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Madison Bumgarner, SP, SFGHot10/1/2014 10:39:00 AM
Description: Giants starter Madison Bumgarner will likely not be rattled in the NL Wild Card game like Johnny Cueto was a season ago.
Insight: Bumgarner is one of the most poised 25-year-old pitchers there is in the game and there certainly isn't one more fiery. Just about a week ago, he basically challenged headcase Yasiel Puig to a fight. San Francisco didn't have many choices as to who to start for this game, but they have the right guy on the mound.
Edinson Volquez, SP, PIT10/1/2014 10:34:00 AM
Description: Pirates starter Edinson Volquez is 9-1 with a 1.85 ERA in his last 17 starts going into his NL Wild Card game start on Wednesday.
Insight: Volquez has also allowed just four earned runs in his last 34 2/3 innings at home. In his last two starts, each lasting seven innings, he did not yield a single run. Experts can second guess the Pirates rotation strategy this week all they want, but Pittsburgh has a hot pitcher on the mound, in front of an electric crowd at home, and with the support of one of the hottest offenses in September.
Hunter Pence, RF, SFG10/1/2014 10:29:00 AM
Description: Giants right fielder Hunter Pence is a career .194 (7-for-36) hitter against Pirates starter Edison Volquez.
Insight: Pence does have three homers against Volquez but has also struck out 16 times. Pence hit .277 with 20 home runs, 74 RBI and 106 runs this season.
Andrew McCutchen, CF, PIT10/1/2014 10:26:00 AM
Description: Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen is 2-for-10 in his career against Giants starter Madison Bumgarner.
Insight: McCutchen finished the regular season with a .314 average, 25 home runs, 83 RBI, 89 runs and 18 stolen bases. He will have to perform well if the Pirates hope to make a deep playoff run, but the Pittsburgh offense is much more potent and balanced this season than a year ago.
Brandon Belt, 1B, SFG10/1/2014 10:20:00 AM
Description: Giants first baseman Brandon Belt is a career .444 (8-for-18) hitter against Pirates pitcher Edinson Volquez.
Insight: Belt also has a home run against Volquez. He had four hits in his final four regular season game, going 6-for-12 with a home run over that stretch. Pablo Sandoval also has over a .400 career batting average against Volquez in his lifetime.
Josh Harrison, 3B, PIT10/1/2014 10:17:00 AM
Description: Although it is a small sample size, Pirates third baseman Josh Harrison is 4-for-5 with a solo home run and a walk against Giants starter Madison Bumgarner.
Insight: Harrison just behind Justin Morneau for the NL batting title with a .315 average. He also had 58 extra-base hits, 52 RBI, 77 runs and 18 stolen bases. Pittsburgh will need him to set the tone on Wednesday.
Lorenzo Cain, CF, KAN10/1/2014 10:09:00 AM
Description: Kansas City center fielder Lorenzo Cain was 2-for-6 with two RBI, two runs and a stolen base against the Athletics on Tuesday in the American League Wild Card game.
Insight: Cain doubled to start the scoring in the third and singled to begin the rally in the eighth. In both frames, he came around to score. Cain also had the second of five Kansas City steals in the eighth and ninth innings. The Royals will begin their series against the Angels on Thursday.
Billy Butler, DH, KAN10/1/2014 10:05:00 AM
Description: Royals 1B/DH Billy Butler went 2-for-4 with two RBI in the American League Wild Card game against the Athletics on Tuesday.
Insight: Butler singled in the bottom of the first to drive in a run and then singled in the eighth to help Kansas City rally to close the deficit and eventually tie the game the next inning. The Royals will play the Angels in the ALDS starting on Friday.
Coco Crisp, CF, OAK10/1/2014 10:01:00 AM
Description: Athletics center fielder Coco Crisp left Tuesday night's AL Wild Card game with a right hamstring injury.
Insight: Crisp tweaked his hamstring on a swing in the top of the 11th. TBS reported it could possibly be cramps. Crisp tried to play center in the bottom of the inning but decided to take himself out. Whether it is a strain or just cramps, it doesn't matter since Oakland has been eliminated.
Eric Hosmer, 1B, KAN10/1/2014 9:58:00 AM
Description: Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer went 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs to lead the Royals past the Athletics, 9-8, in the American League Wild Card game on Tuesday.
Insight: Hosmer's RBI put Kansas City ahead in the third. One of his runs came in the eighth inning rally and the other tied the game in the bottom of the 12th.
Jon Lester, SP, OAK10/1/2014 9:55:00 AM
Description: Athletics starter Jon Lester allowed six runs over seven 1/3 innings, struck out five and walked two in the loss to the Royals in the American League Wild Card game on Tuesday.
Insight: Lester settled in after a rocky start that led to three Kansas City runs in the first three innings. Manager Bob Melvin likely stuck with Lester for too long as the Royals rallied in the eigth inning. Easy to second guess now. Lester was charged with three runs in the eighth, two of which scored after he exited. This was likely his last game for Oakland as Lester is a free agent this winter.
Sean Doolittle, RP, OAK10/1/2014 9:49:00 AM
Description: Athletics closer Sean Doolittle allowed a run in the ninth to blow a save in the American League Wild Card game against the Royals on Tuesday.
