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  • TEX Catcher #28
    Jonah Heim had a two-run single and a bases-loaded walk Saturday as the Rangers topped the Mariners 6-1 to clinch a playoff berth.
    The Mariners were eliminated in the process. This sets the six-team field in the AL, though still to be determined is whether the Rangers (90-71) or Astros (89-72 but with a tiebreaker advantage) win the AL West and get the Wild Card bye. Heim had gone six straight games without an RBI coming into this one. He remains pretty clearly limited offensively due to his wrist injury, but the Rangers figure to start him regularly in the postseason anyway.
  • TEX Starting Pitcher #44
    Making his first start since Sept. 4, Andrew Heaney tossed 4 1/3 scoreless frames against the Mariners on Saturday.
    Heaney came up big as the Rangers clinched a postseason berth tonight, potentially putting himself in position to make starts in October. Of course, he didn’t get the win tonight, so he remained 10-6 with a 4.15 ERA. He’s been the pitcher the Rangers should have expected him to be when they signed him to a two-year, $25 million deal; they just arguably had better options for a time.
  • SEA Starting Pitcher #58
    Luis Castillo walked five and surrendered four runs in 2 2/3 innings Saturday in a loss to the Rangers.
    What a letdown. The Mariners wouldn’t been in position to reach the postseason if not for Castillo, but he certainly did come up short in the end, giving up nine runs in 8 2/3 innings in his last two starts against the Astros and Rangers. He also appeared to be in position to finish in the top three in the AL Cy Young balloting, but that’s probably off the table now. He finishes 14-9 with a 3.34 ERA that’s the highest mark he’s had after any start this year.
  • PHI Shortstop #7
    Trea Turner (elbow) will be held out of the Phillies’ starting lineup for Sunday’s regular season finale against the Mets.
    Turner was pulled from Saturday night’s contest after being hit by a pitch near his left elbow. It sounds like it actually caught him on the tricep though. Phillies’ manager Rob Thomson noted that Turner is perfectly fine and would be in the team’s lineup on Tuesday for the start of the postseason. Look for Edmundo Sosa to draw a start in his place on Sunday afternoon.
  • CHC Catcher #15
    Yan Gomes had a grand slam and an RBI groundout as the Cubs defeated the Brewers 10-6 on Saturday.
    Sadly, the Cubs were eliminated from contention anyway. Gomes’ grand slam was the fifth of his career, and he knocked in five runs for the first time since May 21, 2017. He’s definitely been an asset while hitting .267/.315/.408 in 419 plate appearances this season, and the Cubs will likely exercise his $6 million option for next year, even if they’re hoping Miguel Amaya takes on an increased role.
  • CHC Starting Pitcher #76
    Jordan Wicks was tagged for six runs in 1 2/3 innings by the Brewers on Saturday.
    Wicks had been terrific in six starts for the Cubs, going 4-1 with a 3.00 ERA, but the Brewers had his number tonight, hitting two homers off him in the second and collecting six hits in all. One imagines he’ll still be looked at as a member of the 2024 rotation, though if things get crowded, he has all of his options remaining.
  • CHC Starting Pitcher #50
    Pitching on two days’ rest, Jameson Taillon threw four scoreless innings in relief for a save Saturday against the Brewers.
    It’s his first career save in his first ever regular-season relief appearance. Taillon went above and beyond to try to help get the Cubs a win tonight, but the team was eliminated from contention anyway. Taillon finished up allowing just five earned runs over 27 innings in his last five outings, lowering his ERA from 5.51 to 4.84.
  • MIL Starting Pitcher #52
    Eric Lauer was lit up for eight runs in four innings by the Cubs on Saturday.
    Lauer gave up three homers. He might have led the majors in that category had the Brewers stuck with him as a starter all year. As is, he still surrendered 16 in just 46 2/3 innings with his velocity down 2-3 mph from last year. He’ll almost certainly be left off the postseason roster, and he’ll probably be non-tendered by the Brewers after the season.
  • MIL Shortstop #27
    Willy Adames went 3-for-5 and knocked in two runs against the Cubs on Saturday.
    Adames has at least managed a solid finish in a disappointing year, batting .234/.265/.479 with three homers and 18 RBI in September. This gets him to 80 RBI in 148 games for the season. It’s not what fantasy leaguers were hoping for, but even as an average hitter, he remains a very valuable major leaguer with his plus defense at shortstop.
  • MIN Second Baseman #47
    Edouard Julien went 3-for-5 with a homer, double and three RBI on Saturday as the Twins clobbered the Rockies 14-6 at Coors Field.
    The 24-year-old infielder smacked a run-scoring double in the sixth inning that extended the Twins’ lead to 7-0, then scored on Max Kepler’s three-run blast. Julien then hammered a 452-foot two-run shot of his own in the seventh inning that made it a 14-0 ballgame. With his three-hit night, he’s now hitting .263/.381/.461 with 16 homers, 36 RBI and three stolen bases across 403 plate appearances on the season.