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  • Acuña (knee) expects to begin jogging in Nov/Dec
    Ronald Acuña Jr (knee) said Sunday that he expects to begin jogging in November or December.

    Advice: That's good news, but Acuña said there's no timetable for his return. We should have a much better sense as spring training approaches as to whether he'll be ready for Opening Day or will need some extra time. The dynamic outfielder required season-ending surgery after tearing his right ACL in early July.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 6:49 am
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  • Julio Urias on track to start Game 4 for Dodgers
    Dodgers skipper Dave Roberts said after Sunday's loss that Julio Urias remains on track to start Game 4 of the NLCS against the Braves on Wednesday.

    Advice: Urias was called upon to protect a two-run lead against the Braves in the eighth inning on Sunday, and gave up a pair of runs to allow the Braves to tie the game. He only needed 14 pitches (12 strikes) to get through his inning though, which means that he should be fine to take on his regular workload on Wednesday in what now looks to be a critical Game 4 for the Dodgers. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 8:56 pm
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  • Chris Taylor smacks two-run double in Game 2 loss
    Chris Taylor smacked a go-ahead two-run double in the seventh inning on Sunday, but the Dodgers still wound up falling to the Braves in Game 2 of the NLCS.

    Advice: The Dodgers got their rally going with a leadoff walk by Mookie Betts, a two-out intentional walk to Will Smith and Justin Turner getting hit by a pitch. Turner then poked an 0-1 offering from Luke Jackson for a two-run double to give the Dodgers the lead. He finished the night 1-for-2 with a pair of walks and a stolen base and is now hitting .286/.407/.571 with a homer and six RBI on the postseason. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 8:50 pm
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    Chris Taylor LAD - 2B,3B,SS,OF
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  • Corey Seager blasts two-run homer in Game 2 loss
    Corey Seager blasted a two-run homer in the first inning on Sunday, but it wasn't enough to lead the Dodgers past the Braves in Game 2 of the NLCS.

    Advice: Just two batters into this one, Seager ambushed the first pitch that he saw from Ian Anderson for a 401-foot two-run blast to give the Dodgers an early advantage. He also drew a walk in the ballgame, finishing the night 1-for-4. The 27-year-old shortstop has had a disappointing postseason to date, slashing just .219/.286/.406 with one homer and four RBI. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 8:49 pm
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  • Julio Urias knocked around out of Dodgers bullpen
    Julio Urias was knocked around out of the Dodgers bullpen in Game 2 of the NLCS against the Braves on Sunday night, allowing two runs on three hits in his inning of work.

    Advice: Dodgers skipper Dave Roberts had said that Urias was available if needed out of the Dodgers bullpen during Saturday's Game 1. This time, he was deployed with a two-run advantage and the key left-handed bats in the Braves order due up in the eighth. Urias allowed a leadoff single to Eddie Rosario, a one-out RBI knock to Ozzie Albies and then an RBI double to Austin Riley to tie the score. He wound up throwing just 14 pitches (12 strikes) in his inning of work, so it's unclear how that will impact his availability moving forward. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 8:49 pm
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  • Max Scherzer lifted in fifth inning of NLCS Game 2
    Max Scherzer pitched decently in a no-decision against the Braves in Game 2 of the NLCS on Sunday night, allowing two runs on four hits over 4 1/3 innings.

    Advice: The right-hander racked up seven strikeouts while issuing one free pass on the night, throwing 52 of his 79 pitches for strikes. All of the damage done against him came on one mighty swing of the bat by Joc Pederson in the fourth inning. He was then lifted with a man on and a man out in the fifth inning. Scherzer now holds a 2.16 ERA and 0.90 WHIP on the postseason. He'd be on regular rest to start Game 6 of the series, but given his limited workload here, he could also be an option on short rest in Game 5 on Thursday. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 8:49 pm
     
  • Eddie Rosario delivers walk-off RBI in Game 2 win
    Eddie Rosario went 4-for-5 and delivered a walk-off RBI single off of Kenley Jansen in the ninth inning on Sunday night, leading the Braves to a 5-4 victory over the Dodgers in Game 2 of the NLCS.

