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  • Familia locks down four-out save in Game 1
    Jeurys Familia retired all four hitters that he faced on Friday, recording the final four outs to preserve a two-run lead and a critical Mets victory in Game 1 of the NLDS in Los Angeles.

    Advice: The 26-year-old right-hander finished a league-leading 65 games for the Mets during the regular season and saved 43 ballgames. He carried that dominance over into the postseason, carving up the opposition to dispel a threat in the eighth inning and completely shut them down in the ninth. 16 minutes ago
  • David Wright delivers clutch two-run single
    David Wright delivered a cluth two-out, two-run single in the seventh inning on Friday, propelling the Mets to a 3-1 victory over the Dodgers in Game 1 of the NLDS in Los Angeles.

    Advice: The Mets struggled to get anything going offensively against Clayton Kershaw, but were able to force the left-hander from the game in ht seventh after loading the bases on three walks. That's where Wright stepped to the plate against Pedro Baez and lined a single to center field, plating a pair of runs that proved to be the difference in the ballgame. He finished the night 1-for-3 plus a walk. 16 minutes ago
    W, 1-0 vs ^ Was
  • Daniel Murphy homers to spark Mets offense
    Daniel Murphy blasted a solo homer off Clayton Kershaw in the fourth inning of Friday's Game 1 victory over the Dodgers.

    Advice: Murphy's blast opened the scoring in a contest where both starting pitchers were locked in and racking up strikeouts. It was certainly a memorable way for the 30-year-old infielder to begin his postseason career. 16 minutes ago
    W, 1-0 vs ^ Was
  • Jacob deGrom magnificent, fans 13 Dodgers
    Jacob deGrom was magnificent in his postseason debut on Friday, tying Tom Seaver's franchise record with 13 strikeouts over seven scoreless frames as the Mets captured Game 1 of the NLDS.

    Advice: DeGrom scattered just five hits and one intentional walk in his brilliant performance. It was the highest individual strikeout total in postseason history at Dodger Stadium, and also represented the first time in big league history that opposing starters had each fanned 11 or more hitters in a game. The next time that the 27-year-old hurler takes the hill will be in a decisive Game 5 of this series, or to begin the NLCS should the Mets successfully dispatch of the Dodgers. 17 minutes ago
    W, 1-0 vs ^ Was
  • Gonzalez plates lone run in loss to Mets
    Adrian Gonzalez went 1-for-4 and drove home the Dodgers lone run as they fell to the Mets in Game 1 of the NLDS on Friday evening.

    Advice: After being shut down by Jacob deGrom for the first seven innings, the Dodgers were able to mount a rally against Tyler Clippard in the eighth. Howie Kendrick shut a double up the gap in left-center and Gonzalez followed with a sharp single to cash him in. It won't get any easier for the Mets on Saturday as they're set to do battle against Noah Syndergaard. 17 minutes ago
  • Kershaw strikes out 11 in Game 1 loss to Mets
    Clayton Kershaw racked up 11 strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings in a losing effort against the Mets in Game 1 of the NLDS on Friday.

    Advice: The All-Star southpaw also issued four free passes on the night. He was engaged in an outstanding pitcher's duel with Jacob deGrom of the Mets, with the Dodgers trailing 1-0 heading to the seventh inning. Kershaw was able to record two outs in the frame, but walked the bases loaded and was given the hook in favor of Pedro Baez. Baez surrendered a two-run single to David Wright to close the book on Kershaw. With the loss, Kershaw falls to 1-6 in his postseason career. He'll get another opportunity in Game 4 of the series, if necessary. 20 minutes ago
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Josh Donaldson homers in loss to Rangers
    Josh Donaldson smacked a solo home run in Friday's loss to the Rangers.

    Advice: Donaldson cut into the Rangers' early 2-0 lead with his solo blast in the bottom of the first inning. Unfortunately for the Blue Jays, it was his only hit in six trips to the plate and the team tallied just eight base knocks as they lost in 14 innings. Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion and Troy Tulowitzki had only one single in 16 at-bats between them. Today, 2:46 pm
  • Ruben Tejada starting at SS in Game 1
    Ruben Tejada is starting at shortstop and batting eighth in Game 1 of the NLDS versus the Dodgers.

    Advice: Wilmer Flores has been battling strep throat of late, and while he's available off the bench, the Mets are going with the stronger defender at shortstop in Tejada. Also noteworthy is that Michael Cuddyer is in left field over Michael Conforto, as expected, versus lefty Clayton Kershaw. Today, 2:09 pm
    W, 1-0 vs ^ Was
  • Chris Coghlan starting in LF Friday
    Chris Coghlan is starting in left field and batting sixth in Game 1 of the NLDS on Friday.

    Advice: Coghlan's presence in the lineup isn't a surprise, as he has eight hits in 17 career at-bats against Cardinals starter John Lackey. Kris Bryant is back at third base after starting in left field in the Wild Card Game, and David Ross is catching Jon Lester as usual. Today, 10:15 am
    W, 3-1 ^ @Mil
  • Marlins to pursue extension for Dee Gordon
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Marlins are expected to make a Dee Gordon contract extension "one of their first orders of business" after they find a new manager.

    Advice: Gordon is already under team control through 2018, but apparently the Marlins would prefer to lock up their second baseman to a long-term deal sooner rather than later. The speedster has led the majors in stolen bases each of the last two seasons and led the National League with his .333 average in 2015. projects him to earn $5.9 million in arbitration this offseason. Today, 9:54 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
  • Josh Donaldson (head) back in Jays' lineup
    Josh Donaldson (head) is back in the Blue Jays' lineup for Game 2 of the ALDS on Friday.

