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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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