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|10/21/2016||Trevor Bauer, Cle, P|
|The Indians are hoping Bauer will be available for the World Series after his Game 4 start in the AL Championship Series lasted less than an inning when his stitched right pinkie opened up and he had to be replaced because of excessive bleeding. Bauer sliced his finger open while repairing a drone prior to the ALCS.
Analysis: Bauer said Friday that his finger is healing and he's confident the added rest before the series opens Tuesday will allow him to pitch.
|10/21/2016||Kenta Maeda, LAD, P|
|Maeda struck out six while allowing one run over 3 2/3 innings in Thursday's Game 5 NLCS start.
Analysis: Maeda was more effective than efficient in his 76-pitch outing. The Dodgers have now lost each of his three starts during this postseason, with the Japanese right-hander permitting eight runs and seven walks over 10 2/3 innings in those games.
|10/21/2016||Joe Blanton, LAD, P|
|Blanton was dealt his second loss of this year's NLCS after surrendering a tie-breaking two-run homer to Addison Russell in the sixth inning of the Dodgers' Game 5 defeat to the Cubs.
Analysis: Blanton was outstanding in the previous round, permitting just one hit over five scoreless innings and earning the win in Game 4 to help the Dodgers defeat Washington, but he's really been roughed up by Chicago hitters. The veteran served up two homers - including a tie-breaking grand slam to Miguel Montero - leading to five runs in Los Angeles' 8-4 loss in Game 1.
|10/21/2016||Jon Lester, ChC, P|
|Lester put the Cubs one win away from ending their epic World Series drought by holding the Dodgers to one run and five hits over seven sharp innings in Thursday's Game 5 victory in the NLCS.
Analysis: The experienced left-hander has been magnificent during Chicago's postseason run, having yielded just two runs and 14 hits over 21 innings while going 2-0 in three starts. The Cubs hope Lester will have a couple more outings left as they try to close out the series Saturday at Wrigley Field.
|10/21/2016||Anthony Rizzo, ChC, 1B|
|Rizzo continued his breakout with an RBI double among two hits to help the Cubs win Thursday's Game 5 of the NLDS.
Analysis: After starting the postseason in a 1-for-23 slump, Rizzo is 6 for 13 with a home run and four RBIs over the last three games of this series. The first baseman's resurgence is obviously a good sign entering a tough matchup with Clayton Kershaw in Saturday's Game 6.
|10/21/2016||Addison Russell, ChC, SS|
|Russell delivered a key two-run homer for a second straight day and finished 2 for 5 with two runs scored in the Cubs' important 8-4 victory over the Dodgers in Game 5 of the NLCS. The young shortstop's two-run blast in the sixth inning snapped a 1-1 tie.
Analysis: Russell's well-discussed struggles at the plate have certainly subsided. After the beginning the postseason in a 1-for-24 rut, he went 5 for 10 with two homers, four RBIs and four runs scored in Chicago's pivotal victories in Games 4 and 5.
|10/21/2016||Javier Báez, ChC, 3B|
|Baez led the Cubs' 13-hit attack in Thursday's Game 5 win in the NLCS by going 3 for 5 with two doubles, three RBIs and a stolen base.
Analysis: The 23-year-old is making a strong case for NLCS MVP honors should the Cubs advance to their first World Series since 1945. In addition to playing sparkling defense at second base, Baez is 7 for 19 with four doubles and five RBIs for the series.
|10/20/2016||Addison Russell, ChC, SS|
|Anthony Rizzo homered and ended a postseason slump with three RBIs, Russell's two-run drive highlighted a four-run fourth that stopped Chicago's 21-inning scoreless streak, and the Cubs routed the Los Angeles Dodgers 10-2 on Wednesday to even the NL Championship Series at 2-all.
Analysis: Rizzo and Russell had three hits each. Chicago's 3-4-5 hitters - a combined 2 for 32 in the first three games - busted out. Every Cubs starter got at least one hit except Kris Bryant, who walked twice.
|10/20/2016||Anthony Rizzo, ChC, 1B|
|Rizzo homered and ended a postseason slump with three RBIs, Addison Russell's two-run drive highlighted a four-run fourth that stopped Chicago's 21-inning scoreless streak, and the Cubs routed the Los Angeles Dodgers 10-2 on Wednesday to even the NL Championship Series at 2-all.