Insight: Doolittle did all he could but was not able to prevent the Royals from scratching out a run to tie. Pinch-hitter Josh Willingham hit a bloop single to start the inning. Pinch runner Jarrod Dyson took second on a sacrifice bunt, stole third and then scored on a sacrifice fly. Doolittle stayed in the game to pitch a scoreless 10th.
James Shields, SP, KAN10/1/2014 9:43:00 AM
Description: Royals starter James Shields allowed four runs over five plus innings in the Royals' 9-8 thrilling victory over the Athletics in the American League Wild Card game on Tuesday.
Insight: Shields tossed up a two-run bomb to Brandon Moss four batters into the game, but he settled down nicely to have a couple 1-2-3 innings. He started the sixth, but manager Ned Yost took him out after Shields allowed a single and walk to start the inning. Relief starting pitcher Yordano Ventura then gave up another home run to Moss and officially closed the book on Shields. Kansas City rallied in the eighth, ninth and 12th to win, 9-8. Shields expects to start Game 3 of the ALDS against the Angels on Sunday.
Adam Dunn, DH/1B, OAK10/1/2014 9:39:00 AM
Description: Adam Dunn admitted that despite the extra-inning loss in the American League Wild Card game to the Royals on Tuesday that his career is still likely over.
Insight: Dunn plans to retire after playing 14 seasons in the league. Dunn had the longest active streak without a playoff appearance, which stood at 2,001 career games. He did not make an appearance in the game Tuesday, but Dunn told MLB.com he does not hold any regrets. "Let's not make a bigger deal out of it. I love Bob [Melvin]. He's one of the best managers I've ever played for." The 34-year-old is 35th all-time with 462 home runs.
Salvador Perez, C, KAN10/1/2014 9:34:00 AM
Description: Royals catcher Salvador Perez hit a walk off single in the bottom of the 12th to finish off the Athletics and cap off a dramatic Kansas City comeback to defeat Oakland, 9-8, in the American League Wild Card game on Tuesday.
Insight: Perez was 0-for-5 before the single down the third baseline that scored Christian Colon with two outs. Perez had a chance to drive in the tying run from third base in the eighth with one out and failed to deliever but came through in the 12th. Kansas City advances to face the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the ALDS.
Brandon Moss, LF, OAK10/1/2014 9:30:00 AM
Description: Athletics 1B/OF Brandon Moss hit two home runs in Tuesday's Wild Card game loss to the Royals.
Insight: Moss hit a two-run homer to start the high-scoring affair in the top of the first and then gave the A's a 5-3 lead on a three-run shot to dead center in the sixth. Oakland tacked on two more runs to go up 7-3, but the Athletics were unable to hold the lead. Oakland led again 8-7 in the 12th but allowed two runs in the bottom of the inning as the Athletics officially capped off their season collapse.
Danny Hultzen, RP, SEA9/30/2014 10:39:00 PM
Description: Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said Tuesday that pitching prospect Danny Hultzen "should be" 100 percent for spring training according to MLB.com.
Insight: Hultzen is making his way back from rotator cuff surgery and threw his third and final instructional league outing Tuesday. He will be shut down until spring training. Hultzen was the No. 2 overall pick in 2011.
Geovany Soto, C, TEX9/30/2014 9:07:00 PM
Description: Athletics catcher Geovany Soto left Tuesday's Wild Card game with a left thumb injury.
Insight: Soto suffered the injury on a tag at the plate in the first inning. He remained in the game one more inning, but told the coaching staff that he could no longer receive the ball behind the plate. Derek Norris takes over at catcher for the rest of the game.
Travis Ishikawa, 1B, MIL9/30/2014 8:58:00 PM
Description: Giants' Travis Ishikawa will start in left field for Wednesday's Wild Card game according to Alex Pavlovic of Mercury News.
Insight: With Angel Pagan and Michael Morse out with injuries, the Giants are searching for viable replacements in left and center field. Gregor Blanco will play center while Ishikawa will be in left. Ishikawa played opening day this season at PNC Park, the site of the NL Wild Card game, but as a Pittsburgh Pirate at first base.
Clayton Kershaw, SP, LOS9/30/2014 8:52:00 PM
Description: Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw will likely pitch on short rest in a potential NLDS Game 4 according to ESPN Los Angeles.
Insight: If Don Mattingly could, he would pitch Kershaw everyday. In a 5-game series, it makes the Dodgers awfully tough to beat when Kershaw is pitching two of the first four games of the series. Throw in the fact that Zach Greinke pitches Game 2, it is virtually impossible to win just two games and force a Game 5. This strategy worked last year, so why not try it again against the Cardinals, the team that knocked the Dodgers out in the NLCS a year ago.
Michael Morse, LF, SFG9/30/2014 8:46:00 PM
Description: Giants left fielder Michael Morse is likely to be left off the National League Wild Card roster on Wednesday due to a strained left oblique according to Mercury News.
Insight: There was a previous possibility of him being on the roster as a potential pinch-hitter, but that seems unlikely at this point. Even if the Giants advance, Morse doesn't look like he will be much of a factor this October.
