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Los Angeles Angels first baseman Jared Walsh went 1-for-4 on Sunday with a run scored against the Oakland Athletics. The single helped the Angels score two runs to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth before ultimately losing in extras 3-2. After going cold in the middle of the year, he's looking to end strong and has posted a .951 OPS and .313 batting average with five home runs since August 22. Overall in 131 games this season, he owns a .271/.335/.504 slash line with 27 HRs, 85 RBI, and 62 runs. He has value in every format and fantasy managers should start him in every league during his hot streak.
Los Angeles Dodgers right-handed reliever Joe Kelly (biceps), who served as the opener in the Game 5 win over the Atlanta Braves in the National League Championship Series on Thursday, is likely to miss the rest of the playoffs after he left in the first inning with a right biceps strain. Kelly had a nice 2.86 ERA in 48 relief outings during the regular season and had become a critical middle-innings piece of the Dodgers pitching staff. It seems likely that veteran left-hander David Price will replace Kelly on the NLCS roster with the series heading back to Atlanta for Game 6 on Saturday. Price had a 4.03 ERA in 39 appearances this season and didn't pitch at all in the Division Series against the San Francisco Giants. Kelly threw 28 pitches and allowed a two-run homer to Freddie Freeman before getting yanked in two-thirds of an inning Thursday.
Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale started out sharp in Wednesday's ALCS Game 5 against the Houston Astros, but ultimately he took the loss after allowing four runs (two earned) on three hits and two walks in 5 1/3 innings. He struck out seven batters. Sale has put up an 8.00 ERA with a 1.78 WHIP in his three starts and nine innings this postseason. For his career, he's an unimpressive 1-3 with a 6.35 ERA in 10 playoff appearances. Sale could still regain his form as a top starter next season, but there's plenty of reason for pause as he continues to make his way back to full strength after Tommy John surgery.
Boston Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers homered again in Boston's Game 5 loss to the Houston Astros Wednesday, going 2-for-3 with the solo shot. The Red Sox only managed three hits total against Framber Valdez and Ryne Stanek. Devers now has a nine-game hit streak, with five playoff homers, including three in his last four games. He has a .998 career postseason OPS in 85 at-bats and can be counted upon in any situation by fantasy managers in all formats.
Detroit Tigers first/third base prospect Spencer Torkelson (ankle) left his Arizona Fall League game early on Wednesday with an ankle sprain, according to a source. Another source said the team's top prospect is expected to miss a "significant amount of time." The 22-year-old was limping slightly back to the dugout after he rolled his ankle sliding back to third base on a pickoff attempt by the catcher. Torkelson is MLB's No. 4 overall prospect after hitting .267/.383/.552 with 30 home runs and 91 RBI in 121 games in the minors this season. He was hitting a cool .450 early on in the Arizona Fall League. The good news is that Torkelson has plenty of time to heal before next season, but there's a good chance that he'll now be shut down for the rest of the AFL schedule this fall.
Houston Astros right-hander Luis Garcia (knee) will start Game 6 of the American League Championship Series against the Boston Red Sox on Friday. Garcia was only able to go one inning against Boston in his Game 2 start, allowing five runs and leaving with a right knee strain. His knee had been a problem before his start last Saturday, but Garcia has since made some changes to the lower half of his body to ensure that he won't put added stress on his knee. Garcia isn't worried about his knee and said it "feels good." The AL Rookie of the Year candidate went 6-5 with a 2.39 ERA at home, compared to 5-3 with a 4.24 ERA on the road in 2021. Garcia has the talent to keep Boston's bats cold, but he'll be a much riskier DFS play with the knee issue fresh in the rearview mirror.
Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Joe Kelly (biceps) left his outing as an opener in the first inning of Game 5 of the National League Championship Series against the Atlanta Braves on Thursday in the first inning with right biceps tightness. Kelly threw 28 pitches and allowed a two-run home run to first baseman Freddie Freeman before departing the game with trainers in just two-thirds of an inning. He was replaced by right-hander Evan Phillips. This was Kelly's first start of the season after 48 regular season appearances in relief. It's unclear if Kelly's injury is serious enough to keep him out for the remainder of the series against the Braves, which will head back to Atlanta on Saturday for Game 6.
Atlanta Braves outfielder Eddie Rosario is hitting leadoff on Thursday in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers and right-handed opener Joe Kelly. Rosario previously hit fifth in Atlanta's Game 4 win with shortstop Dansby Swanson batting leadoff. The outfielder hit .259 with a .305 on-base percentage, 14 home runs, and 11 stolen bases in 412 plate appearances during the regular season. He's reached base 11 times in his last three games against the Dodgers, collecting a pair of four-hit games in the process.
Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Joe Kelly will take the ball first as the team's opener on Thursday night in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series. Kelly pitched to a 2.86 ERA and a 3.08 FIP in 44 innings during the regular season, striking out 50 batters while surrendering 15 walks. So far during the postseason, the veteran reliever has struck out five batters in 4.2 innings while surrendering three hits, a walk, and an earned run.
Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Chris Taylor is getting the start at third base on Thursday for Game 5 of the National League Championship Series. Taylor is batting seventh and will match up with Atlanta Braves left-handed starter Max Fried. The veteran has one hit and a walk in nine career plate appearances against Fried. He's also struck out four times. In 170 plate appearances during the regular season against left-handed pitchers, Taylor hit .296 with a .371 on-base percentage and six home runs.
Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder AJ Pollock is in the lineup on Thursday night for Game 5 of the National League Championship Series. The veteran is starting in left field after beginning Wednesday's Game 4 loss on the bench. He'll bat fifth against left-handed starter Max Fried and the Atlanta Braves. In Los Angeles' Game 1 loss, Pollock recorded a double and a run scored in four plate appearances. Three of those plate appearances, including the one that ended with a double, came against Fried.