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For The Last 15 Days
 
David Price, SP, DET9/1/2014 8:42:00 PM
Description: Tigers starter David Price held the Indians to one run on eight hits in seven innings Monday night to earn his 13th win.
Insight: Price gave up eight runs on 12 hits over two innings in his last start, so this was a nice bounce-back effort. The left-hander's 232 strikeouts are the most in baseball.
Trevor Cahill, SP, ARI 9/1/2014 7:29:00 PM
Description: Diamondbacks starter Trevor Cahill has allowed nine earned runs, 11 hits and nine walks in his last 7 1/3 innings.
Insight: Cahill threw five straight quality starts from July 29 to Aug. 20 (2.73 ERA), but he's been terrible the past two starts. He's 3-10 with a 5.06 ERA, a 1.61 WHIP and an 83/46 K/BB in 90 2/3 innings this season.
Tyson Ross, SP, SDPHot9/1/2014 7:25:00 PM
Description: Padres starter Tyson Ross won his 13th game of the season Monday against Arizona.
Insight: Ross struck out eight and allowed one run over six innings. He's allowed two earned runs or less in 13 of the past 14 starts. His 2.60 ERA and 184 Ks both rank fifth in the NL.
Chris Young, SP, SEA9/1/2014 6:50:00 PM
Description: Seattle starter Chris Young has allowed 11 hits, seven walks and eight earned runs in his last 4 1/3 innings.
Insight: Young has had a great comeback season, going 12-7 with a 3.46 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP in 151 innings, but he may be running out of gas. He's also trying to keep his ERA in the threes even though his FIP is 4.74.
Jason Hammel, SP, CHC 9/1/2014 6:39:00 PM
Description: Athletics starter Jason Hammel allowed one run on three hits in eight innings Monday against the Mariners.
Insight: Hammel has given up six hits and two runs in his last 15 innings, but he still has a 4.98 ERA, a 1.48 WHIP, a 32/19 K/BB and a 2.11 HR/9 in 47 innings since he joined Oakland.
Phil Hughes, SP, MINHot9/1/2014 6:04:00 PM
Description: Twins starter Phil Hughes allowed three runs over eight innings Monday at Baltimore, but none were earned.
Insight: Hughes has had the best season of his career, going 15-9 with a 3.54 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP in 180 2/3 innings. His 10.47 K/BB is second best all-time among pitchers with at least 150 innings.
Cole Hamels, SP, PHI9/1/2014 5:11:00 PM
Description: Phillies pitchers Cole Hamels, Jake Diekman, Ken Giles and Jonathan Papelbon combined to throw a no-hitter against the Atlanta Braves Monday afternoon.
Insight: Hamels was removed after throwing 108 pitches over six innings. He struck out seven and walked five before Philadelphia's bullpen combined to strike out five over three perfect innings. After missing the first three weeks with a shoulder injury and recording a 7.02 ERA in his first three starts, Hamels has posted a 2.00 ERA, a 1.07 WHIP and a 151/45 K/BB over his last 152 2/3 innings while allowing three runs or less in 21 of his 22 starts during that span.
Homer Bailey, SP, CIN9/1/2014 4:17:00 PM
Description: Reds starter Homer Bailey (elbow) will not pitch again this season.
Insight: Bailey is dealing with a strained flexor mass tendon in his right forearm and has been out since Aug. 8. He had a PRP injection to help speed the healing process, but it didn't work as hoped. The Reds are out of playoff contention, so there's no reason to bring Bailey back.
Henderson Alvarez, SP, MIA 9/1/2014 4:14:00 PM
Description: Marlins right-hander Henderson Alvarez left Monday's start with a left oblique strain.
Insight: With Jose Fernandez out, Alvarez has stepped up as Miami's top starter this season and kept them in the Wild Card hunt, but this could end his year. He's 10-6 with a 2.88 ERA, a 1.24 WHIP and 98 strikeouts in 159 1/3 innings.
Taijuan Walker, SP, SEA9/1/2014 2:05:00 PM
Description: Mariners right-hander Taijuan Walker has been recalled from Triple-A Tacoma.
Insight: The 21-year-old Walker has a 3.60 ERA, but control issues keep him from being a every fifth day option. He's walked 13 in 15 innings this season. It's unknown how the Mariners will use him the rest of the way.
Justin Masterson, SP, STLCold9/1/2014 1:13:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter Justin Masterson has been sent to the bullpen.
Insight: He looked great on Aug. 13 at Miami (7 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K), but has otherwise been even worse with the Cardinals than he was with the Indians. He's gone 2-3 with a 7.90 ERA and a 1.646 WHIP for St. Louis.
Eric Stults, SP, SDP8/31/2014 10:10:00 PM
Description: Padres starter Eric Stults allowed two runs on five hits in six innings in a loss against the Dodgers on Sunday.
Insight: Stults also struck out four but walked five. In August, Stults pitched pretty effectively, winning three three of his six starts and posting a 2.43 ERA, by far his best month ERA this season.
Hyun-Jin Ryu, SP, LOS8/31/2014 10:04:00 PM
Description: Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu pitched seven strong innings, allowing one run on four hits against the Padres on Sunday.
Insight: It's a great sign considering the Dodgers just activated him from the disabled list Sunday afternoon. Ryu had not pitched since August 13 because of a straind glute. He is 14-6 with a 3.18 ERA and 129 strikeouts in 144 and 1/3 innings this year.
Dallas Keuchel, SP, HOU8/31/2014 9:46:00 PM
Description: Astros starter Dallas Keuchel threw seven innings, allowed two runs on five hits, struck out three and walked two in a no-decision against the Rangers on Saturday.
Insight: So Keuchel was not traded like we thought he might be at the deadline. He is stuck in Houston for now, and he has little fantasy value for now. He has gone at least seven inning in seven of his last eight starts, but he has just one victory.
Kyle Lohse, SP, MILCold8/31/2014 9:39:00 PM
Description: Brewers right-hander Kyle Lohse allowed seven runs on nine hits in a loss against the Giants on Sunday.
Insight: Lohse has alternated good and bad starts the last four times he has been out on the mound. On August 25, he earned his 12th victory this year, allowing one run in six innings, but the start before, he went only three frames and yielded four runs. If he continues the pattern though, he will win his next start.
Alex Cobb, SP, TAMHot8/31/2014 8:53:00 PM
Description: Rays starter Alex Cobb allowed one earned run on seven hits, struck out six and walked one in a loss against the Red Sox on Sunday.
Insight: The loss was Cobb's first since June 23. Cobb is still pitching at an extremely high level despite the loss and his average 9-7 record. He hasn't given up three runs in a start since Independence Day. In July, he went 4-0 with a 2.23 ERA and even though Cobb posted a 2-1 record in August, his ERA in the month was an amazing 1.49. continues his hot streak by extending his scoreless innings streak to 15 1/3 frames. He has also won his last seven decisions and over that span has an ERA of 1.99.
Francisco Liriano, SP, PIT8/31/2014 8:46:00 PM
Description: Pirates starter Francisco Liriano pitched seven innings, allowed two runs and earned a no-decision against the Reds on Sunday.
Insight: Liriano made just one mistake to Chris Heisey, who hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning. Liriano keeps running into tough opposing pitchers as Johnny Cueto threw eight innings to earn the victory. Despite the fact Liriano's ERA is nearly a run higher than last season's, he is pitching better than his record (3-10) indicates.
A.J. Burnett, SP, PHI8/31/2014 8:32:00 PM
Description: Phillies right-hander A.J. Burnett pitched another subpar game, allowing five runs on nine hits in six innings against the Mets on Sunday.
Insight: Burnett did strike out eight and walk only one, but the 37-year-old has won just one of his last nine starts. Since July 28, Burnett is 1-6 with a 6.18 ERA. Don't start him if you can help it.
Dillon Gee, SP, NYM8/31/2014 8:28:00 PM
Description: Mets starter Dillon Gee won his second straight game on Sunday, beating the Phillies, 6-5.
Insight: Gee posted a 0-5 record with a 5.71 ERA in his first seven starts after the All-Star break, but in his last two starts, he has pitched 12 2/3 innings with a 3.55 ERA. Gee is 6-6 with a 3.81 ERA and 1.18 WHIP this year.
Brandon McCarthy, SP, NYYHot8/31/2014 8:19:00 PM
Description: Yankees starter Brandon McCarthy allowed four runs, including three long balls, in a loss against the Blue Jays on Sunday.
Insight: After three great starts, allowing two runs or fewer, McCarthy has posted a 6.69 ERA in his last two starts. He is 8-14 with a 4.19 ERA with Arizona and New York this year.
Nathan Eovaldi, SP, MIA8/31/2014 8:03:00 PM
Description: Marlins starter Nathan Eovaldi allowed one run on nine hits, struck out six and walked one in six and 2/3 innings against the Braves on Sunday.
Insight: Unfortunately, Braves' starter Alex Wood was even better, pitching eight shutout innings, so Eovaldi received the loss. The lone run of the day was Evan Gattis' solo home run in the second inning. Eovaldi is 6-10 with a 4.19 ERA this year.
Alex Wood, SP, ATLHot8/31/2014 7:57:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Alex Wood threw eight shut out innings and was relieved only for a pinch hitter as Atlanta scratched out a 1-0 victory over Miami on Sunday.
Insight: Wood's work finally paid off on Sunday. Wood threw seven quality innings in each of his last two starts but failed to earn a victory. The pitcher also allowed five hits, struck out 12 and no walks. The 23-year-old lowers his ERA to 2.92 and improves his record to 10-10.
Scott Kazmir, SP, OAKCold8/31/2014 7:45:00 PM
Description: Athletics starting pitcher Scott Kazmir gave up six runs, failing to get out of the second inning, on Sunday against the Angels.
Insight: Things just keep getting worse for Kazmir. In his last two starts, both to the Angels, Kazmir has allowed 13 runs in four and 1/3 innings. In three innings last week, he yielded 10 hits while it was four walks that doomed him in one and 1/3 innings on Sunday. Kazmir has still had an good season with a record of 14-7, 3.39 ERA and 1.14 WHIP. Fantasy owners just remember when his ERA was 2.38 in July.
