Julio Urias Shuts Down Padres for 17th Win

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The Dodgers and Padres began a pivotal three-game series on Friday in Los Angeles as both teams battle for playoff positioning. The Dodgers started the day 2.5 games behind the Giants for the division lead. After the Giants won in Chicago earlier in the day, the Dodgers needed a win to keep pace. Meanwhile, San Diego entered Friday's action with a one-game lead for the second wild card spot.

The Dodgers came out on top in game one behind seven shutout innings from Julio Urias. The 25-year-old left-hander was brilliant, scattering three hits and one walk across the seven frames. A walk by Manny Machado followed by a base hit by Fernando Tatis in the first inning would turn out to be the biggest threat to score the Padres could muster against Urias. Only four more hitters would reach base as Urias tossed an efficient 64-of-94 pitches for strikes and generated ten whiffs to strike out seven batters.

The win makes it an MLB-leading 17 on the season for Urias to go with a 2.98 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, and 175 strikeouts over 163 1/3 innings. Could the high win total earn him some Cy Young votes? The Dodgers could have three candidates in their rotation between Urias, Max Scherzer, and Walker Buehler. Max Muncy helped get that win with a two-run homer off of Joe Musgrove in the third inning.

The Padres ended the day tied with the Reds for the final playoff spot in the National League after Cincinnati came out victorious against the Cardinals. San Diego will look to hold their share of the lead on Saturday as they send Chris Paddack on the mound against Walker Buehler.

Starting Pitchers with an EDGE

German Marquez vs. Phillies
6 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K, 30% CSW

Marquez came into this one with a 5.37 ERA away from Coors. That number came down to 4.93 with six shutout innings against the Phillies. He scattered six hits and tossed an efficient 62-of-93 pitches for strikes. Marquez induced nine whiffs to strike out six on the day. The 26-year-old right-hander will take a 3.93 ERA and 167 strikeouts over 167 innings into his next start against the Braves in Atlanta next week.

Tylor Megill vs. Yankees
7 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 10 K, 38% CSW

Megill was excellent on Friday against the Yankees, holding them to two runs over seven innings. Every game is a must-win for the Mets as they find themselves four games back of the second wild card spot and five games back in the NL East. Megill made sure to give them a chance as he struck out a career-high ten batters while generating an impressive 18 whiffs. The 26-year-old right-hander will take a 4.06 ERA over 77 2/3 innings into a start against the Cardinals in New York next week.

Hitters with an EDGE

Andrew Benintendi vs. Twins
4-for-5, 2 HR, 3 R, 5 RBI

Benintendi had himself a day on Friday, blasting two homers and driving in five runs against the Twins. He launched a three-run shot off of Griffin Jax in the first inning to put the Royals on the board. With the game tied in the top of the 11th, he took Juan Minaya deep for a two-run homer to put the Royals ahead. The 27-year-old outfielder is up to 15 homers and eight steals across 453 plate appearances.

Matt Olson vs. Rangers
4-for-5, 4 RBI

Olson enjoyed a four-hit day against the Rangers on Friday while driving in four of Oakland's ten runs. With the bases loaded in the second inning, he knocked a line drive down the right-field line to score all three runners. Olson was initially called safe at second with a double but would be ruled out after review. He drove in one more run with a single in the fourth. That's now 95 RBI to go with 32 home runs and a .276/.372/.538 slash line over 489 at-bats.

Priority Pickup

Jo Adell, OF - Los Angeles Angels (available in 81 percent of Yahoo leagues)

Adell has turned it on in September, going 10-for-27 with three home runs and a triple through eight games. Something may have started to click for the talented 22-year-old outfielder. He's hit the ball with more authority, posting a 40 percent hard-hit rate and his max exit velocity of 113.4 miles per hour in the month. What's more encouraging is that he's only struck out five times over the eight games.

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Closing Time

Mychal Givens vs. Cardinals
1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K (7th save)

Givens worked around a base hit while striking out two batters to close out the game against the Cardinals on Friday. It was his seventh save of the year to go with an excellent 2.76 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, and 49 strikeouts over 45 2/3 innings.

