Lyle Spencer has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2005, covering the Padres and Angels. He has covered Major League Baseball as a reporter and columnist since 1971.
|The Mets will have a new shortstop for Game 3 of the National League Division Series on Monday night at Citi Field. The Dodgers should also turn to a new man at the most important non-battery position on the field. It is time to go to hard-edged, proven, former NL Most Valuable Player Award winner Jimmy Rollins and give young Corey Seager a chance to relax and catch his breath.
|With New York nine outs away from putting the Dodgers on the brink of elimination and heading home to finish the job, everything changed on Chase Utley's hard, late slide in the seventh inning. It triggered shortstop Ruben Tejada's fractured right fibula, a sudden eruption of the Dodgers' dormant offense, and a 5-2 Mets loss that sends the show to the East Coast all even.
More» Utley on his mindset during hard slide|
|With Sandy Koufax in attendance, Clayton Kershaw and Jacob deGrom delivered a performance on Friday night worthy of the Brooklyn native and greatest living Dodger.
More» deGrom, Kershaw K-fest makes MLB history|
|For Terry Collins, this National League Division Series opening at Dodger Stadium (9:30 p.m. ET on TBS) is a homecoming. The Mets' manager has some of that Tommy Lasorda blue blood running through his veins, having acquired most of his philosophies and attitudes as a young player and young manager in the Dodgers' system.
More» Collins on deGrom, postseason emotions|
|In front of every successful pitcher crouches a good catcher, a man brimming with wisdom, vision, perspective and the sensitive understanding of human nature normally found in a trained psychologist.
|Individual matchups aren't everything in the postseason crucible, but they do offer a few hints about what might unfold with pulses pounding and so much on the line. As the Dodgers and Mets do their prep work for their National League Division Series opening Friday night at Dodger Stadium (9:30 p.m. ET on TBS), reams of numbers will be studied intently. Every conceivable edge looms as a potential game-changer.
More» Cespedes on Mets' clubhouse chemistry|
|The 1988 National League Championship Series had everything an inspired script writer on Broadway or in Hollywood could have produced. It was New York vs. Los Angeles, a clash of titans and cultures. Stars, enough to fill an All-Star squad, aligned on both sides.
More»Remembering the epic Dodgers, Mets 1988 NLCS|
|Conventional baseball wisdom holds that a hot September is an essential component to an October drive to a World Series championship parade. Recent history supports that belief.
More» Giants dominate Bucs, advance to NLDS|
|No need for advanced analytics now; simple math will do. The Angels must sweep four games in Texas, starting Thursday night, to claim the American League West title.
More» Giavotella's two-run blast gives Angels lead|
|Just when a dismal August appeared to spell doom for the Angels' postseason chances, something happened in September. Everything changed, clicked. The big three began getting help. Suddenly, the Angels are leading the second AL Wild Card and are just two behind the Rangers in the AL West with their final four games in Texas.
More» Pujols doubles in Trout for the early lead|
|The Angels own a six-game winning streak in the afterglow of David Murphy's line-drive single with the bases full in the bottom of the ninth on Monday, and the team's big-picture goal is unchanged with a big series against Texas on deck.
More» Murphy hits clutch walk-off single|
|Bullpens can be as unpredictable as the autumn weather. Winding down to the critical final days of the regular season, let's examine how the contenders shape up in the all-important last third of games.
More»Melancon named The Hartford Reliever of the Week|
|At 89-60, after taking two of three from the Dodgers -- including Sunday's steamy rubber match, 4-3, behind Gerrit Cole -- the Bucs are clinging to second place in their division, two games ahead of the Cubs and four behind the front-running Cardinals.
More» Hurdle on Cole's outing, win over Dodgers|
|A split with Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw at Dodger Stadium? Sure, the Pirates will take that.
More» McCutchen hits two-run double, fans cheer|
|If Zack Greinke exercises an opt-out clause in his contract after the season and becomes an unrestricted free agent, he might want to consider that there's no place like home -- especially when that home is Dodger Stadium.
More» Greinke holds Bucs to two over seven-plus|
|Stars command the attention and headlines, but over the course of the long season, strength in numbers can be as important as the numbers of the big names. While Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke and Adrian Gonzalez have led the way to a 7 1/2-game National League West lead that doesn't seem to offer much comfort to nervous Dodgers fans, depth and balance have been critical elements as well.
More» Turner singles in Ruggiano for early lead|
|With reliable Angels closer Huston Street one strike away from completing a shutout and a three-game weekend sweep at Angel Stadium, the Astros unleashed what might have been the comeback of the season.
More» Correa's infield hit gets stuck in glove|
|If his young, impressionable Astros teammates need any counsel on how to handle these pressure-filled final weeks of a remarkable season, Houston-born Scott Kazmir is a walking travelogue on winning Major League operations.
More» Kazmir strikes out six over seven solid|
|If Nolan Ryan was The Express, Jered Weaver is The Local. Weaver's fastball in the second half of his career comes in about 15 mph slower than Ryan's in his prime, but the right-handers with contrasting styles share something in common today: 138 wins in an Angels uniform. They trail only Chuck Finley, with 165 victories, in franchise history.
More» Weaver ties Ryan with 138th win as an Angel|
|Corey Seager has been judged a "can't-miss prospect" since he signed with the Dodgers as a first-round pick, No. 18 overall, in the 2012 MLB Draft. You can't miss him, all right. He's 6-foot-4, 215 pounds, with the advanced skill set and cool demeanor in the image of such great shortstops as Cal Ripken Jr., Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez.
More»MLB Tonight Statcast on Corey Seager|