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  • That's more like it: Turner picks up three hits
    Trea Turner went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored on Thursday in a Game 5 win over the Braves in the NLCS. 

    Advice: Well, that's more like it. Turner -- after an outstanding regular season -- has struggled mightily in the postseason, but was able to have a breakout game when the Dodgers needed it most. The Dodgers probably would have been just fine without it, but it's still nice to see. He hit a pair of opposite-field singles before blistering a ball into left to score Mookie Betts. It's a very positive sign for Los Angeles, as they need Turner at his best if they're going to win two more games to advance to the World Series. It sure wouldn't hurt, anyway.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 8:42 pm
    W, 10-3 vs Mil
     
  • CT3 homers three times as Dodgers clobber Braves
    Chris Taylor homered three times and drove in six runs as the Dodgers clobbered the Braves 11-2 on Thursday in Game 5 of the NLCS. 

    Advice: It's the first time a player has hit three homers in a possible elimination game. Taylor had a chance to become that first player with four homers in a postseason game, but struck out in the ninth inning. It's a sensational game from a player that has had plenty of highs in his time with the Dodgers, and it helps the Dodgers win their seventh-consecutive game with a chance to be eliminated. Taylor and the Dodgers will head to Atlanta for Game 6 on Saturday. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 8:42 pm
    New Player Note
    Chris Taylor LAD - 2B,3B,SS,OF
    W, 10-3 vs Mil
     
  • Dodgers add Andy Burns in place of Justin Turner
    Dodgers purchased the contract of INF Andy Burns from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

    Advice: Burns will join the NLCS roster in place of Justin Turner, who is done for the remainder of the 2021 postseason after suffering a Grade 2 hamstring strain in the Dodgers' Game 4 loss to the Braves on Wednesday night. Burns, 31, is 3-for-17 (.176) lifetime at the major league level. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 1:39 pm
    W, 10-3 vs Mil
     
  • Gavin Lux back in center field in Game 4 of NLCS
    Gavin Lux is back in center field and batting fifth in Game 4 of the NLCS on Wednesday versus the Braves.

    Advice: Lux made a bad defensive blunder in Game 3 on Tuesday as the Braves put up four runs in the top of the fourth inning, but the Dodgers managed to pull out a 6-5 comeback victory and will roll with the same starting lineup for Game 4: Mookie Betts RF, Corey Seager SS, Trea Turner 2B, Will Smith C, Gavin Lux CF, Justin Turner 3B, Cody Bellinger 1B, Chris Taylor LF and Julio Urias SP. NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 1:32 pm
    Player Note
    Gavin Lux LAD - 2B,SS,OF
    W, 10-3 vs Mil
     
  • Dansby Swanson at leadoff in NLCS Game 4 vs. LAD
    Dansby Swanson is batting leadoff in NLCS Game 4 on Wednesday night against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Eddie Rosario functioned as Atlanta's leadoff man for the first three games of this best-of-seven NLCS, but he's going to hit fifth Wednesday versus Dodgers left-hander Julio Urias. The full starting lineup for the Braves, who are up 2-1 in the series: Dansby Swanson SS, Freddie Freeman 1B, Ozzie Albies 2B, Austin Riley 3B, Eddie Rosario LF, Adam Duvall CF, Joc Pederson RF, Travis d'Arnaud C, Huascar Ynoa SP. NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 1:03 pm
    W, 5-0 vs NYM
     
  • Red Sox sticking with same lineup in ALCS Gm 5
    Xander Bogaerts is batting third for the Red Sox in ALCS Game 5 on Wednesday versus the Astros.

    Advice: It's the same starting lineup the Sox rolled out in Games 3 and 4: Enrique Hernandez CF, Kyle Schwarber 1B, Xander Bogaerts SS, Rafael Devers 3B, J.D. Martinez DH, Hunter Renfroe RF, Alex Verdugo LF, Christian Arroyo 2B, Christian Vazquez C. Chris Sale will be on the bump first as Boston looks to jump back ahead in the best-of-seven series after losing 9-2 on Tuesday night. Framber Valdez is going for Houston. NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 9:30 am
     
  • Xander Bogaerts homers, doubles in Red Sox' loss
    Xander Bogaerts ripped a two-run home run and added a double Tuesday as the Red Sox fell to the Astros.

