Description: Cubs left-hander Felix Doubront cant get out of third inning against the Dodgers.
Insight: He just didnt have it today, as he was charged for six earned runs on six hits and three walks. Chicago's offense bailed him out however, and were able to pull out a come-from-behind win. Doubront will attempt to rebound during his last few starts of the season.
Description: Cubs outfielder Chris Coghlan has monster game against the Dodgers.
Insight: He finsihed the game going 4-for-4 from the leadoff spot, with two homeruns and three RBI. His second homer capped a five-run comeback, as he hit a two-run shot in the 8th inning to give the Cubs the lead for good. Needless to say, this will most likely be Coughlan's best game of 2014.
Description: Tigers right fielder Torii Hunter has big day vs. Kansas City.
Insight: He was 2-4, including a solo shot that opened up the scoring in the 4th. It was Hunter's 17th dinger of the year. He continues to produce year in and year out, as he is slashing .288 with 81 RBI.
Description: Tigers closer Joe Nathan walked another tight line, but was able to shut the door for his 33rd save against the Royals, on Saturday afternoon.
Insight: Kansas City was able to get guys guys on 2nd and 3rd with two outs, but Nathan got Raul Ibanez to ground out to first to end the game. While he has a nice number of saves, Nathan's 5.01 ERA continues to be extremely alarming.
Description: Royals starter James Shields took a tough loss Saturday afternoon against Detroit.
Insight: He pitched extremely well, going 6 2/3 innings, allowing six hits, three runs, while striking out six. Unfortunately, Shields was matched up against Max Scherzer, who was slightly better. He heads into his next start with a 14-8 record and a 3.18 ERA.
Description: Tigers pitcher Max Scherzer pitched a gem to help Detroit stretch their division lead.
Insight: He baffled Royals' hitters through seven innings, allowing only one run on seven hits and one walk. Scherzer had six strikeouts throughout his dominant performance as well. There is a solid chance he will win his second consecutive CY Young Award.
Description: Brewers shortstop Jean Segura is hitless in 15 at-bats against Pirates starter Edinson Volquez and is not in the starting lineup.
Insight: The shortstop has hit .238 with four home runs, 18 steals and a .593 OPS. Hopefully he comes back in 2015 and plays like he did in his first full season (2013) instead of this pale version of himself.
Description: Rockies right fielder Michael Cuddyer is not in Saturday's starting lineup.
Insight: Cuddyer must be worn out from knocking in seven runs yesterday. He's batting .335 with nine homers, 29 RBI and a .971 OPS. It's just he's only played 43 this season due to multiple trips to the disabled list. This, however, appears to be a routine day off.
Description: Nationals 3B/LF Ryan Zimmerman has been activated from the disabled list Saturday.
Insight: Zimmerman missed 55 games due to a hamstring injury. He will likely not play everyday, but Nationals manager Matt Williams will welcome the extra bat with open arms. He's in left field and batting sixth tonight.
Description: Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper is not in the starting lineup for Saturday's game with Miami.
Insight: Just activated Ryan Zimmerman will get the start in left field. Harper is batting .271 this season with 13 HR and 32 RBI in 93 games. He needs to get healthy, stay healthy, and produce up to his talent level.
Description: Dodgers left fielder Carl Crawford will take a seat Saturday against the left-hander Felix Doubront.
Insight: Crawford has actually hit for a higher average against left-handers this season (.308 vs. 287 against righties), but Scott Van Slyke has a 1.006 OPS against left-handers. Overall, Crawford is batting .291 with seven home runs and 41 RBI and 51 runs scored in 320 at-bats this season, but as usual can't stay healthy.
Description: Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury left Friday's game against the Blue Jays with a strained right hamstring and according to manager Joe Girardi could be shut down for the remainder of the season.
Insight: Girardi called it a "distinct possibility," according to a Wallace Matthews tweet. The outfielder is hitting .271 with 16 home runs, 70 RBI, 71 runs scored and 39 stolen bases this year.
