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|10/20/2016||Addison Russell, ChC, SS|
|Anthony Rizzo homered and ended a postseason slump with three RBIs, Russell's two-run drive highlighted a four-run fourth that stopped Chicago's 21-inning scoreless streak, and the Cubs routed the Los Angeles Dodgers 10-2 on Wednesday to even the NL Championship Series at 2-all.
Analysis: Rizzo and Russell had three hits each. Chicago's 3-4-5 hitters - a combined 2 for 32 in the first three games - busted out. Every Cubs starter got at least one hit except Kris Bryant, who walked twice.
|10/20/2016||Anthony Rizzo, ChC, 1B|
|Rizzo homered and ended a postseason slump with three RBIs, Addison Russell's two-run drive highlighted a four-run fourth that stopped Chicago's 21-inning scoreless streak, and the Cubs routed the Los Angeles Dodgers 10-2 on Wednesday to even the NL Championship Series at 2-all.
Analysis: Rizzo had gone 2 for 26 in the postseason before Game 4. We expect him to be finally back to his old self, along with the rest of the Cubs.
|10/19/2016||Addison Russell, ChC, SS|
|Russell went hitless again in Tuesday's Game 3 loss to the Dodgers.
Analysis: He is 1 for 24 in seven postseason games this year.
|10/19/2016||Kris Bryant, ChC, 3B|
|Bryant had two of the Cubs' four hits in Tuesday's Game 3 loss.
Analysis: He is 10 for 28 in seven postseason contests.
|10/19/2016||Corey Seager, LAD, SS|
|Seager had three hits in Game 3 on Tuesday.
Analysis: He was just 4 for 30 in his first seven preseason games this year.
|10/19/2016||Yasmani Grandal, LAD, C|
|Grandal hit a two-run homer in Tuesday's 6-0 Game 3 rout of the reeling Cubs.
Analysis: He is just 4 for 32 with 14 strikeouts during his postseason career.
|10/19/2016||Jake Arrieta, ChC, P|
|In Tuesday's 6-0 loss to the Dodgers in Game 3, Arrieta allowed four and two homers in five innings.
Analysis: In four non-Wild Card game postseason starts, Arrieta is 1-2 with a 5.82 ERA.
|10/19/2016||Rich Hill, LAD, P|
|Hill allowed two hits over six innings to beat Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta and the Chicago Cubs 6-0 Tuesday, giving the Los Angeles Dodgers a 2-1 NL Championship Series lead.
Analysis: Hill is 1-2 with a 4.50 ERA in four postseason starts.
|10/18/2016||Josh Osich, SF, P|
|Osich underwent a procedure on his left knee Tuesday in Los Angeles. San Francisco general manager Bobby Evans says Dr. Steve Yoon performed the minor surgery to remove scar tissue. Osich was scheduled to return home Wednesday.
Analysis: The 28-year-old Osich went 1-3 with a 4.71 ERA in 59 appearances and 36 1/3 innings during his second major league season. Osich didn't pitch in the playoffs for the Giants, who lost Game 4 of the NL Division Series to the Cubs.
|10/18/2016||Corey Kluber, Cle, P|
|Kluber's first career start on short rest hardly went the way he hoped. Looking to finish off a Cleveland sweep in the AL Championship Series, the ace right-hander instead was touched up by the Toronto Blue Jays during a 5-1 defeat Tuesday in Game 4.
Analysis: Kluber was pushed up to pitch on three days' rest because of several injuries to Cleveland's rotation. He took the loss after allowing two runs and four hits in five innings. The 2014 AL Cy Young Award winner had thrown 13 1/3 scoreless innings against the Red Sox and Blue Jays this October in his first postseason. "We talked to Kluber after every inning, and I thought he held his stuff really good," Indians manager Terry Francona said.
|10/18/2016||Carlos Santana, Cle, 1B|
|Santana was 0 for 4 in Tuesday's 5-1 loss to the Blue Jays in Game 4 of the ALCS.
