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  • Sabathia goes six scoreless in Yankees’ win
    CC Sabathia came up big for the Yankees on Monday, spinning six shutout frames in an 8-1 ALCS Game 3 victory over the Astros.

    Advice: Sabathia struck out nine while yielding just two runs over 4 1/3 innings in the Yanks’ ALDS Game 5 clincher over the Indians, but he gave the Bombers an even bigger boost in this one. The left-hander walked four batters, but he struck out five and yielded a mere three hits on the night, with none of them going for extra bases. It’s the first time since Pedro Martinez in 2009 that a pitcher 37 years or older went at least six shutout innings in a postseason start. Sabathia would be in line to start Game 7 for the Yankees, should the series get there. Yesterday, 9:06 pm
  • Morton chased early in unlucky outing
    Charlie Morton lasted just 3 2/3 innings and was charged with seven runs in Monday’s loss to the Yankees.

    Advice: Morton deserved a much better fate in this one. In the second inning, the Yankees got a two-out infield single and a bloop single ahead of a one-handed, three-run homer from Todd Frazier that just cleared the short wall in right field. In the fourth, Cameron Maybin misplayed a ball into a double and the Yanks cashed in a run on a 15-hopper that barely left the infield. Morton was pulled after hitting the next batter to load the bases and then watched three more runs get charged to his ledger after Will Harris threw a wild pitch and served up a three-run homer. It’s unfortunate that Morton wound up with an ugly line in a playoff start where he actually pitched pretty well. Yesterday, 9:05 pm
  • Lance McCullers to start Game 4 for Astros
    Lance McCullers will start for the Astros in Game 4 of the ALCS against the Yankees on Tuesday.

    Advice: McCullers gets the call over Brad Peacock, who struggled in his ALDS outing versus the Red Sox. Of course, McCullers has struggled himself for a while now, posting an 8.53 ERA over his final seven starts of the season. That said, he obviously has the stuff to go out and shut the Yankees down if he's on, and manager A.J. Hinch has decided to bet on the upside. Yesterday, 8:50 pm
  • Severino (shoulder, wrist) in line for Game 6
    Luis Severino was not sent for further testing and is in line to start a potential Game 6 of the ALCS.

    Advice: Yankees manager Joe Girardi mentioned that he had some concern about Severino's right shoulder when he abruptly lifted the pitcher from his Game 2 start after just four innings. The pitcher was also hit on the left wrist by a comebacker in the game. However, Severino said after the contest that he was fine and it appears there's nothing to worry about injury-wise here. Yesterday, 1:44 pm
    L, 2-1 vs Tor
  • Rich Hill fans eight in five frames in Game 2
    Rich Hill pitched well in a no-decision against the Cubs in Game 2 of the NLCS on Sunday, allowing one run on three hits over his five innings of work.

    Advice: The veteran southpaw racked up eight strikeouts on the night while issuing just one free pass. The only blemish on his night was a solo shot by Addison Russell in the top half of the fifth inning. Hill threw just 79 pitches, but was lifted for a pinch hitter after Charlie Culberson had a leadoff double to start the home half of the fifth inning. Hill is expected to take the mound again in Game 6 if the series advances that far. Sunday, 8:08 pm
  • Jon Lester get get through five in Game 2
    Jon Lester couldn't make it through five innings in a no-decision against the Dodgers in Game 2 of the NLCS on Sunday night.

    Advice: Lester struggled with his command throughout the night, issuing five free passes while punching out two. He allowed one run on three hits over his 4 2/3 innings of work, throwing 103 pitches and departing with a pair of men on in the fifth. Justin Turner's RBI single in the fifth provided the damage against him. Lester would presumably start again in Game 6 should the series last that long. Sunday, 8:06 pm
    L, 3-1 vs Cin
  • Kershaw pulled after five in NLCS opener
    Clayton Kershaw allowed two runs over five innings Saturday in a no-decision against the Cubs in Game 1 of the NLCS.

    Advice: Kershaw danced around trouble through the game's first three innings but couldn't escape it in the fourth, when Albert Almora socked a two-run homer to give the Cubs a lead. The homer was the fifth given up by Kershaw in two postseason starts this year. He finished with four hits and a walk allowed, striking out four, and didn't factor in the decision. Given how evenly matched these two teams are, there's a good chance we'll see the southpaw again before the series is over. Saturday, 8:35 pm
  • Quintana yields two runs to Dodgers in Game 1
    Jose Quintana allowed two runs in his five innings of work Saturday, settling for a no-decision in Game 1 of the NLCS against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Quintana and Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw finished with similar lines, but they got there in two very different ways. Whereas Kershaw struggled from the outset but limited the damage, Quintana cruised through the first four innings, facing the minimum, before things went south in the fifth. A pair of walks did him in, preceding a Yasiel Puig RBI double and Charlie Culberson RBI sac fly. He only gave up two hits and walked two on the night, but he didn't stick around long enough to earn a win or loss. Quintana should get his chance at revenge later in the series. Saturday, 8:35 pm
  • Cubs line up Arrieta for Game 4 start at home
    Jake Arrieta will start NLCS Game 4 against the Dodgers on Wednesday.

