Description: Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw won his 20th game of the season on Friday.
Insight: Kershaw actually had one of his worst starts of the season but still captured the victory over the Cubs. He allowed three runs in five innings, gave up seven hits and three walks. He did strikeout nine. Despite the poor start by his standards, his ERA is still 1.80 with one start left in the regular season.
Description: Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw might be tested by the weather this afternoon as much as the Chicago Cubs lineup.
Insight: The Dodgers' ace is 19-3 with a 1.70 ERA and 219 strikeouts in 185 1/3 innings pitched this year, but the wind will be blowing out to left at around 13 mph Friday afternoon. Just something to consider.
Description: Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez put in his bid to be the fourth starter come playoff time.
Insight: Gio went seven innings and yielded six hits and two runs in earning his ninth win of the season. It's between Gonzalez and Tanner Roark as to who will start after Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann and Doug Fister.
Description: Athletics starter Sonny Gray pitched five innings and allowed five runs, four earned, on eight hits as the Rangers defeated the Athletics, 7-2, on Wednesday.
Insight: If there was ever a time when Oakland needed a big start, it was Thursday. With the victory, Texas completed a sweep of the playoff hopeful Oakland Athletics. Since Aug. 1, Gray is a bismol 1-5 with a 4.42 ERA.
Description: Pirates starter Francisco Liriano allowed one run in six innings as Pittsburgh defeated Boston, 9-1, on Wednesday.
Insight: Liriano struggled with his control, walking five batters but he only allowed three hits and struck out two. Liriano's scoreless inning streak did come to an end when Bryce Brentz scored on a groundout. The scoreless inning streak ended at 20.
Description: Cardinals right-hander Adam Wainwright recorded his third shutout of the season as St. Louis beat Milwaukee, 2-0, on Wednesday.
Insight: Wainwright only needed 102 pitches to defeat the Brewers, which is the lowest number of pitches Wainwright has thrown in any of his nine career shutouts. After a rough July and August, Wainwright is locked in and will bring his 19 victories and 2.45 ERA to Chicago to face the Cubs in his next start.
Description: Angels starter C.J. Wilson threw seven shutout innings and allowed one hit in Wednesday's victory over the Mariners, 5-0.
Insight: Wilson's efforts helped clich the American League West division title as the Athletics lost to the Rangers to seal it. Wilson also struck out seven and walked three as he won his third straight game. In his first two victories over that stretch, however, he allowed five earned runs over 11 1/3 innings and won behind 23 runs of support. So it was nice to finally see Wilson win on his own accord.
Description: Mariners right-hander Taijuan Walker will start on Friday against the Astros.
Insight: He is starting in place of Roenis Elias, who is likely done for the year with elbow issues. Walker has pitched 24 1/3 innings in three starts and three relief appearances and has a 2.96 ERA this season. He is a worthy flier on Friday.
Description: Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez (rest) has been scratched from his start on Wednesday against Atlanta.
Insight: With Washinton clinching the National League East on Tuesday, the team has decided to give Gio some extra rest. He will most likely be back on the mound Thursday, but check back just to make sure. Blake Treinen gets the ball for the Nats Wednesday night versus the Braves.
Description: Angels starter C.J. Wilson has a nice record at 12-9, but has struggled with his ERA this season.
Insight: Heading into tonight's start against the Mariners, Wilson is sporting a 4.61 ERA, and an even worse 6.14 ERA over his past three starts. However, he continues to benefit pitching for such a dynmauc offense, as he is 2-1 during that span. Wilson should be in your lineup, simply as a result of how good the Angels are.
Description: Marlins right-hander Henderson Alvarez has struggled recently, heading into tonight's start against the Mets.
Insight: Alvarez has been solid throughout 2014, but that has not been the case over his past three starts (0-1 and 5.17 ERA). If owners have another option, do not be afraid to keep Alvarez on the bench.
Description: Braves left-hander Alex Wood needs to continue with his hot play, if Atlanta wants to stay in the playoff race.
Insight: Atlanta is hanging on by a thread, but that is no fault of Wood's. He is 1-0 with a 1.23 ERA over his past three starts. Wood probably deserves some more wins (10-10 record overall), but he has still continued to be an impact pitcher for the Braves.
Description: Rays righty Alex Cobb is simply turning into an ace for Tampa Bay.