Josh Hamilton, LF, ANA9/30/2014 8:40:00 PM
Description: Angels left fielder Josh Hamilton (shoulder) told Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register that he is ready to play in the ALDS which starts on Thursday.
Insight: Hamilton took batting practice, threw long toss, and ran the bases without any setbacks the last two days. He has played just one game since Sept. 4, but the Angels will likely put him in the lineup on Thursday.
Clay Buchholz, SP, BOS9/30/2014 8:36:00 PM
Description: Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz had successful surgery Tuesday to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee according to MassLive.com.
Insight: Buchholz should be ready to go by February. The Red Sox pitcher will hope to bounce back in 2015 after finishing this season with a 5.34 ERA and 1.39 WHIP in 170 1/3 innings. Buchholz was much better in 2013 with a 1.74 ERA in 108 1/3 innings.
Dee Gordon, 2B, LOS9/30/2014 8:32:00 PM
Description: Dodgers second baseman Dee Gordon completely expects to play in Game 1 of the NLDS on Friday against the Cardinals according to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times.
Insight: Irritation in his right hip kept Gordon out of the final regular season game, but he went through a full workout on Tuesday and said he felt fine. Gordon finished with a .289 average with 64 stolen bases in 148 games this season.
Matt Shoemaker, SP, ANA9/30/2014 8:28:00 PM
Description: Angels starter Matt Shoemaker (oblique) pitched another bullpen session on Tuesday according to the Orange County Register.
Insight: He took breaks to simulate multiple innings. Shoemaker is expected to pitch Game 3 of the ALDS on Oct. 5. He has been out with a strained oblique since Sept. 16.
Russell Martin, C, PIT9/30/2014 8:25:00 PM
Description: Pirates catcher Russell Martin is expected to start Wednesday's Wild Card game against the Giants according to Mercury News.
Insight: Martin left Friday's game after reinjurying his left hamstring. He did not return the entire weekend, but that will not keep him out of the single elimination Wild Card affair on Wednesday. Pittsburgh still plans to carry a third catcher just in case.
Carlos Beltran, RF, NYY9/30/2014 8:22:00 PM
Description: Yankees right fielder Carlos Beltran underwent surgery Tuesday to remove a bone spur in his right eblow according to MLB.com.
Insight: There is no danger of Beltran missing spring training as he should be able to return to all baseball activities in 12 weeks. He had a bad season, hitting .233/.301/.402 with 15 home runs and 49 RBI, but he should be much better after healing from the injury.
James Shields, SP, KAN9/30/2014 11:53:00 AM
Description: Royals starter James Shields gave up three earned runs in each of his last three outings (0-1 with two no-decisions), so isn't coming into the playoff game throwing his best.
Insight: Shields was 1-0 in two starts against Oakland this season with a 3.21 ERA and stunning 0.857 WHIP.
Jon Lester, SP, OAK9/30/2014 11:48:00 AM
Description: Oakland left-hander Jon Lester is a career 6-4 with a 2.11 ERA and 1.043 WHIP in 13 postseason games.
Insight: Lester went undefeated against the Royals in three meetings this season, going 3-0 with a 2.61 ERA, 1.161 WHIP and 20 strikeouts in 20 2/3 IP.
Coco Crisp, CF, OAK9/30/2014 11:44:00 AM
Description: Athletics center fielder Coco Crisp is a career .125 batter (3-for-24) versus Royals right-hander James Shields.
Insight: Leadoff hitters are supposed to get on base to be effective and this one has a problem against Shields, so shouldn't be used in fantasy lineups. Crisp batted .248 this season with nine homers, 47 RBI, 68 runs and 19 steals.
Josh Reddick, RF, OAKHot9/30/2014 11:42:00 AM
Description: Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick is a lifetime .318 hitter with three home runs and a 1.182 OPS versus Royals right-hander James Shields.
Insight: Reddick managed just 363 at-bats this season, but did hit 12 homers with a respectable .763 OPS. He finished the regular season with three consecutive multi-hit games and should be a viable fantasy option in this favorable matchup.
Billy Butler, DH, KAN9/30/2014 11:38:00 AM
Description: Royals 1B/DH Billy Butler is a career .143 hitter against Oakland starter Jon Lester.
Insight: Butler has struck out 11 times and walked five times in 33 plate appearances. Of the Royals possible DHs, Raul Ibanez (.333) has the best batting average against Lester.
Alex Gordon, LF, KAN9/30/2014 11:35:00 AM
Description: Royals left fielder Alex Gordon has a history of strulling against Oakland left-hander Jon Lester, batting just .160 for his career with 10 strikeouts in 26 plate appearances.
Insight: Gordon put together another solid season, batting .266 with 19 HR, 74 RBI and 87 runs scored, but its a tough matchup for him.
Jayson Nix, SS, KAN9/30/2014 11:31:00 AM
Description: Don't be surprised if IF Jayson Nix finds his way into the starting lineup against Oakland left-hander Jon Lester.
Insight: The utility infielder has done nothing all season, batting just 120 between Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and the Royals, but he's a career .308 hitter (8-for-26) with three home runs in their matchups.
