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  • Kuhl pitches well in no-decision Saturday
    Chad Kuhl pitched well in a no-decision against the Cardinals on Saturday, surrendering two runs on eight hits over his five frames.

    Advice: Kuhl racked up five strikeouts on the afternoon while walking only one. He finishes a nice rookie season with a 5-4 record, 4.20 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 53/20 K/BB ratio across 70 2/3 innings. He'll enter spring training next season in a battle for a spot in the Opening Day rotation. 21 minutes ago
    L, 4-3 @StL
  • Eric Hosmer not in Royals lineup on Saturday
    Eric Hosmer is not in the Royals starting lineup for Saturday's contest against the Indians.

    Advice: Just a routine day off for the hard-hitting first baseman who has seen his offensive production really tail off in the second half. Daniel Nava is starting in his place at first base and will bat seventh for the Royals on Saturday. Today, 10:01 am
  • Lucas Duda not in Mets lineup on Saturday
    Lucas Duda is not in the Mets starting lineup on Saturday against the Phillies.

    Advice: The Mets continue to take things easy with Duda since his return from the disabled list, giving him plenty of rest. James Loney will start in his place at first base and bat seventh against Phil Klein and the Phillies on Saturday. Today, 7:34 am
  • Michael Fulmer to start Monday if necessary
    Tigers manager Brad Ausmus announced Friday that Michael Fulmer would start for the Tigers in a potential make-up game against the Indians on Monday if that game is necessary.

    Advice: That game will be played if it has an impact on the standings, either on the Tigers in the wild card race or in the Indians' battle for home field advantage. As the game counts as a regular season game, fantasy owners in heated battles may be wise to load up on Tigers and Indians as that game looks increasingly likely to go. Today, 6:59 am
  • Ty Blach to start for Giants on Saturday
    Ty Blach will make another start for the Giants on Saturday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: The club had planned to start Albert Suarez in this spot, but due to the Dodgers struggles against left-handed pitching, Blach makes more sense. He may be on a short leash though, so he's best avoided for fantasy purposes. Today, 5:47 am
  • Brandon Belt reaches five times in win
    Brandon Belt went 3-for-3 with a three-run homer, a double, a walk and a HBP to lead the Giants to a 9-3 win over the Dodgers on Friday.

    Advice: Fortunately, Belt was able to stay in after getting hit in the hand in the seventh. Belt, whose OBP too often has gone to waste in the bottom half of the Giants order, hit second for the fifth time tonight. He has a .520 OBP, five runs scored and five RBI in those five games. Yesterday, 10:50 pm
  • Madison Bumgarner earns win over Dodgers
    Madison Bumgarner pitched 7 1/3 innings and allowed three runs in a win over the Dodgers on Friday.

    Advice: Yasiel Puig went 2-for-3 with a double against him, but there were no fireworks in this one. Bumgarner probably ends the regular season 15-9 with a 2.74 ERA. The probably is needed since the Giants could opt to try him in relief Sunday if they get desperate. With more run support, Bumgarner might have been in the Cy Young mix in the wide open race. Still, he probably needed at least another two or three wins to sway voters. Yesterday, 10:48 pm
  • Rich Hill solid in tuneup start
    Rich Hill allowed two runs over five innings Friday in a his start against the Giants.

    Advice: That's pretty much exactly the kind of tuneup the Dodgers wanted from Hill after he missed his previous turn with a blister. He'll be penciled in to start Game 2 of the NLDS after finishing the regular season with a 2.11 ERA in 20 starts. Yesterday, 10:45 pm
  • Cabrera has two doubles, two RBI in win
    Melky Cabrera finished 3-for-4 with two doubles, two RBI and two runs scored against the Twins on Friday.

    Advice: Cabrera knocked in a run with a double in the bottom of the first inning and later added an RBI single in the fourth. The 32-year-old amassed 25 RBI in September and now has 85 RBI on the year. He’s just two shy of his career-high from 2011. Yesterday, 10:28 pm
  • Andrew Cashner struggles in no-decision
    Andrew Cashner struggled in a no-decision against the Nationals on Friday, surrendering four runs on seven hits over four innings.