Matt Shoemaker, SP, ANAHot8/31/2014 7:40:00 PM
Description: Angels starter Matt Shoemaker pitched his third straight beautiful start, throwing seven shutout innings, allowing five hits, striking out seven and walking none.
Insight: That makes 21 and 2/3 scoreless innings in Shoemaker's last three starts. He has also given up just eight hits, three walks while striking out 22. This is just what the Angels needed with Garrett Richards out for the season, and it's just what fantasy owners want heading into September.
Travis Wood, SP, CHC8/31/2014 7:15:00 PM
Description: Cubs left-hander Travis Wood struggled against the Cardinals on Sunday, allowing four runs on six hits in four and 2/3 innings. He tossed up two home runs, walked three and struck out two.
Insight: The poor start is a bit disappointing because Wood threw three shutout innings against the Reds in his last appearance. Wood received a no-decision. He is 8-11 with a 4.81 ERA in 161 innings this year.
Rick Porcello, SP, DET8/31/2014 6:50:00 PM
Description: Tigers right-hander Rick Porcello pitched six and 2/3 innings on Sunday and allowed six runs, three earned on 11 hits in a loss to the White Sox.
Insight: Porcello did strike out seven and only walked one, but Detroit just cannot get any consistency from his starting rotation. In the four game series against Chicago, Justin Verlander pitched great on Friday but Max Scherzer and Porcello threw below average starts. The 25-year-old will try to bounce back against red hot San Francisco in his next start.
Jose Quintana, SP, CWSHot8/31/2014 6:30:00 PM
Description: Chicago left-hander Jose Quintana tossed seven innings and allowed two runs on six hits in a victory against the Detroit on Sunday.
Insight: Quintana also struck out three and walked one. It was the longest outing for Quintana since July 23. He is 7-10 with a 3.44 ERA and 1.25 WHIP this year.
Ricky Nolasco, SP, MIN8/31/2014 6:26:00 PM
Description: Twins starter Ricky Nolasco allowed eight runs on 12 hits in five innings against the Orioles on Sunday.
Insight: Nolasco also allowed two home runs, struck out two and walked two. He followed up his masterful start from last week against Kansas City, seven shutout innings, with arguably the worst start of his season. Nolasco cannot be counted on down the stretch.
Johnny Cueto, SP, CINHot8/31/2014 5:57:00 PM
Description: Reds starter Johnny Cueto pitched eight strong innings against the Pirates, allowing two runs to earn his 16th victory.
Insight: Cueto allowed solo home runs to Josh Harrison and Jordy Mercer in the first and second inning, respective. Those were the only runs Pittsburgh scored. Cueto also struck out six and walked one. He is 16-8 with a 2.26 ERA, 0.97 WHIP in 207 innings this year.
J.A. Happ, SP, TOR8/31/2014 5:21:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ went seven strong innings on Sunday against the Yankees, allowing three runs, striking out six and walking none.
Insight: The victory is Happ's first since July 22. He is 9-8 with a 4.37 ERA and 1.40 WHIP this year.
Clay Buchholz, SP, BOSHot8/31/2014 5:09:00 PM
Description: Boston starter Clay Buchholz pitched a complete game shutout, allowing three hits, striking out six and walking none as the Red Sox beat the Rays, 3-0, on Sunday.
Insight: Buchholz may be coming off the best two starts of his season. He threw eight and 1/3 innings against Toronto last week and allowed three runs on four hits in a no-decision. Buchholz out did himself, completing the shutout for his sixth victory on Sunday. He is 6-8 with a 5.40 ERA and 1.42 WHIP this year.
Hyun-Jin Ryu, SP, LOS8/31/2014 3:37:00 PM
Description: Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu (glute) has been activated and return to Dodgers starting rotation on Sunday.
Insight: Ryu has been out since Aug. 13 due to a strained glute but made it through a simulated game on Wednesday without issue. He has a 13-6 record, 3.28 ERA, 1.19 WHIP in 137 1/3 innings this year.
Jarred Cosart, SP, MIAHot8/31/2014 9:08:00 AM
Description: Marlins starter Jarred Cosart went seven inning without yielding a run to lower his ERA to 3.80.
Insight: In case you have not been paying attention, Cosart has pitched well this season for two mediocre clubs (Houston and Miami) and last night earned his 12th win of the season. He's 3-1 with a 1.64 ERA and 1.030 WHIP after the trade to the Marlins.
Jerome Williams, SP, ANAHot8/31/2014 9:05:00 AM
Description: Phillies starter Jerome Williams raised his record to 3-0 with his new club after Saturday night's 7-2 win over the Mets.
Insight: Williams has a 2.03 ERA and 1.013 WHIP and is worthy of a shot from fantasy in his next outing. He's gone six or more innings in three of four starts as a National Leaguer and has yet to have a bad outing,
Zack Greinke, SP, LOS8/31/2014 8:58:00 AM
Description: Another solid outing from Dodgers right-hander Zack Greinke who went eight innings yielding just four hits and one earned run.
Insight: Greinke earned a no-decision because the Dodgers' bats were equally inept against Padres starter Ian Kennedy.
Jake Peavy, SP, BOS8/31/2014 8:55:00 AM
Description: Giants starter Jake Peavy out-dueled young Mike Fiers going 7 2/3 IP and yielding just one hit and no runs as San Francisco edged Milwaukee 3-1.
Insight: Peavy does not have good season-long number, posting a 4-13 record with a 4.15 ERA even after this masterful outing, but he is 3-4 with a 2.66 ERA for the Giants.
Scott Feldman, SP, HOU8/31/2014 8:52:00 AM
Description: Astros right-hander Scott Feldman went the distance Saturday, giving up zero runs on three hits for his eighth win of the season.
Insight: He's simply too inconsistent for most fantasy owners, but if you only start him in front of a home crowd you will probably get a useful start out of him. He's 6-5 with a 3.91 ERA and 1.217 WHIP in 14 home starts including yesterday's complete game shutout.
Jeff Samardzija, SP, CHC8/31/2014 8:48:00 AM
Description: Athletics starter Jeff Samardzija was good, allowing just four hits and one earned run against the Angels Saturday night, but eight Los Angeles pitchers were better and the A's right-hander took a tough loss.
Insight: Samardzija had gone 4-4 with a 3.57 ERA, a 0.965 WHIP and a 62/10 K/BB over 75 2/3 innings after the trade.
Stephen Strasburg, SP, WAS8/31/2014 8:43:00 AM
Description: A rare good start away from Nationals Park for starter Stephen Strasburg who allowed just six hits and one earned run Saturday night in Seattle.
Insight: Even after the contest his splits are extreme. He's an 8-2 pitcher with a 2.66 ERA at home and 3-8 with a 4.45 ERA on the road. Start him at home only.
Jimmy Nelson, SP, MIL8/30/2014 5:37:00 PM
Description: Brewers right-hander Jimmy Nelson was sen to the Florida State league.
Insight: It's just a temporary thing, he'll be back up Sept 1. The young right-hander is 2-5 with a 4.10 ERA and a high 1.35 WHIP in nine starts.
Derek Holland, SP, TEX8/30/2014 4:47:00 PM
Description: The Rangers have activated pitcher Derek Holland from the 60-day disabled list.
Insight: Holland has missed the first five months of the season after undergoing knee sugery. He will return to the starting rotation on Tuesday against the Royals, but he did not pitch well in his rehab assignment, so we wouldn't insert him in your rotation right away.
Max Scherzer, SP, DET8/30/2014 4:38:00 PM
Description: Tigers ace Max Scherzer hit a speed bump in his otherwise great season, giving up five earned runs in six and 2/3 innings in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday against the White Sox. He did, however, strikeout 11 and walk none.
Insight: Scherzer allowed two home runs, one to Adam Dunn and another to Tyler Flowers. Scherzer is now 15-5 with a 3.26 ERA and 1.15 WHIP.
Chris Sale, SP, CWSHot8/30/2014 4:32:00 PM
Description: White Sox left-hander Chris Sale allowed three runs over seven innings, struck out 13 and walked two in the first game of the doubleheader on Saturday against the Tigers.
Insight: Sale gave up two home runs in the first inning, but that was it. The 13 strikeouts were a season-high. Sale has pitched well over his last four starts, going 1-1 with a 2.00 ERA.
Michael Pineda, SP, NYY8/30/2014 3:55:00 PM
Description: Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda allowed just a two-run home run in the top of the first against the Blue Jays and received the loss on Saturday.
Insight: Pineda went on to pitch six innings, strike out three and walk none. Jose Bautista hit the two-run homer. Pineda has posted a 2.31 ERA and 15/1 K/BB ratio in four starts since returning from the disabled list.
Drew Hutchison, SP, TOR8/30/2014 3:50:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays right-hander Drew Hutchison threw seven shutout innings, allowing just one hit, striking out nine and walking two against the Yankees on Saturday.
Insight: The victory was Hutchison's first since August 6, but he did pitch well in his last start, earning a no-decision. In his last 13 innings, the 24-year-old has allowed just one run, struck out 16 and walked four.
Jered Weaver, SP, ANA8/30/2014 11:36:00 AM
Description: Angels starter Jered Weaver pitched seven scoreless innings against the A's Friday, allowing three hits, striking out three and walking three, as the Angels won, 4-0.
Insight: Weaver outdueled Jon Lester, who pitched six innings and allowed two earned runs. Believe it or not, this is Weaver's first start this year in which he did not yield a run. Better late than never. He is 15-7 with a 3.57 ERA and 1.22 WHIP.
Andrew Cashner, SP, SDP8/30/2014 9:57:00 AM
Description: Padres starter Andrew Cashner took a no-decision on Friday against the Dodgers in his second start since being activated from the disabled list.
Insight: Cashner looked much stronger in this second start than in his first off the DL. He went six innings, yielded one run on six hits, struck out eight and walked none. In 87 and 1/3 innings this year, Cashner has a 2.37 ERA and 1.21 WHIP.
