A second-round pick by Atlanta in 2010, he hit just .261/.325/.337 in 97 games with Triple-A Gwinnett this season and disappointed further in a 39-game look with the big club. It's hard to imagine Cunningham will push for anything more than a reserve role in spring training, if he even survives Rule 5 roster cuts.Analysis:
His spot wasn't necessarily secure at the end of the regular season, but Scott Van Slyke's slow progress from a wrist injury cemented Puig's status. The Mets are trotting out three straight right-handers to start the series, so expect Puig to be limited to pinch-hit/bench duty until Game 4.Analysis:
Piscotty was involved in a scary collision during the final weeks of the regular season in which he crashed into Peter Bourjos in the outfield, knocking himself out cold. However, after an overnight stay in a hospital and multiple medical tests, he was cleared to play Oct. 3 and is now poised to start Game 1 of the NLDS. He will man first base, with the Cardinals content using outfielders Matt Holliday, Jason Heyward and Randal Grichuck, and hit second in the order.Analysis:
After sitting out of a power-heavy lineup in the defeat of the the Pirates, Coghlan will hit sixth against the Cardinals. He has had some success against starter John Lackey in his career with eight hits in 17 at-bats and two RBI.Analysis:
He drove in Dexter Fowler in the top of the first inning for the run that stood as the game winner, but also provide insurance with a long ball that left the yard off Gerrit Cole in the third. The Cubs used Schwarber in right field for Wednesday's game, eventually removing him for a defensive replacement (Chris Denorfia) late in the game.Analysis:
The wrist did not respond well to batting practice Tuesday, leading manager Don Mattingly to say Van Slyke is 'not where he needs to be physically.'
With the 29-year-old all but ruled out for the NLDS, the door is open for Yasiel Puig to possibly slot in as a right-handed bench/platoon bat despite missing most of the final five weeks of the regular season.Analysis:
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.Analysis:
This move shouldn't really come as much of a surprise considering Suzuki is 65 hits away from 3,000 in his career. The skills certainly tapered off in 2015 (.229/.282/.279 in 438 at-bats), but he does provide some versatility in the outfield. At the very least, he could represent a terrific marketing asset as he approaches his career milestone.Analysis:
Pagan has had a history of knee issues, and it appears he'll undergo another procedure to clean up another one. There's no timetable attached to it, but it's highly unlikely it will prevent him from playing at the start of spring training.Analysis:
Braun didn't play in any of the final six games of the season, and it appears he's now set to undergo an offseason procedure that's expected to to need a month of recovery, but it shouldn't impact his availability for the beginning of the 2016 season.Analysis: