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  • Collin McHugh to start Game 1 of ALDS
    Collin McHugh will start Game 1 of the ALDS against the Royals on Thursday.

    Advice: He was the likeliest choice with the club having to use Dallas Keuchel in the Wild Card Game. McHugh was up-and-down in September but ultimately earned the assignment with a strong second half that included a 3.11 ERA. He'll take on Yordano Ventura on Thursday. Keuchel will start Game 3, but Houston's Game 2 starter and potential Game 4 starter isn't known yet. Yesterday, 8:47 pm
  • Keuchel holds down Yanks as Astros advance
    Dallas Keuchel held the Yankees off the scoreboard over six innings as the Astros won Tuesday's American League Wild Card Game 3-0.

    Advice: Pitching on three days' rest, Keuchel looked a little amped up in the first inning but quickly settled in, ultimately yielding just three singles and one walk while striking out seven. He ran into a little trouble in the sixth with a couple runners reaching, but he got out of it and the bullpen shut down the Yanks over the final three frames. The Astros will play in Kansas City on Thursday in Game 1 of the ALDS, with Keuchel on track to pitch Game 3 when the series goes to Houston. Yesterday, 8:42 pm
  • Masahiro Tanaka not sharp in loss to Astros
    Masahiro Tanaka lasted just five innings Tuesday, yielding two runs on four hits and three walks while losing to the Astros.

    Advice: Tanaka wasn't particularly sharp and was lucky to get through five frames having allowed just the two runs. He served up a couple longballs and managed to escape a bases loaded situation in the second innings. The right-hander needed 83 pitches to cover the five frames and Yankees manager Joe Girardi then went to his bullpen. Tanaka dealt with some injury this year but did manage to successfully pitch through a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament. Yesterday, 8:33 pm
  • Clayton Kershaw to start Game 1 of NLDS
    Clayton Kershaw will start Game 1 of the NLDS against the Mets.

    Advice: Zack Greinke has had a Cy Young-worthy season, but so has Kershaw and he's the obvious choice for Game 1. Kershaw will be looking to improve upon his career 5.12 postseason ERA as he matches up against Jacob deGrom in Game 1. He'll be followed by Greinke and Brett Anderson. Yesterday, 4:36 pm
  • Royals likely to opt for Young over Medlen
    FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Royals are likelier to start Chris Young than Kris Medlen in Game 4 of the ALDS.

    Advice: That's if they're leading the series, as they'll probably go with Yordano Ventura on short rest if they're facing elimination. Young has made only two starts since the beginning of August, as he had been moved to the bullpen. The veteran right-hander boasts a 3.18 ERA in 18 starts this season. Yesterday, 2:59 pm
  • 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. Yesterday, 2:54 pm
  • Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder) resumes throwing
    Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder) has begun a throwing program.

    Advice: Ryu had surgery back in May to repair a labrum injury in his left shoulder. The southpaw is expected to be ready to go for spring training, barring any setbacks. Yesterday, 1:09 pm
    60-Day DL
    W, 6-3 vs SD
  • 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. Yesterday, 1:07 pm
  • Matt Harvey will be fined for missing workout
    Mets manager Terry Collins said that Matt Harvey would be fined for missing Tuesday's mandatory workout session.

    Advice: Harvey was stuck in traffic when the workout began and eventually called Collins when it became clear he wouldn't make the session. Collins then told him to turnaround. The 26-year-old right-hander subsequently apologized to his teammates. A fine's coming his way, but he'll still be the starter for Game 3 of the NLDS against the Dodgers. At least assuming he arrives at the ballpark on time. Yesterday, 12:35 pm
  • Update: Harvey stuck in tunnel traffic
    Updating a previous story, Matt Harvey missed Tuesday's mandatory workout because he was stuck in tunnel traffic.

    Advice: Initially, even Mets GM Sandy Alderson was unaware of why Harvey was absent from the workout. Apparently, the ace was stuck in traffic and called manager Terry Collins, who told him to turn around. Mystery solved. Yesterday, 11:11 am
  • Harvey misses mandatory workout
    Matt Harvey missed a mandatory workout on Tuesday.

