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Christian Vazquez hitting sixth in Houston's Saturday World Series Game 6 lineup

Houston Astros catcher Christian Vazquez is starting in Saturday's World Series Game 6 contest against the Philadelphia Phillies.

What It Means:

Vazquez will operate as Houston's designated hitter after David Hensley was rested at home versus Phillies' right-hander Zack Wheeler.

numberFire's models project Vazquez to score 7.7 FanDuel points.

Trey Mancini operating first base for Astros on Saturday

Houston Astros utility-man Trey Mancini is batting seventh in Saturday's Game 6 World Series contest against the Philadelphia Phillies.

What It Means:

Mancini will man first base after Yuli Gurriel injured his knee and was taken off Houston's roster.

In a matchup against right-hander Zack Wheeler, our models project Mancini to score 9.5 FanDuel points.

Yuli Gurriel (knee) taken off Houston's World Series roster on Saturday

Houston Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel (knee) was taken off the team's World Series roster on Saturday.

What It Means:

Gurriel will miss the remainder of the World Series after injuring his knee during Game 5's win. Expect Trey Mancini to see more time at first base.

In 19 World Series at-bats, Gurriel accounted for a .237 expected average and a 17% hard hit rate.

Matt Vierling in center field for Philadelphia on Saturday night

Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Matt Vierling is batting eighth in Saturday's World Series Game 6 contest against the Houston Astros.

What It Means:

Vierling will patrol center field after Brandon Marsh was benched on the road.

In a matchup against Astros' lefty Framber Valdez, our models project Vierling to score 7.6 FanDuel points.

Phillies starting Edmundo Sosa at shortstop in Saturday's World Series Game 6 matchup

Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Edmundo Sosa is batting ninth in Saturday's World Series Game 6 lineup against the Houston Astros.

What It Means:

Sosa will operate the shortstop position after Bryson Stott was benched against Houston's lefty Framber Valdez.

numberFire's models project Sosa to score 7.3 FanDuel points.

Astros' David Hensley batting seventh in Game 5 on Thursday

Houston Astros infielder David Hensley is in the starting lineup for Game 5 against the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday.

What It Means:

Hensley will start at designated hitter on Thursday and bat seventh versus right-hander Noah Syndergaard and the Phillies. Aledmys Diaz returns to the bench.

numberFire's models project Hensley for 9.6 FanDuel points on Thursday.

Martin Maldonado catching for Houston in Game 5 on Thursday

Houston Astros catcher Martin Maldonado is in the starting lineup for Game 5 against the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday.

What It Means:

Maldonado will catch for right-hander Justin Verlander on Thursday and bat ninth versus right-hander Noah Syndergaard and the Phillies. Christian Vazquez returns to the bench.

numberFire's models project Maldonado for 8.5 FanDuel points on Thursday.

Martin Maldonado sitting Wednesday for Astros in Game 4

Houston Astros catcher Martin Maldonado is not in the starting lineup on Wednesday in Game 4 of the World Series versus right-hander Aaron Nola and the Philadelphia Phillies.

What It Means:

Christian Vazquez will catch for Cristian Javier and hit seventh. Maldonado went 1-for-3 with a strikeout in Game 3.

Vazquez has a $5,000 salary on Wednesday and numberFire's models project him for 8.7 FanDuel points.

David Hensley on Astros' bench Wednesday in Game 4

Houston Astros infielder David Hensley is not in the starting lineup on Wednesday in Game 4 of the World Series versus right-hander Aaron Nola and the Philadelphia Phillies.

What It Means:

Hensley started at designated hitter in Game 3 and went 1-for-3 with a pair of strikeouts. Yordan Alvarez will be the Astros' DH on Wednesday while Aledmys Diaz enters the lineup to start in left field and bat eighth.

Diaz has a $4,500 salary on FanDuel and he is numberFire's top point-per-dollar value in Game 4 with a projection of 9.8 FanDuel points. Alvarez has a $9,000 salary and is projected for 13.4 FanDuel points.

