Player Notes

  • Mike Trout (foot) takes a seat Saturday vs Rangers
    Mike Trout is not in the Angels starting lineup Saturday against the Rangers.

    Advice: Trout fouled a ball off his foot in the seventh inning of Friday's game and will get a breather on Saturday. He is day-to-day at this point of the season. The 31-year-old has only played in 115 games but has still smacked 38 balls out of the park while hitting .277/.363/.618. He is still expected to return to the Angels starting lineup within the next day or so. Taylor Ward will patrol centerfield while Luis Rengifo takes his first reps in right field. NBCSportsEDGE.com 9 minutes ago
  • Alcantara not starting Weds; 2022 season ends
    Marlins manager Don Mattingly told reporters that Sandy Alcantara has been shut down and will not make the start for the Marlins on Wednesday.

    Advice: While we all want to see Alcantara pitch, the Marlins have decided to shut down the 27-year-old for the 2022 season. Sandy Alcantara was lights out against the Brewers Friday when struck out eight while allowing a lone run to score over eight innings. He is a favorite to win the NL Cy Young Award after posting a 2.28 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, and 207 strikeouts across 228 2/3 innings. NBCSportsEDGE.com 18 minutes ago
  • Smyly strikes out two in return on Saturday
    Drew Smyly struck out two and allowed four hits across three innings in a no-decision against the Reds Saturday.

    Advice: Smyly hadn't made a start in more than two weeks due to left shoulder fatigue but held his own against the Reds Saturday. He struck out two batters and scattered four hits in his three innings of work. He generate only four whiffs but his velocity was in line with his previous starts this year. The 33-year-old veteran closes the book on his 2022 season with a 3.47 ERA, 1.19 ERA, and 91/26 K/BB ratio across 106 1/3 innings. He and the Cubs have a $10M mutual option for the 2023 season and it is still up in the air if both sides will agree to join forces next year. NBCSportsEDGE.com 26 minutes ago
  • Kyle Farmer drives in lone run for Reds Saturday
    Kyle Farmer went 2-for-4 with one RBI in a loss to the Cubs Saturday.

    Advice: Farmer tied the game in the top of the third inning with a single to right field with brought home Spencer Steer. It was the only damage the Reds could muster off the Cubs Saturday. The 32-year-old has been playing more third base and designated hitter as the rebuilding Reds take a look at younger talent. On the season, he is hitting .253/.313/.387 with 14 homers and 76 RBI across 564 plate appearances.  NBCSportsEDGE.com 35 minutes ago
  • Nick Lodolo wild again Saturday versus Cubs
    Nick Lodolo allowed one run over five innings on Saturday in a no-decision against the Cubs.

    Advice: Lodolo recorded five strikeouts but also issued five walks over his five innings of work. The lone damage came after Nelson Velazquez tripled to deep right-center field scoring David Bote, who was one of the five Cubs Lodolo walked Saturday. Lodolo generated nine swings and missed and posted a 29 percent CSW. Lodolo closes out his rookie campaign with a 3.66 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, and 131/39 K/BB ratio across 103 1/3 innings. NBCSportsEDGE.com 41 minutes ago
  • Justin Turner (shin) a late scratch Saturday
    Justin Turner was a late scratch Saturday against the Rockies.

    Advice: Turner was in the initial lineup for the Dodgers after missing three straight games with a minor shin issue. He was a late scratch and Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said they are "being careful" with the 37-year-old veteran and remains hopeful he will return for Sunday's finale against the Rockies. Hanser Alberto will play third base in his place Saturday. NBCSportsEDGE.com 49 minutes ago
  • José Abreu takes a breather Saturday vs Padres
    José Abreu is not in the White Sox starting lineup for Saturday's matchup against the Padres in San Diego.

    Advice: It seems like a late-season breather for the White Sox veteran. While the over-the-fence power has not been a part of his game this year, the 35-year-old has produced quite well. He is hitting a respectable .304/.376/.444 with 84 runs and 75 RBI across 667 plate appearances. Andrew Vaughn will play first base and bat sixth against Mike Clevinger and the Padres. NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 1:54 pm
  • Joey Meneses goes deep, Nationals crush Phillies
    Joey Meneses went 3-for-4 with a solo homer and four RBI, leading the Nationals to a 13-4 blowout victory over the Phillies in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader.

    Advice: Meneses delivered a bases-clearing three-run double in the second inning before taking Phillies starter Kyle Gibson deep for a solo shot -- his 13th round-tripper of the season -- in the fifth inning. The 30-year-old late-blooming sensation has hit an astronomical .332/.371/.590 with 13 homers and 33 RBI in 221 plate appearances over just 51 games since being called up by the Nationals back in early August. NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 1:49 pm
  • Kyle Schwarber triples, steals base vs. Nationals
    Kyle Schwarber tripled and also stole a base in the Phillies' blowout loss to the Nationals in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader.

    Advice: Schwarber ripped a leadoff triple to right field and wound up being credited with a steal of home plate on a delayed double-steal later in the frame. The latest loss drops the Phillies back into a tie with the Brewers for the final NL Wild Card playoff spot. NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 1:48 pm