Astros at Indians Fantasy Preview 27 May 2018
The Houston Astros and Cleveland Indians have to be sick of each other by now. The two teams are in the midst of playing seven games in 10 days. It’s possible that this matchup could be seen again once the playoffs roll around.
Carlos Carrasco (5-3, 3.65 ERA) gets forgotten in this dominant Cleveland rotation. The righty would be the ace of several pitching staffs in baseball, but he may only be the third or fourth best hurler on his own team. Even so, he has delivered three consecutive outings of 6+ innings, including an tough luck loss to these Astros last week despite tossing 7.2 innings of three run ball.
As good as Carrasco has been, Lance McCullers Jr. has been even better. Like his Cleveland counterpart, McCullers gets forgotten on a stacked Houston team. But he manages to stand out with his passion and the publicity garnered from last season’s World Series. He bested Carrasco the last time out to the mound with seven scoreless, one-hit innings.
Better play: McCullers
The Astros starter hasn’t allowed more than three runs in a game since April 11. He consistently goes six or seven innings and he strikes out more hitters than Carrasco. He is the better bet to score you points in multiple categories.
Who should start
- Yonder Alonso isn’t always guaranteed a lineup spot, but he has the most experience against McCullers. In 10 at-bats against the righty, Alonso has four hits, two doubles and three RBI.
- Marwin Gonzalez could get a chance to break out of his season-long funk. His multiple position status makes him easy to squeeze into your lineup, and it could be wise to use him against a pitcher he has already taken deep in his career.
Who should sit
- Carlos Correa is a great player, but for whatever reason he has struggled with Carrasco. In six career at-bats against him, Correa is hitless with three strikeouts.
- Melky Cabrera just got called up for Cleveland, but this isn’t the game to utilize the veteran outfielder. He’s 1-for-6 all-time against McCullers.
Astros win. They have just been too good and consistent this season. Despite Cleveland’s fantastic pitching, their offense doesn’t always show up. Against a solid starter like McCullers, this could definitely be one of the Tribe’s off nights.