Analysis: Santana is batting .160 in 25 at-bats in the playoffs bit has a favorable matchup in Wednesday's Game 5. The Blue Jays turn to Marco Estrada, and Santana is 4 for 9 with a homer lifetime against the right-hander.
|10/18/2016||Jason Kipnis, Cle, 2B|
|Kipnis was 0 for 4 in Tuesday's 5-1 loss to the Blue Jays in Game 4 of the ALCS.
Analysis: Kipnis is just 5 for 26 (.192) in the playoffs and has a tough matchup in Wednesday's Game 5. The Blue Jays turn to Marco Estrada, and Kipnis 0 for 8 with four strikeouts lifetime against the right-hander.
|10/18/2016||Michael Saunders, Tor, LF|
|Saunders had two hits as the Blue Jays beat the Indians 5-1 on Tuesday to avert a sweep in the AL Championship Series.
Analysis: Saunders, who hit .253 in the regular season, is batting .350 in 20 at-bats in the playoffs. The left-handed hitting Saunders will likely be out of the lineup in Wednesday's Game 5, however, as the Indians give the ball to rookie southpaw Ryan Merritt.
|10/18/2016||Edwin Encarnación, Tor, 1B|
|Encarnacion hit a big two-run double in the seventh inning as the Blue Jays beat the Indians 5-1 on Tuesday to avert a sweep in the AL Championship Series.
Analysis: Encarnacion, who was 0 for 7 in the previous two games, is batting .323 with three homers and nine RBIs in the 2016 playoffs.
|10/18/2016||Josh Donaldson, Tor, 3B|
|Donaldson homered - his first of the postseason - as the Blue Jays beat the Indians 5-1 on Tuesday to avert a sweep in the AL Championship Series.
Analysis: Donaldson has hit safely in seven of eight postseason games, batting .438 with six doubles. The Blue Jays face Indians rookie left-hander Ryan Merritt in Wednesday's Game 5, and Donaldson is 6 for 7 against southpaws in the 2016 playoffs.
|10/18/2016||Ezequiel Carrera, Tor, RF|
|Carrera went 2 for 3 with a triple and a run scored in Toronto's loss to Cleveland in Game 3 of the ALCS.
Analysis: At a time when many of the Blue Jays' big boppers are struggling, Carrera has been among the team's most consistent performers this postseason. The outfielder is now 8 for 26 with a homer and five runs scored in Toronto's seven playoff games. Carrera was removed from the leadoff spot in favor of the slumping Jose Bautista on Monday, but he could be back in that role with the Jays facing elimination in Game 4.
|10/18/2016||Russell Martin, Tor, C|
|Martin's rough postseason continued when he went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts in Toronto's Game 3 loss to Cleveland in the ALCS.
Analysis: The catcher has been a major liability at the plate during these playoffs, going 2 for 27 and striking out a whopping 12 times. He's fanned seven times in 11 at-bats in the ALCS.
|10/18/2016||Michael Saunders, Tor, LF|
|Saunders' first career postseason home run wasn't enough for the Blue Jays in Monday's 4-2 loss to Cleveland in Game 3 of the ALCS.
Analysis: The native Canadian is one of very few Toronto players hitting well in the series. Saunders is 3 for 9 over the Blue Jays' three losses and 5 for 16 overall for the postseason.
|10/18/2016||Marcus Stroman, Tor, P|
|Stroman was dealt the loss in Monday's Game 3 of the ALCS after allowing four runs over 5 1/3 innings. The right-hander struck out five and surrendered just three hits, but two were solo home runs.
Analysis: Stroman also issued three walks in an overall uneven performance that resulted in his first loss in five career postseason starts. With the Blue Jays down 3-0 in the best-of-seven series, it's looking unlikely he'll get another one this year.
|10/18/2016||Cody Allen, Cle, P|
|Allen was part of a sensational relief effort by the Indians in Game 3 of the ALCS. The usual closer tossed 1 2/3 scoreless innings before Andrew Miller got the final four outs of Monday's 4-2 win at Toronto.
Analysis: Terry Francona used Allen, who earned the save in four of Cleveland's first five victories of this postseason, in the seventh and eighth innings for matchup purposes. The right-hander has been excellent regardless of his role, having yielded only four hits and striking out 10 in 6 2/3 innings during the playoffs.
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