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  • Johnny Cueto strikes out 11 in win over COL
    Johnny Cueto came through clutch in Thursday's 7-2 win over the Rockies, striking out 11 while allowing two runs over seven innings.

    Advice: Cueto wasn't unhittable on Thursday -- indeed, he surrendered nine of them -- but he managed to evade trouble on the scoreboard, for the most part. He got his hiccups out of the way early, surrendering an RBI double to Nolan Arenado and an RBI triple to David Dahl in the first inning. From that point onward, he posted goose eggs. In his first year with the Giants, Cueto has pitched to a 2.79 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 198/45 K/BB ratio over 219 2/3 innings. He allowed more than two runs in just three of his final 10 starts. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:32 pm
  • Jon Gray roughed up for five runs by Giants
    Jon Gray struggled in Thursday's loss to the Giants, allowing five runs (four earned) on eight hits over 5 1/3 innings.

    Advice: Gray also walked three in what was a less-than-stellar finish to his 2016 season. The Giants ripped him for a pair of runs in the fourth inning, then came back around for three more in the sixth. The 24-year-old right-hander's 4.61 ERA might not inspire much confidence, but Gray also rocked a 185/59 K/BB ratio across 168 innings. He closed the season with double-digit strikeout showings in two of his last three starts. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:31 pm
  • Kendall Graveman limits M's to one run
    Kendall Graveman handcuffed the Mariners in Thursday's no-decision, yielding one run on seven hits over 5 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Graveman struck out six and walked one on the evening. He coughed up an RBI single to Leonys Martin in the fourth inning, but otherwise kept the Mariners at bay over his 5 2/3 innings of work. This was something of a rebound start for Graveman, who had cratered over his last three outings. He entered Thursday's action having allowed 15 runs on 23 hits in his previous 17 1/3 innings. For the season as a whole, he finishes out the owner of a 4.11 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 108/47 K/BB ratio over 186 innings. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:08 pm
  • Miranda scatters four hits into sixth inning
    Ariel Miranda was sharp in taking a no-decision against the A's on Thursday, allowing one run on four hits over 5 1/3 innings.

    Advice: Miranda struck out six and did not walk a batter on the evening. Chad Pinder cracked a solo home run off him in the sixth inning, but it was otherwise smooth sailing for the 27-year-old southpaw. In 11 appearances (10 starts) this season, Miranda has pitched to a 3.88 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 44/18 K/BB ratio. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:07 pm
  • Friedrich mired down by big sixth inning
    Christian Friedrich couldn't make it out of the sixth inning in Thursday's loss to the Dodgers, allowing five runs on seven hits over 6 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Friedrich surrendered an RBI double to Joc Pederson in the fifth inning, but the real killer frame was the sixth. He allowed four runs in that one. Over the course of 129 1/3 innings this season, the 29-year-old southpaw pitched to an underwhelming 4.80 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 100/52 K/BB ratio. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:59 pm
  • Urias blanks Padres over three innings
    Jose Urias kept the scoreboard clean in Thursday's no-decision against the Padres, tossing three innings of shutout ball.

    Advice: The Dodgers have no need to press their starters deep into games at this juncture. In his limited action, Urias did a nice job. The youthful southpaw struck out five and walked two on the evening, surrendering just one hit over his three frames of work. In 122 innings this season, he pitched to a 3.39 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and 84/31 K/BB ratio. The postseason now awaits for Urias. He could potentially start in Game 4 of the NLDS, depending on how that series against the Nationals unfolds. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:57 pm
  • Gibson fans eight, allows four runs to Royals
    Kyle Gibson allowed four runs on nine hits while striking out eight over 6 1/3 innings against the Royals on Thursday.

    Advice: Gibson kept the Royals in check for most of the evening and was handed a lead in the top of the seventh, only to give it right back in the bottom of the frame before exiting. The eight strikeouts were a single-game high for the 28-year-old this season. In 25 starts this year, Gibson went 6-11 with a 5.07 ERA and 1.56 WHIP. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:55 pm
  • Duffy yields eight hits, four runs to Twins
    Danny Duffy allowed four runs on eight hits over 6 1/3 innings in a no-decision Thursday.