    Advice: Rosario singled and was stranded in the third and fourth innings. In the eighth inning, he had a leadoff knock off of Julio Urias, advanced to second on a fly ball and then scored on an RBI single by Ozzie Albies. He came through in the clutch in the ninth though, smacking a two-out RBI single off of Corey Seager's glove and into center to bring Dansby Swanson home with the winning run. With the four-hit effort, Rosario is now hitting an impressive .409/.435/.409 with three RBI and a stolen base through six games this postseason. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 8:49 pm
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  • Austin Riley hits game-tying RBI double in Game 2
    Austin Riley came through with a game-tying RBI double off of Julio Urias in the eighth inning on Sunday as the Braves rallied to beat the Dodgers in Game 2 of the NLCS.

    Advice: The Braves entered the eighth inning faced with a 4-2 deficit, but after a single by Eddie Rosario and an RBI knock by Ozzie Albies, Riley smacked the game-tying RBI double off of Julio Urias to make it a 4-4 ballgame. The 24-year-old third baseman finished the night 1-for-3 plus a walk and is now slashing .364/.417/.682 with a pair of homers and four RBI on the postseason. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 8:49 pm
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    Austin Riley Atl - 1B,3B,OF
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  • Joc Pederson smacks two-run homer in Game 2 win
    Joc Pederson smacked his third home run of the postseason on Sunday, helping to lead the Braves past the Dodgers in Game 2 of the NLCS.

    Advice: Pederson crushed a mammoth 454-foot blast off of Max Scherzer in the fourth inning to tie the game at 2-2. He finished the night 1-for-4. The 29-year-old slugger has had a mighty impressive postseason, slashing .357/.357/1.000 with three homers and seven RBI. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 8:49 pm
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  • Ian Anderson lasts just three innings in Game 2
    Ian Anderson lasted just three innings in a no-decision against the Dodgers in Game 2 of the NLCS on Sunday night in Atlanta, allowing two runs on three hits.

    Advice: The 23-year-old hurler walked three and struck out two on the night. The trouble started early for him in this one, as he allowed a leadoff single to Mookie Betts and then a first pitch two-run blast to Corey Seager to start the night. He made it through the rest of his abbreviated outing unscathed, throwing 30 of his 55 pitches for strikes. Anderson now holds a 2.25 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 8/3 K/BB ratio over eight innings on the postseason. He'd be ready to start Game 6 in Atlanta on regular rest if the series goes that long. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 8:49 pm
     
  • Nick Pivetta to be available out of pen for Game 3
    Red Sox skipper Alex Cora told reporters Sunday that Nick Pivetta will be available out of the Red Sox bullpen for Game 3 of the ALCS against the Astros on Monday night.

    Advice: The Red Sox hope that they won't have to turn to the right-hander, as he's still the most likely candidate to start in Game 4 on Tuesday. All will depend on how well left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez pitches on Monday and whether or not Pivetta is needed in relief. The right-hander boasts a 3.12 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 11/3 K/BB ratio over 8 2/3 innings this postseason. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 2:00 pm
     
  • Eduardo Rodriguez will start Game 3 for Red Sox
    Red Sox manager Alex Cora announced Sunday that left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez will start Game 3 of the ALCS against the Astros on Monday evening in Boston.

    Advice: Cora noted that Nick Pivetta will be available out of the bullpen for that one, but if he isn't used then he's likely to start Game 4. Rodriguez struggled in Game 1 of the ALDS against the Rays, allowing two runs in just 1 2/3 innings, but he rebounded nicely in Game 4 of that series, striking out six over five innings of two-run ball. If he doesn't look to have it early though, Cora has shown that he won't be afraid to use a quick hook. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 2:00 pm
  • Justin Turner heads to bench for NLCS Game 2
    Justin Turner is out of the Dodgers lineup for Game 2 of the NLCS versus the Braves on Sunday.

