George Springer

Houston Astros

Matchup vs. Masahiro Tanaka :

Springer has taken Tanaka deep 2 times in his last 17 PA's against him.

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  • Sonny Gray struggled in his first post-season outing, 11 HRs in 11 starts for Yankees

    Sonny Gray has not pitched since October 5th when Cleveland touched him up for three runs in 3.1 innings. He faced 17 batters, with four walks, two strikeouts and a HR allowed. Only 40% of his contact was on the ground. As a Yankee, he allowed 11 HRs in 11 starts with just an 11.5 K-BB% and 47.3 GB%. With Sabathia and Warren eating up eight innings last night, the Yankee bullpen should be well-rested and ready to relieve Gray early should his struggles continue, which makes him difficult to consider, especially on a single pitcher site. The specific lineup being employed by the Astros today had a .356 wOBA, .200 ISO and just a 16.1 K% vs RHP this season. Brian McCann (104 wRC+, .198 ISO vs RHP) and George Springer (131 wRC+, .236 ISO v RHP) each have a single HR against Gray. Jose Altuve (158 wRC+, .200 ISO vs RHP) is the only player in the lineup with more than 20 career PAs against him, though only Carlos Correa is below Altuve's .767 OPS against Gray according to DailyBaseballData.com. Alex Bregman (109 wRC+, .274 ISO), Carlos Beltran (91 wRC+, .172 ISO) and McCann are the only batters in the lineup below a 130 wRC+ and .190 ISO vs RHP this season. Price tags for most of those bats except for Josh Reddick ($3.8K DK, $2.8K FD) and Yulieski Gurriel ($3K DK) are fairly high. Gurriel has been tearing up post-season pitching (186 wRC+, 7.1 K%, .154 ISO, but a .458 BABIP). While it's expected to be a bit chilly at Yankee Stadium this afternoon with temperatures around 60 degrees, wind isn't expected to be much of a factor. Chris Guccione is expected to be tonight's home plate umpire. In 314 games called in the Swish Analytics database, Umpire Factors available on RotoGrinders, he's leaned towards pitchers with a 1.12 K-Boost and 0.92 BB-Boost (19.7 K%, 8.0 BB%).

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  • Doug Fister has greatly suppressed RHBs (.258 wOBA, 25.4 Hard%, 53.4 GB%)

    Doug Fister may seem an odd choice to start Game Three for the Red Sox and Houston does have the highest implied run line (5.01) by more than half a run when all four teams exceed four runs today. He's certainly not a pitcher players want to utilize (even on a two game slate), but there is some real life justification for this choice. The Astros are a predominantly right-handed lineup, at least with their better parts (four LHBs or switch hitters in today's lineup). LHBs maul Doug Fister both this year (.365 wOBA, 39.6 Hard%) and to some extent, for his career (.323 wOBA, 30.7 Hard%). But he's been able to smother RHBs to the tune of a .258 wOBA, 14.5 K-BB%, 53.4 GB%, 0.8 Hard-Soft% this year and .293 wOBA, 55.7 GB% and 1.1 Hard-Soft% for his career, far superior to Rick Porcello's numbers againsts RHBs. That said, RH Houston core bats like Carlos Correa (142 wRC+, .239 ISO), Jose Altuve (158 wRC+, .200 ISO) and George Springer (131 wRC+, .236 ISO vs RHP) have been so efficient against same-handed pitching that their use in a four game slate is certainly not precluded, though they may be a bit over-valued where guys like Marwin Gonzalez (154 wRC+, .230 ISO vs RHP) and Josh Reddick (131 wRC+, .190 ISO vs RHP) may be your top bats (both exactly $2.7K on DraftKings). Brian McCann (104 wRC+, .198 ISO vs RHP) and Carlos Beltran (91 wRC+, .172 ISO vs RHP) are also cheap enough that they may be great values too. The other thing to consider here is that in an elimination game, all hands are on deck. Doug Fister has no margin for error and may only get through the lineup once or twice. Josh Reddick could be facing a LHP in the majority of his plate appearances. The Boston bullpen for this game should be the entire staff (would they use Chris Sale in short relief?). Also, Kevin's forecast believes the weather will be a factor in this one, not from a rain standpoint, but with 15 to 30 mile per hour winds blowing out to center, making a normally power suppressing park (though an extremely positive run environment) potentially play more power friendly. Ted Barrett is listed as the Home Plate Umpire by Swish Analytics Umpire Factors available on RotoGrinders. In 323 games, batters have a 19.9 K% and 7.8 BB% with him behind the dish. Boost Stats show him as a slightly hitter friendly umpire (0.98 K-Boost, 1.03 BB-Boost).