    Advice: After Alex Bregman gave the Astros an early lead with a solo home run in the top of the first inning, Bogaerts put the Red Sox ahead with a two-run blast over the Green Monster in the bottom of the frame. He also added a double, picking up two of just five hits on the night for Boston. The home run was Bogaerts' third during these playoffs. NBCSportsEDGE.com Tuesday, 9:14 pm
     
  • Corey Seager homers again in Dodgers' comeback win
    Corey Seager popped a two-run home run and drew a walk Tuesday in NLCS Game 3 versus the Braves.

    Advice: Seager put the Dodgers out to an early lead, following Mookie Betts' leadoff walk in the bottom of the first inning with a 444-foot bomb to center field on a hanging curveball by Charlie Morton. The Dodgers' offense went into hibernation after that but awoke in the eighth inning with four runs. Seager also had a two-run dinger in Game 2. NBCSportsEDGE.com Tuesday, 6:43 pm
    W, 10-3 vs Mil
     
  • Report: Mets, Báez could talk extension quickly
    Andy Martino of SNY.tv hears from league sources that there's a "real chance" the Mets and Javier Báez could agree early in the offseason on a contract extension. 

    Advice: This doesn't mean that Báez won't test free agency first, but there seems to be mutual interest in hammering out an agreement, even with the Mets actively looking for new front office leadership. Báez had a close relationship with Francisco Lindor even before coming to Queens and they both thrived late in the season while working together in the cage. The impending free agent also had several conversations with owner Steve Cohen following the season and appear to be on the same page about the vision for the franchise. Martino hears that Báez could be "inclined to stay" if the Mets make a serious offer early, though it's unclear what that offer could entail. It will surely be something in the $150-200 million range. Baez, who turns 29 in December, slashed .299/.371/.515 with nine homers, 22 RBI, and five steals over 47 games after being traded from Chicago to New York.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Tuesday, 11:45 am
    L, 0-5 @Atl
     
  • A's outright Kozma off 40-man roster
    Athletics sent INF Pete Kozma outright to Triple-A Las Vegas. 

    Advice: Kozma will become a free agent after clearing waivers. The veteran infielder was added to the A's roster late in the season for roster depth. He figures to get a spring training invite somewhere over the winter.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Tuesday, 9:52 am
    Player Note
    Pete Kozma Oak - 2B,SS
    NA
    L, 6-7 @Hou
     
  • Cashman: Gleyber Torres best suited at second base
    Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Tuesday that Gleyber Torres is best-suited at second base. 

    Advice: This doesn't come as a big surprise after the Yankees moved Torres over to second base in mid-September. Perhaps the full-time move will take some pressure off him and allow him to thrive at the plate once again. Cashman also said Tuesday that "shortstop is an area of need" and they "have to address it." In other words, look for them to be heavily-involved in the deep market for free agent shortstops this offseason.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Tuesday, 8:31 am
    W, 1-0 vs TB
     
  • Fernando Tatis Jr. (shoulder) won't have surgery
    Fernando Tatis Jr. will not undergo surgery on his left shoulder. 

    Advice: Getting the surgery out of the way early in the offseason would have made the most sense in order to give Tatis enough time to get ready for the start of the 2022 season, so the news doesn't come as a shock at this point. Surgery has been mentioned as a possibility after he had his shoulder pop out three times during the season, requiring a pair of stints on the injured list. The feeling is that surgery will be needed eventually, but Tatis going to use the offseason to strengthen the shoulder instead. He's looking like the early favorite to be the top overall pick in mixed league drafts next spring, but there's a degree of risk here.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 1:57 pm
     
  • 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 Sunday, 8:50 pm
    New Player Note
    Chris Taylor LAD - 2B,3B,SS,OF
    W, 10-3 vs Mil
     
  • 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 Sunday, 8:49 pm
    W, 10-3 vs Mil
     
  • 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
    W, 10-3 vs Mil
     
  • Enrique Hernandez homers again in Game 2 victory
    Enrique Hernandez had another monster day at the dish, going 2-for-4 with a homer and two runs scored as the Red Sox clobbered the Astros in Game 2 of the ALCS on Saturday afternoon in Houston.

