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Yasiel Puig starting in Game 6 for Los Angeles

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig is in the lineup on Friday night for Game 6 of the National League Championship Series against the Milwaukee Brewers.

What It Means:

Puig, who went 2-2 as a pinch-hitter in the Dodgers' 5-2 victory in Game 5, will start in right field and bat seventh in the order against Brewers starter Wade Miley.

Our models project Puig for 11.4 FanDuel points in 4.17 plate appearances.

Enrique Hernandez not in Dodgers' Game 6 lineup

Los Angeles Dodgers infielder/outfielder Kike Hernandez is sitting on Friday in Game 6 of the National League Divisional Series against the Milwaukee Brewers.

What It Means:

Hernandez, who started Game 5 in right field, will be replaced by Yasiel Puig against Brewers starter Wade Miley.

Before ultimately being pinch-hit for, Hernandez went 0-2 with a strikeout in the Dodgers 5-2 win on Wednesday night.

Travis Shaw starting in Game 6 for Milwaukee

Milwaukee Brewers infielder Travis Shaw is in the lineup on Friday night in Game 6 of the National League Divisional Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

What It Means:

Shaw will start at second base and bat fourth in the order against Dodgers starter Hyun-Jin Ryu.

Our models project Shaw for 10.4 FanDuel points in 4.20 plate appearances.

Hernan Perez sitting in Game 6 for Milwaukee

Milwaukee Brewers Hernan Perez is not in the lineup on Friday in Game 6 of the National League Divisional Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

What It Means:

Perez, who started at second base in the Brewers' Game 5 loss, will be replaced by Travis Shaw against Dodgers starter Hyun-Jin Ryu.

On Wednesday night in Game 5, Perez went 0-3 with a strikeout before ultimately being pinch-hit for by Curtis Granderson.

Carlos Correa will bat fourth for the Astros in Game 5

Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa will bath fourth tonight against the Boston Red Sox.

What It Means:

Correa was hitting out of the seven spot in the previous four games of the series. The Astros--down 3-1 in the series--will move the order around in hopes of sparking a comeback.

We project Correa to score 8.6 FanDuel points in tonight's game.

Ian Kinsler on second base for Red Sox in Game 5 Thursday

Boston Red Sox second baseman Ian Kinsler is starting in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series versus the Houston Astros on Thursday.

What It Means:

Kinsler will replace Brock Holt at second base and bat sixth versus Astros right-hander Justin Verlander as the Red Sox enter Thursday just nine innings away from a World Series bid. He is 0-for-7 with 4 strikeouts this series after going 4-for-13 (.308) with 2 doubles, 2 RBI, 1 walk drawn, 1 steal, and 3 runs scored in the ALDS.

numberFire's models project Kinsler to score 8.6 FanDuel points in Game 5.

Jake Marisnick starting for Houston in Game 5

Houston Astros outfielder Jake Marisnick is starting on Thursday in Game 5 of the American League Divisional Series against the Boston Red Sox.

What It Means:

Marisnick will take over for George Springer in center field, who will slide over to right field to replace Josh Reddick. Marisnick will hit ninth in the order against Red Sox starter David Price.

Used primarily as a defensive replacement thus far, Marisnick is just 0-1 in the 2018 Postseason.

Mitch Moreland (hamstring) starting as Red Sox look to eliminate Astros in Game 5

Boston Red Sox first baseman Mitch Moreland (hamstring) is starting against the Houston Astros in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series on Thursday.

What It Means:

Moreland will replace Steve Pearce at first base and bat fifth versus Astros right-hander Justin Verlander in his first start of the ALCS due to a right hamstring issue. He has made multiple appearances as a pinch-hitter while helping the Red Sox build a 3-1 series lead.

Moreland is 1-for-2 with 2 RBI and a walk drawn as a pinch-hitter this series.

Josh Reddick not in Houston's Game 5 lineup

Houston Astros outfielder Josh Reddick is sitting on Thursday in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series against the Boston Red Sox.