Justin Verlander, SP, DET8/30/2014 9:16:00 AM
Description: Tigers starter Justin Verlander allowed one run on nine hits over seven innings in a victory on Friday over the White Sox.
Insight: This is quite promising as Verlander looked like his old self on Friday. The only run he yielded was on an Adam Dunn sacrifice fly in the first inning. Overall, Verlander has still been very disappointing this year (12-11, 4.68 ERA, 1.45 WHIP), but he proved Friday he still has the potential to be dominant in any start.
Jacob deGrom, SP, NYM8/29/2014 10:16:00 PM
Description: Mets rookie right-hander Jacob deGrom threw seven innings and allowed one unearned run on four hits, earning the victory over the Phillies on Friday.
Insight: DeGrom bounced back Friday from a bad start in which he gave up five runs in six innings on August 23. The rookie is 7-6 with a 2.94 ERA in 113 and 1/3 innings pitched this year.
Miguel Gonzalez, SP, BALHot8/29/2014 10:05:00 PM
Description: Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez pitched seven innings, allowing one run on four hits to earn a victory on Friday against the Twins. Gonzalez also struck out six and walked one.
Insight: Gonzalez has nearly dropped his ERA a whole point since the beginning of July. Over his last eight starts, he is 3-2 with a 2.33 ERA. This season he is 7-7 with a 3.61 ERA and 1.35 WHIP.
Mike Leake, SP, CIN8/29/2014 9:45:00 PM
Description: Reds starter Mike Leake tossed seven scoreless innings on Friday only to see reliever Jonathon Broxton cough up the lead in the eighth.
Insight: Leake is 10-11 with a 3.38 ERA and has not allowed a run in his last 13 and 2/3 innings pitched.
Edinson Volquez, SP, PITHot8/29/2014 9:41:00 PM
Description: Pirates starter Edinson Volquez pitched seven and 2/3 innings on Friday, allowing one run on three hits, striking out six and walking three. Volquez earned a no-decision.
Insight: Volquez pitched six hitless innings to start Friday. He did not get the win because Pittsburgh scored its two runs in the bottom of the eighth, but the 31-year-old continues to pitch well. Volquez is 7-1 with a 2.18 ERA in his last 12 starts.
Chris Young, SP, SEA8/29/2014 9:11:00 PM
Description: Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon announced Friday that Chris Young will have his next start moved back from Saturday to Monday according to Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times.
Insight: McClendon apparently wants Young to have a few extra days rest before his next start. Young has had a tremdenous year but struggled in his last start allowing three runs in three and 2/3 innings. Roenis Elias will start in Young's place on Saturday. Young is 12-6 with a 3.17 ERA this year.
Matt Garza, SP, MIL8/29/2014 9:05:00 PM
Description: Brewers right-hander Matt Garza (oblique) threw a successful simulated game on Friday, using all of his pitches effectively according to Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Insight: The Brewers have hoped all along that Garza could rejoin the pitching rotation without needing a minor league rehab assignment, and this is certainly a good sign. With Mike Fiers pitching very well, it's anticipated that Garza's return will bump Jimmy Nelson to the bullpen.
Hyun-Jin Ryu, SP, LOS8/29/2014 8:20:00 PM
Description: Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu (glute) plans to rejoin the Dodgers starting rotation on Sunday.
Insight: Ryu has been out since Aug. 13 due to a strained glute but made it through a simulated game on Wednesday without issue. He has a 13-6 record, 3.28 ERA, 1.19 WHIP in 137 1/3 innings this year.
Yusmeiro Petit, SP, SFGHot8/29/2014 8:06:00 PM
Description: Giants right-hander Yusmeiro Petit will make another start for the Giants on Tuesday against the Rockies.
Insight: Giants manager Bruce Bochy will more than likely ride out Petit's hot streak by keeping him in the starting rotation. If he pitches well in the hitter-friendly Coors Field, then we expect him to keep Tim Lincecum's spot in the rotation for the rest of the season.
Masahiro Tanaka, SP, NYY8/29/2014 5:00:00 PM
Description: Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) has been shut down from throwing due to "general soreness" in his pitching arm.
Insight: Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reports there is no scheduled doctor appointment, so it appears to be a minor setback. Tanaka has said the pain is more in his forearm than in his elbow. It is looking less and less likely that Tanaka will make a fantasy impact again this season.
Yusmeiro Petit, SP, SFGHot8/29/2014 11:53:00 AM
Description: Giants right-hander Yusmeiro Petit started on Thursday in place of Tim Lincecum and went six innings yielding four hits and one run with nine strikeouts.
Insight: Giants manager Bruce Bochy has said he will get another start. He's worth adding based on his first performance.
Mike Minor, SP, ATL8/28/2014 9:43:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Mike Minor pitched seven innings, giving up one run, striking out five and walking four to beat the Mets on Thursday.
Insight: It was the third straight quality start for Minor, who pitched very poorly towards the end of July and beginning of August. In his last three starts, Minor is 2-0 with a 1.66 ERA.
Bartolo Colon, SP, NYM8/28/2014 7:45:00 PM
Description: Mets general manager Sandy Alderson indicated Thursday that Bartolo Colon is probably not going to be traded this month according to ESPN's Adam Rubin.
Insight: Can't say this is surprising as the three clubs that were rumored to be interested in Colon (Angels, Dodgers, Royals) all downplayed their interest. Colon would have to be traded by Sunday to be eligible for a playoff roster.
Yusmeiro Petit, SP, SFG8/28/2014 6:40:00 PM
Description: Giants right-hander Yusmeiro Petit started on Thursday in place of Tim Lincecum. Petit came into the game having retired his last 38 batters over the course of seven relief appearances. Petit retired the first eight batters to set a new major league record of 46 straight hitters retired. who has thrown 12 1/3 perfect innings in a row while striking out 16 batters in that span, will replace Tim Lincecum in the rotation.
Insight: Petit went on to pitch six innings and gave up one run in the Giants victory. Despite breaking the record, Petit is not guaranteed to start again, so his fantasy value remains limited. We expect that he will get at least one more chance to start, but check back in the next few days to make sure.
Jake Arrieta, SP, CHC8/28/2014 4:30:00 PM
Description: Cubs starter Jake Arrieta wasn't at his best Thursday, yielding six runs to the Reds in four innings.
Insight: Arrieta has pitched very well this season and even after this poor outing still owns a 2.88 ERA. He's yielded four earned runs or more in just three of 21 starts this season, so ignore this start until it becomes a trend.
Mat Latos, SP, CIN 8/27/2014 10:36:00 PM
Description: Reds starter Mat Latos struck out a season-high 10 batters in Wednesday's win against the Cubs.
Insight: Latos allowed four runs on seven hits (two HR) in seven innings. The right-hander's K/9 this season is just 6.60 even after Wednesday's game.
Julio Teheran, SP, ATLHot8/27/2014 10:03:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Julio Teheran has allowed three runs on 11 hits over 18 1/3 innings his last three starts, winning all three.
Insight: Teheran allowed 11 runs on 18 hits in 13 1/3 innings his first two starts this month. The right-hander gave up one run on three hits over 6 1/3 innings Wednesday in a win over the Mets. He's 13-9 with a 2.90 ERA, a 1.07 WHIP and 160 strikeouts in 189 innings this season.
Drew Smyly, SP, TAMHot8/27/2014 9:57:00 PM
Description: Rays starter Drew Smyly held the Orioles to one run on two hits over seven innings Wednesday night.
Insight: Smyly has gone 3-1 with a 1.50 ERA, a 0.69 WHIP and 29 Ks in 36 innings since the Tigers traded him to the Rays for David Price on July 31.
David Price, SP, DET 8/27/2014 9:23:00 PM
Description: Tigers starter David Price didn't make it out of the third inning Wednesday against the Yankees.
Insight: Price allowed four men to reach base in the first two innings but escaped without giving up a run. Everything unraveled in the third, as Price allowed nine consecutive hits to start the inning before getting removed. He ended up allowing 12 hits and eight runs.
Homer Bailey, SP, CIN8/27/2014 7:58:00 PM
Description: Reds starter Homer Bailey's return this season is in doubt after his MRI results Wednesday did not give him the green light to resume throwing, according to mlb.com.
Insight: Bailey is dealing with a strained flexor mass tendon in his right forearm and has been out since Aug. 8. He had a PRP injection to help speed the healing process, but it hasn't worked as hoped.
Michael Wacha, SP, STL8/27/2014 4:49:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter Michael Wacha (shoulder) will make his first rehab start Sunday at Double-A Springfield according to CBS Sports' Brian Stull.
Insight: Wacha threw a successful simulated game on Wednesday and is ready for live action. The 23-year-old could be back in the St. Louis rotation by the middle of September. Wacha has been out with a stress reaction in his throwing shoulder since June 22.
Jeff Locke, SP, PIT8/27/2014 4:19:00 PM
Description: Pirates left-hander Jeff Locke won his second straight game, pitching into the eighth inning, allowing just one run on six hits, striking out three and walking two as the Pirates beat the Cardinals, 3-1.
Insight: The outing (7 1/3 IP) was Locke's longest since July 6. The only run Locke allowed was a solo home run to Matt Holliday in the third inning. Over his last five starts, the 26-year-old is 4-0 with a 2.90 ERA.
Adam Wainwright, SP, STLCold8/27/2014 4:15:00 PM
Description: Cardinals right-hander Adam Wainwright lost to the Pirates on Wednesday, 3-1, and admitted afterwards he has been suffering from a 'dead arm' according to St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Derrick Goold.
Insight: With the loss, Wainwright finished August 2-4 with a 5.17 ERA. Over those six starts, his season ERA has gone up from 1.92 to 2.59. The good news is Wainwright believes he is getting over the dead arm and is ready for September. Hopefully, he is ready for your playoff run too.
Matt Shoemaker, SP, ANAHot8/27/2014 3:25:00 PM
Description: Angels starter Matt Shoemaker has given Los Angeles exactly what it needs in the wake of Garrett Richards' season-ending knee injury.