    Advice: The veteran right-hander walked two and punched out three in the ballgame. After being staked to an early 4-0 lead, Cashner gave it all back in the fourth inning, including a pair of homers to Anthony Rendon and Stephen Drew. He finishes a highly-disappointing 2016 season with a 5-11 record, 5.25 ERA, 1.53 WHIP and 112/60 K/BB ratio across 132 innings. Yesterday, 10:13 pm
  • Jake Marisnick goes 0-for-3 in loss
    Jake Marisnick went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts Friday in the loss to the Angels.

    Advice: The Astros were hoping Marisnick would step it up when they let Carlos Gomez go, but he's been miserable offensively while continuing to play very good defense in center field. Not only is he batting just .204, but he has a hideous 81/16 K/BB ratio in 280 at-bats. The Astros won't be penciling him in as a 2017 regular. Yesterday, 10:10 pm
  • Edwin Jackson gives up five runs in loss
    Edwin Jackson was tagged for five runs in six innings Friday in a loss to the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Jackson turned in some nice outings for the Padres, but the end result was still a 5.89 ERA in 13 starts. He'll have to settle for a minor league contract as a free agent this winter. Yesterday, 10:01 pm
  • Martinez tosses seven scoreless vs. Pirates
    Carlos Martinez came up huge for the Cardinals on Friday by tossing seven scoreless innings in a 7-0 win over the Pirates.

    Advice: That’s why he’s their ace. Martinez scattered five hits — all of them singles — while walking just one batter and striking out nine. He induced 18 swinging strikes in his 104 pitches. Martinez improved to 16-9 with the victory and will finish the regular season with a 3.04 ERA and 174/70 K/BB ratio over 195 1/3 innings. Yesterday, 9:59 pm
  • Ventura allows four runs in loss
    Yordano Ventura fell to 11-12 after allowing four runs over six innings Friday versus the Indians.

    Advice: Things fell apart for Ventura in the third inning, as he gave up four runs on four hits and a walk. He allowed six hits in all on the day while walking three and striking out eight. He also hit Francisco Lindor, apparently in retaliation for him celebrating after hitting a double in his previous at-bat. Ventura remains a frustrating talent in many ways. He took a step back this year, posting a 4.45 ERA over 32 starts while seeing an increase in his walk percentage and a decrease in his strikeout percentage. Yesterday, 9:26 pm
  • Santana has three hits, two RBI in win
    Carlos Santana went 3-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored Friday versus the Royals.

    Advice: Santana gave the Indians the lead by knocking in two runs with a triple in the third inning. He also singled and doubled, so he finished a home run short of the cycle. The 30-year-old put together a monster September and has established new career-highs this season with 34 homers and 87 RBI. Yesterday, 9:25 pm
  • Hosmer hits RBI single vs. Indians
    Eric Hosmer went 1-for-3 with an RBI single in Friday’s loss to the Indians.

    Advice: Hosmer now has 104 RBI to go along with 25 homers. The increased run production has been useful for fantasy owners, but he has sacrificed some contact in the process. His OPS has dropped from .822 to .761 this year. Yesterday, 9:24 pm
  • Rich Hill could be on pitch count on Friday
    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts indicated Friday that Rich Hill will be on a "somewhat abbreviated" pitch count in his start against the Giants.

    Advice: With the recurring blister issues that the southpaw has dealt with this season, the Dodgers simply want him to get some work in and remain healthy heading into the postseason, so don't expect him to work too deep into Friday's start. He has been outstanding on the season, compiling a 2.05 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 125/32 K/BB ratio over 105 1/3 innings. Yesterday, 6:06 pm
  • Fulmer gives up three runs in 3 1/3 frames
    Michael Fulmer surrendered three runs in 3 1/3 innings as the Tigers won a soggy game versus the Indians on Wednesday.

    Advice: He gave up six hits and three walks while fanning three batters as he pitched around rain delays. The poor outing was just bad enough to bump his ERA over the 3.00 mark to end the season. The rookie finishes with an 11-7 record and 3.06 ERA in 26 starts. He struck out 132 batters and walked 42 in 159 innings. Wednesday, 9:57 pm
  • Santana goes 2-for-2 with two RBI Wednesday
    Carlos Santana went 2-for-2 and drove in a pair of runs in a rain-shortened loss to the Tigers on Wednesday.

