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Chris Hatcher
A's outright Hatcher to Triple-A
Mon, Oct 15, 2018, 2:41 PM
Susan Slusser on Twitter
Athletics sent RHP Chris Hatcher outright to Triple-A Las Vegas.
Analysis: The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster. Hatcher, 33, made 35 relief appearances with the A's this season while posting a 4.95 ERA and 30/17 K/BB ratio over 36 1/3 innings.
Ronald Acuna
Braves open to moving Acuna to right field
Mon, Oct 15, 2018, 2:14 PM
Gabe Burns on Twitter
The Braves are open to moving Ronald Acuna to right field if they acquire a player who is a better fit in left field.
Analysis: The Braves are expected to be in the market for a corner outfielder, so they have some flexibility here. Impending free agent Nick Markakis was the regular right fielder in 2018 and remains a possibility to return. Bryce Harper will be the top free agent outfielder on the board, but Andrew McCutchen, A.J. Pollock, and Michael Brantley are among the other notable names.
Nick Markakis
Braves interested in keeping Markakis, Suzuki
Mon, Oct 15, 2018, 11:04 AM
Gabe Burns on Twitter
Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos said Monday that the club has interest in retaining impending free agents Nick Markakis and Kurt Suzuki.
Analysis: Anthopoulos didn't say whether any negotiations have taken place, but it's safe to assume they'll be in touch soon if they haven't already. While Markakis dropped off during the second half, he still had his best season in several years with a .297/.366/.440 batting line to go along with 14 homers and 93 RBI. He'll turn 35 in November. Suzuki worked as part of a tandem with Tyler Flowers once again while batting .271/.332/.444 with 12 homers and 50 RBI over 105 games. He turned 35 earlier this month.
Carlos Martinez
Martinez expected to resume starting
Mon, Oct 15, 2018, 10:10 AM
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Cardinals manager Mike Shildt expects Carlos Martinez to return to a starting role in the spring.
Analysis: After dealing with arm and side issues, Martinez finished the season in the bullpen and reeled off five saves down the stretch, but all involved see the value in him returning to a starting role following an offseason conditioning program. "I think the front office and everybody would like to see him show up in spring training as a starter. I like those sentiments," said Shildt. It's the smart play, as Martinez has the track record to suggest he can provide immense upside if he returns to full health. As for the Cardinals' closer role, the situation is unsettled at the moment, but Jordan Hicks probably deserves to be considered the favorite.
Nathan Eovaldi
Eovaldi starting ALCS Game 3 on Tuesday
Mon, Oct 15, 2018, 8:26 AM
Evan Drellich on Twitter
Nathan Eovaldi will start Game 3 of the ALCS against the Astros on Tuesday.
Analysis: Rick Porcello was previously lined up to start Game 3, but he was needed out of the bullpen in Sunday's Game 2 victory. Eovaldi is coming off seven innings of one-run ball with five strikeouts and no walks in his Game 3 start against the Yankees during the ALDS.
Marwin Gonzalez
Marwin Gonzalez hopeful to play in Game 3
Mon, Oct 15, 2018, 7:59 AM
Marwin Gonzalez is hopeful he'll be in the lineup for Game 3 of the ALCS against the Red Sox on Tuesday.
Analysis: Gonzalez crashed into the left field wall while trying to make a catch in the bottom of the third inning, banging up his head and neck in the process. He received treatment and an IV, but was able to remain in the game. The hope is that he'll be ready to go following Monday's off-day. "I'm pretty sore, but nothing that will get me out of the field," said Gonzalez. "Let's see how I wake up tomorrow."
Chris Sale
Chris Sale struggles with command in Game 1
Sun, Oct 14, 2018, 11:15 PM
Chris Sale struggled with his command in Game 1 of the ALCS against the Astros on Saturday, allowing two runs on one hit and four walks over his four innings of work.
Analysis: Even without his best stuff, Sale battled out there, registering four strikeouts over his four innings while throwing only 50 of his 86 pitches for strikes. All of the damage against him came in the second inning, where George Springer was able to sneak a two-run single under the glove of third baseman Eduardo Nunez that could have been ruled an error. When Sale missed his spots early in the game, he missed badly and also exhibited diminished velocity throughout the night. He'll attempt to figure things out before taking the hill again in a potential Game 5.