    Advice: Hernandez singled in the second inning and rode home on the Rafael Devers grand slam. He then blasted a solo shot off of Jake Odorizzi in the fourth inning, extending the Red Sox advantage to 9-0. It's his fifth home run of the postseason, matching David Ortiz (2013 and 2004) and Todd Walker (2003) for the most home runs in a single postseason in Red Sox franchise history. His nine extra-base hits also set a record for the most in any five-game span in the postseason in MLB history. His 15 hits over a five-game stretch extend his record as well. He's hitting an absurd .500/.514/1.094 with five long balls and nine RBI this postseason. NBCSportsEDGE.com Saturday, 5:30 pm
    Player Note
    Kiké Hernández Bos - 2B,SS,OF
    W, 7-5 @Was
     
  • Kiké Hernández hitting second in Game 2 vs. Astros
    Enrique Hernández will start in center field and hit second on Saturday afternoon in Game 2 of the ALCS against the Astros.

    Advice: Hernández, who homered twice on Friday in the Red Sox' Game 1 loss to the Astros, has racked up a staggering 13 hits -- including eight of the extra-base variety -- over his last four playoff games, tied for the most over a four-game stretch in major-league postseason history. Alex Verdugo has been bumped up to the fifth spot in the Red Sox' lineup, ahead of veteran slugger J.D. Martinez, with righty Luis Garcia on the mound for the Astros. Here's the full lineup: Kyle Schwarber 1B, Enrique Hernández CF, Rafael Devers 3B, Xander Bogaerts SS, Alex Verdugo LF, J.D. Martinez DH, Hunter Renfroe RF, Kevin Plawecki C and Christian Arroyo 2B. NBCSportsEDGE.com Saturday, 10:01 am
    Player Note
    Kiké Hernández Bos - 2B,SS,OF
    W, 7-5 @Was
     
  • Sean Kazmar Jr. elects free agency
    Sean Kazmar Jr. has elected free agency.

    Advice: Kazmar Jr. finally made it back to the majors for the first time since 2008, appearing in three games with the Braves this season. The extremely-respected 37-year-old journeyman infielder should be able to land a minor-league deal with an invite to spring training this offseason. NBCSportsEDGE.com Saturday, 5:06 am
    NA
    W, 5-0 vs NYM
     
  • Carlos Correa swats go-ahead homer in Game 1 win
    Carlos Correa went 3-for-4 with a go-ahead solo homer on Friday night, powering the Astros to a 5-4 comeback victory over the Red Sox in Game 1 of the ALCS.

    Advice: The 27-year-old continues to build his resume for his upcoming free agency by hitting a no-doubt blast to left field with two outs in the seventh inning. Correa would pose at home plate, pointing to his imaginary watch screaming "It's my time," before circling the bases to put Houston ahead by a run. The Astros shortstop is batting .471 this postseason with five RBI. NBCSportsEDGE.com Friday, 9:50 pm
    W, 7-6 vs Oak
     
  • Enrique Hernández homers twice in Sox' Game 1 loss
    Enrique Hernández was a one-man wrecking crew on Friday night going 4-for-5 with a pair of solo homers and a double in the Red Sox' loss to the Astros in Game 1 of the ALCS.

    Advice: The 30-year-old started his evening by robbing Michael Brantley of a surefire RBI base hit to end a bases-loaded jam in the third inning. Hernández would go on to lead off the following inning with a blast a game-tying home run that traveled an estimated 448 feet over the centerfield wall. The former Dodger would go on to add another difficult catch that he almost overran in deep right-center before connecting for a second solo home run in the top of the ninth as Boston came up short in their comeback attempt. Hernandez tied Robin Yount and George Brett as the only other players to have two four-plus hit games in a single postseason, trailing only Albert Pujols who has three. NBCSportsEDGE.com Friday, 9:44 pm
    Player Note
    Kiké Hernández Bos - 2B,SS,OF
    W, 7-5 @Was
     
  • Urias "has earned the right to play regularly"
    Brewers president of baseball operations David Stearns said Friday that "certainly" Luis Urias "has earned the right to play regularly."