    Advice: To add intrigue to Harvey's absence, GM Sandy Alderson indicated that he doesn't know why the Mets ace wasn't at the workout. So far as we know, Harvey isn't dealing with any kind of injury. Details should emerge as the day progresses. Yesterday, 11:05 am
  • 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. Yesterday, 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. Yesterday, 9:53 am
  • Gallardo to start Game 1 of ALDS for Rangers
    Yovani Gallardo will start Game 1 of the ALDS against the Blue Jays on Thursday.

    Advice: Cole Hamels just pitched on Sunday, so he wasn't an option for the assignment. However, Hamels will start Game 2 on Friday. Gallardo posted a 3.42 ERA in 33 starts this season and has pitched well vs. Toronto, but he has completed six innings in a start just once since the start of August. Yesterday, 9:36 am
  • Astros finalize roster for AL Wild Card game
    Mike Fiers is on the Astros' roster for Tuesday's Wild Card game against the Yankees.

    Advice: Dallas Keuchel is starting the Wild Card game, but he's going on three days' rest, so Fiers gives Astros manager A.J. Hinch some flexibility just in case. Similar to the Yankees, the Astros are carrying nine pitchers for the one-game playoff. Matt Duffy made the roster as the 25th man while Jonathan Singleton was left off. Of course, the Astros will reset their roster if they advance to the ALDS. Yesterday, 8:42 am
  • Yankees announce Wild Card game roster
    Luis Severino is on the Yankees' roster for Tuesday's Wild Card game against the Astros.

    Advice: Masahiro Tanaka will make the start, but Severino will be around as insurance. The Yankees are carrying nine pitchers and three catchers. Rob Refsnyder, Slade Heathcott, and pinch-running specialist Rico Noel have also been included as bench players. The Yankees will change their roster if they advance to the ALDS. Yesterday, 7:45 am
  • Minor (shoulder) in Braves' plans for '16
    Mike Minor (shoulder) is still in the Braves' plans for 2016.

    Advice: Minor missed the entire 2015 season after undergoing surgery in May to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder, but Braves president of baseball operations John Hart said Monday that he's "all systems go" and ramping up his throwing program. The southpaw made $5.6 million this season and will be arbitration-eligible for the third time this winter. Because he was a Super Two player, he remains under team control through 2017. Yesterday, 6:26 am
    60-Day DL
    W, 6-0 vs StL; W, 2-0 vs StL
  • Drew Pomeranz to have AC joint repaired
    Drew Pomeranz is expected to undergo arthroscopic surgery on his left AC joint.

    Advice: Pomeranz has dealt with AC joint issues off and on during his career and has finally decided to have the problem addressed via the surgical route. It's unclear at this point how long his rehab will be, but he'll be recovered in time for spring training. Monday, 3:42 pm
    L, 3-2 @Sea
  • Heston not guaranteed rotation spot in 2016
    Giants general manager Bobby Evans said Monday that Chris Heston isn't guaranteed a spot in the rotation next season.

    Advice: It could depend on how many starters the club brings in over the winter. Heston was strong for the Giants for much of the season but struggled in the second half, ultimately posting a 3.95 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 141/64 K/BB ratio over 177 2/3 innings. Monday, 2:38 pm
    L, 7-3 vs Col
  • 'Mutual interest' between Mike Leake, Giants
    Giants general manager Bobby Evans said Monday that he's spoken with Mike Leake and there is "mutual interest" in the righty returning to San Francisco.

    Advice: This comes after Leake said after his final start of the season that there was a "strong possibility" of him returning to the Giants. The right-hander didn't pitch that well after being traded to San Fran, posting a 4.07 ERA with just 29 strikeouts over 55 1/3 innings, but he and the Giants both feel there's a good fit. The impending free agent is from the West Coast and would get to call pitcher-friendly AT&T Park home, so it's no surprise he'd like to stay put. Monday, 2:32 pm
    L, 7-3 vs Col
  • Harvey (elbow) to rest for 4-6 weeks
    Orioles pitching prospect Hunter Harvey (elbow) will rest for the next 4-6 weeks before resuming a throwing program.

    Advice: Harvey missed all of the season with elbow and forearm issues, but an MRI cleared him of any structural damage. He hopes to have a relatively normal offseason and enter spring training at 100 percent. Monday, 1:57 pm
    Not Active
    W, 9-4 vs NYY
  • Eovaldi (elbow) to be ready as RP for ALDS
    Nathan Eovaldi (elbow) threw a simulated game Monday and is confident he'll be available as a reliever for the ALDS should the Yankees advance.

