With right-hander Yovani Gallardo set to take the mound in the opening game of the series, manager John Gibbons will opt to play his left-hander instead of Chris Colabello at first base. Smoak could be a pinch-hit candidate with Gibbons often using him in a platoon situation throughout the season, however he will likely get a few at-bats against Gallardo before that situation arises.
Tulowitzki missed most of September with a crack in his shoulder blade prompting some concern that the 30-year-old slugging shortstop would not be able to play in the postseason, but it looks like he will be good to go for Thursday's game against the Rangers.
Bundy was cleared to begin throwing Aug. 31 by Dr. James Andrews and it appears his 20-pitch session is part of the Orioles plan to ease the 22-year-old back into a regular pitching schedule. Still, he will likely need at least two more weeks until he is considered ready for game-action. It's unclear if the Orioles will have Bundy pitch in the Arizona Fall League or winter ball, but more information should arise in the following weeks.
Dexter Fowler and Kyle Schwarber did all of the damage, going a combined 5-for-7 and working in tandem to plate all four runs on a pair of homers and an RBI single from Schwarber in the top of the first inning. The outing pushed Cole's career postseason ERA to 3.94 through three starts (16 innings). Cole's 2015 campaign was his best as a big leaguer, however, as he reached the 200 strikeouts milestone for the first time, and posted a 2.60 ERA while racking up 208 innings over 32 starts for the Bucs.
The Cubs plated a run against Gerrit Cole in the top of the first inning, and that turned out to be all of the support that Arrieta needed Wednesday. He finished the game with 11 strikeouts and did not walk a batter, while scattering four hits in the outing and benefitting from the handful of Bucs' hard-hit balls finding the defenders behind him.
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.
Matz, who was scratched from his final regular season start due to the injury, completed a bullpen session Tuesday at Citi Field without incident. If he makes through Thursday's sim game with no ill-effects and shows good command and stuff, he is likely to make the Mets' NLDS roster as the Game 4 starter.
While the Dodgers haven't formally submitted their roster for the Division Series, the players of been informed of their status, and Puig told the media he's made the cut. Scott Van Slyke's slow progress from a wrist injury solidified Puig's spot, as the Dodgers need a right-handed bat to use off the bench against right-handers and start against lefties. Puig returned for the final two games of the regular season after missing more than a month following another hamstring setback.
Working on just three days' rest, Keuchel shut out the Yankees over six innings in Tuesday's AL Wild Card game, allowing three hits and a walk while striking out seven. He will be afforded the normal five days of rest this time around before taking the hill opposite Edinson Volquez.
The left-hander struggled mightily down the stretch for Houston, posting a 6.52 ERA and 18:11 K:BB in 29 September innings. Kazmir will oppose Johnny Cueto, who also had a rough go of it late in the regular season.