Mike Trout (hamstring) is expected to return to the starting lineup on Friday.
Trout was held out of the lineup today and the Angels have an off day tomorrow so hopefully a couple days off will allow Trouts hammy to get the rest it needs. To the surprise of many the consensus #1 pick in most drafts this year Trout has struggled a bit this year needing a mini 3 game hitting streak to get his average back up to .270 on the season but, has also flashed the power and speed that made him that top overall pick. Trout owners and especially those in daily leagues will want to check back with Fantasy Alarm on Friday to find out if indeed Trout will be back in the lineup.ANALYST: Jonathan Impemba
Scott Kazmir allowed three runs on five hits with four strikeouts and one walk over 5 1/3 innings against the Royals on Friday in Game 2 of the ALDS.
Although far from dominant, Kazmir was solid tonight in his first postseason start since 2009. It was a positive sign for Astros fans, as Kazmir had been very bad lately, posting a 5.89 ERA over his last nine starts. But his success against the Royals came into play tonight – coming into Game 2, Kazmir was 1-1 with a 2.10 ERA and 14:3 K/BB ratio against Kansas City over 21 1/3 innings. This could be a crucial line if the series ends up going the distance. With the Astros trotting out Dallas Keuchel in Game 3 and Collin McHugh in Game 4, Kazmir will need to step up in a huge role in a potential Game 5 scenario. Even though that game would be played in Kansas City – we obviously know how electric the atmosphere would be in an elimination game at Kauffman Stadium – Kazmir would be a hot play in DFS leagues with his outstanding numbers against the Royals. Analysis: Zack Carpenter