    Advice: He was only supposed to throw a bullpen session but apparently was feeling well enough to face hitters. Eovaldi has been on the shelf for the last four weeks with inflammation in his pitching elbow but appears to be healthy now and could prove to be a weapon out of the bullpen. Monday, 1:30 pm
  • Sabathia to alcohol rehab; done for playoffs
    CC Sabathia is checking himself into an alcohol rehab facility and will not be available for the postseason.

    Advice: Shocking news. Sabathia didn't have a very good year, but he showed some positive signs in his last several regular-season starts and was going to be part of the Yankees' playoff rotation if they were to advance past the Wild Card Game. "It hurts me deeply to do this now, but I owe it to myself and to my family," the 35-year-old left-hander said in a written statement. Sabathia will focus on getting healthy both mentally and physically for 2016. He is still owed $30 million. Monday, 10:10 am
  • Nate Karns (forearm) to have normal winter
    Nate Karns (forearm) expects to have a normal winter.

    Advice: Karns was shut down a couple weeks early with a mild forearm strain, but it shouldn't affect his offseason routine. The 27-year-old right-hander posted an impressive 3.67 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, and 145/56 K/BB ratio in 147 innings this summer for the Rays and should have a rotation spot all locked up for 2016. Monday, 8:27 am
  • Dan Haren confirms he will retire after year
    Dan Haren confirmed Sunday that he plans to retire after the 2015 season is over.

    Advice: Haren probably isn't going to have a postseason roster spot, but he'll stay ready if the Cubs need an emergency arm. Once the Cubs are done with their run, the 35-year-old right-hander will hang it up for good. He posted a 3.60 ERA in 187 1/3 innings this season between the Marlins and Cubs and will finish with a 3.75 career ERA in 2,419 2/3 total major league frames. Monday, 8:24 am
    W, 3-1 ^ @Mil
  • Keuchel to start AL Wild Card Game
    Dallas Keuchel will start against the Yankees in Tuesday's American League Wild Card Game.

    Advice: It'll be the first postseason appearance for the 27-year-old left-hander, who registered a stellar 2.48 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, and 216/51 K/BB ratio across 232 regular-season innings. Keuchel will face off against Masahiro Tanaka on Tuesday at Yankee Stadium as the Astros try to advance to their first ALDS. Monday, 6:39 am
  • Flande (knee, ankle) goes two scoreless
    Yohan Flande (knee, ankle) pitched two scoreless innings in Sunday's season finale against the Giants.

    Advice: Flande yielded just one hit out of the seven batters he faced. The left-hander hadn't made an appearance since September 19 due to a bruised left patellar tendon. He finishes the 2015 season with a 4.74 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, and 43/25 K/BB ratio in 68 1/3 innings. Monday, 6:11 am
  • Moore shuts down Blue Jays over 6 IP
    Matt Moore pitched well in Sunday's regular season finale win over the Blue Jays, yielding just one run on four hits over six innings.

    Advice: Moore struck out four and walked four on the afternoon. Chris Colabello yanked a solo home run off him in the fourth inning for the only scoring damage on his line. The 26-year-old southpaw closes the 2015 regular season with a 5.43 ERA, 1.54 WHIP and 46/23 K/BB ratio across 63 innings. Sunday, 4:10 pm
    W, 12-3 vs ^ Tor
  • Kershaw fans seven in brief action vs Padres
    Making his final start of the season, Clayton Kershaw struck out seven Padres across 3 2/3 scoreless innings on Sunday.

    Advice: Even in a predictably short start, Kershaw still struck out seven. The ace southpaw is now set to start Game 1 of the NLDS against the Mets on Friday. During regular season play, he held a 2.13, 0.88 WHIP and 301/42 K/BB ratio across 232 2/3 innings. Sunday, 3:25 pm
  • Dan Haren impressive in victory over Brewers
    Dan Haren delivered an impressive performance in Sunday's victory over the Brewers, scattering just three hits over six innings of one-run ball.

    Advice: In a game that the Cubs needed to win to keep their hope of home field advantage alive for the Wild Card game, Haren came through big. The veteran right-hander struck out three and walked one on the afternoon. The only blemish on his day was an RBI double off the bat of Shane Robinson in the third inning. He finishes the season 11-9 with a 3.60 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 132/38 K/BB ratio over 187 1/3 innings. Sunday, 3:21 pm
    W, 3-1 ^ @Mil
  • Shelby Miller snaps 24-start winless streak
    Shelby Miller snapped a 24-start winless streak Sunday, spinning eight shutout innings in a 6-0 victory over the Cardinals.