    Advice: He also drew a walk. He doubled home a run in the first inning, and followed that with an RBI-single in the fourth inning. He is batting .256/.362/.489 with 34 home runs and 85 RBI. He is a solid starter in standard leagues and an even better asset in on-base percentage leagues and points leagues. Wednesday, 9:41 pm
  • Hosmer goes deep vs. Twins on Wednesday
    Eric Hosmer stroked his 25th home run of the season to help lead the Royals over the Twins on Wednesday.

    Advice: The two-run blast in the third inning was his only hit in four chances tonight. Hosmer's batting average took a hit this year but his power reached a new level. He hit .297 with 18 homers last year, and is at .268 with 25 bombs this year. His 103 RBI this season are a career high as well. The 26-year-old may yet take another step forward as he reaches his prime. Wednesday, 8:44 pm
  • Lucas Duda scratch only due to workload
    Mets manager Terry Collins said that Lucas Duda was scratched from Wednesday's lineup merely to give him a breather.

    Advice: Duda was a late scratch from the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Marlins, but there is no injury concern here. The Mets simply wanted to give the 30-year-old first baseman a little rest before they hurtle into the final handful of games in the 2016 regular season. Wednesday, 8:05 pm
  • Lucas Duda a late scratch from Mets' lineup
    Lucas Duda has been scratched from Wednesday's game against the Marlins.

    Advice: Duda was originally in the lineup, but when the Mets took the field it was James Loney who trotted over to first base. An update on Duda's status should be coming soon. Wednesday, 4:42 pm
  • Duda collects three RBI in win over Marlins
    Lucas Duda went 2-for-3 with three RBI in a win over the Marlins on Tuesday.

    Advice: Duda came up with the sacks jacked in the eighth inning and he unloaded them with a three-run double. The multi-hit game was Duda's first since coming off the disabled list on September 17. Injuries derailed his season and limited him to 45 games. When healthy, the 30-year-old has hit .241/.317/.434 with seven homers and 23 RBI. Tuesday, 7:47 pm
  • Rich Hill expected to start Friday at Giants
    Rich Hill (blister) threw a successful 35-pitch bullpen session on Tuesday.

    Advice: Hill was skipped from his scheduled Sunday start against the Rockies due to lingering concerns about the blister on his left hand, but he is on track to start Friday's series opener against the Giants and the veteran southpaw should be in the Dodgers' rotation for the NLDS. The decision to skip him was more of a precautionary move. Hill, 36, owns a brilliant 2.05 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, and 125/32 K/BB ratio in 105 1/3 innings this season between Oakland and Los Angeles. Tuesday, 4:41 pm
  • Duda starting at first base Tuesday
    Lucas Duda will start at first base Tuesday against the Marlins.

    Advice: This will be his fourth start since returning from the disabled list. James Loney is on the bench and figures to lose some starts against righties this week as the Mets try to get some more punch in their lineup. Tuesday, 12:38 pm
  • Chad Kuhl blasts by Cubs on Monday
    Chad Kuhl lasted just three innings Monday, getting charged with five runs in a loss to the Cubs.

    Advice: The Cubs had runners all over the bases in this one, as Kuhl surrendered eight hits, walked two and hit a batter. They wound up with a whopping 18 hits and 12 runs on the night. Kuhl had put together a couple nice outings in a row but obviously took a step backward in this one. He'll look for better results this weekend in St. Louis as he closes out his season. Monday, 8:03 pm
    L, 4-3 @StL
  • Carlos Martinez logs quality start in loss
    Carlos Martinez logged a quality start in Sunday's loss to the Cubs, allowing just two runs on six hits over his six innings of work.

    Advice: The right-hander walked four and punched out six on the night. He made it through the first four frames unscathed before David Ross belted a solo homer in the fifth inning. Addison Russell then tacked on an RBI double the following inning to complete the damage. Martinez has had an excellent season overall, compiling a 3.15 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 165/69 K/BB ratio over 188 2/3 innings. He'll take his final turn of the regular season on Friday against the Pirates. Sunday, 8:19 pm
  • Ty Blach gives up two runs in first MLB start
    Ty Blach struggled in his spot start against the Padres on Sunday, allowing two runs on four hits across three innings.