Insight: In his last two starts, Shoemaker has thrown 14 2/3 scoreless innings, struck out 15 and allowed three hits. He's won four straight games and is 13-4 with a 3.33 ERA, a 1.08 WHIP and 108 Ks in 110 2/3 innings this season.
Patrick Corbin, SP, ARI8/27/2014 10:41:00 AM
Description: Arizona manager Kirk Gibson told the Arizona Republic that the organization is going to take a cautious approach with starter Patrick Corbin's return. The 25-year-old may not make his first start next season until June.
Insight: The Diamondbacks have five pitchers, including Corbin, that will return from Tommy John surgery next year, so the club is committed to a slow rehabilitation process for its arms. Corbin had Tommy John surgery on March 25.
Madison Bumgarner, SP, SFGHot8/27/2014 10:29:00 AM
Description: Giants starter Madison Bumgarner pitched a one-hit shutout, striking out 13 and walking none, in the 3-0 victory over the Rockies on Tuesday.
Insight: Bumgarner was nearly perfect as he did not give up the lone hit until Justin Morneau belted a double in the eighth. That was the only Rockies baserunner all night. In Bumgarner's last five starts, the pitcher is 3-1 in 40 innings pitched with a 1.58 ERA, 49 strikeouts, just two walks and has two complete game shutouts. Bumgarner is 13-9 with a 3.14 ERA, a 1.14 WHIP and 167 Ks in 169 innings. He's on pace for a career high in innings and strikeouts.
Anibal Sanchez, SP, DET8/27/2014 10:16:00 AM
Description: According to MLB.com, an ultrasound exam revealed Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez has scar tissue breaking off from his original pectoral strain.
Insight: Sanchez suffered a setback on Monday as he felt pain in his chest when he raised the intensity on his throws. The starter has been out with the strained right pectoral muscle since August 8. The Tigers desperately need him and are hoping he returns some time in September.
Rick Porcello, SP, DETHot8/26/2014 11:02:00 PM
Description: Tigers right-hander Rick Porcello beat the Yankees Tuesday to tie teammate Max Scherzer, Johnny Cueto, Adam Wainwright, Wily Peralta and Clayton Kershaw for the Major League lead with 15 wins.
Insight: Porcello gave up two homers to nemesis Jacoby Ellsbury but they were solo shots and he didn't give up any more runs. The right-hander is 15-8 with a 3.06 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP on the year.
Danny Duffy, SP, KANHot8/26/2014 10:53:00 PM
Description: Royals left-hander Danny Duffy allowed one runon four hits over 6 2/3 innings in a no decision Tuesday against the Twins.
Insight: Duffy is just 8-11 even though he has a 2.47 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP in 134 2/3 innings this season. His ERA is fourth lowest in the AL.
Travis Wood, SP, CHC8/26/2014 10:45:00 PM
Description: Chicago left-hander Travis Wood fired six scoreless innings of two-hit ball Tuesday at Cincinnati to improve to 8-11.
Insight: It was Wood's first win since June 15. He's recorded a 3.07 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP in August but still has a 4.72 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP on the season.
Gerrit Cole, SP, PIT8/26/2014 10:16:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh right-hander Gerrit Cole struck out nine batters and gave up two runs on three hits in six innings Tuesday against St. Louis.
Insight: Cole had a no-hitter through 5 2/3 innings. After making just three starts from May 30 to Aug. 19 due to shoulder fatigue and a strained lat, Cole has allowed four runs on eight hits and struck out 15 in 13 innings since he came off the DL.
Dillon Gee, SP, NYM8/26/2014 9:50:00 PM
Description: Mets starter Dillon Gee won his first game since the All-Star break Tuesday against the Braves.
Insight: Gee came into Tuesday's start having gone 0-5 with a 5.71 ERA in seven starts since the break, but he threw 6 2/3 innings and allowed two runs on six hits.
Hyun-Jin Ryu, SP, LOS8/26/2014 8:37:00 PM
Description: Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu (glute) could rejoin the rotation Sunday against the Padres, according to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times.
Insight: Ryu has been out since Aug. 13 due to a strained glute. He'll throw a simulated game Wednesday.
Yordano Ventura, SP, KAN8/26/2014 5:48:00 PM
Description: Kansas City starter Yordano Ventura has been scratched from his start on Wednesday due to mid-back stiffness, according to Blair Kerkhoff of the KC Star.
Insight: Liam Hendriks will start in his place. The hard-throwing Ventura has had a tremendous rookie season, going 10-9 with a 3.40 ERA, a 1.30 WHIP and 125 Ks in 145 2/3 innings.
Anibal Sanchez, SP, DET8/26/2014 5:24:00 PM
Description: Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez (pectoral) felt pain while throwing Monday, according to Tom Gage of the Detroit News.
Insight: Tigers brass is meeting Tuesday to determine what to do with the right-hander. Sanchez left his start on Aug. 8 with a strained right pectoral muscle.
Clay Buchholz, SP, BOS 8/25/2014 10:50:00 PM
Description: Boston starter Clay Buchholz took a shutout and a 3-0 lead into the ninth inning Monday at Toronto, but he loaded the bases with one out and closer Koji Uehara allowed the Blue Jays to tie the score.
Insight: Buchholz continues to be incredibly inconsistent. He's given up at least six runs three times in his last six starts but allowed three or less and lasted seven or more innings in the other three during that span.
Michael Pineda, SP, NYYHot8/25/2014 10:40:00 PM
Description: Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda was outstanding again Monday at Kansas City and he earned his first win since April 16.
Insight: Pineda held the Royals to one run on five hits and struck out five in 6 1/3 innings. He's given up four runs on 11 hits in 17 1/3 innings since he came off the disabled list and is 3-2 with a 1.95 ERA, a 0.86 WHIP and a 27/4 K/BB in 37 innings this season. The 25-year-old should be added in all leagues.
Francisco Liriano, SP, PIT8/25/2014 10:37:00 PM
Description: Pirates starter Francisco Liriano bounced back from his worst start of the season with six scoreless innings Monday against St. Louis.
Insight: Liriano allowed nine runs (seven earned) on 10 hits in four innings against the Braves in his last start. Even with that start included, the left-hander has recorded a 2.81 ERA, a 1.10 WHIP and 54 strikeouts in his last 48 innings.
John Lackey, SP, STL8/25/2014 10:35:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter John Lackey has a 4.50 ERA in five starts with his new team, but he allowed two earned runs or less in four of them.
Insight: The Orioles tagged him for 13 hits and nine runs in five innings on Aug. 9, but he's otherwise been good. He held the Pirates to one run on seven hits over seven innings Monday at Pittsburgh.
A.J. Burnett, SP, PHI 8/25/2014 10:22:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia right-hander A.J. Burnett struck out a season-high 12 batters and gave up one run on three hits in seven innings Monday against the Nationals.
Insight: Burnett lost his previous six decisions and had a 7.52 ERA in his previous five starts. The right-hander is 7-14 with a 4.30 ERA, a 1.38 WHIP and a 157/77 K/BB in 178 innings this season.
Chris Tillman, SP, BALHot8/25/2014 10:20:00 PM
Description: Orioles starter Chris Tillman has won four games and allowed just five runs in August.
Insight: Tillman allowed one unearned run on three hits in seven innings Monday against the Rays. He was 7-5 with a 3.97 ERA entering the month, but after going 4-0 with a 1.26 ERA and a 0.64 WHIP in his last five starts, he's now 11-5 with a 3.41 ERA.
Jake Odorizzi, SP, TAM 8/25/2014 10:06:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay starter Jake Odorizzi served up four dingers Monday at Baltimore.
Insight: He allowed eight runs on 11 hits in four innings. The right-hander had given up one homer in his previous 22 2/3 innings and 13 homers in 136 1/3 innings this season prior to Monday. Odorizzi has given up 13 home runs and posted a 5.61 ERA on the road this season, compared to a 3.18 ERA and four home runs at home.
Charlie Morton, SP, PITCold8/25/2014 9:33:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh placed starter Charlie Morton (hernia) will begin a rehab assignment Thursday, according to mlb.com.
Insight: Morton will throw five innings or 75 pitches for Double-A Altoona. He went on the disabled list with a sports hernia on Aug. 17.
Derek Holland, SP, TEX8/25/2014 8:51:00 PM
Description: Rangers pitcher Derek Holland (knee) will be activated from the disabled list after his next rehab start Thursday, according to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Insight: He was scratched from his last start Saturday, but he's ready to pitch Thursday. Holland had microfracture knee surgery in January and has missed the entire season. He's recorded a 4.30 ERA and 22 Ks over 14 2/3 innings during his rehab assignment after going 10-9 with a 3.42 ERA, a 1.29 WHIP and 189 Ks in 213 innings last season.
Yusmeiro Petit, SP, SFG8/25/2014 8:47:00 PM
Description: Giants right-hander Yusmeiro Petit, who has thrown 12 1/3 perfect innings in a row while striking out 16 batters in that span, will replace Tim Lincecum in the rotation.
Insight: Petit last started on July 22 and allowed five runs on seven hits in five innings at Philadelphia. He has a 6.32 ERA in six starts and a 1.83 ERA over 27 relief appearances this season, so there's little reason to get excited about him in most leagues.
Tim Lincecum, SP, SFGCold8/25/2014 8:45:00 PM
Description: Giants starter Tim Lincecum has been pulled from the rotation, according to Carl Steward of the Bay Area News Group. Yusmeiro Petit will take his spot for now.
Insight: Lincecum went 4-1 with a 0.95 ERA from June 25 to July 22, but he's posted a 9.49 ERA and a 2.27 WHIP since then. Manager Bruce Bochy indicated he hopes Lincecum can regain his spot, but there's no reason for fantasy owners to hold him.
Felix Hernandez, SP, SEAHot8/25/2014 8:32:00 PM
Description: Mariners starter Felix Hernandez' next start has been pushed back from Wednesday to Friday, according to Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune.
Insight: He'll start against the Nationals instead of the Rangers. The Mariners will likely start either Erasmo Ramirez or Taijuan Walker on Wednesday. Hernandez suffered a hip injury on Aug. 16 when he was hit by a comebacker and he's lasted less than six innings in two straight starts.
