Rockies outfielder Corey Dickerson homers in season finale
Colorado Rockies outfielder Corey Dickerson finished the 2015 season in style Sunday, hitting a three-run homer in the Rockies' win over the San Francisco Giants .
After a breakout 2014 campaign, repeated bouts with plantar fasciitis along with a case of broken ribs limited Dickerson to just 65 games this season. Even so, there's plenty of reason to be optimistic for Dickerson's prospects heading into the upcoming season.
In his 224 at-bats in 2015, Dickerson still finished with a .304 average and .869 OPS, marks highly comparable to what he posted in those categories in 2014. With a little better luck on the health front, Dickerson shouldn't have trouble reaching the 20-homer plateau while making a run at 100 RBI.
Astros going with Collin McHugh in Game 1 of ALDS
Houston Astros starting pitcher Collin McHugh will start Game 1 of the ALDS against the Kansas City Royals , the Houston Chronicle reports.
McHugh was hit-or-miss over his final few starts, but he threw the ball very well after the All-Star break, posting a 3.11 ERA over his final 14 starts. He will square off against the Royals' Yordano Ventura on Thursday night.
Braves catcher Christian Bethancourt undergoes knee surgery
Atlanta Braves catcher Christian Bethancourt had surgery to repair the meniscus in his left knee Tuesday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Bethancourt missed the majority of the final two weeks in September with a lingering issue in this thumb, but it appears as if the catcher may have dealing with more than just that injury.
Barring any setbacks, Bethancourt should be ready to begin working out sometime in November -- a good sign considering he will likely compete for the starting catcher job in spring training.
Report: Blue Jays OF Dalton Pompey makes ALDS roster as pinch-runner
Dalton Pompey reportedly made the Toronto Blue Jays ' ALDS roster as an extra outfielder and will be used primarily in pinch-running situations, the Toronto Star reports.
After starting the season in the majors as a starter in the outfield, Pompey dropped down all the way to Double-A before being a September callup and earning his keep as a pinch-runner.
In seven pinch-running appearances in September, Pompey scored five times, which could be an invaluable asset come playoff time.
Astros OF Colby Rasmus connects for HR in wild-card game
Houston Astros outfielder Colby Rasmus hit a solo home run Tuesday during Houston Cougars 's American League All-Stars wild-card game victory against the New York Yankees .
The 29-year-old outfielder gave the Astros a 1-0 lead in the second inning with a 401-foot shot over the right-field wall off Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka . Rasmus is no stranger to the postseason, having appeared in three games of the 2009 NLDS as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals.
Dallas Keuchel tosses six scoreless frames to lead Astros to wild-card win
Houston Astros starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel held the New York Yankees scoreless over six innings Tuesday, allowing only three hits and a walk to earn the win in the American League All-Stars wild-card game. He struck out seven.
Keuchel's gem was his third scoreless performance against New York is as many outings this season. He also became the first pitcher to turn in a scoreless outing in a postseason game on three days' rest since Josh Beckett threw a shutout against the Yankees in Game 6 of the 2003 World Series.
Keuchel is likely to pitch Game 3 of the ALDS against Kansas City on Oct. 11.
Yankees 2B Stephen Drew held out of lineup for Wild Card game
New York Yankees second baseman Stephen Drew (concussion) is not in the lineup for Tuesday's Wild Card game.
Drew remains sidelined with his concussion symptoms, and it remains to be seen if he will be able to play if the Yankees advance beyond Tuesday. Rob Refsnyder will draw the start at second base Tuesday night.
Yankees opt to hold Jacoby Ellsbury out of lineup for wild-card game
New York Yankees outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury is not in the lineup for Tuesday's wild-card game against the Houston Astros , MLB.com reports.
With Astros' lefty Dallas Keuchel set to take the mound against the Yankess, manager Joe Giradi will opt to play right-handed hitter Chris Young instead of Ellsbury. He should return to the lineup, if the Yankees advance and play the Kansas City Royals in the ALDS.
Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman to start Game 2 of ALDS
Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman will start Game 2 of the ALDS, the 24-year-old pitcher reported on his official Twitter page.
He's been terrific since returning from returning from a torn ACL on Sept. 12, posting a 1.67 ERA and 0.96 WHIP in 27 innings this season. David Price will take the mound in Game 1.
Astros OF Carlos Gomez will start Tuesday's wild-card game
Houston Astros outfielder Carlos Gomez (back) is in the lineup for Tuesday's wild-card matchup against the New York Yankees , Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.
There was some concern Gomez would miss Tuesday's game considering he was unavailable for the Astros' final series of the season with a strain in his back, but it's clear now he should be good to go.
While the strain will likely continue to affect him for much of the postseason, he should provide some veteran leadership for a young Houston team that clawed its way back into the postseason picture.