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  • John Lackey dominates Cubs in Game 1 win
    John Lackey was in complete command on Friday, limiting the Cubs to just two singles and a walk over 7 1/3 scoreless innings as the Cardinals grabbed Game 1 of the NLDS.

    Advice: The veteran right-hander punched out five on the night. No stranger to the bright lights of the postseason, the 36-year-old hurler was tabbed to start Game 1 after improbably delivering his finest season as a professional. He didn't disappoint on Friday, baffling Cubs hitters the entire evening before leaving to a standing ovation in the eighth inning. He'll get the ball again should the series go to a decisive fifth game. Today, 6:41 pm
    L, 6-0 ^ @Atl; L, 2-0 @Atl
  • Jon Lester fans nine, out-dueled by Lackey
    Jon Lester racked up nine strikeouts over 7 1/3 innings against the Cardinals in Game 1 of the NLDS on Friday, but wound up on the losing end of the decision after allowing three runs on five hits and a walk.

    Advice: Lester settled in nicely after allowing an RBI single to Matt Holliday in the first inning. He was locked in a tremendous pitcher's duel with John Lackey, with the game remaining 1-0 heading into the eighth inning. That's where the Cardinals finally broke through, with Tommy Pham blasting a solo home run. After allowing Matt Carpenter to reach, Lester was pulled from the game and Pedro Strop allowed his inherited runner to score on a two-run blast by Stephen Piscotty. Lester is likely to take the hill again in Game 4 of the series, if necessary. Today, 6:38 pm
  • Angels designate Jo-Jo Reyes for assignment
    Angels designated LHP Jo-Jo Reyes for assignment.

    Advice: He was waived to make room on the 40-man roster for Todd Cunningham. The 30-year-old appeared in just one game for the Angels this season, working a scoreless 1/3 of an inning. He spent most of the season pitching at Triple-A Salt Lake where he registered a 4.76 ERA, 1.56 WHIP and 45/23 K/BB ratio over 68 innings of work. Today, 5:10 pm
  • Johnny Cueto hit hard in Game 1 no-decision
    Johnny Cueto was hit hard in a no-decision against the Astros in Friday's Game 1 of the ALDS, allowing four runs on seven hits over his six frames.

    Advice: Cueto punched out five while walking three on the afternoon. The Astros jumped on him from the get-go, doing all of their damage in the first three frames. To Cueto's credit, he was able to settle down nicely and keep the Astros off the board the next three innings, giving the Royals a chance to come back. With Yordano Ventura expected to take the hill in Game 4 of the series, Cueto would line up to work in a pivotal Game 5 if it proves to be necessary. Today, 4:35 pm
  • Kazmir gives up three runs in no-decision
    Scott Kazmir wasn't particularly sharp in Game 2 of the ALDS on Friday, surrendering three runs on five hits over 5 1/3 innings in a no-decision against the Royals.

    Advice: The veteran southpaw struck out four and walked one in the contest. It wasn't much different than how he finished the regular season, stumbling to a 5.89 ERA over his final nine starts. The Royals didn't mount any big rallies against him, but were able to scratch out single runs in the second and third innings and another to chase him in the sixth. It's unclear if the Astros will trust him to make another postseason start should the Astros advance to the ALCS. Today, 4:24 pm
  • Cole Hamels settles in after rough start
    Cole Hamels started slow but finished strong Friday versus the Blue Jays, allowing four runs – two earned – over seven innings in a 6-4 extra innings win.

    Advice: Hamels was spotted a 2-0 lead before even taking the mound but proceeded to allow a home run in the bottom of the first and then two more in the second after his offense added another run. He exited the contest down 4-3 but finished strongly and watched the Rangers’ offense come back to win it in extras. Hamels will be in line to pitch Game 5 back in Toronto if there is one, but that’s looking unlikely at this point. Texas will take a surprising 2-0 series lead back home. Today, 2:54 pm
    W, 9-2 vs ^ LAA
  • Stroman recovers from early struggles
    Marcus Stroman rebounded from a slow start to yield four runs – three earned – across seven frames in Friday’s loss to the Rangers.