Corey Hart, DH, SEA9/29/2014 9:56:00 PM
Description: Mariners designated hitter Corey Hart for assignment on Monday.
Insight: Seattle had to make space for Jesus Montero, who came off the suspended list on Monday. Hart will be a free agent this winter.
Alex Rodriguez, 3B, NYY9/29/2014 9:40:00 PM
Description: Yankees manager Joe Girardi told ESPN New York on Monday that he expects Alex Rodriguez to be the team's third baseman next season.
Insight: Girardi went on to say A-Rod doesn't automatically have the job, but he should be able to be the everyday third baseman if healthy. Even though this news likely makes Yankee fans want to puke, the team could really use a power right-handed bat. That's if Rodriguez can be somewhat of his old self. Reality seems to have set in for Rodriguez, who must have figured out he stood almost no chance of winning this case in federal court. A-Rod will sit out the entire 2014 season as he serves a 162-game PED suspension. Rodriguez will not be reporting to spring training later this month.
Josh Donaldson, 3B, OAK9/29/2014 8:31:00 PM
Description: Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson told Comcast SportsNet California that his left knee feels more stable than it did a few days ago.
Insight: Donaldson did not run very much on Monday, but he is expected to be in the lineup on Tuesday against the Royals in the AL Wild Card game. His knee has been an issue for the second half of the season, but Donaldson has still been able to hit .280 over that time. His power, however, seems to have been effected as he has just nine homers since the break.
Tanner Roark, SP, WAS9/29/2014 8:27:00 PM
Description: Nationals starter Tanner Roark will pitch out of the bullpen in the NLDS according to Bill Ladson of MLB.com
Insight: It speaks volumes as to how good the Washington rotation is that Roark, who was 15-10 with a 2.85 ERA and 1.09 WHIP, cannot get a starting spot in the playoffs. Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmerman, Gio Gonzalez and Doug Fister will be the four playoff starters.
Yoenis Cespedes, LF, BOS9/29/2014 8:22:00 PM
Description: Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said Monday that the team is interested in signing outfielder Yoenis Cespedes to a long-term contract.
Insight: Cespedes will make $10.5 million in 2015, the final season of his current deal before he hits free agency. The outfielder said he has not yet decided if he wants to resign with Boston. Cespedes hit .269 with five home runs and 33 RBI in 51 games with Boston. With the Athletics and the Red Sox, Cespedes had a career-high 100 RBI in 2014.
Josh Hamilton, LF, ANA9/29/2014 5:40:00 PM
Description: Angels left fielder Josh Hamilton (shoulder) did a full workout without any setbacks according to Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register.
Insight: Hamilton took batting practice, threw long toss and ran the bases. He will do the same on Tuesday, and then if all goes well, face live pitching on Wednesday. The Angels are hoping he can start Game 1 of the ALDS on Thursday.
Matt Shoemaker, SP, ANA9/29/2014 5:38:00 PM
Description: Angels starter Matt Shoemaker (oblique) played catch on Monday without any setbacks and will throw another bullpen session Tuesday according to the Orange County Register.
Insight: Shoemaker still expects to start Game 3 of the ALDS on Oct. 5. He has been out with a strained oblique since Sept. 16. Jered Weaver and C.J. Wilson are slated to start Games 1 and 2 for the Angels.
Trevor Plouffe, 3B, MIN9/29/2014 5:33:00 PM
Description: Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe underwent surgery to repair his fractured left forearm according to Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Insight: Plouffe originally thought he wasn't going to need the surgery, but a second opinion convinced him to receive it. He should be ready for spring training.
Koji Uehara, RP, BOS9/29/2014 5:06:00 PM
Description: The Red Sox have not decided whether they'll tender a qualifying offer to free agent closer Koji Uehara according to Brian MacPherson.
Insight: The problem is the one-year qualifying offer on this year's market is expected to be around $15.1 million. That is quite a hefty price for a 40-year-old closer that blew three saves after Aug. 21. We expect the Red Sox to try and bring Uehara back but will try and negotiate with him on the open market.
Clay Buchholz, SP, BOSCold9/29/2014 1:28:00 PM
Description: Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz will have surgery Tuesday to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee.
Insight: Buchholz should be ready to go by February. He wasn't very good this season, going 8-10 with a 5.31 ERA and 1.40 WHIP to the disappointment of fantasy owners who remember he went 12-1 with a 1.74 ERA and 1.025 WHIP in 2013.
David Price, SP, DET9/28/2014 7:44:00 PM
Description: Tigers starter David Price pitched seven 1/3 scoreless innings to lead Detroit to the American League Central title with a 3-0 victory over the Twins on Sunday.
Insight: The Tigers can all collectively exhale as Price delievered what he was brought to do when Detroit traded for him. Price allowed four hits and struck out eight to finish the season 15-12 with a 3.26 ERA. The Tigers have now won four straight AL Central championships.
Zack Greinke, SP, LOS9/28/2014 7:28:00 PM
Description: Dodgers starter Zack Greinke wins 17th game in finale.
Insight: The Dodgers did not want to overwork him, as he only threw 77 pitches. Greinke went five innings of one-run ball on four hits, while striking out six. He finishes the year at 17-8 with a 2.71 ERA. Greinke should be starting Game 2 of the NLDS.