    Advice: He'll follow Jon Lester in Sunday's Game 2 and Kyle Hendricks going in Game 3 on Tuesday. Arrieta wasn't awful in his lone Division Series start, allowing just an unearned run on two hits over four innings, but he walked five and took the loss after the Nationals blew it open in the eighth inning. Saturday, 6:13 pm
  • Hendricks, Arrieta tapped to start Games 3, 4
    Kyle Hendricks will start NLCS Game 3 Tuesday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: And Jake Arrieta will start Game 4, the team announced Saturday. Jon Lester was already tapped for the Game 2 start Sunday. Hendricks was a mixed bag in the Division Series, owning the Nationals in Game 1 before surrendering four runs in an abbreviated Game 5 start. He'll have the luxury of starting at home Tuesday. Saturday, 6:04 pm
  • Severino fine after shoulder scare in Game 2
    Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Luis Severino was removed from Saturday's ALCS Game 2 start against the Astros due to concerns about his right shoulder.

    Advice: Girardi added that the team had his shoulder checked out and that he's fine, and that the right-hander didn't want to leave the game when he did. Severino was removed after allowing just one run over four innings of work. If the Yankees can extend the series, it sounds like the 23-year-old should be available to pitch if needed. Saturday, 4:25 pm
    L, 2-1 vs Tor
  • Verlander fans 13 in dominant Game 2 victory
    Justin Verlander allowed a lone run in a complete-game, 2-1 win over the Yankees on Saturday in Game 2 of the ALCS.

    Advice: In a postseason defined by short outings from starting pitchers, Verlander never yielded, striking out 13 over his nine innings of work. Only a Todd Frazier RBI double in the fifth inning, one of just five Yankees hits on the afternoon, kept it from being a complete-game shutout. The game was actually in doubt, even with Verlander's Herculean performance, heading into the bottom of the ninth inning, but the Astros eked out a run against Yanks closer Aroldis Chapman to win the game and get Verlander the victory. He's been everything they could have asked for this postseason in getting them two wins away from a trip to the World Series. Saturday, 4:13 pm
  • Severino exits Game 2 start due to injury
    Luis Severino left his Game 2 start against the Astros with an undisclosed injury.

    Advice: He allowed only a solo home run over four innings of work, so while teams have been extremely quick-triggered this postseason, it's hard to imagine his exit was due to anything other than injury. Severino was visited on the mound during the fourth inning, and he was his in the left arm with a comebacker during the frame. The team should update his status soon. Saturday, 2:49 pm
    L, 2-1 vs Tor
  • Lester officially named Cubs' Game 2 starter
    Jon Lester was officially named the starter for the Cubs in NLCS Game 2.

    Advice: Joe Maddon on Friday indicated that Lester would be the guy, but he made if official Saturday. Lester will be pitching four days after he threw 3 2/3 innings in relief in Wednesday's NLDS Game 4 against the Nationals. The southpaw allowed two runs in 9 2/3 innings overall in the Division Series. Saturday, 1:50 pm
    L, 3-1 vs Cin
  • Jose Quintana starts Game 1 of NLCS for Cubs
    Cubs manager Joe Maddon confirmed Saturday that Jose Quintana will start Game 1 of the NLCS against the Dodgers.

    Advice: He'll oppose Dodgers' star southpaw Clayton Kershaw. Quintana pitched very well in his postseason debut on Monday, allowing one run over 5 2/3 innings against the Nationals. Saturday, 7:16 am
  • Keuchel fans 10, shuts out Yanks thru seven
    Dallas Keuchel punched out 10 batters and fired seven scoreless innings while leading his team to a 2-1 win over the Yankees in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series on Friday.

    Advice: He surrendered just four singles and a walk in the dominant outing. His tailing fastball generated 14 swinging strikes and looked nearly unhittable. Keuchel tossed 109 pitches in this one and may not be available to start again until Game 5 of the series. He's been in peak form in the playoffs, having allowed only one run in 5 2/3 innings against the Red Sox in Game 2 of their ALDS series. Friday, 9:31 pm
  • Tanaka allows two runs, loses to Astros
    Masahiro Tanaka allowed two runs in six innings and took a loss to the Astros in Game 1 of the ALCS on Friday.

    Advice: Tanaka pitched very well even though he couldn't out-duel his counterpart Dallas Keuchel. Tanaka surrendered just four hits -- all singles -- but the Astros strung three of them together in the fourth inning to produce two runs. Jose Altuve singled and stole second. Carlos Correa drove him in with a single and was in turn driven in by Yuli Gurriel. Tanaka registered three strikeouts against one walk in the strong effort. The Yankee ace will get at least one more shot at the Astros later in the series. Friday, 8:47 pm
  • Kershaw to start Game 1 of NLCS vs Cubs
    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts announced the team's starting rotation for the National League Championship Series against the Cubs.