    Advice: Stroman’s defense didn’t help him as he was tagged for three runs in the first two innings, but he then cruised through the next five frames. Manager John Gibbons probably should have pulled him after the seventh, but he let Stroman start the eighth and he gave up a leadoff single to Delino DeShields and was then pulled. Texas then tied things up off of Toronto’s bullpen. Stroman could potentially start Game 5 if the Rangers go with David Price on short rest in Game 4, but that shouldn’t be on their minds at this point down 2-0. Today, 2:51 pm
  • Steven Matz (back) officially on NLDS roster
    Steven Matz (back) has officially made the Mets' NLDS roster.

    Advice: And he's in line to start a potential Game 4 in New York after throwing 80 pitches in a simulated game on Thursday with no issues. Matz missed his final outing of the regular season due to some spasms in his upper back, but he appears to be all systems go now. Today, 11:07 am
  • Lance McCullers would start Game 4
    Lance McCullers would start a potential Game 4 of the ALDS for the Astros.

    Advice: He'll be preceded by ace Dallas Keuchel in Game 3. The choice of McCullers, who held a 3.22 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 129/43 K/BB ratio over 125 2/3 innings, this season, is no surprise. He would be opposed by Yordano Ventura, who is in line for a potential Game 4 on short rest after a rain-shortened outing in Game 1. Mike Fiers will pitch out of the bullpen for the Astros. Today, 10:08 am
  • Cubs could try to extend Arrieta this winter
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Cubs "will try to lock up" Jake Arrieta over the offseason.

    Advice: projects Arrieta to earn $10.6 million this winter in his second year of salary arbitration, but it appears the Cubs will attempt to ink the right-hander to a long-term extension. Arrieta is a Boras client, so it remains to be seen whether a long-term deal will be doable. The righty will turn 30 next spring, but obviously it will still cost a boatload to lock him up after what could be a Cy Young-winning campaign. Today, 9:38 am
  • Yankees expected to pursue Jeff Samardzija
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that "there is expected to be real interest" from the Yankees in Jeff Samardzija.

    Advice: Heyman says the Yanks "may be disinclined to go for the big-ticket pitching items" like David Price and Zack Greinke, but they could target Samardzija following a down season for the righty. The Bombers reportedly "love Samardizja for his potential, and also for his interest in the big stage." Samardzija held a 4.96 ERA for the White Sox this season but is a good bet to bounce back in 2016. Today, 7:44 am
  • Yost says that Ventura likely to start Game 4
    Royals manager Ned Yost indicated that he would probably start Yordano Ventura if the ALDS reaches a Game 4.

    Advice: Ventura allowed three runs in two innings during Thursday's Game 1 loss to the Astros. He had thrown 42 pitches after his two frames of work, but didn't return to the contest following a 49-minute rain delay. Should he start Game 4, his arm should be fresh. Johnny Cueto will take the ball in Game 2 while Game 3 will see Edinson Volquez starting in Houston. Yesterday, 9:03 pm
  • Ventura allows three runs before rain falls
    Prior to being forced to sit due to a second-inning rain delay, Yordano Ventura surrendered three runs on four hits to the Astros in Thursday's 5-2 Game 1 loss in the ALDS.

    Advice: Ventura loaded the bases with nobody out in the first inning, with runs scoring on ground outs by Colby Rasmus and Evan Gattis before the close of the frame. The 24-year-old right-hander would allow one more run in the second via an RBI single by Jose Altuve before the skies opened to delay the contest by 49 minutes. Chris Young would take over once action resumed. Because of the short start, Ventura's arm should be fresh--he threw just 42 pitches--if there's an opportunity to start later in the series. Johnny Cueto toes the Royals' Game 2 rubber on Friday. Yesterday, 8:43 pm
  • Price allows two homers in ALDS Game 1 loss
    David Price struggled with five runs allowed during Thursday's 5-3 loss to the Rangers in Game 1 of the ALDS.