Game 3 of Astros-Phillies World Series postponed Monday

Game 3 of the World Series between the Houston Astros and the Philadelphia Phillies has been postponed due to rain Monday night.

What It Means:

Monday's game has been postponed due to rain and will now be played on Tuesday.

Our win probability models have the Astros as 54.8% favorites to win over the Phillies in Game 3.

Astros starting Aledmys Diaz in Saturday's Game 2 World Series lineup

Houston Astros utility-man Aledmys Diaz is batting seventh in Saturday's World Series Game 2 lineup against the Philadelphia Phillies.

What It Means:

Diaz will man left field after Yordan Alvarez was picked as Saturday's designated hitter and Trey Mancini was given a breather.

In a matchup versus Philadelphia's right-hander Zack Wheeler, our models project Diaz to score 9.5 FanDuel points.

Edmundo Sosa in World Series Game 2 lineup Saturday for Phillies

Philadelphia Phillies infielder Edmundo Sosa is starting Saturday in the team's game against the Houston Astros.

What It Means:

In Game 2 of the World Series, Sosa is getting the nod at shortstop, batting ninth in the order versus Astros starter Framber Valdez.

Our models project Sosa for 0.9 hits, 0.4 runs, 0.1 home runs, 0.3 RBI and 7.3 FanDuel points.

Matt Vierling starting for Phillies on Saturday in World Series Game 2

Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Matt Vierling is in the lineup Saturday in the team's game against the Houston Astros.

What It Means:

In Game 2 of the World Series, Vierling is getting the nod in center field, batting eighth in the order versus Astros starter Framber Valdez.

Our models project Vierling for 0.9 hits, 0.4 runs, 0.1 home runs, 0.4 RBI and 7.6 FanDuel points.

Brandon Marsh not in Phillies' Saturday lineup for World Series Game 2

Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Brandon Marsh is sitting Saturday in the team's game against the Houston Astros.

What It Means:

In Game 2 of the World Series, Marsh is being replaced in center field by Matt Vierling versus Astros starter Framber Valdez.

In 33 plate appearances this postseason, Marsh has a .167 batting average with a .585 OPS, 1 run, 3 runs and 4 RBI.

Bryson Stott sitting Saturday for Philadelphia in World Series Game 2

Philadelphia Phillies infielder Bryson Stott is not in the lineup Saturday in the team's game against the Houston Astros.

What It Means:

In Game 2 of the World Series, Stott is being replaced at shortstop by Edmundo Sosa versus Astros starter Framber Valdez.

In 38 plate appearances this postseason, Stott has a .182 batting average with a .593 OPS, 3 runs and 3 RBI.

Astros to start Framber Valdez in Saturday's World Series Game 2 matchup

Houston Astros pitcher Framber Valdez will start in Saturday's Game 2 World Series contest against the Philadelphia Phillies.

What It Means:

Valdez will make his 11th career postseason start on Saturday night. In 12.2 playoff innings this season, the Astros' left-hander has recorded a 2.27 expected Fielding Independent Pitching rating and a 30.0% K-rate.

Valdez's current projection includes 7.1 strikeouts in 6.7 expected innings for a total of 40.7 FanDuel points.

Astros' Christian Vazquez not in lineup versus Yankees Sunday

The Houston Astros did not list Christian Vazquez in their starting lineup for Sunday's Game 4 of the ALCS against the New York Yankees.

What It Means:

Vazquez will take a seat Sunday while Martin Maldonado starts behind the dish and bats ninth against the Yankees.

Vazquez has made 426 plate appearances so far this season, with 9 homers, 41 runs, 52 RBI, 1 stolen base, and a .274 batting average.

Martin Maldonado catching for Astros in Game 4 Sunday

The Houston Astros will start Martin Maldonado at catcher in Sunday's game against the New York Yankees.

What It Means:

Maldonado will take over at catcher for Sunday's Game 4 while Christian Vazquez takes a seat. Maldonado will bat ninth.