Yu Darvish, SP, TEX8/25/2014 5:08:00 PM
Description: Rangers GM Jon Daniels indicated Monday that Yu Darvish (elbow) is unlikely to pitch again this season, according to the Dallas Morning News
Insight: The Rangers are 50-79 and have no reason to take a risk with Darvish, who is signed through 2017. "With everything else we've dealt with and how important he is, we've said once he's completely asymptomatic and the doctor clears him, we'd get another scan and then if everything is clear, we'd get him back pitching," Daniels said. "By the calendar and how close to the end of the season we are, I don't know that it will allow him to pitch again. ... It doesn't seem to make a whole lot of sense to me to take a risk when the MRI clearly shows there is something going on in there."
Drew Pomeranz, SP, OAK8/25/2014 11:59:00 AM
Description: Athletics Drew Pomeranz will get a rare start Wednesday as the team lines up their best starters for the return series with the Angels.
Insight: Pomeranz lost his starting role when the A's went out an picked up a few "aces" in trade, but could be worth a one-time start against the Astros' offense.
Scott Kazmir, SP, OAKCold8/24/2014 9:47:00 PM
Description: Athletics starting pitcher Scott Kazmir had one of his worst starts of the season Sunday against the Angels.
Insight: Kazmir allowed seven runs on 10 hits in three innings. The left-hander has had a rough month, giving up 20 runs on 36 hits with a 16/7 K/BB in 28 2/3 innings (6.28 ERA, 1.50 WHIP).
Ian Kennedy, SP, SDPCold8/24/2014 9:18:00 PM
Description: Padres starter Ian Kennedy has recorded a 4.65 ERA, a 1.60 WHIP and a 41/23 K/BB over 38 2/3 innings since the All-Star break.
Insight: The strikeouts are nice, but the rest isn't. Kennedy allowed 11 baserunners (8 H, 3 BB) and three runs over 5 2/3 innings Sunday at Arizona but still got the win. The right-hander is 10-11 with a 3.75 ERA, a 1.29 WHIP and 174 Ks in 163 innings this season.
Kyle Gibson, SP, MINCold8/24/2014 7:15:00 PM
Description: Twins starter Kyle Gibson allowed five runs on eight hits in 4 2/3 innings Sunday against the Tigers.
Insight: Gibson has thrown at least six innings while allowing one run or less 11 times this season, but he's also given up five runs or more 10 times.
Mike Fiers, SP, MILHot8/24/2014 6:05:00 PM
Description: Brewers right-hander Mike Fiers allowed two runs on two hits and struck out seven over seven innings Sunday against Pittsburgh.
Insight: In four starts since Fiers was summoned from the minors, he's been pretty close to unhittable. The right-hander has gone 4-0 and allowed just 10 hits and four runs while striking out 32 batters in 28 innings.
Stephen Strasburg, SP, WAS8/24/2014 5:44:00 PM
Description: Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg allowed five runs on eight hits in four innings Sunday against San Francisco.
Insight: He's given up seven jacks in his last four starts and 15 in his last 88 innings (1.53 HR/9). Strasburg reached 200 Ks for the first time in his career Sunday and leads the NL with 202, but fantasy owners expected more than 10 wins, a 3.59 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP.
Drew Hutchison, SP, TOR8/24/2014 5:38:00 PM
Description: Toronto right-hander Drew Hutchison gave up one run on six hits and struck out seven in six innings Sunday against Tampa Bay.
Insight: Hutchison has had his moments this season, like holding the Orioles to one run on one hit over 8 2/3 innings on Aug. 6, but he's been far too inconsistent. He allowed 13 runs on 15 hits in 12 2/3 innings in his previous two starts. He's 8-11 with a 4.68 ERA, a 1.31 WHIP and 134 Ks in 150 innings.
Chris Archer, SP, TAMHot8/24/2014 5:33:00 PM
Description: Rays starter Chris Archer has recorded a 1.99 ERA and 39 strikeouts over 31 2/3 innings this month.
Insight: Archer walks a lot of batters (3.43 BB/9), but he has given up just six homers all year and struck out 147 batters in 157 1/3 innings. The right-hander held the Blue Jays to one run on six hits and struck out six over seven innings Sunday.
Trevor Bauer, SP, CLE8/24/2014 5:22:00 PM
Description: Indians starter Trevor Bauer struck out nine batters and gave up four hits over six scoreless innings Sunday against Houston.
Insight: Bauer has alternated quality starts with non-quality starts in his last seven starts. The stretch is a microcosm of his season. He's gone 5-7 with a 4.18 ERA, a 1.39 WHIP and 114 Ks in 118 1/3 innings.
Alfredo Simon, SP, CIN8/24/2014 5:16:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati starter Alfredo Simon won his first game since the All-Star break Sunday against Atlanta.
Insight: He allowed one run on five hits and struck out six in seven innings. Simon was 12-3 with a 2.70 ERA at the break, but he went 0-5 with a 5.40 ERA in his first seven starts of the second half. After Sunday's game, he's 13-8 with a 3.26 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP on the year, but his 4.44 FIP will make him a shaky option down the stretch.
Justin Masterson, SP, STLCold8/24/2014 4:46:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter Justin Masterson has allowed nine runs on 11 hits over eight innings in his last two starts.
Insight: He looked great on Aug. 13 at Miami (7 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K) but has otherwise been even worse with the Cardinals than he was with the Indians. He's gone 2-2 with a 7.43 ERA and a 1.65 WHIP in 23 innings with St. Louis.
Jerome Williams, SP, ANAHot8/24/2014 4:43:00 PM
Description: Phillies starter Jerome Williams threw another strong game Sunday against St. Louis, hurling eight innings and giving up one run of five hits.
Insight: It was Williams' longest outing since May 21 of last season. The 32-year-old has gone 2-0 with a 1.77 ERA in three games since the Phillies picked him up from Texas. He was 2-5 with a 6.71 ERA prior to joining Philadelphia.
Stephen Strasburg, SP, WAS8/24/2014 10:59:00 AM
Description: Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg is just 10-10 overall, but he's a "different" pitcher in front of his home fans and should be started Sunday.
Insight: Strasburg is 8-2 at home with a 2.30 ERA, 1.011 WHIP and 116 Ks in 94 IP. That's 11.1 strikeouts per nine innings. He's also never lost to the Giants in his career, going 3-0 with a 1.80 ERA and 0.960 WHIP in four starts.
Jeremy Guthrie, SP, KAN8/23/2014 11:04:00 PM
Description: Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie pitched eight innings and gave up one run on five hits against the Rangers on saturday.
Insight: Guthire has two straight wins in which the starter has allowed five runs in 15 innings.
Justin Verlander, SP, DET8/23/2014 10:54:00 PM
Description: Tigers starter Justin Verlander made his return to the hill on Saturday. He pitched five and 2/3 innings, allowing four runs on eight hits, struck out six and walked three.
Insight: It's another very average start in a very average season for Justin Verlander. He is obviously a shell of his old self as his ERA this year (4.76) is over a run higher than his career ERA (3.52).
Andrew Cashner, SP, SDP8/23/2014 10:49:00 PM
Description: Padres starter Andrew Cashner pitched five innings, allowing two runs on seven hits, in his return from the disabled list.
Insight: This was Cashner's first start since June 18. He does not have a good record this season at 2-6, but he would be a valuable pickup for a playoff-bound fantasy team if he is available.
Vidal Nuno, SP, ARI8/23/2014 10:45:00 PM
Description: Diamondbacks starter Vidal Nuno allowed two runs on two hits in seven and 1/3 innings against the Padres. He also struck out four and walked two.
Insight: Nuno did not stay in the game long enough to get the victory, but he has allowed two runs in each of his last three starts. Nuno is still searching for his first victory as a Diamondback.
Jon Niese, SP, NYM8/23/2014 9:50:00 PM
Description: Mets starter Jonathon Niese pitched into the seventh and gave up three runs on nine hits, struck out five and walked one in a losing effort on Thursday against the Braves.
Insight: The game got out-of-hand with the Mets bullpen as Atlanta won, 6-1. Niese has lost his last two starts even though he has posted a 3.21 ERA in those two appearances.
Jordan Zimmermann, SP, WASHot8/23/2014 8:34:00 PM
Description: Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann pitched eight solid innings, allowing two runs on seven hits, striking out eight and walking none.
Insight: Zimmermann gave up a first-inning home run to Hunter Pence and that was it. His next seven innings were scoreless as he force Buster Posey to pop out with a man in scoring position in the eighth. Zimmerman has won his last three decisions.
Yu Darvish, SP, TEX8/23/2014 6:35:00 PM
Description: Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish (elbow) has not resumed throwing and will not return from the disabled list on Monday according to Fox Sports Southwest.
Insight: Darvish is eligible to return from the DL on August 25 when Texas begins its 10-game road trip in Seattle, but that will not happen. There is no timetable for his return and with the Rangers out of the race, perhaps he is done for the season.
Tim Lincecum, SP, SFGCold8/23/2014 6:23:00 PM
Description: Giants starter Tim Lincecum continues his cold streak as he exits Saturday's game after just two and 2/3 innings pitch, allowing six runs, four earned on six hits and four walks.
Insight: Lincecum is on the hook for the loss as the Giants trail the Nationals, 6-2, in the bottom of the third inning. The former CY Young award winner has won just once since July 12.
Scott Baker, SP, TEX8/23/2014 5:55:00 PM
Description: Rangers RHP Scott Baker will start on Sunday according to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Insight: Baker told the Rangers he could go 75 pitches. He still a poor fantasy choice with a 5.75 ERA over 61 innings this season.
Bartolo Colon, SP, NYM8/23/2014 5:31:00 PM
Description: The Mets have placed starter Bartolo Colon on revocable waivers according to FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal.
Insight: The latest baseball rumors have Colon returning to the Angels, but in order for that to happen, every team must pass on claiming him. With Garrett Richards out, it is likely some AL team puts in a claim for Colon just to prevent the Angels from getting him. Colon is 11-10 with 3.85 ERA and 125 strikeouts this season. was placed on the bereavement list after his mother's passing and he missed his last start. He shouldn't have to miss another one after Sunday's game.
