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3 days agoHouston Astros outfielder George Springer smacked a single into center to lead off the game, sparking a four-run first inning in the Astros 6-1 win over the Rays. Springer struggled in the five-game series, hitting only .143, but he chipped in when the team needed it most. The talented outfielder can be streaky, but the Astros advanced without their leadoff hitter doing anything in the postseason so far. Springer will have plenty of fantasy value hitting in Minute Maid Park and Yankee Stadium over the next week or so.--Joey C - RotoBallerSource: Houston Astros
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3 days agoHouston Astros starter Gerrit Cole was dominant again, pitching eight masterful innings to shut down the Rays and send the Astros into the ALCS. The veteran struck out 10 Tampa Bay hitters while allowing only one run on two hits. In a series that became too close for comfort, Cole was the Astros ace up their sleeve. Cole finishes the series with 25 strikeouts over 16 innings pitched and will be ready for a showdown with the Yankees in the next round.--Joey C - RotoBallerSource: Houston Astros
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3 days agoLos Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts will return next season following the team's early exit in the National League Division Series to the Nationals, according to two people with knowledge of the situation. The 47-year-old has three years remaining on his deal but has made questionable decisions in the postseason the last two years. Roberts has managed the Dodgers for four seasons and has taken them to the World Series twice. The Dodgers set a franchise record with 106 wins this year. Despite the postseason disappointments, the Dodgers are in good hands and will be favorites to win it all again in 2020.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: Los Angeles Times - Jorge Castillo
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3 days agoOakland Athletics catching prospect Sean Murphy (knee) underwent surgery to smooth out meniscus issues in his left knee, but he will be ready for spring training in 2020. Murphy, listed as Oakland's No. 3 prospect and No. 43 in baseball, hit .308/.386/.625 with 10 homers and 30 RBI in 31 games for Triple-A Las Vegas last year before hitting four home runs in 20 September games in the big leagues. He has all the makings of the team's starting catcher next season if he can just stay healthy. At a weak position, Murphy should immediately have value in most leagues if he's playing every day for the A's.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: San Francisco Chronicle - Susan Slusser
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3 days agoMinnesota Twins prospect Royce Lewis is slashing .375/.426/.688 with three home runs and 18 hits in 12 games for the Salt River Rafters in the Arizona Fall League. He started slow this year in the minors and was slowed by an oblique injury, but he's making up for lost time and showing why he was a highly touted shortstop prospect in the first place. The 20-year-old hit a disappointing .236/.290/.371 with 12 home runs, 49 RBI and 22 stolen bases in 127 games for High-A Fort Myers and Double-A Pensacola this year, but he's an intriguing dynasty stash for his power and speed combination. MLB.com lists him as Minnesota's top prospect and No. 9 in all of baseball.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: St. Paul Pioneer Press - Betsy Helfand
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3 days agoMinnesota Twins first baseman C.J. Cron (thumb), who had been bothered by a bone bruise in his thumb for most of the second half of the season, could need surgery to fix the issue. Cron was put on the injured list twice, and the injured limited his ability at the plate down the stretch. The 29-year-old finished the season hitting .253/.311/.469 with 25 home runs and 78 RBI, but he was much better in the first half before his thumb injury. Cron has some pop and can drive in runs but doesn't do much else for fantasy owners. You can do much worse for a corner infielder in AL-only leagues, though.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: St. Paul Pioneer Press - Betsy Helfand
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3 days agoWashington Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki (concussion, wrist) will be in the concussion protocol in St. Louis, according to manager Dave Martinez, but X-rays on his hand came back negative. "He should be ready to go tomorrow," Martinez said. Suzuki went down hard in Game 5 of the National League Division Series on Wednesday when he was hit by a pitch and had to leave the game. It looks like he dodged a bullet, though, as long as he's able to get cleared from his head injury. If healthy, Suzuki should get most of the starts behind the plate in the National League Championship Series against the Cardinals. So far this postseason, Suzuki is 0-for-12 with three walks and three strikeouts. If he starts in Game 1 on Friday, he'll be facing Miles Mikolas.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: The Washington Post - Sam Fortier