Liam Hendriks vs. Red Sox
1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K (34th save)

Hendriks was summoned in the ninth inning to close this one out with a one-run lead against the Red Sox. He worked around a leadoff single to shut the door on Boston for his 34th save. Craig Kimbrel picked up his fifth hold, striking out two batters in the eighth.

Greg Holland vs. Twins

1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K (8th save)

Holland got the call out of the pen to pitch the eleventh against the Twins with a two-run lead. He induced two fly-outs before getting Brent Rooker to strike out and secure the win for the Royals. It was the eighth save of the season for the veteran 35-year-old right-hander.

Cole Sulser vs. Blue Jays
2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K (7th save)

Sulser was summoned in the eighth inning with a three-run lead against the Blue Jays and worked around two singles. He remained in the game to pitch a scoreless ninth for his seventh save of the season.

Drew Steckenrider vs Diamondbacks
1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K (8th save)

Steckenrider shut the door on the Diamondbacks in the ninth inning on Friday but striking out the side -- all swinging -- to secure the win for Seattle. It was the eighth save of the season for the 30-year-old right-hander.

Kenley Jansen vs. Padres
1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K (31st save)

Jansen was called on to close it out in the ninth with a three-run lead against the Padres on Friday. Adam Frazier knocked a two-out single before Jansen got Eric Hosmer to ground out to end the game. The 33-year-old right-hander is 31-for-36 in save chances with a 2.47 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, and 69 strikeouts over 58 1/3 innings.

Matchup of the Day

Corey Kluber (4-3, 3.69) vs. Taijuan Walker (7-9, 4.15)

The Yankees and Mets play the second game of a three-game series on Saturday at Citi Field. Every single game matters at this point for both teams looking to secure a playoff spot. The Yankees have seen their fortune change after winning 13 in a row. They're currently riding a seven-game losing streak and lead by just a half-game for the second Wild Card spot. The division is just about out of reach as the Rays lead by eight games. They'll send Kluber to the mound, making his third start since returning from the injured list. On the other side, the Mets are in must-win mode as they trail the Braves by five games in the NL East and are four games out of the second Wild Card spot. Taijuan Walker will look to make it eight straight losses for the Yankees.

American League Quick Hits: Gerrit Cole will likely rejoin the Yankees rotation on Tuesday... The Red Sox activated Xander Bogaerts from the COVID-19 injured list... George Springer returned to the Blue Jays lineup on Friday... Chris Sale tested positive for COVID-19... Wander Franco will likely go on the 10-day injured list with hamstring tightness... Zack Greinke threw a bullpen session on Friday... Shane McClanahan was placed on the 10-day injured list with a stiff back and recalled Dietrich Enns and Louis Head from Triple-A... Nick Anderson could be activated before the end of the weekend... Matthew Boyd was scratched from Friday's start against the Rays due to recurring elbow soreness... Tampa Bay prospect Cole Wilcox underwent Tommy John surgery on Wednesday... The Red Sox sent Taylor Motter outright to Triple-A... The Tigers placed Miguel Del Pozo on the COVID-19 injured list... The Yankees designated Sal Romano for assignment and activated Mike King from the 60-day injured list... Matt Harvey and Jorge Lopez will be shut down for the rest of the season...

National League Quick Hits: Major League Baseball extended Trevor Bauer's administrative leave through the conclusion of the postseason... The Cardinals plan to use Alex Reyes as a multi-inning reliever for the rest of the season... The Dodgers recalled Gavin Lux from Triple-A... Alex Wood played catch on Thursday... The Diamondbacks called up Seth Beer prior to Friday's game against the Mariners... Stephen Vogt was placed on the 10-day injured list with hip inflammation and recalled William Contreras... The Reds placed Kyle Farmer on the paternity leave list and recalled Jose Barrero... The Giants placed Jose Quintana on the paternity leave list and recalled Jay Jackson from Triple-A... The Marlins sent Deven Marrero outright to Triple-A... Donovan Solano and Alex Dickerson will begin rehab assignments this weekend... The Brewers optioned Luke Maile to Triple-A...