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Hunter Pence, RF, SFG10/24/2014 11:19:00 AM
Description: Giants outfielder Hunter Pence is just 1-for-7 with three strikeouts against Jeremy Guthrie in his career.
Insight: The career .284 hitter is just a .236 hitter in the postseason, though he's been better in 2014, hitting .282 and 3-for-7 in the World Series with a double and home run.
Brandon Crawford, SS, SFG10/24/2014 11:15:00 AM
Description: Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford is a career 4-for-4 with a home run versus Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie
Insight: Crawford is a career .222 in the postseason and 10-for-44 (.227) in this postseason, but has a favorable matchup.
Grady Sizemore, OF, PHI10/23/2014 5:41:00 PM
Description: Outfielder Grady Sizemore signed a one-year, $2 million contract to stay with the Phillies.
Insight: The deal also has performance bonuses. The 32-year-old batted .253 with three home runs and 12 RBI in 176 plate appearances with the Phillies last year and will likely remain a part-time player.
Michael Cuddyer, RF, COL10/23/2014 5:39:00 PM
Description: Andy Martino of the New York Daily News reports the Mets have interest in free agent outfielder Michael Cuddyer.
Insight: Martino says the Mets would like to sign Cuddyer to a two-year deal to add power and a veteran presence to their lineup. Cuddyer only had 190 at-bats this past season, but he hit 20 home runs and 84 RBI in 2013. Of course, that was in Coors Field and not Citi Field.
Melky Cabrera, LF, TOR10/23/2014 5:32:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays left fielder Melky Cabrera has begun contract negotiations with the Toronto front office according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
Insight: Heyman expects the Blue Jays to offer "at least a three-year deal". Cabrera batted .301/.351/.458 with 16 home runs and 73 RBI in 139 games this season. If the two sides do not come to terms, Toronto can make a one-year, $15.3 million qualifying offer, so the team earns a draft pick if he signs somewhere else.
Tim Lincecum, SP, SFG10/23/2014 2:56:00 PM
Description: Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum left Wednesday's Game 2 of the World Series with a back injury and will have an MRI today.
Insight: Lincecum looked uncomfortable on a 2-2 pitch to Salvador Perez in the bottom of the eighth. The trainer came out to the mound immediately, and Lincecum exited the game.
Tim Lincecum, SP, SFG10/22/2014 11:34:00 PM
Description: Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum left Wednesday's Game 2 of the World Series with an undisclosed injury.
Insight: Lincecum looked uncomfortable on a 2-2 pitch to Salvador Perez in the bottom of the eighth. The trainer came out to the mound immediately, and Lincecum exited the game. Lincecum looked good as he retired the five batters he faced in his first appearance this postseason.
Mike Aviles, SS, CLE10/22/2014 11:30:00 PM
Description: The Indians are expected to exercise their 2015 option on Mike Aviles according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Insight: Indians general manager Chris Antonetti was undecided about Aviles' $3.5 million option a few weeks ago, but the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports Antonetti is leaning towards bringing him back. Aviles hit .247 and played six different positions in 2014.
Joakim Soria, RP, DET10/22/2014 11:26:00 PM
Description: The Tigers are expected to exercise their $7 million option to keep Joakim Soria in 2015 according to MLB.com.
Insight: Soria did not at all live up to his hype when the Tigers traded for him in July. He posted a 4.91 ERA over 11 innings and pitched ever worse in the postseason. Detroit will have five days after the end of the World Series to make an official decision on Soria.
Dan Haren, SP, LOS10/22/2014 5:50:00 PM
Description: Dodgers starter Dan Haren underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder Wednesday afternoon according to the Los Angeles Times.
Insight: Haren is still right-handed, so the surgery is considered minor. He is expected to be ready for spring training. Haren had a 2.09 ERA in his final seven starts of 2014.
Michael Morse, LF, SFG10/22/2014 5:48:00 PM
Description: Giants outfielder Michael Morse will again be the team's designated hitter in Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday.
Insight: Giants manager Bruce Bochy is sticking with the same lineup from Game 1. Morse had an RBI-single in the fourth to help the Giants score seven runs on Tuesday.
Alcides Escobar, SS, KAN10/22/2014 5:46:00 PM
Description: Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar will lead off in Game 2 of the World Series against the Giants on Wednesday.
Insight: Escobar has led off every playoff game for the Royals, and Ned Yost is not changing his lineup despite the Game 1 loss on Tuesday.
Torii Hunter, RF, DET10/22/2014 5:44:00 PM
Description: Tigers right fielder Torii Hunter indicated Wednesday he is leaning towards playing again in 2015 according to MLive.com.
Insight: The 39-year-old seemed to be leaning towards retirement after the the Orioles swept the Tigers in the ALDS, but he is now leaning the other way. Hunter has not made his final decision. He is a free agent, but we expect him to stay in Detroit if he wants to play.