    Advice: Clayton Kershaw will face either Jose Quintana or John Lackey in Game 1. Rich Hill will oppose Jon Lester in Game 2. Yu Darvish will start Game 3 and Alex Wood will start Game 4 for the Dodgers. The Cubs have not yet announced their starters beyond Game 2. Friday, 5:37 pm
  • Lester tapped to start Game 2 vs. Nationals
    Joe Maddon indicated Jon Lester will start Game 2 of the NLCS against the Nationals on Sunday.

    Advice: Lester will be starting on four days rest after pitching 3 1/3 scoreless innings in relief against the Nationals during Wednesday's Game 4. He started Game 2 last Saturday and allowed one run in six innings. Lester will oppose fellow left-hander Rich Hill in the contest. Friday, 4:56 pm
    L, 3-1 vs Cin
  • Cubs have not yet picked a starter for Game 1
    Cubs manager Joe Maddon said the team is leaning toward either Jose Quintana or John Lackey to start Game 1 of the NLCS against the Dodgers on Saturday.

    Advice: The coaches will meet with the front office brass this evening to make the decision. Quintana pitched well on Monday against the Nationals, allowing only an unearned run in 5 2/3 innings while making the first post-season start of his career. Lackey did not see action in the NLDS series against the Nationals, although he was available out of the bullpen. Both pitchers struggled in the first half of the season before thriving down the stretch. Clayton Kershaw will be starting Game 1 for the Dodgers. Friday, 4:45 pm
  • DET likely to entertain Greene trade offers
    The Tigers are likely to entertain trade offers for Shane Greene this offseason, according to Lynn Henning of the Detroit News.

    Advice: Greene is arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter, so it makes sense that the rebuilding Tigers might look to move him before his salary escalates. Slated to turn 29 next month, Greene had a fine first full season as a reliever in 2017, posting a 2.66 ERA and 73/34 K/BB ratio over 67 2/3 innings, taking over as the Tigers' closer after they traded Justin Wilson. The best thing for Greene's fantasy value would be him staying put, as he'd close in Detroit but would likely set up elsewhere. Friday, 1:52 pm
    L, 5-1 @Min
  • Peacock, McCullers candidates for Game 4
    The Astros are expected to start either Brad Peacock or Lance McCullers in Game 4 of the ALCS.

    Advice: Both Peacock and McCullers will be available in relief for Game 1, and who winds up starting Game 4 will be backs on who is -- or isn't -- used out of the bullpen. Peacock allowed three runs on six hits in just 2 2/3 innings in Game 3 of the ALDS, while McCullers gave up two runs across three frames in relief of Peacock. Friday, 1:33 pm
    W, 4-3 @Bos
  • Charlie Morton to start Game 3 for Astros
    Charlie Morton will start Game 3 of the ALCS for the Astros.

    Advice: He'll be preceded by Dallas Keuchel and Justin Verlander. Brad Peacock started Game 3 of the ALDS for the Astros, but he'll be available in relief for Game 1. It's expected to be either Peacock or Lance McCullers who starts Game 4, depending on who is needed in relief. Friday, 1:28 pm
  • Shoemaker (forearm) to throw off mound
    Matt Shoemaker (forearm) will report to the Angels' spring training complex in the next few days to begin throwing off a mound.

    Advice: Shoemaker had season-ending surgery in early August to release the radial nerve in his right forearm. He'll be built up with extended bullpen sessions in Arizona and will enter spring training with no limitations. Friday, 1:18 pm
    60-Day DL
    W, 6-2 vs Sea
  • Braves would pick up R.A. Dickey's option
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Braves would be "happy" to pick up R.A. Dickey's $8 million option for 2018 if the pitcher decides to continue his career.

    Advice: The 42-year-old is mulling retirement, but if he opts to continue his career it sounds like he'll remain in Atlanta. Dickey posted a 4.26 ERA over 31 starts across 190 innings in 2017 and should be a solid enough innings-eater again in 2018 if he keeps playing. Friday, 11:59 am
  • Collin McHugh on Astros' ALCS roster
    Collin McHugh is on the Astros' ALCS roster.

    Advice: McHugh was not included on the team's ALDS roster, but the Astros are going with 12 pitchers and dropping Tyler White off the roster for the ALCS. He should function as a long reliever. Friday, 7:22 am
    W, 4-3 @Bos
  • Max Scherzer takes loss in relief
    Max Scherzer took the loss in relief against the Cubs after giving up four runs -- two earned -- in the fifth inning Thursday.