What It Means:

Reddick, who started Game 4 in right field, will be replaced at his position by George Springer against Red Sox starter David Price. With Springer moving from center to right field, Jake Marisnick will enter the lineup.

In the Astros' Game 4 loss on Wednesday night, Reddick went 2-4 with a run scored, an RBI, and a walk.

Martin Maldonado starting at catcher for Astros on Wednesday

Houston Astros catcher Martin Maldonado will start and bat eighth against the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday.

What It Means:

Maldonado will start behind the plate tonight with Brian McCann heading to the bench.

Our models project Maldonado for 6.4 FanDuel points at the cost of $4,000.

Ian Kinsler on Red Sox's bench in Game 4 Wednesday night

Boston Red Sox second baseman Ian Kinsler is out of the starting lineup in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series versus the Houston Astros on Wednesday.

What It Means:

Kinsler will be replaced at second base by Brock Holt. He finished 0-for-3 with a strikeout in Game 3 on Tuesday.

Kinsler is 4-for-20 (.200) with 2 doubles, 2 RBI, 1 steal, and 11 strikeouts in six games this postseason.

Eduardo Nunez (ankle) out of Red Sox's lineup versus Brewers in Game 4

Boston Red Sox infielder Eduardo Nunez (ankle) is out of the starting lineup in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series versus the Houston Astros on Wednesday.

What It Means:

Nunez made an early exit from Game 3 on Tuesday due to lingering discomfort in his right ankle. "I think defensively he's been battling as far as that first step," Red Sox manager Alex Cora said Tuesday night. "He hasn't been able to push off." Rafael Devers will start at third base on Wednesday.

Nunez is 3-for-16 (.188) with 1 double, 1 RBI, 2 walks drawn, and 2 strikeouts in five games this season.

Houston's Brian McCann not in Wednesday's starting lineup

Houston Astros catcher Brian McCann is not starting on Wednesday against the Boston Red Sox.

What It Means:

McCann will receive the night off with Martin Maldonado starting behind the plate.

In the 2018 playoffs, McCann is hitless in six at-bats.

Brock Holt on second base for Red Sox versus Astros Wednesday

Boston Red Sox utility option Brock Holt is starting on Wednesday versus the Houston Astros in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series.

What It Means:

Holt will replace Ian Kinsler at second base and bat seventh versus Astros right-hander Charlie Morton. He is 4-for-10 with 1 home run, 1 triple, 1 double, 5 RBI, and 4 runs scored in three games this postseason, almost all of which came when he hit baseball's first playoff cycle against the New York Yankees in Game 3 of the ALDS.

numberFire's models project Holt to score 7.7 FanDuel points at a cost of $2,400 in Game 4.

Rafael Devers starting for Red Sox in American League Championship Series Game 4

Boston Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers is starting versus the Houston Astros in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series on Wednesday.

What It Means:

Devers will replace Eduardo Nunez (ankle) at third base and bat fifth versus Astros right-hander Charlie Morton. He is 5-for-11 (.455) with 2 RBI, 2 walks drawn, 1 steal, and 1 strikeout in four games this postseason.

numberFire's models project Devers to score 9.3 FanDuel points at a cost of $2,800 in Game 4.

Cody Bellinger leading off for Dodgers versus Brewers in Game 5

Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman/outfielder Cody Bellinger is starting on Wednesday in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series against the Milwaukee Brewers.

What It Means:

Bellinger came off the bench and finished 2-for-4 with a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the 13th inning in a 2-1 victory over the Brewers in Game 4 on Tuesday. He will man center and lead off the order versus Milwaukee southpaw Wade Miley with the series all knotted up. Kike Hernandez will shift to right field and Yasiel Puig will head to the bench.

numberFire's models project Bellinger to score 12.4 FanDuel points at a cost of $3,300 in Game 5.

Max Muncy manning second for Dodgers versus Brewers Wednesday

Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Max Muncy is starting in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series versus the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday.