    Advice: The veteran third baseman was just 2-for-24 with six strikeouts and one walk since the start of the NLDS, and will get a breather in favor of Chris Taylor. Here is the entire Dodgers lineup for Game 2: Betts RF, Seager SS, Turner 2B, Smith C, Lux CF, Taylor 3B, Bellinger 1B, Pollock LF, Scherzer P. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 12:56 pm
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  • Braves release lineup for Game 2 of NLDS vs LAD
    Here is the Atlanta Braves lineup for Game 2 of the NLCS versus the Los Angeles Dodgers: Rosario LF, Freeman 1B, Albies 2B, Riley 3B, Pederson RF, Duvall CF, d'Arnaud C, Swanson SS, Anderson P.

    Advice: Ian Anderson will get the start against future Hall of Famer Max Scherzer. The Braves took Game 1 on Saturday night after a walk-off RBI by Alex Riley in the bottom of the ninth.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 12:10 pm
     
  • Luis Garcia (knee) will remain on HOU ALCS roster
    According to Astros manager Dusty Baker, Luis Garcia (knee) will remain of the team’s ALCS roster.

    Advice: The 24-year-old reportedly feels “a lot better” after throwing a bullpen session on Sunday. Garcia was removed from Saturday’s game in the second inning against the Red Sox with knee discomfort. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 10:29 am
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  • Austin Riley homers, leads Braves to walk-off win
    Austin Riley homered and delivered a walk-off RBI single in the ninth inning on Saturday, propelling the Braves to a 3-2 victory over the Dodgers in Game 1 of the NLCS

    Advice: Riley blasted a 381-foot game-tying solo shot off of Tony Gonsolin with two outs in the fourth inning that tied the score at 2-2. That's how the score would remain until the home half of the ninth inning. There Ozzie Albies reached on a bloop single, swiped second base and then Riley laced a ball into the left field corner to deliver the game-winning run. He's having a terrific postseason, slashing .368/.400/.684 with a pair of homers and three RBI. NBCSportsEDGE.com Saturday, 8:30 pm
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    Austin Riley Atl - 1B,3B,OF
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  • Ozzie Albies scores game-winning run in Game 1
    Ozzie Albies went 2-for-4 and scored the game-winning run as the Braves walked off the Dodgers in Game 1 of the NLCS on Saturday evening in Atlanta.

    Advice: Albies blooped a single into shallow right-center off of Blake Treinen with one out in the ninth inning. He then swiped second base and raced home on an RBI single by Austin Riley to win it for the Braves. With the two-hit effort, Albies is now hitting .286/.286/.381 with a pair of runs scored and an RBI through five games this postseason. NBCSportsEDGE.com Saturday, 8:30 pm
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  • Chris Taylor collects two hits in loss to Braves
    Chris Taylor went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI as the Dodgers fell to the Braves in Game 1 of the NLCS on Saturday night in Atlanta.

    Advice: Taylor got the Dodgers on the board with a game-tying RBI single off of Max Fried in the second inning. He then swiped second base but wound up being stranded there. He also led off the seventh inning with a double, was sacrificed to third by Austin Barnes, but again the Dodgers were unable to cash him in. With the two-hit night, he's now hitting .263/.348/.526 with a homer, four RBI and a stolen base this postseason. NBCSportsEDGE.com Saturday, 8:30 pm
    New Player Note
    Chris Taylor LAD - 2B,3B,SS,OF
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  • Luis Garcia diagnosed with right knee strain
    Luis Garcia was diagnosed with a right knee strain after exiting Saturday's start against the Red Sox in the second inning.

    Advice: Astros skipper Dusty Baker said after the game that Garcia has been dealing with the knee issue off and on for some time now, but hadn't told anyone about it. As of now, it's unclear how long he'll be sidelined and whether or not he would be available for a potential Game 5 or 6 in the ALCS if the Astros wanted to deploy him. NBCSportsEDGE.com Saturday, 5:59 pm
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  • Luis Garcia exits Game 2 due to knee discomfort
    Luis Garcia was removed from his start in Game 2 of the ALCS against the Red Sox in the second inning due to right knee discomfort.

