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Max Fried Silences Mets On Tuesday

Atlanta Braves starter Max Fried allowed one run on six hits across six innings of work during Tuesday's 5-3 win over the New York Mets. He struck out four batters while walking three. The 25-year-old now owns a stellar 14-4 record in 2019 to go along with a 3.99 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, and 126/38 K/BB rate. Fried has been a reliable piece of the Braves' rotation all season long. He will have a tough test in his next projected start against the decorated Los Angeles Dodgers' lineup.

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Aaron Hicks Hits Huge Home Run In Yankees Win

New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks hit a three-run home run in the first inning of the team's 4-1 win over the Astros in Game 5 of the ALCS. With the Yankees facing elimination, the offense came out swinging. A leadoff home run by DJ LeMahieu was backed up by a three-run laser from Hicks that hit the foul pole for an early 4-0 lead. Hicks is seeing the ball well at the plate right now and is 2-for-6 with one home run, two walks and three runs batted in over his last two playoff games. The smart money is Hicks cracks the starting lineup for Game 6 in Houston.

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Justin Verlander Can't Overcome Four-Run First Inning

Houston Astros starter Justin Verlander allowed four runs in seven innings pitched as the Yankees held off elimination with a 4-1 victory in Game 5 of the ALCS. The first inning was killer for Verlander, allowing a leadoff home run to DJ LeMahieu and a three-run blast that hit the foul pole to Aaron Hicks. From there, Verlander would retire 20 of his final 21 batters faced, striking out nine. The pennant was there for the taking for the Astros but Verlander's bumpy start sends the series back to Houston for Game 6.

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DJ LeMahieu's Leadoff Home Run Sets Tone In Win

New York Yankees first baseman DJ LeMahieu hit a leadoff home run to spark the Yankees to a 4-1 victory over the Astros in Game 5 of the ALCS. LeMahieu has been delivering from the top of the lineup the entire series but came up huge with an opposite field home run that barely cleared the fence. The veteran is having a career season and now is hitting .381 in the ALCS as the series heads back to Houston.

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James Paxton Comes Up Big Against Astros

New York Yankees starter James Paxton twirled six innings of one-run baseball as the Yankees closed the gap in the ALCS with a 4-1 win over the Astros. After making it only 2 1/3 innings earlier in the series, Paxton had his best stuff in this crucial Game 5. 'Big Maple' scattered four hits and racked up nine strikeouts in a game that he threw 1112 pitches. Paxton may be done for the series but the Yankees are alive, for now, as the series moves to Houston for Game 6.

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Jose Urquidy Expected To Start Game 6

Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch hasn't announced a starter for Game 6 of the American League Championship Series in what will likely be a bullpen game, but rookie pitcher Jose Urquidyis expected to start the game against the Yankees. The Mexican right-hander went 2-1 on the year with a 3.95 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 40 strikeouts in 41 innings over seven starts and two relief appearances. He walked one and struck out three in 1 2/3 scoreless frames in Game 4 of the American League Division Series against the Rays. Because he might not last long in this game, Urquidy isn't the best DFS one-game play for Saturday night.

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D.J. Stewart Has Microfracture Surgery

Baltimore Orioles outfielder D.J. Stewart (ankle) underwent successful microfracture surgery on his right ankle on Thursday. Stewart is expected to return to baseball activities near the end of spring training. Microfracture procedures aren't your typical surgery, so Stewart should be expected to miss the start of the 2020 regular season, and he could be slowed upon his return. The 25-year-old played in just 44 games for the O's this year, hitting .238/.317/.381 with four home runs and 15 RBI. There is opportunity for him in Baltimore's outfield moving forward, but he'll have to prove his health and win a job before fantasy owners take notice.

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Elvis Andrus Won't Opt Out Of Deal

Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus won't opt out of the $43 million and three years left on his current deal. The 31-year-old is making the right decision after hitting .275/.313/.393 with 12 home runs, 72 RBI and 31 stolen bases in 147 games for Texas in 2019. It was Andrus' first time going over 30 steals since 2011, but his power numbers were again down after slugging a career-high 20 round-trippers in 2017. Injuries will also become an issue as the shortstop ages on the wrong side of 30. Don't expect Andrus to return to the 20-homer mark again, so a decent batting average and some speed is what you can bank on with him moving forward.

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Jake Marisnick Starting Against Lefty In Game 5

Houston Astros outfielder Jake Marisnick is starting in center field and is batting ninth against Yankees left-hander James Paxton in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series on Friday. With the southpaw on the mound, Josh Reddick will take a seat for this one. Marisnick is mainly used late in games for his defensive prowess. He hit just .225 (23-for-102) with four home runs and 14 RBI against left-handers this year, so DFS gamers will likely want to shy away from the light-hitting Marisnick. He slashed .233/.289/.411 with 10 homers, 34 RBI and 10 steals in 292 at-bats this year.

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James Paxton Hopes To Rebound In Game 5

New York Yankees starter James Paxton will take the mound in Game 5 in hopes of keeping the Yankees alive for one more game in the ALCS. Paxton lasted only 2 1/3 innings on October 13 against the Astros, getting pulled after allowing one run, walking two and surrendering four hits. Much has been made about the big left-hander possibly tipping pitches in his last start and will need to pitch deeper into the game. Paxton posted a 3.35 ERA at home in the regular season but will have a tough task taking down an Astros offense that has torched left-handed pitching this season.

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Aaron Judge Slugging Only .412 In ALCS

New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge will hit second in a struggling lineup as the Yankees will try and stave off elimination against the Astros in Game 5. Judge homered in Game 2 but has failed to make a consistent impact, slugging only .412 in the series. Judge disappointed, at times, against right-handed pitching in the regular season, slashing only .247/.349/.498 in contrast to posting a 1.124 OPS against opposing lefties. The Astros will send their ace, Justin Verlander, to the mound in Game 5. Judge will need to step up in order to extend the series.

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