    Advice: Price struck out five and walked two in Thursday's Game 1 loss. His troubles began in the third inning, when Delino DeShields and Adrian Beltre both notched RBI singles. Two frames later, Robinson Chirinos took the Blue Jays' southpaw ace deep for a two-run homer to bump the Ranger lead to 4-0. A final run would score before Price's exit, courtesy of a solo home run by Rougned Odor in the seventh inning. During the regular season, Price held an 8-5 record, 2.45 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 225/47 K/BB ratio in 220 1/3 between the Tigers and Blue Jays. He should see another crack at postseason redemption later this series. Game 2 starter Marcus Stroman will try to keep the Jays from falling into an 0-2 hole on Friday. Yesterday, 3:33 pm
  • Nicasio not on Dodgers' roster for the NLDS
    Juan Nicasio is not on the Dodgers' NLDS roster.

    Advice: Joel Peralta essentially gets the spot instead. Nicasio got off to a very good start this season, but he surrendered nine runs on 17 hits over his final nine innings. Yesterday, 10:38 am
    W, 6-3 vs SD
  • Matz (back) throws 80-pitch simulated game
    Steven Matz (back) threw 80 pitches in a simulated game on Thursday morning in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

    Advice: "I felt really good," Matz told reporters. "I took two weeks off, so I was a little rusty the first couple innings, but I feel really good, really strong. My arm feels great, back feels great. I'm ready to go." Matz was limited down the stretch by an upper back injury, but the 24-year-old left-hander is in line to start Game 4 of the NLDS against the Dodgers. Yesterday, 9:29 am
  • Jeremy Guthrie not on Royals' ALDS roster
    Jeremy Guthrie is not on the Royals' ALDS roster.

    Advice: That's not a surprise. Guthrie made two starts in last year's World Series, but the veteran right-hander registered a rough 5.95 ERA and 1.55 WHIP across 148 1/3 innings during the 2015 regular season. Kris Medlen and Chris Young both made the ALDS roster over him. Yesterday, 8:47 am
  • Arrieta shuts out Bucs, Cubs advance to DS
    Jake Arrieta turned in a gem in Wednesday's 4-0 Wild Card win over the Pirates, tossing a complete game shutout with 11 strikeouts.

    Advice: Arrieta limited the Pirates to four singles while striking out 11 over his nine innings of work. He did not walk a batter in the contest. Working with the lead throughout, he cruised through his first five innings before a rocky sixth put it all in jeopardy. In that frame, the Pirates loaded the bases via a single by Travis Snider, a Josh Harrison hit-by-pitch and a hard-hit grounder by Andrew McCutchen that resulted in an infield error. Starling Marte then stepped up as the potential tying run, but Arrieta bore down to induce a double play to end the frame. Threat eradicated, shutout intact. A date with the Cardinals awaits in the NLDS. Jon Lester and John Lackey are slated to pitch in Game 1 on Friday. Wednesday, 8:03 pm
  • Kazmir to start Game 2 of ALDS vs Royals
    Scott Kazmir will start Game 2 of the ALDS against the Royals on Friday.

    Advice: Collin McHugh will be starting Game 1 on Thursday, followed by Kazmir in Game 2 on Friday and Dallas Keuchel in Game 3 on Sunday. For his part, July acquisition Kazmir struggled down the stretch, posting an ERA of 5.89 over nine starts since August 17. Expect him to be on a short leash if signs of his earlier struggles begin to surface on Friday. Wednesday, 2:55 pm
  • Lackey to start Game 1 of NLDS for Cardinals
    John Lackey will start Game 1 of the NLDS on Friday.

    Advice: He's the natural choice, especially with Carlos Martinez (shoulder) done for the season. Lackey posted a career-best 2.77 ERA over 32 starts this season. He'll face the winner of Wednesday's Wild Card game between the Cubs and Pirates. Wednesday, 10:30 am
    L, 6-0 ^ @Atl; L, 2-0 @Atl
  • Cubs announce roster for Wild Card game
    Jon Lester and Kyle Hendricks are on the Cubs' roster for Wednesday's Wild Card game against the Pirates.

