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  • Chirinos (elbow) will not be ready Opening Day
    Yonny Chirinos will not be ready for Opening Day day after undergoing surgery for a fractured elbow in late September.

    Advice: The 27-year-old was 13-months removed from Tommy John surgery before suffering a fractured elbow while throwing live batting practice in late September. The good news is that his repaired ulnar5 collateral ligament was not damaged. Tampa Bay hopes to have their right-hander back by late April or May if there are no further setbacks.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 2:22 pm
     
  • Ryan Weber elects free agency
    Ryan Weber has elected free agency.

    Advice: The Mariners outrighted Weber off their 40-man roster and he's decided to look for a job elsewhere. Weber has a career 5.28 ERA over 63 appearances in parts of seven big league seasons. NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 12:44 pm
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    L, 3-7 vs LAA
     
  • Cardinals claim Ljay Newsome off waivers
    Cardinals claimed RHP Ljay Newsome off waivers from the Mariners.

    Advice: Newsome is working his way back from Tommy John surgery and likely won't be ready to pitch until at least midseason next year. When healthy, the 25-year-old's great control gives him a shot to be a back-end starter. NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 12:42 pm
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    L, 2-3 vs ChC
     
  • David Price taking Joe Kelly's (biceps) spot
    David Price will take Joe Kelly's (biceps) spot on the Dodgers' NLCS roster.

    Advice: Manager Dave Roberts hinted that Price would be the choice after Thursday's Game 5 and he made it official Friday. Kelly will miss the rest of the season with a strained biceps. Price was on the team's NLDS roster but didn't pitch. NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 11:10 am
    W, 10-3 vs Mil
     
  • Luke Bard outrighted to Triple-A
    Angels sent RHP Luke Bard outright to Triple-A Salt Lake.

    Advice: Bard had hip surgery back in April and missed the entire season. He's now off the 40-man roster. NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 9:41 am
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    W, 7-3 @Sea
     
  • David Price likely to replace Kelly on NLCS roster
    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts told reporters after Game 5 on Thursday that David Price is at the "top of the list" to replace Joe Kelly on the NLCS roster.

    Advice: Roberts said that the team is considering a few players, but that Price was "on the top of the list." Price wasn't included on the NLCS roster to begin the series, but there will be an opener after the Dodgers remove Joe Kelly, who is going to miss the rest of the season with a right biceps strain. The left-hander should be available for an inning or two on Saturday.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 9:52 pm
    W, 10-3 vs Mil
     
  • Scherzer confirmed for Game 6 start against Braves
    Max Scherzer will start Game 6 against the Braves on Saturday.

    Advice: No surprise here, but always nice to get confirmation. Scherzer started Game 2 against Atlanta on Sunday; throwing 4 1/3 innings of two-run baseball before leaving and admitting that he was dealing with a tired arm. He's going on full rest, so Scherzer should be all systems go for a must-win game on Saturday against Atlanta at Truist Park. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 9:49 pm
     
  • Fried struggles, pulled in fifth against Dodgers
    Max Fried allowed five runs in 4 2/3 innings in Thursday's Game 5 loss in the NLCS to the Dodgers. 

    Advice: Fried eight hits and a pair of walks, and he struck out three. He was staked a 2-0 lead in the first, but he gave up two homers in the second: a solo shot to AJ Pollock and a two-run shot to Chris Taylor. Those two would combine for five homers, but the rest would come off an ineffective Atlanta bullpen. Fried wasn't exactly effective himself, however, giving up two more runs and having easily his worst start since the start of September. He could be an option for Atlanta in the bullpen in Game 7.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 8:42 pm
    W, 5-0 vs NYM
     
  • Dodgers designate Edwin Uceta for assignment
    Dodgers designated RHP Edwin Uceta for assignment.

    Advice: This move opens up a spot for infielder Andy Burns, who is joining the Dodgers' NLCS roster in place of the injured Justin Turner. Uceta struggled to a 6.64 ERA, 1.53 WHIP, and 25/12 K/BB ratio over his first 20 1/3 major league innings this season, but he is only 23 years old. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 2:00 pm
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    Edwin Uceta LAD - SP,RP
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    W, 10-3 vs Mil
     
  • McCullers (forearm) likely out rest of postseason
    Astros manager Dusty Baker indicated Thursday that Lance McCullers (forearm) is likely done for the remainder of the postseason.

    Advice: McCullers was left off the Astros' roster for the ALCS against the Red Sox after making an early exit from his ALDS Game 4 start last Tuesday in Chicago due to right forearm discomfort. He's yet to resume throwing, and the World Series begins early next week. The good news long term is that imaging tests have revealed no structural damage. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 11:17 am
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    W, 7-6 vs Oak
     
  • Luis Garcia to start Game 6 of ALCS vs. Red Sox
    Luis Garcia will start for the Astros in Game 6 of the ALCS on Friday versus the Red Sox.

    Advice: Garcia made an early exit from his Game 1 start in this series last Saturday due to a right knee strain -- getting charged with five earned runs while recording only three outs -- but the injury has proven to be relatively minor and the rookie right-hander will now try to help pitch the Astros through to the World Series. They're up 3-2 in the ALCS as it shifts back to Minute Maid Park in Houston. Nathan Eovaldi is expected to work Game 6 for the Sox. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 11:10 am
    W, 7-6 vs Oak
     
  • Max Fried will start NLCS Game 5 against Dodgers
    Max Fried will start Game 5 of the NLCS on Thursday night against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Fried draws the starting assignment with the Braves holding a commanding 3-1 series lead over the Dodgers and looking to punch their ticket to the World Series for the first time since 1999. The 27-year-old left-hander yielded two runs over six innings in a no-decision in Game 1 of the NLCS last weekend. The Dodgers will counter with a bullpen game. NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 9:07 pm
    W, 5-0 vs NYM
     
  • Smyly goes 3 2/3 to pick up win in Game 4 vs. LAD
    Drew Smyly gave up two runs in 3 2/3 innings of relief to pick up a win on Wednesday in Game 4 of the NLCS over the Dodgers. 

    Advice: Jesse Chavez opened this game after Huascar Ynoa was scratched, and Smyly was effective enough to essentially be a bulk arm on Wednesday. He walked one while striking out two, and outside of a two-run single by AJ Pollock, he was able to keep the Dodgers from doing damage. Smyly could be a bullpen option if the series gets to Atlanta, but isn't likely to be available in Game 5 on Thursday.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 8:40 pm
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    Drew Smyly Atl - SP,RP
    W, 5-0 vs NYM
     
  • Urias struggles, gives up five in loss to Braves
    Julio Urias gave up five runs in five innings in a loss to the Braves on Wednesday in Game 4 of the NLCS. 

    Advice: Urias clearly didn't have his best stuff, but with the Dodgers committed to a bullpen game on Thursday, Los Angeles was essentially pot-committed to the southpaw going five innings. He allowed three homers in the contest -- all solo -- and he struck out three with two walks. A 20-game winner in 2021, this very well could be Urias's last start of the 2021 season. Despite his struggles on Wednesday, it'd be hard to call this anything but a success, and the 25-year-old is likely to be one of the first starters off the board in drafts come 2022.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 8:39 pm
    W, 10-3 vs Mil
     
  • Nathan Eovaldi to pitch in ALCS Game 6 vs. Astros
    Red Sox manager Alex Cora said Wednesday that Nathan Eovaldi will pitch on Friday night in Game 6 of the ALCS against the Astros.

    Advice: Eovaldi hasn't been officially named the Red Sox' Game 6 starter yet, but he seems likely to draw the starting assignment with Boston facing elimination in the best-of-seven series after a demoralizing blowout loss on Wednesday night at Fenway Park. The hard-throwing 31-year-old righty threw 24 pitches in relief during Tuesday's Game 4 loss, but appears good to go to make his fourth start of the 2021 postseason on Friday night at Minute Maid Park in Houston. NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 6:15 pm
    W, 7-5 @Was
     
  • Baker: Astros undecided on ALCS Game 6 starter
    Astros manager Dusty Baker said Wednesday that he's "still deciding" on who will start Game 6 of the ALCS on Friday night against the Red Sox.

    Advice: Luis Garcia, who made an early exit from Saturday's Game 2 loss with right knee discomfort, seems like the most likely candidate to take the mound with an opportunity to send the Astros to the World Series after a pair of lopsided victories at Fenway Park. However, a herculean effort from lefty Framber Valdez spared the Astros' bullpen from some additional work and gives them some additional options for the remainder of the series. Stay tuned. NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 6:03 pm
    W, 7-6 vs Oak
     
  • Sale pitches well, but Red Sox lose Game 5
    Chris Sale allowed four runs -- two earned -- in 5 1/3 innings in a loss to the Astros on Wednesday in Game 5 of the ALCS. 

