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  • Braves interested in extension for Freddie Freeman
    Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos said the club is interested in signing Freddie Freeman to a contract extension.

    Advice: And why wouldn't they be? Freeman appears on track for his first National League MVP Award after batting .341/.462/.640 with 13 homers and 53 RBI over 60 games during the regular season. He's currently under contract through 2021 and Anthopoulos said there's mutual interest in something getting done. The Braves got Ronald Acuña Jr. and Ozzie Albies to sign below-market contracts in their extensions, so they should be able to afford to give Freeman whatever it takes to make him a Brave for life. 41 minutes ago
  • AA: Acuña (wrist) was 'banged up' during playoffs
    Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos concedes that Ronald Acuña Jr. (wrist) was "banged up" during the playoffs.

    Advice: Acuña was bothered by a left wrist issue during the season, even having a stint on the injured list in mid-August. He also needed a bit of a breather just prior to the postseason, but the Braves felt he could play through it and wouldn't risk making things worse. Acuña batted just .217 (10-for-46) with one home run during the postseason, but the wrist issue obviously provides some context. The expectation is that he should be back to normal with a full offseason to rest, so there's no need to drop him in any fantasy rankings going into 2021. He's as elite as it gets. 54 minutes ago
  • AA: Soroka (Achilles) will be throwing in spring
    Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos said Mike Soroka (Achilles) is expected to be throwing when the club arrives to spring training next year.

    Advice: Soroka underwent surgery in early August to a torn right Achilles tendon. He's hoping to be ready for Opening Day, but the Braves aren't ready to discuss a timetable just yet. We should know a lot more as spring training approaches. 58 minutes ago
    L, 1-9 vs Bos
  • Luis Perdomo undergoes Tommy John surgery
    Luis Perdomo underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow last week.

    Advice: The surgery was performed by Dr. Keith Meister in Texas. Perdomo missed some time with forearm inflammation this past season and apparently it turned out to be something significant. The surgery will unfortunately rule him out for the entire 2021 season. Today, 10:05 am
  • Rays add LHP Ryan Sherriff to World Series roster
    The Rays have added left-hander Ryan Sherriff to their roster for the World Series against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Sherriff has yet to appear in the postseason, but he'll effectively flip-flop with fellow left-hander Jose Alvarado on the Rays' roster. The 30-year-old tossed 9 2/3 scoreless innings during the regular season. Today, 8:31 am
  • Rays add OF Phillips, LHP Sherriff to WS roster
    The Rays have added outfielder Brett Phillips to their roster for the World Series against the Dodgers.

    Advice: The Rays have also added left-hander Ryan Sherriff to the roster while dropping left-hander Jose Alvardo and right-hander Aaron Slegers. Phillips was on the Rays' roster during the Wild Card Series and the ALDS, though he saw just two plate appearances. He'll provide some depth across the outfield as well as some impressive dancing ability. Today, 8:25 am
  • Walker Buehler to start Game 3 of World Series
    Walker Buehler will start Game 3 of the World Series for the Dodgers.

    Advice: The Dodgers are going with Clayton Kershaw in Game 1 and are undecided on Game 2. Buehler will be getting an extra day of rest before his Game 3 start after he went six shutout innings in Game 6 of the NLCS on Saturday. He'd then be on normal rest for a potential Game 7. The Rays have named their starters for the first two games, as Tyler Glasnow will go in Game 1 and Blake Snell in Game 2. Yesterday, 4:14 pm
  • Kevin Kiermaier (wrist) says he's 'good to go'
    Kevin Kiermaier (wrist) said Monday that he's "good to go."

    Advice: Kiermaier didn't start Games 4-6 of the ALCS after being hit on the left wrist by a pitch in Game 3, but he was back in the lineup for Game 7 and claims he'll be fine for the World Series. We wouldn't necessarily expect him to say anything else given what's on the line. Yesterday, 2:57 pm
  • Cody Bellinger says shoulder feels 'pretty good'
    Cody Bellinger said Monday that his right shoulder feels "pretty good."

    Advice: Bellinger's shoulder popped out of place during a celebration with Enrique Hernandez following his go-ahead home run in the seventh inning of Sunday's NLCS Game 7. He said that the shoulder has popped out 3-4 times before in the past, so it wasn't a total surprise to him and he knew what kind of pain to expect. While obviously not ideal, it doesn't sound like the injury is something to be overly concerned about. Yesterday, 2:17 pm
    W, 5-0 vs LAA
  • Brady Lail elects free agency
    Brady Lail has elected free agency.

    Advice: The Mariners removed Lail from their 40-man roster and he's decided to explore free agency rather than accept an outright assignment. Lail has posted a 5.21 ERA over nine appearances in the majors across the last two seasons. Yesterday, 2:15 pm
  • Joe Hudson elects free agency
    Joe Hudson has elected free agency.

    Advice: Hudson refused an outright assignment from the Mariners and instead will look for a job elsewhere this winter. The 29-year-old has seen spot duty in the majors each of the last three seasons. Yesterday, 2:13 pm
  • Joseph Odom outrighted by Mariners
    Mariners sent C Joseph Odom outright to Triple-A Tacoma.

    Advice: The Mariners are doing a little 40-man roster housecleaning. Odom went 5-for-39 at the plate for Seattle this season. Yesterday, 2:12 pm
  • Seth Frankoff outrighted by Mariners
    Mariners sent RHP Seth Frankoff outright to Triple-A Tacoma.

