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Jack Flaherty was charged with four runs over just four innings of work Monday in the Cardinals’ loss to the Nationals.
Oct 14   11:52 PM

Flaherty pitched much better than his final line suggests. All four runs the Nats scored off of him came with two outs in the third inning, with the first one coming on an Adam Eaton single that found a hole and the next one on a check-swing "double" by Anthony Rendon which should’ve been caught by Marcell Ozuna. Ozuna’s misplay hurt even worse after Howie Kendrick plated two more runs with a double. It could be the last start of the season for Flaherty, who was brilliant in the second half and postseason.

Jose Martinez singled twice and scored the Cardinals' lone run in Monday's loss to the Nationals.
Oct 14   11:33 PM

Manager Mike Shildt inserted Martinez into the lineup in hopes that it would spark the team's offense. Martinez did what he could, but it was another quiet night for the St. Louis lineup, as the only run they scored came on an error. There's no doubt that Martinez will be back in there for Game 4.

Victor Robles (hamstring) cranked a solo homer and added a single Monday in the Nationals' win over the Cardinals.
Oct 14   11:33 PM

Making his first start since tweaking his right hamstring in Game 2 of the NLDS, Robles singled and scored in his first plate appearance in the third inning. He later added an opposite-field homer that just cleared the right field wall in the seventh. Robles also made a nice running catch in the outfield, as it appears he has put his hamstring issue behind him.

Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports that Athletics third base coach Matt Williams has signed a three-year deal to become the manager of the KBO's KIA Tigers.
Oct 14   10:04 PM

Williams was the A's third base coach for two years after managing the Nationals from 2014-15. Manager Bob Melvin will have at least one coach to replace and maybe more if bench coach Ryan Christenson gets the Pirates' manager job.

Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that Buck Showalter's potential candidacy for the Mets' manager job has been stalled due to "concerns about the former manager’s interactions with the front office in previous jobs."
Oct 14   7:35 PM

It sounds like Showalter can probably be crossed off the list. Eduardo Perez, Carlos Beltran, Joe Girardi, Mike Bell, Derek Shelton and Luis Rojas are known to be in the mix for the Mets' gig and the club has discussed Dusty Baker and John Gibbons internally, as well.

Josh Reddick will start ALCS Game 3 in right field for the Astros on Tuesday.
Oct 14   7:03 PM

It will be Reddick's first start of the series, as Kyle Tucker started Game 1 and Jake Marisnick started Game 2. Reddick is just 1-for-10 at the plate so far this postseason.

Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Athletics bench coach Ryan Christenson will interview for the Pirates' manager job next week.
Oct 14   7:03 PM

Christenson has been Oakland's bench coach for the last two seasons after previously managing in their minor league system. Former Rangers manager Jeff Banister, Twins bench coach Derek Shelton and Diamondbacks director of player development Mike Bell are other known candidates for Pittsburgh's opening.

Astros manager A.J. Hinch said Monday that Jose Urquidy could either start or be a bulk guy on Wednesday in Game 4 of the ALCS.
Oct 14   7:03 PM

Brian McTaggart of had indicated as much previously. The forecast for Game 4 isn't promising, and if there's a postponement the Astros would be able to turn back to Game 1 starter Zack Greinke on normal rest Thursday.

Jose Urquidy is the "most likely candidate" to start ALCS Game 4 for the Astros on Wednesday, per Brian McTaggart of
Oct 14   6:06 PM

That's assuming the game isn't postponed, as rain is expected throughout the day in New York on Wednesday. If the game needs to be pushed back a day, the Astros can turn back to Zack Greinke on normal rest Thursday. While Urquidy might start Game 4, Houston is likely to turn to the bullpen quickly. The Yankees have already announced that they'll go with a bullpen game in Game 4.

Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said Monday that Joe Kelly dealt with knee and quad and then arm soreness down the stretch.
Oct 14   6:06 PM

The team had previously only described Kelly's injury as a lower body issue. Regardless, the good news is that Friedman said the reliever doesn't have any structural problems, so Kelly should have a normal offseason.

Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said Monday that he expects his contract situation with the club to be finalized within days.
Oct 14   3:25 PM

Friedman was lured to the Dodgers in October of 2014 with a monster five-year, $35 million deal which was set to expire at the end of this month. There's been some speculation about the Red Sox potentially making a run at him, but that isn't going to happen. While the Dodgers had a disappointing exit from the NLDS this year, they've won the NL West in all five of his seasons at the helm and have made two World Series appearances. Still, look for some notable changes in player personnel this offseason.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Monday that Giancarlo Stanton (quad) hit in the cage on Sunday and things went "pretty well."
Oct 14   3:25 PM

Stanton was held out of Game 2 on Sunday due to a right quadriceps strain. It's unclear what activity he'll go through on Monday, but it's too soon to say when he might be able to return to the lineup. Obviously the Yankees will delay that decision for as long as they can, as taking him off the roster would make him ineligible to return if the club advances to the World Series.

Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said Kenley Jansen is still the team's closer, but also added that "we will see how things play out."
Oct 14   3:03 PM

Jansen posted a career-high 3.71 ERA this season and his usage in the NLDS against the Nationals was strange at times, suggesting that perhaps confidence in him isn't as high as it used to be. If anything, the Dodgers are going to keep an open mind about things as they look at the free agent and trade markets this winter. The bullpen should be a priority.

Carlos Subero will not return as Brewers' first base/infield coach in 2020.
Oct 14   2:46 PM

All the other members of the 2019 staff have been retained for next year. Subero has been on the major league staff for the past four seasons.

Michael Lorenzen plans to work with Trevor Bauer this offseason in an effort to add more velocity.
Oct 14   11:22 AM

Lorenzen averaged around 97 mph on his fastball this season while posting a 2.92 ERA and 85/28 K/BB ratio over 83 1/3 innings, but he thinks he's capable of more and could change things by being more efficient with his delivery. "Me and Trevor have already found flaws in my delivery, which for me, I was pumped to hear about my flaws in my delivery because it tells me I have more," said Lorenzen. "It proved what I have always thought. It shows I can get better." Bauer helped former teammate Mike Clevinger with his velocity, so it's worthy pursuit. As gifted as an athlete as Lorenzen is, it's very possible there's another level here.

James Paxton allowed a run on four hits over 2 1/3 innings in a no-decision in Sunday's ALCS Game 2 against the Astros.
Oct 14   1:29 AM

Paxton worked a scoreless first inning before Alex Bregman led off the second with a single and Yordan Alvarez walked. A lineout put runners at the corners with one out and a Carlos Correa RBI double got the Astros on the board. He escaped that inning but a pair of one-out singles in the third was enough for Yankees manager Joe Girardi to go to his bullpen. Paxton was similarly a mixed bag in his ALDS start against the Twins in which he struck out eight but allowed three runs in 4 2/3 innings. With the series tied 1-1 there's a good chance the Yanks will need him later in this ALCS, so the southpaw can't let Sunday's abbreviated outing simmer for long.

Justin Verlander allowed two runs on five hits over 6 2/3 innings in a no-decision in Sunday's ALCS Game 2 against the Yankees.
Oct 14   1:29 AM

Verlander was on point through three perfect innings but ran into trouble in the fourth, issuing a leadoff walk to DJ LeMahieu before Aaron Judge deposited a hanging slider over the wall in right-center field for a two-run shot. He allowed baserunners in the fifth and sixth innings as well -- including giving up three singles in the sixth, an inning that ended with LeMahieu being thrown out at home plate -- but kept the Yanks off the scoreboard. He finished with six strikeouts against two walks over his 6 2/3 innings. He's now had one dominant start, one clunker and one somewhere in between this postseason, owning a 3.11 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 19/8 K/BB ratio over 17 1/3 innings of work this month. Sunday isn't likely to be the last time we see the 36-year-old during this series.

George Springer hit his first home run of the postseason in Sunday's ALCS Game 2 win over the Yankees.
Oct 14   1:29 AM

The Yankees had done their homework on Springer and knew he's a great fastball hitter, so they called upon reliever Adam Ottavino and his devastating slider to face Springer in the fifth inning. The only problem? Ottavino left one up and over the plate, and Springer didn't miss it. The solo homer knotted the game at 2-2, where it would stay until Carlos Correa's walk-off solo homer in the 11th. For Springer the homer was his first in seven games this postseason -- and also his first RBI -- as he's struggled at the dish against the Rays and now the Yanks. Through those seven games, the 30-year-old is hitting just .138 with a .435 OPS.

Aaron Judge hit a two-run home run in Sunday's ALCS Game 2 loss to the Astros.
Oct 14   1:29 AM

Judge didn't really make his presence felt in a three-game sweep of the Rays in the ALDS, notching just three singles and walking four times in 14 plate appearances, but he announced his presence Sunday with a booming opposite-field, two-run blast off Astros starter Justin Verlander in the fourth inning. The homer was his first of the postseason and also accounted for his first two RBI this month. Despite not finding his power stroke before Sunday the 27-year-old has contributed offensively through five games, hitting .333 with a .978 OPS.

Carlos Beltran told the media Sunday that he's declined interview requests for the Padres' and Cubs' managerial openings.
Oct 13   8:41 PM

Beltran is being considered for the Mets job, reportedly having interviewed this past Thursday, and apparently it's the only gig he's interested in. He also interviewed for the Yankees job in 2017 -- he's currently a special advisor to Yankees general manager Brian Cashman -- so it seems his managerial interests are limited to New York. The 42-year-old was by all accounts a popular player in the clubhouse and would continue the trend of recently retired players moving into major league managerial roles despite limited experience.

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