    Advice: Duffy walked two and struck out just three in the uncharacteristic start, leaving his record at 12-3 to finish the year. And what a year it was for the southpaw, who wasn't even in the Royals' rotation to start the season before moving to a starting role in mid-May. Duffy was dominant at times as a starter and ends the year with a 3.51 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 188/42 K/BB ratio over 179 2/3 innings overall. A full year in the rotation could yield even more good things for Duffy next season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:52 pm
  • Hellickson leaves start with sprained knee
    Jeremy Hellickson was pulled from Thursday's game against the Braves due to a sprained right knee.

    Advice: It's certainly good news that the injury appears to be minor and doesn't involve his arm at all. The 29-year-old finishes his 2016 campaign with a 12-10 record, 3.71 ERA and 154/45 K/BB ratio over 189 innings. He's positioned to secure a fairly lucrative multi-year contract in the off-season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:06 pm
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  • Quintana strikes out seven in loss to Rays
    Jose Quintana pitched well in Thursday's loss to the Rays, yielding two runs on five hits over six innings.

    Advice: Despite taking the loss, Quintana finished out his season in sturdy style on Thursday. Outside of an Alexei Ramirez RBI single in the second and a solo home run by Mikie Mahtook in the fourth, he kept the scoreboard clean. In 32 starts, the 27-year-old southpaw pitched to a 3.20 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 181/50 K/BB ratio. He tossed 208 innings this season and has now thrown at least 200 frames in four consecutive seasons. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:04 pm
  • Archer allows three runs into seventh inning
    Chris Archer provided decent length in Thursday's win over the White Sox, surrendering three runs on six hits over 6 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Archer struck out five and walked two on the evening. He surrendered a sixth-inning run courtesy of a Melky Cabrera RBI ground out. One frame later, he was victimized in decidedly louder fashion, as Carlos Sanchez swatted a two-run home run off the 28-year-old right-hander with one out in the seventh. With this start in the books, Archer can hang up his spikes for the year. Overall, he pitched to a 4.02 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 233/67 K/BB ratio across 201 1/3 innings. The numbers are solid enough, but Archer took a slight step back after an impressive 2015 season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:03 pm
  • Collmenter sharp over seven against Phillies
    Josh Collmenter was strong again Thursday, allowing one run over seven innings in a no-decision against the Phillies.

    Advice: Collmenter scattered six hits without issuing a walk, recording four strikeouts in the process. The start was his third since joining the Braves and the third that was above average, giving him a 2.37 ERA in those three starts. The 30-year-old struggled as a reliever with the Diamondbacks prior to the trade, but his strong finish could lead some teams to view him as a viable starter or swingman this winter. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:35 pm
  • Nova gets rain-shortened CG against Cubs
    Ivan Nova allowed a run over 5 1/3 innings against the Cubs on Thursday, getting a gift of a complete game in a 1-1 tie.

    Advice: With the skies opened up and neither team playing for much -- the Bucs already eliminated from the postseason, the Cubs already owning home-field advantage through the NLCS -- the two teams decided to call it a night. Nova allowed four hits and didn't issue a free pass while striking out five before the rain came. The start brings to a close a successful career revitalization for the 29-year-old, who posted a 3.06 ERA with the Pirates after struggling early as a member of the Yankees. Nova owned a 4.17 ERA and 1.25 WHIP overall, and will be an interesting free agent case this winter. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:42 pm
  • Jimenez blanks listless Blue Jays over 6 2/3
    Ubaldo Jimenez held the Blue Jays scoreless over 6 2/3 innings Thursday, allowing one hit in a 4-0 Orioles shutout.

    Advice: Jimenez gave up a single to Ezequiel Carrera to lead off the game and nothing more, walking three and striking out five. The start was the last and easily the most important for Jimenez this year, pulling the O's into a tie with the Jays with three games left to play. For the 32-year-old, it was a strong end to an up and down season. Jimenez ends with an 8-12 record, 5.44 ERA and 1.56 WHIP in 29 games, including 25 starts. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:25 pm
  • Hellickson leaves start with apparent injury
    Jeremy Hellickson was forced to leave Thursday's start against in the fourth inning due to an apparent injury.