Yordano Ventura, SP, KAN10/22/2014 11:11:00 AM
Description: Royals starter Yordano Ventura heads into Game 2 pitching somewhat inconsistently during the postseason.
Insight: He has pitched in three games during the 2014 Playoffs, and Kansas City has won each game Venura has thrown in. However, during his two starts, Ventura has had one good outing, and one subpar outing. During the ALDS he went seven strong innings, allowing only one run on five hits and one walk, while striking out five. Ventura's start in Game 2 of the ALCS was not as good, as he went 5 2/3 innings, giving up four runs on five hits and three walks, while striking out three. Overall he is 0-0 with a 4.85 ERA, over 13.0 innings of work.
Jake Peavy, SP, SFG10/22/2014 11:04:00 AM
Description: Giants starter Jake Peavy will take the mound for Game 2 of the World Series, as he looks to continue his solid play.
Insight: He has started two games thus far, in the postseason, and is 1-0 with a 1.86 ERA and 1.24 WHIP, over 9 2/3 innings of work. Peavy's victory over the Nationals in the NLDS was his first ever postseason win.
Buster Posey, C/1B, SFG10/22/2014 11:01:00 AM
Description: Giants catcher Buster Posey will be facing Royals' starter Yordano Ventura for the first time on Wednesday night.
Insight: Actually, no player on San Francisco's roster has an at-bat against Ventura, so it will be intriguing to see what side gets the advantage in Game 2 of the World Series.
Alcides Escobar, SS, KAN10/22/2014 10:58:00 AM
Description: Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar could be line for a big Game 2 against Giants starter Jake Peavy.
Insight: He is 9-for-22 (.409 BA) lifetime against Peavy, with two homers, one triple, and eight RBI. Escobar has also stolen two bases against San Francisco's Game 2 starter. If you are still doing daily fantasy baseball, Escobar is a great option on Wednesday night.
Alex Gordon, LF, KAN10/22/2014 10:55:00 AM
Description: Royals left fielder Alex Gordon is a career .357 hitter (10-for-28) against San Francisco's Game 2 starter, Jake Peavy.
Insight: Three of those hits are extra-base hits, including one home run. Gordon also has five RBI against Peavy during his career, and the Royals could use all the help they can get after getting completely dominated in Game 1 of the Fall Classic.
Billy Butler, DH, KAN10/22/2014 10:52:00 AM
Description: Royals 1B/DH Billy Butler has great career-numbers against Giants pitcher Jake Jeavy.
Insight: He is a lifetime .424 hitter (14-for-33) against Peavy, with three home runs and eight RBI. If Kansas City wants to even the series, Butler may be the guy to help kickstart them in Game 2, on Wednesday night.
Pablo Sandoval, 3B, SFG10/22/2014 9:31:00 AM
Description: Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval went 2-for-5 in Game 1 of the Wolrd Series.
Insight: He got the scoring started with an RBI double in the first inning, and had two RBI overall. Sandoval is now hitting .333 this posteason.
Hunter Pence, RF, SFG10/22/2014 9:25:00 AM
Description: Giants outfielders Hunter Pence cracked a two-run homer in the first inning of Game 1.
Insight: It was his first home run of the postseason, as he took James Shields deep to right center. Pence finished the night going 2-for-3 with a double, two runs scored, and two walks.
Salvador Perez, C, KAN10/22/2014 9:22:00 AM
Description: Royals catcher Salvador Perez hit a home run in Game 1 of the World Series.
Insight: It was the only offense Kansas City was able to muster all night, as the team only accumulated four hits. They will look to get back on track Wednesday for Game 2.
Madison Bumgarner, SP, SFG10/22/2014 9:17:00 AM
Description: Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner pitched the team to a Game 1 victory on Tuesday night.
Insight: Bumgarner was fantastic over seven innings of work, allowing only one run on three hits and one walk, while striking out five. The NLCS MVP could be on his way to a World Series MVP Award.
James Shields, SP, KAN10/22/2014 9:09:00 AM
Description: Royals starter James Shields lasted only three innings of Game 1 of the World Series.
Insight: He gave up three runs right away in the first inning, and just could not get ahead of hitters. Shields allowed five runs, on seven hits and one walk, and had only one strikeout. He will start a potential Game 5.
Jeremy Guthrie, SP, KAN10/21/2014 6:07:00 PM
Description: Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie will start Game 3 of the world Series.
Insight: Jason Vargas will get the nod in Game 4. Guthrie will face off against Tim Hudson, and also be in like to start a potential Game 7.
Jerome Williams, SP, ANA10/21/2014 5:46:00 PM
Description: Phillies re-sign pitcher Jerome Williams to a one-year deal.
Insight: The contract is worth $2.5 million, but can get up to $4 million based on performance incentives. Williams posted a surprising 2.83 ERA in 57 1/3 innings of work, but should npt be expected to have repeated success, thus making him an irrelevant fantasy player.