    Advice: He's now off the team's 40-man roster but will remain in the organization. Frankoff allowed five runs over 2 2/3 innings for the M's this season. Yesterday, 2:10 pm
  • Kershaw starting Game 1 of World Series vs. Rays
    Clayton Kershaw will start Game 1 of the World Series for the Dodgers against the Rays on Tuesday.

    Advice: It was the expected decision after Kershaw didn't pitch in Game 7 of the NLCS on Sunday, but now it's official. The veteran southpaw allowed four runs over five-plus innings in his most recent start in Game 4 of the NLCS against the Braves last Thursday. Much like the Dodgers, Kershaw is trying to finally win the big one. He'll try to outduel Tyler Glasnow to begin the series. Yesterday, 12:50 pm
  • Bauer open to "all types of deals" in free agency
    Trevor Bauer's agent, Rachel Luba, wrote on Twitter on Sunday that her client is open to open to and will be considering "ALL types of deals" in free agency.

    Advice: Bauer said in the past that he wanted to go year-to-year in free agency, but his thoughts have apparently shifted on the matter. It makes sense that he would do so coming off a Cy Young Award-caliber season with the Reds where he posted a 1.73 ERA and 100/17 K/BB ratio in 73 innings over 11 starts. He's shaping up to be the top free agent starter on the market and one of the best available players alongside J.T. Realmuto and George Springer. Yesterday, 10:52 am
  • Rays going with Glasnow Game 1, Snell Game 2 in WS
    The Rays intend to start Tyler Glasnow in Game 1 of the World Series against the Dodgers on Tuesday.

    Advice: This means that Blake Snell will start Game 2. Glasnow last pitched on Wednesday of last week, giving up four runs over six innings in a Game 4 loss to the Astros. He has a 4.66 ERA and 25/8 K/BB ratio in 19 1/3 innings over four starts during the postseason. The Dodgers have yet to make their Game 1 starter officially, but it will almost certainly be Clayton Kershaw. Yesterday, 10:37 am
  • Corey Seager awarded NLCS MVP after slugging .897
    Corey Seager was awarded the NLCS MVP. 

    Advice: Seager went 0-for-5 on Sunday, but it's tough to argue he wasn't the most valuable player in this series. The shortstop hit .310/.333/.897 in the seven games, and he connected on five homers while driving in 11 runs. Seager has been outstanding since the start of the season, and he'll have a chance to give the Dodgers their first championship since 1988. Sunday, 9:07 pm
    W, 5-0 vs LAA
  • Hernandez ties game with solo homer off Minter
    Enrique Hernandez hit a pinch-hit solo homer to tie the game and help the Dodgers top the Braves on Sunday in Game 7 of the NLCS. 

    Advice: It may just seem that Hernandez has every clutch hit over the past few seasons, but he certainly has a bunch of them, anyway. Hernandez tied the game at 3-3 when he crushed an A.J. Minter offering into the left field stands in the sixth inning after pinch-hitting for Joc Pederson. He remains a lefty killer, and that will be his role for the Dodgers in the World Series against the Rays starting on Tuesday. Sunday, 9:06 pm
    Player Note
    Kiké Hernández LAD - 2B,SS,OF
    W, 5-0 vs LAA
  • Acuña hitless as Braves fall in Game 7 of NLCS
    Ronald Acuña went hitless with a walk and a run on Sunday in a loss to the Dodgers in Game 7 of the NLCS.

    Advice: A disappointing ending for the Braves, as they became the latest team to blow a 3-1 lead in a championship series. Acuña came around to score in the first inning after drawing a four-pitch walk on a single by Marcell Ozuna. The 22-year-old wunderkind struggled in the average category with a late swoon, but still posted a .987 OPS with 14 homers, 29 RBI and eight steals in 202 plate appearances. If he's not the first pick in drafts next year, he's going in the top three in eligible formats, at latest. Sunday, 8:54 pm
  • Swanson first ever SS to homer in Game 7 of NLCS
    Dansby Swanson clobbered a solo homer in a loss to the Dodgers in Game 7 of the NLCS on Sunday. 

    Advice: Swanson put the Braves out front by a 2-0 score when he obliterated a Tony Gonsolin pitch in the second inning. Amazingly, that is the first time that a shortstop has ever hit a homer in a Game 7 of either League Championship Series. Swanson performed well in the series with a .269/.367/.462 line, but the Braves just couldn't do enough to advance to the World Series for the first time since 1999. Under team control until 2023, Swanson will be the starting shortstop for Atlanta barring something unforeseeable. Sunday, 8:54 pm
    L, 1-9 vs Bos
  • Betts picks up two hits, robs Freeman of home run
    Mookie Betts went 2-for-4 with a walk on Sunday in the Dodgers' win over the Braves in Game 7 of the NLCS. 

    Advice: It's nice to reach three times, but what folks will remember from this game was what he did with the glove. The Dodgers were trailing 3-2 when Freddie Freeman hit what appeared to be a solo homer, but the superstar outfielder leaped up to rob the probable MVP. In the NLCS, Betts hit .269/.387/.308, and he'll be at the top of the lineup on Tuesday for Game 1 of the World Series against the Rays. Sunday, 8:54 pm
    W, 5-0 vs LAA
  • Urias fires final three innings to pick up victory
    Julio Urias didn't allow a run in the final three innings to pick up a win in Game 7 of the NLCS on Sunday. 