    Advice: It's unclear exactly what occurred at this point, but the trainer came out to check on the veteran right-hander mid at-bat in the fourth inning and the decision was made to pull him out. It's a potentially devastating development for Hellickson, who has had a nice bounceback season in 2016 and is headed for free agency this winter. Expect an update from the Phillies on his status shortly. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:23 pm
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  • Samardzija will be available out of bullpen
    Giants manager Bruce Bochy announced Thursday that Jeff Samardzija would be available out of the bullpen over the weekend.

    Advice: Samardzija made his final start of the regular season on Wednesday, but Bochy won't be afraid to pull out all of the stops to secure a wild card berth. Fantasy owners in leagues that utilize daily lineups may want to leave him active over the weekend. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:51 pm
  • Zimmermann to start for Tigers on Saturday
    Tigers manager Brad Ausmus announced after Thursday's rain out that Jordan Zimmermann will start on Saturday against the Braves in Atlanta.

    Advice: Daniel Norris, the scheduled starter Thursday, will move back and work the series opener in Atlanta on Friday. That means the club will have the benefir of skipping Buck Farmer who had been scheduled to work on Saturday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:41 pm
  • Robbie Ray gives up five runs in loss
    Robbie Ray dropped to 8-15 after giving up five runs in 4 2/3 innings Thursday in a loss to the Nationals.

    Advice: Ray finishes with an 11.25 K/9 IP, which ranks 21st all-time among pitchers to qualify for the ERA title. Unfortunately, he also finishes with a 4.90 ERA, which is the third highest mark ever for a pitcher with 200 strikeouts. Many will look at the strikeouts and label him as a 2017 breakthrough candidate. We're not quite as optimistic; he should be quite a bit better than this, but he doesn't project as a top-of-the-rotation guy. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:09 pm
  • Luis Perdomo gives up five runs in win
    Luis Perdomo surrendered five runs in five innings Wednesday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Perdomo gave up three homers, two of them coming in the first. It brought his total to 23 homers allowed in 146 2/3 innings on the season. Still, he picked up a win, leaving him 9-10 with a 5.71 ERA. He was surprisingly competent, if not exactly effective, after moving into the Padres rotation in mid-June, which qualifies as a success considering that he was a Rule 5 pick who never pitched above A ball prior to this year. He'll open next season back in the minors, probably in Triple-A, but he should again be a factor in the Padres rotation. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:20 pm
  • Jose De Leon roughed up by Padres
    Jose De Leon was tagged for five runs -- three earned -- in 2 1/3 innings by the Padres on Wednesday.

    Advice: This probably eliminates De Leon for consideration from the postseason roster. He posted a 6.35 ERA in his four starts for the Dodgers. Still, his future is awfully promising. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:16 pm
  • Tyler Chatwood goes eight scoreless in win
    Tyler Chatwood allowed three hits over eight scoreless innings and struck out nine Wednesday in beating the Giants.

    Advice: Chatwood's season ends much like it started. The middle wasn't as pleasant, but he showed what he can do while healthy; he allowed one or no runs in 10 of his 27 starts. What he does need to demonstrate is that he can stay healthy; his 27 starts and 158 innings this season were new career highs. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:12 pm
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  • Jeff Samardzija strikes out 11
    Jeff Samardzija fanned 11 while allowing two runs over six innings Wednesday in a loss to the Rockies.

    Advice: Thanks to three straight fine outings at the finish, Samardzija's inconsistent regular season concludes with a 12-11 record and a 3.81 ERA. It figured that he'd strikeout out more than 7.4 batters per nine innings in his return to the NL, but he was an above average starter, if not as much above average as the Giants were hoping for. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:09 pm
  • Miguel Gonzalez goes 8 1/3 scoreless in win
    Miguel Gonzalez pitched 8 1/3 innings of three-hit ball in the White Sox's 1-0 win over the Rays on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Orioles chose to save $4 million by cutting Gonzalez this spring. It's a mistake that might cost them the wild card, as Gonzalez posted a 3.73 ERA in 23 starts (and one relief appearance) for the White Sox. Orioles starters have a 4.80 ERA at the moment. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:47 pm
  • Blake Snell has final start cut short
    Blake Snell pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings before a rain delay ended his start Wednesday against the White Sox.

