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  • 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. 38 minutes ago
  • 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. 43 minutes ago
  • 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. Today, 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. Today, 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. Today, 12:35 pm
  • Brian Matusz undergoes shoulder surgery
    Brian Matusz underwent a successful arthroscopic surgery on his right (non-throwing) shoulder on Monday.

    Advice: The Ravens' team physician, Dr. Leigh Ann Curl, performed the surgery. Because it's on his non-throwing shoulder, the amount of rehab work's likely not to be as severe. The cranky shoulder should heal up in a month or so. Today, 11:25 am
  • 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. Today, 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. Today, 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. Today, 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. Today, 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. Today, 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. Today, 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. Today, 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. Today, 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. Yesterday, 3:42 pm
  • 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. Yesterday, 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. Yesterday, 2:32 pm
    L, 7-3 vs Col
  • Marlins could add closer over the winter
    Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports that "there’s some internal sentiment" with the Marlins to seek an upgrade at closer this offseason.

    Advice: A.J. Ramos saved 32 games while posting a 2.30 ERA with 87 strikeouts over 70 1/3 innings in his first season as Miami's closer, but the club could make the bullpen even stronger by pushing him back to a setup role. Ultimately, whether the Marlins wind up adding a reliever over the winter likely will depend on price, and there's a good chance it could wind up being too expensive. Ramos will be arbitration-eligible for the first time this offseason. Yesterday, 2:19 pm
  • 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. Yesterday, 1:57 pm
    Not Active
    W, 9-4 vs NYY
  • Chasen Shreve won't be on Wild Card roster
    ESPN Deportes' Marly Rivera reports that Chasen Shreve will not be on the Yankees' Wild Card roster.

    Advice: Shreve was terrific for the Yankees for most of the season, but he's really struggled since the beginning of September with a 13.50 ERA, 4.00 WHIP and eight walks over six innings. It remains to be seen whether he'd be included on the Yankees' ALDS roster should they advance. Yesterday, 1:53 pm
  • 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. Yesterday, 1:30 pm
  • Kela (elbow) will be available for the ALDS
    Koene Kela (elbow) is expected to be ready for the ALDS.

    Advice: Kela was limited down the stretch by elbow issues, but it's something he can pitch through. And five days of rest should help. The young right-hander posted a stellar 2.39 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, and 68/18 K/BB ratio in 60 1/3 innings this season for the AL West champs. Yesterday, 12:59 pm
    W, 9-2 vs LAA
  • 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. Yesterday, 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. Yesterday, 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. Yesterday, 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. Yesterday, 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. Yesterday, 6:11 am
  • Brad Ziegler (family) turns in two scoreless
    Brad Ziegler (family) tossed two scoreless innings in his return to action Sunday.

    Advice: Ziegler was excused from the Diamondbacks at the end of September to celebrate the arrival of a new baby girl. He made it back just in time to fit in one final regular-season appearance. The veteran right-hander finished with a stellar 1.85 ERA and 0.96 WHIP in 68 innings of relief. He carries a $5.5 million club option (or $1 million buyout) for 2016. Yesterday, 5:55 am
  • 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
  • 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
  • Marlins' Ramos earns second save of the day
    A.J. Ramos earned his 32nd save of the year in the second half of Saturday's doubleheader against the Phillies.

    Advice: He also got a save in the early game, becoming the first pitcher in Marlins history to earn two saves in the same day. Ramos has a cool 2.31 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, and 86 strikeouts in 70 innings this season for the Fish. He probably won't be used in Sunday's season finale. Saturday, 7:48 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
  • Keone Kela still battling elbow discomfort
    Keone Kela (elbow) said he wasn't able to pitch to another batter after throwing just eight pitches in Saturday's loss to the Angels.

    Advice: He's been dealing with elbow discomfort for about a month. Kela pitched to two hitters, allowing a single to Albert Pujols and getting David Murphy to ground out. The Rangers are dealing with a lot of tired arms in their pen. Shawn Tolleson and Sam Dyson have pitched in each of the Rangers' last five games. Saturday, 3:54 pm
    W, 9-2 vs LAA
  • 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
  • Ziegler (paternity leave) to return Friday
    Brad Ziegler (paternity leave) will be returning to the team on Friday and should be available to pitch against the Astros.

    Advice: Ziegler's been away since September 29, as he's been celebrating the birth of his baby girl. He'll return to the Diamondbacks on Friday and should be able to contribute in this weekend's big season-ending series against the Astros. This season, the veteran right-hander is pitching to a 1.91 ERA and is 29-for-31 in save chances with a 34/17 K/BB ratio across 66 innings. Obviously, his return could cause problems for the Astros. Friday, 12:01 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Matusz set for surgery to repair AC joint
    Brian Matusz will have arthroscopic surgery Monday to repair an arthritic AC joint in his right (non-throwing) shoulder.

    Advice: He'll basically have the shoulder cleaned up. The southpaw said it didn't affect his performance this season, so it certainly shouldn't be an issue going forward. Wednesday, 8:16 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
  • Matusz will have surgery on right shoulder
    Brian Matusz will have surgery next Monday on his right (non-throwing) shoulder.

    Advice: The details on the procedure aren't known, but Orioles manager Buck Showalter says it's minor. Especially given that it's his non-throwing shoulder, Matusz should have a relatively normal offseason. Wednesday, 10:36 am
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Brad Ziegler away for birth of child
    Brad Ziegler is not with the Diamondbacks Tuesday following the birth of his baby girl.

    Advice: It's unclear at this point when he'll rejoin the club. Daniel Hudson should handle any save chances while Ziegler is away. Tuesday, 3:44 pm
  • Blue Jays/Orioles game postponed due to rain
    Tuesday's game between the Blue Jays and Orioles has been postponed due to rain.

    Advice: It will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Wednesday. Scheduled starters Marcus Stroman and Miguel Gonzalez will be pushed back a day. Tuesday, 3:35 pm
  • 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. Sep 28, 1:04 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
  • 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
  • Harvey pitches into seventh, Mets clinch East
    Matt Harvey held the Reds to two earned runs over 6 2/3 innings Saturday in the Mets' 10-2 rout.

    Advice: And with that, the Mets are your 2015 National League East champions. They're headed to the postseason for the first time since 2006. Harvey gave up nine hits but walked none and struck out six, throwing 97 pitches with no apparent restrictions. So much for that innings limit controversy. Sep 26, 4:19 pm
  • Matt Harvey to make another start for Mets
    Mets manager Terry Collins said Saturday that Matt Harvey will make another start next week.

    Advice: Harvey is working against the Reds on Saturday afternoon, then will make one final tune-up in the regular season before the Mets head to the playoffs. How the Mets will structure their rotation in the postseason remains to be seen, but Harvey will obviously play a prominent role. Sep 26, 10:13 am
  • Gallardo allows two runs in no-decision
    Yovani Gallardo allowed two runs in 4 2/3 innings in a no-decision against the Astros on Friday.

    Advice: Rangers manager Jeff Banister brought the hook after Gallardo gave up a two-out double to Evan Gattis. He finished just one out short of qualifying for the victory, but Banister didn't want to take a chance of letting the Astros back in it. Gallardo labored for most of the outing, allowing eight hits -- including a home run -- and two walks while throwing just 48 out of 87 pitches for strikes. The veteran right-hander has completed six innings just once dating back to July 30. Sep 25, 9:46 pm
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