Padres lose setup man Brandon Maurer to shoulder injury

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Right-hander Brandon Maurer has been one of the biggest bright spots for the Padres this season, emerging as a quality setup man after they acquired him from the Mariners for outfielder Seth Smith.

However, after posting a 2.11 ERA in the first half Maurer has struggled in the second half and now he’s been placed on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation.

General manager A.J. Preller told Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union Tribune that the Padres expect the injury to be a minor one and “just want to give him a two-week breather and have him finish the year strong.”

Maurer, who struggled as a starter for the Mariners, has a 3.00 ERA and 39/15 K/BB ratio in 51 innings overall this season and seven of the 17 earned runs he’s allowed all year have come in the past two weeks.

Cody Bellinger named NLCS MVP

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Following a dominant 5-1 win to clinch the National League Championship Series on Saturday night, the Dodgers named outfielder Cody Bellinger their MVP of the series.

Bellinger, 23, made noise when it mattered. Entering Saturday’s game, he carried a meager .190/.227/.238 batting line with just four hits and two RBI, but his hits in Games 4 and 7 became the difference-makers the Dodgers needed to keep pace with the Brewers and clinch the NL pennant. In Game 4, it was Bellinger’s 13th-inning base hit off of Junior Guerra that put the Dodgers over the top for the walk-off 2-1 win. The outfielder returned to put the finishing touches on the series with a go-ahead home run — his first of the postseason — in the second inning of Game 7.

Bellinger wrapped his second season in the Dodgers’ organization in 2018, slashing .260/.343/.470 with 25 home runs, an .814 OPS, and 3.6 fWAR across 632 PA and all 162 games. He’s the youngest Dodgers player to receive the award to date.