    Advice: It was shaping up as a strong one for Snell; he had struck out four and allowed just one hit before play was halted. Barring an appearance on short rest this weekend, he'll conclude his rookie season 6-8 with a 3.54 ERA. He struck out 98 in 89 innings, but he also walked 51. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:45 pm
  • Bryan Mitchell blanks Red Sox
    Bryan Mitchell shut out the Red Sox for seven innings Wednesday, allowing just two hits.

    Advice: The Yankees have always been high on Mitchell, but he was essentially a non-factor this year after fracturing a toe in April. Having such a strong outing in his final regular-season start will help with the wishcasting for 2017, though we're still skeptical that he'll last as a starter. He'll likely compete for a rotation spot in spring training. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:35 pm
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  • Clay Buchholz holds down Yankees
    Clay Buchholz shut out the Yankees for six innings, allowing just one hit, in his start Wednesday.

    Advice: Buchholz in the rotation and Drew Pomeranz in the pen seems like the right strategy for the Red Sox in the ALDS. Since returning to the rotation on Sept. 6, Buchholz has a 3.14 ERA in five outings, turning in quality starts four times. He'll carry an 8-10 record and a 4.78 ERA with him into the postseason, but he's throwing better than that right now. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:33 pm
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  • Fulmer gives up three runs in 3 1/3 frames
    Michael Fulmer surrendered three runs in 3 1/3 innings as the Tigers won a soggy game versus the Indians on Wednesday.

    Advice: He gave up six hits and three walks while fanning three batters as he pitched around rain delays. The poor outing was just bad enough to bump his ERA over the 3.00 mark to end the season. The rookie finishes with an 11-7 record and 3.06 ERA in 26 starts. He struck out 132 batters and walked 42 in 159 innings. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:57 pm
  • Julio Urias tracking toward postseason roster
    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said that he "see[s] [Julio Urias] on the postseason roster in some capacity."

    Advice: Urias will make his final start of the regular season on Thursday, when the Dodgers do battle with the Padres. Beyond that, it looks like the 20-year-old southpaw will receive his first taste of postseason action this October. His exact role has yet to be determined, but he is one option to start Game 4 of the NLDS against the Nationals. In 74 major league innings this season (14 starts in 17 appearances), Urias has pitched to a 3.53 ERA, 1.47 WHIP and 79/29 K/BB ratio. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 5:19 pm
  • Jordan Zimmermann set to start on Friday
    Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said that Jordan Zimmermann will start against the Braves on Friday.

    Advice: Zimmermann was a potential starter for Saturday, too, but Ausmus is opting to trot him out a day earlier. He just recently returned from a pesky lat injury, throwing three innings of relief against the Reds on Sunday. As for the rest of the weekend rotation, Matt Boyd or Buck Farmer will start on Saturday, with Justin Verlander set to close out the campaign on Sunday. The Tigers currently sit one game behind the Orioles for the second Wild Card. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 1:40 pm
  • Cueto (groin) cleared to start this Thursday
    Johnny Cueto (groin) has been cleared to start Thursday at home against the Rockies.

    Advice: Cueto suffered a mild groin strain in his September 20 start at Dodger Stadium, but he made it through a bullpen session Tuesday without issue and was given the go-ahead to pitch Thursday by San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy. It could be a very important game for the Wild Card-hunting Giants. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 4:58 pm
  • Urias to start for Dodgers on Thursday
    Julio Urias will start for the Dodgers on Thursday at San Diego.

    Advice: It probably won't be a very lengthy outing for the young left-hander, who has thrown a career-high 119 innings this season between the minors and majors. Urias topped out at just 80 1/3 innings last year. Still, he could be an option to start Game 4 of the NLDS against the Nationals. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:40 pm
  • De Leon to start Wednesday vs. Padres
    Jose De Leon will start Wednesday against the Padres.

    Advice: De Leon was originally scheduled start on Tuesday, but Kenta Maeda will move up a day to start instead. The rookie right-hander has posted a 5.52 ERA through his first three starts in the majors. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:28 am
  • Jordan Zimmermann could start this weekend
    Jordan Zimmermann could start Saturday at Atlanta.