Mitch Moreland
Moreland collects lone RBI in Game 1 loss
Sun, Oct 14, 2018, 11:15 PM
Mitch Moreland collected the Red Sox' lone RBI in Saturday's loss to the Astros in Game 1 of the ALCS.
Analysis: Moreland didn't start in the game due to his nagging hamstring issue, but did appear as a pinch hitter with the bases loaded in the fifth inning. There, he worked a walk from Justin Verlander to force in the team's first run. It remains unclear if he'll be ready to rejoin the starting lineup for Saturday's battle against Gerrit Cole.
Justin Verlander
Verlander fans six in Game 1 win over Red Sox
Sun, Oct 14, 2018, 11:15 PM
Justin Verlander earned his 13th career postseason victory on Saturday, limiting the Red Sox to two runs on two hits and four walks over his six innings of work.
Analysis: Verlander punched out six on the night. All of the trouble against him came during the fifth inning, where he inexplicably lost command of the strike zone. There, he allowed a leadoff single to Steve Pearce, then issued one-out walks to Eduardo Nunez and Jackie Bradley Jr. to load the bases. A third consecutive walk, this one to Mitch Moreland, forced in a run, then a second run dashed home on a wild pitch. Verlander is expected to get the ball again in Game 5 of the series, provided the Astros don't wind up sweeping the Red Sox.
Josh Reddick
Josh Reddick clubs solo homer in Game 1 win
Sun, Oct 14, 2018, 11:15 PM
Josh Reddick clubbed a solo homer off of Brandon Workman in the ninth inning on Saturday, helping to lead the Astros to victory over the Red Sox in Game 1 of the ALCS.
Analysis: Reddick's solo blast provided a valuable insurance run, extending the Astros' lead to 4-2. It was his only hit in the contest, finishing the night 1-for-3. For the postseason, Reddick is slashing a healthy .385/.429/.615 with a homer and three RBI.
Carlos Correa
Carlos Correa plates one in win over Red Sox
Sun, Oct 14, 2018, 11:15 PM
Carlos Correa delivered a go-ahead RBI single in the sixth inning on Saturday, propelling the Astros to victory over the Red Sox in Game 1 of the ALCS.
Analysis: Right after the Red Sox had scratched out a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to tie the game, Correa answered back with an RBI single off of Joe Kelly to give the Astros a lead they wouldn't relinquish. He also drew a pair of walks in the contest, finishing the night 1-for-3. Correa is now hitting .154/.389/.385 with four RBI on the postseason.
George Springer
Springer extends postseason hit streak to 10
Sun, Oct 14, 2018, 11:15 PM
George Springer extended his postseason hitting streak to 10 games in Saturday's victory over the Red Sox, matching Lance Berkman's club record.
Analysis: Springer opened the scoring in the ballgame with a two-run single that squeaked just under the glove of third baseman Eduardo Nunez in the second inning. He also drew a pair of walks in the game, finishing the night 1-for-3. He's having another outstanding postseason, slashing an unbelievable .412/.474/.941 with three homers and five RBI in his first four games.
Yuli Gurriel
Yuli Gurriel blasts three-run homer in Game 1
Sun, Oct 14, 2018, 11:15 PM
Yuli Gurriel blasted a three-run homer in the ninth inning on Saturday, helping to power the Astros to a 7-2 victory over the Red Sox in Game 1 of the ALCS in Boston.
Analysis: This game was a hard-fought pitcher's duel throughout, with the Astros leading 3-2 heading into the ninth inning. They opened it up from there though, as Josh Reddick led off the frame with a solo homer and Gurriel added his three-run shot off of Brandon Workman to put the game away. It was his only hit in five at-bats in the game, but was a dagger to the Red Sox' comeback efforts.
Gerrit Cole
Gerrit Cole struggles in Game 2 loss to BoSox
Sun, Oct 14, 2018, 9:57 PM
Gerrit Cole struggled in a losing effort against the Red Sox in Game 2 of the ALCS on Sunday night, surrendering five runs (four earned) on six hits over his six frames.