Description: Reds right fielder Jay Bruce is a "must sit' Saturday against Cardinals right-hander Michael Wacha.
Insight: Bruce is 0-for-11 with seven strikeouts in their matchups. He's had an off season in 2014 and is unlikely to crack the 20-home run mark this season (he's got 16 at the moment) after three consecutive 30-homer seasons.
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday is a lifetime .394 hitter (13-for-33) against Reds hurler Mike Leake.
Insight: Holliday has been one of the league's hottest hitters since the All-Star break batting .317 this month and .286 with 13 HR, 42 RBI and a .901 OPS in 56 games since the Summer Classic. He's a must start Saturday.
Description: Astros second baseman Jose Altuve it hitless in seven at-bats against Seattle starter Chris Young.
Insight: It's hard to believe the "hit machine" hasn't had any success against Young, but it is a small sample size. He has 216 hits with a week still left on the season. The 24-year-old now has a commanding lead in the batting title race, hitting .343/.379/.456 on the year.
Description: Brewers shortstop Jean Segura is hitless in 15 at-bats against Pirates starter Edinson Volquez.
Insight: Avoid this matchup. The shortstop has hit .238 with four home runs, 18 steals and a .593 OPS. Hopefully he comes back in 2015 and plays like he did in his first full season (2013) instead of this pale version of himself.
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz went 3-for-5 with the game-winning home run on Friday against the Orioles, but should not be in fantasy lineups for Saturday.
Insight: That's because he's an ugly 2-for-24 (.083) without an extra base hit against Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman. Ortiz has once again put up solid power numbers with 34 homers and 102 RBI, this just isn't a good matchup.
Description: Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau is 5-for-8 (.625) with a home run against Diamondbacks right-hander Trevor Cahill.
Insight: Morneau is batting .355 over the past two weeks and with this favorable at bat should be started in all lineups. He's put together a fine season, batting .317 with 16 home runs, 79 RBI and an .852 OPS. Not quite his MVP days in Minnesota, but a solid fantasy contribution nonetheless.
Description: Tigers center fielder Rajai Davis is not a good play Saturday versus Royals right-hander James Shields.
Insight: Davis is just 2-for-18 (.111) against Shields and sat out the last time Shields pitched. Don Kelley should get the start in the outfield, but he's not much better at 2-for-11. Avoid both of them.
Description: Royals left fielder Alex Gordon is a .389 career hitter (14-for-36) with three home runs against Detroit ace Max Scherzer.
Insight: Not many players can say they own a 1.261 OPS versus last year's Cy Young Award winner. Gordon's numbers are down from his 2011-12 days, but he's still a productive outfielder at .268, 19 HR, 70 RBI, 83 runs scored and a favorable matchup.
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday hit a solo home run in the bottom of the first as the Cardinals held on to beat the Reds, 2-1, on Friday.
Insight: Right fielder Randal Grichuk and Holliday went back-to-back in the bottom of the first to give St. Louis an early, 2-0, lead. The runs proved to be enough for starter John Lackey, who pitched seven and 2/3 innings and allowed one run. Holliday finished the game 2-for-3 and is hitting .273 with 19 home runs and 87 RBI this season.
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz hit 3-for-5 with the game-winning home run on Friday against the Orioles.
Insight: Ortiz actually opened up the Red Sox scoring with a solo home run in the fourth. He drove in a run on a single in the fifth as Boston took a 3-1 lead. Then in the 10th, he hit a two-run bomb to give the Red Sox a 5-3 victory. It was Ortiz's fifth multi-home run game of the year and second of September.
Description: Rays right fielder Wil Myers continued to struggle on Friday, going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
Insight: The reigning American League Rookie of the Year had a terrible year full of injuries and hit only .219 with six home runs and 32 RBI. He has hit just .212 with one home run since his return from a fractured wrist.