    Advice: The Cardinals were basically treating the game as a spring training contest, playing 16 position players as they just tried to keep everyone healthy. However, Miller will certainly take it and he pitched terrifically regardless, allowing just three hits and three walks while striking out seven. It was his first win since May 17. The right-hander's season concludes with a 6-17 record despite a 3.02 ERA across 33 starts. Miller will be arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter. Sunday, 12:42 pm
    Player Note
    Shelby Miller Atl - SP
    W, 6-0 vs ^ StL; W, 2-0 vs StL
  • 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
  • McHugh goes seven strong, 'Stros top D'Backs
    Collin McHugh tossed seven innings of one-run ball in the Astros' 6-2 win over the Diamondbacks on Saturday.

    Advice: It was a terrific, clutch performance from the 28-year-old right-hander, who picked up his 19th win and kept the Astros in the lead for the second AL Wild Card with one game to go. McHugh struck out six, issued only one walk, and scattered four singles and two doubles. He will finish the regular season with a 3.89 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, and 171/53 K/BB ratio in 203 2/3 frames. Saturday, 8:45 pm
  • Clayton Kershaw to start Game 1 of NLDS
    Clayton Kershaw will start Game 1 of the NLDS Friday against the Mets.

    Advice: Kershaw had another unbelievable year, winning 16 games with a 2.16 ERA and a league-leading 294 strikeouts. The three-time Cy Young winner hasn't had much success in the postseason (1-5, 5.12 ERA in 11 appearances) but he's been lights out against the Mets, holding them to one run and eight hits over 16 innings this year. Saturday, 8:32 pm
  • Severino allows three runs, Yanks fall to O's
    Luis Severino yielded three earned runs in seven innings Saturday in the Yankees' loss to the Orioles.

    Advice: Severino came away with a no-decision because the O's didn't take the lead for good until the bottom of the eighth inning. Severino struck out six, walked none, and gave up only five hits. But two of those five hits were homers. The young right-hander will finish his first taste of MLB action with an impressive 2.89 ERA and 56 strikeouts in 62 1/3 innings. He'll be in the Opening Day rotation in 2016. Saturday, 6:46 pm
  • Harvey strikes out 11 over six strong innings
    Matt Harvey allowed just one (unearned) run over six innings Saturday in the Mets' loss to the Nationals.

    Advice: Harvey looked sharp in his final tuneup before the postseason, yielding only four hits and striking out 11 batters on just 91 pitches. He did not issue a walk. Max Scherzer out-dueled him on the other end, however, firing his second no-hitter of the 2015 season as the Nationals went on to win 2-0. Harvey is expected to make just one start in the NLDS. Saturday, 6:37 pm
  • Drew Pomeranz (shoulder) mulling surgery
    Doctors have recommended that Drew Pomeranz undergo a clavicle resection.

    Advice: Pomeranz will get a second opinion, but if he goes through with the procedure, he'll be looking at a six-week recovery period. He should be back at full strength well before pitchers and catchers are required to report in mid-February. Saturday, 4:44 pm
    L, 3-2 @Sea
  • 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
  • Chris Heston gives up eight runs
    Chris Heston was lit up for eight runs in 3 2/3 innings by the Rockies on Friday.

    Advice: Heston's up-and-down rookie campaign ended with his worst start to date, and he finished up without a quality start in his final eight attempts. He's still likely to have a spot in the Giants' rotation next spring, and he still seems like a pretty good bet with his ability to generate grounders and strikeouts. Still, the poor finish is of some concern. Friday, 10:41 pm
    L, 7-3 vs Col
  • Dallass Keuchel records 20th win
    Dallas Keuchel cruised to his 20th win after allowing two runs in six innings Friday against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: The Astros scored five runs in the first two innings and 21 overall, so this was Keuchel's easiest win of the year. With a 2.48 ERA and 216 strikeouts in 232 innings, he remains right in the thick of the Cy Young race. It will come down to him and David Price. Friday, 10:34 pm
  • Young holds Twins to one run in final start
    Chris Young pitched well in earning a no-decision against the Twins on Friday, allowing one run on four hits over 6 1/3 innings.