    Advice: Lester and Hendricks will provide some insurance behind NL Cy Young hopeful Jake Arrieta. The Cubs are carrying 10 pitchers and 15 position players for the one-game playoff in Pittsburgh. Wednesday, 7:27 am
  • Royals willing to start Ventura on short rest
    FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Royals are prepared to start Yordano Ventura in Game 4 of the ALDS if they're facing elimination.

    Advice: Morosi says that part of the reason they're going with Ventura over Johnny Cueto in Game 1 is because they think Ventura is the best suited of their starters to pitch on short rest. Edinson Volquez is lined up to pitch Game 3, with Chris Young likely to take the ball in Game 4 if Kansas City doesn't go with Ventura. Tuesday, 2:54 pm
  • Marcus Stroman to start Game 2 of ALDS
    Marcus Stroman will start Game 2 of the ALDS against the Rangers.

    Advice: Stroman broke the news himself on Twitter. It's not surprising given how well he pitched down the stretch, posting a 1.67 ERA and 0.96 WHIP across four starts. The accomplishment is quite impressive given that Stroman had been ruled out for the season when he tore his ACL in spring training. David Price is getting the ball in Game 1 and Stroman will be followed by Marco Estrada in Game 3 and R.A. Dickey in Game 4, if there is one. Tuesday, 1:07 pm
  • Ventura starting Game 1 of ALDS for Royals
    Yordano Ventura will start Game 1 of the ALDS on Thursday.

    Advice: Not a surprise, as this is how the Royals lined things up in recent days. Johnny Cueto will start Game 2 of the series while Edinson Volquez will pitch in Game 3. The Royals will face the winner of Tuesday's Wild Card Game between the Astros and the Yankees. Tuesday, 9:58 am
  • Steven Matz (back) throws bullpen session
    Steven Matz (back) threw a bullpen session Tuesday at Citi Field.

    Advice: Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen indicated that everything went well. Matz, who has been dealing with spasms in his upper back, is now slated to throw around 90 pitches in an instructional league game on Thursday. The hope is that he'll be ready to pitch Game 4 of the NLDS against the Dodgers next Tuesday. Tuesday, 9:53 am
  • Cueto walks four in final regular action
    Johnny Cueto was a bit erratic in Sunday's final start of the regular season against the Twins, walking four while allowing one run over five innings.

    Advice: Cuteo was making his final tuneup start of the regular season. He struck out four and walked four while scattering six hits. The only run to score on his watch came via an RBI single by Danny Santana in the fourth inning. After being traded to the Royals at the deadline, Cueto's pitched to a disappointing 4.76 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and 56/17 K/BB ratio over 81 1/3 innings (a lucky 13 starts). Sunday, 3:53 pm
  • McCullers can't hold back D-Backs in finale
    Lance McCullers was unable to supply the Astros a win in Sunday's season-finale against the Diamondbacks, allowing three runs (two earned) over five innings.

    Advice: The Astros entered action holding a one-game lead over the Angels for the final AL Wild Card berth. They turned to McCullers, who struck out six and walked two while surrendering solitary runs in the first, fourth and fifth innings before exiting action. While he couldn't bring them to the Promised Land on his own back, the Angels lost to the Rangers, allowing Houston to lock up the final Wild Card spot despite Sunday's distinct lack of victory. McCullers finishes out the regular season with a 3.22 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 129/43 K/BB ratio across 125 2/3 innings. Sunday, 3:35 pm
  • Hamels fans eight in CG, Rangers win West
    Cole Hamels flashed what the Rangers have to look forward to in the playoffs during Sunday's 9-2 win over the Angels, throwing a two-run complete game while striking out eight.

    Advice: While starters left and right were logging four and five inning starts on Sunday, Hamels turned in an actual performance. He allowed just three hits over his nine innings of work, also striking out eight and walking two. Both runs against him scored in the first inning, when Albert Pujols cracked a two-run home run. Otherwise, nothing doing for the Angel offense. Hamels finishes out the regular season with a 3.66 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 78/23 K/BB ratio across 83 2/3 innings since joining the Rangers prior to the trade deadline. Texas is your AL West champion. Sunday, 3:12 pm
    W, 9-2 vs ^ LAA
  • John Lackey struggles in abbreviated outing
    John Lackey allowed three runs over just four innings in Sunday's loss to the Braves.