Michael Morse, LF, SFG10/20/2014 5:35:00 PM
Description: Giants outfielder Michael Morse will serve as the team's DH in the World Series, according to manager Bruce Bochy.
Insight: He did not start a game during the NLCS, but produced a huge home run, typing the score in Game 5. Morse had been dealing with an oblique injury, but seems to be fully recovered.
Jake Peavy, SP, SFG10/18/2014 7:33:00 PM
Description: Giants starter Jake Peavy will be on the hill in Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday against the Royals.
Insight: Peavy followed his Game 2 NLDS gem with a disappointing Game 2 start in the NLCS. Peavy will start in Kansas City on Wednesday. He has never made it out of the sixth inning in his seven postseason starts.
Yordano Ventura, SP, KAN10/18/2014 7:23:00 PM
Description: Royals starter Yordano Ventura will start Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday according to royals.com.
Insight: Ventura left Game 2 of the ALCS with right shoulder tightness, but the Royals are confident he is ready to go. He has a 4.85 ERA in 13 innings this postseason.
Madison Bumgarner, SP, SFG10/18/2014 7:19:00 PM
Description: Giants ace Madison Bumgarner will start Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday.
Insight: Surprise, surprise. Bumgarner finished the Cardinals in Game 5 of the NLCS on Thursday, so he will have regular rest. Bumgarner will face "Big Game" James Shields from Kansas City.
James Shields, SP, KAN10/18/2014 3:44:00 PM
Description: Royals starter James Shields will start Game 1 of the World Series.
Insight: Manager Ned Yost made the announcement on Saturday, and it should come as no surprise. Yordano Ventura will get the nod in Game 2, and will likely be followed by Jason Vargas and Jeremy Guthrie.
Tony Cruz, C, STL10/16/2014 5:33:00 PM
Description: cardinals catcher Tony Cruz will start for Game 5 of the NLCS.
Insight: A.J. Pierzynski started in Game 4, but Cruz is back behind the plate in St. Louis' do-or-die game. One other change to the lineup is Jhonny Peralta and Matt Adams have been swapped in the lineup, with Peralta batting cleanup and Adams hitting in the five-hole.
Greg Holland, RP, KAN10/15/2014 7:11:00 PM
Description: Royals closer Greg Holland selaed the deal for Kansas City in Game 4 of the ALCS.
Insight: He saved all four games of the series, and has six saves throughout the entire postseason. Kansas City's biggest strength is their bullpen, and they head into the World Series, yet to lose a game in the playoffs.
Jason Vargas, SP, KAN10/15/2014 7:08:00 PM
Description: Royals starter Jason Vargas pitched the Royals into the World Series.
Insight: He gave up only one run over 5 1/3 innings of work, while allowing two hits and three walks. Vargas struck out six Orioles, and will most likely start Game 4 of the Fall Classic.
Miguel Gonzalez, SP, BAL10/15/2014 7:05:00 PM
Description: Orioles pitcher Miguel Gonzalez pitched well but took the loss in Game 4 of the ALCS.
Insight: He gave up only two runs (one earned) in the first inning, but it was enough for the Royals to advance to the World Series. Gonzalez went 5 2/3 innings, allowing four hits and four walks, while striking out four. He will be a pitcher to target late in drafts in 2015.
A.J. Pierzynski, C, STL10/15/2014 4:34:00 PM
Description: Cardinals catcher A.J. Pierzynski will get his second start behind the plate for injured Yadier Molina.
Insight: Pierzynski is a career .300 hitter with five home runs in over 30 playoff games, but he went 0-for-4 on Tuesday in Game 3.
Gregor Blanco, CF, SFG10/15/2014 3:48:00 PM
Description: Giants outfielder Gregor Blanco will lead off once again in Game 4 of the NLCS on Wednesday against the Cardinals.
Insight: There are no changes to the Giants lineup in Game 4.
Delmon Young, LF, BAL10/15/2014 2:17:00 PM
Description: Delmon Young will start at designated hitter in Game 4 of the ALCS against the Royals on Wednesday.
Insight: That's assuming one counts the DH as starting. Baltimore manager Buck Showalter obviously wants to shake things up a bit and put his best lineup on the field. Nelson Cruz is in left field and Steve Pearce will bat second. Alejandro De Aza begins the game on the bench.
Eric Hosmer, 1B, KANHot10/15/2014 2:12:00 PM
Description: Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer is batting clean up in Game 4 of the ALCS against the Orioles on Wednesday.
Insight: With the Royals on the verge of its first World Series trip in nearly 30 years, manager Ned Yost is not changing a thing. He is sticking with the exact same lineup that has won the first seven playoff games this postseason.
Nick Markakis, RF, BAL10/15/2014 2:09:00 PM
Description: Orioles plan to decline outfielder Nick Markakis his $17.5 million option for 2015 according to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman.