    Advice: The right-hander didn't appear long for the game anyways, after serving up a grand slam to J.D. Martinez in the opening inning and then issuing a leadoff walk to Kevin Plawecki in the second, but officially it was a knee issue that caused the early exit. Given how poorly he pitched in this one, perhaps the Astros will wind up placing him on the injured list and adding a fresh arm, rather than potentially throwing him again later in the series. NBCSportsEDGE.com Saturday, 3:06 pm
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  • Luis Garcia exits Game 2 in second due to injury
    Luis Garcia was removed from Saturday's start against the Red Sox in Game 2 of the ALCS in the second inning due to an apparent injury.

    Advice: The right-hander was charged with five runs on two hits and three walks while recording three outs. Garcia allowed a leadoff double to Kyle Schwarber, a one-out walk to Rafael Devers and a two-out walk to Alex Verdugo to load the bases, then J.D. Martinez unloaded them with a 363-foot blast into the right field seats. Garcia returned for the second inning and issued a leadoff walk to Kevin Plawecki, prompting a visit from the training staff and his eventual removal. It's unclear exactly what type of injury it was, but the Astros should have an update on his status soon. NBCSportsEDGE.com Saturday, 2:33 pm
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  • Max Scherzer will start NLCS Game 2 vs. Braves
    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts told reporters that Max Scherzer will start Game 2 of the NLCS on Sunday night against the Braves.

    Advice: Roberts added that righty Walker Buehler will start Game 3 on Tuesday night, followed by lefty Julio Urías in Game 4 on Wednesday evening. Scherzer will get an extra day of rest after throwing 13 pitches on Thursday night to record his first career save in Game 5 of the NLDS against the Giants. The 37-year-old righty has allowed just two runs on six hits with a 16/4 K/BB ratio across 12 1/3 innings (three appearances, two starts) this postseason. NBCSportsEDGE.com Saturday, 1:22 pm
     
  • Eddie Rosario leads off for Braves in NLCS Game 1
    Eddie Rosario will start in left field and lead off for the Braves on Saturday night in Game 1 of the NLCS against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Rosario has filled in admirably for Jorge Soler (COVID-19) recently, hitting .308/.357/.308 with four hits and a pair of RBI across four games this postseason. Adam Duvall will get the start in center field and righty-masher Joe Pederson will be in right field to face righty reliever Corey Knebel, who is opening a bullpen game for the Dodgers. Here's the full lineup: Eddie Rosario LF, Freddie Freeman 1B, Ozzie Albies 2B, Austin Riley 3B, Joc Pederson RF, Adam Duvall CF, Travis d'Arnaud C, Dansby Swanson SS and Max Fried P. NBCSportsEDGE.com Saturday, 11:27 am
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  • Ian Anderson named Braves' NLCS Game 2 starter
    Ian Anderson will start Game 2 of the NLCS on Sunday night against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Anderson will lock horns with Dodgers ace Max Scherzer in what could turn out to be a throwback pitcher's duel at Truist Park in Atlanta. That sets up veteran righty Charlie Morton to take the ball on Tuesday night in Game 3 at Dodger Stadium. The 23-year-old righty tossed five scoreless innings to pick up a win in the Braves' NLDS Game 3 victory over the Brewers earlier this week. He holds a microscopic 0.76 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 30/10 K/BB ratio across 23 2/3 innings (five starts) over the last two postseasons combined. NBCSportsEDGE.com Saturday, 10:27 am
     
  • Julio Urias strong for four innings in relief
    Julio Urias yielded one run in four innings of relief Thursday in Game 5 against the Giants.

