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  • Ty Blach to start for Giants on Saturday
    Ty Blach will make another start for the Giants on Saturday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: The club had planned to start Albert Suarez in this spot, but due to the Dodgers struggles against left-handed pitching, Blach makes more sense. He may be on a short leash though, so he's best avoided for fantasy purposes. Today, 5:47 am
    1:05 pm vs LAD
  • Brad Peacock loses to Angels
    Brad Peacock surrendered seven runs -- five earned -- in 4 2/3 innings Friday in a loss to the Angels.

    Advice: Peacock had a nice outing against the Angels five days ago, but the rematch turned ugly, erasing a lot of the good he did in his first four starts after joining the Astros rotation this month (2.25 ERA in 20 IP). He'll make next to nothing next year, so the Astros will probably keep him around as an option for the fifth spot in their rotation. Still, they do have greater talents to pick from. Yesterday, 10:13 pm
  • Edwin Jackson gives up five runs in loss
    Edwin Jackson was tagged for five runs in six innings Friday in a loss to the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Jackson turned in some nice outings for the Padres, but the end result was still a 5.89 ERA in 13 starts. He'll have to settle for a minor league contract as a free agent this winter. Yesterday, 10:01 pm
  • Merritt notches first major league victory
    Ryan Merritt notched his first major league win on Friday after tossing five innings of one-run ball against the Royals.

    Advice: Expectations were low for the assignment, as Merritt was simply filling in with Corey Kluber sidelined, but he was brilliant in his first major league start. The former 16th round pick held the Royals to just three hits while walking none and striking out four. He kept them off the board after an RBI single from Eric Hosmer in the first inning and retired the final 13 batters he faced. The Indians couldn’t have asked for much better. Yesterday, 9:26 pm
  • Tyrell Jenkins leaves game with arm injury
    Tyrell Jenkins was removed from Friday's game against the Tigers with what has been diagnosed as ulnar neuritis in his right arm.

    Advice: Jenkins will be re-evaluated on Saturday, but it's safe to say that his 2016 season is finished. He finishes his rookie campaign with a 5.88 ERA and 26/33 K/BB ratio over 52 innings of work. Yesterday, 8:51 pm
    4:10 pm vs Det
  • Andriese gives up three runs in loss Friday
    Matt Andriese struggled in Friday's loss to the Rangers, allowing three runs on seven hits over 5 1/3 innings.

    Advice: On the plus side for fantasy owners, Andriese did punch out six on the evening while walking one. Most of the damage against him came via the long ball, with Rougned Odor and Carlos Beltran each blasting solo home runs. He finishes an inconsistent 2016 campaign with a 4.37 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 109/25 K/BB ratio across 127 2/3 frames. Yesterday, 8:26 pm
  • Suter gives up four runs in spot-start
    Brent Suter gave up four runs over five innings in a loss to the Rockies on Friday.

    Advice: Tough assignment for a spot-start. Suter, who was filling in for the injured Taylor Jungmann, gave up 10 hits, including a two-run homer to Nolan Arenado. The 27-year-old has posted a 3.32 ERA and 15/5 K/BB ratio over 21 2/3 innings since his call-up in late August. Yesterday, 8:14 pm
  • Jake Buchanan fires five scoreless in victory
    Jake Buchanan earned his first victory of the season on Friday, firing five scoreless innings in a spot start against the Reds.

    Advice: Pressed into emergency duty for the injured Jason Hammel, Buchanan scattered just two hits and a walk while punching out three in the fine performance. He isn't going to be included on the postseason roster, but it's nice to see the right-hander finish his season on a high note. Yesterday, 7:07 pm
  • Josh Smith pitches well in loss to Cubs
    Josh Smith pitched well in a losing effort against the Cubs on Friday, allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits over five-plus innings of work.

    Advice: Smith struck out one and walked one on the evening. He retired the first 12 batters that he faced in order but started to tire in the fifth inning, where he surrendered a solo homer to Ben Zobrist. He came back out for the sixth but was pulled after loading the bases. The right-hander finishes the 2016 campaign with a 4.68 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and 48/26 K/BB ratio across 59 2/3 innings. Yesterday, 7:01 pm
    1:10 pm vs ChC
  • Luis Severino to start for Yankees Saturday
    Luis Severino will start for the Yankees on Saturday against the Orioles.

    Advice: He's taking the hill in place of Masahiro Tanaka who has been shut down for the year. Severino has appeared in 21 games (10 starts) for the Yankees this season, compiling a 5.75 ERA, 1.43 WHIP and 63/23 K/BB ratio across 67 1/3 innings. He'll look to play spoiler against the division-rival O's on Saturday. Yesterday, 5:38 pm
    1:05 pm vs Bal
  • Jake Buchanan to make spot start Friday
    Jake Buchanan will start on Friday versus the Reds.

    Advice: He's filling in for Jason Hammel, who was scratched due to right elbow tightness. Buchanan has made just one relief appearance for the Cubs this month but held a 4.34 ERA over 24 appearances -- 22 starts -- for Triple-A Iowa. He's not a desirable streaming option. Yesterday, 8:55 am
  • 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. Thursday, 10:07 pm
    6:10 pm vs Oak
  • 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. Thursday, 9:59 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. Thursday, 9:52 pm
    1:15 pm vs Cle
  • 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. Thursday, 8:35 pm
    4:10 pm vs Det
  • Josh Smith to start Friday versus Cubs
    Josh Smith will start for the Reds on Friday against the Cubs.