    Advice: Lackey was undone by a couple bloop RBI singles in the first inning and then hung a curveball to Adonis Garcia in the fourth that Garcia put over the fence. He struck out four and didn't walk anyone in what was just a tune-up outing as the Cardinals prepare for the postseason. Lackey finishes the year with a fantastic 2.77 ERA across 33 starts. Sunday, 12:34 pm
    L, 6-0 ^ @Atl; L, 2-0 @Atl
  • Steven Matz (back) to throw off mound Tues.
    Steven Matz (back) will throw a bullpen session Tuesday.

    Advice: He'll then throw 90-100 pitches in an instructional league game Thursday if he's feeling up to it. The Mets plan on starting Matz in Game 4 of the NLDS if his stiff back will allow it. Sunday, 9:18 am
  • Cardinals/Braves postponed due to rain
    Saturday's Cardinals/Braves game has been postponed due to rain.

    Advice: They'll play a doubleheader on Sunday with the first game beginning at 1 PM ET. The second game will begin a half hour after the first. Saturday's probables, John Lackey and Shelby Miller, will pitch Sunday instead. Lackey leads the Cardinals in ERA this season at 2.69. Saturday, 7:34 pm
    L, 6-0 ^ @Atl; L, 2-0 @Atl
  • Yordano Ventura brilliant in win over Twins
    Yordano Ventura was brilliant in Saturday's victory over the Twins, racking up 11 strikeouts over seven innings of one-run ball.

    Advice: Ventura scattered just four hits and three walks on the afternoon. The only blemish on his day was an RBI single by Brian Dozier in the sixth inning. Riding a strong second half, Ventura finishes the regular season 13-8 with a 4.08 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 156/58 K/BB ratio across 163 1/3 innings. Saturday, 1:08 pm
  • Matz receives injection to relax back muscles
    Mets manager Terry Collins said Saturday that Steven Matz received an injection in his back on Friday to relax his muscles.

    Advice: Matz was expected to pitch at some point on Saturday or Sunday, though the stiffness in his back has caused him to be scratched twice already this week. Collins hopes that he can get up to 90-100 pitches by Wednesday in the instructional league in order to be ready for his next start. He's expected to function as the Mets' fourth starter in the postseason as long as he's healthy. Saturday, 7:52 am
  • Arieta tosses six scoreless in final start
    Making his final start of the regular season against the Brewers on Friday, Jake Arrieta tossed six innings of shutout ball in the 6-1 victory.

    Advice: Arrieta finishes off a Cy Young-caliber 2015 campaign with a fitting shutout. He struck out seven Brewers without walking a batter, allowing just two hits on the evening. He had thrown just 72 pitches after six innings, but the team's clearly trying to preserve him for a possible postseason run. We'll see if a 1.77 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and 236/48 K/BB ratio across 229 innings will be enough to earn the 29-year-old right-hander the NL Cy Young, or if it will be snatched from his grasp by either Clayton Kershaw or Zack Greinke . Friday, 8:52 pm
  • Price won't make another regular-season start
    David Price will not make another start in the regular season.

    Advice: It makes sense to let the heavily-used left-hander rest up for the Blue Jays' first postseason trip since 1993. Price will stay sharp with side sessions and simulated games until he takes the hill in Game 1 against the winner of the American League Wild Card Game. He posted an 18-5 record, 2.45 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, and 225/47 K/BB ratio in 220 1/3 regular-season innings between Detroit and Toronto. Thursday, 8:06 am
  • Mets' Matz (side) to pitch Saturday or Sunday
    Steven Matz (side) is expected to pitch Saturday or Sunday against the Nationals.