    Advice: Young struck out five and walked two on the evening. The lone run to score on his watch came via an RBI single off the bat of Aaron Hicks in the second inning. The 36-year-old right-hander has pitched to a 3.06 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 83/43 K/BB ratio over 123 1/3 innings and should see some work in the postseason as the Royals try to win the AL pennant for the second straight year. Friday, 8:28 pm
  • Yankees top Red Sox to claim wild card spot
    CC Sabathia pitched five innings of one-run ball as the Yankees topped the Red Sox on Thursday to claim a wild card spot.

    Advice: Sabathia finishes the regular season 6-10 with a 4.73 ERA. Remarkably enough, he's going to end up leading the Yankees with 167 1/3 innings thrown this year. He'll certainly be a part of the postseason rotation following his strong September. Thursday, 7:51 pm
  • Tanaka lined up to start Wild Card game
    Masahiro Tanaka is in line to start the American League Wild Card game on Tuesday.

    Advice: Tanaka, who recently suffered a Grade 1 hamstring strain, allowed four runs in five innings in his return to action Wednesday against the Red Sox. He came out of game feeling good, so he remains on track to start Tuesday's elimination game. Thursday, 2:02 pm
  • 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
  • Leake says 'strong possibility' he re-signs
    Mike Leake said late Wednesday that it's a "strong possibility" he returns to the Giants.

    Advice: The impending free agent right-hander was terrific in his 2015 season finale on Wednesday night, limiting the Dodgers to two hits over nine shutout innings. It sounds like Leake is open to negotiating with the Giants before he officially hits the free agent market. San Francisco is a nice fit for any pitcher. Thursday, 6:07 am
    L, 7-3 vs Col
  • Leake spins two-hit complete game vs LAD
    Mike Leake turned in a fantastic performance in Wednesday's 5-0 win over the Dodgers, allowing just two hits in a complete game win.

    Advice: This was Leake's sixth shutout of the season and first since joining the Giants at the end of July. He struck out one and walked three, but while the peripheral numbers aren't particularly impressive, the Dodgers were stymied nonetheless. In 192 innings between the Reds and G-Men this season, he's the owner of a respectable 3.70 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 119/49 K/BB ratio. With the 2015 campaign finished out on his schedule, this marks Leake's third consecutive season with a sub-4.00 ERA. Wednesday, 10:05 pm
    L, 7-3 vs Col
  • Yovani Gallardo earns win over Tigers
    Yovani Gallardo pitched 5 1/3 innings and allowed two runs Wednesday as the Rangers beat the Tigers 6-2.

    Advice: Unless Gallardo is needed in relief this weekend, he finishes a fine regular season with a 13-11 record and a 3.42 ERA. It's better than we expected after the trade to Texas, though the 1.42 WHIP and dwindling strikeout rate (121 K in 184 1/3 IP) wouldn't seem to bode well for the future. Wednesday, 9:08 pm
  • Masahiro Tanaka gives up four runs
    Masahiro Tanaka surrendered four runs in five innings Wednesday in a no-decision against the Red Sox.

    Advice: Tanaka's stuff wasn't great in this one, and it certainly wasn't the tuneup the Yankees were hoping for as the lead in to next week's wild card game. Tanaka is still likely the favorite to start that one, even though it seems like the Yankees' best pitcher right now is Luis Severino. Tanaka finishes the year 12-7 with a 3.51 ERA in 24 starts. Even with the diminished velocity, he'll take a 0.99 WHIP into the postseason. Wednesday, 8:37 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
  • 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
  • Fiers allows 4 R over 5 2/3 IP as Astros lose
    Mike Fiers got a no-decision, allowing four runs (three earned) in 5 2/3 innings in Tuesday's loss to the Mariners.

