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  • Seager would like to return to the Dodgers
    Corey Seager told reporters that he would love to return to the Dodgers when he becomes a free agent this offseason.

    Advice: The 27-year-old will have a long list of potential suitors for his services, but he made it clear that the Dodgers are near the top of his list. When asked about returning to Los Angeles, Seager was quoted as saying, “Absolutely. I grew up here, I've spent a lot of time here, I believe in what these guys do. I believe in how we go about it. Yeah, absolutely.” The only thing for certain is that the superstar shortstop is going to make a lot of money before the 2022 season. 44 minutes ago
  • Eddie Rosario named MVP of NL Championship Series
    Braves outfielder Eddie Rosario was named the MVP of the National League Championship Series.

    Advice: While Tyler Matzek was outstanding as well, this doesn't come as any sort of surprise as Rosario was other-worldly during the series. He finished the series 14-for-25 (.560), tying the record for most hits ever by a player in a single postseason series. He also had three home runs, nine RBI and a stolen base -- including the critical go-ahead three-run blast in the decisive Game 6 on Saturday. He's going to be an incredibly hot commodity on the free agent market this winter after this heroic October performance. Yesterday, 9:02 pm
  • Austin Riley smacks RBI double in Game 6 victory
    Austin Riley smacked an RBI double in the first inning on Saturday, helping to lead the Braves to victory over the Dodgers in Game 6 of the NLCS.

    Advice: Riley opened the scoring in the contest, plating Ozzie Albies with a two-out line drive double off of Walker Buehler in the first inning. He also singled in the second inning, finishing the night 2-for-5. The 24-year-old is now slashing .250/.302/.450 with a pair of homers and five RBI through 10 postseason games this year. Yesterday, 8:47 pm
    New Player Note
    Austin Riley Atl - 1B,3B,OF
  • Will Smith slams door on Dodgers season Saturday
    Will Smith slammed the door on the Dodgers season on Saturday, working a scoreless ninth inning to protect a two-run lead in Game 6 of the NLCS -- sending the Braves to the World Series.

    Advice: The left-hander started the inning by blowing Chris Taylor away with a high fastball. He then got Cody Bellinger swinging on a 3-2 fastball before getting A.J. Pollock to ground out to shortstop to end it. Smith has been terrific this postseason, firing seven scoreless innings with a 0.71 ERA and 7/2 K/BB ratio. Yesterday, 8:47 pm
  • Tyler Matzek plays the role of savior for Braves
    Tyler Matzek bailed the Braves out in a big way during Game 6 of the NLCS on Saturday night, escaping a major jam unscathed and striking out four over two perfect innings of work.

    Advice: The Braves entered the seventh inning with a 4-1 lead and sent Luke Jackson to the hill. Three batters later, the Dodgers had pushed a run across and had the tying runs in scoring position with nobody out. Enter Matzek. He blew away Albert Pujols, Steven Souza Jr. and Mookie Betts on strikes to end the threat. He then returned for the eighth, struck out Corey Seager and got Trea Turner and Will Smith on ground balls to third. He needed just 17 pitches (15 strikes) to get those six outs. He boasts a tremendous 1.74 ERA, 0.77 WHIP and 17/4 K/BB ratio over 10 1/3 innings during the postseason. Yesterday, 8:47 pm
  • Ian Anderson goes four strong innings in Game 6
    Ian Anderson pitched well in a no-decision against the Dodgers in Game 6 of the NLCS on Saturday night, allowing one run on three hits over his four innings of work.

    Advice: The right-hander punched out four and walked one on the night -- throwing 39 of his 66 pitches for strikes. The damage done against him came in the fourth inning where Cody Bellinger poked a two-out RBI single into left field. Anderson was lifted for a pinch hitter -- Ehire Adrianza -- who doubled and then came around to score on Eddie Rosario's three-run blast. On the postseason, Anderson sports a stellar 2.25 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 12/4 K/BB ratio across 12 innings of work. Yesterday, 8:46 pm
  • Cody Bellinger drives in run as Dodgers drop NLCS
    Cody Bellinger went 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI single as the Dodgers fell to the Braves in Game 6 of the NLCS on Saturday night, ending their season.

    Advice: Bellinger smacked a two-out, game-tying RBI single off of Ian Anderson in the fourth inning to make it a 1-1 ballgame. He also drew a walk in the seventh inning, but wound up stranded at third base. After a dreadful regular season, Bellinger finished the year with a strong showing in the postseason, slashing .353/.436/.471 with a homer and seven RBI. Yesterday, 8:46 pm
  • A.J. Pollock has two doubles, RBI in Game 6 loss
    A.J. Pollock went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and an RBI on Saturday night, but it wasn't enough to lead the Dodgers past the Braves in Game 6 of the NLCS.

    Advice: Pollock led off the third inning with a double off of Braves starter Ian Anderson, but was stranded there. He then smacked an RBI double off of Luke Jackson in the seventh inning to trim the Dodgers deficit to two runs, but that would be as close as they would get. Pollock finishes a strong postseason hitting .314/.333/.600 with a pair of homers and nine RBI. Yesterday, 8:46 pm
  • Walker Buehler struggles in Game 6 loss to Braves
    Walker Buehler struggled in a losing effort against the Braves in Game 6 of the NLCS on Saturday night, giving up four runs on seven hits over four innings.