    Advice: Scherzer retired Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo to begin the inning. Things got very, very weird after that. The rundown: an infield single, a bloop single, a double past a slow-to-react Anthony Rendon at third, an intentional walk to the ice-cold Jason Heyward, a strikeout/passed ball that should have been dead because Javier Baez's followthrough hit Matt Wieters as the ball was going to the backstop, catcher interference and a HBP. According to MLB rules, the inning should have been over when Wieters was hit, meaning only two runs would have scored, rather than four. Thursday, 9:57 pm
  • Tanaka to start Game 1 for Yankees
    The Yankees announced that Masahiro Tanaka, Luis Severino and CC Sabathia would start the first three games of the ALCS against the Astros.

    Advice: Sonny Gray, who started Game 1 of the ALDS against the Indians, will get the ball in Game 4, the Yankees confirmed. Tanaka, who shut out the Indians for seven innings on Sunday, will face off against Dallas Keuchel in Game 1. Thursday, 2:53 pm
  • Gio Gonzalez starting NLDS Gm 5 vs. Cubs
    Gio Gonzalez will start for the Nationals in Game 5 of the NLDS on Thursday night against the Cubs.

    Advice: Tanner Roark was the other option for Washington after Stephen Strasburg pitched in Roark's place in Game 4 on Wednesday following Tuesday's rainout. Gonzalez allowed three earned runs over five innings in Game 2 of the NLDS on Saturday, but the 32-year-old left-hander had a terrific regular season and seems like the best choice here for manager Dusty Baker. Max Scherzer will be available for an inning or two of relief in Game 5. Roark will obviously be available out of the bullpen as well. It's all hands on deck, outside of Strasburg, for the right to face the Dodgers in the National League Championship Series. Kyle Hendricks is starting NLDS Game 5 for the visiting Cubs. Thursday, 11:28 am
    L, 11-8 vs Pit
  • Sabathia fans nine in Game 5 win in ALDS
    CC Sabathia struck out nine hitters in 4 1/3 innings in a victory over the Indians in Game 5 of the ALDS on Wednesday.

    Advice: For the first four innings, this was vintage Sabathia. The burly southpaw had the Cleveland hitters guessing, and he was finishing batters off with his slider. In the fifth inning, however, it fell apart and New York had to turn to the bullpen. Still, outside of the fact that he didn't pitch enough innings to get the win because of old-fashioned rules, this was an excellent start in a winner-take-all. Sabathia will likely get the start in Game 3 of the ALCS against Houston. Wednesday, 8:55 pm
  • Hendricks to start for Cubs in NLDS Game 5
    Kyle Hendricks will get the ball on Thursday in Game 5 of the NLDS against the Nationals.

    Advice: With Jon Lester throwing 3 1/3 innings on Wednesday, any debate as to who would start Game 5 for Chicago was taken away. Hendricks was dominant in his first NLDS start against the Nationals, shutting out Washington in a 3-0 Game 1 win. The Nationals have yet to announce who will start Game 5, but you can expect to see Max Scherzer at some point on Thursday. Wednesday, 6:15 pm
  • Lester excellent in relief of Arieta in Gm. 4
    Jon Lester pitched 3 1/3 scoreless innings in relief of Jake Arrieta in the Cubs' loss to the Nationals in Game 4 of the NLDS on Wednesday.

    Advice: Not only did Lester pitch well on Wednesday, he also picked a runner off. We're certainly more surprised by the latter than the former. The veteran lefty allowed just one hit, walked one, and struck out three. If the Cubs aren't fortunate enough to win on Thursday in Washington, this will be Lester's last appearance of an up-and-down 2017 campaign. Wednesday, 5:37 pm
    L, 3-1 vs Cin
  • Arrieta walks five, but allows just one run
    Jake Arrieta walked five in four innings on Wednesday, but allowed just one unearned run in a loss to the Nationals in Game 4 of the NLDS.

    Advice: The only run Arrieta allowed came on an error by Addison Russell that gave the Nationals a 1-0 lead in the top of the third. Arrieta clearly tired toward the end of the outing -- with his velocity and command both dropping -- but overall this was a respectable effort from the 31-year-old right-hander. Unfortunately, he went up against an unhittable force named Stephen Strasburg, so respectable wasn't quite good enough. Game 5 of the NLDS will be Thursday in Washington, weather permitting. Wednesday, 5:20 pm
  • Strasburg dominant in 5-0 win to force Game 5
    Stephen Strasburg pitched seven shutout innings with 12 strikeouts in a 5-0 victory over the Cubs in Game 4 of the NLDS on Wednesday.

    Advice: If Strasburg was still feeling ill, there was no sign of it. The only sickness on Wednesday was his filthy stuff. He commanded everything in his arsenal and any time he got two strikes on the Cubs' hitters -- which was often -- he threw his changeup to both sides of the plate, giving Chicago no chance of making contact with the 80-grade offering. This is one of the most impressive performances we've seen in the year 2017. If the Nationals are able to win Game 5 on Thursday they'll likely start Strasburg in Game 3 of the NLCS, though they could go to him in Game 2 on short rest. Wednesday, 5:10 pm
  • Keller throws three scoreless in AFL debut
    Pirates prospect Mitch Keller threw three scoreless innings on Wednesday for Glendale in the Arizona Fall League.

