Eduardo Rodriguez
Red Sox's Eduardo Rodriguez: Sidelined six months after knee surgery
Eduardo Rodriguez, SP, BOS
10/17/2017
News: Rodriguez is not expected to return to pitching for six months after undergoing surgery to reconstruct the patellofemoral ligament in his right knee, Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports.

This is a tough break for Rodriguez, as the 24-year-old has missed extended time in three of the past four seasons due to knee issues. That will likely be the case again in 2018, as his estimated recovery timetable lines him up for a return sometime in May or June. A more concrete timetable should become available once he gets back into a throwing program. Rodriguez compiled a 4.19 ERA and 150:50 K:BB in 137.1 regular-season innings in 2017.

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Brad Peacock
Astros' Brad Peacock: Shifts to bullpen for ALCS
Brad Peacock, SP, HOU
10/17/2017
News: Peacock will move to the bullpen for Game 4 of the ALCS against the Yankees on Tuesday, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.

Lance McCullers will make the start, but will likely be on a pretty short leash, with Peacock poised to come in and eat a few innings before the Astros hand the game over to their top bullpen arms. Peacock gave up three runs on six hits and a walk while striking out four in 2.2 innings in his lone postseason appearance against the Red Sox in the ALDS.

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Lance McCullers
Astros' Lance McCullers: Tabbed as Game 4 starter
Lance McCullers, SP, HOU
10/17/2017
News: McCullers will start Game 4 of the ALCS on Tuesday in New York, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.

He has only made one appearance this postseason -- a three-inning effort in mop-up duty against the Red Sox in the ALDS. Brad Peacock, who was the other option for this start, will be available out of the bullpen, likely piggybacking McCullers' start before the game gets turned over to Houston's top relievers. With that in mind, it is unlikely that McCullers will be asked to face the Yankees' lineup a third time in this outing.

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Luis Severino
Yankees' Luis Severino: Listed as Game 6 starter
Luis Severino, SP, NYY
10/16/2017
News: Severino (arm) is expected to pitch Game 6 of the ALCS against the Astros on Friday if necessary, Pete Caldera of The Bergen Record reports.

Severino was removed from his previous start after being hit on the wrist by a comebacker. While there was some initial concern regarding the injury, Severino said he felt great afterwards and ultimately wasn't sent for additional testing. He's set to play catch prior to Monday's game, and if everything checks out fine, he should be available to pitch Game 6 -- assuming the Yankees are able to extend the series.

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Charlie Morton
Astros' Charlie Morton: Will start Game 3 on Monday
Charlie Morton, SP, HOU
10/13/2017
News: Morton will take the hill for Game 3 of the ALCS in Yankee Stadium on Monday, Richard Justice of MLB.com reports.

Morton will follow Dallas Keuchel and Justin Verlander, respectively, in the Astros' rotation for the series against New York. He will be coming off six days of rest after starting in Boston on Monday. During that game, Morton allowed two earned runs off seven hits and two walks over 4.1 innings.

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Sonny Gray
Yankees' Sonny Gray: Tabbed as Game 4 starter
Sonny Gray, SP, NYY
10/12/2017
News: Gray will start Game 4 of the ALCS against the Astros on Tuesday.

Gray will be more than well rested for his second start of the postseason, as the 27-year-old last toed the rubber for Game 1 of the ALDS on Oct. 5. He allowed three runs on three hits and four walks while striking out two over 3.1 innings during that outing.

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CC Sabathia
Yankees' CC Sabathia: To start Game 3 of ALCS
CC Sabathia, SP, NYY
10/12/2017
News: Sabathia is set to start Game 3 against the Astros on Monday.

This will place Sabathia right on schedule for normal rest following his outing against the Indians on Wednesday. The veteran has been a reliable presence that the club desperately needs, and will follow Masahiro Tanaka and Luis Severino, respectively, in the rotation for the ALCS, with Sonny Gray slated for Game 4. If this series winds up going the distance, it's likely that Sabathia will be back on the mound for a decisive Game 7 on Saturday.

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Masahiro Tanaka
Yankees' Masahiro Tanaka: Will start Game 1 on Friday
Masahiro Tanaka, SP, NYY
10/12/2017
News: Tanaka will take the mound for Game 1 of the ALCS in Houston on Friday.

Following his phenomenal start against the Indians in Game 2 of the ALDS, manager Joe Girardi will call upon Tanaka for the opening contest against Dallas Keuchel and the Astros. This likely sets up Tanaka for Game 5 on Wednesday, although he could potentially take the mound Tuesday for Game 4 if the Yankees' backs are up against the wall. With the way CC Sabathia is pitching, and having Luis Severino and Sonny Gray also in the rotation, it's unlikely that Girardi would throw him again before Wednesday's game, assuming that the series lasts longer than the minimum four games. It's worth noting that during Tanaka's lone start against Houston this season, he gave up eight earned runs off seven hits and a walk over 1.2 innings in mid-May.

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Justin Verlander
Astros' Justin Verlander: Set for Game 2 of ALCS
Justin Verlander, SP, HOU
10/11/2017
News: Verlander was named the starter for Game 2 of the ALCS on Saturday, MLB.com's Brian McTaggart reports.

Dallas Keuchel will take the mound for Game 1 as the two pitchers switch spots in the order for this series, following Verlander's relief appearance during Game 4 of the ALDS against the Red Sox on Monday. The right-hander should be well-rested and ready to go, and will likely be in line for a Game 6 start on Oct. 20, if the series lasts that long.

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Dallas Keuchel
Astros' Dallas Keuchel: Tabbed as Game 1 starter
Dallas Keuchel, SP, HOU
10/11/2017
News: Keuchel will start Game 1 of the ALCS on Friday, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.

Although manager A.J. Hinch doesn't know which team the Astros will be facing, he confirmed Keuchel as the Game 1 starter while also stating that Justin Verlander will take the hill for Game 2. This comes as no surprise, and likely lines Keuchel up for a Game 5 start next Wednesday, if it's necessary, although he could wind up going Tuesday on short rest depending on the position Houston is in.

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