    Advice: Zimmermann looked sharp in a three-inning relief appearance Sunday versus the Royals, yielding one run while striking out four. He threw 30 of his 35 pitches for strikes. It was the first appearance since September 10 for the 30-year-old right-hander, who has been battling lat trouble since late June. Saturday's game is setting up as a must-win for Detroit. Zimmermann is a risky fantasy play, even against the lowly Braves, because of his limited recent workload. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:53 am
  • Quintana fires six one-run innings to win Sat
    Jose Quintana held the Indians to a single run in six innings during Saturday's 8-1 victory.

    Advice: He struck out only two batters, walked three and gave up six hits to earn the win. He was relieved after throwing an inefficient 103 pitches in his six frames. He advances to 13-11 with a 3.21 ERA after 31 starts. Quintana has recorded 174 strikeouts versus 48 walks in 202 innings. He has been amazingly consistent throughout his five seasons. He has a career 46-45 record and 3.41 ERA in 945 innings. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:58 pm
  • Nova roughed up for six runs by Nationals
    Ivan Nova allowed six runs on eight hits over four innings in a loss to the Nationals on Saturday.

    Advice: For the second straight start, Nova struggled and is now 5-2 with a 3.64 ERA as a member of the Pirates. He'd been absolutely lights out prior to his last start, though, and the Bucs have reportedly been impressed enough to approach the 29-year-old about a contract extension. Nova will have one more opportunity to make his case for a big payday when he squares off with the Cubs on Thursday. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:53 pm
  • Ray gives up five runs in loss to Orioles
    Robbie Ray allowed five runs -- four earned -- on six hits over 3 2/3 innings in Saturday's loss to the Orioles.

    Advice: Ray's struggles continue, as he's now 8-14 with a 4.77 ERA and 1.46 WHIP in 31 starts. The southpaw has struck out a whopping 215 batters on the year, but little else has been ideal in his sophomore year as a full-time starter. Ray will get one more start to try to go out on a high note, taking on the Nationals on Thursday. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:07 pm
  • Miranda yields three runs in four innings Sat
    Ariel Miranda departed after allowing three runs in four innings and was charged with a loss versus the Twins on Saturday.

    Advice: He gave up only three hits but two of them left the park. Jorge Polanco and Miguel Sano touched him up for solo homers. Miranda walked one and didn't register any strikeouts in the ballgame. He owns a 5-2 record and 4.10 ERA in 52 2/3 innings. His strikeout-to-walk ratio is a pedestrian 38 to 18. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:02 pm
  • Zimmermann to throw sim game on Monday
    Jordan Zimmermann is scheduled to throw a simulated game on Monday.

    Advice: He's still trying to correct his ills on the side without effecting the Tigers in live game action. Until he gets his mechanics back in order, it would be surprising to see him make another start for the Tigers as they push for a wild card berth. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:52 am
  • Jon Gray strikes out 10 in four innings
    Jon Gray fanned 10 while giving up four runs in four innings Friday in a loss to the Dodgers.

    Advice: Gray is the fifth pitcher ever to strike out 10 while working four innings of less. All five of those outings have come since 2013. Along with the 10 K's, Gray have up two homers and three walks to the 19 batters he faced. He also hit a batter. It took him 106 pitches to get through those four innings. Considering his workload this year, he probably should have been pulled earlier. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:48 pm
  • Kendall Graveman allows three runs in loss
    Kendall Graveman allowed three runs over seven innings Friday in a loss to the Rangers.

    Advice: Graveman struggled in his previous two starts before bouncing back tonight. He shut out the Rangers for six innings before giving up three in the seventh, the last two coming on Adrian Beltre's homer. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:18 pm
  • Kyle Gibson takes loss to Mariners
    Kyle Gibson yielded two runs in five innings Friday in a loss to the Mariners.

    Advice: Gibson would love to end on a strong note after a very disappointing year. He's allowed three runs over eight innings in his last two outings, lowering his ERA from 5.34 to 5.04. He only has one start left now, though. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:08 pm
  • Hellickson gives up six runs to Mets
    Jeremy Hellickson was tagged for six runs in 4 1/3 innings in a loss to the Mets on Friday.

