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Los Angeles Times

Dodgers Dugout: Some problems heading into the postseason

The bullpen and some cold hitters are concerns, but not insurmountable obstacles, as the playoffs rapidly approach.

New York Daily News

Domingo German won’t pitch for the Yankees again this year

Yankees pitcher Domingo German won’t return in the regular season or playoffs, ESPN reports. German was placed on administrative leave on Thursday while MLB investigates a domestic violence case. This is a developing story and will be updated.

Tomahawk Take

Who is the best matchup for the Atlanta Braves in the NLDS?

Barring something miraculous, the Atlanta Braves are going to be the No. 2 seed in the playoffs and will take on the winner of the NL Central. We look at which team would be the most favorable to play. As of Thursday afternoon, the St. Louis Cardinals hold a three-game lead over the Chicago Cubs […] Who is the best matchup for the Atlanta Braves in the NLDS? - Tomahawk Take - Tomahawk Take - An Atlanta Braves Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

The Crawfish Boxes

Ranking the Closers: Does Roberto Osuna put the Astros at risk in the 9th inning of the playoffs?

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports Or is he about as trustworthy as any closer? Everyone else has a nicer toy No matter what team you’re rooting for, seems like the other team always has a better closer than you do. Not really, of course, but it feels that way. The closer is the cornerback of baseball; you only notice him when he gets burned. He comes in the game with the lead, and, by God, he’s supposed to keep that lead every time. And when he doesn’t, it’s all his fault the team lost. Why can’t the Astros have a closer like back in the good old days. Billy Wagner never blew a...

Pinstripe Alley

Yankees clinch division, win 100th game in rout of Angels

Photo by Emilee Chinn/ The Yankees took a major step towards their goal of a World Series title. Tonight’s game could not have been drawn up any better for the Yankees – Masahiro Tanaka delivered a clutch pitching performance, the Bombers slugged four home runs, and the Yankees clinched a playoff spot with their 100th win, downing the Angels 9-1. We’re not quite in the playoffs yet, but playoff Tanaka took the mound for the Yankees tonight. After a rough start to September (0-1, 6.00 ERA in three starts), Tanaka was moved up in the rotation to finish the job tonight, and he did...

Climbing Tal's Hill

Astros: What a night! 100th win, Gerrit Cole 300 Ks, clinch playoffs

Last night was a night to remember for the Astros, Gerrit Cole surpasses 300 strikeouts, Houston reaches 100 wins, and they clinch a playoff berth. The Astros had quite the night of reaching milestones in their 3-2 victory over the Texas Rangers, both personal achievements and team accomplishments. Gerrit Cole gets his 302nd strikeout of […] Astros: What a night! 100th win, Gerrit Cole 300 Ks, clinch playoffs - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Hochman: For the Cardinals, the playoffs start now

It's essential for them to shine in seven-game showdown with the Cubs that starts tonight.

Los Angeles Times

Dave Roberts optimistic about Dodgers' playoff roster despite lingering questions

The availability of infielder Justin Turner and pitcher Rich Hill for the playoffs remains unclear, but Dodgers manager Dave Roberts is upbeat about the roster.

Royals Review

A look at the 2019 Royals’ post-season roster

Photo by Jamie Squire/ A time capsule article When I started writing for Royals Review back in May, I decided to write an article and schedule it for publishing without proofreading or approving it; like a little time capsule awaiting us all to open in late September. I wanted the article to be the ultimate “call my shot” on where the Royals would be at the time of publishing. Naturally that shot was that the Royals would be gearing up for the playoffs. This is a breakdown of that playoff bound roster. I know what you’re thinking; “They aren’t making the postseason so why...

Bleed Cubbie Blue

Anthony Rizzo in tonight’s starting lineup!

Photo by David Banks/ A miraculous return for the heart and soul of the Cubs lineup. On Sunday, Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo had to be helped off the field. On Monday, he was diagnosed with a “moderate” ankle sprain that would require him to wear a boot for 5 to 7 days and then be re-evaluated after that point. At that point, it was safe to assume that it was very likely that Rizzo was out for the regular season, with the hope that he could return for the playoffs, should the Cubs qualify. Just yesterday, Rizzo was moving around the clubhouse in a scooter. But no one expected...

Pinstripe Alley

Maybe the Yankees shouldn’t prioritize home-field advantage

Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports Aaron Boone will have to walk a fine-line with his roster management over these next two weeks. The Yankees and Astros are at a deadlock entering this final stretch of the regular season. Entering Thursday, Houston led by one game, and both have similarly dominant records playing at home. Home-field advantage in the American League, and possibly for the entire playoffs, would not only set the table for which teams these two juggernauts face in the ALDS, but also who would be favored in a potential ALCS clash. The scenario is certainly familiar. Home-field...