    Advice: Matz has been scratched twice this week due to stiffness in the right side of his back, but he is finally beginning to feel better. The young left-hander is in line to serve as the Mets' fourth starter this postseason if he feels good. He owns a shiny 2.27 ERA and 34/10 K/BB ratio through his first 35 2/3 major league innings. Thursday, 7:09 am
  • Kazmir continues late-season swoon
    Scott Kazmir pitched poorly yet again in a no-decision against the Mariners on Wednesday, surrendering six runs (four earned) on seven hits over 4 1/3 innings.

    Advice: Three of the six runs against Kazmir scored via back-to-back home runs by Kyle Seager and Nelson Cruz in the fifth inning. Seager's was of the two-run variety. The rough outing was just a continuation of the southpaw's slow fade. In nine starts since August 17, he holds a hide-the-children 5.89 ERA. That his overall ERA still sits at 3.10 is a testament to how well he pitched before the wheels wobbled and then completely fell off. Kazmir has to be hoping that the Astros can squeak into the playoffs and allow him a chance at redemption. Wednesday, 10:47 pm
  • Steven Matz just dealing with muscle spasms
    Steven Matz was examined by a doctor and was given medication to treat muscle spasms.

    Advice: Matz was scratched from his scheduled start Thursday to due lingering side stiffness, but nothing more serious was diagnosed. For his part, Matz has said it's not a serious issue and that he should be fine sooner than later. The Mets' plans for the postseason are still unclear, but he could be in the running for a start in the NLDS if he bounces back well. Wednesday, 8:35 pm
  • Price getting start pushed back to Friday
    David Price will have his next scheduled start pushed back to Friday.

    Advice: The Blue Jays wanted to push Price back so he didn't have a huge layoff between his last regular season start and the first game of the ALDS. Price will now face the Rays rather than the Orioles, a better matchup despite the fact that Price was knocked around by his former team last Saturday. Drew Hutchison will start in Price's place Thursday. Wednesday, 8:24 pm
  • Lester stymies Reds over 8 terrific frames
    Jon Lester was brilliant in defeating the Reds on Wednesday, pitching eight innings of one-run ball.

    Advice: Lester yielded only three hits while walking none and striking out nine. The lone run came in early on a Jay Bruce sacrifice fly in the first inning. Lester ends his regular season with an 11-12 record, a 3.34 ERA, a 1.12 WHIP, and a 207/47 K/BB ratio over 205 innings. The Cubs will square off with the Pirates in the NL Wild Card play-in game for the right to play the Cardinals. Wednesday, 7:23 pm
  • Jays win the East behind Stroman's dominance
    Marcus Stroman pitched the Blue Jays to the American League East division title Wednesday, tossing eight innings of one-run ball in a 15-2 trouncing of the Orioles in the first game of a doubleheader.

    Advice: Stroman absolutely shoved, scattering five hits and two walks while striking out eight. A Steve Pearce solo homer in the seventh inning was the only blemish in the otherwise outstanding performance. It was the kind of brilliance the Jays missed most of the season with Stroman sidelined due to a torn ACL. He's now 4-0 with a 1.67 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 18/6 K/BB ratio in four starts since coming off the disabled list. We'll next see Stroman in the ALDS. Wednesday, 4:26 pm
  • Mets' Matz (side) won't pitch Thursday either
    Steven Matz has been scratched from his start Thursday against the Phillies due to lingering side stiffness.

    Advice: Matz was bumped from Wednesday to Thursday after waking up Tuesday with stiffness in his right side, and now he can't make that Thursday start either. It's not clear when he'll pitch next, and manager Terry Collins suggested Wednesday that Bartolo Colon might have to start in the NLDS. Matz had been lined up to serve as the Mets' fourth starter in the postseason. Wednesday, 1:02 pm
  • Jo-Jo Reyes called up from Triple-A
    Angels purchased the contract of LHP Jo-Jo Reyes from Triple-A Salt Lake.

