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Following Monday’s rainout, the Phillies have altered their rotation a bit and will turn to Ranger Suarez Tuesday rather than Noah Syndergaard. Both bullpens are obviously fully loaded given the two days off, and Philadelphia might need it. Not only do the Astros hit lefties well throughout their lineup, but they launched three homers off of Suarez in an October 4 meeting, getting him for six runs and seven hits across 3.0 innings.
Lance McCullers will oppose Suarez, and he dominated Philadelphia to the tune of one run off six hits in 6.0 innings, fanning five. The Phillies have been incredible offensively at home during the postseason however, scoring 35 runs. FanDuel has the game total at eight runs, a slightly higher number than usual for a post season game, and it’s not hard to make a case for either side offensively.
Jose AltuveHOU at PHI ($8,500): Altuve leads the Astros splits against lefties, and hitting atop the order, he should get multiple cracks at Suarez even if the Phillies’ starter has a short outing. He went 2-for-2 off of Suarez in the regular season, where he posted a .458 wOBA, 207 wRC+, .319 ISO and 1.086 OPS across 162 plate appearances. He’s also collected seven hits in his last four games, and likely isn’t going to be as highly used over the top two bats.
Bryce Harper, PHI vs. HOU ($9,500): Harper and Yordan Alvarez ($9,000) have flipped prices from the first two games, and it’s a tad odd to see Harper’s number rise coming off of his first hitless game since October 3 at St. Louis. Still, he’s locked in and flirts with must-use status. FanDuel doesn’t price up for their multiplier spots, so I’m suggesting not making Harper your MVP just to differentiate. He’ll be incredibly highly used regardless.
Chas McCormickHOU at PHI ($5,000): If we’re going to pay up at the two multiplier spots, it’s going to force a stars and scrubs type build. McCormick quietly has a hit and a walk in both games against the Phillies and is an okay 7-for-25 (.280) with a .920 OPS during the postseason. He mashed lefties during the regular season to the tune of a .418 wOBA, 179 wRC+, .223 ISO and .972 OPS, which adds some appeal even if he only gets to face Suarez once thanks to his low spot in the batting order.
Yuli GurrielHOU at PHI ($5,500): Gurriel seems like he’ll have a permanent spot in this column as long as the series continues. He’s leading the Astros with a .342 batting average during the postseason, going 13-for-38 with a .859 OPS. The upside remains minimal, but the potential for a few points while freeing up some additional funds for another decent bat creates the appeal.
Jeremy PenaHOU at PHI ($6,500): If you’re following this column and entering the lineup in its entirety, not the purpose of this but an option nonetheless, you’re left with $6,500 and the choice between Pena or Nick Castellanos. Both are fine options with decent upside and reasonably solid current form. So you’ll have to choose between balance, or stacking one lineup. I’m rolling with Pena to give me additional exposure to the top of this order against Suarez. He’s hit three homers during the postseason and leads the Astros with 26 total bases and nine runs scored.
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