    Advice: The southpaw also issued three walks while striking out three on the afternoon. Blach gave up an RBI single in the second inning and a solo homer to Adam Rosales in the third. He couldn't have drawn an easier first draw taking on the Padres in San Diego, and the results were disappointing. He'll return to a role in the bullpen over the final week of the regular season. Sunday, 5:38 pm
  • Eric Hosmer sitting out on Sunday
    Eric Hosmer is not in the Royals' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It looks to simply be a rare day off for the first baseman. Whit Merrifield is filling in for Hosmer. Sunday, 7:35 am
  • Bumgarner coughs up five runs in six innings
    Madison Bumgarner escaped with a no-decision after allowing five runs in six innings but the Giants went on to beat the Padres 9-6 in extra innings on Saturday.

    Advice: He put up zeroes in the first three innings but gave up a solo homer in the fourth, a two-run homer in the fifth and another two-run homer in the sixth. He has given up a career-high 26 homers this season, but his home runs allowed rate is still better than league average. Today he surrendered only one hit that didn't leave the yard. He punched out five and issued one free pass. He helped himself at the plate by going 2-for-3 and scoring a run. The five runs allowed were the most he has given up in a game this year. His 2.71 ERA in 219 1/3 innings is still spectacular even after the poor outing. He is likely to get one more start in the regular season. Saturday, 10:36 pm
  • Ty Blach to make spot start Sunday vs. Padres
    Ty Blach will start Sunday against the Padres.

    Advice: He'll make a spot start to give Johnny Cueto (groin) an extra day of rest. Blach will be making his first career start on Sunday. The left-hander has only allowed one hit over six scoreless innings since his call-up on September 1. Saturday, 4:20 pm
  • Dodgers will skip Rich Hill (blister) on Sunday
    Rich Hill (blister) will have his start skipped Sunday against the Rockies.

    Advice: Here we go again. The Dodgers are still concerned about Hill's lingering blister issues, though he's expected to start against the Giants next weekend. The Dodgers' priority is to have Hill healthy for the postseason. Brandon McCarthy will start Sunday's series finale at Chavez Ravine. Saturday, 3:50 pm
  • Hosmer clubs three-run homer to beat Tigers
    Eric Hosmer dealt a blow to the Tigers playoff chances on Saturday, clubbing a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning, propelling the Royals to a 7-4 victory in Motown.

    Advice: The Royals entered the inning trailing 4-2 and were down to their final strike before Paulo Orlando came through with a two-run double to tie the game. That set the stage for Hosmer's heroic blast off of Tigers' closer Francisco Rodriguez. It was Hosmer's lone hit in five at-bats on the afternoon. He's been a terrific source of run production this season, slashing .268/.329/.434 with 24 homers and 100 RBI. Saturday, 2:34 pm
  • Ventura leaves start with back tightness
    Yordano Ventura was removed from Saturday's start against the Tigers due to tightness in his lower back.

    Advice: Prior to his departure, Ventura allowed three runs on 10 hits in his four-plus innings of work. It's unclear how much time the right-hander may miss, but it wouldn't be surprising to see the Royals shut him down for the remainder of the season. Saturday, 12:19 pm
  • Edwin Jackson earns win over Giants
    Edwin Jackson beat the Giants on Friday after allowing two runs in six innings.

    Advice: The Giants struggled to get to Jackson even though he walked five batters. It was a carbon copy of Jackson's first start for the Padres on July 17, when he allowed two earned runs in 6 1/3 innings in defeating the Giants. He walked five in that one, too. Jackson is 5-5 with a 5.75 ERA in 12 starts for the Padres. Saturday, 12:03 am
  • Duda doubles in win over Phillies
    Lucas Duda went 1-for-3 with a double against the Phillies on Friday.

    Advice: Mets manager Terry Collins went with Duda on Friday after watching him almost hit a game-winning homer in Thursday’s game. He’s being thrown into the fire, but it looks like he’s getting his timing back at the plate. James Loney has been handling first base duties since the end of May, but that time could be coming to an end. Friday, 8:14 pm
  • Cashner goes five innings in no-decision
    Andrew Cashner tossed five innings of one-run ball Friday against the Braves.