Insight: Markakis will receive a $2 million buyout and will become a free agent. The Orioles are still interested in signing him, just not for the amount of money included in his option.
Matt Carpenter, 3B, STLHot10/15/2014 10:35:00 AM
Description: Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter is a career .500 hitter Giants pitcher Ryan Vogelsong.
Insight: Carpenter has five hits in 10 at-bats versus Vogelsong. He also has a triple and RBI. Carpenter has seven extra-base hits, including four home runs, in seven postseason games this year.
Hunter Pence, RF, SFG10/15/2014 10:32:00 AM
Description: Giants outfielders Hunter Pence and Travis Ishikawa have home runs in their careers against Cardinals starter Shelby Miller.
Insight: Neither have very many at-bats versus Miller, but both have gone deep. Pence is 1-for-5 and Ishikawa is 1-for-2 against the Cardinals Game 4 starter. The two outfielders accounted for all the RBI on Tuesday in Game 3.
Adam Jones, CF, BALCold10/15/2014 10:27:00 AM
Description: Orioles center fielder Adam Jones is just 2-for-27 (.185) against Royals starter Jason Vargas.
Insight: Jones has struggled this postseason, hitting just .200 (5-for-25) with one home run and three RBI. Two of those five hits, including the home run, came in Game 2 of the ALCS. Jones had a bad matchup on Tuesday versus Jeremy Guthrie and went 0-for-4. He has another bad matchup in Vargas, so avoid Jones again.
Nelson Cruz, LF, BAL10/15/2014 10:23:00 AM
Description: Orioles left fielder Nelson Cruz is 10-for-30 (.333) in his career against Royals starter Jason Vargas.
Insight: Cruz has four home runs, two doubles and eight RBI versus Vargas. Despite going 0-for-4 on Tuesday in Game 3, Cruz is hitting .400/.423/.680 with two home runs and seven RBI this postseason. Before Tuesday, Cruz had two hits in every playoff game.
Salvador Perez, C, KAN10/15/2014 10:19:00 AM
Description: In the Royals lineup, catcher Salvador Perez has had the most success against Orioles pitcher Miguel Gonzalez.
Insight: No one on the Royals has more than 10 at-bats against Gonzalez in their career, but in a small sample size, Perez is 4-for-9 with a home run. Outfielder Norichika Aoki is 1-for-3 versus Gonzalez, however, everyone else that has faced him is hitting below .200.
Alex Rios, RF, TEX10/15/2014 10:06:00 AM
Description: CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports the Rangers will decline right fielder Alex Rios' $13.5 million option for 2015.
Insight: This was expected. Rios will receive $1 million in a buyout and become a free agent. Rios hit .280/.311/.398 with four home runs in 131 games this year. He missed most of September with a thumb injury.
Greg Holland, RP, KAN10/15/2014 10:03:00 AM
Description: Royals closer Greg Holland made quick work of the Orioles in the top of the ninth in Game 3 of the ALCS for his third save of the playoffs.
Insight: It took Holland just six pitches to put the Orioles down in order. It was even more impressive given the fact Holland faced Adam Jones, Nelson Cruz and Steve Pierce. The perfect ninth just put a exclamation point on a superb performance from the Royals pitching staff. Kansas City retired the last 17 batters of the game and did not allow a hit after the third inning.
Jeremy Guthrie, SP, KAN10/15/2014 9:57:00 AM
Description: Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie pitched five strong innings, allowing one run on three hits in the Game 3 victory over the Orioles.
Insight: Two of the three hits Guthrie allowed came in the second, and Baltimore scored on J.J. Hardy's double. Nick Markakis led off the third with a single and that was the final Orioles hit of the game. Kansas City is one win away from its first World Series appearance in three decades.
Wei-Yin Chen, SP, BAL10/15/2014 9:53:00 AM
Description: Orioles starter Wei-Yen Chen pitched well in Game 3 of the ALCS but with a lack of run support, it was not enough as the Orioles fell, 2-1, against the Royals.
Insight: Chen went 5 1/3 innings and allowed two runs on seven hits, struck out four and walked one. Baltimore was able to get its first lead of the series, but with only three hits, the Orioles could not tack on. Kansas City leads the series, 3-0, with Game 4 on Wednesday.
Lorenzo Cain, CF, KAN10/15/2014 9:49:00 AM
Description: Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain went 2-for-4 with a run scored in Game 3 of the ALCS against the Orioles.
Insight: Cain scored on Alex Gordon's ground-ball out in the fourth inning. That tied the game at one. The Royals scored again in the sixth on a sacrifice fly and won, 2-1.
J.J. Hardy, SS, BAL10/15/2014 9:46:00 AM
Description: Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy had the lone Orioles RBI in Game 3 of the ALCS on a double in the second inning to drive in Steve Pierce.
