After starting the season in the majors as a starter in the outfield, Pompey dropped down all the way to Double-A before being a September callup and earning his keep as a pinch-runner.
In seven pinch-running appearances in September, Pompey scored five times, which could be an invaluable asset come playoff time.Analysis:
The 29-year-old outfielder gave the Astros a 1-0 lead in the second inning with a 401-foot shot over the right-field wall off Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka. Rasmus is no stranger to the postseason, having appeared in three games of the 2009 NLDS as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals.Analysis:
With Astros' lefty Dallas Keuchel set to take the mound against the Yankess, manager Joe Giradi will opt to play right-handed hitter Chris Young instead of Ellsbury. He should return to the lineup, if the Yankees advance and play the Royals in the ALDS.Analysis:
There was some concern Gomez would miss Tuesday's game considering he was unavailable for the Astros' final series of the season with a strain in his back, but it's clear now he should be good to go.
While the strain will likely continue to affect him for much of the postseason, he should provide some veteran leadership for a young Houston team that clawed its way back into the postseason picture.Analysis:
His second season in pinstripes was better in nearly every area than his first as he finished the year slashing .276/.337/.471 with 19 homers. He got off to a slow start, but ended strong with a .292 average and 29 extra-base hits in the second half of the season.Analysis:
Eaton has reportedly dealt with the issue throughout the season, so it will require just a minor procedure. Barring something unforeseen, the veteran center fielder should be back for the start of spring training.Analysis:
Jones continues to deal with a back issue, and with the regular season coming to a close, the team will play it safe with him. He played in just one game after Sept. 20. and finishes the year with a .269/.300/.474 slash line.Analysis:
Cain continues to battle through a bone bruise in his knee, and it will reportedly cause him issues throughout the postseason. Jarrod Dyson will replace him in center field Sunday, however, batting ninth for the Royals.Analysis:
While the severity of the injury isn't known at this time, it's unlikely Kiermaier suffered any sort of serious injury considering he was removed before his final at bat of the night. He should be plenty rested by the time spring training rolls around next year.Analysis: