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  • Herrera gets three more hits, scores twice
    Odubel Herrera went 3-for-5 with two runs scored in Saturday's win over the Mets.

    Advice: Herrera had a triple, his sixth of the season, among his three hits. It was the third time in his last eight games that he's enjoyed a three-hit night, and Herrera has eight multi-hit games this month. The strong finish is very promising from the 24-year-old, who is hitting .290/.365/.428 with 15 homers, 48 RBI, 85 runs scored and 25 steals overall. 23 minutes ago
  • Bruce comes up with pinch-hit homer vs. Phils
    Jay Bruce hit a pinch-hit home run in Saturday's loss to the Phillies.

    Advice: The home run, a solo shot, came in the ninth inning to make it a two-run game. It was also Bruce's 30th homer of the year but just his fifth in close to two months since joining the Mets. That cold snap has relegated him to a bench role as the club angles for a postseason berth. Perhaps Saturday's sign of life will earn him some more playing time over the season's final week-plus. 26 minutes ago
    L, 10-8 vs Phi
  • Votto's 26th homer leads Reds past Brewers
    Joey Votto went 1-for-2 with a two-run home run and three walks as the Reds downed the Brewers 6-1 on Saturday.

    Advice: Votto took Brewers starter Taylor Jungmann deep in the first inning for the two-run dong, his 26th of the season. The 33-year-old is hitting .320/.433/.533 with 89 RBI and 94 runs scored -- amazing after he hit .252 with an .832 OPS in the first half -- and he ranks among the league leaders in a number of offensive categories. It's a shame the Reds haven't been able to do more during the height of his brilliance. 34 minutes ago
  • Schebler collects three hits, two runs scored
    Scott Schebler went 3-for-5 with two runs scored in a win over the Brewers on Saturday.

    Advice: The outfielder had a double to go with two singles in the contest. The 25-year-old had a terrible start to the year, leading to his demotion in early May, but he's making up for it with a strong finish. Schebler is now hitting .320 in September with a homer, 11 RBI and 11 runs scored this month. He's batting .256/.322/.420 overall. 40 minutes ago
  • Santana hits 10th homer in loss to Reds
    Domingo Santana hit his 10th home run of the season in Saturday's loss to the Reds.

    Advice: The Brewers had just six hits and only two extra-base hits against Dan Straily and company, with Santana's solo shot off Straily in the second inning turning out to be the only run the Brewers could push across in the loss. Santana now has 10 homers in 70 games this season, with six of those coming since he was activated from the disabled list on August 19 after missing almost two months with an elbow injury. A healthy Santana should contend for a starting spot in the Brewers' outfield in 2017. 45 minutes ago
  • Turner goes 3-for-3 with two RBI, two runs
    Justin Turner went 3-for-3 with two RBI, two runs scored and a stolen base in Saturday's demolition of the Rockies.

    Advice: He also walked twice and reached base in all his plate appearances. All three hits were singles, two of them drove in runs. He is batting .274 with 27 home runs and 89 RBI in 533 at-bats. The 31-year-old journeyman has been an extremely effective hitter since joining the Dodgers in 2014. 47 minutes ago
    W, 14-1 vs Col
  • Reddick hits grand slam, drives in five runs
    Josh Reddick went 3-for-4 with a grand slam, drove in five runs and scored three times to lead the Dodgers over the Rockies on Saturday.

    Advice: He added a walk as well. The Dodgers were already ahead 10-0 when he hit the grand slam but they all count the same in fantasyland. He has been playing nearly every day of late and has a .281/.346/.407 slash line combined between his games with Oakland and Los Angeles this season. The home run was his 10th of the season to go with 37 RBI and 53 runs scored in 388 at-bats. 57 minutes ago
  • Gordon runs wild on Braves in Marlins victory
    Dee Gordon went 2-for-3 with three stolen bases and two runs scored in the Marlins' 6-4 win over the Braves on Saturday.

    Advice: Gordon had no fear for Braves catcher Anthony Recker, walking and stealing second base in the first inning, stealing third base in the third inning and stealing second again an inning later. The three steals give him 26 steals in 74 games this year. His .257/.298/.320 line leaves something to be desired, but the 28-year-old's speed is a fantasy difference-maker and with a full year to work with in 2017, he should once again be among the cream of the crop at second base. Today, 9:28 pm
    W, 6-4 vs Atl
  • Arenado goes 2-for-3 vs Dodgers Saturday
    Nolan Arenado went 2-for-3 in a lopsided loss to the Dodgers on Saturday.

    Advice: The Rockies predictably couldn't get anything going against Clayton Kershaw. Both of Arenado's hits were singles. He is having another fantastic season. He is rocking a .294 batting average with 40 home runs, 129 RBI and 112 runs scored. He is still only 25 years old. Today, 9:27 pm
  • Freeman hits 32nd homer, drives in two
    Freddie Freeman went 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBI in a loss to the Marlins on Saturday.

    Advice: Freeman had an RBI single in the first inning before launching his 32nd homer of the year in the sixth. The 32 home runs are a career best, as are his 95 runs scored and six steals. He probably won't touch the 109 RBI he collected in 2013 -- he's got 87 RBI now, with a handful of games left to go -- but there's no question it's been a tremendous year for the 27-year-old. Today, 9:23 pm
  • Dietrich launches seventh homer versus Braves
    Derek Dietrich hit a two-run home run in Saturday's win over the Braves.

    Advice: Dietrich hit the two-run blast off Braves starter Aaron Blair in the first inning. He finished 1-for-4 in the game. Dietrich now has seven homers and 42 RBI in 122 games, batting a respectable .286/.381/.437 in that span. Today, 9:17 pm
    New Player Note
    Derek Dietrich Mia - 1B,2B,3B,OF
    W, 6-4 vs Atl
  • Werth helps lead Nationals to NL East title
    Jayson Werth went 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored, and the Nationals beat the Pirates 6-1 on Saturday.

    Advice: The win, coupled with the Mets' loss to the Phillies, handed the Nationals their third NL East crown in the last five years. The 37-year-old has had a hand in that, hitting 20 homers with 68 RBI and 82 runs scored while batting .249/.337/.422 in 137 games. Today, 9:03 pm
  • Cruz hits two-run bomb and a double Saturday
    Nelson Cruz finished 2-for-4 with a two-run jack in a loss to the Twins on Saturday.

    Advice: He took Tyler Duffey deep in the fourth inning with Robinson Cano aboard to provide his team's only runs of the night. He also doubled in the ballgame. He is one homer away from his third consecutive 40-homer season. He is batting .284/.357/.545 with 39 bombs, 98 RBI and 90 runs scored in 560 at-bats. Today, 6:43 pm
  • Michael Saunders not in Jays lineup Saturday
    Michael Saunders is not in the Blue Jays starting lineup for Saturday afternoon's tilt against the Yankees.

    Advice: With veteran southpaw C.C. Sabathia on the hill, it's a good time to get Saunders a breather and get Melvin Upton a start. Saunders should be back in there for Sunday's series finale. Today, 9:55 am
  • Andre Ethier hits first homer
    Andre Ethier hit his first homer of the year off the bench Friday as the Dodgers beat the Rockies 5-2.

    Advice: Dodgers manager Dave Roberts chose to go with Andrew Toles over Ethier against a right-hander. Ethier needed a fast start in his return to the Dodgers in order to get penciled into left field with any regularity. Since it hasn't happened -- he's 3-for-17 -- he might find himself left out of the mix in the postseason. Showing he can be of use as a pinch-hitter, as he was tonight, will help his case. Yesterday, 11:53 pm
  • Nolan Arenado drills 40th homer
    Nolan Arenado hit his 40th homer Friday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Arenado has 40 homers and 129 RBI right now after finishing with 42 homers and 130 RBI last year. Where he's grown as a player is in the walk department; he's taken 55 unintentional walks this year and finishing with just 21 in 2014. Yesterday, 11:45 pm
  • Nelson Cruz homers, knocks in four
    Nelson Cruz had a two-run homer and a two-run double Friday in the rout of the Twins.

    Advice: Cruz is now just two homers away from his third straight 40-homer season. It's also possible the Mariners will have three 100-RBI guys; Cruz and Kyle Seager currently have 96 and Robinson Cano isn't far behind at 92. Yesterday, 10:07 pm
  • Freeman extends hitting streak to 27 games
    Freddie Freeman extended his hitting streak to 27 games in Friday’s win over the Marlins.

    Advice: Freeman finished the night 1-for-3 with a double, two walks, and a run scored. He’s hitting a cool .365 during his career-long hitting streak and has pulled his batting average up from .289 to .303 along the way. Yesterday, 7:57 pm
  • Jay Bruce on the bench again Friday
    Jay Bruce is not in the Mets' lineup Friday for the fifth time in the last six games.

    Advice: Bruce is hitting just .174/.252/.285 since joining the Mets and the club can't afford to keep trotting him out there in hopes that he rights the ship. Michael Conforto is in right field Friday. The Mets also have Lucas Duda at first base and Kelly Johnson at second. Yesterday, 12:51 pm
    L, 10-8 vs Phi
  • Dee Gordon not in Friday's lineup
    Dee Gordon is not in the Marlins' lineup Friday.

    Advice: It's a simple day off. Derek Dietrich is at second base and in the leadoff spot. Yesterday, 11:58 am
    W, 6-4 vs Atl
  • Jay Bruce sitting again Thursday vs. Phillies
    Jay Bruce is sitting again Thursday.

    Advice: Bruce was also held out of the Mets' starting lineup on Wednesday, with Curtis Granderson in right field and Alejandro De Aza in center. That's the same setup Thursday night against the Phillies. Bruce did pinch-hit in Wednesday's game, striking out in the bottom of the ninth as the Mets fell 4-3 to the Braves. He's batting .175/.253/.287 in 158 plate appearances since being acquired from the Reds at the August 1 trade deadline. Thursday, 12:16 pm
    L, 10-8 vs Phi
  • Freeman goes 2-for-4 on Wednesday
    Freddie Freeman extended his hitting streak to 25 games by going 2-for-4 in a win over the Mets on Wednesday.

    Advice: Both hits were singles. The hitting streak is a career-long for Freeman. The first baseman had a rough start to the season but has put up monster stats in the second half. Overall he is batting .303/.398/.565 with 31 home runs, 83 RBI and 93 runs scored on a low scoring team. His prowess has gone largely unnoticed due to the dismal season Atlanta is having. Wednesday, 8:43 pm
  • Arenado slugs grand slam in rout of Cards
    Nolan Arenado slugged a grand slam Wednesday in the Rockies' 11-1 rout of the Cardinals.

    Advice: Arenado cranked his four-run shot against rookie Cardinals starter Luke Weaver in the bottom of the second inning to put the Rockies up 6-1. He also drew a walk and singled, finishing 2-for-4 with four RBI and two runs scored in the big afternoon romp at Coors Field. Arenado is batting .294/.362/.573 with 39 home runs and an MLB-leading 128 RBI in 150 games this season. The 25-year-old third baseman is on his way to a second straight 130-plus RBI campaign. Wednesday, 3:19 pm
  • Jay Bruce out of Mets lineup on Wednesday
    Jay Bruce is out of the Mets' starting lineup on Wednesday night against the Braves.

    Advice: Bruce went 0-for-3 and was taken out for a pinch-hitter in Tuesday's loss to Atlanta. He's batting just .176/.255/.289 in 157 plate appearances since the Mets acquired him from the Reds at the August 1 trade deadline. Curtis Granderson is in right field and Alejandro De Aza is in center on Wednesday versus the Braves and right-hander Ryan Weber. Wednesday, 12:21 pm
    L, 10-8 vs Phi
  • Herrera stuffs stat sheet in win over ChiSox
    Odubel Herrera had a monster day Tuesday, going 3-for-4 with a home run, three RBI and two stolen bases against the White Sox.

    Advice: Herrera drilled a deep one to right-center off of James Shields for a two-run homer in the first inning and followed it up with his trademark bat-flip. He then added a couple singles, with one of them plating a run in the fifth inning. Herrera went through a lengthy lull after the All-Star break but has really picked it up over the last week, batting .536 with two homers, six RBI and four stolen bases in his last seven contests. Tuesday, 9:01 pm
  • Jay Bruce back in Tuesday's lineup vs. ATL
    Jay Bruce is back in Tuesday's lineup versus the Braves.

    Advice: Bruce was benched for back-to-back games in order to clear his head, but he's right back in there on Tuesday as promised. He's batting just .180/.260/.295 over 154 plate appearances since being acquired by the Mets. Tuesday, 12:15 pm
    L, 10-8 vs Phi
  • Freeman goes 4-for-5 to extend hitting streak
    Freddie Freeman fell a triple shy of the cycle Monday, going 4-for-5 with a homer and three RBI in a win over the Mets.

    Advice: The Braves were massive underdogs in this one in a Noah Syndergaard/Aaron Blair matchup, but Atlanta wound up pounding out 13 hits and scoring seven runs. Freeman had four of those base knocks, including his 31st home run. The first baseman now boasts a 23-game hitting streak and has reached base in 39 games in a row. Freeman's batting line is up to .302/.397/.566. Monday, 7:38 pm
  • Saunders not in Monday's lineup
    Michael Saunders is not in Monday's lineup against the Mariners.

    Advice: Saunders is fine, but Blue Jays manager John Gibbons wanted his best defensive alignment with Marco Estrada on the mound. Ezequiel Carrera will start in right field while Melvin Upton will play left and Kevin Pillar will play center. Monday, 5:08 pm
  • Jay Bruce out again Monday vs. Marlins
    Jay Bruce is out of the Mets' lineup Monday.

    Advice: Bruce also sat out Sunday after going 0-for-5 on Saturday. He's batting just .181/.261/.297 in 38 games since the Mets acquired him from the Reds at the August 1 trade deadline. Michael Conforto is starting in right field and hitting sixth Monday versus Braves right-hander Aaron Blair. Monday, 12:17 pm
    L, 10-8 vs Phi
  • Derek Dietrich reaches three times
    Derek Dietrich went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a walk against the Phillies on Sunday.

    Advice: Dietrich started his first three games back from the disabled list Sept. 3-5, but this was just his third start in 13 days since. He's playing well enough to justify more at-bats; he's 9-for-24 with a homer, two doubles and three walks since coming back. Sunday, 2:24 pm
    New Player Note
    Derek Dietrich Mia - 1B,2B,3B,OF
    W, 6-4 vs Atl
  • Joey Votto reaches five times in victory
    Joey Votto reached all five times he was up and homered Sunday in leading the Reds to a 7-4 win over the Pirates.

    Advice: Votto went 4-for-4 with a double and a walk to go along with the homer. His average stands at a season-high .319 right now. It'd be his highest average in a season since he finished at .337 in 2012. Sunday, 1:15 pm
  • Scott Schebler goes 3-for-4 against Pirates
    Scott Schebler went 3-for-4 with a double and three runs scored Sunday against the Pirates.

    Advice: With a .265 average and a .770 OPS in 219 at-bats, Schebler is making a decent case to open next season as the lefty portion of a platoon in one of the Reds' corner outfield spots. He doesn't have a whole lot of upside beyond this, though. Sunday, 1:10 pm
  • Arenado goes 2-for-3 with a two-run bomb Sat.
    Nolan Arenado hit a two-run jack and finished 2-for-3 with a walk in Saturday's defeat of the Padres.

    Advice: Arenado's monster season rolls on. The first inning bomb gave the Rockies an early lead and they would never look back. He is batting .296 with 38 home runs and 123 RBI. He has also scored 107 times. He still has a chance to equal or surpass the 42 dingers he walloped last year. Saturday, 8:27 pm
  • Herrera steals base, scores twice versus Fish
    Odubel Herrera went 2-for-5 with an RBI double, a stolen base and two runs scored in Saturday's win over the Marlins.

    Advice: Herrera's double in the first inning sparked a five-run frame for the Phillies. The multi-hit game was his fourth in his last five games, and he's got doubles in each of his last four contests. The resurgence is nice to see after he hit a rough patch in the season's second half. The 24-year-old is hitting .283/.360/.413 with 13 homers, 77 runs scored and 22 stolen bases overall. Saturday, 8:00 pm
  • Freddie Freeman returns to Braves lineup
    Freddie Freeman returned to the Braves starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: He was away from the club on Friday to be with his wife for the birth of their child. He's back in his customary third spot in the Braves lineup against left-hander Gio Gonzalez and the Nats on Saturday. Saturday, 7:43 am
  • Gordon has three hits, two steals in loss
    Dee Gordon went 3-for-6 with two steals and a run scored in Friday’s extra-inning loss to the Phillies.

    Advice: Gordon found himself in a deep slump after returning from his PED suspension, but he’s finally starting to heat up at the plate. He has hit safely in each of his last eight games and has multi-hit games in three out of his last four. After stealing just four bases in a 29-game span from August 13-September 13, he has swiped five bases over his last two games. Friday, 9:17 pm
    W, 6-4 vs Atl
  • Freddie Freeman not in Friday's lineup
    Freddie Freeman is not in the Braves' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Freeman's wife has been due to give birth and he hasn't rejoined the team yet. He is expected to return to the lineup Saturday. Blake Lalli is getting a start at first base. Friday, 12:48 pm
  • Freddie Freeman excused with wife in labor
    Freddie Freeman has been excused from the Braves to be with his wife in labor.

    Advice: Freeman actually bolted in the seventh inning of Wednesday night's game against the Marlins, with Blake Lalli taking over at first base in the top of the eighth. "I knew (Freeman's wife) was close," manager Brian Snitker said. "I just hope everything works out good for him. He's been on call for a while, and it finally happened." Freeman could be away for a couple of days. Thursday, 8:00 am
  • Nelson Cruz hits 37th homer
    Nelson Cruz hit homer No. 37 against the Angels in the win Wednesday.

    Advice: Cruz is just three homers away from joining Babe Ruth and Mark McGwire as the only players to hit 40 at ages 33, 34 and 35. Wednesday, 10:25 pm
  • Domingo Santana cranks three-run shot
    Domingo Santana went 2-for-4 and pounded a three-run homer against the Reds on Wednesday.

    Advice: The home run came off reliever Ross Ohlendorf but it still counts. He hit it in the eighth inning to bury any hopes the Reds may have had for a comeback. Santana missed a lot of time due to a bum elbow this year. He has hit well when given the chance, slashing .255/.355/.435 with eight home runs in 184 at-bats. The 23-year-old is a huge guy with big power but has hit for nice batting averages in the minors as well. Wednesday, 9:01 pm
  • Gordon goes 2-for-5, swipes three bags Wed.
    Dee Gordon went 2-for-5, scored twice and swiped three bags in a win over the Braves on Wednesday.

    Advice: Gordon has been a weakling at the plate but he does steal bases and score runs. After missing half the season due to a performance-enhancing drugs suspension, he is batting a lowly .257/.292/.316 with zero homers and 10 RBI in 284 plate appearances. He is up to 20 stolen bases and 40 runs scored. He hit .333/.359/.418 and won the batting title last year. Wednesday, 7:58 pm
    W, 6-4 vs Atl
  • Turner snaps scoreless tie with RBI double
    Justin Turner hit a go-ahead RBI double in the ninth inning of Wednesday's win over the Yankees.

    Advice: Turner hit a clutch RBI double off Dellin Betances to score Corey Seager in the ninth, finally putting the Dodgers on the board after the two teams had exchanged goose eggs through eight innings. For the season, the veteran third baseman is slashing .271/.338/.502 with 27 homers and 81 RBI over 498 at-bats. Wednesday, 5:31 pm
    W, 14-1 vs Col
  • Odubel Herrera out of Phillies lineup Wed.
    Odubel Herrera is out of the Phillies' lineup Wednesday versus the Pirates.

    Advice: Roman Quinn will start in center field and bat second versus Bucs left-hander Steven Brault. Herrera is hitting just .206/.325/.324 so far in September and hasn't homered since August 19. Wednesday, 12:42 pm
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