Tim Lincecum, SP, SFG9/28/2014 7:14:00 PM
Description: Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum picks up win in relief Sunday.
Insight: It was his 12th win, after going two innings. Lincecum is simply not the same pitcher he used to be, as he finishes the year with a 4.74 ERA.
Michael Pineda, SP, NYY9/28/2014 6:59:00 PM
Description: Yankees right hander Michael Pineda struck out 10 and allowed just one run and three hits in six 1/3 innings on Sunday to win the season finale.
Insight: The Red Sox did not have their best lineup out on the field, but he would have performed well against the Boston "A Team" as well. In his last 13 2/3 innings, Pineda struck out 18 hitters. He finishes the year with a 1.89 ERA and looks to be the Yankees best starter going into 2015.
Jed Lowrie, SS, OAK9/28/2014 6:56:00 PM
Description: Athletics shortstop Jed Lowrie had a two-run single in the season finale against the Rangers.
Insight: Lowrie provided some much needed insurance with his two RBI in the ninth inning to extend the Athletics lead to 4-0. Overall however, Lowrie had a down season compared to his numbers last year. He hit .249/.321/.355 with six home runs and 50 RBI this season.
Buster Posey, C/1B, SFG9/28/2014 6:54:00 PM
Description: Giants catcher Buster Posey belted his 22nd homer Sunday.
Insight: He was 1-for-2 before getting the rest of the afternoon off. Posey finishes off 2014 slashing .311/.364/.490 with 89 RBI. There is a fine chance he takes hom NL MVP honors.
Matt Kemp, OF, LOS9/28/2014 6:49:00 PM
Description: Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp finishes the year in style.
Insight: He was 2-for-2 before being removed from the game. Kemp clubbed his 25th homer and had three RBI. He will be heading into postseason play on fire.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, LOS9/28/2014 6:47:00 PM
Description: Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez hit his 27th homer in Sunday's finale.
Insight: He was 2-for-2 with three RBI and two runs scored, before being removed from the game. Gonzalez finishes the year with a .276/.335/.482 line, with an NL leading 116 RBI. Great year for the Dodgers first baseman.
Josh Collmenter, SP, ARI9/28/2014 6:37:00 PM
Description: Diamondbacks starter Josh Collmenter pitches well in loss.
Insight: He went eight strong innings, allowing only one run on three hits, while striking out three. Collmenter finishes his year at 11-9 with a 3.46 ERA.
Adam Wainwright, SP, STL9/28/2014 6:36:00 PM
Description: Cardinals right-hander Adam Wainwright did not pitch Sunday against Arizona.
Insight: With Pittsburgh losing earlier, the Cardinals wrapped up ther NL Central, allowing Wainwright to rest. Four relievers combined for the 1-0 win, with Justin Masterson earning the victory. Wainwright will start Game 1 of the Divisional Series.
Ian Kinsler, 2B, DET9/28/2014 6:35:00 PM
Description: Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler went 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBI to lead the Tigers to a division title sealing victory.
Insight: Kinsler hit four homers in the final 14 regular season games, which is more than he had in the previous two and a half months. Kinsler has struggled getting on base lately, but he will remain Detroit's lead off man for the ALDS.
Joe Nathan, RP, DET9/28/2014 6:33:00 PM
Description: Tigers closer Joe Nathan threw a perfect ninth inning to preserve a 3-0 lead and capture his 35th save of the season on Sunday.
Insight: The Tigers scored two runs in the bottom of the eighth to give Nathan a three-run cushion. Nathan ends the season with a 4.81 ERA, the 10th highest mark in the history of the league to have recorded 30 saves or more. Since July, his ERA has been under 3.50, but overall, there still isn't much confidence he will get the job done in the playoffs.
Alex Cobb, SP, TAM9/28/2014 6:27:00 PM
Description: Rays starter Alex Cobb allowed four runs on 10 hits over six innings in a loss to the Indians on Sunday.
Insight: The 10 hits was a season-high, so Cobb was certainly hoping for a better start to cap off his superb season. Even with the tough Sunday, Cobb was 10-9 with a 2.87 ERA, 149 strikeouts in 166 1/3 innings this year. Cobb posted a 1.78 ERA after July 1.
Clay Buchholz, SP, BOS9/28/2014 6:23:00 PM
Description: Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz allowed four runs over six innings in a loss to the Yankees in the season finale.
Insight: All four runs came in the third inning, which included four hits. One of the hits was Derek Jeter's last of his career. Buchholz improved as the season went, but still struggled at times and finished with a 5.34 ERA.
Nick Martinez, SP, TEX9/28/2014 6:20:00 PM
Description: Rangers pitcher Nick Martinez allowed two runs over five 2/3 innings in Sunday's loss to the Athletics.
Insight: Martinez tossed up four hits, did not walk a batter and struck out two. Unfortunately, Martinez ran into Sonny Gray, who pitched a complete-game shutout for the Athletics. Gray finishes the year 5-12 with 4.55 ERA in 140 1/3 innings this year.