Jeremy Hellickson, SP, TAMHot8/23/2014 4:47:00 PM
Description: Rays right-hander Jeremy Hellickson has recorded a 2.61, a 1.08 WHIP and a 33/9 K/BB over 38 innings since he returned from elbow surgery.
Insight: Hellickson missed the first three months of the season and he didn't make it out of the fifth inning in his first three starts, but he's looked sharp in his last four. In that span, he's gone 1-1 with a 2.22 ERA and a 0.78 WHIP. He struck out a season-high eight batters and allowed two runs on three hits over 6 1/3 innings Saturday at Toronto.
Hiroki Kuroda, SP, NYY8/23/2014 4:26:00 PM
Description: Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda allowed two runs on five hits and struck out six in six innings Saturday against the White Sox.
Insight: It was the most strikeouts Kuroda has had since July 20. He's fanned just 108 batters in 160 innings this season and is 9-8 with a 3.94 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP.
Dan Haren, SP, LOS8/23/2014 10:36:00 AM
Description: Dodgers starter Dan Haren fired seven innings of one-run ball Friday against the Mets to win his 11th game of the year. He didn't walk a batter, struck out six and allowed three hits.
Insight: Haren has gone 3-1 with a 2.70 ERA over his last four starts after going 0-5 with a 10.03 ERA in his previous five.
Sonny Gray, SP, OAK 8/23/2014 10:33:00 AM
Description: Athletics starter Sonny Gray won his first start since July 26 Friday against the Angels. He went 8 1/3 innings and allowed three runs on six hits.
Insight: Gray went 0-4 with a 4.94 ERA in his first four starts of August after sweeping through July with a 5-0 record and a 1.03 ERA in five starts. The right-hander is up to 171 innings this season, but wearing down shouldn't be a concern. He threw 152 innings in the minors in 2012 and 182 1/3 innings combined between the minors and majors last year.
Josh Collmenter, SP, ARI8/23/2014 10:26:00 AM
Description: Diamondbacks starter Josh Collmenter took a shutout into the ninth inning Friday night against San Diego and allowed one unearned run on four hits in 8 1/3 innings to improve to 9-7.
Insight: Collmenter struck out eight and didn't walk a batter. He had gone 0-2 with an 8.50 ERA and a 1.67 WHIP in his previous four starts and has a 4.05 ERA, a 1.25 WHIP and 97 Ks on the year. He's an NL-only option at best.
Jeff Locke, SP, PIT8/23/2014 9:49:00 AM
Description: Pittsburgh left-hander Jeff Locke worked around six walks to win Friday's game at Milwaukee.
Insight: Locke gave up two runs on two runs and didn't strike out anyone in six innings. Walks were a big problem for Locke in 2013, as he issued 4.55 per nine innings. While he walked just 1.44 per nine in his first 81 innings this season, Locke has issued 12 free passes in his last 16 2/3 innings.
Yordano Ventura, SP, KAN8/23/2014 9:35:00 AM
Description: Kansas City starter Yordano Ventura has walked 18 batters over 38 innings in his last six starts, but he's gone 3-1 with a 2.84 ERA, a 1.24 WHIP and 37 Ks in that span.
Insight: Call it effectively wild. Ventura has been striking out batters at a good rate again after fanning just 35 in 59 innings from May 20 to July 20. He struck out 53 batters in 48 2/3 innings in his first eight starts, so the dropoff was unexpected for the young flamethrower. He's quietly gone 10-9 woth a 3.40 ERA, a 1.30 WHIP and 125 Ks. In a normal season, that would be good for Rookie of the Year, but Jose Abreu has had a rookie season for the ages.
Mat Latos, SP, CINHot8/23/2014 9:14:00 AM
Description: Reds starter Mat Latos gave up one run on nine hits in six innings Friday against Atlanta.
Insight: Latos struck out three batters and has a career-low 6.08 K/9. However, he's managed to record a 2.99 ERA in 84 1/3 innings. Batters are making more contact on Latos' pitches out of the zone, but they aren't doing much damage. He has a 17.2 percent infield fly-ball rate, a 5.1 percent HR/FB and he's allowed just 20 extra-base hits.
Mike Minor, SP, ATL 8/23/2014 9:09:00 AM
Description: Braves starter Mike Minor had a no-hitter through 7 2/3 innings Friday night against the Reds before allowing a hit to Billy Hamilton.
Insight: Hamilton's hit drove in Zack Cozart, who drew a one-out walk, to tie the game at one and Minor was removed after that so he took a no decision. The left-hander has had a miserable season, buthe seems to be moving in the right direction lately. Over his last three starts, he's allowed 13 hits and six runs while striking out 19 in 21 1/3 innings. He had a 7.33 ERA and a 1.89 WHIP in the 54 innings prior to that.
Joe Kelly, SP, BOS8/22/2014 10:23:00 PM
Description: Red Sox starter Joe Kelly threw five scoreless one-hit innings Friday against the Mariners, but he was removed after 88 pitches for precautionary reasons, according to Ian Browne of mlb.com.
Insight: No word yet on what Kelly is dealing with. The right-hander has a 4.09 ERA, a 1.45 WHIP and a 14/16 K/BB in 22 innings with Boston. He's always put a lot of men on base (career 1.39 WHIP), but he's not going to be able to work out of jams as often in the American League.
Carlos Carrasco, SP, CLEHot8/22/2014 10:17:00 PM
Description: Indians starter Carlos Carrasco had his third straight terrific start Friday against Houston. He gave up one run on two hits and struck out eight in six innings.
Insight: Carrasco has allowed just seven hits and one run while posting a 17/2 K/BB over 18 innings in three starts since he joined the rotation. The 27-year-old has great stuff, but he's never been able to put it all together. Right now, he's dominating and needs to be added in most leagues.
Adam Wainwright, SP, STLCold8/22/2014 10:06:00 PM
Description: Cardinals right-hander Adam Wainwright, who started the All-Star game for the NL, has been shaky in the second half.
Insight: Wainwright was 12-4 with a 1.83 ERA, a 0.91 WHIP and a 115/27 K/BB over 138 innings prior to the break, but he's gone 3-4 with a 4.70 ERA, a 1.45 WHIP and a 30/17 K/BB in 44 innings since. He allowed five runs (four earned) on six hits and walked three over six innings Friday at Philadelphia, squandering a 3-0 first-inning lead in the process. He didn't appear confident in his fastball Friday and got just six swings and misses on 105 pitches, well below his season whiff rate.
Drew Smyly, SP, TAMHot8/22/2014 9:56:00 PM
Description: Rays starter Drew Smyly threw a two-hit shutout Friday at Toronto, striking out four and walking none.
Insight: David Price who? Smyly, acquired from Detroit for Price on July 31, has gone 2-1 with a 1.55 ERA, a 0.76 WHIP and a 23/6 K/BB in 29 innings with Tampa Bay.
Jake Arrieta, SP, CHCHot8/22/2014 9:24:00 PM
Description: Cubs starter Jake Arrieta held the Orioles, his former team, to one run on four hits in seven innings Wednesday afternoon.
Insight: The O's likely wish they could have a do-over of the trade that sent Arrieta, a former high-level prospect, to the Cubs for Scott Feldman last season. Feldman is now in Houston and Arrieta is 7-4 with a 2.53 ERA, a 1.01 WHIP and 127 Ks in 124 1/3 innings.
Kyle Lohse, SP, MILCold8/22/2014 9:18:00 PM
Description: Brewers right-hander Kyle Lohse will start Monday at San Diego, according to Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Insight: Lohse sprained his right ankle on Aug. 13 and hasn't started since. The 35-year-old has a 3.49 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP this season, but he's allowed 14 runs (12 earned) on 22 hits (5 HR) and six walks over 13 innings in August.
Anibal Sanchez, SP, DET8/22/2014 9:15:00 PM
Description: Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez (pectoral strain) has resumed throwing, according to Jason Bweck of mlb.com.
Insight: Sanchez left his start on Aug. 8 with a strained right pectoral muscle. He threw from flat ground Friday and will do so again Saturday before moving to bullpen sessions. He'll be out at least until early September.
Carlos Rodon, SP, CWS8/22/2014 3:34:00 PM
Description: Third overall pick Carlos Rodon is very close to becoming a big leaguer according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
Insight: Rodon made his Triple-A debut in Charlotte on Wednesday in front of a sellout crowd. The 21-year-old pitched three innings, allowed one run, struck out three and walked three. The Chicago Sun-Times believes Rodon will be a September call up as the White Sox try to give fans reasons to come out to the park until the end of the season.
Tyson Ross, SP, SDPHot8/22/2014 9:22:00 AM
Description: Padres starter Tyson Ross matched Clayton Kershaw pitcher for pitch through the first seven innings, but gave up two runs in the eighth and ended up with a tough loss.
Insight: Ross (11-12, 2.68 ERA) gave up just four base hits all night, but Justin Turner's home run proved to be the pivotal play. On a team which scored runs, Ross would likely have 15 wins by now, but he's going to be in San Diego for a while and fantasy owners will have to deal with good stat,s but a low win tota,l because of the lack of support.
Matt Shoemaker, SP, ANAHot8/21/2014 10:32:00 PM
Description: With Garrett Richards going down the Angels needed an outing like this from Matt Shoemaker - 7 2/3 IP, one hit and nine strikeouts.
Insight: Shoemaker's record jumps to 12-4 and his ERA falls to 3.56. It's surprising he gets so little publicity and fantasy attention (36 percent ownership in Yahoo) considering he's posted a dozen wins and is striking out almost a batter an inning.
Julio Teheran, SP, ATL8/21/2014 10:22:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Julio Teheran turned it around Thursday night with six shut out innings.
Insight: Nice production after posting a 1-2 record with a 6.05 ERA and 1.50 WHIP in his previous three outings. Just three strikeouts is a bit concerning, but he's nearing his career high for inning pitched in a season and may be getting tired.
Gio Gonzalez, SP, WAS8/21/2014 10:15:00 PM
Description: Will the real Gio Gonzalez please stand up?