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  • George Springer goes deep versus Red Sox

    The longball was a bit of a cheap one, as it was a low liner that just barely cleared the short right-field wall at Minute Maid Park. But, hey, it counts all the same. Springer also had a bloop double and a walk, scoring a pair of runs. The Astros have scored eight runs in each of the first two games of the ALDS.

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  • The Astros have the highest implied run line on the board (4.9) by a large margin

    The Houston Astros will run out the same exact lineup as Game One against another LHP today (Drew Pomeranz). Houston has the highest implied run line on the board at 4.9 runs, nearly a half run above the next highest team. Pomeranz is middle of the board when it comes to strikeouts (23.5%), but his 3.32 ERA 3.86 DRA and 4.31 SIERA are both among the bottom three pitchers today. He actually had a bit of a reverse platoon split this year (RHBs .300 wOBA, 44.7 GB%, 32.7 Hard% - LHBs .344 wOBA, 37.1 GB%, 31.7 Hard%), but while both Josh Reddick and Brian McCann were both slightly above a 100 wRC+ vs southpaws this year and both cost exactly $2.7K on FanDuel, neither appears to be more than a punt play today. Via PlateIQ, this lineup pummels LHP (.368 wOBA, .202 ISO, 14.3 K%). These numbers make Pomeranz almost impossible to consider. However, his success could depend on the home plate umpire. Much like Trevor Bauer last night, if he can get called strikes with his curveball, he becomes a more dangerous pitcher (more on that later). Carlos Correa, George Springer, Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman all exceed a 160 wRC+ and .200 ISO vs LHP this year. Bregman is the most affordable of the bunch, below $4K on either site. Although wRC+ marks more than 40 points lower, both Evan Gattis and Marwin Gonzalez exceed a .200 ISO vs LHP as well this year. Both cost less than $3K on FanDuel. Other factors players will certainly want to consider here are weather, bullpen and umpiring. With the roof closed at Minute Maid, weather will not be a factor. A closed roof is generally a small upgrade for the pitcher in warmer weather parts of the country. The Boston bullpen has a strong back end with Addison Reed and Craig Kimbrel and also may be planning on using David Price as their Andrew Miller type weapon out of the pen this post-season. None were used yesterday and no reliever went more than an inning for Boston, though with Porcello expected to start Game Four, he probably shouldn't be expected to throw a lot of pitchers, if any, today. Angel Hernandez is somehow the ball and strike caller for this game according to Yahoo Sports, if the rotation is correct (he was at First Base yesterday). In a 317 game sample according to Swish Analytics Umpire Factors available on RotoGrinders, players had a 19.6 K% and 7.7 BB% in games called by Hernandez. His 1.09 K-Boost and 0.87 BB-Boost make him one of the more pitcher friendly umpires in the game. As mentioned above, if Hernandez expands the zone for Pomeranz's curveball, it could change the dynamics of this game.

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  • Chris Sale has allowed multiple HRs in three of his last five and five of his last 11 starts

    Post-season baseball is a much different animal than the regular season, but in the first game of a five game series, Chris Sale is certainly the player pitchers should expect to have the longest leash tonight. He finished the season with a 36.2 K% (14.9 SwStr%), 2.90 ERA, 2.58 SIERA and 2.37 DRA, all easily best on today's board by a large margin (the strikeout rate by 10 full points above Trevor Bauer). While Sale is the top pitcher on the board if players can afford him, there are certainly reasons to fade him as well considering how popular he's likely to be. One of which is that it makes lineup construction quite a bit simpler. Another is that he finished the season allowing four HRs to the Blue Jays. That in itself doesn't mean much, but he also allowed multiple HRs in three of his last five and five of his last 11 starts. Against the Astros he will be facing today, PlateIQ shows a stunning .364 wOBA and .196 ISO vs LHP this year with just a 14.2 K%. Josh Reddick (109 wRC+, .087 ISO vs LHP) and Brian McCann (102 wRC+, .186 ISO vs LHP) are the only two LHBs in the lineup, which may be too many, considering Sale's .234 wOBA and 17.9 Hard% against them this year. According to Baseball Savant, Jose Altuve (22 PA, 2 XBH, 7 BBE, 83.9 mph aEV) and Evan Gattis (9 PA, 1 XBH, 7 BBE, 86.1 mph aEV) both have a single HR against Sale in their career. RHBs had a .265 wOBA and 32.1 Hard% against Sale with 21 of his 24 HRs allowed. Not ideal, but consider that Carlos Correa, George Springer, Alex Bregman and Jose Altuve all had a 160 wRC+ or better with an ISO above .200 against LHP this year. Springer costs just $3.1K on FanDuel, Bregman just $3.7K on DraftKings. Evan Gattis and Marwin Gonzalez exceeded a .200 ISO vs LHP as well this year. Both cost exactly $3.3K on DraftKings today and less on FanDuel. None the less, the Astros have a slate low 3.29 implied run line, worst on the board by nearly half a run. Other things players will certainly want to consider here are weather, bullpen and umpiring. The roof is expected to be closed in Houston. The Boston bullpen has a strong back end with Addison Reed and Craig Kimbrel and also may be planning on using David Price as their Andrew Miller type weapon out of the pen this post-season, which is probably less of a factor in Chris Sale starts. Yahoo Sports names Dan Belino as today's home plate umpire. The RotoGrinders Umpire Factors page shows a sample size of 240 games with a 20.6 K% and 8.1 BB%, basically a neutral umpire in most aspects with a slight BB Boost (1.05).

