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  • 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
  • Anderson finishes double shy of cycle vs. MIN
    Tim Anderson went 3-for-5 with a two-run homer and two runs scored in Friday’s win over the Twins.

    Advice: Anderson finished a double shy of the cycle. He had a chance to get there in the bottom of the eighth inning, but he grounded out. The rookie shortstop has showed an alarming lack of plate discipline with a 113/12 K/BB ratio, but he has helped in fantasy leagues anyway by batting .284 with 36 extra-base hits (including nine homers), 30 RBI, 10 stolen bases, and 57 runs scored over 97 games. Yesterday, 10:28 pm
  • Taijuan Walker earns win over A's
    Taijuan Walker limited the A's to one run and two hits in six innings Friday.

    Advice: Walker never seemed quite right after hurting his foot in July, but he's managed to give the Mariners five decent starts in a row anyway and they've won four of them. His regular season concludes with an 8-11 record, a 4.22 ERA and a 119/37 K/BB ratio in 134 1/3 innings. The potential is still there for him to do much better. Yesterday, 10:21 pm
  • Christian Yelich leaves the yard in victory
    Christian Yelich went 2-for-3 and slugged his 21st home run of the season as the Marlins topped the Nationals 7-4 in Washington on Friday evening.

    Advice: Yelich delivered a sacrifice fly in the third inning, then added a solo shot in the seventh that increased the Marlins' advantage to 6-4. The 24-year-old has had a terrific season at the dish, slashing .294/.372/.478 with 21 long balls, 99 RBI and eight stolen bases. He'll be an extremely popular commodity heading into next spring's fantasy drafts. Yesterday, 10:17 pm
  • Brad Peacock loses to Angels
    Brad Peacock surrendered seven runs -- five earned -- in 4 2/3 innings Friday in a loss to the Angels.

    Advice: Peacock had a nice outing against the Angels five days ago, but the rematch turned ugly, erasing a lot of the good he did in his first four starts after joining the Astros rotation this month (2.25 ERA in 20 IP). He'll make next to nothing next year, so the Astros will probably keep him around as an option for the fifth spot in their rotation. Still, they do have greater talents to pick from. Yesterday, 10:13 pm
  • Braden Shipley allows three runs in finale
    Braden Shipley yielded three runs in five innings Friday in a no-decision against the Padres.

    Advice: Shipley's stuff simply isn't what it was a couple of years ago, and he largely failed to impress in his first major league audition this year, going 4-5 with a 5.27 ERA and a 43/28 K/BB ratio over 70 innings. He should be viewed strictly as a fallback for Arizona's 2017 rotation. Yesterday, 10:04 pm
  • Ryan Schimpf hits 20th homer
    Ryan Schimpf hit homer No. 20 in a losing cause Friday against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Schimpf had been stuck on 19 homers for 16 days, far and away his longest drought since he went his first 18 days in the majors without one. He's hitting just .221 in his 87 games, but he's slugging a very robust .540. It should ensure that he enters next year with a starting job, probably at second base. Yesterday, 9:59 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
  • Holliday slugs homer in possible goodbye
    Matt Holliday (thumb) slugged a dramatic pinch-hit homer in his return from the disabled list Friday against the Pirates.

    Advice: Now that’s a moment. Holliday, who broke his left thumb back on August 11, was activated from the disabled list on Friday so he could make one last appearance for the fans in St. Louis. He was greeted with a standing ovation in the seventh inning before swatting an opposite-field blast off Zach Phillips. Oddly, this was the first pinch-hit homer of his career. The Cardinals have already informed Holliday that they don’t plan to pick up the $17 million option on his contract for 2017, so this was likely goodbye. You couldn’t have drawn it up much better. Yesterday, 9:58 pm
  • Gyorko socks his 29th homer Friday
    Jedd Gyorko socked a solo homer and drew a walk in Friday’s win over the Pirates.

    Advice: Gyorko was acquired from the Padres over the winter to serve in a utility infielder role this season, but he leads the Cardinals with 29 homers. 22 of them have come in the second half. Only Brian Dozier has hit more homers in that time. Yesterday, 9:57 pm
    New Player Note
    Jedd Gyorko StL - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    10:05 am vs Pit
  • Lindor breaks out of slump, slugs homer
    Francisco Lindor busted out a slump by going 2-for-2 with a three-run homer, a walk, and two runs scored in a 7-2 win over the Royals.

