And we've reached our final top 20 recap for the infield, and, if you exclude the catchers, 3rd base is by far the shallowest position. 3rd base ain't great, y'all! This is the first position where there's guys at the tail end that I actively wouldn't have wanted on my fantasy teams, and guys like Yoan Moncada, Bobby Dalbec, Alex Bregman, KeBryan Hayes and Alec Bohm all stunk, and didn't even come within a sniff of the top 20 3rd basemen. To recap my recap before the recap, this final ranking is from our Fantasy Baseball Player Rater with my comments. This is not for next year. Anyway, here s the top 20 3rd basemen for 2021 fantasy baseball and how they compare to where I originally ranked them:
Boston Red Sox right-hander Nathan Eovaldi doesn't think too highly of the Houston Astros, a team the 31-year-old will pitch against at some point in the upcoming American League Championship Series."Yeah, they have a tendency of rubbing guys the wrong way," the Houston native said of his hometown club on WEEI's "The Greg Hill Show." "I don't necessarily hate any team, but they're not high up on my list."Eovaldi's opinion of the Astros might have something to do with an incident involving Alex Bregman in 2018. Houston's third baseman trolled Eovaldi before the two clubs met in the ALCS that year, posting a video of the pitcher allowing back-to-back-to-back homers to the Astros earlier in the season when he pitched for the Tampa Bay Rays. Bregman s instagram story right is a video of the Astros going back-to-back-to-back dingers off Nate Eovaldi in June. pic.twitter.com/HzPS0W2DKW C spedes Family BBQ (@CespedesBBQ) October 15, 2018 "It happened. I gave up three homers back-to-back-to-back," he said of Bregman's 2018 post on Wednesday. "But we were able to come out on top in that series, and hopefully we'll do it again this time."Along with Eovaldi, Houston is not very popular around baseball - the club has been booed in most visiting parks throughout the 2021 campaign after it was proven the franchise illegally stole signs during the 2017 season, the same year the Astros won a World Series.Eovaldi's manager Alex Cora was Houston's bench coach in 2017. The 45-year-old returned to manage the Red Sox this campaign after serving a one-year suspension in 2020 for his involvement.Cora won a World Series in his first year as Boston's manager in 2018. Copyright © 2021 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.
Mart n Maldonado had an RBI single and Alex Bregman drove in two runs with a double as the Houston Astros took a 5-1 lead over the Chicago White Sox in ALDS Game 4.
Astros manager Dusty Baker isn't sweating comments made by Chicago White Sox reliever Ryan Tepera that inferred Houston may be stealing signs.Tepera made the remarks after the White Sox won Game 3 of the ALDS. The right-hander noted some differences between the Astros' approach during the first two games in Houston and on the road at Guaranteed Rate Field. However, Baker disagreed with Tepera's analysis of the team's home-road splits."Those are heavy accusations," Baker said Monday, according to Brian McTaggart of MLB.com. "We're about the same, runs, OPS ... actually better on the road than we are at home. They're actually better at home than they are on the road.""I was listening to Eric Clapton this morning, and he had a song: 'Before you accuse me, you need to look at yourself,'" he added, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today. "You know what I mean. That's all I got to say.''The 72-year-old then took a more direct shot at Tepera, a seven-year veteran who was acquired by the White Sox in July."He (Tepera) can say what he wants to say. I had never even heard his name before we played the White Sox," Baker said, according to Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle. "I'm not bothered by it. Most of my life, they've been talking stuff on me anyway. Let them talk."Astros catcher Martin Maldonado, who was not on the infamous 2017 team, also weighed in on the latest shot at his club: Always good to get a extra motivation Machete Maldonado (@Machete1224) October 11, 2021 Only six of their current players - including, most notably, star infielders Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa, and Alex Bregman - were with the team four years ago. Baker managed the Washington Nationals in 2017 and only took the Houston job after AJ Hinch was fired for his role in the scandal.The Astros and White Sox will continue their ALDS on Tuesday after rain postponed Game 4. Houston leads the series 2-1.Copyright © 2021 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.
Chicago White Sox right-hander Dylan Cease was removed from Game 3 of the ALDS against the Houston Astros before the end of the second inning after allowing three runs on two hits and issuing three walks, and he left with two out in the frame.The White Sox need to win on Sunday to avoid elimination.Cease looked to be in top form to open the contest while recording three quick outs in the first. He struck out Alex Bregman with a 100-mph fastball to finish the inning.But things unraveled quickly in the second, with Cease issuing walks to Yordan Alvarez and Carlos Correa. Kyle Tucker then brought them both home with a double.Cease labored through three more batters before flame-throwing reliever Michael Kopech replaced him.Houston has pummeled Chicago's normally reliable starting pitching this series, plating 12 runs on 11 hits while drawing 10 walks over 9 2/3 innings.The Astros were also ruthless on social media after Cease received the early hook. Cease and desist.#ForTheH pic.twitter.com/GCsV2Gn0Q4 Houston Astros (@astros) October 11, 2021 Despite the disappointing outing on Sunday, Cease enjoyed a breakout season in 2021. He went 13-7 with a 3.91 ERA (3.40 FIP), 1.25 WHIP, and 226 strikeouts over 165 2/3 innings.Copyright © 2021 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.