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  • George Springer not in Sunday's lineup

    The Astros are running out a lineup composed mostly of backups in their final regular season contest. They have Tyler White, Tony Kemp and Derek Fisher in the outfield.

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  • Mike Trout and Jose Altuve separate themselves from the board in tonight's Player Projections

    Mike Trout (188 wRC+, .353 ISO vs RHP) is the top projected batter on the slate (RotoGrinders Player Projections) by more than a full point on either site against Dylan Covey (RHBs .448 wOBA, 40.9 Hard%). Then, Jose Altuve (159 wRC+, .209 ISO vs LHP) is separated by nearly a full point from the next highest projection against Eduardo Rodriguez. The concern is that Altuve did miss a game with a forearm injury, but returned yesterday. George Springer (166 wRC+, .258 ISO vs RHP), Aaron Judge (177 wRC+, .357 ISO vs RHP - Jake Faria RHBs .303 wOBA, 34 Hard%) and Justin Upton (119 wRC+, .235 ISO vs RHP) round out the top five on both sites. There's some disparity between sites in the back half of the top 10, but no other team can claim multiple batters. There are a couple of potentially over-priced arms on DraftKings, but so many low priced bats in lineups that it shouldn't be an issue. The projections see Josh Bell (4.32 Pt/$/K) and Melky Cabrera (3.98 Pt/$/K) as top values on FanDuel, while Victor Robles (2.68 Pt/$/K) is a potential top DraftKings value. If looking for a player projected for more than eight DraftKings points, Khris Davis (2.19 Pt/$/K) may be the top value.

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  • Springer belts grand slam in rout of Rangers

    Springer hit a leadoff single in the top of the first inning and was eventually driven in by Carlos Correa for the first run of the game. Springer then muscled up in the top of the sixth, belting a four-run shot off Rangers reliever Tony Barnette. The 28-year-old outfielder is slashing .287/.368/.531 with 34 homers, 85 RBI, and 110 runs scored in 137 games this season.

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  • Three of the top four projected bats reside at Coors tonight

    Charlie Blackmon is the top projected hitter (RotoGrinders Player Projections) on either site by a full point or more tonight. He's at home against Odrisamer Despaigne, who hasn't allowed a lot of hard contact this season, but did allow two of his three HRs this year in his last start and has by far, the lowest strikeout rate on the board tonight (10.9%). He's joined by teammate Nolan Arenado in the top three with Mike Trout sandwiched in between, in Chicago against James Shields. Giancarlo Stanton, also at Coors, facing Tyler Chatwood, is the fourth highest projected batter on either site, with teammates Marcell Ozuna, Justin Bour and Christian Yelich all not too far behind. The Houston Astros have three of the top nine projected batters on either site (Jose Altuve, George Springer, Carlos Correa) in Texas against Andrew Cashner tonight. Cashner has allowed seven of his 15 HRs over his last eight starts, including only his second multi-HR game of the season, not at home, but in Seattle last time out. His exceptional contact management has taken a hit with a hard hit rate above 35% in three of his last four starts. Springer costs just $3.1K on FanDuel, doubling as a top projected value there (4.23 Pt/$/K). On DraftKings, a pair of Mariners (Robinson Cano 3 Pt/$/K and Nelson Cruz 2.93 Pt/$/K) rate as top values.

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  • George Springer goes deep in loss on Sunday

    His solo shot off of Yusmeiro Petit pulled the Astros to within a run at 6-5 in the seventh inning. Springer finished the evening 1-for-4 and scored a pair of runs. He's hitting .284/.366/.526 with 33 homers, 80 RBI and five swipes in his 134 games on the season.

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