Nelson Cruz unlikely to play Sunday
Nelson Cruz | SEA
(October 4, 2015 2:18 AM EDT)
Nelson Cruz probably won't play Sunday after injuring a quad in extra innings Saturday.
That could open the door for Franklin Gutierrez or Jesus Montero to get a start against a right-hander.
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Marcus Semien homers in victory
Marcus Semien | OAK
(October 4, 2015 2:16 AM EDT)
Marcus Semien hit a two-run homer in the top of the 13th to help the A's beat the Mariners 7-5 on Saturday.
Well, Semien is going to end up finishing the season with more RBI (45) than errors (35), so that's a good thing. Since he's shown decent range at shortstop and he's been pretty decent offensively with no one on base, the A's will probably keep him around as a starter next year. Probably. He still has some fantasy upside, particularly if he can get his OBP up and establish himself as a top-of-the-order guy.
Sean Nolin allows three runs to Mariners
Sean Nolin | OAK
(October 4, 2015 2:13 AM EDT)
Sean Nolin allowed three runs over five innings Saturday in a no-decision against the A's.
Nolin's debut this year was delayed by shoulder problems, but he was healthy enough to get a chance last month and he ended up with a 5.28 ERA in six starts. Particularly unimpressive was his 15/12 K/BB ratio in 29 innings. Maybe he'll be stronger next year, but he probably won't be much of a threat to make the A's out of spring training.
Roenis Elias struggles against A's
Roenis Elias | SEA
(October 4, 2015 2:11 AM EDT)
Roenis Elias lasted just two-plus innings and gave up four runs Saturday against the A's.
He was lucky it wasn't worse, considering that he left the bases loaded with no outs in the third and just one runner came around to score. Elias ends the year with a 5-8 record and a 4.14 ERA in 20 starts and two relief appearances. He should be a perfectly acceptable fifth starter going forward, but the Mariners probably won't have him a job next spring.
Carson Smith records 22nd hold
Carson Smith | SEA
(October 4, 2015 2:09 AM EDT)
Carson Smith got four outs for his 22nd hold before Tom Wilhelmsen blew a save Saturday against the A's.
The main reason Smith hasn't spent the last month closing is because the Mariners don't want to have to pay him big bucks in arbitration a couple of years down the line. He's recovered from his midseason malaise by going the last 18 2/3 innings without allowing an earned run (and just one unearned).
Robinson Cano hits three-run homer
Robinson Cano | SEA
(October 4, 2015 2:07 AM EDT)
Robinson Cano went 2-for-5 and hit a three-run homer against the A's on Saturday.
Cano has hit .332 with 15 homers and 49 RBI in 69 games during the second half of the season, even while playing through a hernia that's going to require surgery in the offseason. If the Comeback Player of the Year award was for bouncing back during a season, Cano would be a shoo-in.
Greinke dominates over eight versus Padres
Zack Greinke | LA
(October 4, 2015 12:10 AM EDT)
Zack Greinke fired eight innings of one-run ball in the Dodgers' 2-1 defeat of the Padres on Saturday.
It's a little odd that Dodgers manager Don Mattingly let his NLDS Game 2 starter go so deep in this one, but there weren't many high-stress pitches. The Cy Young Award candidate yielded just four hits and a walk while striking out eight. He'll finish the regular season with a 1.66 ERA.
Rasmus homers twice as Astros top Arizona
Colby Rasmus | HOU
(October 3, 2015 11:51 PM EDT)
Colby Rasmus slugged two home runs in the Astros' win over the Diamondbacks on Saturday night.
It was a pair of solo bombs, and they helped the 'Stros grab a must-win in Arizona. Rasmus has 25 home runs and 61 RBI in 136 games this season with a respectable .792.
McHugh goes seven strong, 'Stros top D'Backs
Collin McHugh | HOU
(October 3, 2015 11:45 PM EDT)
Collin McHugh tossed seven innings of one-run ball in the Astros' 6-2 win over the Diamondbacks on Saturday.
It was a terrific, clutch performance from the 28-year-old right-hander, who picked up his 19th win and kept the Astros in the lead for the second AL Wild Card with one game to go. McHugh struck out six, issued only one walk, and scattered four singles and two doubles. He will finish the regular season with a 3.89 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, and 171/53 K/BB ratio in 203 2/3 frames.
Clayton Kershaw to start Game 1 of NLDS
Clayton Kershaw | LA
(October 3, 2015 11:32 PM EDT)
Clayton Kershaw will start Game 1 of the NLDS Friday against the Mets.
Kershaw had another unbelievable year, winning 16 games with a 2.16 ERA and a league-leading 294 strikeouts. The three-time Cy Young winner hasn't had much success in the postseason (1-5, 5.12 ERA in 11 appearances) but he's been lights out against the Mets, holding them to one run and eight hits over 16 innings this year.
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