    Advice: Keller scattered three hits, walked one and struck out four. It's a solid AFL debut for the Pirates' top pitching prospect. With a mid 90s fastball that earns 70-grades on the 20-80 scouting scale because of its sink and a plus curveball, he has the stuff to pitch at or near the top of a rotation someday, and could be a part of the Pittsburgh rotation this summer. Wednesday, 2:43 pm
    Not Active
    W, 11-8 @Was
  • Shelby Miller (elbow) throws off flat ground
    Shelby Miller (elbow) threw off of flat ground on Monday for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery in May.

    Advice: It's a good sign for Miller, who reportedly threw from 45 feet around 40 times. It's still unlikely we'll see the right-handed hurler on a mound in a meaningful game until the middle of the 2018 season. He'll be arbitration-eligible this winter. Wednesday, 1:10 pm
    60-Day DL
    W, 14-2 @KC
  • Martes could join Astros' roster for ALCS
    Astros manager A.J. Hinch said Wednesday that Francis Martes could join the club's roster for the ALCS.

    Advice: Martes was left off the roster for the ALDS, but bullpen depth takes on even greater importance in the best-of-seven Championship Series. The 21-year-old right-hander ranks as one of the top pitching prospects in all of baseball, though he registered an underwhelming 5.80 ERA, 1.51 WHIP, and 69/31 K/BB ratio over his first 54 1/3 major league innings during the 2017 regular season. Wednesday, 12:02 pm
  • Roark could start Game 5 of NLDS for Nats
    Nationals manager Dusty Baker hinted Wednesday that Tanner Roark could start a potential NLDS Game 5 against the Cubs.

    Advice: It all depends on what pitchers are needed Wednesday at Wrigley Field. Roark was originally scheduled to start Game 4 of the NLDS for the Nationals, but Tuesday's rainout allowed the club to pivot to Stephen Strasburg. Baker said he would like to avoid using Roark on Wednesday, setting him up to start a loser-goes-home tilt on Thursday in Washington, D.C. Max Scherzer is available in relief in Game 4, but if he doesn't make an appearance on Wednesday we will definitely see him at some point in Game 5. Gio Gonzalez is also an option to start Thursday. Wednesday, 11:17 am
  • Keuchel in ALCS Game 1, Verlander in Gm. 2
    Astros manager A.J. Hinch announced Wednesday that Dallas Keuchel will start Game 1 of the ALCS.

    Advice: Justin Verlander will follow him in Game 2 of the ALCS. Keuchel worked 5 2/3 innings of one-run ball in his one ALDS start against the Red Sox, striking out seven batters and yielding just three hits. Houston will either be matched up against the Indians or Yankees in the best-of-seven American League Championship Series. Those teams are playing a winner-advances ALDS Game 5 on Wednesday night at Cleveland's Progressive Field. Wednesday, 11:00 am
  • Scherzer available in relief in NLDS Game 4
    Nationals GM Mike Rizzo confirmed Wednesday that Max Scherzer will be available out of the bullpen in Game 4 of the NLDS against the Cubs.

    Advice: Rizzo said it's "all hands on deck" with the Nationals facing elimination in this best-of-five series. Scherzer was going to be available for an inning of relief Tuesday before that game got rained out, so he might be able to go two or three innings on Wednesday at Wrigley Field. Stephen Strasburg (flu) is starting in place of Tanner Roark, who will also be ready in the bullpen. Wednesday, 10:57 am
  • Roark to pitch out of bullpen in NLDS Gm. 4
    Tanner Roark will work out of the bullpen in Game 4 of the NLDS on Wednesday versus the Cubs.

    Advice: Roark had been in line to start this game, but Tuesday's rainout allowed the Nationals to pivot to Stephen Strasburg, whose flu-like symptoms have apparently cleared up. Max Scherzer is also thought to be available in relief for Washington on Wednesday. Wednesday, 9:52 am
  • Strasburg now official for NLDS Game 4 start
    Stephen Strasburg is officially listed as the Nationals' starter for Game 4 of the NLDS on Wednesday against the Cubs.

    Advice: Strasburg has been dealing with flu-like symptoms for much of this week, but he threw an abbreviated bullpen session on Monday and went through a light workout on Tuesday. Tanner Roark, the Nats' originally-scheduled Game 4 starter, will be available out of the bullpen in this potentially-decisive tilt at Wrigley Field. Chicago leads the best-of-five series 2-1. Wednesday, 9:48 am
  • Strasburg (flu) now expected to start Game 4
    According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, Stephen Strasburg (flu) is now "expected" to start for the Nationals in Game 4 of the NLDS on Wednesday against the Cubs.