    Advice: Sale allowed three hits, and he struck out seven with a pair of walks. He allowed a solo homer to Yordan Alvarez in the second innings, but settled down very nicely until the floodgates opened a bit in the sixth -- with very little help from his defense to close those gates. The statline isn't perfect by any means, but this was a very positive sign for Sale going forward, as he showed the stuff that made him one of the best pitchers in baseball not long ago. Unless the Red Sox win two straight games, however, his and Boston's season is over.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 5:43 pm
    W, 7-5 @Was
     
  • Valdez goes eight strong, Astros take 3-2 lead
    Framber Valdez went eight innings while allowing just a run on Wednesday to help the Astros to a 9-1 rout of the Red Sox in Game 5 of the ALCS.

    Advice: A starter going eight innings? In this economy? Valdez, 27, was outstanding; throwing six scoreless innings before allowing a solo shot to Rafael Devers in the seventh. The left-hander gave up just two other hits in the contest, and he walked just one with five strikeouts. Valdez doesn't have dominant stuff, but when he commands his sinker like he did on Wednesday, he can give lineups fits. His strong outing -- and plenty of offensive help -- have the Astros one win away from yet another trip to the Fall Classic.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 5:43 pm
    W, 7-6 vs Oak
     
  • Chris Sale getting start for Sox in Gm 5 of ALCS
    Chris Sale will get the start for the Red Sox in Game 5 of the ALCS on Wednesday against the Astros.

    Advice: Sale hasn't made it very deep into his two postseason starts thus far, but he's probably the best option for manager Alex Cora as the Red Sox look to recapture the lead in the best-of-seven series, which is currently tied 2-2 after Houston's come-from-behind win in Game 4 on Tuesday night at Fenway Park. Framber Valdez will take the hill first Wednesday for the visiting 'Stros. NBCSportsEDGE.com Tuesday, 9:38 pm
    W, 7-5 @Was
     
  • Framber Valdez to start ALCS Game 5 vs. BOS
    Framber Valdez will start for the Astros in Game 5 of the ALCS on Wednesday versus the Red Sox.

    Advice: Valdez was said to be available in relief in Game 4 on Tuesday, but the Astros were able to steer away from him as they earned a 9-2 victory in Boston to knot the best-of-seven American League Championship Series at two games apiece. The 27-year-old left-hander lasted just 2 2/3 innings in his ALCS Game 1 start last Friday in Houston. He'll be matched up against Chris Sale in Game 5 at Fenway Park. NBCSportsEDGE.com Tuesday, 9:34 pm
    W, 7-6 vs Oak
     
  • Nathan Eovaldi takes loss in relief in Game 4
    Nathan Eovaldi was charged with four runs in two-thirds of an inning of relief Tuesday against the Astros in Game 4 of the ALCS.

    Advice: Eovaldi is in line to start Game 6, but this was his throw day so he offered to pitch an inning. The move backfired, with the righty surrendering a go-ahead, two-out RBI single to Jason Castro on a 2-2 pitch after he didn't get a borderline pitch on 1-2. Eovaldi then walked the next batter and was pulled, left to watch from the dugout as Martin Perez let all three inherited runners score (and three more). He wound up throwing 24 pitches in the appearance, but Eovaldi should be fine for Game 6. NBCSportsEDGE.com Tuesday, 9:32 pm
    W, 7-5 @Was
     
  • Urias confirmed for NLCS Game 4 start vs. Braves
    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts confirmed that Julio Urias will start Game 4 of the NLCS on Wednesday against the Braves.

    Advice: It will be a bullpen game for the Braves, which isn't exactly ideal after their eighth-inning collapse in Tuesday's NLCS Game 3 loss at Los Angeles. Urias was the only 20-game winner in baseball during the regular season and pitched well in the NLDS before struggling in relief in Game 2 of the NLCS on Sunday. This best-of-seven series has the Braves leading 2-1, but there's maybe been a sudden momentum swing for the defending World Series champs. NBCSportsEDGE.com Tuesday, 7:25 pm
    W, 10-3 vs Mil
     
  • Valdez, Garcia available out of bullpen in Gm 4
    Framber Valdez and Luis Garcia are both available out of the Astros' bullpen in ALCS Game 4 on Tuesday, per manager Dusty Baker.