Insight: The Orioles finally jumped out to a lead against the Royals, but Kansas City tied the game in the fourth. Baltimore lost, 2-1. Hardy and the Orioles will have to become the second team in baseball history to comeback from a 3-0 series deficit in order to reach the World Series.
Oscar Taveras, RF, STL10/14/2014 9:25:00 PM
Description: Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras admitted Tuesday that he has "gained a few pounds" according to MLBlogs.com.
Insight: Sources have speculated Taveras has gained close to 20 pounds since undergoing ankle surgery last August. General manager John Mozeliak said he hopes the fact Taveras is not starting in the playoffs is a wake up call for him. The team plans to give the outfielder a conditioning plan for the offseason.
John Lackey, SP, STL10/14/2014 8:07:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter John Lackey had a rocky start to Game 3 of the NLCS, giving up four runs in the first, but settled down to keep St. Louis in the game.
Insight: Lackey allowed the Giants to rally with two outs in the bottom of the first. Buster Posey and Pablo Sandoval singled, Hunter Pence doubled to score Posey, and Brandon Belt walked to load the bases. Travis Ishikawa then hit a double to right field to clear the bases. Lackey allowed just one hit over the next five innings. The Cardinals rally, however, fell short in extra innings.
Tim Hudson, SP, SFG10/14/2014 8:03:00 PM
Description: Giants starter Tim Hudson pitched 6 1/3 innings, allowing four runs on seven hits, struck out five and walked none in Game 3 of the NLCS.
Insight: Manager Bruce Bochy made his first big playoff mistake in a long time when he left Hudson in for a seventh inning. The Giants jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first, and the Cardinals slowed chipped away at the lead. In the seventh with a one-run lead, Bochy left Hudson in the game to face the bottom of the Cardinals order. Eight hitter Randal Grichuk hit a solo home run to tie the game. Despite the blown lead, San Francisco won, 5-4, in the 10th.
Kolten Wong, 2B, STL10/14/2014 7:59:00 PM
Description: Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong continued his playoff hot streak as he went 2-for-4 with two RBI in Game 3 of the NLCS.
Insight: Wong followed up his walk off home run from Sunday night with a double and triple on Tuesday. He hit the double in the second with two outs and did not advance. Then in the fourth, he hit a two-RBI triple for the Cardinals first two runs of the game. St. Louis rallied to tie, but San Francisco won, 5-4, in the 10th.
Travis Ishikawa, 1B, MIL10/14/2014 7:52:00 PM
Description: Giants left fielder Travis Ishikawa was 1-for-3 with a bases-clearing double in the first as the Giants defeated the Cardinals in 10 innings, 5-4, in Game 3 of the NLCS on Tuesday.
Insight: Ishikawa remained in left field despite the fact Michael Morse is on the roster. Ishikawa came up with the bases loaded in the bottom of the first, and the Giants already ahead, 1-0. The left fielder broke the game open with a double. Although the Cardinals were able to comeback and tie the game, San Francisco won in extras on a throwing error.
Jon Jay, CF, STL10/14/2014 7:49:00 PM
Description: Cardinals center fielder Jon Jay recorded three hits in five at-bats and scored two runs in a losing effort against the Giants in Game 3 of the NLCS.
Insight: Jay had three singles and scored runs in the fourth and sixth innings. The Cardinals erased a 4-0 lead, but the Giants scored on a throwing error in the 10th to win.
Gregor Blanco, CF, SFG10/14/2014 7:46:00 PM
Description: Giants outfielder Gregor Blanco did not have a hit in Game 3 of the NLCS, but the winning run scored on his bunt in the bottom of the 10th.
Insight: Blanco put a nice bunt down towards the third baseman, in which Cardinals pitcher Randy Choate had to field. Probably rushed by Blanco's speed, Choate's throw went up the right field line, and Brandon Crawford scored from second. The Giants lead the series, 2-1.
Miguel Gonzalez, SP, BAL10/14/2014 6:12:00 PM
Description: Orioles pitcher Miguel Gonzalez will start for Baltimore in Game 4 of the ALCS on Wednesday.
Insight: The Orioles hope it will not be an elimination game. He has not started yet in October, but he posted a 3.23 ERA in 159 innings this season. Gonzalez will face off against Royals starter Jason Vargas.
A.J. Pierzynski, C, STL10/14/2014 1:14:00 PM
Description: Cardinals catcher A.J. Pierzynski will get the start behind the plate for injured Yadier Molina.
Insight: Pierzynski had a poor season, but is a career .300 hitter with five home runs in over 30 playoff games. He's 5-for-18 (.278) in his career against Giants starter Tim Hudson.
Matt Holliday, LF, STL10/14/2014 12:13:00 PM
Description: St Louis left fielder Matt Holliday is a career .346 hitter against Giants right-hander Tim Hudson.
