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Astros at Royals: ALDS Game Thread

The other American League series gets under way as the Royals host the Astros.

John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

The Royals led the American League with a 95-67 season record. The Astros just squeaked into the playoffs with an 86-76 record--lowest among playoff qualifiers. Run differential puts these two teams on more even footing though. The Astros +111 actually bests the Royals +83.

The Astros were forced to use their best pitcher--Dallas Keuchel--in the wild card play-in game. Today they will send Collin McHugh--3.89 ERA, 3.58 FIP--to the mound. The Royals will counter with Yordano Ventura--4.08 ERA, 3.57 FIP. It's interesting their FIP are nearly identical.

Today's Lineups

Jose Altuve - 2B Alcides Escobar - SS
George Springer - RF Ben Zobrist - 2B
Carlos Correa - SS Lorenzo Cain - CF
Colby Rasmus - LF Eric Hosmer - 1B
Evan Gattis - DH Kendrys Morales - DH
Luis Valbuena - 3B Mike Moustakas - 3B
Chris Carter - 1B Salvador Perez - C
Jason Castro - C Alex Gordon - LF
Jake Marisnick - CF Alex Rios - RF
Collin McHugh - RHP Yordano Ventura - RHP