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  • Juan Minaya picks up seventh save
    Juan Minaya tossed a scoreless ninth against the Angels on Monday for his seventh save.

    Advice: It hasn't always been pretty, but Minaya is 4-for-4 in save chances this month and 7-for-8 since taking over for Tyler Clippard in August. Ideally, the White Sox will have a couple of guys ahead of him in line for saves going into next year. Nate Jones should be one of them. Today, 8:52 pm
  • Familia earns fifth save Monday vs. Braves
    Jeurys Familia earned his fifth save of the season on Monday night against the Braves.

    Advice: It wasn't the cleanest outing. Familia gave up a leadoff single to Kurt Suzuki in the bottom of the ninth inning and then Freddie Freeman reached on a fielding error. Johan Camargo hit into a groundout, but that moved both Suzuki and Freeman into scoring position and they were driven in by the next two batters before Familia finally shut the door with a Tyler Flowers groundout. Familia has a rough 4.76 ERA and 1.54 WHIP in 22 2/3 innings this season, but he should be back as the Mets' closer in 2018. Today, 7:56 pm
    L, 9-2 vs Atl ; W, 3-2 vs Atl
  • Max Fried takes loss Monday versus Mets
    Max Fried allowed two runs -- one earned -- over 5 1/3 innings Monday in a loss to the Mets.

    Advice: Fried gave up seven hits and issued one walk while striking out just two of the 25 batters he faced. And the Atlanta offense didn't get on the board until the top of the ninth inning. Fried, 23, stands 1-1 with a 3.74 ERA, 1.62 WHIP, and 15/11 K/BB ratio through his first 21 2/3 major league innings. He'll likely be in the running for an Opening Day rotation spot next spring, though his prospect luster has faded. Today, 7:52 pm
    W, 9-2 @NYM ; L, 3-2 @NYM
  • Lugo dominant over six innings against ATL
    Seth Lugo tossed six scoreless innings as the Mets defeated the Braves 3-2 in the second half of Monday's doubleheader.

    Advice: Lugo was surprisingly terrific, yielding just two hits and zero walks while striking out seven. The 27-year-old right-hander is now 7-5 on the season with a 4.72 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, and 81/25 K/BB ratio in 97 1/3 innings. He'll finish up with a road start against the last-place Phillies. Today, 7:49 pm
    L, 9-2 vs Atl ; W, 3-2 vs Atl
  • Carson Smith works two scoreless frames
    Carson Smith worked two scoreless innings Monday in Boston's loss to the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Smith looked nasty, needing only 22 total pitches to get six outs. The 27-year-old right-hander has logged just seven total appearances for the Red Sox this season following his 2016 Tommy John surgery, but he should be on the roster for the ALDS. Today, 7:15 pm
  • Carter Capps to have thoracic outlet surgery
    Carter Capps will undergo thoracic outlet syndrome surgery this offseason.

    Advice: Capps' velocity was down and he held a 6.57 ERA over 12 1/3 innings for the Padres after he finally made it back from Tommy John surgery, and now he's facing another long rehab. The Padres are hopeful that the reliever will be ready for spring training. Today, 5:24 pm
    60-Day DL
    L, 9-3 @LAD
  • Chris Volstad to make spot start
    Chris Volstad will start Tuesday against the Angels in place of Carson Fulmer (blister).

    Advice: Volstad allowed one run over 4 1/3 innings in relief of Fulmer last week. It will be the right-hander's first start in the majors since 2012. He can be avoided in fantasy leagues. Today, 2:28 pm
  • Carson Fulmer (blister) pushed back to Sat.
    Carson Fulmer's (blister) next scheduled start has been pushed back to Saturday in Cleveland.

    Advice: Fulmer was able to throw a bullpen session Sunday after exiting his last outing with a blister on his right index finger, but the White Sox will give him some extra rest to heal. Chris Volstad will start Tuesday in his place. Today, 2:27 pm
    W, 4-2 vs LAA
  • Fulmer (blister) threw bullpen session Sunday
    Carson Fulmer (blister) threw his regular bullpen session Sunday in preparation for his start Tuesday versus the Angels.

    Advice: Fulmer exited his last outing with a blister on his right index finger, but he says it's healing nicely. The White Sox are still officially listing TBA for their starter on Tuesday, but it sounds like Fulmer has a good shot to be ready. Today, 2:00 pm
    W, 4-2 vs LAA
  • Albers to leave team for birth of child
    Matt Albers is expected to leave the Nationals in the middle of the week for the birth of his son.

    Advice: Albers could be away for a couple of days, but the Nationals will likely try to get him in a game this weekend in order to keep him sharp for the postseason. The 34-year-old owns a dominant 1.67 ERA and 0.87 WHIP over 61 appearances this season. Today, 9:28 am
  • Brandon Morrow slams door on Giants in ninth
    Brandon Morrow worked a scoreless ninth inning against the Giants on Sunday, protecting a two-run lead to earn his second save of the season.

