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  • 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. Rotoworld.com Today, 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. 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
  • 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
  • Oh suffers blown save, gets win against Reds
    Seung Hwan Oh suffered a blown save Thursday, allowing a run on two hits, but ended up getting the win against the Reds.

    Advice: A day after leaving an outing with groin discomfort, Oh was back in there but didn't get the job done, giving up a leadoff double and eventually allowing the run to score on a soft infield hit with two outs. Oh then struck out Adam Duvall to end the frame, his second strikeout in the inning. Blown save aside, the 34-year-old didn't show many ill effects from the groin injury, and while he'll likely be given Friday off, the right-hander should be ready and able to pitch against the Pirates this weekend. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:09 pm
  • Reyes limits Reds to one run over six innings
    Alex Reyes held the Reds to a lone run over six innings of work, striking out six, in a no-decision Thursday.

    Advice: Reyes gave up seven hits -- with only an Adam Duvall double in the second inning going for extra bases -- while walking two in the start. He left in line for the win, but his bullpen let him down before the Cards were able to walk off in controversial fashion in the ninth. In five starts, the 22-year-old has yet to allow more than three runs in an outing, and he's given up one run or fewer in three of the five. In 12 appearances overall, Reyes owns a 1.57 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 52/23 K/BB ratio over 46 innings of work. This may be the last we see of Reyes in 2016, but the kid is just getting started. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:56 pm
  • Gomez melts down in four-run eighth inning
    Jeanmar Gomez fell apart in the eighth inning of Thursday's game against the Braves, allowing four runs and recording just one out in taking the loss.

    Advice: Called on to preserve a 1-1 tie, Gomez instead issued a leadoff walk and, two batters later, gave up an RBI double to give the Braves the lead. The next four batters also reached base -- two on singles, one on a walk and one hit by a pitch -- to mercifully end Gomez' night. The miserable outing was the latest in a frustrating end to a brilliant year for the 28-year-old. Gomez has now allowed runs in six of his last seven appearances, raising his ERA to 4.85 in 68 2/3 innings overall. Even so, his 37 saves this season should earn him a nice raise in his final year of arbitration this winter. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:40 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
  • Vogelsong to start season finale on Sunday
    Ryan Vogelsong will start the Pirates' season finale against the Cardinals on Sunday.

    Advice: The Pirates hadn't officially named a starter for the final game, and it looks like the veteran right-hander will get one more turn. That could be a good development for the Cardinals who are still in the thick of the National League wild card race. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:12 pm
  • A.J. Schugel doesn't need shoulder surgery
    A.J. Schugel (shoulder) has been recommended rest and rehab after receiving a second opinion from Dr. David Altchek.

    Advice: Schugel is merely dealing with inflammation in his right shoulder. He'll be fine for spring training, barring a setback. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:43 pm
    60-Day DL
  • 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 Yesterday, 1:35 pm
  • Pomeranz (forearm) think he'll help as RP
    Drew Pomeranz (forearm) said after a bullpen session Thursday that "I definitely feel like I can maybe help" as a reliever in the playoffs.

    Advice: Pomeranz has dealt with some forearm soreness and the Red Sox are also concerned about his workload. He's not going to start anymore but could be a weapon in relief in October. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:32 pm
    Day-to-Day
  • 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 Yesterday, 12:12 pm
    Player Note
    Josh Smith Cin - SP,RP
  • 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 Wednesday, 11:31 pm
    Player Note
    Alex Meyer LAA - SP,RP
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Craig Kimbrel gives up four runs in loss
    Craig Kimbrel walked three and gave up four runs without retiring a batter Wednesday against the Yankees.

    Advice: No matter how many strikeouts he's recorded, Kimbrel hasn't much moved the dial for the Red Sox in the regular season this year, not with his 3.35 ERA and five losses. Still, the postseason was a huge factor in the team's decision to pay such a high price to get him, and there's still time for Kimbrel to prove his value then. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:29 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 Wednesday, 9:50 pm
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