What It Means:

Muncy will replace Brian Dozier at second base and bat fifth versus Brewers left-hander Wade Miley. He replaced David Freese as a pinch-hitter in the second inning Tuesday and finished 1-for-5 with 2 strikeouts.

numberFire's models project Muncy to score 10.2 FanDuel points at a cost of $3,400 in Game 5.

Erik Kratz behind Brewers' bag versus Dodgers Wednesday

Milwaukee Brewers catcher Erik Kratz is starting on Wednesday versus the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series.

What It Means:

Kratz will replace Manny Pina behind the dish to catch Wade Miley and bat seventh versus Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw.

numberFire's models project Kratz to score 7.9 FanDuel points at a cost of $2,000 in Game 5.

Hernan Perez starting for Brewers in National League Championship Series Game 5

Milwaukee Brewers infielder/outfielder Hernan Perez is starting versus the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series on Wednesday.

What It Means:

Perez will replace Jonathan Schoop at second base and bat fifth versus Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw.

numberFire's models project Perez to score 10.2 FanDuel points at a cost of $2,300 in Game 5.

Chris Taylor hitting sixth for Dodgers in Game 5

Los Angeles Dodgers infielder/outfielder Chris Taylor is playing left field and batting sixth versus left-hander Wade Miley and the Milwaukee Brewers in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series on Wednesday.

What It Means:

Taylor led off in his previous three starts this series, going a combined 5-for-13 (.385) with a triple, an RBI, 2 walks drawn, 3 runs scored, and 6 whiffs. Cody Bellinger will handle leadoff work for the Dodgers in Game 5.

numberFire's models project Taylor to score 6.0 FanDuel points at a cost of $2,000 in Game 5.

Brian Dozier sitting for Dodgers versus Milwaukee in Game 5

Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Brian Dozier is out of the starting lineup in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series versus the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday.

What It Means:

Dozier went 1-for-4 with an RBI, 1 walk drawn, 1 steal, 1 failed steal, and 1 strikeout in Game 4. Max Muncy will replace him at second base on Wednesday.

Dozier is a combined 2-for-9 (.222) in five games this postseason.

Yasiel Puig out of Dodgers' lineup in Game 5 Wednesday

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig is out of the starting lineup in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series versus the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday.

What It Means:

Puig is hitting 2-for-11 (.182) with a double, a walk, and 5 strikeouts this series. Kike Hernandez will cover right field and Cody Bellinger will start in center.

Overall, Puig is 5-for-20 (.250) with the double, 5 walks drawn, 2 steals, 2 runs scored, and 8 strikeouts in eight games this postseason.

Manny Pina out of Milwaukee's lineup in Game 5 Wednesday

Milwaukee Brewers catcher Manny Pina is out of the starting lineup in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday.

What It Means:

Pina went 1-for-2 with a double and 2 walks in Game 4. Erik Kratz will catch Wade Miley in Los Angeles on Wednesday.

Pina is 3-for-7 (.429) with 1 double, 5 walks drawn, and 1 run scored in four games this postseason.

Jonathan Schoop on Brewers' bench in Game 5 against Dodgers

Milwaukee Brewers second baseman Jonathan Schoop is out of the starting lineup in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday.

What It Means:

Hernan Perez will take Schoop's spot on second base. Schoop went 0-for-5 with 2 strikeouts in Game 4.

Schoop is 0-for-7 with 3 strikeouts in three games this postseason.

Cody Bellinger's Game 4 walk-off Tuesday night evens up series for Dodgers

Los Angeles Dodgers Cody Bellinger went 2-for-4 with a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the 13th inning in a 2-1 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers in Game 4 of the National League Championship Series on Tuesday.

What It Means:

Bellinger managed to sneak one past the right side of the infield that brought Manny Machado home and tied up the series at 2-2. He entered as a pinch-hitter in the sixth inning. Game 5 will be played on Wednesday.

Bellinger is 3-for-25 (.120) overall this postseason with 2 RBI, 2 steals, and 1 run scored in eight games.

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