Carlos Correa participates for the fifth year (fourth in a row) in a playoffs. In 52 games, he is hitting .255 with 12 homers and 34 RBIs. (Matt Slocum)
Seven Puerto Rican players and two coaches will be active in the Division Series that begins tomorrow with two matches corresponding to the American League contest.
The eight teams that will be active in the best-of-five series will be focused on bubbles in Arlington, Houston, San Diego and Los Angeles (Dodgers Stadium).
Puerto Ricans Carlos Correa and Martín 'Machete' Maldonado will be active for the Houston Astros (6), who start the playoffs tomorrow against the Oakland Athletics (2) starting at 4:07 pm (TBS) at Dodger Stadium.
Rookie Vimael Machín will be in uniform for Oakland, who experiences his first postseason opportunity.
In Correa's case, the tall shortstop continues to put up big numbers in the postseason. The Santa Isabel participates for the fifth year (fourth in a row) in a playoffs. In 52 games, he is hitting .255 with 12 homers and 34 RBIs.
Among all-time Puerto Rican players, he ranks third in home runs behind Bernie Williams (22) and Carlos Beltrán (16). In RBIs, he is positioned fourth behind Williams (80), Beltrán and Jorge Posada with 42.
Among the players in the Houston franchise, he is the leader in RBIs in the history of the playoffs.
For his part, Maldonado, a former Golden Glove winner in catching (2017), is active in his third straight playoffs with the Astros.
Houston is coming off defeating the Minnesota Twins in the wild card series, while Oakland left the Chicago White Sox on the road.
In the particular series between these two ninths, the Athletics prevailed 6-3.
Josué Espada and Alex Cintrón are part of the Astros coaching staff.
In the other game to be held tomorrow, the New York Yankees (5) meet the Tampa Bay Rays (1) at 8:07 pm (TBS) at Petco Park in San Diego.
The only Puerto Rican who will be active in this series will be backup receiver Michael Pérez , a debutant in postseason games.
Tampa, which swept the Toronto Blue Jays in the wild card series, comfortably dominated the particular series against the Yankees 8-2.
The Rays will send left-hander Blake Snell (4-2) to the mound, while New York will have its main card and signature for this season, right-hander Gerrit Cole (7-3).
Three in the National League
On the other hand, the National League Division Series is scheduled to begin Tuesday in Arlington and Houston. The two AL series are also on the schedule.
Three Puerto Rican players will be in uniform for their respective teams.
Kike Hernández and Edwin Ríos are on the roster of the Los Angeles Dodgers, who meet at 9:38 pm against the San Diego Padres, who have as part of their roster of relievers the Puerto Rican stone thrower Emilio Pagán .
This game will be held at Globe Life Field (home of the Texas Rangers).
Hernandez, who can perform both in the infield and outfield, is a veteran of these postseason games.
The charismatic player is participating for the sixth consecutive year in the playoffs. He's hitting .213 with six home runs and fourteen RBIs in 43 games.
For his part, Ríos is making his postseason debut.
In the case of Pagán, a fast right-hander who belongs to Puerto Rico's ninth (Team Rubio), is in the postseason for the second year in a row. Last year he did it in the Tampa Bay uniform.
Los Angeles (1) edged San Diego (4) 6-4 in the regular series.
In the other series of the National League, the Atlanta Braves (2) face the surprising Miami Marlins (6) on Tuesday at Minute Maid Park – home of the Astros. There are no Puerto Ricans involved in this series.
The Braves dominated the particular series 6-4.