    Advice: The Dodgers held Urias back until the third, using Corey Knebel and Brusdar Graterol in the first two innings. Urias was terrific initially after coming in, and it looked like he'd pitch very deep into the game. However, after he gave up a game-tying homer to Darin Ruf in the sixth, the Dodgers opted to go to Blake Treinen in the seventh. It all worked out in the end, and since Urias threw just 59 pitches, he'll be fresh for the NLCS. NBCSportsEDGE.com Thursday, 9:56 pm
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  • Scherzer gets save as Dodgers advance past Giants
    Max Scherzer picked up his first ever save Thursday as the Dodgers edged the Giants to advance to the NLCS.

    Advice: Scherzer pitched around a Justin Turner error, striking out Wilmer Flores on a tough check-swing call to end the game. It was just the second time in five career postseason appearance that he avoided allowing a run. He was pitching on two days' rest after pitching seven innings of one-run ball on Monday. NBCSportsEDGE.com Thursday, 9:39 pm
     
  • Max Scherzer 'highly unlikely' to pitch in Game 5
    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Wednesday that it's "highly unlikely" Max Scherzer will be available out of the bullpen on Thursday night in Game 5 of the NLDS against the Giants.

    Advice: Everything remains on the table for the Dodgers in a winner-take-all elimination contest, but the plan appears to have Scherzer ready to start on Saturday night in Game 1 of the NLCS against the Braves. The 37-year-old workhorse threw a staggering 110 pitches over seven innings on Monday night in the Dodgers' Game 3 loss to the Giants. The doors seems to have been left ajar, but it seems unlikely Scherzer will make an appearance on Thursday night in Game 5, unless absolutely necessary. NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 3:24 pm
     
  • Freddie Freeman home run sends Braves to NLCS
    Freddie Freeman smacked a go-ahead solo home run off of Josh Hader in the bottom of the eighth inning Tuesday to propel the Braves to an NLDS series win over the Brewers.

    Advice: Hader hadn't given up a run since July 28 or a home run to a left-handed batter all season. He struck out both Eddie Rosario and Dansby Swanson to kick off the frame, but the flamethrowing reliever left a slider over the plate on his first offering to Freeman and the stud first baseman swatted it out to left center. It was his fifth career postseason home run. Freeman had a game-high three hits Tuesday, also adding a single and a double. NBCSportsEDGE.com Tuesday, 6:25 pm
     
  • Urias not available in NLDS Game 4 on Tuesday
    Julio Urias is not available for the Dodgers in Game 4 of the NLDS on Tuesday against the Giants.

    Advice: No huge surprise here after Urias tossed 72 pitches over five innings of one-run ball in the Dodgers' NLDS Game 2 victory on Saturday. He is lined up to start Game 5 on Thursday if the best-of-five series gets that far. San Francisco is currently up 2-1 with an opportunity to close it out on Tuesday night. NBCSportsEDGE.com Tuesday, 2:41 pm
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  • Report: Qualifying offer for FAs set at $18.4 mil
    Buster Olney of ESPN reports that qualifying offers for free agents this offseason has been set at $18.4 million. 

    Advice: This is down slightly from the $18.9 million figure from last winter. The qualifying offer salary is determined by the average salary of the game's 125 highest-paid players. If a player accepts the offer, they return to their 2021 team one a one-year contract. If they reject and sign elsewhere, their former team will receive a compensatory draft pick in 2022. The current CBA is set to expire on Dec. 1, but this process will take place shortly after the World Series concludes, so the current system remains in place this offseason. This year's class free agent class is extremely deep, with names like Corey Seager, Carlos Correa, Trevor Story, and Freddie Freeman as obvious qualifying offer players.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Tuesday, 10:55 am
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  • Joc Pederson in Braves' lineup for NLDS Game 4
    Joc Pederson is in the Braves' lineup for Game 4 of the NLDS against the Brewers. 

    Advice: It's interesting to see him finally make a start when there's a left-hander, Eric Lauer, on the mound for Milwaukee, but he's been swinging the bat so well that it's understandable. Pederson is 3-for-3 with two pinch-hit homers and four RBI in the series. The full lineup for Atlanta: Jorge Soler RF, Freddie Freeman 1B, Ozzie Albies 2B, Austin Riley 3B, Adam Duvall CF, Pederson LF, Travis d'Arnaud C, Dansby Swanson SS, Charlie Morton SP.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Tuesday, 10:00 am
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  • Max Scherzer takes loss in 1-0 game
    Max Scherzer pitched seven innings of one-run ball Monday in a loss to the Giants.