Maldonado has a $4,500 salary on FanDuel and is projected to score 8.2 fantasy points against the Yankees.

Yankees leave Matt Carpenter off lineup for Game 4 Sunday

The New York Yankees did not list Matt Carpenter in their lineup for Sunday's Game 4 against the Houston Astros.

What It Means:

Carpenter will start Sunday's game on the bench while Isiah Kiner-Falefa joins the lineup at shortstop and bats eighth. Giancarlo Stanton will take Carpenter's spot at designated hitter and Oswaldo Cabreara will cover left field.

Carpenter's crazy comeback season was cut short by a foot injury, but he managed a ridiculous 1.138 OPS in 154 regular season plate appearances. He was hitting .305 and added 15 homers, 28 runs, and 37 RBI to his career totals.

Isiah Kiner-Falefa batting eighth for Yankees in Game 4 Sunday

The New York Yankees listed Isiah Kiner-Falefa as their starting shortstop for Sunday's Game 4 against the Houston Astros.

What It Means:

With the postseason on the line, the Yankees will give the nod to Kiner-Falefa at shortstop against the Astros. He'll bat eighth while Oswaldo Cabrera moves to left field, Giancarlo Stanton takes over at designated hitter, and Matt Carpenter sits.

Kiner-Falefa has a $2,500 salary on FanDuel and is projected to score 8 fantasy points against the Astros. He is batting .261 with a .642 OPS through 531 plate appearances this season, with 4 homers, 66 runs, 48 RBI, and 22 stolen bases.

Josh Bell hitting cleanup in San Diego's Saturday Game 4 NLCS lineup

San Diego Padres first baseman Josh Bell is starting in Saturday's National League Championship Series Game Four contest against the Philadelphia Phillies.

What It Means:

Bell will operate as San Diego's designated hitter after Brandon Drury was aligned at first base and Wil Myers was given a breather.

In a matchup versus left-hander Bailey Falter, our models project Bell to score 12.2 FanDuel points at the salary of $3,000.

Padres leave Wil Myers to bench on Saturday night

San Diego Padres utility-man Wil Myers is not starting in Saturday's National League Championship Series Game Four contest against the Philadelphia Phillies.

What It Means:

Myers will sit on the bench after Brandon Drury was positioned at first base and Josh Bell was picked as Saturday's designated hitter.

In 24 postseason at-bats, Myers has accounted for a .227 expected average and a 53% hard hit rate.

Christian Vazquez starting ALCS Game 3 Saturday for Houston

Houston Astros catcher Christian Vazquez is in the lineup Saturday in the team's game against the New York Yankees.

What It Means:

In Game 3 of the American League Championship Series, Vazquez is getting the nod behind the plate, batting eighth in the order versus Yankees starter Gerrit Cole.

Our models project Vazquez for 0.9 hits, 0.3 runs, 0.1 home runs, 0.3 RBI and 7.2 FanDuel points.

Trey Mancini in Astros' ALCS Game 3 lineup on Saturday

Houston Astros outfielder Trey Mancini is starting Saturday in the team's game against the New York Yankees.

What It Means:

In Game 3 of the American League Championship Series, Mancini is getting the nod at designated hitter, batting seventh in the order versus Yankees starter Gerrit Cole.

Our models project Mancini for 0.6 hits, 0.4 runs, 0.1 home runs, 0.4 RBI and 7.8 FanDuel points.

Martin Maldonado sitting for Astros Saturday evening for ALCS Game 3

Houston Astros catcher Martin Maldonado is not in the lineup Saturday in the team's game against the New York Yankees.

What It Means:

In Game 3 of the American League Championship Series, Maldonado is being replaced behind the plate by Christian Vazquez versus Yankees starter Gerrit Cole.

In 379 plate appearances this season, Maldonado has a .186 batting average with a .600 OPS, 15 home runs, 40 runs and 45 RBI.

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