    Advice: Hellickson limited the Mets to one run over the first four innings before he came unglued in the fifth inning. After walking the bases loaded, he gave up a pair of RBI singles before being pulled. He was charged with two more runs after Michael Conforto slugged a three-run blast off Frank Herrmann. The impending free agent has been rocked to the tune of a 7.77 ERA in five starts against the Mets this season, but still holds a solid 3.78 ERA on the year. He’ll finish the year with a start against the Braves on the road next week. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:14 pm
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  • Miguel Gonzalez hit hard in loss to Indians
    Miguel Gonzalez was hit hard in Friday's loss to the Indians, allowing four runs on eight hits in 4 1/3 innings.

    Advice: The right-hander struck out two and didn't walk a batter in the contest. He kept the Tribe's offense at bay through the first three innings, but they broke through in the fourth with a two-run homer from Jose Ramirez and tacked on another pair in the fifth before chasing him. He'll carry a 3.98 ERA and 1.29 WHIP into Wednesday's start against the Rays. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:39 pm
  • Mitchell goes six innings in loss to Jays
    Bryan Mitchell gave up three runs (one earned) over six innings Friday in a loss to the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Mitchell ran into all sorts of trouble early on in this one, so it’s impressive that he managed to make it through six innings. All told, he gave up six hits and four walks while striking out two batters. Mitchell has posted a 4.50 ERA and 9/7 K/BB ratio in 18 innings through four starts since being recalled by the Yankees. He’s not a fantasy option. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:39 pm
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  • Danny Duffy clobbered in loss to Tigers
    Danny Duffy was clobbered in Friday's loss to the Tigers, surrendering six runs on seven hits in only 3 2/3 innings.

    Advice: The left-hander walked four and struck out four on the afternoon. The long ball was his undoing in this one, with Victor Martinez, Justin Upton and Cameron Maybin each leaving the yard. Now 12-3 on the season, Duffy will carry a 3.43 ERA and 1.13 WHIP into his final start of the season against the Twins on Thursday. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:22 pm
  • Michael Fulmer fans nine in win over Royals
    Michael Fulmer was fantastic in Friday's victory over the Royals, racking up nine strikeouts over seven innings of one-run ball.

    Advice: The rookie right-hander scattered just eight hits on the night and didn't walk a batter. The only blemish on his evening was a run that scored on an infield single in the sixth inning. He has been a savior to the Tigers rotation this season, compiling a 2.95 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 129/39 K/BB ratio across 155 2/3 innings. He'll take his final turn of the regular season on Wednesday against the Indians. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:22 pm
  • Archer gives up two runs in loss
    Chris Archer surrendered two runs in six innings Friday in a loss to the Red Sox.

    Advice: Archer served up a two-run homer to David Ortiz in the first inning, which was ultimately enough to put him in line for his 19th loss. He struck out seven and walked a pair and now has 228 strikeouts in 194 2/3 innings to go along with a 4.02 ERA. He’s looked a lot more like himself in the second half. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:12 pm
  • Jordan Zimmermann says he feels 'good'
    Jordan Zimmermann said Thursday that he feels "good" but admitted he's "a little inconsistent" when throwing out of the windup.

    Advice: Zimmermann has thrown a couple simulated games as he tries to get his mechanics in order. "I feel good," he said. "My body and everything feels good. I feel really good out of the stretch. The wind-up is the only thing, and I still throw pretty well out of the wind-up. It’s just a little inconsistent, which I guess is expected when I got down three times and build back up three times." Zimmermann added that he feels like "I can go out there and compete and pitch," but the Tigers will have him throw another simulated game Monday. It's possible he could make a start in Atlanta during the final weekend of the season. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:14 am
  • Christian Friedrich loses shutout in eighth
    Christian Friedrich faltered late in Thursday's loss to the Giants, surrendering two runs on three hits over seven-plus innings.

    Advice: Friedrich and Giants starter Jeff Samardzija were locked in a fantastic pitcher's duel over the first seven innings, with both pitchers posting goose eggs. The Padres' issues began when Friedrich trotted back out to start the eighth inning. He surrendered a double and a single to open the frame. Both of those runners would come around to score after he was lifted from the proceedings. For the season, the 29-year-old southpaw has pitched to a 4.66 ERA and 1.42 WHIP. He will finish out his season with a home start against the Dodgers next time he toes the rubber. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:20 pm
  • Samardzija strikes out nine in gem of a win
    Jeff Samardzija pitched immaculately in Thursday's 2-1 win over the Padres, tossing seven innings of four-hit, shutout ball.