Description: Blue Jays starter Mark Buehrle yielded five runs in six innings in a loss to the Yankees, 5-3, on Friday.
Insight: Buehrle started the year 10-1 with a 2.10 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP but has really struggled since then. Buehrle has lost three of his last four decisions and is now 12-10 with a 3.53 ERA with one start left next week.
Description: Nationals center fielder Denard Span went 2-for-5 with a triple and RBI against the Marlins on Friday.
Insight: Span tripled to lead off the third but somehow did not score. He then singled in the fourth to score Wilson Ramos. Span has cooled off since his .346 July and August, but he is a guy that one still has to plug into fantasy lineups almost daily.
Description: Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo threw seven shutout innings, allowed five hits, struck out 11 and walked none but had nothing to show for it.
Insight: Gallardo gave way to relief pitcher Joanthan Broxton, who proceeded to toss up a three-run homer to Pirates catcher Russell Martin in the bottom of the eighth. It was the second straight night Milwaukee blew a 2-0 lead in the eighth. The Brewers are now four 1/2 back in the wild card with eight games to go. Gallardo is 8-10 with a 3.46 ERA this year.
Description: Pirates left-hander Jeff Locke pitched seven innings, allowed two runs on five hits, struck out three and walked none as Pittsburgh beat Milwaukee, 4-2.
Insight: Locke did not receive the win as the Pirates rallyed in the bottom of the eighth to take the lead. The outing was still very nice for Locke, who is know to have control problems, as he did not walk a batter. That is only the sixth time that has happened in 20 starts this season. Locke is 7-5 with a 3.60 ERA.
Description: Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy was 2-for-4 with a RBI in the loss against the Pirates on Friday.
Insight: Lucroy drove in Ryan Braun during the first inning to give the Brewers a much needed early lead in the most important series of the season. The Milwaukee bullpen, however, blew its second straight lead in the 8th as the Brewers fell to 4 1/2 back in the wild card race. Lucroy is still having an MVP type season, hitting .305 with 13 home runs and 68 RBI.
Description: Pirates catcher Russell Martin hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the eighth to rally the Pirates over the Brewers, 4-2, on Friday.
Insight: Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo held the Pirates scoreless for seven innings and gave way to relief pitcher Jonathan Broxton. Left fielder Starling Marte and pinch runner Chase d'Arnaud scored on Martin's homer to right center field. Pittsburgh added an insurance run later in the inning. The pending free agent is hitting .296 with 11 home runs and 66 RBI this season.
Description: Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter went 2-for-4 on Friday in the victory against the Blue Jays.
Insight: After going nearly a month in between multi-hit games, Jeter recorded his second straight game with two hits. He nearly hit his second home run in as many days but instead flew out to the warning track. Jeter may be inspired by his final homestand because he was in a major slump prior to Thursday. He is hitting .252 with 20 extra-base hits and 41 RBI this year.
Description: Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes went 3-for-5 with a run in a loss against the Yankees on Friday.
Insight: Reyes took advantage of a friendly matchup as he came into the game a .462 hitter against Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda. Reyes's three hits weren't enough, however, as New York won, 5-3. Reyes is 5-for-9 so far in the series against New York.
Description: Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury left Friday's game against the Blue Jays with a strained right hamstring and is set to undergo an MRI to determine the severity of the injury according to Anthony McCarron of the New York Daily News.
Insight: Before leaving, Ellsbury was 2-for-3 with a double, home run and three RBI. The outfielder is hitting .271 with 16 home runs, 70 RBI and 39 stolen bases this year.
Description: Angels manager Mike Scioscia is considering using a three-man rotation in the American League Division Series.
Insight: In order to do that, starter Matt Shoemaker needs to return 100 percent healthy. Shoemaker left Monday's with a mild left oblique strain. The Angels are confident that he will return before postseason play. If Scioscia uses the three-man rotation, Jered Weaver would pitch on short rest.
