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Nationals defeat Astros in Game 7, Stephen Strasburg named World Series MVP

The Washington Nationals defeated the Houston Astros by a score of 6-2 in Game 7 of the World Series on Wednesday.

What It Means:

Stephen Strasburg took home MVP honors as the Nationals won their first World Series in franchise history. The 31-year-old right-hander became the first pitcher to ever go 5-0 in the postseason. Howie Kendrick, who also had a case for MVP, went 2-for-3 with a go-ahead 2-run homer and a walk in the Game 7 victory. Juan Soto was another deserving MVP candidate. He went 2-for-4 with an RBI single and a walk on Wednesday. Anthony Rendon added a solo homer. Max Scherzer allowed 2 runs over five innings.

Strasburg allowed 4 runs on 12 hits with 3 walks and 14 strikeouts over 14 1/3 innings in Games 2 and 6.

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Kurt Suzuki (hip) scratched from Nationals' Game 7 lineup, Yan Gomes now catching Max Scherzer

Washington Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki (hip) has been scratched from the starting lineup on Wednesday for Game 7 of the World Series against the Houston Astros.

What It Means:

Yan Gomes will catch Max Scherzer and hit eighth against Zack Greinke. It's not clear if Suzuki will be available off the bench. The Nationals' full Game 7 lineup: Trea Turner SS, Adam Eaton RF, Anthony Rendon 3B, Juan Soto LF, Howie Kendrick DH, Asdrubal Cabrera 2B, Ryan Zimmerman 1B, Gomes C, and Victor Robles CF.

The Nationals are road underdogs with an implied total of 3.52 runs. The over/under is 7.5 runs.

Source: Washington Nationals

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Robinson Chirinos starting for Houston in Game 6

Houston Astros catcher Robinson Chirinos is in the lineup on Tuesday night in Game 6 of the World Series against the Washington Nationals.

What It Means:

Chirinos is getting the nod behind the plate while batting eighth in the order against Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg.

Our models project Chirinos for 8.0 FanDuel points across 3.83 plate appearances.

Source: Baseball Press

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Josh Reddick in Astros' Game 6 lineup

Houston Astros outfielder Josh Reddick is in the lineup on Tuesday in Game 6 of the World Series against the Washington Nationals.

What It Means:

With the series headed back to the American League ballpark, the designated hitter comes back into play. That allows Yordan Alvarez to vacate the outfield while staying in the lineup. Reddick will take over in right field, batting ninth in the order against Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg.

Our models project Reddick for 6.3 FanDuel points across 3.72 plate appearances.

Source: Baseball Press

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Martin Maldonado sitting for Houston in Game 6

Houston Astros catcher Martin Maldonado is not in the lineup on Tuesday in Game 6 of the World Series against the Washington Nationals.

What It Means:

Maldonado is being replaced behind the plate by Robinson Chirinos against Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg.

In seven games this postseason, Maldonado has a .300 batting average with .833 OPS across 21 plate appearances.

Source: Baseball Press

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Asdrubal Cabrera starting for Nationals in Game 6

Washington Nationals infielder Asdrubal Cabrera is in the lineup on Tuesday in Game 6 of the World Series against the Houston Astros.

What It Means:

With the series headed back to the American League ballpark, the designated hitter comes back into play. That allows Howie Kendrick to vacate the infield while staying in the lineup. Cabrera will take over at second base, batting sixth in the order against Astros starter Justin Verlander.

Our models project Cabrera for 10.0 FanDuel points across 4.17 plate appearances.

Source: Baseball Press

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Martin Maldonado catching for Houston in World Series Game 5 on Sunday

Houston Astros catcher Martin Maldonado is in the starting lineup for Game 5 of the World Series against the Washington Nationals on Sunday.

What It Means:

Maldonado is catching right-hander Gerrit Cole and batting eighth versus right-hander Joe Ross and the Nationals. Robinson Chirinos is sitting.

Our models project Maldonado for .7 hits, .4 runs scored, and .4 RBI on Sunday.

Source: Baseball Press

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Yordan Alvarez starting in left field for Houston in Game 5 of the World Series on Sunday

Houston Astros outfielder Yordan Alvarez is in the starting lineup for Game 5 of the World Series against the Washington Nationals on Sunday.

What It Means:

Alvarez is starting in left field and batting sixth versus right-hander Joe Ross and the Nationals. Jake Marisnick is sitting.

Our models project Alvarez for 1 hit, .5 runs scored, and .7 RBI on Sunday.

Source: Baseball Press

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Washington's Max Scherzer (neck) scratched, Joe Ross to start in Game 5

Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer (neck) will not start in Game 5's matchup against the Houston Astros.

What It Means:

Joe Ross will take the mound with Scherzer unable to start due to neck spasms. Expect Ross to be somewhat limited after throwing two scoreless innings on Friday.

In 4.2 postseason career innings pitched, Ross has produced a 7.71 ERA and 3 strikeouts.

Source: Todd Dybas

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Nationals' Howie Kendrick returns to the lineup for Game 4 of the World Series on Saturday

Washington Nationals infielder Howie Kendrick is in the lineup for Game 4 of the World Series against the Houston Astros on Saturday.

What It Means:

Kendrick returns to the lineup at second base and will be fifth versus right-hander Jose Urquidy and the Astros. Asdrubal Cabrera heads to the bench to accommodate Kendrick's return.

Our models project Kendrick for 1.2 hits, .6 runs scored, and .5 RBI on Saturday.

Source: Baseball Press

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