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Postby elaine95 » 2019-02-11 02:13

Hannah Foslien/Getty ImagesCleveland Indians outfielder Bradley Zimmer will be out eight to 12 months after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder on Friday.The team announced the news on Saturday , noting that the procedure was to repair a torn labrum.Zimmer hurt his shoulder while taking batting practice for the Triple-A Columbus Clippers on June 11.Indians manager Terry Francona expressed his disappointment for the 25-year-old, via Jordan Bastian of"I feel so bad for him. He's such a good kid. I don't have any doubt鈥攈e'll come back from this. He's not a pitcher. It's just missing the developmental time. But, OK, so if his clock changes a little bit, that doesn't mean he's not going to be a great player."Since being drafted in the first round back in 2014, Zimmer had been a highly touted prospect in Cleveland's farm system for years before getting his feet wet in the majors last year. He hit .241/.307/.385 with eight home runs, 15 doubles, two triples, 18 stolen bases and 39 RBI in 101 games in his first year.While those numbers don't jump off the page, he was given an opportunity to be the Tribe's starting center fielder this year. However, he hit just .226/.281/.330 with two home runs, five doubles and nine RBI in 34 games. He also missed a few weeks in May because of a left rib contusion.Zimmer was optioned to the minors on June 5 to try to get his bat back on track.There's still plenty of time for Zimmer to show why he was a first-round pick. Unfortunately for him, his quest to establish himself as a major leaguer has been put on hold as he now has to rehab from shoulder surgery, an injury that not only ends his season Brandon Kintzler Jersey , but will affect him going into 2019 as well. The American League bracket was finalized Wednesday after the New York Yankees advanced from the AL Wild Card Gameat the Oakland Athletics' expense to secure a divisional-series matchup with the Boston Red Sox. The National League, meanwhile, is ready for the first day of Division Series play Thursday.With the 2016 World Series champions, the Chicago Cubs,knocked out in 13 innings on Tuesday night, the Colorado Rockieswill go up against the Milwaukee Brewers. A powerhouse matchup between the NL East and NL West titleholders will take place Thursday night, with the Atlanta Braves looking for redemption after their 2013 NLDS loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers.Here is how to watch the first full day of postseason play and a short preview and prediction for each of the matchups.Rockies vs. BrewersWhen: Thursday, Oct. 4 at 5:07 p.m. ETTelevision: Fox Sports 1Live Stream: Fox Sports Go Braves vs. Dodgers When: Thursday, Oct. 4 at 8:37 p.m. ETTelevision: MLB NetworkLive Stream: MLB.tvRockies vs. Brewers PreviewAfter an exciting finish to the NL Wild CardGame on Tuesday night, when the Rockies' Tony Wolters had a two-out RBI single to beat the Cubs, Colorado advanced to the Division Series for the first time since 2009.MLB Stat of the Day MLBStatoftheDayBring on the 13th!We have now entered the longest winner-take-all #postseason game in MLB history. dl8uLEABxHThe Milwaukee Brewers, who clinched their division and will have home-field advantage through the NLCS, will feature in the Division Series for the first time since 2011.Two younger offensive heavy hitters will face off in Thursday's first matchup.Former Miami Marlin Christian Yelichwas the overall batting leader for the Brewers through the regular season. With a batting average of .326 and 36 home runs, Yelich also leads the team with 110 RBI.With the centerfielder on a hot streak during the final months of the season鈥攑utting up at least 10 home runs in August and September鈥攈e will likely make a big impact in this series.MLB MLBCHRISTIAN YELICH IS UNREAL! #SeptemberBaseball vTnIoYqkcGOn the other hand , we have Nolan Arenado who mimics Yelich in many ways, with 38 home runs, 110 RBI and a .297 batting average. The only area Yelich has him definitively beat is on-base percentage and hits, with five more triples as well.Antonio Senzatela will take the mound for the Rockies in the first game of the Division Series. The right-handed pitcher has a 4.38 ERA and 69 strikeouts, giving up 10 home runs on the season. He went 6-6 on 13 regular-season starts this year.With the Rockies exhausting their lineup in their win against the Cubs, paired with Yelich's incredible offensive performance and potential NL MVP season, it seems like the Brewers will take Game 1. Braves vs. Dodgers PreviewThe Dodgers are no strangers to the MLB playoffs. L.A. clinched its sixth National League West title in a row this year and will be facing NL East counterparts the Atlanta Braves. The last time the Braves were in the postseason, they lost the 2013 NL Division Series against the Dodgers.MLB Stat of the Day MLBStatoftheDayThe Dodgers are the 3rd team in the Divisional era to win 6 STRAIGHT division titles 鈥he previous two (Braves 鈥?1-鈥?5, Yankees 鈥?8-鈥?6) won a World Series during their run. Ce9DWM2fPnThe 2013 NLDS saw a stellar performance by Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw,who struck out 12 people in seven innings of Game 1. However, Los Angeles has chosen not to start its ace pitcher in Game 1, instead choosingHyun-Jin Ryufor Game 1 and opting to start Kershaw on Friday.Los Angeles Dodgers DodgersHyun-Jin Ryu will start Game 1 of the NLDS against the Braves on Thursday. Clayton Kershaw will start Game 2 on Friday. xrYFkRJjCCRyu has an ERA of 1.97 and has 89 strikeouts on 15 starts this season, with a 7-3 record. Kershaw, on the other hand Authentic Pat Tillman Jersey , is a veteran pitcher with 155 strikeouts this season, an ERA of 2.73 and 9 wins to 5 losses.The Braves will be countering with pitcher Mike Foltynewicz, according to's Playoff Picture. Foltynewicz holds many of the top stats among the Braves bullpen, with 202 strikeouts on the season鈥攖he most on the team by 40.On the offensive side, Atlanta has Freddie Freeman, who has 44 doubles on the season and 98 RBI. Along with Ronald Acuna Jr., who is leading the team in home runs, the Braves offense has outscored their opponents in almost every category.FOX Sports: Braves FOXSportsBravesWho is the most important player for the Braves in the NLDS?Zach_Dillard: Mike Foltynewiczcoryjmccartney: Freddie Freeman#ChopcastLIVE 2izaNpSgOhThe Dodgers are boasting a level offense, with four players leading the team offensively and six players having at least 60 RBI. Max Muncy tops the team with a whopping 35 home runs, and Matt Kemp follows with 85 RBI and .290 batting average.The Atlanta-Los Angeles matchup has the potential to be a showdown. The Dodgers want to keep their winning streak alive, and the Braves want redemption for the 2013 NLDS. However, with a stacked offense and an intimidating bullpen, L.A. is likely to take both Game 1 and the series.All stats courtesy of and ESPN.
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