Description: Nationals 3B/LF Ryan Zimmerman is expected to be activated from the disabled list on Saturday.
Insight: Zimmerman went 3-for-8 with a home run while hitting at the Nationals' spring training complex. He apparently did not have any issues with his right hamstring. He will likely not play everyday, but Nationals manager Matt Williams will welcome the extra bat with open arms.
Description: Angels left fielder Josh Hamilton is out of the lineup on Tuesday night against the Rangers.
Insight: Hamilton returned to action on Tuesday after missing 11 games, but he has now been out three straight days. Hamilton said Thursday that he will do his best to get ready for the playoffs, but his status is very unclear.
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward is not in Friday's lineup against the Mets.
Insight: Heyward left Wednesday's game with a left thumb injury. Although the x-rays came back negative, his thumb is still swollen. He is listed as day-to-day and could be available late in the game on Friday.
Description: Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis hit two home runs in the Windy City on Friday.
Insight: The win was blowing out of Wrigley on Friday afternoon which seemed to help all the hitters. Ellis took Cubs relief pitcher Eric Jokisch deep in the first and again in the third. It was just Ellis' second and third homers of the season as he is batting .193/.328/.261.
Description: Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw won his 20th game of the season on Friday.
Insight: Kershaw actually had one of his worst starts of the season but still captured the victory over the Cubs. He allowed three runs in five innings, gave up seven hits and three walks. He did strikeout nine. Despite the poor start by his standards, his ERA is still 1.80 with one start left in the regular season.
Description: Orioles right fielder and leadoff hitter Nick Markakis is not in Friday's starting lineup.
Insight: Markakis has been dealing with a shoulder issue that also kept him out of Wednesday's game. The outfielder has been solid, if unspectacular, for Baltimore batting .272 with 12 HR, 44 RBI, 76 runs scored and four steals.
Description: Orioles center fielder Adam Jones is not in Friday's starting lineup.
Insight: Baltimore is expected to rest some of the guys down the stretch though they are only two losses behind the Angels for the best record in the AL. Another productive season for Jones - batting .284 with 25 HR, 87 RBI and 84 runs scored.
Description: Phillies right fielder Marlon Byrd is a career .091 hitter (1-for-11) against Oakland starter Jon Lester.
Insight: He is hitting .263 with 25 home runs and 79 RBI, but has just three home runs since Aug. 9. He is one of the few Phillies playing up to expectations this year, but this in an unfavorable matchup.
Description: Arizona outfielder Mark Trumbo is dealing with a back issue, but if he's in Friday's starting lineup he'll be a solid fantasy option.
Insight: Trumbo is 4-for-9 with three homers and six RBI against Colorado starter Jordan Lyles. It's been a completely forgettable season for Trumo who spent much of the time on the disabled list and is batting .235 with nine home runs and 49 RBI.
Description: Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes is a career 12-for-26 (.462) with six extra-base hits versus Yankees hurler Hiroki Kuroda.
Insight: The 2011 NL batting champion hasn't cracked the .300 mark in the last two seasons and is hitting .285 this year so likely to make it three in a row. Still, he's batting .400 over the past six games and has a favorable matchup so start him.
Description: Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw might be tested by the weather this afternoon as much as the Chicago Cubs lineup.
Insight: The Dodgers' ace is 19-3 with a 1.70 ERA and 219 strikeouts in 185 1/3 innings pitched this year, but the wind will be blowing out to left at around 13 mph Friday afternoon. Just something to consider.
Description: Dodgers left fielder Carl Crawford is hitless in eight at bats versus Cubs starter Edwin Jackson.
Insight: Crawford has been hot over the past two weeks, batting .452 covering the past 11 games, but this matchup isn't likely to help those numbers. Overall, Crawford is batting .291 with seven home runs and 41 RBI and 51 runs scored in 320 at-bats this season, but as usual can't stay healthy.