Insight: Holliday is hitless in the first two games of the series, but was 4-for-15 in the NLDS.
Jeremy Guthrie, SP, KAN10/13/2014 11:58:00 AM
Description: Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie put together an average season, going 13-11 with a 4.13 ERA and 1.303 WHIP.
Insight: He was 0-1 in two starts with a 3.60 ERA and 1.067 WHIP against Baltimore this season. Weather could delay or cancel the game this evening.
Wei-Yin Chen, SP, BAL10/13/2014 11:52:00 AM
Description: Orioles starter Wei-Yen Chen is a career 1-1 with a 4.17 ERA and 1.418 WHIP in six starts against the Royals.
Insight: Those aren't very exciting numbers for a team down 2-0 in the series. There is also going to be a weather factor with rain in the forecast.
Adam Jones, CF, BALCold10/13/2014 11:48:00 AM
Description: Orioles center fielder Adam Jones is just 1-for-12 (.083) against Royals right-hander Jeremy Guthrie.
Insight: Jones is just a career .149 hitter in the postseason, versus a lifetime .280 hitter in the regular season. Avoid this matchup.
Eric Hosmer, 1B, KANHot10/13/2014 11:44:00 AM
Description: Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer is 7-for-17 (.444) with a pair of home runs against Orioles left-hander Wei-Tin Chen.
Insight: Hosmer only had 58 RBI in 131 games during the regular season and has two homers and seven RBI in 23 postseason at-bats.
Billy Butler, DH, KAN10/13/2014 11:42:00 AM
Description: Royals 1B/DH Billy Butler is 8-for-18 (.444) with two home runs and a 1.474 OPS against Orioles starter Wei-Yin Chen.
Insight: It's a great matchup, but there are questions if the weather will allow this one to be played.
Matt Adams, 1B, STL10/13/2014 9:19:00 AM
Description: Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams continues to get the big hits, slamming his second home run of the 2014 playoffs.
Insight: Adams deposited a Clayton Kershaw pitch into the right field bullpen in Game 4 of the NLDS and Sunday he took a Hunter Strickland pitch into the right field seats.
Yadier Molina, C, STL10/12/2014 11:49:00 PM
Description: Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina left Game 2 of the NLCS with a strained oblique.
Insight: No telling how serious at this time or how long he might be out, but this is a game-changer.
Jake Peavy, SP, SFG10/12/2014 11:10:00 AM
Description: Giants starter Jake Peavy is 3-0 in six game started, since the beginning of September, including postseason play.
Insight: He has pitched 36 1/3 innings during that span, and has giving up only six earned runs. Peavy has been a solid pickup for the Giants, and will have a tremendous opportunity to send San Francisco home with a 2-0 series lead.
Lance Lynn, SP, STL10/12/2014 11:04:00 AM
Description: Cardinals starter Lance Lynn did not fare well in his only start against San Francisco in 2014.
Insight: He lasted only 3 1/3 innings on June 1, allowing seven runs (four earned), on eight hits and four walks, while striking out two. Lynn will need to pitch much better if St. Louis wants a chance at evening up the NLCS.
Buster Posey, C/1B, SFG10/12/2014 11:00:00 AM
Description: Giants catcher Buster Posey is 4-for-6 lifetime against Cardinals' starter Lance Lynn.
Insight: The most at-bats a Giants' player has against Lynn, is Hunter Pence with nine. Posey has had success in limited at-bats, as he has one homer and four RBI against St Louis' Game 2 starter. Posey is a strong daily play.
Matt Holliday, LF, STL10/12/2014 10:55:00 AM
Description: Out of all the regulars in St Louis' lineup, left fielder Matt Holliday has had the most success against Giants' starter Jake.
Insight: It is nothing to cry home about, as Holliday has a career .286 batting average (8-for-28) against Peavy. He does have one home run and five RBI, throughout his career against San Francisco's Game 2 starter, and may need to show some power if the Cardinals want to pull even in the series, on Sunday night.
Yadier Molina, C, STL10/12/2014 10:50:00 AM
Description: Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina could be in line for a rough night against Giants' starter Jake Peavy.
Insight: He has a career .176 batting average (3-for-17) against Peavy, with no extra-base hits and no RBI. Molina will look to help St. Louis even the NLCS, but will need to break out of his slump against San Francisco's starter.
Madison Bumgarner, SP, SFG10/12/2014 12:55:00 AM
Description: Just another great performance from Giants starter Madison Bumgarner, beating the Cardinals in the first game of the NLCS 3-0.
Insight: It's what we have come to expect from the 25-year-old. Bumgarner threw 7 2/3 scoreless innings yielding four hits and a walk while striking out seven.
Mike Moustakas, 3B, KANHot10/11/2014 8:36:00 PM
Description: Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas hit his fourth home run of the postseason.
Insight: The .212 hitter during the regular season has gotten hot at just the right time, batting .318 in the playoffs with four homers and five RBI.
