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Sun Oct 2215:38Verlander completes Astros' triple-threat rotationDallas KeuchelSPAstrosWith the 5th Pick Truck Selects
Lance McCullersSPAstrosFree Agent
Charlie MortonSPAstrosFree Agent
Justin VerlanderSPAstrosPoison Pills
HOUSTON -- Beyond the obvious impact of adding an accomplished pitcher with the credentials of Justin Verlander to their rotation, part of the Astros' thinking following his waiver trade deadline acquisition was that Verlander would deepen an already effective rotation, one featuring a pair of All-Stars in ace left-hander Dallas Keuchel and right-hander Lance McCullers.It took seven weeks but the Astros finally caught a glimpse of what they have when Verlander, Keuchel and McCullers are all healthy and available. McCullers, hamstrung by an injury-marred second half of the regular season, joined the fray during the American League Championship Series, first producing six strong innings in Game 4 before emerging out of the bullpen in Game 7 with four shutout frames to help lift the Astros to their first AL pennant.Now, with the Los Angeles Dodgers on tap for the World Series, the Astros can present the rotation they envisioned when Verlander came aboard on Aug. 31. If he is so inclined, ... [More]
Sun Oct 2205:06RHP Tommy Kahnle had retired 28 of 32 batters faced over six app...Tommy KahnleRPYankeesFree Agent
RHP Tommy Kahnle had retired 28 of 32 batters faced over six appearances and 10 scoreless innings this postseason before surrendering three runs in the fifth inning. Astros 2B Jose Altuve broke the scoreless string with a solo home run before Astros C Brian McCann added a two-run double. Kahnle had allowed only two hits this postseason before surrendering four in Game 7.
Sun Oct 2205:06RF Aaron Judge finished 0-4 and struck out in final plate appear...Aaron JudgeRFYankeesRoto Value
RF Aaron Judge finished 0-for-4 and struck out in his final plate appearance of the postseason, running his total to 27 to set a franchise record. Judge surpassed the mark previously held by Yankees 2B Alfonso Soriano, who recorded 26 strikeouts over 75 plate appearances in 2003. Judge finished his first postseason with 57 plate appearances.
Sun Oct 2205:06LHP CC Sabathia had been 10-0 with 1.69 ERA over 13 starts follo...CC SabathiaSPYankeesTexas BigSticks
LHP CC Sabathia had been 10-0 with a 1.69 ERA over 13 starts following a Yankees loss this season, but was saddled with the decision after allowing one run on five hits and three walks over 3 1/3 innings. Sabathia produced his shortest outing in a postseason start since working only two innings in Game 1 of the 2011 American League Division Series against Detroit.
Sun Oct 2205:06RHP Charlie Morton allowed two hits and one walk over five score...Charlie MortonSPAstrosFree Agent
RHP Charlie Morton allowed two hits and one walk over five scoreless innings to become the third pitcher in postseason history to allow no more than two hits over at least five scoreless innings in a Game 7 start (LHP Madison Bumgarner in the 2014 World Series and LHP Joe Page in the 1947 World Series). The last pitcher to be scoreless over at least five innings while recording at least five strikeouts in a Game 7 was RHP Jack Morris in the 1991 World Series.
Sun Oct 2205:06RHP Lance McCullers earned first career save by working four sco...Lance McCullersSPAstrosFree Agent
RHP Lance McCullers earned his first career save by working four scoreless innings in his second career relief appearance, both coming this postseason. McCullers recorded the seventh save of at least four scoreless innings in postseason history, the last by Giants LHP Madison Bumgarner in Game 7 of the 2014 World Series. McCullers finished with six strikeouts against one walk.
Sun Oct 2205:062B Jose Altuve finished 1-3 with walk and home run and has hit s...José Altuve2BAstrosSportsWiseGuy.com
2B Jose Altuve finished 1-for-3 with a walk and a home run and has hit safely in all six home games this postseason. Altuve is batting .591 in 22 at-bats with five home runs and eight RBIs at Minute Maid Park this postseason and is the fourth player in major league history with at least five home runs at home in a postseason.
Sun Oct 2205:06C Brian McCann blasted two-run double off Yankees RHP Tommy Kahn...Brian McCannC/DHAstrosThe Seals Guys
C Brian McCann blasted a two-run double off Yankees RHP Tommy Kahnle in the fifth inning to reach base for the fifth time in seven plate appearances (two doubles, a single and two walks). McCann was 0-for-20 over six hitless games before his torrid stretch, one that had him joining Craig Biggio (2004) and Lance Berkman (2005) as the only Astros to double and plate a run in consecutive postseason games.
Sat Oct 2104:25C Brian McCann snapped 0-20 skid with RBI double in fifth inning...Brian McCannC/DHAstrosThe Seals Guys
C Brian McCann snapped an 0-for-20 skid with his RBI double in the fifth inning on Friday night in Game 4 of the American League Championship against Houston, snapping the Astros' scoreless innings skid at 15 in the process. For McCann, it was his second career double in the postseason. He also had a double in Game 4 of the 2010 National League Division Series against the San Francisco Giants. McCann finished 2-for-4 with an RBI.
Sat Oct 2104:25RF Josh Reddick extended hitless streak to 21 at-bats in America...Josh ReddickLF/RFAstrosFree Agent
RF Josh Reddick extended his hitless streak to 21 at-bats in the American League Championship Series by finishing 0-for-4 on Friday night. That is the longest such streak in ALCS history. The longest hitless streak in one postseason series is held by Dal Maxvill of the St. Louis Cardinals, who was 0-for-22 in the 1968 World Series.