Insight: Not only does he have a 0.87 ERA and 0.87 WHIP over his past three starts, Cobb is also 5-1 with a 1.26 ERA during the second half of 2014. Lock him into your lineup, and make sure you target this guy for 2015.
Description: Pirates starter Francisco Liriano looks to continue his hot play tonight against Boston.
Insight: He is a major reason why Pittsburgh is likely to make the postseason. After beginning the season in dreadful fashion, Liriano has been unreal over the past month (2-0 with 0.67 ERA and 0.96 WHIP). Look for that trend to continue the rest of the season.
Description: Giants starter Madison Bumgarner has been on a tear of late, as he heads into today's start against the Diamondbacks.
Insight: Bumgarner is arguably the hottest pitcher in baseball with a record of 5-0 and a 1.80 ERA, over the past 28 days. He has a ridiculous 41 strikeouts during during that span. To pump up owners even more, this guy is 11-3 with a 2.00 ERA on the road in 2014. Expect big things this afternoon, when the Giants finish off a series in Arizona
Description: Cardinals starter Lance Lynn pitched seven innings, allowed one run on five hits, struck out five and walked one in a no-decision against the Brewers on Tuesday.
Insight: Lynn left with a 1-0 lead, but Milwaukee rallied to tie the game in the ninth and won in the 12th. Lynn is still one of the main reasons the Cardinals are in first place with a week and a half left in the season. He is 15-9 with a 2.68 ERA and 167 strikeouts in 191 2/3 innings.
Description: Indians pitcher Corey Kluber struck out a season-high 14 batters against the Astros on Tuesday to win his 16th game of the season.
Insight: Kluber pitched seven innings, allowed one run, seven hits, and walked just two. He is 16-9 with a 2.42 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 244 strikeouts in 219 innings this year. Kluber is ranked sixth or higher in every one of those categories in the American League.
Description: Mariners left-hander Roenis Elias left Tuesday's start against the Angels with left elbow stiffness according to Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune.
Insight: Elias allowed two runs on five hits and a walk while also allowing a leadoff single in the fourth before leaving with his injury. Seattle will likely update his status on Wednesday, but don't count on the rookie for any more innings this year.
Description: Tigers right-hander Rick Porcello threw eight innings, allowed two runs on seven hits, struck out five and walked two in a no-decision against the Twins on Tuesday.
Insight: The Tigers rallied in the top of the ninth to take the lead, and Porcello was in line for the victory until closer Joe Nathan blew the save. Kennys Vargas scored both the Twins runs, on a Kurt Suzuki single in the fourth and his own solo home run in the sixth. Porcello is 15-11 with a 3.19 ERA and 122 strikeouts this year.
Description: Twins starter Ricky Nolasco pitched eight shutout innings, allowed five hits, struck out five and walked one in a no-decision against the Tigers on Tuesday.
Insight: Nolasco was in line for the victory until Twins closer Glen Perkins yielded three runs in the top of the ninth. Minnesota rallied in the bottom of the inning to win, 4-3. Nolasco is 5-11 with a 5.34 ERA, but he has an ERA of 1.35 in his last three starts.
Description: Reds starter Johnny Cueto pitched his worse start since May 20, allowing six runs in five and 2/3 innings and losing to the Cubs, 7-0, on Tuesday.
Insight: Cueto obviously did not have his control as he struck out eight but also walked five batters, a season high. To put things in prespective, Cueto walked just seven batters in six starts during the month of May. He is still in the Cy Young conversation, even though Clayton Kershaw is the clear leader, at 18-9 with 2.33 ERA, 228 strikeouts and 0.98 WHIP.
Description: Cubs starter Jake Arrieta threw a complete game one hitter, struck out 13 and walked just one to defeat the Reds, 7-0, on Tuesday.
Insight: It is the first complete game of Arrieta's career and the first complete game thrown by a Cubs starting pitcher this season. Arrieta nearly threw a no-hitter as he did not allow hit until Brandon Phillips doubled in the eighth. Cubs center fielder Matt Szczur made an incredile effort to try and catch Phillips' double, but he came up short. It has been a breakout year for Arrieta, who is 9-5 with a 2.65 ERA.
Description: Pirates starter Charlie Morton returned to the rotation on Tuesday after missing a month with a sports hernia and threw five scoreless innings to beat the Red Sox, 4-0.