Analysis: Cole racked up five strikeouts on the night while issuing a pair of free passes. He ran into trouble early on, giving up a pair of runs in the first inning. The real damage came in the third though, where Jackie Bradley Jr. delivered a three-run double to put the Red Sox ahead for good. Cole will hope for better results in a rematch against David Price in Game 6 should the series last that long.
Marwin Gonzalez
Marwin Gonzalez hits two-run homer in loss
Sun, Oct 14, 2018, 9:57 PM
Marwin Gonzalez blasted a two-run homer as the Astros fell to the Red Sox in Game 2 of the ALCS on Sunday night in Boston.
Analysis: Gonzalez crushed his go-ahead two-run shot off of Red Sox' starter David Price in the third inning, giving the Astros a 4-2 lead. He finished the night 1-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts and is now slashing .381/.435/.619 with seven RBI in the postseason.
David Price
Price one out shy of first postseason victory
Sun, Oct 14, 2018, 9:57 PM
David Price came up one out shy of earning his first postseason victory on Sunday, surrendering four runs on five hits over his 4 2/3 innings of work.
Analysis: The left-hander walked four and struck out four in the ballgame. After the Red Sox had taken an early 2-0 lead, he gave up two runs in the second inning on a two-run single by George Springer. He then served up a two-run blast to Marwin Gonzalez in the third inning. Price was lifted with a 5-4 lead with two outs in the fifth inning after issuing his second walk of the inning and with Gonzalez strolling to the dish again. Despite the mediocre effort, he walked off the field to a standing ovation from the Fenway faithful. He's likely to get the ball again in a potential Game 6 should the series get that far.
Rick Porcello
Porcello works eighth inning in ALCS Game 2
Sun, Oct 14, 2018, 9:57 PM
Rick Porcello played a pivotal role out of the Red Sox' bullpen on Sunday, working a perfect eighth inning to protect a two-run lead against the Astros in Game 2 of the ALCS.
Analysis: With the Red Sox' bullpen taxed in the first two games of the series, manager Alex Cora needed a bridge in the eighth inning to get the ball to closer Craig Kimbrel, and Porcello was up to the job. He needed just 18 pitches, 15 of them strikes, to retire the side which included strikeouts of Marwin Gonzalez and Carlos Correa. He had been scheduled to start Game 3 of the series, but he'll likely swap with Nathan Eovaldi now and pitch in Game 4 instead.
Craig Kimbrel
Craig Kimbrel escapes ninth again with save
Sun, Oct 14, 2018, 9:57 PM
Craig Kimbrel escaped the ninth inning again on Sunday, shutting down the Astros to earn his third save of the postseason.
Analysis: Kimbrel was shaky his last time out, allowing two runs in Game 4 of the ALDS against the Yankees, and made things interesting again on Sunday. He allowed a two-out double to George Springer and an RBI single to Jose Altuve, bringing Alex Bregman to the plate as the game's tying run. Kimbrel was able to bear down though, getting Bregman on a fly ball to end the ballgame.
Mookie Betts
Mookie Betts has RBI double in Game 2 win
Sun, Oct 14, 2018, 9:57 PM
Mookie Betts went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and an RBI on Sunday as the Red Sox defeated the Astros in Game 2 of the ALCS.
Analysis: Bett's run-scoring double off of Tony Sipp in the eighth inning increased the Red Sox' lead to 7-4. It's just the third multi-hit game that Betts has had in his postseason career, and came at a time when the Red Sox needed it most. He's now hitting .250/.357/.375 with three RBI this postseason.
Rafael Devers
Rafael Devers reaches three times in Game 2
Sun, Oct 14, 2018, 9:57 PM
Rafael Devers went 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI as the Red Sox topped the Astros in Game 2 of the ALCS to even the series at a game apiece.
Analysis: Devers also drew a walk in the contest, reaching base safely in three of his four plate appearances. He lined an RBI single into left field in the first inning that increased the Red Sox' advantage to 2-0. With as good of a game as he had in every facet, and with Eduardo Nunez struggling defensively, manager Alex Cora should consider keeping Devers in the lineup for Game 3, even with left-hander Dallas Keuchel on the hill for the Astros.