Brew Crew Ball

What We Learned: Bad bounce and quiet offense looms in loss

Photo by Larry Radloff/Icon Sportswire via The Brewers took a loss last night when their offense couldn’t get going, including a bad bonuce. Yesterday’s Results Padres 2, Brewers 1 Today’s Game Brewers (Jordan Lyles) vs. Padres (Joey Lucchesi) | 3:10 pm Coverage from BCB Milwaukee Brewers pennant race tracker: 10 games to go | Brad Ford Around the Web The Brewers Have Found Another Relief AceJake Mailhot, FanGraphs Drew Pomeranz has become a new relief ace for the Brewers, which may help them make it into the playoffs. Suter gives Brewers’ bullpen late-season boostAdam...

Pinstripe Alley

Survey projects Yankees as “biggest letdown” in postseason

Photo by Emilee Chinn/ This week’s FanPulse isn’t bullish on the Yankees’ postseason future. Welcome to SB Nation FanPulse, a survey of fans across MLB. Each week, we send 30 polls to plugged in fans from each team. Yankees fans, sign up HERE to join FanPulse. The 2019 MLB postseason draws closer with each passing day. The Yankees, who can clinch the AL East title with a win tonight, have long been projected to make noise in the playoffs. The team regularly appears in the conversations about potential World Series matchups. That said, SB Nation’s FanPulse community doesn’t...

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No playoffs? No worries. The Diamondbacks can still screw things up for Paul Goldschmidt

The best homegrown player in Arizona Diamondbacks history will be back in town next week. His old pals should mess up his homecoming and his season.        

Los Angeles Times

Dodgers' Alex Verdugo will miss NLDS because of back injury

Dodgers outfielder Alex Verdugo is "extremely disappointed" he won't be healthy enough to play when the playoffs begin. Matt Beaty likely will replace him.

www.thegoodphight.com

The Jose Pirela Show: Phillies 5, Braves 4

Photo by Kevin C. Cox/ You knew it was going to happen When the lineups came out Tuesday, you knew what would happen. You saw Jose Pirela’s name in left field and thought, ok, this guy is gonna make an impact. He’s a game changer. He’s the one that will lead the final charge into the playoffs as the second wild card. No you didn’t. You probably groaned just like me and wondered where Adam Haseley was and questioned the team’s sanity. Well wouldn’t you know? Jose Pirela impacted the game, hitting what would prove to be the game winning home run in the fourth inning to lead the...

Pinstripe Alley

Breaking down Luis Severino’s 2019 debut for the Yankees

Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports Severino made his 2019 debut last night. Here’s a breakdown of his performance. Luis Severino made his season debut on Tuesday night, returning from right shoulder inflammation and a Grade 2 Lat strain. Severino landed on the injured list on March 28 and had a lengthy recovery period. While the team has thrived in his absence, adding Severino to a pitching staff that has struggled this season will only give them confidence heading into the playoffs. Simply put, Severino could not have looked better last night. He came out of the gate hitting 97 mph on his...

The Crawfish Boxes

Could The Astros Join the Twins With Five Players With 30+ Homers?

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports Could Five Astros Reach 30 Homers in 2019? Could Five Astros Reach 30 Homers in 2019? The Twins have been the talk of the town, outside of Houston of course. After adding Nelson Cruz this offseason, the Twins are playoff-bound behind their power surge. They are the first team in MLB history to have five players hit 30 plus homers. Will that power play in the playoffs? That is yet to be seen, but could the Astros join them on this inclusive list? With ten days remaining, the Astros are in a tight battle with the Yankees for the #1 seed. The Twins have hit...

Lone Star Ball

2019 Texas Rangers farm review: Hickory Crawdads hitters

Photo by: Arterra/Universal Images Group via Taking a look at the hitters from the 2019 Hickory Crawdads 2019 Texas Rangers minor league review: The Hickory Crawdads hitters. With the regular season and playoffs now over for the Texas Rangers’ minor league clubs, we are taking a look at the performance of each of the U.S.-based minor league teams. Today we are looking at the hitters for the low-A Hickory Crawdads, whose 83-52 record was the second-best in the South Atlantic League this season, and who advanced to the Sally League Finals before being eliminated. The Crawdads were...

Redbird Rants

St. Louis Cardinals: Andrew Miller will be big in the playoffs

One of the St. Louis Cardinals’ free-agent signees has a ton of postseason experience. How important could he be when the playoffs start? Andrew Miller would definitely fall into the “disappointment” column for 2019. After signing a two year/$25M deal this offseason, the St. Louis Cardinals set up man has not lived up to the […] St. Louis Cardinals: Andrew Miller will be big in the playoffs - Redbird Rants - Redbird Rants - A St. Louis Cardinals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Bleed Cubbie Blue

Cub Tracks can drive 55

Shake it up | Photo by Quinn Harris/ A realistic shot at the playoffs, a late-season spark, Yogi is the King, and other bullets Cubs win!Final: #Cubs 8, Reds 2. #EverybodyIn pic.twitter.com/8ybovFJN6A— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) September 17, 2019 Now we’re talkin’! 55 runs in four days. That’s a playoff-quality offense. Yanking Cole Hamels when he starts getting barreled is playoff managing. A fifth consecutive winning season is nice, too. Sure, this is taxing— but would you really have it any other way? And of course Rt 55 connects Chicago and St. Louis, and the playoffs live...

New York Post

Evaluating the Yankees’ World Series prices heading to playoffs

Baseball often gets overshadowed by football in sports betting media once September rolls around. With both the Yankees and Mets in the thick of championship chatter, VSiN won’t let that happen! Here’s the latest investment news from the diamond exchange: Yankees: Even with Sunday’s loss as a big favorite in Toronto, the Bronx Bombers are...

www.thegoodphight.com

My 5 reasons why the Phillies missed the playoffs

Photo by Mitchell Leff/ There are lots of reasons the Phillies fell short of the postseason this year, but here are my top five. Before y’all get in the comments and point out the obvious — that technically the Phillies are still alive for a playoff berth — let me just acknowledge that you are correct. The Phillies enter their series against Atlanta five games behind the Cubs for the second wild card spot with 14 to play. Mathematically, the Phils have not been eliminated. This is true. It is also true that the Phillies are about to play three games in Atlanta, three games in...

Pinstripe Alley

NYY vs. LAA: Luis Severino vs. Noe Ramirez

Photo by Jim McIsaac/ Welcome back, Sevy. Luis Severino is back! All the way back in spring training, before he even got to make a start, Severino went down with shoulder inflammation, and later went on to suffer a lat strain while he was recovering. He was originally supposed to miss just the start of the year, but instead the injuries have caused him to miss nearly the entire season. However, with just a couple weeks before the end of the regular season and the start of the playoffs, he will take the mound, hopefully ready and raring to go for the stretch run. Almost a year since his...

Cubbies Crib

Chicago Cubs continue to dominate at the Friendly Confines

The Chicago Cubs spent the weekend hosting the Pittsburgh Pirates and breaking offensive records at Wrigley Field. With the playoffs approaching, what do we expect out of the Cubs based on what is left on their schedule? Over the last three games the Chicago Cubs have played, the team has tallied three wins and accumulated […] Chicago Cubs continue to dominate at the Friendly Confines - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Climbing Tal's Hill

Carlos Correa to return to Astros lineup tonight, bat seventh

The Astros star shortstop Carlos Correa will rejoin the lineup tonight. After missing 25 games with a back injury, Astros shortstop Carlos Correa will rejoin the lineup for Tuesday’s game against the Rangers. This puts the lineup back to full strength with just enough time for everything to gel before the playoffs start. Correa may […] Carlos Correa to return to Astros lineup tonight, bat seventh - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Lone Star Ball

2019 Texas Rangers farm review: Down East Wood Ducks pitchers

Photo by Mitchell Layton/ Taking a look at the pitchers from the 2019 Down East Wood Ducks 2019 Texas Rangers minor league review: The Down East Wood Ducks pitchers. With the regular season and playoffs now over for the Texas Rangers’ minor league clubs, we are taking a look at the performance of each of the U.S.-based minor league teams. Today we are looking at the pitchers for the high-A Down East Wood Ducks, who went a Carolina League-best 87-52 this season before being knocked out in the Carolina League Semi-Finals. The Down East Wood Ducks pitchers were the class of the Carolina...

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Astros injury issues and who is the Cardinals MVP? | MLB WHIPAROUND

Nick Swisher and Frank Thomas breakdown all the recent Houston Astros injuries, will the St. Louis Cardinals make the playoffs and who will be their team MVP. #FOXSports #MLB #Astros #Cardinals

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