Insight: Five relief pitches combined with Morton to shutout the Red Sox. Morton allowed four hits, struck out six and walked two. He worked around lead off doubles in the fourth and fifth to keep Boston off the board. Morton has elected not to receive surgery until after the year and will gut out the rest of the season.
Description: Orioles pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez made his spot start on Tuesday and pitched five innings, allowed two runs on two hits, struck out six and walked four to capture a victory over the Blue Jays, 8-2.
Insight: With a doubleheader last week, the Orioles needed a sixth starter, so manager Buck Showalter called upon Jimenez. The pitcher has had a rough season, but he pitched well on Tuesday. For the year, Jimenez is 5-9 with a 4.90 ERA.
Description: Blue Jays right-hander Drew Hutchison allowed six runs, including two homers, in six and 1/3 innings against the Orioles on Tuesday.
Insight: Hutchison had impressive stuff, striking out 11 and walking one, but he gave up the long ball to Orioles first baseman Steve Pearce and shortstop Jimmy Paredes. Hutchison snapped his streak of four straight quality starts. He is 10-12 with a 4.51 ERA and 170 strikeouts in 175 and 2/3 innings this season.
Description: Nationals starter Tanner Roark fired seven scoreless innings Tuesday against the Braves to help clinch the National League East.
Insight: Roark scattered five hits, all singles, while striking out four and walking none. Washington is the first team in baseball to clinch the division, beating the Baltimore Orioles by less than a half hour. Roark is 14-10 with a 2.85 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP on the season.
Description: Cardinals starter John Lackey threw a bullpen session on Tuesday and is set to return to the rotation on Friday.
Insight: The Cardinals skipped his last turn in the rotation due to a case of dead arm. Lackey has not pitched very well since joining St. Louis, 5.05 ERA in 46 1/3 innings, so he shouldn't be counted on anyway.
Description: Astros starter Collin McHugh caught a bit of tough luck, as he was forced to be removed from Monday's game, with a bruised left forearm.
Insight: He was in the midst of another outstanding start, when we took a line drive off the forearm. McHugh still went 6 2/3 innings, allowing one unearned run and striking out seven. Houston expects him to be ready for his next start against the Mariners.
Description: Angels starter Matt Shoemaker will undergo an MRI in the coming days, afer leaving last night's start with slight discomfort, on the left side of his rib cage.
Insight: The removal from the game seemed to be precautionary, as the Angels were up 8-1 at the time. However, the fact that he needs to be checked out is a little alarming. Nevertheless, Shoemaker was fantastic on Monday night. He went 7 2/3 innings, allowing only one earned run, and improving his record to 16-4 with a 3.04 ERA. Assuming everything comes back clean, Shoemaker has another favorable matchup on Saturday, against the Ramgers.
Description: Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) threw five innings Monday at the Yankees spring training complex.
Insight: Tanaka didn't give up a run, though he was facing mainly youngsters with little experience. The right-hander didn't feel any pain, which is the most important thing to get out of the session. There is still a chance he appears in a Yankees game before the end of the season.
Description: Tigers pitcher Max Scherzer has been a much different pitcher on the road this season.
Insight: Take away the fact he is 1-1 with a 3.72 ERA in his last three starts. The big thing here is Scherzer has somehwhat struggled on the road in 2014. His 6-4 record and 3.61 ERA away from Detroit is not terrible, but when you compare it to his home totals (10-1, 2.66 ERA), owners definitely expect more from the Tigers' ace. In no way should you bench him, but beware that Scherzer is not as effective away from Comerica Park.
Description: Phillies starter Jerome Williams has come back down to earth.
Insight: Williams got off to a surprising start in Philadelphia, with a 3-0 record. However, he has struggled over his previous four starts, posting a 1-1 record with a 5.51 ERA. Although he is heading to San Diego and playing in a pitcher-friendly park tonight, Williams is not a recommended start.
Description: Rockies' righty Christian Bergman has proven that he can pitch in the majors.
Insight: He got his first taste of the majors in June, but failed to impress (0-2, 7.20 ERA in 3 GS). However, after being called back up in August, Bergman has impressed. He is 1-1 with a 2.60 ERA over his past three starts, and although he is going up against the Dodgers tonight, Bergman has a great shot at earning a win, as he takes on the unreliable Roberto Hernandez.