    Advice: There's no word yet as to who is lined up to handle Game 5 against the Red Sox on Wednesday, though Valdez would be the obvious choice if he's not needed in Game 4. Houston, down 2-1 in the best-of-seven series, will go with an all-hands-on-deck approach behind starter Zack Greinke on Tuesday night at Fenway Park. NBCSportsEDGE.com Tuesday, 2:34 pm
    W, 7-6 vs Oak
     
  • Chris Sale available out of bullpen for Game 4
    Red Sox manager Alex Cora said Chris Sale is available out of the bullpen for Game 4 of the ALCS on Tuesday. 

    Advice: Of course, Cora would like to avoid that scenario if he can. Assuming Sale isn't used Tuesday, he's the likely starter for Game 5 against the Astros on Wednesday.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Tuesday, 12:36 pm
    W, 7-5 @Was
     
  • Julio Urias on track to start Game 4 of the NLCS
    Julio Urias is on track to start Game 4 of the NLCS against the Braves on Wednesday. 

    Advice: Urias threw 14 pitches in relief in Game 2 of the NLCS on Sunday night, so there was some question about when he might pitch next, but the Dodgers are pleased with how he has bounced back from the outing. If the Dodgers are able to win one of the next two games, it sounds like Game 5 will be a bullpen approach for Dave Roberts.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Tuesday, 10:51 am
    W, 10-3 vs Mil
     
  • Roberts says Urias could be pushed back to Game 5
    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Monday that it's possible Julio Urias will be pushed back a day to start Game 5 of the NLCS.

    Advice: Game 4 is still on the table, but it will depend on how the left-hander feels after he was used in relief on Sunday in Game 2. The plan is for the Dodgers to have a bullpen game for whichever contest Urias does not start. NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 3:47 pm
    W, 10-3 vs Mil
     
  • Eovaldi says he could throw an inning in Game 3
    Red Sox manager Alex Cora said Nathan Eovaldi feels like he would be able to throw an inning in Game 3 of the ALCS against the Astros on Monday. 

    Advice: Cora probably hopes that won't be necessary, but it's certainly good to hear. Eovaldi allowed three runs over 5 1/3 innings in Saturday's Game 2 victory. He tweaked his back during his outing, but fortunately it's not a major concern. It remains to be seen how pitching in relief would impact his ability to start another game in the series.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 12:39 pm
    W, 7-5 @Was
     
  • Scherzer says his arm was 'dead' in NLCS Game 2
    Max Scherzer said following his start in Game 2 of the NLCS on Sunday that his arm was "dead" and he "could tell from warming up that it was still tired."

    Advice: Scherzer, who was making his third appearance in seven days, was pulled after throwing 79 pitches over 4 1/3 innings on Sunday. Alex Vesia came on to get two key outs and keep the game tied. While Scherzer wasn't at his best on Sunday, he doesn't expect the issue to keep him from making his next start. "I wasn't dealing with red flag injuries, it was just my arm was tired," said Scherzer. The Dodgers are down 2-0 to the Braves in the series, so it remains to be seen if he'll even get another chance.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 9:00 am
     
  • 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 Sunday, 8:56 pm
    W, 10-3 vs Mil
     
  • 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 Sunday, 8:49 pm
    W, 10-3 vs Mil
     
  • 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 Sunday, 8:49 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 Sunday, 10:29 am
    W, 7-6 vs Oak
     
  • Max Fried logs quality start in Game 1 no-decision
    Max Fried logged a quality start in a no-decision against the Dodgers in Game 1 of the NLCS on Saturday night, allowing two runs on eight hits over six frames.

    Advice: The 27-year-old southpaw punched out five on the night and didn't walk a batter, throwing 60 of his 81 pitches for strikes. He allowed an RBI single to Chris Taylor in the second inning then served up a solo blast to Will Smith in the fourth, but that was the extent of the damage done against him. Fried would be on regular rest to take the ball again on Game 5 in Atlanta on Thursday. He now boasts a 1.50 ERA and 0.92 WHIP over 12 innings in his two postseason starts. NBCSportsEDGE.com Saturday, 8:30 pm
    W, 5-0 vs NYM
     
  • 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
    W, 7-6 vs Oak
     
  • Nathan Eovaldi checks out fine after Game 2 win
    Red Sox manager Alex Cora said after Saturday's victory over the Astros in Game 2 of the ALCS that Nathan Eovaldi checked out fine.