    Advice: Scherzer definitely did his part in spite of a shaky first inning, finishing with 10 strikeouts and just three hits allowed and one walk. He dropped to 7-6 in the postseason, even though he has a strong 3.21 ERA. NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 9:53 pm
     
  • Eduardo Rodriguez pitches well over five-plus
    Eduardo Rodriguez was charged with two runs over five-plus frames Monday as the Red Sox beat the Rays 6-5 in Game 4 of the ALDS.

    Advice: Rodriguez was making the start on just three days' rest after he lasted only 1 2/3 innings in a Game 1 loss. You wouldn't know it by how he looked Monday, though, as the left-hander allowed just one baserunner through his first four innings, fanning six batters along the way. The Rays broke through with a run in the fifth and E-Rod was pulled after yielding a leadoff double in the sixth, with that run scoring on a Wander Franco homer. Rodriguez lost his win when the Rays battled back to knot things up, but he hardly cares about that right now. The lefty should get at least one start in the ALCS. NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 8:03 pm
  • Joc Pederson homers in Braves' 3-0 win
    Joc Pederson delivered his second pinch-hit homer of the series to account for all of the scoring Monday as the Braves beat the Brewers 3-0 to take a 2-1 lead in the NLDS.

    Advice: We thought Pederson might have earned himself a start with his big homer in Game 1, but the Braves have continued to bring him off the bench. He singled in Game 2, and he delivered the big blast today, hitting a three-run homer off Adrian Houser (Game 1's homer was also off Houser). It was Pederson's 11th career postseason homer. Game 4 of the NLDS is scheduled for Tuesday. Starters haven't been announced, but Huascar Ynoa figures to go for the Braves. The Brewers could use Eric Lauer or start Corbin Burnes on short rest. NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 1:42 pm
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  • Ian Anderson gets victory over Brewers
    Ian Anderson got the win Monday after pitching five scoreless innings against the Brewers in Game 3 of the NLDS.

    Advice: It was a scoreless game when Anderson was pulled for a pinch-hitter in the sixth, but Joc Pederson hit a three-run homer in his spot, putting Anderson in line for the win. Anderson allowed three hits, walked none and struck out six in the 84-pitch outing. He's made five postseason starts, dating back to last year, and gone without allowing a run in four of them. NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 1:37 pm
     
  • Eduardo Rodriguez to start for Red Sox
    The Red Sox confirmed that Eduardo Rodriguez would start Monday's Game 4 against the Rays.

    Advice: Rodriguez will be on three days' rest, but he threw just 41 pitches while giving up two runs in 1 2/3 innings in Game 1. It's highly unlikely that he'll go deep tonight, but with Nick Pivetta saving the bullpen last night, the Red Sox will have all of their usual relievers available. NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 12:29 pm
  • Braves roll out same lineup for Game 3 of NLDS
    Ozzie Albies is hitting third and playing second base for Game 3 of the NLDS against the Brewers on Monday.

    Advice: The Braves are going with the same lineup as Game 2 for their NLDS showdown against Freddy Peralta and the Brew Crew, with the only difference being Ian Anderson on the mound. The full lineup: Jorge Soler RF, Freddie Freeman 1B, Ozzie Albies 2B, Austin Riley 3B, Adam Duvall CF, Eddie Rosario LF, Travis d'Arnaud C, Dansby Swanson SS and Anderson pitching.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Oct 11, 6:30 am
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  • Garcia gives up five runs in Game 3 start vs. CHW
    Luis Garcia was charged with five runs over two innings Sunday in his ALDS Game 3 start against the White Sox.