Insight: Gonzalez pitched seven innings of shut out baseball, yielding four harmless singles and striking out six. He had not pitched well over his previous four games, posting a 6.52 ERA, 1.862 WHIP and a 0-3 record. Fantasy owners and Nationals management need to figure out how to get tonight's version to show up more often.
Phil Hughes, SP, MINHot8/21/2014 4:26:00 PM
Description: Twins starter Phil Hughes pitched seven great innings against the Indians on Thursday, only allowing a solo home run to Zach Walters in the fourth inning.
Insight: Hughes has won four straight starts to raise his record to 14-8 and his ERA from 4.01 to 3.65. During that stretch, he has 1.32 ERA and 30 strikeouts versus two walks. Hughes had eight K's and no BB on Thursday.
Clayton Kershaw, SP, LOS8/21/2014 4:20:00 PM
Description: Although Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw leads the league in win percentage, ERA and WHIP he's not been pitching up to his season-long standards.
Insight: Kershaw is 14-3 with a 1.86 ERA and 0.839 OPS for the season, but just 1-1 with a 2.63 ERA and 0.92 OPS in his last three starts.
Corey Kluber, SP, CLEHot8/21/2014 4:17:00 PM
Description: Indians pitcher Corey Kluber pitched a sub-par game for his standards, allowing three runs in seven innings, striking out eight and walking four.
Insight: Kluber also gave up a home run to Kennys Vargas. The loss is the first for Kluber since June 30, who had won six straight decisions before Thursday. The Indians ace is still 13-7 with a 2.46 ERA.
Julio Teheran, SP, ATLCold8/21/2014 4:16:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Julio Teheran might be a guy to avoid Thursday as he's posted a 1-2 record with a 6.05 ERA and 1.50 WHIP in his last three outings.
Insight: Teheran has already thrown 176 2/3 IP and after Thursday's start will have matched last season's workload with more than a month to go. He may just be tiring and for that reason we don't recommend him.
David Price, SP, DETHot8/21/2014 3:46:00 PM
Description: Tigers starter David Price pitched to a rare complete game loss on Thursday, allowing one hit in eight innings. Price allowed one unearned run in the top of the first and lost to his former team, 1-0.
Insight: Price also struck out nine and walked none. In his last two starts, Price has pitched 16 innings, allowing one earned run on four hits, striking out 16 and walking three.
Alex Cobb, SP, TAMHot8/21/2014 3:44:00 PM
Description: Rays starter Alex Cobb pitched seven shutout innings to earn the victory against Detroit on Thursday. Cobb allowed two hits, two walks and struck out six.
Insight: Cobb continues his hot streak by extending his scoreless innings streak to 15 1/3 frames. He has also won his last seven decisions and over that span has an ERA of 1.99.
Brandon McCarthy, SP, NYYHot8/21/2014 3:21:00 PM
Description: Yankees starter Brandon McCarthy put up another great performance Thursday, holding the Houston Astros to four harmless hits and striking out eight en route to a 3-0 complete game shutout.
Insight: McCarthy improves to 5-2 with a 4.01 ERA. He's yielded two runs or less in his last four outings.
Liam Hendriks, SP, TOR8/21/2014 2:18:00 PM
Description: Royals minor league pitcher Liam Hendriks rebounded with a strong seven innings pitched this week after two rocky starts. Hendriks allowed no runs on four hits, six strikeouts and four walks on Sunday.
Insight: Although a small sample size (four starts), Hendriks has a 3.67 ERA since being traded to Triple-A Omaha from Buffalo. With the Bison, Hendriks posted a 2.33 ERA in 16 starts.
Phil Hughes, SP, MINHot8/21/2014 11:30:00 AM
Description: Twins starter Phil Hughes got off to a great start this season, stumbled in June and July, but has regained his early season form in August.
Insight: Hughes won all three of his starts in August and lowered his ERA from 4.12 to 3.76 in that stretch. The right-hander has a 2.60 FIP this season so he should continue to pitch well.
Corey Kluber, SP, CLEHot8/21/2014 11:27:00 AM
Description: There has been no better pitcher over the last five starts than Cleveland right-hander Corey Kluber and he'll be a great value Thursday facing a Minnesota lineup fresh off four consecutive losses.
Insight: The right-hander is 3-0 in his last five starts with a 0.46 ERA, 0.512 WHIP and 45 strikeouts in 39 IP. He'll face a Twins team that was shut out Wednesday and is averaging 4.19 rpg this season.
Gio Gonzalez, SP, WASCold8/21/2014 11:17:00 AM
Description: Nationals left-handed starter Gio Gonzalez has not pitched well over his last four games, posting a 6.52 ERA, 1.862 WHIP and a 0-3 record.
Insight: Gonzalez' ERA is up to 4.06 on the year. Despite his career 2-0 mark against the Diamondbacks, we suggest avoiding Gonzalez until he remembers how to pitch again.
Jenrry Mejia, SP, NYM8/21/2014 9:43:00 AM
Description: Mets closer Jenrry Meji was unavailable Wednesday due to back tightness and is questionable for Friday's game against the LA Dodgers.
Insight: Jeurys Familia has saved three games since Aug. 9 while Mejia has picked up just one in that span due to various injuries (sports hernia, back, calf). It's hard to tell who will get the closing opportunity next time out.
Wei-Yin Chen, SP, BALHot8/20/2014 10:52:00 PM
Description: Orioles starter Wei-Yen Chen has been on a roll since the start of July.
Insight: Chen has gone 6-1 with a 2.98 ERA and a 44/9 K/BB in 51 1/3 innings over his last eight starts. He threw 7 1/3 innings, struck out seven and allowed three runs in Wednesday's win to improve to 13-4 on the year.
Michael Pineda, SP, NYY8/20/2014 10:40:00 PM
Description: Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda has allowed three runs on six hits and recorded a 7/1 K/BB over 11 innings in two starts since he returned from the disabled list.
Insight: Pineda cranked it up to 89 pitches Wednesday against Houston after throwing 67 last week at Baltimore. The right-hander has a 2.05 ERA and a 0.88 WHIP in 30 2/3 innings this season.
Tanner Roark, SP, WASHot8/20/2014 10:26:00 PM
Description: Nationals starter Tanner Roark fired seven scoreless innings Wednesday against Arizona.
Insight: Roark gave up nine runs in his first 19 innings this month (4.26 ERA), but Wednesday's outing brings his ERA down to 2.80. The Nats have three starters with an ERA under 3.00.
Gerrit Cole, SP, PIT8/20/2014 9:59:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh right-hander Gerrit Cole (lat) allowed two runs on five hits and had a 6/4 K/BB over seven innings in his return to the rotation Wednesday against Atlanta.
Insight: From the start of June to tonight, Cole made just three starts and two trips to the disabled list, first due to shoulder fatigue and then a strained lat. He's 7-4 with a 3.69 ERA, a 1.31 WHIP and 84 Ks in 92 2/3 innings.
Alex Wood, SP, ATLHot8/20/2014 9:55:00 PM
Description: Atlanta starter Alex Wood took a shutout into the eighth inning Wednesday at Pittsburgh, but he allowed the first two men to reach base and Jordan Walden allowed both of them to score.
Insight: Wood walked away with two earned runs on four hits and four strikeouts in seven innings, plus a no decision. The 23-year-old left-hander is 9-9 with a 3.05 ERA, a 1.20 WHIP and 124 Ks in 130 innings this season. He's given up two earned runs or less in five straight starts.
Rick Porcello, SP, DETHot8/20/2014 9:49:00 PM
Description: Tigers right-hander Rick Porcello tossed a three-hit shutout Wednesday at Tampa Bay.
Insight: Porcello now leads the AL with three shutouts this season and he's tied with teammate Max Scherzer and Oakland's Scott Kazmir for first in the league with 14 wins. The right-hander has finally lived up to his first-round draft status, recording a 3.10 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP in 165 1/3 innings.
Jeff Samardzija, SP, CHC 8/20/2014 9:25:00 PM
Description: Athletics starter Jeff Samardzija allowed seven runs on seven hits in 3 2/3 innings Wednesday against the Mets.
Insight: Ironically, Samardzija's worst start with Oakland came against a National League team. The right-hander had gone 3-2 with a 3.21 ERA, a 0.95 WHIP and a 40/7 K/BB over 56 innings in his first eight starts with the A's.
Andrew Cashner, SP, SDP8/20/2014 8:55:00 PM
Description: Padres right-hander Andrew Cashner (shoulder) will start Saturday at Arizona, according to Dennis Lin of the Union-Tribune.
Insight: Cashner has had two lengthy stints on the DL with arm issues (elbow and shoulder) this season. In 12 starts, he's gone 2-6 with a 2.36 ERA.
Jenrry Mejia, SP, NYMCold8/20/2014 8:52:00 PM
Description: Mets closer Jenrry Meji was unavailable Wednesday due to back tightness, according to Marc Carig of Newsday.
Insight: Jeurys Familia has saved three games since Aug. 9 while Mejia has picked up just one in that span. Mejia is pitching through a sports hernia and his back and calf have been bothering him as well.
Jacob deGrom, SP, NYMHot8/20/2014 8:48:00 PM
Description: Mets rookie right-hander Jacob deGrom (shoulder) will start Saturday against the Dodgers, according to Anthony DiComo of mlb.com.
Insight: deGrom (6-5, 2.87 ERA, 1.23 WHIP) was placed on the disabled lsit with shoulder inflammation after his start on Aug. 7, but he's ready to return after missing a couple of starts.
Zack Greinke, SP, LOS8/20/2014 7:36:00 PM
Description: Dodgers right-hander Zack Greinke's next start has been pushed back to Saturday due to his elbow soreness, according to Ken Gurnick of mlb.com.
Insight: Greinke was supposed to start Thursday against the Padres, but Clayton Kershaw will start instead. Greinke will get the Mets Saturday if he's able to take the mound.
Bartolo Colon, SP, NYM8/20/2014 7:32:00 PM
Description: Mets starter Bartolo Colon will pitch Sunday before flying back to the Dominican Republic for his mother's funeral, according to Marc Carig of Newsday.