    Advice: Cashner ran into trouble in the second and third, but he managed to minimize the damage. All told, he gave up three hits while walking three and striking out six. The impending free agent now owns a 5.73 ERA over 10 starts and one relief appearance with Miami. He’ll square off against the Mets next week in his final start of the year. Friday, 7:58 pm
  • Melky Cabrera leaves the yard in loss Friday
    Melky Cabrera blasted a two-run homer in a losing effort against the Indians on Friday.

    Advice: His two-run blast in the first inning off of Trevor Bauer gave the White Sox an early lead, but it would prove to be short-lived. He also doubled, finishing the night 2-for-3 plus a walk. He has been one of the most consistent performers in the White Sox lineup this season, slashing .297/.347/.454 with 13 homers and 78 RBI. Friday, 7:42 pm
  • Michael Fulmer fans nine in win over Royals
    Michael Fulmer was fantastic in Friday's victory over the Royals, racking up nine strikeouts over seven innings of one-run ball.

    Advice: The rookie right-hander scattered just eight hits on the night and didn't walk a batter. The only blemish on his evening was a run that scored on an infield single in the sixth inning. He has been a savior to the Tigers rotation this season, compiling a 2.95 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 129/39 K/BB ratio across 155 2/3 innings. He'll take his final turn of the regular season on Wednesday against the Indians. Friday, 7:22 pm
  • Hill could be pushed back if Dodgers clinch
    The Dodgers could push Rich Hill back from Sunday's scheduled start versus the Rockies if they've already clinched the National League West by then.

    Advice: That would certainly make sense given Hill's nagging blister issues. The Dodgers' magic number is four, so they'd need to win the next two and have the Giants lose both of their games in order to clinch the division prior to Sunday. Friday, 7:36 am
  • Santana's homer, four RBI help down Royals
    Carlos Santana finished 2-for-3 with a home run and four RBI in the Indians' 5-2 win over the Royals on Thursday.

    Advice: Santana broke a 2-2 tie with a three-run bomb off Dillon Gee in the sixth inning. He'd knocked in a run with an RBI double earlier in the game. The 30-year-old has been on fire as of late, homering in three of his last four games and also collecting three doubles, seven RBI and five runs scored in that span. It will go down as a career year on a lot of fronts for Santana, who has 34 homers, 83 RBI and 83 runs scored with his .253/.361/.492 line. Thursday, 8:43 pm
  • Chad Kuhl goes six strong in win
    Chad Kuhl pitched six innings of one-run ball in a victory over the Brewers on Wednesday.

    Advice: Kuhl struck out six and walked one in another quality start. It's partly because he's been babied, but Kuhl has allowed more than three runs just once in 12 major league starts. He's 5-3 with a 3.73 ERA and a 45/17 K/BB ratio in 62 2/3 innings. It's unclear if he'll make another start before being shut down because of his innings count. Wednesday, 9:40 pm
    L, 4-3 @StL
  • Santana goes 4-for-5 with a run and RBI Wed.
    Carlos Santana went 4-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI to help lead the Indians to victory over the Royals on Wednesday.

    Advice: His single in the eighth inning provided what turned out to be a critical insurance run. Santana is known more for his on-base percentage than his batting average. He boosted both tonight. He is batting .251/.358/.484 with a career high 33 home runs and 79 RBI in 148 games. Wednesday, 9:14 pm
  • Brandon Belt socks solo home run in ninth
    Brandon Belt went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Tuesday's win over the Dodgers.

    Advice: Belt socked a solo home run in the top of the ninth inning to provide the Giants a cushion in what had been a 1-0 affair. The homer was his 16th of the season. In addition, Belt has worked to a .271/.388/.465 triple-slash with 76 RBI over 505 at-bats. Tuesday, 11:08 pm
  • Rich Hill surrenders one run to Giants in L
    Rich Hill was on point in Tuesday's loss to the Giants, allowing one run on six hits over five innings.

    Advice: Hill struck out seven and walked one on the evening. Eduardo Nunez bopped a solo home run off him in the fifth inning, but that was it for the damage on his watch. In four of his five starts with the Dodgers this season, he has allowed one or fewer runs. The veteran southpaw will put his 1.53 ERA, 0.68 WHIP and 35/4 K/BB ratio (29 1/3 innings) to the test in a home date with the Rockies next time he takes to the mound. Tuesday, 11:06 pm
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