Here we go with ALCS Game 3 between the Red Sox and Astros. The Red Sox are listed as -110 home favorites with LHP Eduardo Rodriguez taking the bump against Houston RHP Jose Urquidy.
We’ll highlight the top picks and best bargains to assemble a cash-inducing lineup. On top of that, the “additional notes” section will feature several tournament selections while adding context to the rest of this slate.
Please note, these player picks were organized early in the day. For MLB contests, always check lineups and weather closer to game time. Rain, wind, or unexpected managerial decisions could open up additional sources of value. Be sure to keep an eye on the MLB Headlines and Injuries desk.
Tonight’s single-game slate begins at 8:08 ET.
Jose Altuve - 2B - Houston
Jose Altuve is facing a non-elite lefty pitcher. That’s it. That’s the write-up. Seriously though, this is a great situation for Altuve and the other lefty-mashers for Houston. They’ll face Boston LHP Eduardo Rodriguez in a hitter-friendly park that boosts right-handed power. Altuve has recorded four hits with two homers and six RBI over his last three games. He could add to those impressive numbers tonight.
Carlos Correa - SS - Houston
Let’s keep it rolling with another Houston right-handed bat. Correa is just as hot as Altuve. Collecting six hits with a homer and three RBI over his last three games certainly counts as good form. Correa stands to benefit from the matchup and park factor outlined in Altuve’s write-up above.
Hunter Renfroe - OF - Boston
I like Renfroe as a cheap filler tonight. He has enough power to give your lineup a boost, especially considering the hitter-friendly dimensions of Fenway Park. The Boston outfielder slapped 31 homers this season with 97 RBI, so there’s plenty of pop in his bat despite the marked-down salary.
Michael Brantley - OF - Houston
Most people will avoid Brantley in this lefty-lefty matchup. However, Brantley isn’t your typical left-handed bat, as he doesn’t succumb to the handedness rule of thumb. He’ll hold a premium lineup spot for the Astros, serving as an underrated member of a Houston stack. You could do worse when looking for a bat to round out a confident lineup that features Altuve, Correa, and others.
Alex Bregman (3B - HOU) is the third member of a mighty Houston stack while looking to jump on the platoon advantage (and park factor) against Eduardo Rodriguez. I have no problem stacking Altuve, Correa, and Bregman - then filling in the rest with a few cheap fillers.
Enrique Hernandez (2B - BOS) has been piping hot lately. Can he keep it up? Maybe. Unfortunately, Hernandez will be extremely popular due to his emergence in the postseason. His price is elevated as well. I don’t mind him as a mid-range play, but the ascending salary and popularity has me fading the Boston righty in tournaments.