    Advice: Urias came in to pitch in the top of the seventh, and the left-hander didn't allow a hit while throwing 39 pitches. The 24-year-old pitched exceptionally well in this series, giving up just a run in his eight innings and picking up two victories in the NLCS. Urias will likely make a start or pitch as a bulk pitcher in the World Series, which starts Tuesday against the Rays. Sunday, 8:54 pm
    W, 5-0 vs LAA
  • Bellinger hits go-ahead blast as Dodgers win NLCS
    Cody Bellinger hit a go-ahead solo homer in the seventh inning to help the Dodgers defeat the Braves 4-3 in Game 7 of the NLCS on Sunday and advance to the World Series. 

    Advice: It was a disappointing regular season for the 2019 MVP. No one in Los Angeles cares right now. With the game tied at 3-3, Bellinger crushed a Chris Martin offering to give the Dodgers a 4-3 lead and ultimately send Los Angeles to their third World Series in four seasons. He's one of three players now to hit homers in multiple winner-take-all games; joining Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz. The Dodgers will square off against the Rays in Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday. Sunday, 8:54 pm
    W, 5-0 vs LAA
  • Anderson gives up first runs of postseason in Gm 7
    Ian Anderson gave up two runs over three innings in his start on Sunday in Game 7 of the NLCS against the Dodgers.

    Advice: It took four starts and 17 2/3 innings, but Anderson finally allowed a run in the postseason. After getting through the first two innings unscathed, the rookie right-hander struggled in the third, allowing a walk, a double and a two-run single to Will Smith to tie the game at 2-2 before recording the final out of the frame. He exited after throwing 70 pitches. Anderson was due to give up a couple of runs -- he was very fortunate to throw four shutout frames despite walking five in Game 2 -- but there’s no denying that what the 22-year-old did in this postseason was impressive. He’ll be a significant part of the Braves’ rotation in 2020, and provide plenty of fantasy relevance. Sunday, 8:52 pm
  • Wright 'definitely available' in Game 7 of NLCS
    Braves manager Brian Snitker told reporters that Kyle Wright is "definitely available" for Game 7 of the NLCS against the Dodgers on Sunday.

    Advice: Wright made the start in Game 3 on Wednesday, and it was a disaster. The right-hander allowed seven runs while lasting just 2/3 of an inning in a game that Atlanta lost 14-3. The previous start, however, saw Wright throw six scoreless innings against the Marlins to close out the NLDS. Wright is talented, but his inconsistent control likely means he won't be asked to pitch in a high-leverage situation on Sunday. Of course, everything is high leverage when you're facing elimination. Sunday, 2:11 pm
    L, 1-9 vs Bos
  • Roberts says that Kershaw is available for Game 7
    Dave Roberts told reporters that Clayton Kershaw is available for Game 7 of the NLCS against the Braves on Sunday.

    Advice: "We'll see, we'll see," Roberts said. "He's available, but we'll see what happens." Kershaw would be working on two days rest after starting on Thursday and allowing four runs in five-plus innings in a Game 4 loss. He also had his Game 2 start scratched because of back issues. If Kershaw does throw, it's unlikely he goes more than an inning or two -- depending on pitch count and when he entered the contest, of course. Sunday, 1:37 pm
  • Braves make no change to lineup for Game 7 of NLCS
    Ronald Acuna is leading off and playing right field for Sunday's NLCS Game 7 against the Dodgers.

    Advice: The Braves aren't making any chances in the win-or-go-home contest, which isn't a surprise; it's the same group they've used for most of the 2020 season outside of Cristian Pache, who again hits ninth and is playing center field as he has since Adam Duvall suffered an injury in the NLDS. The full lineup against Dustin May and the Dodgers' pitching staff: Acuna RF, Freddie Freeman 1B, Marcell Ozuna DH, Travis d'Arnaud C, Ozzie Albies 2B, Dansby Swanson SS, Austin Riley 3B, Nick Markakis LF, Pache CF and Ian Anderson on the mound. Sunday, 1:16 pm
  • Dustin May starting NLCS Game 7 for Dodgers
    Dustin May is starting NLCS Game 7 for the Dodgers on Sunday versus the Braves.

    Advice: May started Game 5 on three days' rest and will now take the ball in the pivotal Game 7 on just one day of rest. Obviously, he shouldn't be expected to go more than an inning or two. Tony Gonsolin and Julio Urias are available for multiple innings, and manager Dave Roberts hasn't ruled out Clayton Kershaw also being available. The Dodgers' full lineup -- which features Chris Taylor's (ankle) return -- looks like this: Mookie Betts RF, Corey Seager SS, Justin Turner 3B, Max Muncy 1B, Will Smith C, Cody Bellinger CF, A.J. Pollock LF, Joc Pederson DH, Taylor 2B. Sunday, 1:05 pm
    Player Note
    Dustin May LAD - SP,RP
    W, 5-0 vs LAA
  • Marlins will exercise Starling Marte's option
    Marlins CEO Derek Jeter said during a conference call with reporters Sunday that the team plans to exercise Starling Marte's $12.5 million club option for 2021.

    Advice: Even with the economic uncertainty around baseball, this move was a no-brainer. Marte, 32, put together a .281/.340/.430 batting line with six home runs and 10 stolen bases across 250 plate appearances for the Diamondbacks and Marlins in 2020. Sunday, 9:10 am
    W, 5-0 @NYY
  • Clayton Kershaw could be available for Game 7
    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said after Saturday's victory in Game 6 of the NLCS that Clayton Kershaw could be available out of the bullpen for Sunday's decisive Game 7.