T.J. House, SP, CLE9/28/2014 6:12:00 PM
Description: Indians starter T.J. House allowed one run over five innings in the season finale to beat the Rays, 7-2.
Insight: House allowed just five hits on the day, including Sean Rodriguez' solo home run. That was the lone run House allowed all day. He finishes 2014 with a 5-3 record with 3.35 ERA in 102 innings.
Jose Altuve, 2B, HOU9/28/2014 6:05:00 PM
Description: Astros second baseman Jose Altuve registered two hits and finished with a .341 batting average to win the American League batting title.
Insight: Altuve had to talk his way into the lineup as the Astros wanted him to sit and protect the batting title lead. He came into the day with a three point lead over Detroit's Victor Martinez, who went 0-for-3 on Sunday. Altuve had a fantastic year: .341/.377/.453 with seven home runs, 59 RBI, and 56 stolen bases.
Matt Shoemaker, SP, ANA9/28/2014 6:01:00 PM
Description: Angels starter Matt Shoemaker (oblique) completed a bullpen session on Sunday and remains confident that he will pitch in the ALDS according to the Los Angeles Times.
Insight: Shoemaker has been out since Sept. 16 with a left oblique strain. He admitted that he felt a little bit of tightness in his oblique, but Shoemaker said he feels like he can pitch through it. The Angels are planning to start Jered Weaver and C.J. Wilson in Games 1 and 2, so expect Shoemaker to start in Game 3.
Anthony Rizzo, 1B, CHC9/28/2014 5:57:00 PM
Description: Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo has big day in finale.
Insight: He was 3-for-4 with with a homer, two RBI, and two runs scored. Rizzo finishes off a monster year with a .286/.386/.527 line, along with 32 homers and 78 RBI.
Derek Jeter, SS, NYY9/28/2014 5:52:00 PM
Description: Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter singled in his last at-bat at the major league level.
Insight: Jeter went 1-for-2 before leaving in the third inning on Sunday. He lined out to shortstop Jemile Weeks in his first at-bat and then hit an infield single in his second plate appearance. Manager Joe Girardi replaced Jeter after the infield single. Jeter finishes sixth all-time with 3,465 hits. Jeter will cap off his Hall of Fame career batting second one more time for the pinstripes. He registered an infield single before exiting the game on Saturday in a blow out. Hopefully, Jeter plays the entire game on Sunday.
Josh Hamilton, LF, ANA9/28/2014 5:48:00 PM
Description: Angels left fielder Josh Hamilton (shoulder) will take batting practice on Monday according to Orange County Register.
Insight: Hamilton will also take batting practice on Tuesday and hopefully face live pitching on Wednesday. Hamilton has received an incredible 12 cortisone shots over the last two weeks to try and shed the pain in his right shoulder. The playoffs start on Thursday for the Angels.
Craig Kimbrel, SP, NYM9/28/2014 4:12:00 PM
Description: Braves closer notches 47th save of year.
Insight: Another dominant season for Kimbrel. He finishes 2014 with a 1.61 ERA and 95 strikeouts. He should be one the first closers taken off the board in 2015.
Emilio Bonifacio, IF/OF, ATL9/28/2014 4:10:00 PM
Description: Braves utilityman Emilio Bonifacio hits third homer in finale.
Insight: He took Cole Hamels deep in the first inning. Bonifacio ends his year with a .259/.305/.345 line. Freddie Freeman added the other RBI in a 2-1 victory over the Phillies.
Cole Hamels, SP, PHI9/28/2014 4:08:00 PM
Description: Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels goes eight innings, but loses.
Insight: Stop us if you heard this before. Hamels pitches great, but does not get the run support. Today, he allowed just two runs on three hits, while striking out seven. Hamels finishes 2014 at 9-9 and a 2.46 ERA.
Aroldis Chapman, RP, CIN9/28/2014 4:05:00 PM
Description: Reds closer Aroldis Chapman strikes out side for 36th save.
Insight: After missing the first few weeks of the season, Chapman did not miss a beat. He is a top-five closer in a ll of baseball.
Johnny Cueto, SP, CIN9/28/2014 4:04:00 PM
Description: Reds starter Johnny Cueto does it all in 20th victory of season.
Insight: Not only did he go eight innings of one-run ball on six hits, while striking out seven, but Cueto also had the go-ahead RBI single in the eighth inning. He had a monster season, going 20-9 with a 2.25 ERA. Target him early in 2015.
Lucas Duda, LF, NYM9/28/2014 4:02:00 PM
Description: Mets first baseman Lucas Duda gets to the 30 homerun mark in final game.
Insight: He was 2-for-4 with four RBI as well. Duda finishes off an impressive season with a .253/.349/.481 line, along with 92 RBI. He will have a solid chance at repeating those numbers in 2015.
Bartolo Colon, SP, NYM9/28/2014 4:00:00 PM
Description: Mets starter Bartolo Colon wins 15th game in final start of the year.
Insight: He went six innings, allowing three runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out four. Colon finishes an above average season with a 15-13 record and 4.09 ERA.
Ian Desmond, SS, WAS9/28/2014 3:47:00 PM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond belts 24th homer of year.