Eric Hosmer, 1B, KANHot10/11/2014 8:34:00 PM
Description: Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer knocked in two runs Saturday night to bring his 2014 playoff total to seven through six games.
Insight: Hosmer only had 58 RBI in 131 games during the regular season. Talk about getting hot at the right time.
Greg Holland, RP, KAN10/11/2014 8:30:00 PM
Description: Royals closer Greg Holland allowed the tying run to reach the plate, but finished off the Orioles for his second save of the series..
Insight: Baltimore's Nelson Cruz singled with two outs, but Steve Pearce struck out. Holland has gone 178 inning (June 2012) without yielding a home run with a runner on base.
Travis Ishikawa, 1B, MIL10/11/2014 4:27:00 PM
Description: Giants' Travis Ishikawa will start in left field for Game 1 of the NLCS against the Cardinals on Saturday.
Insight: Michael Morse is on the series roster, but he will mostly be used as a pinch hitter. That leaves Ishikawa in left.
Billy Butler, DH, KAN10/11/2014 3:11:00 PM
Description: Royals 1B/DH Billy Butler is the designated hitter and batting fifth in Game 2 of the ALCS on Friday.
Insight: Royals manager Ned Yost is sticking with the exact same lineup for the sixth straight postseason game. Why not? Kansas City has won the first five.
Caleb Joseph, C, BAL10/11/2014 1:52:00 PM
Description: Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph will be behind the plate for Baltimore in Game 2 of the ALCS on Saturday.
Insight: Joseph is starting instead of Nick Hundley, who went 1-for-4 in Game 1. The rest of the starting lineup from Friday is the same for Baltimore.
Michael Morse, LF, SFG10/11/2014 1:10:00 PM
Description: The Giants officially added outfielder Michael Morse to the NLCS roster.
Insight: Morse replaces Gary Brown and that is the only change to the Giants roster from the division series to the championship series. Right now, he will just be used as a pinch hitter.
Buster Posey, C/1B, SFG10/11/2014 9:59:00 AM
Description: Giants catcher Buster Posey is just 2-for-11 (.182) versus Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright.
Insight: Posey may not have good numbers against Wainwright, but he had a terrific September and was 9-for-23 (.391) in the NLDS against Washington.
Matt Holliday, LF, STL10/11/2014 9:57:00 AM
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday is just .125 (2-for-16) in his career against Giants starter Madison Bumgarner.
Insight: Bumgarner is a difficult matchup for a lot of hitters. Holliday hit .267 (4-for-15) with a home run and three RBI in the NLDS against the Dodgers.
Ryan Flaherty, 2B, BAL10/11/2014 9:54:00 AM
Description: Orioles infielder Ryan Flaherty went 3-for-5 with two RBI in Game 1 of the ALCS on Friday.
Insight: Flaherty came up huge in the fifth with a double that scored two runs and cut the Royals lead to, 5-4. Flaherty also had a single and scored in the 10th before the Orioles rally stalled. The infielder is hitting .357 (5-for-14) with three RBI this postseason.
Greg Holland, RP, KAN10/11/2014 9:50:00 AM
Description: Royals closer Greg Holland allowed the tying run to reach base in the 10th, but Holland did eventually close the door on the Orioles in Game 1 of the ALCS.
Insight: Baltimore did all their damage with two outs. Ryan Flaherty hit a single, Jimmy Paredes walked and then Delmon Young singled to score Flaherty from second. Holland then retired Nick Markakis on a ground out to end the game.
Bud Norris, SP, BAL10/11/2014 9:45:00 AM
Description: Orioles manager Buck Showalter confirmed Friday that Bud Norris would get the ball in Game 2 according to ESPN.
Insight: Showalter was between Norris and Wei-Yin Chen for Game 2. Chen will start Game 3 in Kansas City. Norris pitched 6 1/3 scoreless innings to help clinch the ALDS in Game 3 against the Tigers.
Eric Hosmer, 1B, KAN10/11/2014 9:42:00 AM
Description: Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer does not have a hit in his career against Orioles starter Bud Norris.
Insight: Hosmer has just five at-bats against Norris, but has yet to reach base against him. It will be tough taking him out of any playoff fantasy lineups, however, as he has been one of the best Royals hitters this postseason.
Adam Jones, CF, BALCold10/11/2014 9:37:00 AM
Description: Orioles center fielder Adam Jones is hitless in his career against Royals starter Yordano Ventura.
Insight: It's a small sample size, but Jones is 0-for-7 with three strikeouts versus Ventura. Jones is hitting .167 with no extra-base hits in the postseason.
James Shields, SP, KAN10/11/2014 9:31:00 AM
Description: Royals starter James "Big Game" Shields is not really living up to his name this postseason.