    Advice: Roberts said that he'll check with his star southpaw prior to Sunday's game to determine his availability. While the Dodgers have yet to officially name a starter for Game 7, all signs point to Tony Gonsolin getting the call and working the bulk of the innings for the Dodgers. Saturday, 5:01 pm
  • Corey Seager homers again as Dodgers force Game 7
    Corey Seager smacked his sixth home run of the postseason – and fifth of the series – on Saturday, powering the Dodgers to a 3-1 victory over the Braves in Game 6 of the NLCS.

    Advice: Seager opened the scoring in the contest with a one-out solo blast off of Max Fried in the opening inning – which was immediately followed by a solo shot from teammate Justin Turner. Seager’s six home runs on the postseason set a new Dodgers’ franchise record. He finished the afternoon 1-for-4 and is now hitting .333 (14-for-42) with six homers and 15 RBI in 11 games this postseason -- with five homers and 11 RBI in the NLCS alone. Saturday, 4:46 pm
    W, 5-0 vs LAA
  • Walker Buehler fires six scoreless in Game 6 win
    Walker Buehler delivered a dominant performance in Saturday’s victory over the Braves in Game 6 of the NLCS, striking out six over six scoreless innings.

    Advice: The right-hander scattered seven hits on the afternoon but didn’t walk a batter. He threw 89 pitches in the game – 65 of those for strikes, including 13 swinging strikes. The Braves had him on the ropes a couple of times – including loading the bases with no outs in the second inning – but he battled back to strike out Austin Riley and Nick Markakis before getting Cristian Pache on a fielder’s choice. It was the first time in 10 career postseason starts that Buehler failed to reach seven strikeouts. Through four postseason starts this year, he owns a stellar 1.89 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 29/11 K/BB ratio over 19 innings. Saturday, 4:46 pm
  • Dansby Swanson collects three hits in Game 6 loss
    Dansby Swanson went 3-for-4 as the Braves fell to the Dodgers in Game 6 of the NLCS on Saturday.

    Advice: All three of Swanson's hits were singles -- and all came off of Dodgers' starter Walker Buehler. He then flied out against Blake Treinen in his final at-bat. With the three-hit attack, he's now hitting .262 (11-for-42) with two homers and eight RBI through 11 games this postseason. Saturday, 4:46 pm
    L, 1-9 vs Bos
  • Kiermaier (hand) back in Rays' lineup for Game 7
    Kevin Kiermaier (hand) is in the Rays' lineup for Saturday's ALCS Game 7 against the Astros.

    Advice: Kiermaier is batting ninth and playing his usual center field. He hadn't started since leaving Game 3 following a HBP on the left hand, but with everything at stake the outfielder will give it a go. Kiermaier has seven hits in 33 at-bats this postseason, but of course, his defense is the real reason his return is noteworthy. Here's how the rest of the Rays' lineup will look against Astros right-hander Lance McCullers: Manuel Margot, RF; Brandon Lowe, 2B; Randy Arozarena, LF; Austin Meadows, DH; Ji-Man Choi, 1B; Willy Adames, SS; Joey Wendle, 3B; Mike Zunino, C; Kiermaier, CF. Saturday, 1:09 pm
  • Braves stick with same lineup for NLCS Game 6
    Ronald Acuna is batting leadoff and playing right field for Saturday's NLCS Game 6 against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Acuna has just three hits -- and just one extra-base hit, a double -- through the series' first five games, hitting .176/.333/.235 against the Dodgers to this point. Of course, a talent like his could flip the switch at any time. The Braves are rolling with the same lineup as their Game 5 loss Friday night, hoping for a better fate against Dodgers starter Walker Buehler. The rest of the Braves lineup behind Max Fried is as follows: Acuna, RF; Freddie Freeman, 1B; Marcell Ozuna, DH; Travis d'Arnaud, C; Ozzie Albies, 2B; Dansby Swanson, SS; Austin Riley, 3B; Nick Markakis, LF; Cristian Pache, CF. Saturday, 6:53 am
  • Corey Seager powers Dodgers past Braves in Game 5
    Corey Seager blasted a pair of home runs and drove in three runs on Friday, powering the Dodgers to a 7-3 victory over the Braves in Game 5 of the NLCS.

    Advice: Seager got the Dodgers on the board with a solo shot off of Tyler Matzek to lead off the fourth inning. He then tagged Jacob Webb for a two-run shot in the seventh inning to extend the Dodgers lead to 7-2.  In doing so, Seager became the third shortstop to have a multi-homer game this postseason -- joining Fernando Tatis Jr. and Carlos Correa. The 26-year-old is having himself quite an impressive postseason, hitting .342 (13-for-38) with five homers and 14 RBI in 10 games. Friday, 9:42 pm
    W, 5-0 vs LAA
  • Mookie Betts has two hits in Game 5 victory Friday
    Mookie Betts went 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI as the Dodgers defeated the Braves in Game 5 of the NLCS to stave off elimination.

    Advice: Betts delivered an RBI single off of Jacob Webb in the seventh inning then came around to score on Corey Seager's two-run blast. The superstar outfielder also swiped a base in the contest. For the postseason, he's now hitting .297 (11-for-37) with five RBI and two stolen bases through 10 games. Friday, 9:42 pm
    W, 5-0 vs LAA
  • Dustin May lasts just two innings in Game 5
    Dustin May lasted just two innings in a no-decision against the Braves in Game 5 of the NLCS on Friday, surrendering two runs (one earned) on three hits.

