the playoffs, slashing .412/.500/.647 through five postseason games at Minute Maid Park. Correa posted a .494 slugging percentage mark at home during the regular season and has come up with some huge hits in the playoffs. Correa is once again having a strong postseason run, slashing .297/.395/.459 through 37 playoff at-bats.
Source: Houston AstrosRotoBaller.com
Tue Oct 2616:22Can Yordan Alvarez Stay Hot Against Braves?Yordan AlvarezDHAstrosFree Agent
Houston Astros designated hitter Yordan Alvarez will hit cleanup for Game 1 of the World Series against the Braves. Alvarez has been fantastic throughout the playoffs, registering at least one hit in eight of the team's 10 playoff games and at least one RBI in six of the 10. The talented young slugger is slashing .441/.535/.794 with one triple, two home runs, four doubles, nine runs batted in and 11 runs scored through his postseason run. Alvarez is a fantastic DFS option for Game 1 at Minute Maid Park as the 24-year-old is 9-for-15 (.600) with five extra-base hits, five runs batted in and six runs scored in five playoff games at home.
Source: Houston AstrosRotoBaller.com
Tue Oct 2616:15Alex Bregman Slugging .385 In PlayoffsAlex Bregman3BAstrosFree Agent
Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman is hitting third for Game 1 of the World Series against the Braves. Bregman has been clutch, hitting .429 with runners in scoring position, but has only two extra-base hits through 39 postseason at-bats. Bregman's quad injury that shelved him for months during the regular season has taken away his power during the playoffs but is a strong DFS play Tuesday and is 7-for-19 (.368) through five playoff games at Minute Maid Park.
Source: Houston AstrosRotoBaller.com
Tue Oct 2616:07Michael Brantley Hitting Second For Game 1Michael BrantleyLFAstrosFree Agent
Houston Astros outfielder Michael Brantley will start and hit second in Game 1 of the World Series against the Braves. The veteran is hitting .311 through 45 postseason at-bats but his power has been sapped by an August knee injury ever since. Brantley, however, has been dangerous with runners in scoring position, going 5-for-10 in those situations with eight runs batted in during this playoff run. Brantley may not be sending the ball over the fence at present but will provide a tough, professional at-bat every time up at the dish.
Source: Houston AstrosRotoBaller.com
Tue Oct 2616:02Jose Altuve Slugging .516 Against Righties In PlayoffsJose Altuve2BAstrosFree Agent
Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve will hit leadoff in Game 1 of the World Series against the Braves. Altuve has five extra-base hits through 10 postseason games with seven runs batted in and 15 runs scored. Altuve has been dynamite at Minute Maid Park during the regular season, slashing .296/.374/.558 with 18 doubles, 19 home runs, 49 runs batted in and 59 runs scored through 75 home games. Altuve hasn't hit for a high average during this postseason run but has come up with clutch hit after clutch hit and will be a top selection for anyone interested in DFS tournaments for the World Series.
Source: Houston AstrosRotoBaller.com
Mon Oct 2522:29Anthony Rizzo Eager To Return To Yankees?Anthony Rizzo1BCubsFree Agent
New York Yankees impending free-agent first baseman Anthony Rizzo is quite eager to return to the Bronx in 2022, according to a family member. The Yankees acquired Rizzo from the Chicago Cubs ahead of the trade deadline during the summer, and he slashed .249/.340/.428 with eight home runs and 21 RBI over 49 games in pinstripes. For the season on the whole, Rizzo had a .738 OPS in 576 plate appearances in 2021. Rizzo reportedly turned down a four-year, $70 million contract extension from the Cubs in March. Atlanta Braves MVP first baseman Freddie Freeman will be a free agent this offseason, and the thought is that he'll top Paul Goldschmidt's five-year, $130 million extension. But if Freeman returns to the Braves, as expected, Rizzo could be in position to capitalize on first base-needy teams.
Source: Newark Star-Ledger - Bob KlapischRotoBaller.com
Mon Oct 2501:34Charlie Morton To Start Against Astros In Game 1Charlie MortonSPRaysFree Agent
Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Charlie Morton will start in Game 1 of the World Series in Houston on Tuesday against his former team, the Houston Astros. Morton pitched for Houston in both 2017 and 2018 and earned the win for the Astros in Game 7 of the 2017 World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers by tossing the final four innings. The veteran right-hander also faced the Astros in the 2019 Division Series and the 2020 American League Championship Series. Morton has pitched well in three starts for Atlanta this postseason, posting a 3.77 ERA with 19 strikeouts in 14 1/3 innings, but the Astros will be a tough task on the road. It will be the third time in the last five years that Morton has pitched in the World Series, each time for a different team.