    Advice: Eovaldi had a visit from the team trainer during the fifth inning after he apparently slipped on the mound and felt something in his back, but it sounds like it's a non-issue. The right-hander was evaluated after the game and Cora said that he's just fine. He remains on track to start a potential Game 6 if necessary. NBCSportsEDGE.com Saturday, 5:53 pm
    W, 7-5 @Was
     
  • Nathan Eovaldi picks up win over Astros in Game 2
    Nathan Eovaldi picked up his second victory of the postseason on Saturday, limiting the Astros to three runs on five hits over 5 1/3 innings.

    Advice: The right-hander punched out three and walked one on the afternoon, throwing 53 of his 81 pitches for strikes. The Red Sox staked him to an early 8-0 lead in this one, and all Eovaldi needed to do was keep the train on the tracks. All of the damage done against him came in the fourth inning, where the Astros strung together a walk and three straight hits to push three runs across. Eovaldi generated nine swings and misses in the game while posting a CSW of 27 percent. He's on track to start against the Astros in Game 6 of the series on Friday, unless the Red Sox opt to bring him back on short rest in Game 5 on Wednesday. NBCSportsEDGE.com Saturday, 5:30 pm
    W, 7-5 @Was
     
  • 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
    W, 7-6 vs Oak
     
  • 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
    W, 7-6 vs Oak
     
  • 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
     
  • Framber Valdez allows three runs in no-decision
    Framber Valdez allowed three runs -- two earned -- over 2 2/3 innings on Friday but was not involved in the decision as the Astros defeated the Red Sox 5-4 in Game 1 of the ALCS. 

    Advice: Valdez almost escaped the third inning with only one run across, a solo shot from Enrique Hernadez, but Jose Altuve booted an inning-ending double play that would extend the frame. Hunter Renfroe would go on to add an RBI double, making it 3-1 Boston. The 27-year-old did manage to collect two strikeouts and become the all-time Astros leader with 32 punchouts through their first five postseason games. Valdez struggled to throw first-pitch strikes and it set him up for a rough night in Houston. The right-hander will hope to harness command when he takes the mound again this series.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Friday, 9:35 pm
    W, 7-6 vs Oak
     
  • Chris Sale chased early in no-decision vs. Astros
    Chris Sale allowed one run on five hits over 2 2/3 innings on Friday during Game 1 of the ALCS versus the Astros but was not involved in the decision as Boston fell to Houston 5-4.

    Advice: The southpaw was simply not sharp during the outing, leaving with 62 pitches thrown. Sale had reportedly found something in his recent bullpen sessions that led to Boston being confident in his Game 1 start, but he still has some work to do. The 32-year-old did generate a 33 percent whiff rate on his slider, but only managed six swings and kisses overall and a 21 percent CSW. Sale managed to record just eight outs and was bailed out by a show-stopping catch from Enrique Hernandez in the third to prevent further runs being charged to the left-hander. Boston's ace has always struggled in the postseason, carrying a lifetime 7.27 ERA over eight appearances going into Friday's game with a 1.46 WHIP. Sale will hope for better results later in the series when he gets the ball again.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Friday, 9:28 pm
    W, 7-5 @Was
     
  • McCullers' forearm injury muscular, not structural
    Lance McCullers' right forearm injury is muscular in nature, not structural.

    Advice: Astros manager Dusty Baker revealed the news on Friday. McCullers isn't able to throw right now and, thus, is not on the team's ALCS roster. However, the diagnosis is an encouraging one all things considered. There would seem to be a chance the righty could make it back for the World Series should the Astros advance, although Baker said Friday that that's unclear at the moment. NBCSportsEDGE.com Friday, 1:45 pm
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    W, 7-6 vs Oak
     
  • McCullers (forearm) not on Astros' ALCS roster
    Lance McCullers (forearm) is not on the Astros' ALCS roster.