    Advice: Morrow retired all three hitters that he faced, two of them via strikeout. He has done a tremendous job out of the Dodgers' bullpen this season, compiling a 2.11 ERA, 0.89 WHIP and 50/8 K/BB ratio in his 42 2/3 innings. Yesterday, 4:16 pm
  • Stephens pitches well in loss to Red Sox
    Jackson Stephens pitched well against Boston, allowing just one run in a no-decision against the Red Sox.

    Advice: Stephens went six innings, allowed just two hits and one run and struck out three. After struggling against the Cardinals last week, this is a very nice bounceback against a talented Boston lineup for the 23-year-old right-hander. The only mistake he made was a homer to Rafael Devers. Lots of pitchers are going to give up homers to Rafael Devers. Despite the quality start, Stephens probably isn't a streaming option when he makes his next start on Friday against the Cubs. Yesterday, 1:49 pm
  • Gant allows one run over three vs. Pirates
    John Gant allowed one run over three innings Sunday in a no-decision versus the Pirates.

    Advice: Gant looked sharp in the first and second, but he hit the first batter he faced in the bottom of the third then allowed back-to-back singles to Starling Marte and Andrew McCutchen followed by a Jose Osuna sac fly. The right-hander was pulled at 48 pitches, 30 of which went for strikes. It's not clear whether he'll get another start before the end of the regular season. Yesterday, 1:38 pm
    Player Note
    John Gant StL - SP,RP
    L, 10-2 vs ChC
  • Farmer struggles against potent Twins offense
    Buck Farmer struggled against the Twins on Sunday, giving up eight hits and five runs in five innings in a loss to Minnesota.

    Advice: The Twins have made a lot of pitchers look bad lately, and Farmer was not an exception to that. He also put on added pressure by walking three, although he did pick up five strikeouts. Farmer just doesn't have the stuff to be in a big-league rotation. He'll have to go through this again when Detroit faces the Twins on Saturday. Yesterday, 12:38 pm
  • Randall Delgado to get PRP injection
    Randall Delgado will be given a platelet-rich plasma injection in his right elbow on Thursday.

    Advice: Delgado is working his way back from a strained flexor tendon. He's obviously done for the regular season, but the Diamondbacks haven't officially ruled him out for a potential return during the playoffs. Yesterday, 12:24 pm
    60-Day DL
    L, 9-2 vs SF
  • Sam Dyson secures his 14th save
    Sam Dyson allowed just one hit in a scoreless ninth inning Saturday against the Dodgers while nailing down his 14th save.

    Advice: The 2017 season started off like a bad dream for Dyson, as he couldn't seem to get an out or convert a save in Texas. He moved on to San Francisco and re-gained his form. He'll likely be a closer candidate in 2018, and if he pitches like he did in the NL he'll be a fantasy stud again. Saturday, 11:29 pm
  • Minaya notches sixth save of season
    Juan Minaya escaped an eventful ninth inning Friday against the Royals for his sixth save of the season.

    Advice: Minaya gave up a one-out single to Whit Merrfield, who stole second base before Lorenzo Cain singled to right field. Avisail Garcia then threw Merrfield out at the plate before Cain was cut down trying to get to second base. It wasn’t exactly the cleanest inning, but Minaya will take it. The 27-year-old owns a 4.87 ERA and 48/20 K/BB ratio through 40 2/3 innings. Friday, 10:44 pm
  • Familia converts first save since May 5
    Jeurys Familia notched his first save since May 5 in Friday’s 7-6 win over the Nationals.

    Advice: A.J. Ramos got the call to begin the ninth inning to protect a one-run lead, but he was pulled after walking Wilmer Difo to begin to frame and giving up a one-out single to Howie Kendrick. Josh Smoker induced a fly out to shallow left field before Familia struck out Victor Robles to end the game. Ramos is coming off his first blown save with the Mets, so there could be an opening for Familia to see more chances the rest of the way. He should go into spring training next year as the favorite for the closer role. Friday, 8:33 pm
    L, 9-2 vs Atl ; W, 3-2 vs Atl
  • Chris Volstad pitches well in relief Thursday
    Chris Volstad did a tremendous job out of the bullpen on Thursday, allowing just one run over 4 1/3 innings in a victory over the Astros.

    Advice: Volstad was thrust into emergency action when Carson Fulmer was removed with one out in the first inning and the veteran right-hander responded admirably. He allowed three hits and didn't walk a batter while striking out two. The only blemish on his night was a solo shot by Brian McCann in the third inning. He'll continue to function in a long relief role for the White Sox down the stretch. Thursday, 8:31 pm
  • Juan Minaya slams door on Astros Thursday
    Juan Minaya slammed the door on the Astros in the ninth inning on Thursday, protecting a two-run advantage to earn his fifth save of the season.