    Advice: Second base and shortstop are spoken for, so if Urias is an everyday player it would surely be at third base, although Stearns understandably didn't want to commit to that at this point. Urias had some ups and downs in 2021 but overall had a big power breakout with 23 home runs, 75 RBI and a .789 OPS. NBCSportsEDGE.com Friday, 8:45 am
    Player Note
    Luis Urías Mil - 2B,3B,SS
    L, 3-10 @LAD
     
  • Lux playing CF, batting sixth in Game 5 of NLDS
    Gavin Lux is starting in center field and hitting sixth in Game 5 of the NLDS on Thursday night against the Giants.

    Advice: Lux drew his first start of the 2021 postseason in NLDS Game 4 on Tuesday night and reached base four times as the Dodgers earned a 7-2 victory to force this series to a decisive Game 5 at Oracle Park in San Francisco. The full starting lineup for Los Angeles versus Giants right-hander Logan Webb: Mookie Betts RF, Corey Seager SS, Trea Turner 2B, Will Smith C, Justin Turner 3B, Gavin Lux CF, Cody Bellinger 1B, Chris Taylor LF, Corey Knebel SP. Julio Urias is expected to handle the bulk of the innings behind Knebel. NBCSportsEDGE.com Thursday, 1:35 pm
    Player Note
    Gavin Lux LAD - 2B,SS,OF
    W, 10-3 vs Mil
     
  • Gavin Lux will start for Dodgers in NLDS Game 5
    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Wednesday that Gavin Lux will be in the starting lineup on Thursday night for Game 5 of the NLDS against the Giants.

    Advice: Roberts wouldn't specify exactly what position Lux will play to kick-off Thursday night's winner-take-all elimination affair, but he'll be patrolling either left field or center field in place of AJ Pollock or Chris Taylor to open the contest. The 23-year-old spark plug reached base safely in all four of his plate appearances on Tuesday night in the Dodgers' Game 4 victory. NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 3:29 pm
    Player Note
    Gavin Lux LAD - 2B,SS,OF
    W, 10-3 vs Mil
     
  • Gavin Lux in CF, batting sixth in Game 4 of NLDS
    Gavin Lux is starting in center field and batting sixth in Game 4 of the NLDS on Tuesday night against the Giants.

    Advice: It'll be the first start of the postseason for Lux, who nearly launched a game-tying pinch-hit homer in the ninth inning of Monday night's NLDS Game 3 loss. The full Los Angeles lineup Tuesday versus Giants right-hander Anthony DeSclafani: Mookie Betts RF, Corey Seager SS, Trea Turner 2B, Will Smith C, Justin Turner 3B, Gavin Lux CF, Cody Bellinger 1B, Chris Taylor LF, Walker Buehler SP. NBCSportsEDGE.com Tuesday, 2:06 pm
    Player Note
    Gavin Lux LAD - 2B,SS,OF
    W, 10-3 vs Mil
     
  • Swanson hitting leadoff for Braves in NLDS Game 4
    Dansby Swanson will hit leadoff in Game 4 of the NLDS against the Brewers on Tuesday. 

    Advice: Swanson will move up in the order after Jorge Soler tested positive for COVID-19. While Christian Pache has been added to the roster, Guillermo Heredia will make the start in center field, with Joc Pederson in right. The full lineup for Atlanta: Swanson SS, Freddie Freeman 1B, Ozzie Albies 2B, Austin Riley 3B, Adam Duvall LF, Pederson RF, Travis d'Arnaud C, Heredia CF, Charlie Morton SP.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Tuesday, 12:50 pm
    W, 5-0 vs NYM
     
  • 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
    W, 10-3 vs Mil
     
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