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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. Yesterday, 10:08 pm
  • 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. Yesterday, 10:07 pm
  • 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. Yesterday, 10:04 pm
  • 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. Yesterday, 6:41 pm
  • Jon Lester fans nine, out-dueled by Lackey
    Jon Lester racked up nine strikeouts over 7 1/3 innings against the Cardinals in Game 1 of the NLDS on Friday, but wound up on the losing end of the decision after allowing three runs on five hits and a walk.

    Advice: Lester settled in nicely after allowing an RBI single to Matt Holliday in the first inning. He was locked in a tremendous pitcher's duel with John Lackey, with the game remaining 1-0 heading into the eighth inning. That's where the Cardinals finally broke through, with Tommy Pham blasting a solo home run. After allowing Matt Carpenter to reach, Lester was pulled from the game and Pedro Strop allowed his inherited runner to score on a two-run blast by Stephen Piscotty. Lester is likely to take the hill again in Game 4 of the series, if necessary. Yesterday, 6:38 pm
  • 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. Yesterday, 5:10 pm
  • Wade Davis slams door on Astros in ninth
    Wade Davis slammed the door on the Astros in the ninth inning on Friday, protecting a one-run advantage and pulling the Royals even in the best-of-five ALDS.

    Advice: Taking the hill with a one-run lead, Davis made things interesting by issuing a one-out walk to Preston Tucker. He was able to pick off pinch-runner Carlos Gomez though, then induce a game-ending groundout from Jose Altuve. He has transitioned to the closer's role seamlessly in the wake of Greg Holland's injury. Yesterday, 4:37 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. Yesterday, 4:35 pm
  • Kazmir gives up three runs in no-decision
    Scott Kazmir wasn't particularly sharp in Game 2 of the ALDS on Friday, surrendering three runs on five hits over 5 1/3 innings in a no-decision against the Royals.

    Advice: The veteran southpaw struck out four and walked one in the contest. It wasn't much different than how he finished the regular season, stumbling to a 5.89 ERA over his final nine starts. The Royals didn't mount any big rallies against him, but were able to scratch out single runs in the second and third innings and another to chase him in the sixth. It's unclear if the Astros will trust him to make another postseason start should the Astros advance to the ALCS. Yesterday, 4:24 pm
  • Cecil suffers 'pretty significant' calf tear
    Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said after Friday's loss that Brett Cecil suffered a "pretty significant" tear of his left calf.

    Advice: And the hits just keep on coming for the Jays. They will head to Texas down 2-0 in the series after losing in extra innings Friday and will now be without one of their best relievers possibly for the remainder of the postseason. Yesterday, 2:57 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. Yesterday, 2:54 pm
  • Stroman recovers from early struggles
    Marcus Stroman rebounded from a slow start to yield four runs – three earned – across seven frames in Friday’s loss to the Rangers.

    Advice: Stroman’s defense didn’t help him as he was tagged for three runs in the first two innings, but he then cruised through the next five frames. Manager John Gibbons probably should have pulled him after the seventh, but he let Stroman start the eighth and he gave up a leadoff single to Delino DeShields and was then pulled. Texas then tied things up off of Toronto’s bullpen. Stroman could potentially start Game 5 if the Rangers go with David Price on short rest in Game 4, but that shouldn’t be on their minds at this point down 2-0. Yesterday, 2:51 pm
  • Steven Matz (back) officially on NLDS roster
    Steven Matz (back) has officially made the Mets' NLDS roster.

    Advice: And he's in line to start a potential Game 4 in New York after throwing 80 pitches in a simulated game on Thursday with no issues. Matz missed his final outing of the regular season due to some spasms in his upper back, but he appears to be all systems go now. Yesterday, 11:07 am
  • Lance McCullers would start Game 4
    Lance McCullers would start a potential Game 4 of the ALDS for the Astros.

    Advice: He'll be preceded by ace Dallas Keuchel in Game 3. The choice of McCullers, who held a 3.22 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 129/43 K/BB ratio over 125 2/3 innings, this season, is no surprise. He would be opposed by Yordano Ventura, who is in line for a potential Game 4 on short rest after a rain-shortened outing in Game 1. Mike Fiers will pitch out of the bullpen for the Astros. Yesterday, 10:08 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. Yesterday, 9:38 am
  • D'Backs expected to pick up Ziegler's option
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Diamondbacks are expected to exercise Brad Ziegler's $5.5 million option for 2016.

    Advice: It's really a no-brainer, as they'd have to pay him a $1 million buyout otherwise. Ziegler finished with a career-high 30 saves in 2015 to go along with a 1.85 ERA, and he boasts a 2.47 ERA for his career. He's currently in line to return as Arizona's closer in 2016, although the club would like to acquire a ninth-inning man and move Ziegler back to a setup role. They've been connected with Aroldis Chapman in the past. Yesterday, 9:25 am
  • Yankees expected to pursue Jeff Samardzija
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that "there is expected to be real interest" from the Yankees in Jeff Samardzija.

    Advice: Heyman says the Yanks "may be disinclined to go for the big-ticket pitching items" like David Price and Zack Greinke, but they could target Samardzija following a down season for the righty. The Bombers reportedly "love Samardizja for his potential, and also for his interest in the big stage." Samardzija held a 4.96 ERA for the White Sox this season but is a good bet to bounce back in 2016. Yesterday, 7:44 am
  • Banister still considers Tolleson his closer
    Rangers manager Jeff Banister said after Thursday's Game 1 victory that Shawn Tolleson "is still our guy, and you will see him at the end of the game."

    Advice: Banister used Sam Dyson to close out Thursday's win, as he felt his groundball tendencies were a better option in the ninth inning against the middle of the Blue Jays' lineup. The situation could come up again, so don't rule Dyson out for more save chances, but it looks like Tolleson retains his closer tag. "In a series like this," Banister said, "it’s about finding the best matchups for our bullpen. It’s not ninth inning, eighth inning, seventh inning. It’s about those guys coming in when we feel it’s the best opportunity for them to get the outs we need to get." Yesterday, 6:41 am
  • Yost says that Ventura likely to start Game 4
    Royals manager Ned Yost indicated that he would probably start Yordano Ventura if the ALDS reaches a Game 4.

    Advice: Ventura allowed three runs in two innings during Thursday's Game 1 loss to the Astros. He had thrown 42 pitches after his two frames of work, but didn't return to the contest following a 49-minute rain delay. Should he start Game 4, his arm should be fresh. Johnny Cueto will take the ball in Game 2 while Game 3 will see Edinson Volquez starting in Houston. Thursday, 9:03 pm
  • Martin Perez starting ALDS Game 3 vs. Jays
    Martin Perez will start ALDS Game 3 against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Perez registered a 3.38 ERA over his final 66 2/3 innings (11 starts) during the regular season. Yovani Gallardo is starting Game 1 on Thursday and Cole Hamels will take Game 2 on Friday. Derek Holland and Colby Lewis will both be available out of the bullpen in Game 1. Thursday, 9:39 am
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