    Advice: Reyes held a 4.32 ERA over 28 appearances -- 24 starts -- for Salt Lake this season. He'll give the Angels' injury-depleted pitching staff an extra arm. Reyes hasn't pitched in the majors since 2011. Wednesday, 1:01 pm
  • Hamels guts it out against Tigers in 12th win
    Cole Hamels fought his way through six innings Tuesday, allowing six runs but earning the win against the Tigers.

    Advice: Hamels was far from having his best stuff, yielding seven hits -- including two homers -- while walking two on the night. Even so, he managed to get through six innings with the lead. On the plus side, Hamels struck out eight in the outing. After some rough seas immediately after the trade deadline, Hamels had rattled off seven quality starts in his last eight appearances before Tuesday's game. Hamels will take a 3.86 ERA and 1.27 WHIP into Sunday's season finale against the Angels. Tuesday, 8:48 pm
    W, 9-2 vs ^ LAA
  • Samardzija keeps Royals to two runs in win
    Jeff Samardzija held the Royals to two runs over seven innings to earn his 11th win on Tuesday.

    Advice: Samardzija scattered eight hits on the evening, with back-to-back homers by Eric Hosmer and Kendrys Morales counting for the only Royals runs. The right-hander struck out three without walking a batter. Samardzija, who will be a free agent this winter, is 11-13 with a 4.96 ERA and 1.29 WHIP in 32 starts. He'll have one more shot to make a good impression on potential suitors, taking the mound Sunday against the Tigers in the season finale. Tuesday, 8:05 pm
  • Cueto turns in quality start versus White Sox
    Johnny Cueto registered a quality start Tuesday, allowing three runs over six innings in a loss to the White Sox.

    Advice: It was another decent result for Cueto -- the outing was his third straight quality start -- but the way he got there was less inspiring. Cueto gave up eight hits, including a two-run homer, while walking two in the start. He struck out just two, another disappointing development of late. Cueto has a 4.95 ERA and 1.41 WHIP through 31 starts between the Reds and Royals. Assuming the Royals stay on schedule, Cueto's last start will come Sunday at the Twins. Tuesday, 8:04 pm
  • Steven Matz (side) to start on Thursday
    Steven Matz's (side) next start has officially been pushed back to Thursday against the Phillies.

    Advice: He's flip-flopping with Logan Verrett, who will now go on Wednesday. Matz developed some stiffness in his right side after sleeping funny Monday night, but it's no big deal. The Mets are just being careful here. Tuesday, 7:08 pm
  • Blue Jays/Orioles game postponed due to rain
    Tuesday's game between the Blue Jays and Orioles has been postponed due to rain.

    Advice: It will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Wednesday. Scheduled starters Marcus Stroman and Miguel Gonzalez will be pushed back a day. Tuesday, 3:35 pm
  • Mets starter Matz has stiffness in right side
    Steven Matz may be scratched from his start Wednesday against the Phillies due to stiffness in his right side.

    Advice: Mets manager Terry Collins hinted at the idea in his pregame chat with reporters on Tuesday afternoon. There should be something more official sometime Tuesday night. This doesn't sound like a serious, long-term problem for Matz, who boasts a 2.27 ERA and 34/10 K/BB ratio through his first 35 2/3 major league innings. Logan Verrett would start in his place Wednesday and then Matz would likely return Thursday. Tuesday, 1:32 pm
  • Cueto to start Sunday vs. Twins
    Johnny Cueto is listed to start Sunday against the Twins.

    Advice: Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star writes that this lines Cueto up to start Game 2 of the ALDS. Yordano Ventura is expected to be the Game 1 starter. Tuesday, 12:03 pm
  • McCullers tosses 6 solid frames to beat SEA
    Lance McCullers won facing the Mariners on Monday, allowing two runs over six innings.

    Advice: McCullers allowed an RBI single to Mark Trumbo in the first inning and a solo home run to Ketel Marte in the sixth, bookending his start. They were two of four hits he gave up along with two walks and seven strikeouts. In 21 starts on the year, McCullers has a 3.21 ERA, a 1.17 WHIP, and a 123/41 K/BB ratio over 120 2/3 innings. He'll make his final regular season start in Arizona against the Diamondbacks. Monday, 10:11 pm
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