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Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve is slashing .360/.407/.800 over his last seven games heading into Saturday's action against the Royals. Altuve is posting a 1.022 OPS in the month of September as he continues his torrid streak in the second half of the season. Since the All-Star break, Altuve is slashing .344/.395/.651 with 14 doubles, 18 home runs,. 42 runs batted in and 52 runs scored over the span of 58 games. Altuve is back to elite offensive form and will be an excellent pick in DFS tournaments through the final weeks of the season.
Updating a previous report, New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (shoulder) suffered a serious shoulder injury in the Game 4 loss to the Astros on Thursday in the American League Championship Series. Manager Aaron Boone said Sabathia's injury is "not good." The left-hander came on in relief and retired two hitters before departing. The future Hall of Famer will likely end his career on that note, unfortunately. The Yankees will look to replace him on the ALCS roster with another relief pitcher most likely.
New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia left his outing early in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series against the Astros on Thursday after appearing to aggravate his knee injury during a pitch. The future Hall of Fame left-hander announced before the season that 2019 would be his last, so Thursday's game will likely end up being his last as a professional. Sabathia left visibly upset but received a classy standing ovation from Yankees fans and Astros players alike. If this is it, the 39-year-old will finish with 251 wins, a 3.74 ERA, 7.8 K/9 and 3,093 strikeouts in 3,577 1/3 innings over 560 career starts. He's been with the Yankees the last 11 years. He's a six-time All-Star and won a Cy Young in 2007 with the Indians.
Houston Astros starter Zack Greinke will face the Yankees for the second time in the ALCS on Thursday. Greinke allowed two home runs, three runs total, in six innings as he earned a no-decision in Game 1. He is back on the mound in Game 4 at Yankee Stadium and the veteran has had excellent success on the road this season. In 18 regular season starts, Greinke went 10-4 with a 2.64 ERA, a 0.93 WHIP and holding opponents to a .211 batting average. A pitchers duel could be in the making for Game 4.
New York Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka will try and stay hot in a must-win game for the Yankees in Game 4 against the Astros. Tanaka has been awesome through two postseason starts this season, allowing only one run on four hits in 11 innings pitched while striking out 11. The veteran pitcher continues his run of excellent performance in the playoffs and heads into Game 4 with a 5-2 record, a 1.32 ERA and a 0.73 WHIP in 41 career postseason innings. Tanaka was strong pitching at home this season as well, going 8-3 with a 3.10 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP in 16 starts this season at Yankee Stadium.
New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks will start and hit third against the Astros and Zack Greinke in Game 4 of the ALCS. Hicks went 0-for-2 but coaxed two walks in Game 3 and is getting the start for the injured Giancarlo Stanton. Hicks posted a .479 slugging percentage against right-handed pitching during the regular season and will be tasked with providing production from the middle of the lineup.
New York Yankees outfielder Giancarlo Stanton (quadriceps) is not in the lineup as the team takes on the Astros in Game 4 of the ALCS. The burly slugger simply cannot stay healthy but the team is hoping he can contribute at some point in the series. Stanton went 2-for-4 with a home run in Game 1 but Aaron Hicks will slide into his place in the lineup. Stanton's status should be considered day-to-day heading towards the weekend.
Cleveland Indians catcher Roberto Perez (ankle) underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on Wednesday to remove bone spurs from his right ankle. He is expected to be ready for spring training next year. The 30-year-old is coming off a career year for the Tribe in which he hit 24 home runs and drove in 63 runs while throwing out more than 40 percent of attempted base stealers. He caught more than 100 games without allowing a single passed ball. He was a resounding success in his first year as a full-time starter in Cleveland, and his excellent season has earned him the starting job heading into 2020.
New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone said he's "not sure" if outfielder Giancarlo Stanton (quadriceps) will be ready for Game 4 of the American League Championship Series against the Astros on Thursday. Stanton went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in the Game 1 win but was injured and hasn't played the last two games. The good news is that Game 4 was pushed back to Thursday after being rained out on Wednesday, so perhaps that'll give Stanton the needed rest in order to return. Cameron Maybin started in left field in Game 2 and Aaron Hicks entered the lineup in Game 3's loss. The Yankees need all the offensive help they can get to tie the series up, so hopefully Stanton can return soon.
Washington Nationals shortstop Trea Turner went 2-for-4 with two RBI in the Nationals 7-4 win over the Cardinals to advance to the World Series. Turner posted multiple hits in two of the last three games of the series and finished the NLCS hitting .294. Turner has done an excellent job sparking the offense from the top of the order, delivering three doubles and six runs scored in 42 postseason at-bats. The Nationals await their next opponent in the World Series.
St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Marcell Ozuna went 1-for-4 with three strikeouts in the Cardinals 7-4 loss to the Nationals in Game 4 of the NLCS. After slashing .429/.479/.857 in the NLDS against the Braves, Ozuna hit only .188 during the course of the four-game sweep by the Nationals. Ozuna struck out seven times over his final 12 at-bats as the entire Cardinals offense went silent. Ozuna finished the regular season hitting .241 with 29 home runs and 89 runs batted in.
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