    Advice: The Astros seem confident that McCullers' forearm injury isn't a long-term concern, but it's bad enough that he will not be available to pitch in the ALCS. It remains to be seen whether he might have a shot to return for the World Series should the Astros advance. Other notable roster decisions from Houston include Jake Meyers (shoulder), Jake Odorizzi and Jose Siri (finger) making it. NBCSportsEDGE.com Friday, 8:56 am
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    W, 7-6 vs Oak
     
  • 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
    W, 10-3 vs Mil
     
  • 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
     
  • Chris Sale starting Game 1 of ALCS vs. Astros
    Chris Sale will start Game 1 of the ALCS against the Astros.

    Advice: Sale will take the ball on Friday night for the opener of the best-of-seven series at Minute Maid Park in Houston. Nathan Eovaldi draws the starting assignment for Game 2 on Saturday afternoon. The 32-year-old lefty was shelled for five runs over one inning of work in his last postseason start against the Rays in Game 2 of the ALDS last week. He'll aim to rebound as the Red Sox attempt to make it back to the World Series for the second time in the last four years. NBCSportsEDGE.com Thursday, 2:26 pm
    W, 7-5 @Was
     
  • Framber Valdez to start ALCS Game 1 for Astros
    Framber Valdez will start for the Astros in Game 1 of the ALCS on Friday night against the Red Sox.

    Advice: Luis Garcia is on tap for ALCS Game 2 with Lance McCullers (forearm) likely out for this round. Valdez registered a sharp 3.14 ERA with 125 strikeouts over 134 2/3 innings (22 starts) during the 2021 regular season, but he mostly struggled in his lone ALDS outing versus the White Sox last week. NBCSportsEDGE.com Thursday, 12:25 pm
    W, 7-6 vs Oak
     
  • McCullers (forearm) 'most likely out' for ALCS
    Lance McCullers (forearm) is "most likely out for the ALCS," per Jon Heyman of MLB Network.

    Advice: Heyman reported an hour ago that an MRI on McCullers' right forearm showed no major long-term concerns, but it sounds like there is at least some level of injury here that will prevent the 28-year-old starter from participating in the Astros' best-of-seven ALCS matchup with the Red Sox. It's obviously a disappointing development for Houston ahead of Game 1 on Friday night at Minute Maid Park. McCullers allowed just one run over 10 2/3 innings (two starts) in the ALDS against the White Sox. NBCSportsEDGE.com Thursday, 10:20 am
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    W, 7-6 vs Oak
     
  • McCullers undergoes MRI for forearm discomfort
    According to Jon Heyman of MLB Network, Lance McCullers (forearm) "had an MRI and word is that he should be fine in the long run."

    Advice: But that doesn't really clarify his status for the Astros' upcoming best-of-seven ALCS matchup against the Red Sox, which begins with Game 1 on Friday night. McCullers made an early exit from Tuesday's ALDS clincher against the White Sox after experiencing discomfort in his right forearm. There should be a more official diagnosis and prognosis within the next 12-24 hours. NBCSportsEDGE.com Thursday, 9:15 am
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    W, 7-6 vs Oak
     
  • 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
     
  • McCullers removed Tuesday due to forearm issue
    Lance McCullers was removed from his ALDS Game 4 start Tuesday versus the White Sox due to right forearm discomfort.

    Advice: This is obviously a highly concerning development for the Astros as they prepare for a best-of-seven American League Championship Series matchup against the Red Sox. McCullers tossed four innings of one-run ball on 73 pitches in ALDS Game 4 before giving way to Yimi Garcia in the bottom of the fifth. Houston was up 5-1 at the time and went on to win 10-1. Look for further information on McCullers in the coming days. NBCSportsEDGE.com Tuesday, 4:23 pm
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    W, 7-6 vs Oak
     
  • Lance McCullers yields one run over four frames
    Lance McCullers allowed only one run but lasted just four innings before exiting with forearm soreness Tuesday in the Astros' 10-1 ALDS Game 4 win over the White Sox.

    Advice: McCullers had some trouble with Gavin Sheets, serving up a solo home run to the designated hitter in the second inning and a double to him in the fourth. Those were the only two extra-base hits the right-hander gave up among five hits he surrendered. McCullers did walk three, which helped push his pitch count up to 73 in his four frames. Manager Dusty Baker then pulled him and later revealed it was due to right forearm soreness. Obviously, it's a potentially major blow as the Astros advance to the ALCS for the fifth straight season. NBCSportsEDGE.com Tuesday, 3:45 pm
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    W, 7-6 vs Oak
     
  • 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
    W, 10-3 vs Mil
     
  • 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
     
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