2018 Fantasy Baseball Podcast: May 17
Nate Miller is joined by Colby Conway every Monday and Thursday throughout the 2018 MLB season to talk all things Fantasy Baseball.
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C. Correa - SS
Correa is starting at shortstop and hitting cleanup in Game 5 of the ALCS against the Red Sox on Thursday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Correa is in the midst of a five-game hitting streak -- including a three-hit, two-RBI effort in Game 4 on Wednesday -- prompting manager A.J. Hinch to move the shortstop to the heart of the order after hitting him no higher than sixth through the team's first seven games of the postseason. Correa, who is hitting .280/.419/.440 with a 6:6 K:BB so far this postseason, will face southpaw David Price in this one.
Added Yesterday 4:56 pm (EST)
J. Reddick - RF
Reddick is not in the lineup for Game 5 of the ALCS against the Red Sox on Thursday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Reddick is just 3-for-15 (.200) with a homer and two RBI through the first four games of the series, so he'll take a seat for Thursday's potentially decisive game with a lefty in David Price toeing the rubber for the Red Sox. In his absence, the Astros will deploy Tony Kemp, Jake Marisnick and George Springer from left to right in their outfield.
Added Yesterday 4:25 pm (EST)
T. White - 1B
White is not in the lineup for Game 5 of the ALCS against the Red Sox on Thursday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
White will stick on the bench for a third straight game as Jose Altuve, who is dealing with a balky knee, picks up another start at DH in his place. With White out of the lineup again, Marwin Gonzalez will man second base while Tony Kemp starts in left field.
Added Yesterday 4:19 pm (EST)
M. Moreland - 1B
Moreland is starting at first base and hitting fifth in Game 5 of the ALCS against the Astros on Thursday, Christopher Smith of MassLive.com reports.
This will mark Moreland's first start since suffering a hamstring injuring during Game 2 of the ALDS against the Yankees earlier in the month. The first baseman has appeared as a pinch hitter in each of the first four games of the series, going 1-for-2 with a walk and two RBI. He'll face Justin Verlander in his return to the starting nine.
Added Yesterday 4:13 pm (EST)
E. Núñez - 3B
Nunez (ankle) is not in the lineup for Game 5 of the ALCS against the Astros on Thursday, Christopher Smith of MassLive.com reports.
Rafael Devers will man third base against Justin Verlander in this one as Nunez continues to nurse a right ankle injury he suffered earlier in the series. Through the first four games of the series, Nunez is 1-for-5 with a walk. It's unclear if he'll be available off the bench.
Added Yesterday 4:08 pm (EST)
A. Barnes - C
Barnes will draw another start behind the plate for Game 6 of the NLCS against Milwaukee on Friday, Jorge Castillo of The Los Angeles Times reports.
This will mark his third straight start in the lineup after catching Rich Hill and Clayton Kershaw on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively. The Dodgers have claimed victories in each of the three starts Barnes has made this series, and he's proven to be the security blanket for manager Dave Roberts in light of Yasmani Grandal's costly errors.
Added Yesterday 3:47 pm (EST)
C. Sale - SP
Sale (illness) played catch in the outfield prior to Game 5 of the ALCS in Houston, Jim Bowden of The Athletic reports.
Sale was ruled out for Thursday's game 24 hours ago, but he felt good after playing catch and is in line for a Game 6 start Saturday should the Astros extend the series with a victory Thursday night, according to Christopher Smith of MassLive.com. The left-hander admitted that he was still feeling a bit fatigued and weak Wednesday morning after going to the hospital for a stomach illness this past weekend, so it was a good sign to see him back on the field Thursday afternoon.
Added Yesterday 3:39 pm (EST)
M. Chapman - 3B
Chapman underwent successful left thumb surgery in Los Angeles on Thursday. The club failed to disclose a specific timetable but he's expected to be healthy prior to spring training, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.
Specifically, Dr. Steven Shin performed an ulnar sided sesamoid bone excision along the left thumb. It's unclear when Chapman suffered the left thumb injury -- though he dealt with various right hand/wrist injuries during the year -- especially since his production remained at a high level throughout the final few weeks of the 2018 season. He finished off the year with a slash line of .278/.356/.508 with 24 home runs and 68 RBI in 145 games.
Added Yesterday 12:14 pm (EST)