Description: Marlins right-hander Jarred Cosart has enjoyed his move to the National League.
Insight: After going 9-7 with a 4.41 ERA for the Astros, Cosart has seemed to find his groove with Miami. Not only is he 4-2 with a 1.93 ERA and 0.99 WHIP with Marlins, Cosart has actually been even better over his past three starts (2-1, 1.74 ERA and 0.97 WHIP). If he is not in your lineup, get him in there.
Description: Orioles starter Wei-Yen Chen has piled up the wins this season, and now has started to become a more complete pitcher, by lowering his ERA and WHIP during the second half of 2014.
Insight: Sitting with a 15-4 overall record and a 3.59 ERA, Chen has been a major reason why Baltimore is in the position they are in. Since the All-Star Break, he has posted a spectacular 6-1 record, 2.67 ERA and 1.06 WHIP. That trend has continued over his past three starts (2-0, 2.29 ERA and 0.92 WHIP). Start him with confidence.
Description: Padres righty Andrew Cashner continues to be a victim of poor run support this season.
Insight: Cashner's last three starts have essentially told the story of his 2014 campaign (1-1, 2.25 ERA). His 3-7 overall record has not been indicative of how well he has pitched this year, however his 2.40 ERA is a nice sight for owners. With a 1.54 ERA at home, Cashner is a recommended play tonight against an inconsistent Phillies lineup.
Description: Angels starter Matt Shoemaker has had a tremendous second half of the season, and that trend has continued over his previous three starts.
Insight: All signs point to Shoemaker continuing his stellar play. Not only is he 2-0 with a 2.04 ERA over his past three starts, Shoemaker has also been dominant since the All-Star break (8-2, 1.95 ERA) and at home (8-3 2.20 ERA). With Garrett Richards on the shelf, it looks like LA has found their new ace.
Description: Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma has been solid all season, but has been on the downswing throughout his past three starts.
Insight: While he has managed two wins over his three previous starts, Iwakuma's overall numbers have not been good during that span (2-1, 5.74 ERA). With the Mariners heading to Los Angeles to take on the Angels, it would not be the worst idea to keep Iwakuma on your bench, with him going up against such a potent lineup.
Description: Astros right-hander Collin McHugh heads into tonight's start against the Cleveland Indians trending up.
Insight: An under-the-radar pitcher on a lousy team, McHugh is definitely not one to blame. He has been solid all season (9-9, 2.79 ERA and 1.04 WHIP) and has been even better during his past three starts (3-0, 1.59 ERA and 0.62 WHIP). McHugh needs to be plugged into your lineup, as his hot streak has lasted throughout the entire second half of the season (5-1, 2.11 ERA and 0.95 WHIP).
Description: White Sox lefty John Danks heads into Kansas City to open up a series against the Royals, as his struggles in 2014 continue.
Insight: With Chicago taking on Royals' ace James Shields, combined with the fact that Danks is 0-3 with a 5.94 ERA during his past three starts (9-11, 5.05 ERA overall), it would be smart to find better options to plug into your starting rotation tonight.
Description: Cincinnati's All-Star starter Alfredo Simon has continued to struggle mightily during the second half of 2014.
Insight: Overall, Simon is 2-7 with a 4.96 ERA since the All-Star break (12-3, 2.70 ERA before All-Star break), and has not been any better during his past three starts (1-2, 5.50 ERA). He will look to get it together tonight when the Reds head to Wrigley to take on the Cubs, and with the wind blowing in tonight at 11 MPH, combined with the quality of the opponent, Simon could be line to do just that.
Description: Braves right-hander Ervin Santana has been fantastic at home this season, but has struggled during his previous three starts, overall.
Insight: Santana owns a healthy 14-8 record with a 3.76 ERA and 1.30 WHIP in 2014, and is even better at Turner Field (10-2, 3.51 ERA). However, heading into tonight's start against the Nationals, Santana is coming of a string of three starts where he has posted a 1-1 record and a rough ERA of 5.29. Owners will be hoping for some home cooking tonight, to get Santana back on track.
Description: Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg has been a completely different pitcher away from home this season.