    Advice: Smith tossed three innings of one-run ball in a spot start versus the Cubs on September 20. The right-hander has been used primarily in relief this year and probably won't go more than four innings on Friday afternoon at Great American Ball Park. He should not be considered a viable fantasy streaming option. Thursday, 12:12 pm
    1:10 pm vs ChC
  • Alex Meyer strikes out five against A's
    Alex Meyer allowed two runs in four innings and struck out five Wednesday in his start against the A's.

    Advice: The Twins were going back and forth on Meyer as a starter or a reliever. The Angels tried him in the rotation this month after getting him in the Hector Santiago deal, and he had a 4.57 ERA and a 24/13 K/BB ratio in 21 2/3 innings over five starts. That should be good enough to keep him in the mix for a rotation spot next spring. The Angels aren't going to be able to be too picky. Wednesday, 11:31 pm
    Player Note
    Alex Meyer LAA - SP,RP
    6:05 pm vs Hou
  • Severino ejected from Monday's game
    Luis Severino was ejected from Monday's game against the Blue Jays in the second inning.

    Advice: Severino grazed Josh Donaldson in the elbow with a pitch in the bottom of the first inning and Blue Jays hurler J.A. Happ answered by hitting Chase Headley with a pitch in the top of the second. Severino responded by hitting Justin Smoak with a pitch in the bottom of the frame, which led to a benches-clearing brawl. Yankees manager Joe Girardi, pitching coach Larry Rothschild, and bench coach Rob Thomson have also been ejected. Monday, 4:49 pm
    1:05 pm vs Bal
  • Severino limited to around 50 pitches Mon.
    Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Luis Severino will be limited to around 50 pitches on Monday.

    Advice: Severino has been pitching out of the bullpen this month, but he's making a spot start in place of Masahiro Tanaka (forearm) for Monday's game with the Blue Jays. Most fantasy owners can skip this matchup. Monday, 2:46 pm
    1:05 pm vs Bal
  • Ty Blach gives up two runs in first MLB start
    Ty Blach struggled in his spot start against the Padres on Sunday, allowing two runs on four hits across three innings.

    Advice: The southpaw also issued three walks while striking out three on the afternoon. Blach gave up an RBI single in the second inning and a solo homer to Adam Rosales in the third. He couldn't have drawn an easier first draw taking on the Padres in San Diego, and the results were disappointing. He'll return to a role in the bullpen over the final week of the regular season. Sunday, 5:38 pm
    1:05 pm vs LAD
  • Peacock yields one run in five innings Sat.
    Brad Peacock held the Angels to one run in five innings, allowing only one hit and two walks while striking out seven batters on Saturday but had to settle for a no-decision.

    Advice: His bullpen got hammered to blow the game in the late innings. The only hit he allowed was an RBI double to Albert Pujols with Mike Trout aboard. He pitched very well but was removed after only 69 pitches. This was just his fifth start and the Astros didn't want to push him too hard. He owns a great 2.67 ERA after 27 innings. He has yet to earn a win or a loss this year. Saturday, 8:17 pm
  • Andriese holds Red Sox to two runs Saturday
    Matt Andriese limited the Red Sox to two runs over six innings in a no-decision Saturday.

    Advice: Andriese put the Rays in a position to win, and he actually left with the lead, but the bullpen wasn't able to seal the deal to get the right-hander his ninth win. Andriese yielded just four hits and a walk while striking out five in his six innings. The 27-year-old has now turned in three straight starts allowing two runs or fewer. He'll take his last turn of the season Thursday against the White Sox. Saturday, 7:24 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. Saturday, 7:02 pm
    6:10 pm vs Oak
  • Ty Blach to make spot start Sunday vs. Padres
    Ty Blach will start Sunday against the Padres.

    Advice: He'll make a spot start to give Johnny Cueto (groin) an extra day of rest. Blach will be making his first career start on Sunday. The left-hander has only allowed one hit over six scoreless innings since his call-up on September 1. Saturday, 4:20 pm
    1:05 pm vs LAD
  • Edwin Jackson earns win over Giants
    Edwin Jackson beat the Giants on Friday after allowing two runs in six innings.

    Advice: The Giants struggled to get to Jackson even though he walked five batters. It was a carbon copy of Jackson's first start for the Padres on July 17, when he allowed two earned runs in 6 1/3 innings in defeating the Giants. He walked five in that one, too. Jackson is 5-5 with a 5.75 ERA in 12 starts for the Padres. Saturday, 12:03 am
  • Meyer gives up four runs in no-decision
    Alex Meyer yielded four runs in 5 1/3 innings Friday in a no-decision against the Astros.

    Advice: Meyer gave up just one run over his first five innings of work, but things fell apart for him in the sixth inning. He gave up an infield single and a pair of walks to load the bases before being pulled. All three baserunners eventually came around to score. The tall right-hander has shown some flashes, but he can’t be trusted in mixed fantasy leagues right now. He’ll finish his season with a start against the Athletics next time out. Friday, 9:07 pm
    Player Note
    Alex Meyer LAA - SP,RP
    6:05 pm vs Hou
  • 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. Friday, 7:22 pm
    1:15 pm vs Cle
  • 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. Thursday, 10:20 pm
  • 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. Thursday, 7:43 pm
    4:10 pm vs Det
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