    Advice: Lindor snapped an 0-for-29 hitless streak with a double off Yordano Ventura in a four-run third inning. He celebrated the double and Ventura apparently didn’t like it, as he hit him with a pitch in his next at-bat in the fifth inning. Lindor responded by slugging a three-run homer off Brian Flynn in his next at-bat. Even with the quiet September, the 22-year-old shortstop is batting .303/.359/.436 with 15 homers, 75 RBI, and 19 steals. 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
  • Matt Holliday activated from disabled list
    Cardinals activated OF Matt Holliday from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: He's not going to play much in the final weekend, though, as the Cards just want to get him a token appearance so that the impending free agent can be recognized by the fans. General manager John Mozeliak said Friday that the likelihood of the team picking up Holliday's option for 2017 is "very low." Yesterday, 2:24 pm
  • Cards expected to activate Holliday (thumb)
    Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Cardinals "are ready to activate" Matt Holliday (thumb).

    Advice: It's a change in course, as just a couple days ago Goold reported that Holliday returning was unlikely. However, Goold cautions that it's "hard to tell what role (if any)" Holliday will have in the final weekend. It could just be an opportunity for him to get a token plate appearance or two in order to be recognized by the fans since he's an impending free agent. Holliday has missed the last seven weeks with a fractured thumb. Yesterday, 1:53 pm
  • Report: Cards won't pick up Holliday's option
    Jon Heyman of reports that the Cardinals do not plan to exercise Matt Holliday's $17 million option for 2017.

    Advice: He also adds that they won't extend him a similarly priced qualifying offer, either. Holliday, who will turn 37 over the winter, has had a career-worst season at the plate, batting .242/.318/.450 with 19 homers over 424 plate appearances. He's missed the last seven weeks with a fractured thumb. Yesterday, 6:27 am
  • Gyorko belts 28th home run in win over Reds
    Jedd Gyorko hit his 28th homer of the season in Thursday's win over the Reds.

    Advice: Gyorko connected with a Dan Straily pitch in the second inning for the solo dong, his only hit in four at-bats. The hit was just his second in his last 20 at-bats, as the 28-year-old has fallen into a bit of a slump as the season draws to a close. Even so, it will go down as a career year for Gyorko, who is hitting .238/.300/.482 with those 28 homers, 56 RBI and 54 runs scored in 125 games. Thursday, 9:03 pm
    New Player Note
    Jedd Gyorko StL - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    10:05 am vs Pit
  • 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
  • Anderson has homer, three RBI in Sox' rout
    Tim Anderson went 3-for-5 with a homer, three RBI and two runs scored in the White Sox' 13-6 beatdown of the Rays on Tuesday.

    Advice: Anderson did damage with each of his three hits, collecting an RBI single in the first inning before swatting a run-scoring double in the second. He then capped it off with a solo shot, his eighth of the season, in the eighth inning. It's been a successful rookie campaign for the 23-year-old, who is hitting .278/.300/.411 with those eight homers, 28 RBI, 54 runs scored and 10 steals in 94 games overall. Tuesday, 10:42 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
  • Holliday (thumb) doubtful to return this year
    Matt Holliday (thumb) is doubtful to return to the Cardinals' active roster this year.

    Advice: Holliday was aiming to take live batting practice over the weekend, but it didn't happen. The veteran outfielder is apparently still dealing with some discomfort and strength issues surrounding his surgically-repaired right thumb. St. Louis has an interesting decision to make this winter with Holliday holding a $17 million club option for 2017. He posted a career-low .768 OPS with 19 homers and 60 RBI in 107 games this season and will turn 37 years old in January. Tuesday, 2:19 pm
  • 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
  • Francisco Lindor getting a day off Sunday
    Francisco Lindor is absent from the Indians' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It appears that he's just getting a day off. Michael Martinez is filling in at shortstop. Sunday, 7:59 am
  • 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
  • Peacock yields one run in five innings Sat.
    Brad Peacock held the Angels to one run in five innings, allowing only one hit and two walks while striking out seven batters on Saturday but had to settle for a no-decision.

    Advice: His bullpen got hammered to blow the game in the late innings. The only hit he allowed was an RBI double to Albert Pujols with Mike Trout aboard. He pitched very well but was removed after only 69 pitches. This was just his fifth start and the Astros didn't want to push him too hard. He owns a great 2.67 ERA after 27 innings. He has yet to earn a win or a loss this year. Saturday, 8:17 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
  • Holliday scratched from another BP session
    Matt Holliday (thumb) will not take batting practice this weekend.