Insight: It was the only run Washington needed, as Jordan Zimmerman tossed a no-hitter. Desmond finishes the year with a .255/.313/.430 line with 91 RBI. Consider him a top shortstop prospect heading into the 2015 fantasy season.
Jordan Zimmermann, SP, WAS9/28/2014 3:44:00 PM
Description: Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann no-hits Marlins on final day of season.
Insight: What a way to go out. Zimmerman's only blemish on his line was one walk in a 1-0 victory. He struck out 10, and finishes the year at 14-5 with a 2.66 ERA
Miguel Montero, C, ARI9/28/2014 12:35:00 PM
Description: Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero is sitting out on Sunday versus St. Louis.
Insight: He will end his year with a .243/.329/.370 line, to go along with 13 homers and 72 RBI. Montero is an inconsistent hitter, but holds value at a position that is not very deep.
Russell Martin, C, PIT9/28/2014 11:37:00 AM
Description: Pirates catcher Russell Martin (hamstring) remains out of lineup Sunday.
Insight: With Pittsburgh attempting to capture the NL Central, they will be without their starting catcher yet again. Martin should be ready for postseason play, but Chris Stewart gets the nod today.
David Ortiz, DH, BOS9/28/2014 11:14:00 AM
Description: Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz is not in the starting lineup Sunday.
Insight: Ortiz is dealing with a wrist injury. He will likely finished 2014 batting .263 with 35 home runs and 104 RBI.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C, MIA9/28/2014 11:11:00 AM
Description: Miami catcher Jarrod Saltalmacchia will sit for the finale.
Insight: J.T. Realmuto gets the start today. Salty finishes 2014 with a .220/.320/.363 line, along with 11 homeruns and 44 RBI. There are better options at catcher heading into 2015.
Derek Jeter, SS, NYY9/28/2014 10:46:00 AM
Description: Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter will DH in his final major league game on Sunday.
Insight: Jeter will cap off his Hall of Fame career batting second one more time for the pinstripes. He registered an infield single before exiting the game on Saturday in a blow out. Hopefully, Jeter plays the entire game on Sunday.
Andrelton Simmons, SS, ATL9/28/2014 10:46:00 AM
Description: Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons is out of the lineup Sunday against the Phillies.
Insight: With a .063 career average (1-for-16) against Cole Hamels, Simmons will rest during the season finale. He finishes the year with a .244/.286/.331 line, along with seven homers and 46 RBI.
Justin Upton, LF, ATL9/28/2014 10:43:00 AM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton is sitting out on Sunday.
Insight: Barring a pinch-hitting appearance, Upton finishes an impressive year slashing .270/.342/.491 with 29 homers and 102 RBI. His brother B.J. is sitting as well today. Ryan Doumit and Emilio Bonifacio are starting in left field and center field, respectively.
Bobby Abreu, RF, NYM9/28/2014 10:35:00 AM
Description: Mets right fielder Bobby Abreu will get the start in right field on Sunday.
Insight: He announced he is going to retire after the season, so the Mets decided to give him one last go-around. Abreu will be hitting second against Astros' starter Nick Tropeano.
Michael Brantley, LF, CLEHot9/28/2014 10:22:00 AM
Description: Indians left fielder Michael Brantley is not in the starting lineup on Sunday.
Insight: That's too bad. Brantley has had a career year but was three RBI away from 100. He still hit the 200 hits, 20 home runs, 40 doubles, and 20 stolen bases marks though.
Rajai Davis, CF, DET9/28/2014 10:20:00 AM
Description: Tigers center fielder Rajai Davis is not in the starting lineup on Sunday.
Insight: Davis left Saturday's game with a Grade 1 groin strain. He will be re-evaluated on Sunday. Ezequiel Carrera is starting in center field on Sunday.
Mike Trout, CF, ANA9/28/2014 10:17:00 AM
Description: Angels center fielder Mike Trout is hitting .383 (18-for-47) with seven extra-base hits and 11 RBI against Mariners ace Felix Hernandez.
Insight: Trout's OPS against Hernandez is 1.063, so we wouldn't be afraid to plug Trout into the fantasy lineup even with King Felix on the mound.
Felix Hernandez, SP, SEA9/28/2014 10:14:00 AM
Description: Mariners ace Felix Hernandez will need to bounce back from the worst start of his career in order for Seattle to make the playoffs.
Insight: Seattle won and Oakland lost on Saturday as the Mariners stayed alive in the wild card chase. The Mariners send King Felix to the mound after he gave up eight runs to the Blue Jays on Tuesday. Hernandez told mynorthwest.com that he has put the game behind him and that he is going to "Keep fighting, it won't happen again." We wouldn't count on two rough starts in a row from King Felix.
Mark Teixeira, 1B, NYY9/28/2014 10:01:00 AM
Description: Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira has just four hits against Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz in 23 career at-bats, but two of them are home runs.
Insight: Teixeira also has five RBI, two walks and seven strikeouts against the right hander. Like many Yankees, Teixeira has been extremely disappointing this year, hitting .217 with 22 home runs and 61 RBI.