    Advice: Nationals manager Dusty Baker told the media after Tuesday's rainout that Tanner Roark was going to stay on schedule for the postponed Game 4 because Strasburg was feeling "under the weather," but the 29-year-old right-hander has apparently made a quick recovery and is prepared to take the hill for this potentially-decisive National League Division Series tilt at Wrigley Field. Strasburg is on normal rest and he threw a 25-pitch bullpen session on Monday. Giddy up. Wednesday, 8:35 am
  • Strasburg (sick) a possibility to start Gm 4?
    Stephen Strasburg's agent Scott Boras suggested Wednesday morning that his client could start Wednesday's NLDS Game 4 against the Cubs.

    Advice: An agent obviously has no say in this type of decision, even one as powerful as Boras, but it's worth noting that Strasburg is no longer listed as Wednesday's pregame press conference attendee. Starting pitchers do not speak to the media prior to same-day outings. Strasburg is on normal rest, but Nationals manager Dusty Baker said Tuesday evening that the 29-year-old right-hander was "under the weather" and that Tanner Roark would stay on tap for the postponed Game 4 start. There should be some clarity here soon. "I wouldn't rule anything out," said Boras. Wednesday, 8:18 am
  • Scherzer available out of bullpen in Game 4
    Max Scherzer will be available out of the Nationals' bullpen in Wednesday's postponed NLDS Game 4 versus the Cubs.

    Advice: Stephen Strasburg will be unavailable due to an apparent illness, but he's lined up to start Game 5 if the National League Division Series makes it that far. Scherzer carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning of Monday's Game 3 loss to Chicago, showing no ill effects from his late-September hamstring strain. He'll probably be limited to one or two innings of relief in Wednesday's Game 4, which will be started by Tanner Roark. Tuesday, 5:16 pm
  • Strasburg sick, in line for Gm 5 of the NLDS
    Stephen Strasburg won't start Wednesday's postponed NLDS Game 4 against the Cubs.

    Advice: Nationals manager Dusty Baker made that announcement shortly after Tuesday night's postponement, noting that Strasburg and some of his other players are currently "under the weather." Tanner Roark will stay on schedule in what could be a decisive Game 4 matchup at Wrigley Field. Chicago currently leads the best-of-five series 2-1. Strasburg will start Game 5 on Thursday if this NLDS goes the distance. Tuesday, 3:51 pm
  • Nats stick with Tanner Roark for NLDS Gm. 4
    Nationals manager Dusty Baker said he will stick with Tanner Roark in Wednesday's postponed NLDS Game 4 against the Cubs.

    Advice: Tuesday night's rainout gave Baker the opportunity to push Stephen Strasburg into action for Wednesday's crucial Game 4 at Wrigley Field, but Baker told reporters after the postponement announcement that Strasburg is a little "under the weather." Roark will face off against Jake Arrieta, who is staying on schedule for the host Cubs. Chicago leads 2-1 in the best-of-five National League Division Series. Tuesday, 3:45 pm
  • Strasburg now lined up for Game 4 vs. Cubs
    Stephen Strasburg is now lined up to start Game 4 of the NLDS against the Cubs.

    Advice: Tanner Roark was going to make the start Tuesday night at Wrigley Field, but the game had to be postponed until Wednesday because of rain. The one-day delay obviously favors the Nationals, given that Strasburg struck out 10 batters over seven stellar innings in a tough-luck loss Friday in Game 1 of the NLDS versus Chicago. Roark will be available in relief. Tuesday, 3:23 pm
  • NLDS Game 4 postponed by rain in Chicago
    Tuesday night's Game 4 of the NLDS between the Nationals and Cubs has been postponed due to rain.

    Advice: The game was originally scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. ET and finally got banged at 6:15 p.m. ET after a 45-minute delay. It will be made up with a 4:08 p.m. ET first pitch Wednesday at Wrigley Field, with Game 4 starters Jake Arrieta and Tanner Roark both staying on schedule for their respective teams. Stephen Strasburg, who's apparently under the weather, is in line to start Thursday if the Nationals can force a Game 5. Tuesday, 3:18 pm
  • Scherzer available for a potential Game 5
    Max Scherzer told Nationals manager Dusty Baker that he'd be ready to pitch in a potential Game 5 of the NLDS against the Cubs.

    Advice: The Nationals still have to get through Game 4 first, but it will essentially be all hands on deck if the season comes down to a deciding fifth game. Scherzer recently had a scare with his hamstring, but he took a no-hitter into the seventh inning in his Game 3 start on Monday and ended up being charged with one run in 6 1/3 innings. Tuesday, 12:33 pm
  • Baker hasn't made decision about rainout
    Nationals manager Dusty Baker said he hasn't decided whether Tanner Roark or Stephen Strasburg would start if Game 4 of the NLDS against the Cubs is rained out on Tuesday.

    Advice: Roark is currently lined up to start on Tuesday, but Strasburg would be on regular rest if Game 4 is pushed back to Wednesday. Strasburg is the obvious choice for a must-win game, but Baker is seemingly being purposely vague on the situation. Tuesday, 12:21 pm
  • Cubs will stick with Arrieta if rainout
    Cubs manager Joe Maddon plans to stick with Jake Arrieta for Game 4 of the NLDS against the Nationals even if there's a rainout on Tuesday.