Source: MLB.com - Thomas HarriganRotoBaller.com
Mon Oct 2501:25Lance McCullers Jr. Unlikely To Pitch In World SeriesLance McCullers Jr.SPAstrosFree Agent
Houston Astros starting pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. (forearm) has yet to throw a baseball since straining his right forearm muscle in Game 4 of the American League Division Series against the Chicago White Sox two weeks ago and is unlikely to be on the World Series roster. The Astros aren't officially ruling McCullers out with final rosters having to be set on Tuesday morning, but McCullers' odds of being on the roster aren't good. "We're going to take everything we can to see how he responds," general manager James Click said. "We're not taking anything off the table. We're going to see how he is. It's the World Series. I know Lance wants to be out there if he can." The good news is that McCullers doesn't have any structural damage and should be ready for the 2022 season.
Source: MLB.com - Brian McTaggartRotoBaller.com
Mon Oct 2501:21Framber Valdez To Start Game 1 Of World SeriesFramber ValdezSPAstrosFree Agent
Houston Astros left-hander Framber Valdez has been tabbed to start Game 1 of the World Series against the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday in Houston. Valdez tossed eight innings of one-run ball in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series against the Boston Red Sox and will be starting on regular rest. It's expected that rookie right-hander Luis Garcia will start Game 2 on Wednesday, with right-hander Jose Urquidy going in Game 3 on Friday in Atlanta. Veteran right-hander Zack Greinke figures to be in the mix to start Game 4 after throwing only 1 1/3 innings in his start in Game 4 of the ALCS now that Lance McCullers Jr. (forearm) won't be available for the Fall Classic.
Source: MLB.com - Brian McTaggartRotoBaller.com
Sat Oct 2317:35Franchy Cordero Designated For Assignment On ThursdayFranchy CorderoCFRoyalsFree Agent
The Boston Red Sox designated outfielder Franchy Cordero for assignment on Thursday. Boston needed the roster space to reinstate right-handed pitcher Phillips Valdez from the COVID-19 Related Injured List. Cordero was traded to Boston in February as part of the three-team trade that sent Andrew Benintendi to the Kansas City Royals. The former Kansas City outfielder hit .189 with a .237 on-base percentage, a home run, and a stolen base in 136 plate appearances for the Red Sox this past season.
Source: Boston Red SoxRotoBaller.com
Sat Oct 2317:18Gavin Lux Isn't In Los Angeles' NLCS Game 6 LineupGavin Lux2BDodgersFree Agent
Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder and shortstop Gavin Lux will start Game 6 of the National League Championship Series on the bench. Lux hit .242 with a .328 on-base percentage in 381 plate appearances during the regular season. The 23-year-old also added seven home runs and four stolen bases. Cody Bellinger started in center field in place of Lux for Los Angeles' Game 5 win and will do so again for Game 6. Bellinger will hit sixth against Atlanta Braves right-hander Ian Anderson.
Source: Los Angeles DodgersRotoBaller.com
Sat Oct 2317:16Albert Pujols On The Bench For NLCS Game 6Albert Pujols1BAngelsFree Agent
Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Albert Pujols isn't in the lineup on Saturday for Game 6 of the National League Championship Series. The veteran collected a pair of hits, two runs scored, and a walk in Los Angeles' Game 5 win. However, he'll head to the bench with right-handed starter Ian Anderson on the mound for the Atlanta Braves. Most of Pujols' plate appearances this postseason have come against left-handed pitching. It'll be Matt Beaty getting the start at first base and batting eighth against Anderson. Pujols is hitting .333 with a .375 on-base percentage in 16 plate appearances for the Dodgers in the playoffs this year.
Source: Los Angeles DodgersRotoBaller.com
Sat Oct 2317:15Freddie Freeman Hitting Second For NLCS Game 6Freddie Freeman1BBravesFree Agent
Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman is hitting second for Game 6 of the National League Championship Series on Saturday. The veteran had hit second in the lineup for the entirety of the series against the Los Angeles Dodgers before Atlanta's Game 5 loss when he hit third behind outfielder Eddie Rosario and second baseman Ozzie Albies. Rosario is once again hitting leadoff with Albies batting third after Freeman against Dodgers right-hander Walker Buehler. In 401 plate appearances batting second during the regular season, the first baseman hit .300 with a .399 on-base percentage, a 137 wRC+, and 17 home runs.
Source: Atlanta BravesRotoBaller.com
Sat Oct 2317:13Matt Beaty Starting At First Base For NLCS Game 6Matt Beaty1B/LFDodgersFree Agent
Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Matt Beaty is getting the start at first base for Game 6 of the National League Championship Series on Saturday night. Beaty is hitting eighth against Atlanta Braves right-handed starter Ian Anderson. In 234 plate appearances during the regular season, the 28-year-old hit .270 with a .363 on-base percentage, seven home runs, and a pair of stolen bases. He's collected a hit in 10 plate appearances during the postseason this year.
Source: Los Angeles DodgersRotoBaller.com
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