Jose Altuve, 2B, HOU9/28/2014 9:57:00 AM
Description: Astros second baseman Jose Altuve is a career .357 (5-for-14) hitter against Mets pitcher Bartolo Colon.
Insight: After an 0-for-4 on Saturday, Altuve's average has dopped to .340, which is only three percentage points ahead of Detroit's Victor Martinez for the American League lead. With nothing to play for on Sunday, make sure Altuve is not sitting out to ensure he keeps the batting title before inserting him in your fantasy lineup.
Billy Hamilton, CF, CIN9/28/2014 9:55:00 AM
Description: Cincinnati center fielder Billy Hamilton (concussion) remains out of the lineup for the season finale against Pittsburgh.
Insight: With the Reds out of contention, it made sense for them not to rush Hamilton. He finishes the year as a favorite for the NL Rookie of the Year Award, as he slashed .250/.292/.355 and had 56 stolen bases. Jason Bourgeois gets the start in center field.
Joe Mauer, 1B, MIN9/28/2014 9:53:00 AM
Description: Twins first baseman Joe Mauer is not a good fantasy start on the last day of the season.
Insight: Not many are against Tigers pitcher David Price, but Mauer is just 3-for-20 against Price in his career. One of those hits is a double while Mauer also has two RBI, four walks and six strikeouts against the Tiger lefty.
Edwin Encarnacion, 1B, TOR9/28/2014 9:49:00 AM
Description: Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion is feast or famine against Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez.
Insight: Encarnacion has just three hits in 20 at-bats against Gonzalez in his career, but all three have been home runs. Encarnacion also has seven RBI, two walks and two strikeouts.
B.J. Upton, CF, ATL9/28/2014 9:49:00 AM
Description: Braves center fielder B.J. Upton is 0-for-17 lifetime against Cole Hamels.
Insight: After smashing his 12th homer of the year last night, it will interesting to see if Upton is in the lineup today against Philadelphia, as it could be his last game as a Brave.
Neil Walker, 2B, PIT9/28/2014 9:47:00 AM
Description: Pirates second baseman Neil Walker could be in line for a rough afternoon on Sunday.
Insight: He is a .171 career hitter (7-for-41) off Reds' starter Johnny Cueto, with seven strikeouts. In a game Pittsburgh needs to win, Walker is not a recommended daily play.
Adam Jones, CF, BAL9/28/2014 9:45:00 AM
Description: Orioles center fielder Adam Jones really struggles against Blue Jays pitcher R.A. Dickey.
Insight: Jones is 3-for-22 (.136) with five strikeouts in his lifetime against the knuckleballer. One of those three hits, however, was a home run. Jones is batting .281 with 29 home runs and 96 RBI iin 640 at-bats this season.
Adam Lind, DH, TOR9/28/2014 9:43:00 AM
Description: Blue Jays DH Adam Lind is 8-for-16 in his career against Orioles pitcher Miguel Gonzalez.
Insight: One of those eight hits was a home run. He is hitting .324 with 32 extra-base hits and 40 RBI in 287 at-bats this year.
John Danks, SP, CWS9/28/2014 9:39:00 AM
Description: White Sox lefty John Danks pitched seven innings, allowing two earned runs against the Royals on Saturday.
Insight: He allowed just five hits, struck out three and walked two in the victory. Danks finishes 2014 with an 11-11 record, 4.74 ERA and 1.44 WHIP in 193 2/3 innings.
Scott Baker, SP, TEX9/28/2014 9:37:00 AM
Description: Rangers RHP Scott Baker allowed two earned runs in four innings of a spot start against the Athletics on Saturday.
Insight: The Rangers scratched Derek Holland right before the game due to a migraine. Baker pretty very well on the short notice. He finishes the year with a 5.47 ERA in seven starts and 18 relief appearances.
Josh Donaldson, 3B, OAK9/28/2014 9:34:00 AM
Description: Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson went 3-for-4 with a home run in a loss to the Rangers on Saturday.
Insight: It was unclear whether Donaldson would even start as the third baseman banged both his knees on Friday. Donaldson did not look to good running the bases Saturday, but his production at the plate was not effected. He hit a solo bomb in the first and added two singles. Donaldson is batting .257 with 29 home runs and 98 RBI in 157 games this season.
James Paxton, SP, SEA9/28/2014 9:30:00 AM
Description: Mariners left-hander James Paxton pitched five 2/3 innings and allowed one run in a no-decision against the Angels on Saturday.
Insight: Paxton had a horrible start in his last outing, giving up eight earned runs in less than three innings, so this was a big bounce-back game for him. He finishes the regular season 6-4 with a 3.04 ERA in 13 starts. Paxton missed most of the first four months with a strained lat.
C.J. Wilson, SP, ANA9/28/2014 9:26:00 AM
Description: Angels starter C.J. Wilson threw six innings and allowed one run on four hits in a no-decision against the Mariners on Saturday.
Insight: It did not really matter what the result was for Wilson as long as he threw a good game. He lasted just two-thirds of an inning in his last outing against the Athletics and likely wanted to correct his mistakes before the playoffs. Wilson finishes the regular season 13-10 with a 4.54 ERA and is expected to start Game 2 of the ALDS.


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