Sat Oct 2104:252B Jose Altuve produced first RBIs of series with two-run single...José Altuve2BAstrosSportsWiseGuy.com
2B Jose Altuve produced his first RBIs of the series with a two-run single in the fifth inning of the American League Championship Series on Friday night before adding a leadoff homer in the eighth. It marked his sixth multi-hit game of this postseason, which ties him for the fourth most in franchise history. Altuve has hit four homers this postseason, second only to Carlos Beltran, who had postseason eight homers in 2004.
Sat Oct 2104:25RHP Justin Verlander became first pitcher in postseason history ...Justin VerlanderSPAstrosPoison Pills
RHP Justin Verlander became the first pitcher in postseason history with three consecutive scoreless starts in potential elimination games on Friday night in the American League Championship Series. With eight strikeouts, Verlander bumped his total for the series to 21 and joined RHP Bob Gibson (31, 1964), RHP Curt Shilling (26, 2001), and RHP Sandy Koufax (23, 1963) as the only pitchers with 20-plus strikeouts against the Yankees in a postseason series.
Sat Oct 2104:25RHP David Robertson allowed four runs and four hits without gett...David RobertsonRPYankeesBig Chee
RHP David Robertson allowed four runs and four hits without getting an out in the eighth inning of Friday night's American League Championship Series game, a sharp reversal from his earlier success this postseason. Entering Game 6, Robertson had allowed two earned runs in 11 innings and six appearances this postseason, with one of those against the Astros in Game 4.
Sat Oct 2104:25RHP Dellin Betances made just second scoreless appearance this p...Dellin BetancesRPYankeesWith the 5th Pick Truck Selects
RHP Dellin Betances made just his second scoreless appearance this postseason on Friday night in the American League Championship Series in which he had at least one out, allowing one hit in one inning while getting a strikeout. Betances had allowed one run in two of his three previous appearances and failed to get an out in the third, issuing two walks against the Indians in Game 4 of the ALDS. Betances allowed two walks and a run against the Astros in Game 3.
Sat Oct 2104:25RF Aaron Judge ran postseason total to 26 strikeouts with two ag...Aaron JudgeRFYankeesRoto Value
RF Aaron Judge ran his postseason total to 26 strikeouts with two against Astros RHP Justin Verlander on Friday night in Game 6 of the American Leaghe Championship Series. That moved Judge into a tie with Yankees 2B Alfonso Soriano for the most strikeouts in one postseason in franchise history. Soriano had his 26 strikeouts in 75 plate appearances; Judge reached that total in his 52nd. Judge later clubbed his third homer of the ALCS, tied with four others for the second most in an ALCS in franchise history.
Sat Oct 2104:252B Daniel Murphy underwent surgery to repair damage to articular...Daniel Murphy1B/2BNationalsLas Vegas Giants
2B Daniel Murphy underwent surgery to repair damage to the articular cartilage in his right knee, the team announced Friday. Murphy, 32, will begin the rehab process immediately and will progress throughout the offseason. He never revealed he was dealing with any injury.
Sat Oct 2104:25RHP Anibal Sanchez will not have $16 million club option picked ...Anibal SánchezSPTigersFree Agent
RHP Anibal Sanchez will not have the $16 million club option picked up by the Tigers. Instead the Tigers will pay him a $5 million buyout. Sanchez, 34, had a difficult season. He was 3-7 with a 6.41 ERA in 28 appearances, including 17 starts. He allowed 26 home runs in 105 1/3 innings.
Fri Oct 2016:33Nationals fire Baker as manager after two seasonsJosé LobatónCNationalsFree Agent
Sammy SolisRPNationalsFree Agent
Matt WietersCNationalsLas Vegas Giants
WASHINGTON --The Washington Nationals have won four National League East division titles since 2012 under three different managers.But the Nationals are still looking for a postseason series win and some stability in the dugout, as the club announced Friday that manager Dusty Baker will not return in 2018 after his two-year contract expired.Washington general manager Mike Rizzo said he called Baker on Friday morning and the former All-Star outfielder handled the news with professionalism. The previous manager, Matt Williams, also lasted just two seasons."It was one of the most difficult decisions the ownership group and I have had to make," Rizzo said on a conference call with reporters. "Dusty has been a great representative of the Washington Nationals for his tenure here -- a Hall of Fame-type manager."The Nationals won the National League East in both seasons under Baker in 2016 and 2017 and lost at home in Game 5 each year in the NLDS. Washington won 95 games in the first year unde... [More]
Fri Oct 2004:301B Anthony Rizzo finished 0-4 as Cubs' season ended Thursday wit...Anthony Rizzo1BCubsTexas BigSticks
1B Anthony Rizzo finished 0-for-4 as the Cubs' season ended Thursday with an 11-1 loss to the Dodgers. The performance capped a miserable series for Rizzo, who hit .059 (1 of 17) with eight strikeouts. That was a far cry from last year's NLCS, when Rizzo hit .320 (8 of 25) with two doubles, two home runs and five RBIs.
Fri Oct 2004:303B Kris Bryant clubbed first home run of postseason in Cubs' sea...Kris Bryant3B/LFCubsOld Hoss
3B Kris Bryant clubbed his first home run of the postseason in the Cubs' season-ending loss to the Dodgers on Thursday night. The blast gave Bryant six career postseason home runs in 36 games.
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