    Advice: The 23-year-old hurler allowed plenty of traffic on the basepaths in this one, also issuing two free passes while striking out three. The Braves opened the scoring against him in the opening inning on a sacrifice fly by Travis d’Arnaud after Freddie Freeman had doubled and advanced to third on a passed ball. They added another in the second on an RBI single by Cristian Pache. May has allowed just one earned run over 6 ⅔ innings this postseason (1.35 ERA) while compiling a 9/4 K/BB ratio. Friday, 9:42 pm
    Player Note
    Dustin May LAD - SP,RP
    W, 5-0 vs LAA
  • Freddie Freeman doubles twice in Game 5 loss
    Freddie Freeman went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and two runs scored as the Braves fell to the Dodgers in Game 5 of the NLCS on Friday.

    Advice: Freeman doubled off of Dustin May in the first inning then came around to score on a sacrifice fly by Travis d’Arnaud. He then led off the eighth inning with a double and was once again driven in by d’Arnaud -- this time on a ground ball. Freeman has been swinging a hot bat this postseason, hitting .306 (11-for-36) with a pair of homers and six RBI through 10 games. Friday, 9:42 pm
  • Walker Buehler among those unavailable for Game 5
    Dodgers skipper Dave Roberts said Friday that Clayton Kershaw, Tony Gonsolin and Walker Buehler are all unavailable for their must-win Game 5 of the NLCS against the Braves on Friday.

    Advice: It's not terribly surprising that Kershaw and Gonsolin are unavailable after working each of the previous two games, though many believed that Buehler could be used in a must-win situation rather than being saved for a potential Game 6. Instead, they'll ride right-hander Dustin May for as long as they can before turning the game over to their bullpen. Buehler will start Game 6 should the Dodgers survive on Friday. Friday, 3:42 pm
  • Game 6 could by Dustin May's Walker Buehler moment
    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said prior to Friday's Game 5 battle against the Braves that it could be Dustin May's "Walker Buehler moment".

    Advice: Roberts went on to explain, "You know, game 163 (in 2018) with what Walker did a few years ago. This could be that defining moment for Dustin." In that memorable must-win game for the Dodgers, Buehler allowed just one hit and three walks over 6 2/3 innings of scoreless baseball. The difficulty for May on Friday will be that he has thrown a total of 64 pitches over three appearances this postseason. He hasn't thrown more than 88 pitches the entire season and hasn't thrown more than 55 since he threw 78 pitches against the Athletics on September 22. Friday, 2:32 pm
    Player Note
    Dustin May LAD - SP,RP
    W, 5-0 vs LAA
  • Kevin Kiermaier (hand) held out of lineup again
    Kevin Kiermaier (hand) remained out of the Rays' lineup Friday for their ALCS Game 6 versus the Astros.

    Advice: Kiermaier hasn't started since leaving Game 3 after being hit in the left hand by a pitch and still "doesn't feel good by any means," per manager Kevin Cash. He did pinch-run and remain in for defense in Game 5 and will be available to do so again in Game 6. The Rays' lineup is as follows: Mike Brosseau 2B, Randy Arozarena DH, Hunter Renfroe RF, Yandy Diaz 1B, Brandon Lowe LF, Manuel Margot CF, Willy Adames SS, Joey Wendle 3B, Mike Zunino C. Friday, 11:10 am
  • Dustin May starting Game 5 of NLCS for Dodgers
    Dustin May will start Game 5 of the NLCS on Friday against the Braves. 

    Advice: The Dodgers will turn to May for his second start in this postseason. The talented right-hander started Game 3 of the NLDS against the Padres, but went just an inning as an opener against the San Diego lineup. With the Dodgers' bullpen struggling, it's very likely that Los Angeles will give the 23-year-old at least a turn through the lineup in a must-win game. Thursday, 9:10 pm
    Player Note
    Dustin May LAD - SP,RP
    W, 5-0 vs LAA
  • Freeman plates two, Braves now up 3-1 in NLCS
    Freddie Freeman drove in a pair of runs with two hits in a blowout win over the Dodgers on Thursday in Game 4 of the NLCS. 

    Advice: Freeman had some issues early in the game seeing the baseball thanks to the swirling winds in Globe Life Park, but it didn't appear to bother him after getting some eye drops. The likely MVP doubled in Ronald Acuna to give Atlanta a 2-1 lead in the sixth, and he added some insurance in the eighth with an RBI single. Freeman is scorching the baseball right now, and in the four games so far in the NLCS, he's slashing .429/.529/.929. That'll play. Thursday, 8:52 pm
  • Acuna scores twice as Braves top Dodgers in Game 4
    Ronald Acuna went 2-for-4 with two runs scored in a Game 4 victory over the Dodgers on Thursday in the NLCS. 

    Advice: There was a bit of a scare in this one, as Acuna hustled down the first base line before falling awkwardly on his wrist and looked to be in serious pain. Fortunately for the Braves and people who enjoy watching good baseball players, the outfielder was able to stay in the game and scored a run on a Freddie Freeman double. Acuna hasn't hit for much power in these four games, but he's gotten on base at a .412 clip, and he and Atlanta are a win away from playing in their first World Series since 1999. Thursday, 8:52 pm
  • Kershaw struggles in sixth in loss to Braves
    Clayton Kershaw went five-plus innings while allowing four runs on Thursday in Game 4 of the NLCS against the Braves.

