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Chase Headley went 3-for-4 with a run scored on Wednesday in the Yankees 5-0 victory over the Astros on Wednesday in Game 5 of the ALCS.

Per Andrew Simon of MLB.com, it's the first time that a DH has ever had a multi-hit game while hitting ninth in a playoff game. The more you know. Headley appears to be figuring some things out, and it's another example of why there is no automatic out in this lineup. Unless the pitchers bat in the World Series, anyway.
Oct 18 - 8:59 PM

Greg Bird went 1-for 2 with two walks and an RBI in the Yankees victory over the Astros in Game 5 of the ALCS.

Bird smashed a line-drive single to right-field to knock in Starlin Castro and gave the Yankees a 1-0 lead. Bird has now put up a sensational .308/.550/.615 line in this series, and he's one of the chief reasons the Yankees have a chance to close out the Astros in Game 6 on Friday.
Oct 18 - 8:54 PM

Tommy Kahnle recorded the last six outs for the Yankees in their 5-0 victory over the Astros in Game 5 of the ALCS.

Kahnle has been an unsung hero for the Yankees this postseason. In his 10 playoff innings, he's yet to allow a run, and he's struck out nine while walking just two in that time frame. Aroldis Chapman is still the guy who is going to pitch the ninth in save situations, but Kahnle is a very good bridge to get them to him. He should be available to pitch in Game 6 on Friday.
Oct 18 - 8:49 PM

Jose Altuve went 0-for-4 on Wednesday in a loss to the Yankees in Game 5 of the ALCS.

Altuve hit a couple of balls relatively hard, but found no luck. The latter was true for the Houston lineup, as Masahiro Tankaka and Tommy Kahnle blew the Astros group away. Houston will need Altuve and the rest of the lineup to perform much better if they have any chance of extending this series past six games, although it's tough to blame the probable MVP for any offensive woes the Astros have had considering how good he's been in 2017.
Oct 18 - 8:46 PM

Dallas Keuechel gave up four runs in 4 2/3 innings for Houston in a 5-0 loss to the Yankees on Wednesday in Game 5 of the ALCS.

Keuchel did strikeout eight and walked just one, but he also gave up seven hits while not making it out of the fifth innings. In his career, Keuchel has dominated the Yankees, but he just didn't have his best stuff or command on Wednesday. It's possible we'll see Keuchel pitch in Game 7 out of the pen on two-days rest, but this very well could have been his last start of the 2017 season.
Oct 18 - 8:43 PM

Gary Sanchez went 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBI in the Yankees' Game 5 victory over the Astros on Wednesday.

Sanchez had a huge hit in Game 5 that gave the Yankees a 6-4 lead, and he looked like the hitter we've seen for most of the season on Wednesday. When Sanchez is at his best he's using the entire field, and he showed that on his RBI double and monster homer off of Brad Peacock. An already good lineup looks to be getting even stronger as Sanchez works his way out of this slump.
Oct 18 - 8:40 PM

Aaron Judge went 1-for-3 with a walk while scoring and knocking in one run in the victory over Houston in Game 5 of the ALCS on Wednesday.

Judge did strike out twice, but the Yankees will trade two strikeouts for that production every time. Any doubt that Judge can perform in these kind of situations was foolish to begin with, but he's certainly answered that question over these last two games. He'll go up against Justin Verlander in Game Six on Friday.
Oct 18 - 8:37 PM

Masahiro Tanaka was brilliant on Wednesday, giving up just three hits in seven shutout innings of a 5-0 win over the Astros in Game 5 of the ALCS.

Tanaka was good in Game 1, but that performance pales in comparison to his effort on Wednesday. The only time Houston challenged him was when they had runners on first-and-second with one out in the fifth, but he struck out George Springer and Josh Reddick to end the threat. Long-story-short, Tanaka has pitched like the ace the Yankees paid for this postseason. Game Six will be played in Houston on Friday.
Oct 18 - 8:34 PM

Tigers prospect Spencer Turnbull pitched four innings of one-run baseball and struck out five for Mesa on Wednesday in the Arizona Fall League.

Turnball did allow an unearned run, but it was an exceptional outing for the Detroit prospect. When Turnbull is healthy, he shows four competent pitches; the best being a 96 mph fastball with sink. He's struggled to stay healthy, however, and his secondary pitches aren't more than average. Because of his build (6'3/215) and arm strength, he has a chance to be a competent backend starter for the Tigers, perhaps at some point in 2018.
Oct 18 - 8:26 PM

Orioles pitching prospect Keegan Akin fired three scoreless innings on Wednesday for Salt River in the Arizona Fall League.

Akin came in relief, allowing just one hit while walking no one and striking out two. The Orioles took Akin with the 54th-overall pick in 2016, and his first professional season saw some ups-and-downs. When he's at his best, he shows a plus fastball/slider combination, and a usable change. Those pitches fluctuate in grade, however, and his command needs to take a step up. If it can, he can be a mid-rotation starter. If not, he's probably destined for the bullpen.
Oct 18 - 7:24 PM

Brewers prospect Lucas Erceg went 2-for-4 with a homer on Wednesday for Salt River in the Arizona Fall League.

It's the first homer of the AFL season for Erceg. The 46th pick of the 2016 draft, Erceg had a mixed season in his first full professional year, but the offensive talent here is obvious. There's power from the left-side, and he should get on enough to justify playing him everyday. Add in competent defense, and Erceg could be manning the hot-corner in the bigs by 2019.
Oct 18 - 6:52 PM

Braves catching prospect Alex Jackson went 4-for-5 with a homer and two double for Peoria on Wednesday in the Arizona Fall League.

It's the second homer of the AFL for Jackson, who has been tearing the cover off the ball in his time in the league. The defensive reports aren't great, but he is still "relatively" new to the position, and he's made enough progress there for him to potentially be a regular there. If he can, he might be a future All-Star at the position.
Oct 18 - 6:32 PM

Andre Ethier is back in the Dodgers' lineup for Game 5 of the NLCS against the Cubs on Wednesday.

Per Eric Stephen on Twitter, it's the first time that Ethier has started back-to-back games in the 2017 calendar. The full lineup goes Chris Taylor SS Cody Bellinger 1B Justin Turner 3B Yasiel Puig RF Andre Ethier LF Curtis Granderson CF Yasmani Grandal C Chase Utley 2B and Alex Wood on the mound.
Oct 18 - 6:11 PM

Rangers General Manager John Daniels said that the Rangers are "designed" for Adrian Beltre to be their third baseman in 2018.

Beltre was only able to play in 94 games in 2017 -- the lowest of his career -- but he showed no signs of slowing down when healthy, with 17 homers and a .915 OPS ranking among the best of third baseman in baseball. The Rangers will almost assuredly get trade offers for the 38-year-old despite his $18 million salary, but it sounds like Texas plans on bringing back the future Hall Of Famer for at least one more season.
Oct 18 - 6:07 PM

Cubs Prospect Adbert Alzolay fired two scoreless innings on Wednesday for Mesa in the Arizona Fall League.

Alzolay didn't allow a hit in his two innings, and he walked just one. The 22-year-old right-hander had a breakout year in the Chicago system; striking out 108 in 114 innings and posting a 2.99 ERA at the High-A and Double-A levels. With a heater that can get up to 98 mph and a curveball that flashes plus, Alzolay could be a mid-rotation starter -- maybe better if the change becomes more than an average pitch.
Oct 18 - 5:58 PM


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