    Advice: Samardzija struck out nine and did not walk a batter in what was one of his best starts of the season. He finished the outing having thrown 105 pitches (71 strikes). It hasn't always been a smooth ride with the 31-year-old right-hander, but his numbers are going to finish out respectably enough. For the 2016 campaign, he holds a 3.83 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 156/53 K/BB ratio over 197 1/3 innings. Samardzija will take on the Rockies in San Francisco next time out, likely his final start of the regular season. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:20 pm
  • Chatwood holds Dodgers to two runs in six IP
    Tyler Chatwood kept the Dodgers in check in Thursday's no-decision, allowing two runs on five hits over six innings.

    Advice: Chatwood had some issues with his control in this one, as he walked four and threw just 57 of his 102 pitches for strikes. He pitched well enough for the win and exited with a 4-2 lead, but the Rockies bullpen imploded like an imperfectly made submarine after he left the game, surrendering five runs in the seventh inning and ultimately falling by a final score of 7-4. The 26-year-old right-hander will bring a 4.08 ERA and 1.41 WHIP into a road showdown with the Giants in his final start of the season. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:09 pm
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  • Collmenter holds Marlins to two runs in win
    Josh Collmenter limited the Marlins to two runs over seven innings in a win Thursday.

    Advice: Collmenter was deemed so worthless that the lowly Diamondbacks released him in August, but the right-hander is now 2-0 with 12 strikeouts in 12 innings over two starts with the Braves. On Thursday, he allowed five hits and walked two while striking out four over his seven innings. It's strange to say, but the 30-year-old could actually be a decent streaming option next week against the Phillies. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:43 pm
  • Snell tosses five scoreless in win over Yanks
    Blake Snell threw five shutout innings and the Rays blanked the Yankees 2-0 on Thursday.

    Advice: Snell scattered five hits and walked three, using six strikeouts to steer clear of any damage. The 23-year-old rookie has been the picture of inconsistency this year, but at the end of the day he's 6-8 with a 3.65 ERA through 18 starts. That's not too shabby in a tough AL East. Snell has at least one more start left in him before he calls it a year, and he'll take on the White Sox his next time out. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:31 pm
  • Pirates discussing extension with Ivan Nova
    Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the Pirates have made several contract offers to impending free agent Ivan Nova.

    Advice: The 29-year-old hurler has been outstanding since joining the Pirates, compiling a 2.93 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 45/3 K/BB across 55 1/3 innings. Pirates pitching coach Ray Searage has made a living out of reclaiming broken down pitchers, and Nova appears to be his latest success story. Locking him up would appear to be a wise investment. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:12 pm
  • Cueto (groin) could still start on Sunday
    Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Thursday that there is still a chance Johnny Cueto makes his scheduled start against the Padres on Sunday.

    Advice: Cueto will test out his injured groin by playing catch on Friday. If all goes well, he could be cleared to start as anticipated. The Giants obviously won't risk the right-hander's health if he isn't ready though. Expect an update from the team after his throwing session on Friday. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 5:30 pm
  • Jordan Zimmermann set for another sim game
    Jordan Zimmermann is scheduled to throw another simulated game on Monday.

    Advice: Zimmermann hasn't looked sharp in his last two sim games, and he might have to really impress in this one Monday to get an appearance in the final week. The right-hander missed all of July and most of August with a lat injury and he gave up six runs in one official inning September 10 against the Orioles. That was his last outing for Detroit. He's made just one other appearance (August 4) since June 30. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:14 am
  • Luis Perdomo allows three runs in loss
    Luis Perdomo yielded three runs in seven innings Wednesday in a loss to the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Perdomo remains awfully raw, but it's impressive that he's managing to hold his own for the most part. Since mid-June, he has a 4.26 ERA and a 72/26 K/BB ratio over 105 2/3 innings in 17 starts. That's a massive improvement on the 9.50 ERA he had previously. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:47 pm
  • Clay Buchholz pitches Red Sox past Orioles
    Clay Buchholz limited the Orioles to one run and three hits over seven innings Wednesday in Boston's 5-1 victory.