    Advice: Kershaw allowed seven hits, and he walked one with four strikeouts. He allowed just one run through the first five innings -- a solo shot to Marcel Ozuna in the fourth inning. The left-hander was able to get through the fifth unscathed, but he gave up an infield single to Ronald Acuna, a double to Freddie Freeman and another double to Ozuna before he was pulled without an out in the sixth. The future Hall of Famer was scratched from his start before Game 2 because of back problems, and it’s another disappointing postseason start from a hurler that has had plenty of highs and just as many lows in the playoffs. It’s unlikely we see Kershaw pitch again before the World Series -- if the Dodgers get there, of course, and they’ll need to win three-straight games in order to get into the Fall Classic. Thursday, 8:52 pm
  • Tyler Glasnow allows two homers in Game 4 loss
    Tyler Glasnow served up a couple homers and was charged with four runs over six frames Wednesday in the Rays’ loss to the Astros.

    Advice: Jose Altuve hit another first-inning home run in this one and got to Glasnow again in the third with an RBI double. It was George Springer who provided the deciding blow in the fifth with a monster two-run blast. Glasnow’s stuff was certainly there, but his location waned at times, especially with his breaking ball, as the Astros dinged him for eight hits and a couple walks. The tall right-hander has allowed two long balls in three of four starts this postseason, and his other outing was essentially an opener assignment when he was starting on just two days’ rest. Wednesday, 9:35 pm
  • Dodgers' Urias strong for five innings in victory
    Julio Urias pitched five innings of one-run ball Wednesday to beat the Braves for his third win of the postseason.

    Advice: After having to sit and watch the 11-run top of the first, Urias started out shaky, walking the first two batters he faced. Fortunately, those ended up being his only two walks of the night, though he did still wind up throwing 101 pitches in his five innings. Urias probably won't start again during the NLCS, though he could potentially work a few innings on three days' rest if the series goes to a seventh game. Wednesday, 7:51 pm
    W, 5-0 vs LAA
  • Roberts confirms Kershaw (back) a go for Game 4
    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts confirmed Wednesday that Clayton Kershaw (back) will start Game 4 of the NLCS on Thursday.

    Advice: The skipper essentially said as much earlier Wednesday and made it official following his team's Game 3 victory. Kershaw had to be scratched from his scheduled Game 2 start because of back spasms, but he's thrown since then and is feeling better. The Braves will counter with Bryse Wilson. Wednesday, 7:51 pm
  • Dodgers' Seager homers again, knocks in three
    Corey Seager went 3-for-3 with a homer, a double, three RBI and three runs scored versus the Braves on Wednesday.

    Advice: Seager has two homers, two doubles and seven RBI the last two days. He's hitting .367 with three homers, 11 RBI and a 6/5 K/BB ratio through eight postseason games this year. That has to feel especially good after the brutal NLDS he had last year against the Nationals (3-for-20, no RBI, eight strikeouts). Wednesday, 7:41 pm
    W, 5-0 vs LAA
  • Braves' Wright crushed in 11-run first inning
    Game 3 starter Kyle Wright was charged with seven runs while lasting just two-thirds of an inning Wednesday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: With two runs already in, Wright gave up homers to Joc Pederson and Edwin Rios back-to-back, making it 6-0. He was then pulled after walking No. 9 hitter Chris Taylor. Grant Dayton came in and went on to give up a grand slam to make it a record-breaking 11-run inning for the Dodgers. It was the most runs ever scored in an inning in a postseason game. Wright threw just 28 pitches, so he should be available later in the series. For better or worse, the Braves are probably going to need him. Wednesday, 4:29 pm
    L, 1-9 vs Bos
  • Kevin Kiermaier (hand) available off bench
    Kevin Kiermaier (hand) is available off the bench Wednesday.

    Advice: Kiermaier is still sore after being hit by a pitch Tuesday, but he can play, if needed. Manuel Margot is in center field for Game 4 on Wednesday. Wednesday, 3:26 pm
  • Kershaw (back) a 'likely possibility' for Game 4
    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Clayton Kershaw (back) is a "likely possibility" to start Thursday's NLCS Game 4.

    Advice: Kershaw was scratched from his scheduled Game 2 start Tuesday and sat out Wednesday as well, but Roberts seems hopeful the southpaw will be ready to go Thursday. It's not a moment too soon, too, with the Braves currently up two games in the series and with a chance to make it a 3-0 lead ahead of Thursday's game. Kershaw has turned in two good starts this postseason, and it would be a shame if the Dodgers' season ended without him getting a chance to pitch in the NLCS. We'll see how things progress ahead of Thursday's game. Wednesday, 11:30 am
  • Kiermaier has left hand contusion; X-rays negative
    X-rays turned up negative on Kevin Kiermaier's left hand.

    Advice: Kiermaier got struck by a 99.7 mph fastball from Enoli Paredes in his left hand/wrist area in the top of the sixth inning and was removed from the game before the bottom of the sixth, but he escaped with a contusion and could potentially be back in action for Game 4 of the ALCS on Wednesday, assuming the swelling isn't too severe. Manuel Margot took over in center field for the Rays to finish out Tuesday night's ALCS Game 3. Tuesday, 8:31 pm
  • Kiermaier leaves ALCS Game 3 after HBP to wrist
    Kevin Kiermaier was removed from Tuesday night's ALCS Game 3 against the Astros after taking a pitch off his wrist in the top of the sixth inning.