    Advice: Nothing has been determined about Tuesday's game yet, but the forecast isn't promising. A rainout would give the Cubs the option of skipping Arrieta coming off his hamstring injury while going with Kyle Hendricks in Game 4 and Jon Lester in a potential Game 5, but Maddon doesn't plan on making any changes. As of now, Hendricks would be lined up for a potential Game 5. Tuesday, 12:02 pm
  • Severino bounces back; Yankees force Game 5
    Luis Severino whiffed nine batters while allowing three runs over seven innings in Monday’s 7-4 ALDS Game 4 victory over the Indians.

    Advice: Severino retired only one batter in the Wild Card win over the Twins, but he bounced back in a big way in this one. The young right-hander did serve up a two-run home run to Carlos Santana and a solo shot to Roberto Perez, but he yielded only four hits on the night and walked just one to go along with his nine punchouts. Severino was still hitting 100 mph on the radar gun in the seventh inning even as his pitch count reached 113. The series is headed back to Cleveland, where CC Sabathia and Corey Kluber will square off in a decisive Game 5. Monday, 8:21 pm
    L, 2-1 vs Tor
  • Quintana holds down Nats; Cubs rally for win
    Jose Quintana allowed just one unearned run while striking out seven over 5 2/3 innings, taking a no-decision Monday in the Cubs' 2-1 win over the Nationals.

    Advice: Unfazed by the spotlight in his first postseason start, Quintana surrendered just two hits and one walk to go along with his seven punchouts. Kyle Schwarber botched a play in left field with two outs in the sixth inning, resulting in a three-base double error that ended Quintana’s day. An unearned run was charged to Quintana after Pedro Strop allowed an RBI double to Ryan Zimmerman. However, the Cubs were able to dent the scoreboard a couple times off the Nats' bullpen, and that was enough. Monday, 4:49 pm
  • Scherzer (hamstring) superb in Game 3 Monday
    Max Scherzer showed no ill effects from his hamstring injury Monday, carrying a no-hitter into the seventh inning and ultimately being charged with one run over 6 1/3 frames in a no-decision versus the Cubs.

    Advice: A Ben Zobrist double with one out in the seventh broke up the no-no. Since Scherzer was coming off an injury and his pitch count was up to 98, Nationals manager Dusty Baker decided that was enough. It looked like the wrong move in hindsight after Sammy Solis gave up consecutive hits, with the first one knotting up the game. Scherzer walked three batters on the day while striking out seven. It’s safe to say that his hamstring is a non-issue at this point and he’ll be ready for his next postseason turn (if there is one). Monday, 4:46 pm
  • Morton shaky against Red Sox Monday
    Charlie Morton ran into a lot of trouble but wound up yielding just two runs across 4 1/3 innings in Monday’s 5-4 ALDS Game 4 victory over the Red Sox.

    Advice: Xander Bogaerts took Morton deep in the first inning. In the second the righty was able to pitch out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam with the help of a couple borderline strike calls by home plate umpire Mark Wegner. Morton dodged more trouble in the third with a lineout double play and a runner getting thrown out at home. He rebounded to strike out the side in the fourth but was then pulled after a one-out walk in the fifth, with that run being charged to him after Justin Verlander came on to immediately serve up a dinger to Andrew Benintendi. Morton will probably get Game 4 of the ALCS. Monday, 2:52 pm
  • Verlander scuffles in relief appearance
    Making his first career relief appearance, Justin Verlander served up a go-ahead, two-run homer to Andrew Benintendi in the fifth inning of the Astros’ win over the Red Sox.

    Advice: He was the first hitter Verlander saw, as the righty hung a slider and Benintendi lifted it just inside Pesky’s Pole and into the right field stands. The veteran hurler’s stuff looked fine otherwise, although he didn’t strike out a batter in his 2 2/3 innings. Fortunately for Verlander, the Astros rallied late to finish off the series. Dallas Keuchel is in line to start Game 1 of the ALCS now, with Verlander on tap for Game 2. Monday, 2:46 pm
  • Sabathia would start Game 5 for Yankees
    Yankees manager Joe Girardi confirmed Monday that CC Sabathia would start a potential Game 5 of the ALDS against the Indians.

    Advice: The alternative would be Sonny Gray, who struggled (3 ER on three hits and four walks over 3 1/3 innings) in his Game 1 start. Sabathia gave up four runs -- two earned -- in 5 1/3 innings in Game 2 last Friday. While Sabathia is lined up for Game 5, the Yankees still have to get past Trevor Bauer in Game 4 on Monday night. Monday, 12:44 pm
  • Masahiro Tanaka brilliant in win on Sunday
    Masahiro Tanaka was brilliant in Sunday's critical victory over the Indians in Game 3 of the ALDS, allowing just three hits over seven shutout innings.