    Advice: Donaldson had to leave Thursday's Game 1 after being hit in the head by Rougned Odor's knee at second base, but he passed concussion tests and is ready to go. The American League MVP candidate is at third base and hitting second against Cole Hamels and the Rangers. Today, 6:29 am
  • Josh Donaldson (head) passes concussion test
    According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, Josh Donaldson (head) passed a concussion test after his mid-game exit during Thursday's ALDS Game 1 loss to the Rangers.

    Advice: Donaldson exited the contest after he took a Rougned Odor knee to the head while attempting a slide to break up a double play in the fourth inning. Having passed the concussion test, the slugger will be further monitored for lingering signs of injury. He's expected to be able to return to play soon, though whether he'll start Game 2 on Friday remains to be seen. Yesterday, 3:28 pm
  • Donaldson (head) lifted as precaution
    Josh Donaldson (head) was lifted from the fifth inning of Thursday's Game 1 ALDS contest with the Rangers as a precautionary measure.

    Advice: Rougned Odour smacked Donaldson in the face with his knee during a double play attempt during the fourth inning. The Blue Jays' star slugger was lifted in the next half inning. Presumably, he's now being checked out for a concussion. Yesterday, 2:30 pm
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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. Tuesday, 4:36 pm
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • deGrom strikes out seven in playoff tune-up
    In his final start of the regular season, Jacob deGrom struck out seven over four scoreless, hit-less innings against the Nationals on Sunday.

    Advice: Outside of two walks, deGrom pitched a perfect four innings. He finishes the 2015 regular season with a 2.54 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 205/38 K/BB ratio over 191 innings. Next stop, the NLCS, where he'll face off with Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw in Game 1 on Friday. Sunday, 2:55 pm
    W, 1-0 vs ^ Was
  • Gordon wins NL batting title with 3-hit day
    Dee Gordon went 3-for-4, clinching the National League batting title, as the Marlins lost to the Phillies on Sunday.

    Advice: Gordon led off the game with a double and scored in the first inning, then clocked a solo homer in the third to extend the lead to 2-0. Bryce Harper, his competitor for the batting title, went 1-for-4. Gordon ends the season hitting .333/.359/.418 with four home runs, 46 RBI, 88 runs scored, and 58 stolen bases. Sunday, 2:44 pm
  • 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
  • deGrom could go on short rest in Game 4
    Mets manager Terry Collins on Sunday said the club has discussed the possibility of bringing back Jacob deGrom on short rest to start Game 4 of the NLDS.

    Advice: They would consider it only if they're trailing in the series and likely only if Steven Matz (back) is unable to go. The other option for Game 4 if Matz isn't healthy is Bartolo Colon. If deGrom starts Game 4, Noah Syndergaard would get the ball in Game 5. Sunday, 9:22 am
    W, 1-0 vs ^ Was
  • 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
  • Jacob deGrom will get ball for Game 1 of NLDS
    Manager Terry Collins said Jacob deGrom will be the Mets' starter for Game 1 of the NLDS against the Dodgers.

    Advice: He was the obvious choice with Matt Harvey expected to be held back until Game 3. DeGrom owns the majors' fifth lowest WHIP (0.99) and the sixth lowest ERA (2.60). Last season's NL Rookie of the Year is 0-2 with a 3.66 ERA in three career starts against the Dodgers. Saturday, 8:02 pm
    W, 1-0 vs ^ Was
  • 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
  • Wright to sit out second game of doubleheader
    David Wright is not in the Mets' lineup for the second game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Nationals.

    Advice: Wright went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts in the afternoon portion of Saturday's double dip. Kelly Johnson will spell Wright at third base and hit sixth in Saturday's nightcap. Saturday, 3:15 pm
    W, 1-0 vs ^ Was
  • Ruben Tejada expected to start in playoffs
    Mets manager Terry Collins said Saturday that Ruben Tejada would likely be his starter at shortstop for Game 1 of the NLDS against the Dodgers.

    Advice: While Wilmer Flores offers much more offensively, Tejada is the more sure-handed fielder and runs should be at a premium with Clayton Kershaw on the hill for the Dodgers. Flores has also been dealing with strep throat in recent days though, and his health may prelude him from playing a major role early in October. Saturday, 7:57 am
    W, 1-0 vs ^ Was
  • 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
  • Josh Donaldson, other Jays regulars are off
    Josh Donaldson is getting a day off Thursday.

    Advice: Edwin Encarnacion, Jose Bautista, and a ton of other Blue Jays regulars will also get to sleep in after Wednesday's clinching celebration. Toronto is lined up to take on the winner of the AL Wild Card Game in the ALDS. Thursday, 7:47 am
  • Murphy swats three-run homer in Mets' loss
    Daniel Murphy hit a three-run home run in a 1-for-5 effort as the Mets fell to the Phillies on Wednesday.

    Advice: Murphy punished a wild Alec Asher, drilling a three-run home run to right-center in the first inning, staking the Mets to an early 3-0 lead. The second baseman is on an 11-game hitting streak, nearing season's end with a .284/.325/.455 triple-slash line, 14 home runs, and 73 RBI. Wednesday, 8:22 pm
    W, 1-0 vs ^ Was
  • Gonzalez gets the night off against Giants
    Adrian Gonzalez is not in the Dodgers' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: After clinching the NL West crown on Tuesday, a number of regulars were out of the Dodgers' lineup for Wednesday's series finale. Yasmani Grandal got the start at first in place of Gonzalez. Wednesday, 3:50 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
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