FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Royals are likelier to start Chris Young than Kris Medlen in Game 4 of the ALDS.
That's if they're leading the series, as they'll probably go with Yordano Ventura on short rest if they're facing elimination. Young has made only two starts since the beginning of August, as he had been moved to the bullpen. The veteran right-hander boasts a 3.18 ERA in 18 starts this season.
FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Royals are prepared to start Yordano Ventura in Game 4 of the ALDS if they're facing elimination.
Morosi says that part of the reason they're going with Ventura over Johnny Cueto in Game 1 is because they think Ventura is the best suited of their starters to pitch on short rest. Edinson Volquez is lined up to pitch Game 3, with Chris Young likely to take the ball in Game 4 if Kansas City doesn't go with Ventura.
Mark Saxon of ESPNLosAngeles.com considers it "highly unlikely" that Yasiel Puig will start over Andre Ethier or Carl Crawford versus a righty.
That means he might only get one start in the NLDS, as Steven Matz is the lone lefty projected to be in the Mets' rotation. Even he isn't guaranteed a start, as he's battling back spasms. It's no surprise that the Dodgers are leaning toward having Puig come off the bench, though, as Puig has made just one start over the last six weeks due to a hamstring injury.
Jacoby Ellsbury is not in the Yankees' lineup for Tuesday's Wild Card Game versus the Astros.
It's pretty stunning to see a player with a $153 million contract not starting a winner-take-all game, but it makes sense for the Yanks to go with Chris Young instead if you break it down. Astros starter Dallas Keuchel is deadly against lefties and Ellsbury has really struggled since the beginning of September, hitting .202/.254/.246 with no homers. Young is in left field and batting second, while Brett Gardner has shifted over to center.
Jed Lowrie is not in the Astros' lineup for Tuesday's Wild Card Game.
Lowrie has been battling a quad injury of late, although it's not clear if that's why he's sitting. Luis Valbuena is covering third base and hitting eighth against Masahiro Tanaka and the Yankees.