Insight: Colon (11-10. 3.85 ERA, 1.15 WHIP) was placed on the bereavement list after his mother's passing and he missed his last start. He shouldn't have to miss another one after Sunday's game.
Masahiro Tanaka, SP, NYY8/20/2014 6:56:00 PM
Description: Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) threw a 35-pitch bullpen session Wednesday using fastballs, curveballs, sliders and even his splitter. SOURCE: Bryan Hoch, mlb.com
Insight: Tanaka continues to clear hurdles as he attempts to come back from a partially torn UCL, but he's walking a tightrope anytime he steps on the mound. One setback will likely mean Tommy John surgery.
Gerrit Cole, SP, PIT8/20/2014 4:53:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh right-hander Gerrit Cole (lat) has been activated from the disabled list.
Insight: Since the start of June, Cole has made just three starts and two trips to the disabled list, first due to shoulder fatigue and then a strained lat. He'll start against the Braves Wednesday night after allowing six hits and one walk over 13 scoreless innings his last two rehab starts for Triple-A Indianapolis.
Justin Verlander, SP, DET8/20/2014 4:48:00 PM
Description: Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander (shoulder) is expected to start Saturday against the Twins.
Insight: Verlander (10-11, 4.76 ERA, 1.42 WHIP) hasn't pitched since he left his start on Aug. 11 with shoulder inflammation. Fantasy owners can't rely on him at this point.
Michael Wacha, SP, STL8/20/2014 4:39:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter Michael Wacha (shoulder) could begin a minor league rehab assignment within the next two weeks, GM John Mozeliak told KMOX NewsRadio 1120.
Insight: Wacha went on the disabled list with a stress reaction in his right shoulder in June. Even if he returns during the regular season, there's only going to be enough time left for him to make two or three starts at most.
Charlie Morton, SP, PITCold8/20/2014 3:47:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh placed starter Charlie Morton was initially diagnosed with hip inflammation, but he actually has a sports hernia, according to Tom Singer of mlb.com.
Insight: Morton is hoping to return in September, but a sports hernia is more serious than hip inflammation. He can be dropped in most leagues.
Zack Greinke, SP, LOS8/20/2014 12:35:00 PM
Description: Dodgers right-hander Zack Greinke is questionable for Thursday's start due to elbow soreness, according ot Pedro Moura of the Orange County Register.
Insight: Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said after Tuesday's game that Greinke is a "possibility" to start Thursday. He downplayed the soreness earlier in the day, calling it standard for a long season.
Chris Tillman, SP, BALHot8/19/2014 11:21:00 PM
Description: Orioles starter Chris Tillman continued his excellent August Tuesday against the White Sox.
Insight: Tillman held Chicago to one run on three hits and struck out nine over eight innings. He's gone 3-0 with a 1.57 ERA and a 0.63 WHIP over four starts this month.
Andrew Cashner, SP, SDP8/19/2014 11:15:00 PM
Description: Padres right-hander Andrew Cashner (shoulder) will return this weekend against Arizona, according to mlb.com.
Insight: Cashner has had two lengthy stints on the DL with arm issues (elbow and shoulder) this season. In 12 starts, he's gone 2-6 with a 2.36 ERA.
Mike Fiers, SP, MILHot8/19/2014 10:59:00 PM
Description: Brewers right-hander Mike Fiers tossed a third straight gem Tuesday against Toronto.
Insight: Fiers allowed two hits and one run and struck out seven in seven innings. The right-hander has given up eight hits and two runs while putting together a 25/3 K/BB over 21 innings since he was summoned from the minors. He had terrific numbers in Triple-A and is a must-add in all leagues.
Hisashi Iwakuma, SP, SEAHot8/19/2014 10:32:00 PM
Description: Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma allowed four hits and had an 11/0 K/BB over eight scoreless innings Tuesday at Philadelphia.
Insight: Iwakuma has allowed a total of two runs on 19 hits over 29 1/3 innings this month (0.61 ERA). He's 12-6 with a 2.57 ERA, a 0.95 WHIP and 120 Ks in 147 innings despite missing all of April with a finger injury.
Stephen Strasburg, SP, WAS8/19/2014 10:12:00 PM
Description: Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg gave up a run in the first inning but wasn't scored upon again in his eight innings of work Tuesday against Arizona.
Insight: Strasburg held the Diamondbacks to three hits and struck out four en route to his 10th win. The right-hander gave up four homers and seven runs in five innings on Aug. 8 at Atlanta, but he's thrown at least seven innings and allowed one run or less in each of his other four starts since July 29.
Francisco Liriano, SP, PIT8/19/2014 10:10:00 PM
Description: Pirates starter Francisco Liriano gave up nine runs (seven earned) on 10 hits and three walks in four innings Tuesday against Atlanta.
Insight: Liriano gave up two runs or less in each of his previous six starts and hadn't allowed more than three since May 25. The left-hander is 3-10 with a 4.18 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP, but he also has 127 Ks in 118 1/3 innings.
Ubaldo Jimenez, SP, BAL8/19/2014 8:20:00 PM
Description: The Orioles have decided to move Ubaldo Jimenez to the bullpen, according to Brittany Ghiroli of mlb.com.
Insight: Jimenez is 20 starts into a four-year, $50 million contract. He's first in the AL with 66 walks and has a 4.83 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP in 110 innings. Miguel Gonzalez will start in his place Sunday.
Zack Greinke, SP, LOS8/19/2014 8:16:00 PM
Description: According to Eric Stephen of SB Nation's truebluela.com, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Zack Greinke has been dealing with elbow soreness.
Insight: Mattingly said it's standard soreness and nothing that will keep him from the mound. Greinke hasn't won since July 25, but he's been pitching well (2.79 ERA since All-Star break).
Yu Darvish, SP, TEX8/19/2014 8:13:00 PM
Description: According to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, Rangers starter Yu Darvish (elbow) is not expected to return on Aug. 25.
Insight: When Darvish was placed on the DL, manager Ron Washington said he expected the right-hander to return when first eligible. Now, he said he's "backing off" the idea of Darvish being back for Aug. 25. "I'm not really thinking about the 25th," Washington said. "I just don't know what's going to be. I don't know what’s going to happen there."
Jason Hammel, SP, CHCCold8/19/2014 6:13:00 PM
Description: Athletics starter Jason Hammel's next turn through the rotation will be skipped, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. The Athletics have an important series against the Angels this weekend and cannot afford to run Hammel out there. Sonny Gray, Jon Lester and Scott Kazmir will start.
Insight: Hammel has gone 1-5 with a 6.75 ERA and a 1.88 WHIP in seven starts since the A's acquired him from the Cubs. He's posted a 21/17 K/BB and given up a whopping nine home runs in that span. He was scheduled to start Friday against Hector Santiago.
Andrew Cashner, SP, SDP8/19/2014 1:41:00 PM
Description: Padres manager Bud Black told MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM that right-hander Andrew Cashner (shoulder) could return from the disable list as soon as this weekend.
Insight: Cashner allowed three runs in five innings Monday in his third minor league rehab start with Triple-A El Paso. If he returns this weekend, don't expect a long outing from him because his highest pitch count in his three rehab starts is 63. Cashner has been out since June 23, but he should be a nice boost to fantasy owners if they stuck with him. He was able to throw sliders without soreness. Cashner (2-6, 2.36 ERA, 1.19 WHIP) was placed on the disabled list with shoulder soreness in June. He's been on the disabled list twice this season due to arm injuries.
Bartolo Colon, SP, NYM8/19/2014 9:09:00 AM
Description: Mets starter Bartolo Colon has been placed on the bereavement leave list, as expected, due to the death of his mother.
Insight: Colon (11-10. 3.85 ERA, 1.15 WHIP) has yielded two runs or less in four of his last five starts. If needed, the Mets are considering Daisuke Matsuzaka to substitute for Colon's next start.
C.J. Wilson, SP, ANA8/18/2014 10:40:00 PM
Description: Angels starter C.J. Wilson worked around five hits and five walks to hold Boston to one run over 5 1/3 innings in Monday's win.
Insight: Wilson (10-8, 4.59 ERA, 1.42 WHIP) has gone 2-1 with a 3.57 ERA in three starts since he returned from the disabled list, but he's also recorded a 1.64 WHIP and a 12/11 K/BB over 17 2/3 innings in that span.
Vidal Nuno, SP, ARI8/18/2014 10:28:00 PM
Description: Diamondbacks starter Vidal Nuno allowed two runs on five hits and struck out seven in seven innings Monday at Washington.
Insight: The move to the NL has been good for Nuno even though he hasn't won a game in eight starts with Arizona. He's recorded a 3.72 ERA, a 1.11 WHIP and 38 Ks in 46 innings since the Yankees traded him to the D-Backs for Brandon McCarthy.
Jerome Williams, SP, ANA8/18/2014 10:03:00 PM
Description: In two starts with the Phillies, veteran right-hander Jerome Williams has gone 1-0 with a 2.19 ERA.
Insight: He did it against two AL West opponents, the Angels and Mariners. Williams played for two teams in that division, the Astros and Rangers, earlier this season and had a 6.71 ERA. The last two starts aside, he's not a fantasy option.
Felix Hernandez, SP, SEAHot8/18/2014 7:31:00 PM
Description: Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said Felix Hernandez' hip is fine and he'll make his next start Friday against Boston.
Insight: Hernandez took a one-hopper off his hip Saturday against the Tigers and he left after five innings. He had thrown 16 straight starts of seven or more innings and two runs or less allowed, an MLB record.
Kyle Hendricks, SP, CHCHot8/18/2014 3:45:00 PM
Description: Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks won his fourth straight decision Monday afternoon, holding the Mets to one run on three hits in seven innings. He also struck out three and walked two.
Insight: The only run Hendricks allowed on Monday was Lucas Duda's solo home run in the fourth. The 24-year-old is 5-1 with a 1.66 ERA and 0.97 WHIP in 48 2/3 innings pitched. Hendricks, however, will face the tough Orioles in his next start.


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