Analysis: Rizzo had gone 2 for 26 in the postseason before Game 4. We expect him to be finally back to his old self, along with the rest of the Cubs.
|10/19/2016||Addison Russell, ChC, SS|
|Russell went hitless again in Tuesday's Game 3 loss to the Dodgers.
Analysis: He is 1 for 24 in seven postseason games this year.
|10/19/2016||Kris Bryant, ChC, 3B|
|Bryant had two of the Cubs' four hits in Tuesday's Game 3 loss.
Analysis: He is 10 for 28 in seven postseason contests.
|10/19/2016||Corey Seager, LAD, SS|
|Seager had three hits in Game 3 on Tuesday.
Analysis: He was just 4 for 30 in his first seven preseason games this year.
|10/19/2016||Yasmani Grandal, LAD, C|
|Grandal hit a two-run homer in Tuesday's 6-0 Game 3 rout of the reeling Cubs.
Analysis: He is just 4 for 32 with 14 strikeouts during his postseason career.
|10/19/2016||Jake Arrieta, ChC, P|
|In Tuesday's 6-0 loss to the Dodgers in Game 3, Arrieta allowed four and two homers in five innings.
Analysis: In four non-Wild Card game postseason starts, Arrieta is 1-2 with a 5.82 ERA.
|10/19/2016||Rich Hill, LAD, P|
|Hill allowed two hits over six innings to beat Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta and the Chicago Cubs 6-0 Tuesday, giving the Los Angeles Dodgers a 2-1 NL Championship Series lead.
Analysis: Hill is 1-2 with a 4.50 ERA in four postseason starts.
|10/18/2016||Josh Osich, SF, P|
|Osich underwent a procedure on his left knee Tuesday in Los Angeles. San Francisco general manager Bobby Evans says Dr. Steve Yoon performed the minor surgery to remove scar tissue. Osich was scheduled to return home Wednesday.
Analysis: The 28-year-old Osich went 1-3 with a 4.71 ERA in 59 appearances and 36 1/3 innings during his second major league season. Osich didn't pitch in the playoffs for the Giants, who lost Game 4 of the NL Division Series to the Cubs.
|10/18/2016||Corey Kluber, Cle, P|
|Kluber's first career start on short rest hardly went the way he hoped. Looking to finish off a Cleveland sweep in the AL Championship Series, the ace right-hander instead was touched up by the Toronto Blue Jays during a 5-1 defeat Tuesday in Game 4.
Analysis: Kluber was pushed up to pitch on three days' rest because of several injuries to Cleveland's rotation. He took the loss after allowing two runs and four hits in five innings. The 2014 AL Cy Young Award winner had thrown 13 1/3 scoreless innings against the Red Sox and Blue Jays this October in his first postseason. "We talked to Kluber after every inning, and I thought he held his stuff really good," Indians manager Terry Francona said.
|10/18/2016||Carlos Santana, Cle, 1B|
|Santana was 0 for 4 in Tuesday's 5-1 loss to the Blue Jays in Game 4 of the ALCS.
Analysis: Santana is batting .160 in 25 at-bats in the playoffs bit has a favorable matchup in Wednesday's Game 5. The Blue Jays turn to Marco Estrada, and Santana is 4 for 9 with a homer lifetime against the right-hander.
|10/18/2016||Jason Kipnis, Cle, 2B|
|Kipnis was 0 for 4 in Tuesday's 5-1 loss to the Blue Jays in Game 4 of the ALCS.
Analysis: Kipnis is just 5 for 26 (.192) in the playoffs and has a tough matchup in Wednesday's Game 5. The Blue Jays turn to Marco Estrada, and Kipnis 0 for 8 with four strikeouts lifetime against the right-hander.
|10/18/2016||Michael Saunders, Tor, LF|
|Saunders had two hits as the Blue Jays beat the Indians 5-1 on Tuesday to avert a sweep in the AL Championship Series.
Analysis: Saunders, who hit .253 in the regular season, is batting .350 in 20 at-bats in the playoffs. The left-handed hitting Saunders will likely be out of the lineup in Wednesday's Game 5, however, as the Indians give the ball to rookie southpaw Ryan Merritt.
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