    Advice: Tanaka walked one and punched out seven on the night. The Indians only mounted one real threat against him, when Jason Kipnis tripled with one out in the fourth inning, but Tanaka fanned Jose Ramirez and Jay Bruce to diffuse the situation. When he's on his game and locating well, he's among the most dominant hurlers in all of baseball, and that was certainly the case on Sunday. Oct 8, 7:57 pm
  • Brad Peacock struggles in Game 3 of ALDS
    Brad Peacock struggled in a no-decision against the Red Sox in Game 3 of the ALDS on Sunday, allowing three runs on six hits in just 2 2/3 innings.

    Advice: The right-hander fanned four on the afternoon and walked one. He was staked to an early 3-0 lead, but allowed the Red Sox to scratch out a run in the second and two more in the third before he was yanked in favor of Francisco Liriano. It's unclear if he'll get an opportunity to start again if the Astros advance past the Red Sox to the ALCS, or if he'll be shifted to the bullpen. Oct 8, 3:20 pm
    W, 4-3 @Bos
  • Scherzer expects to throw 100 pitches Monday
    Max Scherzer (hamstring) said Sunday that he expects to be able to throw 100 pitches in Game 3 of the NLDS on Monday.

    Advice: Scherzer made it through Sunday's throwing session without issue and appears to be ready to go for Monday's pivotal Game 3 against the Cubs in Chicago. Oct 8, 1:10 pm
  • Tanner Roark in line for Game 4 start
    Nationals manager Dusty Baker said Sunday that Tanner Roark will start Game 4 of the NLDS on Tuesday as long as he's not needed in relief in Game 3.

    Advice: There wasn't really a decision to be made here. Roark will be opposed by Jake Arrieta (hamstring) in Game 4 after Max Scherzer and Jose Quitana go up against each other in Game 3. Oct 8, 12:51 pm
  • Rich Hill only four four frames in Dodgers' W
    Rich Hill gave up two runs over four innings of work Saturday against the Diamondbacks, taking a no-decision in the Dodgers' 8-5 win.

    Advice: Hill walked A.J. Pollock on a borderline 3-2 pitch with one out in the top of the first inning, and then Paul Goldschmidt followed that with a blast well over the left-field wall. The veteran left-hander started to settle in after that, but he threw 78 pitches over his four frames and manager Dave Roberts elected to pinch-hit for his starter with the bases loaded in the bottom of the fourth. Hill is likely to get the ball in Game 2 of the NLCS if the Dodgers are able to close out the D'Backs. Oct 8, 6:18 am
  • Gio gives up three runs versus Cubs in Game 2
    Gio Gonzalez allowed three runs over five innings, striking out six, in a no-decision Saturday against the Cubs in Game 2 of the NLDS.

    Advice: Gonzalez gave up just three hits and walked two, but two of the hits were dingers that accounted for all three runs. He was staring at a loss before the Nats rallied for five runs in the eighth inning, leaving Gio without a say in the outcome. He's on track for a potential deciding Game 5 at home, if the series gets that far. Oct 7, 6:03 pm
    L, 11-8 vs Pit
  • Cubs can't capitalize on strong Lester outing
    Jon Lester allowed one run on two hits over six innings Saturday, but settled for a no-decision in the Cubs' Game 2 loss to the Nationals.

    Advice: Lester was brilliant outside of a solo homer by Anthony Rendon in the first inning, completely shutting down a potent Nats offense from there on. He walked two while striking out just two, with one coming against Trea Turner at a huge point in the game with the bases loaded and two outs. Unfortunately for Lester and the Cubs, the bullpen couldn't hold the lead, sending the game back to Chicago with the series tied at 1-1. Lester will presumably be waiting for a potential Game 5 back in the nation's capital. Oct 7, 5:59 pm
    L, 3-1 vs Cin
  • Max Scherzer feels well after Friday bullpen
    Nationals' manager Dusty Baker said Saturday that Max Scherzer's (hamstring) bullpen session went well on Friday.

    Advice: The issue that remains, is how deep the right-hander will be able to go in Monday's Game 3 of the NLDS against the Cubs. If the Nationals can't squeak out a win against the Cubs on Saturday afternoon, Scherzer would be pitching for his club's playoff life on Monday at Wrigley. Oct 7, 11:03 am
  • Kershaw allows four runs in 6 1/3 vs DBacks
    Clayton Kershaw allowed four runs in 6 1/3 innings to earn a victory over the Diamondbacks in Friday's NLDS game.

    Advice: All four runs came on solo bombs by A.J. Pollock, J.D. Martinez, Ketel Marte and Jeff Mathis. Kershaw surrendered just one hit that didn't leave the yard. He punched out seven batters and issued three walks. The usually-dominant left-hander has struggled in the playoffs throughout his career and tonight was no exception. Oct 6, 11:46 pm
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