    Advice: He's going to meet with a specialist and hopefully try again Monday. Holliday has encountered numerous setbacks in his recovery from thumb surgery and is running out of time to make his return with only a week left in the regular season. The 36-year-old hasn't played since August 11. Saturday, 3:28 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
  • 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
  • Matt Holliday (thumb) to take live BP again
    Matt Holliday (thumb) will take live batting practice again this weekend before being activated from the disabled list.

    Advice: Holliday took live BP on Friday with no issues but the Cardinals want to see him do it once more before they return him to the active roster. It's unclear whether Holliday would be ready for regular at-bats right away upon activation. He's been out since early August with a fractured right thumb. Friday, 9:58 am
  • Matt Holliday (thumb) takes live BP
    Matt Holliday (thumb) took live batting practice Friday at Wrigley Field.

    Advice: Holliday was scratched from a simulated game last Saturday due to swelling in his surgically-repaired right thumb, but he resumed live hitting earlier this week. It seems likely that he's not going to be 100 percent at any point the rest of the way, but the Cardinals could wind up activating him, anyway, even it's to be used in a secondary role. Friday, 8:09 am
  • 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
  • Yelich hits 20th bomb on Wednesday
    Christian Yelich went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in a loss to the Nationals on Wednesday.

    Advice: The seventh inning blast came off Cy Young candidate Max Scherzer. It was Yelich's only hit of the game and one of only four the Marlins turned in on a rough night in Miami. The 24-year-old Yelich is maturing into one of the better hitters in baseball. Overall he has a .299 batting average with 20 home runs and 95 RBI in 548 at-bats. The batting average is right near his career norm, but his home run power has taken a major step forward. He hit only seven homers last year and nine the year before. Wednesday, 8:07 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
  • Gyorko lifts off for 27th homer of the season
    Jedd Gyorko went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run and two runs scored in a win over the Rockies on Tuesday.

    Advice: Gyorko assaulted a Jorge De La Rosa 3-0 offering in the fourth inning, hitting it out to straight-away center. The homer was Gyorko's 27th of the year, continuing to up his single-season record, and he's got 54 RBI and 53 runs scored to go with a .246/.309/.495 line. Tuesday, 9:44 pm
    New Player Note
    Jedd Gyorko StL - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    10:05 am vs Pit
  • Melky Cabrera smacks three-run homer
    Melky Cabrera ripped a three-run homer in Tuesday's loss to the Phillies.

    Advice: Cabrera completed a two-out rally in the third inning with a longball down the right field line that just stayed fair. It was his lone hit on the night, but Cabrera has been a beast in September with a .325 average, three home runs and 16 RBI over 19 games. Tuesday, 8:53 pm
  • Taijuan Walker gives up three runs in loss
    Taijuan Walker surrendered three runs in 5 1/3 innings Monday in a loss to the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Walker's foot still isn't quite right, and we'd say that has something to do with his inconsistent results, though it's certainly fair to say he's been inconsistent since the day he entered the league. He fell to 6-11 with a 4.32 ERA after this one. He'll make his next start Sunday in Minnesota. Monday, 10:49 pm
  • Madison Bumgarner strikes out 10 Dodgers
    Madison Bumgarner struck out 10 in seven scoreless innings Monday in a no-decision against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Bumgarner finished the seventh by touching off a benches-clearing incident with Yasiel Puig, repeatedly telling Puig "don't look at me" while at the same time staring him down. Before that happened, it seemed likely that Bumgarner would be back out for the eighth; he finished the seventh at 97 pitches. Instead, he was done and the bullpen blew the game in the ninth. Monday, 10:38 pm
  • Braden Shipley loses to Padres
    Making his return to the rotation, Braden Shipley allowed three runs -- two earned -- over four innings Monday against the Padres.

    Advice: Shipley made his previous two appearances in long relief after Rubby De La Rosa's brief starts. He's been thoroughly unimpressive of late, giving up 14 earned runs and 28 hits in 17 1/3 innings this month. His stuff just isn't what it was a couple of years ago, and his upside seems fairly limited at this point. Monday, 10:24 pm
  • Brad Peacock solid versus A's
    Brad Peacock allowed two runs and three hits over 5 1/3 innings Monday against the A's.

    Advice: Unfortunately, two of the three hits were homers. Still, it was a decent outing against an offense that has been scorching recently. Peacock will get the Angels at home next, making him a decent streaming option. Monday, 10:15 pm
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