    Advice: Kiermaier looked to be in quite a bit of pain, but he did run for himself and came around to score on a big pinch-hit two-run double by Hunter Renfroe. Manuel Margot slid from right field to center field to begin the bottom of the sixth inning, with Renfroe taking over in right. Kiermaier is likely headed for X-rays. Tuesday, 8:07 pm
  • Seager drives in four in Dodgers' NLCS Gm 2 loss
    Corey Seager went 2-for-4 with a homer and four RBI in the Dodgers' NLCS Game 2 loss to the Braves on Tuesday.

    Advice: Seager's three-run opposite-field homer off lefty reliever A.J. Minter finally put the Dodgers on the board in the bottom of the seventh and he helped sparked a late rally with an RBI double down the right-field line in the bottom of the ninth, but the Dodgers ultimately fell short in the 8-7 loss at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. Tuesday, 7:49 pm
    W, 5-0 vs LAA
  • Ian Anderson pads scoreless postseason IP streak
    Ian Anderson tossed four scoreless innings in the Braves' NLCS Game 2 defeat of the Dodgers on Tuesday.

    Advice: Anderson struggled with his control at times while issuing a total of five walks, but the talented rookie right-hander surrendered only one hit to the dangerous Los Angeles offense and pushed his scoreless postseason innings streak to 15 2/3. That stands as the sixth-longest streak of scoreless innings, all as a starter, to begin a postseason career. The only other pitcher in MLB history with three starts of at least four innings and zero runs allowed through his first three postseason appearances: Christy Mathewson in 1905. Granted, those were all complete-game shutouts for Mathewson. Atlanta has won seven straight games to begin these 2020 playoffs and will carry a 2-0 best-of-seven series lead into Game 3 of the NLCS on Wednesday. Tuesday, 7:24 pm
  • Freeman homers, plates three in ATL's Gm 2 win
    Freddie Freeman went 2-for-3 with a home run, three RBI, and two runs scored in the Braves' 8-7 win over the Dodgers in Game 2 of the NLCS on Tuesday.

    Advice: Freeman opened the night's scoring with a fourth-inning two-run homer off Dodgers starter Tony Gonsolin before adding an RBI single in the Braves' four-run fifth inning. He also went deep in the Braves' NLCS Game 1 victory on Monday night and is now the fourth Braves player with a home run in back-to-back games this postseason, joining Dansby Swanson, Travis d'Arnaud, and Ozzie Albies. Freeman and Albies are the third pair of teammates in MLB history to homer in both Games 1 and 2 of a League Championship Series. Tuesday, 7:19 pm
  • Julio Urias to start Game 3 of NLCS for Dodgers
    Julio Urias will start Game 3 of the NLCS against the Braves on Wednesday.

    Advice: It was the logical way for the Dodgers to go, especially since Clayton Kershaw (back) has been ruled out. Urias has pitched in relief so far this postseason. He threw 68 pitches while allowing an unearned run over five innings in Game 3 of the NLDS against the Padres last Thursday. Tuesday, 11:41 am
    W, 5-0 vs LAA
  • Kershaw (back) ruled out from starting Game 3
    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts has ruled out Clayton Kershaw (back) from starting Game 3 of the NLCS against the Braves.

    Advice: Kershaw was scratched from his Game 2 start on Tuesday after developing back spasms on Saturday. Roberts believes it's likely the southpaw will pitch in the series, but they haven't finalized anything. Jon Morosi of MLB Network reported that the club is optimistic he could go in Game 4, but that's all dependent on how he progresses. Julio Urias is the most likely option for Game 3. Tuesday, 10:41 am
  • Report: Kershaw could be ready later in series
    Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Dodgers are optimistic that Clayton Kershaw (back) will be ready to start by Game 4 of the NLCS.

    Advice: Game 3 hasn't been ruled out either if his back improves enough, but it seems that they are targeting Game 4. Either way, it's relatively good news. It's not ideal for Kershaw to miss a start, especially when they need to bank some innings, but they still have quite a bit of starting depth. Tony Gonsolin will start Game 2 and Julio Urias could potentially start Game 3. Tuesday, 9:20 am
  • Kershaw scratched from Game 2 with back spasms
    Clayton Kershaw has been scratched from his NLCS Game 2 start against the Braves on Tuesday due to back spasms.

    Advice: Huge news for the Dodgers, who lost Game 1 on Monday. No word yet on if Kershaw is simply being pushed back a day or two, but one would think it would take something rather problematic to force him from making a postseason start. Tony Gonsolin will make the start in his place on Tuesday. Tuesday, 9:06 am
  • Enrique Hernandez provides LA's only run in Gm 1
    Enrique Hernandez homered Monday in the Dodgers' NLCS Game 1 loss to the Braves.

    Advice: It was a towering solo shot to left field that led off the bottom of the fifth inning, but that was the only truly meaningful hit that the Dodgers could muster against lefty starter Max Fried and the Atlanta bullpen as Los Angeles ultimately fell 5-1. Hernandez was making his first start of the 2020 postseason and will probably sit in Game 2 of the NLCS on Tuesday night with the Braves throwing rookie right-hander Ian Anderson. Monday, 8:57 pm
    Player Note
    Kiké Hernández LAD - 2B,SS,OF
    W, 5-0 vs LAA
  • Freeman slugs first-inning solo shot in Gm 1 win
    Freddie Freeman slugged a first-inning solo homer and drew a walk in the Braves' NLCS Game 1 defeat of the Dodgers on Monday night.