Insight: This is Shields' third outing for the Royals this playoffs and for the second time he failed to go past the fifth inning. He gave up four runs on 10 hits and walked a batter against Baltimore on Friday. Shields, however, is 1-0 in those three starts and Kansas City has won all three games.
Chris Tillman, SP, BAL10/11/2014 9:29:00 AM
Description: Orioles starter Chris Tillman had a rough outing in Game 1 of the ALCS.
Insight: Tillman pitched 4 1/3 innings and allowed five runs on seven hits. He also walked two, struck out three and tossed up a home run to Alcides Escobar. Tillman will likely get the ball in Game 5 if necessary.
Alcides Escobar, SS, KAN10/11/2014 9:25:00 AM
Description: Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar hit a solo home run in the third inning to help Kansas City take a 4-0 lead and ultimately win Game 1 of the ALCS.
Insight: Escobar's homer was the first of three Kansas City would hit on Friday. The Royals hit two in the 10th and held on to win, 8-6. Escobar was 1-for-5 with a walk in the game.
Nelson Cruz, LF, BAL10/11/2014 9:21:00 AM
Description: Orioles left fielder Nelson Cruz went 2-for-5 with a RBI and run in Game 1 of the ALCS on Friday.
Insight: Cruz hit a RBI-double to score the first run of a four-run fifth inning for the Orioles. He also scored in the frame. Cruz has four hits in all four postseason games this October and is batting .471 with two home runs and six RBI.
Mike Moustakas, 3B, KAN10/11/2014 9:14:00 AM
Description: Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas hit a home run in his second consecutive postseason game to help lift the Royals past the Orioles, 8-6, in extra innings of Game 1 in the ALCS on Friday.
Insight: Left fielder Alex Gordon smashed a solo home run to give Kansas City a one-run advantage in the 10th, and Moustakas added two insurance runs on his home run three at-bats later. Moustakas' homer proved to be the game-winner as Baltimore did rally to score a run in the bottom of the inning. After finishing dead last with 95 home runs during the regular season, Kansas City leads the playoffs with seven bombs.
Nick Markakis, RF, BAL10/11/2014 9:09:00 AM
Description: Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis went 3-for-6 with a run scored in Game 1 of the ALCS against the Royals on Friday.
Insight: Markakis doubled to start off the third inning and came around to score the Orioles' first run on Adam Jones' single. That came right after the Royals scored four runs in the top of the inning, so it stole some of the momentum back in the game. Baltimore forced extra innings but lost in the 10th.
Alex Gordon, LF, KAN10/11/2014 9:06:00 AM
Description: Royals left fielder Alex Gordon went 3-for-4 with a solo home run in the 10th inning to lift Kansas City over Baltimore, 8-6, in Game 1 of the ALCS on Friday.
Insight: Gordon's home run broke a 5-5 tie in the 10th, but the Orioles came back to score in the bottom of the inning, so it was actually Mike Moustakas' two-run blast three at-bats after Gordon's solo shot that won the game. Gordon also had a bases-clearing double in the third on a broke-bat flair down the right field line. He is batting .316 with eight RBI in five postseason games.
Russell Martin, C, PIT10/10/2014 9:00:00 PM
Description: Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that catcher Russell Martin turned down a contract extension from the Pirates during the second half of the regular season.
Insight: Heyman also reported the two sides negotiated in spring training but the Pirates opted not to extend a contract offer at that point. Martin was then not interested in the middle of the season. The catcher batted .290 with 11 home runs and 67 RBI while being a leader behind the plate the last two years for Pittsburgh. He will have many suitors this winter.
A.J. Pierzynski, C, STL10/10/2014 8:56:00 PM
Description: The Cardinals added catcher A.J. Pierzynski to the NLCS roster.
Insight: Pierzynski will replace relief pitcher Sam Freeman. He will be the team's third catcher and be used as a pinch hitter. The catcher had a poor season, but is a career .300 hitter with five home runs in over 30 playoff games.
Danny Duffy, SP, KAN10/10/2014 7:11:00 PM
Description: Royals pitcher Danny Duffy, along with Jason Vargas and Jeremy Guthrie, will be available out of the bullpen for Game 1 of the ALCS on Friday.
Insight: With the weather forecast calling for rain, it is a good idea for both teams to have a lot of arms in the bullpen in case of a delay.
Michael Morse, LF, SFG10/10/2014 7:08:00 PM
Description: Giants coach Bruce Bochy said that Michael Morse will be available off the bench in Game 1 of the NLCS on Saturday according to the Bary Area News Group.
Insight: Morse missed the end of the regular season and the NLDS due to a oblique strain. He will be a nice boost off the bench.
Nick Markakis, RF, BAL10/10/2014 5:22:00 PM
Description: Orioles' Nick Markakis is in right field and batting lead off in Game 1 of the ALCS against the Royals.
Insight: Baltimore is implementing the same lineup they used in Game 1 of the ALDS. They scored 12 runs in that game.