    Advice: He gave up an RBI single to Eloy Jimenez in the bottom of the first, but the Astros plated five unanswered runs before things fell apart for Garcia in the third. He gave up a two-run homer to Yasmani Grandal in the frame and later allowed consecutive singles before Dusty Baker decided to remove him in favor of Yimi Garcia in the middle of an at-bat. The decision quickly backfired, as Leury Garcia launched a go-ahead three-run homer. The teams would go back-and-forth before the White Sox pulled away for good. NBCSportsEDGE.com Oct 10, 9:41 pm
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  • Eduardo Rodriguez likely to start Game 4 on Monday
    Red Sox manager Alex Cora said after Sunday's victory that Eduardo Rodriguez is likely to start in Game 4 on Monday.

    Advice: Nick Pivetta had been scheduled to start for the Red Sox on Monday, but he was forced to work four innings out of the bullpen and earned a victory over the Rays in Game 3 on Sunday. Rodriguez was pulled in the second inning of his start against the Rays in Game 1 -- and the Rays are known to crush left-handed pitching -- so Rodriguez could have another short leash in this one. NBCSportsEDGE.com Oct 10, 7:48 pm
  • Nick Pivetta fires four shutout innings in victory
    Nick Pivetta did a tremendous job out of the Red Sox bullpen on Sunday night, firing four scoreless innings against the Rays to earn a victory in Game 3 of the ALDS.

    Advice: The right-hander -- who was scheduled to start in Game 4 on Monday -- was needed on Sunday instead when this one went to extra innings. He responded in a huge way, entering in the 10th inning and allowing just three hits and a walk while racking up seven strikeouts. The Red Sox will now turn to either Eduardo Rodriguez or Chris Sale, or go with a bullpen game to try to close out the series on Monday. NBCSportsEDGE.com Oct 10, 6:31 pm
     
  • Max Scherzer to start Game 3 vs Giants in NLDS
    Max Scherzer will start Game 3 of the NLDS against the Giants on Monday.

    Advice: The right-hander was a bit wild during the Wild Card game against the Cardinals, allowing a run over 4 1/3 innings. Scherzer is a strong bet to bounce back in a big way for the Dodgers in a pivotal Game 3 as the NLDS heads to Los Angeles with the series tied at one game apiece.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Oct 10, 6:20 am
     
  • Chris Taylor scores three runs in Game 2 victory
    Chris Taylor had a big night at the plate in Saturday's Game 2 victory over the Giants, going 2-for-4 with a double and three runs scored.

    Advice: Taylor smacked a one-out double off of Kevin Gausman in the second inning then came around to score the game's first run on an RBI single by Julio Urias. He then walked and scored on A.J. Pollock's two-run double during a four-run sixth inning. Taylor also reached on an infield single in the seventh and dashed home on Matt Beaty's single into left field. He should be back in the lineup once again on Monday. NBCSportsEDGE.com Oct 9, 9:36 pm
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    Chris Taylor LAD - 2B,3B,SS,OF
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  • Julio Urias fans five in Game 2 win over Giants
    Julio Urias picked up his seventh career postseason victory on Saturday, limiting the Giants to one run on three hits over five innings in Game 2 of the NLDS.

    Advice: The 25-year-old southpaw struck out five and issued just one free pass in the ballgame, throwing 50 of his 72 pitches for strikes. He wound up being lifted for a pinch-hitter during the Dodgers four-run uprising in the sixth inning. Urias generated seven swings and misses in the contest while registering an underwhelming CSW of 21 percent. He also drove in the game's first run with an RBI single off of Kevin Gausman in the second inning. He's likely to get the ball again if the series goes to a decisive Game 5 in San Francisco on Monday. NBCSportsEDGE.com Oct 9, 9:36 pm
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  • Austin Riley homers in Game 2 victory
    Austin Riley went 2-for-4 and homered Saturday in the victory over the Brewers.

