Playoff Reset: NLCS takes center stage

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It’s a travel day on the American League side of things, so all of the focus will be on Game 2 of the National League Championship Series on Sunday night in St. Louis. Let’s preview the action …

The Game: San Francisco Giants vs. St. Louis Cardinals, National League Championship Series Game 2
The Time: 8:00 PM Eastern
The Place: Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri
The Channel: FOX Sports 1
The Starters: Jake Peavy vs. Lance Lynn
The Upshot: The Cardinals were dominated by Madison Bumgarner in Game 1 on Saturday night and will need to generate some offense against Peavy to even things up in this best-of-seven NLCS before the series shifts to San Francisco. Peavy was fantastic down the stretch for the Giants in the regular season and he tossed 5 2/3 scoreless innings in his one NLDS start against the Nationals. Can he keep it rolling? Lynn had two rough outings versus San Francisco in the 2012 NLCS, but he’s a much more confident and effective pitcher now, coming off a breakout regular season (2.72 ERA, 181 strikeouts in 203 2/3 innings). Peavy and Lynn both pitch with a ton of visible emotion. Look for some good screaming in this one.

Collin McHugh headed to injured list with elbow discomfort

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Astros starter Collin McHugh will be placed on the 10-day injured list due to discomfort in his right elbow, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports. The Astros recalled Brady Rodgers from Triple-A Round Rock.

McHugh, 31, has struggled to a 6.04 ERA with a 48/16 K/BB ratio in 44 2/3 innings across eight starts and two relief appearances. If the elbow injury is really an elbow injury and not just an excuse for the Astros to give McHugh a reprieve, this could be bad news.

Rodgers, 28, posted a 3.22 ERA with 32 strikeouts and 16 walks in 44 2/3 innings in the minors this season. He had a cup of coffee with the Astros in 2016, yielding 14 runs in 8 1/3 innings. Here’s hoping his latest stint goes a bit better than that.