    Advice: The teams face off once more Thursday, but the Red Sox have pretty much wrapped up the AL East by taking the first three games of the series, leaving the Orioles fighting for the wild card. Buchholz's big outing should have the Red Sox weighing putting Drew Pomeranz in the pen for the postseason. It's not necessarily that Buchholz is the better bet starting games in October, but Pomeranz has the potential to be a real difference-maker working in relief. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:11 pm
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  • Ubaldo Jimenez takes tough loss to Boston
    Ubaldo Jimenez was charged with two unearned runs and a loss after working five-plus innings Wednesday against the Red Sox.

    Advice: Jimenez shut the Red Sox out for five innings before walking David Ortiz and giving up a single to Mookie Betts to start the sixth. The Orioles lifted him and what followed was a five-run inning, with all of the runs termed unearned following a Chris Davis error. Jimenez had pitched a total of 23 innings in his previous three starts this month, but the Red Sox made him throw 105 pitches to get his 15 outs. The Orioles still won't find any fault with his performance. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:08 pm
  • Cueto (groin) unlikely to make his next start
    Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Wednesday that Johnny Cueto (groin) will likely be unable to make his scheduled Sunday start against the Padres.

    Advice: Cueto was lifted from Tuesday's game against the Dodgers in the bottom of the sixth inning after suffering a Grade 1 left groin strain, which is an injury that typically requires 1-3 weeks of rest and rehab. Bochy is making plans for another (yet to be named) pitcher to start in Cueto's place on Sunday. Jake Peavy, Ty Blach, and Matt Cain are among the candidates who could take the mound for that one. It's possible Cueto will be able to return to the Giants' rotation early next week, but it's not something to bank on. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 5:28 pm
  • Cueto will undergo MRI on groin Wednesday
    Johnny Cueto (groin) will undergo an MRI on Wednesday.

    Advice: Cueto departed Tuesday's start against the Dodgers in the sixth inning with a left groin strain. He initially stayed in but then pulled himself after throwing a couple balls to walk Andrew Toles. Giants beat writers indicated that Cueto seemed upbeat in the clubhouse after the game, but we'll just have to see what the MRI says before we know whether it's possible he can make his next start Sunday in San Diego. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 11:29 pm
  • Johnny Cueto diagnosed with left groin strain
    Johnny Cueto has been diagnosed with a left groin strain.

    Advice: The grade of strain is unknown, but even minor groin strains usually require at least two weeks of rest and rehab for starting pitchers. Cueto suffered the potentially-season-ending injury in the sixth inning of his start Tuesday night against the rival Dodgers, after throwing 5 1/3 shutout innings. He has a 2.79 ERA and 1.08 WHIP in 212 2/3 total innings this year. There should be more information on Cueto's status coming Wednesday and Thursday. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:55 pm
  • Cueto removed from start vs. LAD with injury
    Johnny Cueto was pulled from his start Tuesday against the Dodgers with an apparent groin injury.

    Advice: Cueto grabbed at his groin after a pitch to Andrew Toles in the bottom of the sixth inning and a trainer came out to visit. Cueto stayed in the game after three practice pitches, but he never looked quite right and manager Bruce Bochy called for the hook after a wild pitch in the dirt gave Toles a one-out walk. This could be another massive blow for the Giants, who lost Brandon Crawford to a dislocated left pinkie in the second inning of Tuesday's game. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:22 pm
  • Zimmermann did not look sharp in sim game
    Tigers manager Brad Ausmus offered an underwhelming review of Jordan Zimmermann's simulated game Tuesday afternoon at Target Field.

    Advice: "About the same as the other day," said Ausmus. "He feels fine, he feels healthy, he just feels inconsistent with his mechanics. I think he’s a little frustrated that he can’t get his mechanics working more consistently." Zimmermann allowed six runs in one official inning of work September 10 against the Orioles after missing all of July and most of August with a lat injury. It doesn't sound like he'll be cleared to rejoin the Tigers' rotation anytime soon. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:09 pm
  • Jordan Zimmermann throws sim. game
    Jordan Zimmermann threw a successful 68-pitch simulated game on Tuesday afternoon.

    Advice: He retired the final six batters he faced, three via strikeout. Zimmermann was lit up for six runs in one official inning of work September 10 against the Orioles and hasn't appeared in a live game since. It's not clear what the plan is next, though there is some chatter about him making a start this weekend against the Royals. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:17 pm
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