    Advice: He went deep off Brandon Woodruff in the sixth. It was Riley's second postseason homer in 14 games over the last two years. He's 3-for-8 in the NLDS. NBCSportsEDGE.com Oct 9, 5:39 pm
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    Austin Riley Atl - 1B,3B,OF
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  • Nick Pivetta likely to start Game 4 for Red Sox
    Red Sox manager Alex Cora told reporters on Saturday that Nick Pivetta is likely to start Game 4 against the Rays on Monday.

    Advice: While it hasn't officially been decided, Pivetta looks to be the choice. Cora noted that Eduardo Rodriguez and Chris Sale could also be available, though it seems the Red Sox are leery of throwing another southpaw against the Rays if they can avoid it. Pivetta gave up three runs over 4 2/3 innings out of the bullpen in Game 1 on Thursday. NBCSportsEDGE.com Oct 9, 4:40 pm
     
  • Chris Taylor starting in CF for Game 2 vs. Giants
    Chris Taylor is starting in center field and hitting sixth on Saturday night in Game 2 of the NLDS against the Giants.

    Advice: Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said late Friday that Taylor would be back in the starting lineup on Saturday night, which means that Cody Bellinger moves to first base and Matt Beaty is on the bench against righty Kevin Gausman. Here's the full lineup: Mookie Betts RF, Corey Seager SS, Trea Turner 2B, Justin Turner 3B, Will Smith C, Chris Taylor CF, Cody Bellinger 1B, A.J. Pollock LF, Julio Urías P. NBCSportsEDGE.com Oct 9, 1:42 pm
    New Player Note
    Chris Taylor LAD - 2B,3B,SS,OF
    W, 10-3 vs Mil
     
  • Joc Pederson not in Braves' Game 2 lineup vs. MIL
    Joc Pederson is not in the Braves' starting lineup on Saturday for Game 2 of the NLDS against the Brewers.

    Advice: Pederson supplied the Braves' lone run of the series opener with a pinch-hit solo shot off righty reliever Adrian Houser in the eight inning, but will not be in there initially on Saturday evening to face hard-throwing righty Brandon Woodruff. Here's the full lineup: Jorge Soler RF, Freddie Freeman 1B, Ozzie Albies 2B, Austin Riley 3B, Adam Duvall CF, Eddie Rosario LF, Travis d'Arnaud C, Dansby Swanson, Max Fried P. NBCSportsEDGE.com Oct 9, 10:51 am
    W, 5-0 vs NYM
     
  • Chris Taylor will be in Dodgers' Game 2 lineup
    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said late Friday that Chris Taylor will be in the starting lineup for Game 2 on Saturday night against the Giants.

    Advice: Roberts added that Taylor, who has been dealing with a neck issue recently but still managed to deliver a walk-off homer in the NL Wild Card game against the Cardinals earlier this week, will start in center field with Cody Bellinger shifting over to first base. It's a worthwhile gamble to attempt to kick-start the Dodgers' offense, which was limited to just five hits in a shutout loss to the Giants in the series opener on Friday night. NBCSportsEDGE.com Oct 9, 6:00 am
    New Player Note
    Chris Taylor LAD - 2B,3B,SS,OF
    W, 10-3 vs Mil
     
  • Joc Pederson homers against Brewers in Game 1
    Joc Pederson delivered a pinch-hit homer for the Braves' only run in Game 1 of the NLDS on Friday.

    Advice: As per usual lately, Pederson was on the bench in favor of Eddie Rosario and Jorge Soler against a righty. Perhaps he earned himself a start in Game 2 with the blast off Adrian Houser. NBCSportsEDGE.com Oct 8, 4:47 pm
    W, 5-0 vs NYM
     
  • Garcia to start Game 3; Urquidy likely for Game 4
    Luis Garcia will start Game 3 of the ALDS for the Astros against the White Sox on Sunday.

    Advice: Manager Dusty Baker also said that Jose Urquidy will probably get the ball in Game 4, if there is one. The White Sox will either start Dylan Cease or Carlos Rodon in Game 3, with Cease being the much likelier choice. NBCSportsEDGE.com Oct 8, 8:13 am
    DTD
    W, 7-6 vs Oak
     
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