    Advice: The Mariners scored twice on sacrifice flies in the first inning, but didn't manage anything else until Robinson Cano hit a two-run homer in the sixth. On the evening, Fiers gave up five hits and a walk while striking out seven. In nine starts and one relief appearance for the Astros since joining the team at the trade deadline, Fiers has a 3.32 ERA and a 59/21 K/BB ratio over 62 1/3 innings. Fiers is on track to pitch the regular season finale, in Arizona against the Diamondbacks. Tuesday, 10:42 pm
  • Haren fires 7 1/3 scoreless in win over Reds
    Dan Haren threw 7 1/3 innings of scoreless ball as the Cubs bested the Reds 4-1 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Haren held a destitute Reds lineup to just three hits and no walks over his 7 1/3 innings in what ended up being his longest start since May 18. The right-hander struck out six in the effort. This is the reason the Cubs acquired him prior to the trade deadline, and the win improved him to 10-9 with a 3.67 ERA and 1.15 WHIP overall. As things stand, Haren will have the honor of closing out the regular season Sunday at the Brewers. Tuesday, 10:18 pm
    W, 3-1 ^ @Mil
  • Kershaw masterful as Dodgers clinch NL West
    Clayton Kershaw pitched a one-hit shutout as the Dodgers clinched the NL West on Tuesday versus the Giants.

    Advice: Kershaw allowed one hit and one walk while striking out 13, retiring the final 19 batters he faced. The Dodgers backed him with eight runs of support, so it was an easy night. The lefty now has a 2.16 ERA, a 0.89 WHIP, and a 294/42 K/BB ratio over 229 innings. Kershaw is still six strikeouts shy of 300; he's looking to become the first pitcher to strike out 300 since Curt Schilling and Randy Johnson in 2002. Tuesday, 10:05 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
  • Moore stuck with no-decision vs. Marlins
    Matt Moore held the Marlins to one run in seven innings, but was stuck with a no-decision as the Rays won on Tuesday.

    Advice: Moore scattered seven hits and a walk while striking out three. The Marlins pushed across their lone run against him early, thanks to an RBI double from Christian Yelich. The lefty has tossed the ball well in his last three starts, but still holds an ugly 5.84 ERA, a 1.56 WHIP, and a 42/19 K/BB ratio over 57 innings this season. Moore has one start remaining, at home against the Blue Jays. Tuesday, 6:44 pm
    W, 12-3 vs ^ Tor
  • Drew Pomeranz (shoulder) shut down
    Drew Pomeranz has been shut down for the season with an AC joint issue in his left shoulder.

    Advice: It's an ailment that Pomeranz has battled off and on for a while, so there don't figure to be any long-term concerns. Pomeranz held a 4.63 ERA as a starter and 2.61 ERA in relief this season and might settle into a bullpen role over the long haul. Tuesday, 5:17 pm
    L, 3-2 @Sea
  • 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
  • Harvey will only make one start in the NLDS
    Mets GM Sandy Alderson indicated Tuesday that Matt Harvey will only pitch once in the NLDS.

    Advice: Which means he's probably going to take Game 3 against the Dodgers. Harvey has been the center of a very public innings-limit controversy for going on a month, but he threw 97 pitches over 6 2/3 innings Saturday against the Reds and can still have a major impact as a one-start-per-series pitcher in the postseason. Tuesday, 1:41 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
  • Matz might not start Wednesday in Philly?
    Mets manager Terry Collins hinted Tuesday that Steven Matz might have to be scratched from his scheduled start Wednesday night in Philadelphia.

    Advice: Collins wouldn't get into any details, so we'll have to play the waiting game on this one. Matz allowed three runs and 10 hits over 5 2/3 innings in his last turn Thursday against the Reds. He owns a 2.27 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, and 34/10 K/BB ratio over his first 35 2/3 major league frames. Tuesday, 1:18 pm
  • Ventura stymies Cubs over seven innings
    Yordano Ventura dazzled with seven scoreless innings, but was saddled with a no-decision as the Royals lost to the Cubs 1-0 in 11 innings on Monday.

    Advice: Ventura scattered two hits (both singles) and a walk with six strikeouts. He had no-hit the Cubs through five innings but Jorge Soler broke it up with a leadoff single in the sixth. The right-hander now has a 4.20 ERA, a 1.31 WHIP, and a 145/55 K/BB ratio over 156 1/3 innings. Ventura will make his final regular season start in Minnesota against the Twins. Monday, 8:03 pm
  • Eovaldi (elbow) could become option for ALDS
    Nathan Eovaldi (elbow) played catch Monday for the third time in the last four days.

    Advice: Those workouts have been going well and Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Monday that the right-hander could become an option if the Yankees advance past the American League Wild Card Game. Eovaldi has been sidelined since the first week of September with elbow inflammation. Monday, 1:04 pm
  • Tanaka (hamstring) starts Wednesday vs. Sox
    Masahiro Tanaka (hamstring) will return to the Yankees' rotation Wednesday against the Red Sox.