    Advice: Freeman pounced on the fourth pitch of the night from Dodgers starter Walker Buehler -- a 97.3 mph fastball -- and sent it to the right-center field stands at Globe Life Field. The ball had an exit velocity of 111.6 mph, which is the third-hardest hit home run by Freeman since Statcast began tracking such things in 2015. It was also just the second home run off Buehler's four-seam fastball this year. Freeman registered a .431 batting average with nine home runs against fastballs during the condensed 2020 regular season. Monday, 8:50 pm
  • Buehler issues career-high five walks in Gm 1 loss
    Walker Buehler allowed one run on three hits and five walks over five-plus innings as the Dodgers fell to the Braves in Game 1 of the NLCS on Monday.

    Advice: Tom Verducci revealed on the FOX broadcast that Buehler is dealing with blisters on not one, but two, of the fingers on his right hand, and it showed in the career-high five free passes. But he had given up only one hit (a first-inning Freddie Freeman solo homer) before yielding back-to-back singles to lead off the top of the sixth. Brusdar Graterol entered at that point and was able to clean up the mess, but Atlanta mounted a four-run charge versus Blake Treinen and Jake McGee in the top of the ninth. This was the first loss for Los Angeles in nearly three weeks -- 19 days to be exact. Clayton Kershaw will look to even up the series Tuesday in Game 2. Monday, 8:43 pm
  • Enrique Hernandez in lineup for NLCS Game 1 vs ATL
    Enrique Hernandez is in the Dodgers' starting lineup for Game 1 of the NLCS against the Braves on Monday.

    Advice: As expected, Hernandez will start at second base against southpaw Max Fried. A.J. Pollock will serve as the designated hitter while Chris Taylor will play left field. The full lineup for Los Angeles: Mookie Betts RF, Corey Seager SS, Justin Turner 3B, Max Muncy 1B, Will Smith C, Cody Bellinger CF, Pollock DH, Hernandez 2B, Taylor LF. Walker Buehler will start the series opener for L.A. Monday, 12:40 pm
    Player Note
    Kiké Hernández LAD - 2B,SS,OF
    W, 5-0 vs LAA
  • Rays starter for game 3 TBA, Glasnow gets Game 4
    Tyler Glasnow will start Game 4 of the ALCS against the Astros on Wednesday.

    Advice: Glasnow will get the ball on Wednesday after throwing on two-days rest in Game 5 of the ALDS against the Yankees. Rays manager Kevin Cash told reporters that the starter for Game 3 on Tuesday hasn't been decided, but Ryan Yarbrough will be able to throw on regular rest on that day, and it seems likely that Tampa Bay will have an opener for that contest before turning to Yarbrough. Charlie Morton will go against Lance McCullers on Monday in Game 2. Oct 11, 9:34 pm
  • Hernandez will start against Braves on Monday
    Enrique Hernandez will be in the starting lineup Monday in Game 1 of the NLCS against the Braves. 

    Advice: With Max Fried on the mound, the Dodgers will have Hernandez get the start against the southpaw. He's notoriously hit well against left-handers, and while he posted just a .688 OPS against them in 2020, that was a sample of just 45 at-bats. Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register expects Hernandez to play second base with Chris Taylor moving to left field and AJ Pollock at DH. Oct 11, 3:43 pm
    Player Note
    Kiké Hernández LAD - 2B,SS,OF
    W, 5-0 vs LAA
  • Brett Phillips booted from Rays' roster
    Rays reassigned OF Brett Phillips.

    Advice: Phillips was on the roster for the Wild Card and ALDS rounds but had just two plate appearances. He showed off his dance moves during some postgame celebrations, though, so there's that. Oct 11, 10:47 am
  • Julio Urias to pitch meaningful innings in NLCS
    Dodgers skipper Dave Roberts said Saturday that left-hander Julio Urias will pitch "meaningful innings" against the Braves in the NLCS.

    Advice: The 24-year-old has been used as a multi-inning reliever out of the bullpen this postseason, firing eight innings without allowing an earned run while posting an 11/1 K/BB ratio.  It sounds like he'll be kept in that role against the Braves rather than being given a start in Game 3 or Game 4. Oct 10, 3:56 pm
    W, 5-0 vs LAA
  • Clayton Kershaw to start for Dodgers in Game 2
    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts confirmed Saturday that star southpaw Clayton Kershaw will start Game 2 of the NLCS against the Braves on Tuesday evening.

    Advice: The Dodgers are rolling with Walker Buehler in Game 1. Kershaw pitched a gem in his start against the Brewers in the Wild Card Series, then allowed three runs on six hits over six innings against the Padres in the NLDS. For his career, he owns a 4.23 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 9.9 K/9 over 34 postseason appearances (27 starts). Oct 10, 2:49 pm
  • Walker Buehler to start Game 1 of NLCS for Dodgers
    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts announced Saturday that right-hander Walker Buehler will start Game 1 of the NLCS against the Braves on Monday.

    Advice: Buehler has been bothered by a blister issue and has been limited to four innings each in his first two postseason starts -- though he still managed to post a 3.37 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 16/6 K/BB ratio across those eight frames. He'll be followed by veteran left-hander Clayton Kershaw in Game 2. Oct 10, 2:44 pm
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