    Advice: The right-hander struck out six and walked three. Pitching on short rest in place of Max Scherzer, Buehler surrendered an RBI double to Austin Riley in the first inning then seemed to settle in. That was until the fourth inning. There, Travis d'Arnaud reached on a two-out walk and pinch-hitter Ehire Adrianza blooped a double into the right field corner, setting the stage for Eddie Rosario. Rosario fouled off three tough two-strike offerings before smacking a three-run homer just inside the foul pole in right field to give the Braves the lead. Buehler finishes the postseason with a disappointing 4.91 ERA and 1.69 WHIP over 18 1/3 innings in his four starts. Yesterday, 8:46 pm
  • Kyle Stowers pulled from AFL with lower back issue
    Orioles outfield prospect Kyle Stowers was pulled from the Arizona Fall League due to a minor lower back injury.

    Advice: There's no reason for concern, as it's only a minor issue, but the Orioles wanted to take the safe route here and shut Sowers down for the remainder of the AFL season. He'll still have close to a regular off-season and will be fully healthy for the start of spring training. Stowers appeared in just three games during AFL play, going 2-for-10 with a double, RBI and a 6/2 K/BB ratio. Yesterday, 4:33 pm
  • Max Scherzer should be available to start Game 7
    Max Scherzer (arm fatigue) told Heidi Watney of MLB Network on Saturday that he should be able to start in Game 7 of the NLCS on Sunday -- provided the Dodgers can win on Saturday to force that decisive seventh game.

    Advice: Scherzer was scratched from his scheduled start against the Braves on Saturday as he's dealing with a "dead arm" issue. Should the Dodgers emerge victorious from Game 6 on Saturday, expect manager Dave Roberts to confirm that Scherzer will indeed get the ball for Game 7. Yesterday, 3:38 pm
  • Chris Taylor hitting fifth in Game 6 vs. Braves
    Chris Taylor is starting at third base and hitting fifth on Saturday night in Game 6 of the NLCS against the Braves.

    Advice: Taylor, who launched three home runs on Thursday night in the Dodgers' blowout victory in Game 5 against the Braves, remains in the starting lineup to face righty Ian Anderson in a win-or-go-home affair for the injury-depleted Dodgers. Here's the full lineup: Mookie Betts RF, Corey Seager SS, Trea Turner 2B, Will Smith C, Chris Taylor 3B, Cody Bellinger CF, AJ Pollock LF, Matt Beaty 1B and Walker Buehler P. Yesterday, 12:46 pm
    New Player Note
    Chris Taylor LAD - 2B,3B,SS,OF
  • Dodgers place Joe Kelly (biceps) on 10-day IL
    Dodgers placed RHP Joe Kelly on the 10-day injured list with a right biceps strain.

    Advice: Kelly has been removed from the Dodgers' NLCS roster and will not pitch again this postseason. The 33-year-old righty will become a free agent this offseason if the Dodgers decline to pick up his $12 million club option. Yesterday, 11:19 am
  • Dodgers officially add David Price to NLCS roster
    David Price has been officially added to the Dodgers' roster for the remainder of the NLCS against the Braves.

    Advice: Price is taking the roster spot of injured reliever Joe Kelly, who will miss the remainder of the postseason due to a right biceps strain. The 36-year-old experienced veteran will be active for Saturday night's highly-anticipated Game 6 showdown against the Braves. He could find himself in the mix to gobble up some innings with hard-throwing righty Walker Buehler starting on short rest. Yesterday, 11:05 am
  • Rafael Devers played through elbow inflammation
    Rafael Devers revealed late Friday that he played through right elbow inflammation during the postseason.

    Advice: If the injury impacted his on-field performance, it didn't show up in his over-the-fence power production, as Devers hit .295 (1.029 OPS) with five home runs in 51 plate appearances this postseason. The 24-year-old fantasy stalwart should be fine entering spring training after a few months of rest and recovery, but it's an injury development fantasy managers should continue to monitor entering the 2022 campaign. Yesterday, 7:33 am
  • Rio Ruiz elects free agency
    Rio Ruiz has elected free agency.

    Advice: Ruiz has refused an outright minor-league assignment and will become a free agent instead. The 27-year-old infielder hit .168/.243/.272 with three home runs and a pair of stolen bases across 141 plate appearances with the Rockies and Orioles this past season. Yesterday, 5:20 am
    Player Note
    Rio Ruiz Col - 1B,2B,3B
  • Andrew Bellatti elects free agency
    Andrew Bellatti has elected free agency.

    Advice: Bellatti will test the free agent waters rather than accept an outright minor-league assignment. The 30-year-old righty allowed five runs over 3 1/3 innings over three relief appearances with the Marlins this season. Yesterday, 5:19 am
  • Deven Marrero elects free agency
    Deven Marrero has elected free agency.

    Advice: Marrero shuttled back-and-forth from Triple-A Jacksonville and the Marlins' roster whenever they needed some additional infield depth, appearing in 10 games at the major-league level this season. The 31-year-old journeyman righty will search for a new opportunity this offseason. Yesterday, 5:19 am
  • Orioles outright Pat Valaika to Triple-A
    Orioles sent INF Pat Valaika outright to Triple-A Norfolk.

    Advice: Valaika has been removed from the Orioles' 40-man roster after recorded a pedestrian .201/.250/.290 triple-slash line with 17 runs scored, five home runs, 25 RBI and one stolen base across 281 plate appearances at the major-league level this season. The 29-year-old will continue to serve as organizational depth for the rebuilding Orioles if he chooses to accept the outright assignment. Yesterday, 5:18 am
    Player Note
    Pat Valaika Bal - 1B,2B,SS
  • Orioles outright Thomas Eshelman to Triple-A
    Orioles sent RHP Thomas Eshelman outright to Triple-A Norfolk.

    Advice: Eshelman has been booted from the Orioles' 40-man roster after allowing a whopping 22 runs on 34 hits with an 11/10 K/BB ratio across 27 2/3 innings (nine appearances, six starts) this season. The 27-year-old righty will function as organizational pitching depth if he chooses to accept the outright assignment. Yesterday, 5:16 am
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