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  • Joe Ross goes four strong against D'backs
    Joe Ross pitched four innings of one-run ball Thursday as the Nationals beat the Diamondbacks 5-3.

    Advice: Ross struck out five in the 90-pitch outing and was impressive enough to seemingly clinch his spot in the postseason rotation. He finishes the regular season with a 7-5 record and a nice 3.43 ERA in 19 starts. Rotoworld.com 59 minutes ago
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  • Phil Klein to make spot start Saturday
    Phil Klein will start on Saturday against the Mets.

    Advice: Jake Thompson has been shut down, so the Phillies needed a spot starter in what will be a bullpen game versus the Mets. Klein threw five innings in a spot start last month but hasn't gone more than 1 1/3 frames in September, so he won't be in long Saturday. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:35 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:12 pm
  • Eflin to undergo left knee surgery
    Zach Eflin is scheduled to undergo left knee surgery within the next few days.

    Advice: Eflin's season ended seven weeks ago after he was diagnosed with patellar tendinopathy in both of his knees and a stress fracture in his right foot. He had his right knee surgically repaired on August 19, and now doctors will take care of the other knee. Eflin is aiming to be fully recovered by the start of spring training in February. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:02 am
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:31 pm
  • Sonny Gray goes one inning in return
    In his return from the disabled list, Sonny Gray pitched a scoreless inning Wednesday against the Angels.

    Advice: That's all that was expected of him tonight. Gray didn't have any problems afterwards, which has to make him feel a little better going into the offseason. Still, his trade value is way down from where it was a year ago. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:28 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 Yesterday, 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 Yesterday, 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 Yesterday, 11:12 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 Yesterday, 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 Yesterday, 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 Yesterday, 10:35 pm
  • 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 Yesterday, 10:33 pm
  • McAllister tosses two scoreless frames Wed
    Zach McAllister tossed two scoreless innings in a rainy start versus the Tigers on Wednesday.

    Advice: He gave up one hit, walked one and struck out one in the brief outing. The game was interrupted by rain multiple times and ended up being called after five frames. The Indians' starting rotation has been wracked by injuries of late, so McAllister was called upon to fill in a day after the Tribe clinched their division. He has been effective out of the bullpen this year. He has a 3.44 ERA with 54 strikeouts in 52 1/3 innings. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:50 pm
  • Anderson yields four runs in five innings Wed
    Chase Anderson allowed four runs -- three earned -- in five innings but escaped with a no-decision although his team lost to the Rangers on Wednesday.

    Advice: He gave up eight hits and two walks while fanning only two batters on the evening. He got off to a rough start as he gave up three runs in the first inning before settling down to give up just one more run over the next four frames. Anderson finishes his season with a 9-11 record after 30 starts. He has a 4.39 ERA with 120 strikeouts in 151 2/3 innings. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:17 pm
  • A's activate Sonny Gray for Wednesday start
    Athletics activated RHP Sonny Gray from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Gray will start for the Athletics on Wednesday night against the Angels, though the outing is only expected to last an inning or two. He had been sidelined since early August with inflammation in his right forearm. This is simply about establishing his return to full health heading into the offseason (and then of course 2017). Gray will be eligible for salary arbitration for the first time in his career over the winter. He's sitting on a disappointing 5.74 ERA through 116 innings. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:01 am
  • 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
  • Sonny Gray (forearm) to start on Wednesday
    Sonny Gray (forearm) will start on Wednesday against the Angels.

    Advice: Gray has been on the shelf since early August with inflammation in his right forearm, but he's been throwing off a mound for a couple weeks and is ready to test things out in a game. He's expected to go only 1-2 innings in the outing and can be safely avoided in fantasy leagues for the final week. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 11:06 am
  • Gray (forearm) likely to start this week
    Sonny Gray (forearm) said he "threw everything I had and wasn’t holding back" in a 48-pitch live batting practice session Saturday.

    Advice: A's manager Bob Melvin said of Gray that the "fit him in somewhere" this week provided that he feels fine Sunday. The skipped indicated that an appearance from Gray in the final week would be as a starter. Gray holds a 5.74 ERA in 116 innings this season and should be avoided in fantasy leagues this week, but it looks like the righty will be able to go into the winter feeling positive about his health. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 9:56 am
  • Ross gets through 2 2/3 innings vs. Pirates
    Joe Ross allowed a run on five hits over 2 2/3 innings Saturday against the Pirates.

    Advice: Still limited as he works his way back from a shoulder injury, Ross threw 63 pitches to get eight outs before exiting. The Nats are far less concerned with the result -- they won, anyway -- than with getting the 23-year-old's stamina built up ahead of the postseason, so they'll surely take the subpar outings as long as Ross gets out of them healthy. He's got a 3.48 ERA in 18 starts overall this season. Ross's final tuneup will come Thursday against the Diamondbacks. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:47 pm
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  • Sonny Gray (forearm) to face live hitters
    Sonny Gray (forearm) is scheduled to throw a live batting practice session on Saturday.

    Advice: The right-hander has been sidelined since early August due to inflammation in his right forearm, but has yet to give up hope on a return this season. He could make a start in the final week of the season, though he's probably best avoided for fantasy purposes. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:59 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. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:07 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Chase Anderson locks down Pirates into sixth
    Chase Anderson held the Pirates in check in Thursday's win, yielding one run on four hits over 5 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Anderson struck out six and walked one on the evening. He kept the scoreboard clean outside of a Francisco Cervelli solo home run in the fifth inning. For the season, the 28-year-old right-hander has pitched to a 4.36 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 113/51 K/BB ratio over 146 2/3 innings. His 2016 schedule will finish out with a road date with the Rangers next Wednesday. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:05 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
  • 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
  • Smith yields on run in three innings in start
    Josh Smith allowed a run over three innings of work in a spot start Tuesday against the Cubs.

    Advice: In a bit of a cruel twist, it was Smith, who was actually pretty good, that ended up taking the loss. Meaningless statistics aside, the 29-year-old gave up three hits and walked two in his first start of the year. Smith should go back to being a reliever moving forward. He'll take take a 4.86 ERA with him to the bullpen. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:31 pm
  • Gray (forearm) throws 48-pitch 'pen session
    Sonny Gray (forearm) threw a 48-pitch bullpen session on Tuesday afternoon.

    Advice: Gray is now scheduled to face live hitters over the weekend. He could make a start for the A's in the final week of the regular season, but the right-hander will be on a pitch count in that one and not worth using in a down-to-the-wire fantasy league. Gray, out since early August with forearm inflammation, holds an ugly 5.74 ERA in 116 innings this year. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 4:23 pm
  • Sonny Gray (forearm) set for bullpen Tue.
    Sonny Gray (forearm) is scheduled to throw 30 pitches in his bullpen session on Tuesday.

    Advice: The Athletics haven't officially ruled him out for the year, but he won't be worth adding in fantasy leagues even if he manages to return. Gray has been out since early August with a muscle strain and inflammation in his forearm. Rotoworld.com Monday, 3:42 pm
  • Josh Smith to start for Reds on Wednesday
    Josh Smith will start for the Reds on Wednesday night against the Cubs.

    Advice: It will be his first start this season at the major league level. Smith, 29, holds a 5.72 ERA and 1.62 WHIP in 83 1/3 career MLB innings and should go on being ignored in fantasy leagues for what is likely to be a one-off rotation turn. He's been working in a mop-up role for most of the year. Rotoworld.com Sep 19, 12:45 pm
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