    Advice: The 27-year-old hurler made things interesting by putting the tying runs on base with a pair of walks, but he was able to battle back and retired Carlos Beltran to end the night. Minaya sports a 4.99 ERA and 1.39 WHIP on the season. Thursday, 8:31 pm
  • Carson Fulmer leaves with blister on finger
    Carson Fulmer was lifted from Thursday's start against the Astros in the first inning due to a blister on his right index finger.

    Advice: Given the amount of time remaining in the season, the White Sox may opt to just shut him down for the remainder of the season. The right-hander walked two hitters in his 1/3 of an inning before departing Thursday. Thursday, 5:46 pm
    W, 4-2 vs LAA
  • Gant to join St. Louis rotation on Sunday
    John Gant will replace Jack Flaherty in the rotation and make a a start on Sunday for the Cardinals against the Pirates.

    Advice: Flaherty couldn't make it past the second inning on Tuesday, and Gant has pitched reasonably well since joining St. Louis in early September. For the year, Gant has a 3.86 ERA with eight strikeouts in just over nine innings with the Cardinals. Wednesday, 2:56 pm
    Player Note
    John Gant StL - SP,RP
    L, 10-2 vs ChC
  • Jackson Stephens undone by rough fourth
    Jackson Stephens was undone by a rough fourth inning Tuesday, allowing five runs across 3 2/3 frames against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Stephens was perfect through the first three innings, but then the Cardinals batted around in the fourth. The big blow was a three-run homer from Yadier Molina, and Paul DeJong followed him with a blast of his own. It’s unclear whether Stephens will get another start, but fantasy owners can ignore him. Tuesday, 8:12 pm
  • Jeurys Familia pitches hitless inning
    Jeurys Familia worked a hitless seventh inning Tuesday for his first hold since coming off the disabled list.

    Advice: After struggling in his first four appearances back, Familia has allowed just one hit and one walk in three scoreless innings this last week. Maybe it will be enough to get him a brief cameo in the closer's role next week. Tuesday, 8:03 pm
    L, 9-2 vs Atl ; W, 3-2 vs Atl
  • Carson Smith gets save against Orioles
    Carson Smith pitched a perfect 11th inning with a two-run lead for a save Monday against the Orioles.

    Advice: The reports on Smith during his rehab assignment weren't very encouraging, but he's showed pretty good velocity and ample movement since joining the Red Sox. He's only struggled in one of his four appearances, and he wasn't even charged with a run in that one. He could be in the running for a spot in the postseason bullpen. Sep 18, 8:47 pm
  • Buck Farmer dealt with trapezius tightness
    Buck Farmer dealt with tightness in his right trapezius muscle during Monday's start against the Athletics.

    Advice: He was checked on by the trainer during the outing, but the injury didn't force him from the game. However, it's possible it might keep Farmer from making his next start. The right-hander allowed five runs -- four earned -- over 2 2/3 frames Monday. Sep 18, 8:26 pm
  • Farmer can't make it out of third vs. A's
    Buck Farmer failed to make it out of the third inning Monday night against the Athletics.

    Advice: Farmer was lifted with two outs in the top of the third, having surrendered five runs -- four earned -- on six hits. The 26-year-old right-hander now has a 7.11 ERA in nine starts (38 innings) this season with Detroit. Sep 18, 7:53 pm
  • Fulmer allows one run in six innings Friday
    Carson Fulmer had to settle for a no-decision after allowing just one run in six innings against the Tigers on Friday.

    Advice: The only run came on a Nicholas Castellanos single in the fourth inning. Fulmer allowed just four hits and one walk while striking out five in the quality start. He has a 4.50 ERA in 18 innings this year for the White Sox after putting up a weak 5.79 ERA in 25 starts at Triple-A Charlotte. Sep 15, 8:11 pm
    W, 4-2 vs LAA
  • Lugo knocked around in loss against Cubs
    Seth Lugo gave up nine hits and eight runs -- seven earned -- over three-plus innings in a loss to the Cubs on Thursday.

    Advice: Lugo actually kept the Cubs off the scoreboard in the first inning but then surrendered three, one and five runs in the ensuing two-plus innings of work, before exiting. It was a disappointing showing after Lugo dominated the Reds over six innings his last time out. It's been an up and down year for the 27-year-old, who owns a 5.21 ERA and 1.46 WHIP through 16 appearances overall. Lugo will next take on the Marlins on Tuesday. Sep 14, 10:37 pm
    L, 9-2 vs Atl ; W, 3-2 vs Atl
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