    Advice: Tanaka was skipped on his last turn through the rotation with a Grade 1 hamstring strain. He made it through a couple of bullpen sessions over the weekend without issue. The right-hander boasts a 3.38 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, and 136/26 K/BB ratio in 149 innings this season for the Yankees. Monday, 12:57 pm
  • Heston surrenders four runs over five IP
    Chris Heston allowed four runs on six hits across five-plus innings in Sunday's win over the A's.

    Advice: Heston wasn't particularly impressive in the outing, striking out just three and walking two on the afternoon. The A's burned him for a pair of runs in the fifth and another pair in the sixth to account for the four earned on his line. The 27-year-old right-hander will carry a respectable 3.62 ERA and 1.29 WHIP into his final start of the season, a home date with the Rockies. Sep 27, 4:20 pm
    L, 7-3 vs Col
  • Keuchel earns 19th win, strikes out 10 vs TEX
    Dallas Keuchel was brilliant in Sunday's 4-2 win over the Rangers, striking out 10 and allowing just one run over seven innings.

    Advice: This was Keuchel's fifth game with double-digit strikeouts. He also walked two and allowed just two hits over his seven sterling innings. The 27-year-old southpaw's brilliant 2015 campaign could eventually lead to an AL Cy Young award. A 19-8 record, 2.47 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 213/49 K/BB ratio across 226 innings will win that award for you on occasion. The Diamondbacks will be kind enough to host him in his final start of the season next weekend. Sep 27, 2:25 pm
  • Young blanks Indians over five innings
    Chris Young pitched well in his return to the rotation on Sunday, tossing five no-hit innings against the Indians in the win.

    Advice: Young was pushed out of the rotation near the end of July, but he returned on Sunday and looked sharp. The veteran right-hander struck out two and walked one without allowing a hit. Indeed, the Indians wouldn't notch their first hit until the seventh inning. For the season, he holds a 3.15 ERA and 1.09 WHIP over 117 innings (including 17 starts). A road date with the Twins awaits for his final regular season start. Sep 27, 2:12 pm
  • Luis Severino keeps White Sox in check
    Luis Severino spun six shutout frames Sunday in the Yankees' 6-1 victory over the White Sox.

    Advice: Severino recorded just two strikeouts on the day, tying his lowest mark in 10 outings for the Bronx Bombers, but he also yielded a mere five hits -- four singles -- with one walks. The rookie had one hiccup earlier this month against the powerful Blue Jays lineup but has overall been very consistent while flashing top-of-the-rotation upside. Severino's next start should come next weekend in Baltimore. Sep 27, 1:48 pm
  • Miller takes 17th loss as Braves fall to MIA
    Shelby Miller lost Sunday's start versus the Marlins, yielding seven runs (four earned) in 5 1/3 innings.

    Advice: With that, Miller has lost each of his last eight starts and remains winless over his last 24 starts. He gave up seven hits and walked one while striking out two. Miller will head into his final start of the season, at home facing the Cardinals, with a major league-leading 17 losses despite a solid 3.10 ERA with a 1.27 WHIP and a 164/70 K/BB ratio over 197 1/3 innings. Sep 27, 1:37 pm
    Player Note
    Shelby Miller Atl - SP
    W, 6-0 vs ^ StL; W, 2-0 vs StL
  • Nathan Eovaldi (elbow) plays catch
    Nathan Eovaldi (elbow) played catch on Friday and Saturday.

    Advice: It's the first time he's thrown since being diagnosed with right elbow inflammation back on September 7. Eovaldi could make it back as a reliever for the Yankees in the postseason, but that's not a given. "I think it’s hard for him to be a starter," manager Joe Girardi said. "We’ll see where he’s at after playing catch and doing some things for a week and then make a determination." Sep 27, 6:38 am
  • Tanaka's (hamstring) next start unclear
    Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Saturday that he's not sure when Masahiro Tanaka (hamstring) will make his next start.

    Advice: Tanaka threw a bullpen session Friday and the feeling had been that he'd be slotted back into the rotation early this week. However, it sounds like the Yanks may wait a bit longer. Since they're virtually locked into the first Wild Card spot, they can afford to be cautious. "I think he’ll pitch. I’m pretty confident in that," Girardi said. "But as I said, we have to make sure that he’s where he needs to be before we put him out there." Sep 27, 6:36 am
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