Description: Colorado catcher Wilin Rosario hit a two-run game-winning home run in the bottom of the ninth inning Thursday.
Insight: Rosario's home run was No. 12. That's a far cry from the 28 he blasted in 2012 and the 21 he hit last season. His numbers are down across the board, including "games played" - due to injuries.
Description: Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez put in his bid to be the fourth starter come playoff time.
Insight: Gio went seven innings and yielded six hits and two runs in earning his ninth win of the season. It's between Gonzalez and Tanner Roark as to who will start after Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann and Doug Fister.
Description: Athletics starter Sonny Gray pitched five innings and allowed five runs, four earned, on eight hits as the Rangers defeated the Athletics, 7-2, on Wednesday.
Insight: If there was ever a time when Oakland needed a big start, it was Thursday. With the victory, Texas completed a sweep of the playoff hopeful Oakland Athletics. Since Aug. 1, Gray is a bismol 1-5 with a 4.42 ERA.
Description: Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus went 2-for-5 with a RBI against the Athletics on Thursday.
Insight: Despite the poor matchup, Andrus came into the day hitting .167 against Athletics pitcher Sonny Gray, the shortstop had two singles and drove in center fielder Leonys Martin in the sixth. Andrus is batting .264 with two home runs and 38 RBI this year.
Description: Texas outfielder Jake Smolinski went 4-for-5 with a RBI and run against Oakland on Thursday.
Insight: The 25-year-old has played in just 14 games this season, but has hits in his last five big league starts, which go all the way back to July 20. Smolinski has started the past three days and is 6-for-13 with a home run, three RBI and three runs.
Description: Red Sox outfielder Rusney Castillo is not in the starting lineup Thursday night against the Pirates.
Insight: Castillo made his major league debut on Wednesday and recorded his first major league hit on an infield single in four at-bats. The 27-year-old will be slowly moved along over the last week and a half of the season. Jackie Bradley Jr. will start in center field on Thursday.
Description: Mariners second basman Robinson Cano has a .395 lifetime batting average against Angels pitcher Jered Weaver.
Insight: Cano is 15-for-38 off Weaver, but only has one extra-base hit (a triple). His power numbers are also down in his first year with Seattle as he has just 14 homers. Cano, however, is batting .319 with 34 doubles, 77 RBI and 76 runs.
Description: Angels center fielder Mike Trout has had tremendous success against Mariners ace Felix Hernandez.
Insight: Trout is 18-for-47 with three doubles, two triples, two home runs and 11 RBI against King Felix. That produces an incredible .383/.404/.660 batting line. The AL MVP favorite is hitting .289 with 34 home runs and 107 RBI this year.
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday has 10 hits in his career against Brewers pitcher Kyle Lohse.
Insight: Holliday is 10-for-28 with a home run and four RBI off Lohse. The Cardinals could be due for a big day offensively as seven players, with at least five at-bats, are hitting above .500 against Lohse in their careers. Make sure Holliday is in your lineup.
Description: Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez and second basemen Scotter Gennett are each 6-for-13 (.462) against Cardinals starter Shelby Miller.
Insight: Ramirez has the superior power numbers, hitting two home runs and five RBI off Miller. Either one is a worthy start on Thursday as the Brewers take the field for their most important game of the season to date.
Description: Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta is a career 8-for-22 with a double and home run against Brewers starter Kyle Lohse.
Insight: Peralta went 1-for-3 in the victory over the Brewers on Wednesday and hit a home run last weekend for his 21st of the season. The shortstop has followed up last year's PED suspension embarrassment with a respectable .262/.337/.451 with 70 RBI and 58 runs to go with his 21 homers.
Description: Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez is a lifetime .125 (2-for-16) hitter against Cardinals starter Shelby Miller.
Insight: Despite a wrist injury at the beginning of the month, Gomez is batting .375/.488/.469 in September, so it might be hard to sit the center fielder. Just be wary this is a matchup he does not have much success in.