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4 days agoWashington Nationals starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez will start Game 1 of the National League Championship Series against the Cardinals on Friday. The veteran 35-year-old allowed just one run and four hits while striking out nine over five innings in his start in the NLDS against the Dodgers. In 30 regular season starts in 2019, Sanchez had a 3.85 ERA. He's not flashy and is overshadowed in a rotation featuring Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg and Patrick Corbin, but Sanchez has veteran savvy and can be considered a DFS sleeper against a Cardinals team that just threw up 13 runs in their Game 5 NLDS clincher.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: MLB.com - Jamal Collier
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4 days agoSt. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Miles Mikolas will start Game 1 of the National League Championship Series against the Nationals on Friday. He'll be followed by Adam Wainwright in Game 2, Jack Flaherty in Game 3 and Dakota Hudson in Game 4. The 31-year-old Mikolas led the league with 18 wins in 2018 while posting a 2.83 ERA in 200 2/3 innings. He wasn't quite as good in 2019, finishing with 14 losses and a 4.16 ERA. However, he gave up just a run in five innings in his lone start in the NLDS against the Braves and had a perfect inning in relief. His mediocre 6.7 career K/9 leaves a lot to be desired for those chasing K's in DFS playoff action.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: MLB.com - Anne Rogers
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4 days agoTampa Bay Rays third baseman Yandy Diaz (foot) is not in the starting lineup for Game 5 of the American League Division Series against the Astros on Thursday. Diaz exited in Game 3 and also sat out of Game 4 on Tuesday. Joey Wendle will man the hot corner and hit seventh against Rays starter Tyler Glasnow. Wendle hit just .231/.293/.340 with three homers, 19 RBI and eight stolen bases in 238 at-bats this year, so he won't be much of a single-game DFS play. He has two hits (one double) and an RBI in his seven at-bats in the postseason this year.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: Baseball Press
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4 days agoThe Seattle Mariners are shutting down outfield prospect Jarred Kelenic (back) in the Arizona Fall League due to a sore back. The Mariners are just being cautious with the 20-year-old, and his injury is not considered serious. MLB Pipeline ranks Kelenic as the M's top prospect and No. 13 in all of baseball. The 20-year-old should show his face at some point in the big leagues in 2020 after hitting a combined .291/.364/.540 with 23 home runs, 68 RBI and 20 stolen bases in 117 games between Single-A West Virginia, High-A Modesto and Double-A Arkansas. He should most definitely already be stashed in keeper/dynasty leagues if you have the space.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: MLB.com - Greg Johns
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4 days agoThe Philadelphia Phillies dismissed manager Gabe Kapler from his post on Thursday. In his two years as the skipper of the Phils, Kapler led the team to a mediocre 161-163 record. The Phillies went 81-81 this year and disappointed by not making the postseason after splurging for superstar outfielder Bryce Harper last offseason. There will be no shortage of interest in the Phillies managerial opening with the talent that they have on the roster. Injuries to the team's pitching staff were too big of a hurdle to overcome in 2019.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: NBC Sports Philadelphia - Jim Salisbury
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4 days agoLos Angeles Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson went 2-for-4 with two doubles in the team's 7-3 loss in 10 innings to the Nationals in Game 5 of the NLDS. Pederson got the Dodgers off on the right foot, smacking a double and then scoring on Max Muncy's home run in the first inning. The Dodgers offense, for the most part, went silent from there and now will watch the rest of the postseason from home. Pederson enjoyed a solid series, however, collecting hits in three of the five games while posting a .600 slugging percentage. Pederson has plenty of talent but his status on the team next year is not a sure thing if the Dodgers opt for a shakeup over the winter.--Joey C - RotoBallerSource: Los Angeles Dodgers
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4 days agoLos Angeles Dodgers infielder Kike Hernandez hit a solo home run in the second inning of the Dodgers 7-3 loss to the Nationals in extra innings of Game 5. Hernandez smoked a pitch from the Nationals Stephen Strasburg opposite field to give the Dodgers, at the time, a cushy 3-0 lead. But the Dodgers, who won 106 games this season, couldn't keep the lead for nine innings and now their season is over. Hernandez performed well in the final two games he played, driving in three runs and going 3-for-6. Hernandez is a key role player for the Dodgers heading into the offseason.--Joey C - RotoBallerSource: Los Angeles Dodgers
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4 days agoLos Angeles Dodgers outfielder Cody Bellinger went 1-for-4 in the Dodgers crushing loss to the Nationals in Game 5 of the NLDS. Bellinger went 4-for-13 in the final three games, but the MVP candidate failed to drive in a single run in the series. For a player that drove in 115 runs this season, Bellinger will have plenty to stew over this offseason. The 24-year-old is well on his way to finishing in the top three in the National League MVP race, but he will still have to answer plenty of questions over the winter after a dismal playoff round offensively.--Joey C - RotoBallerSource: Los Angeles Dodgers
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