Insight: Although he has pitched well during his past 3 starts overall (1-1 with a 2.29 ERA and 0.86 WHIP), owners need to be aware of Starsburg's road woes. He has compiled a 3-8 record with a 4.45 ERA away from National's Park in 2014. While it will be difficult to bench a guy like Strasburg during your fantasy playoffs, it would not come as a surprise if he has a tough time posting a quality line tonight, in Atlanta.
Description: Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman has gotten off to a strong start in September. He is sporting a record of 3-0 with a 1.59 ERA and 0.79 WHIP, during his past 3 starts.
Insight: While he has not been great on the road during 2014 (3-3, 5.73 ERA), Stroman has had a solid second half of the season (6-3, 3.23 ERA). He will look to continue his hot streak tonight, when the Blue Jays travel to Baltimore.
Description: Cardinals pitcher Marco Gonzales struck out nine and held the Rockies to one run in five and 2/3 innings as St. Louis won, 4-1, on Sunday.
Insight: Gonzales gave up a RBI double to Brandon Barnes in the second inning for the only run. The Cardinals pitcher also only yielded four hits. The only blemish on Gonzales' day was his four walks. He has won his last three starts to move to 3-2. With Michael Wacha's status undetermined, Gonzales may see another start.
Description: Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw won his 19th game this season and retakes the lead for victories in the majors.
Insight: More importantly, the Dodgers won the series with the Giants and remain atop of the National League West. Kershaw allowed two runs on seven hits, struck out nine and walked one. Kershaw has pitched at least eight innings in his last seven starts. The Dodger ace is 19-3 with a 1.70 ERA and 219 strikeouts in 185 1/3 innings pitched this year.
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.
Description: Mets starter Jonathon Niese pitched seven innings and allowed two runs but was handed a loss against the Nationals on Sunday.
Insight: Niese made it through six frames without allowing a run, but Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos hit a two-run home run in the seventh. Niese struck out seven and walked none. He is 8-11 with a 3.55 ERA.
Description: Rays starter Chris Archer tossed seven innings and allowed one run as the Rays beat the Blue Jays, 6-5, on Sunday.
Insight: Unfortunately, the Tampa Bay bullpen blew the lead, so Archer did not get the victory. Rays second baseman Sean Rodriguez's sacrifice fly in the 10th proved to be the game winner. Archer is 9-8 with a 3.54 ERA and 164 strikeouts in 180 and 2/3 innings this season.
Description: Royals pitcher Danny Duffy (shoulder) felt no pain during a light bullpen session according to Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star.
Insight: Duffy remains hopefully to start on Tuesday against the White Sox. In order for that to happen, doctors still need to clear him. Duffy left his last start with shoulder discomfort after just one pitch.
Description: Pirates starter Charlie Morton (hernia) will rejoin the Pirates rotation on Tuesday against the Red Sox according to MLB.com.
Insight: Morton will be gutting out his sports hernia the last few weeks of the season as he has elected to wait for the required surgery until after the season. Vance Worley will move to the bullpen with Morton's return. Morton is 5-12 but has a respectable 3.84 ERA.
Description: Giants right-hander Tim Hudson lasted one inning, yielding six runs on eight hits to the Dodgers on Saturday.
Insight: Hudson did not walk anyone, so he had that going for him, which is nice. Even still, the outing was his worst of the season. Hudson has lost his last two starts and his ERA has risen to 3.41. He has not won since Aug. 22.
Description: Dodgers starter Zack Greinke pitched six shutout innings to win his 15th game of the year on Saturday.
Insight: Not that he needed to pitched a shutout. The Dodgers scored 17 runs on Saturday to defeat the Giants, 17-0. Greinke allowed four hits, struck out five and walked none. He is 15-8 with a 2.64 ERA and 191 strikeouts in 184 and 1/3 innings this season.
Description: Angels starter Jered Weaver recorded his 17th victory of the season on Saturday and now leads the American League in the category.
Insight: Weaver had one of his best starts of the season on Saturday, going seven innings and allowed one run on four hits. He struck out a season-high 12 and walked one. Weaver is 2-1 with a 2.84 ERA this month and is now 17-8 with a 3.50 ERA this year.
Description: Cubs left-hander Felix Doubront threw six scoreless innings against the Pirates on Saturday to win his fourth game of the year.
Insight: Doubront allowed only five base runners, four hits and a walk, to the team with the highest on-base percentage in the league. Doubront has allowed three runs over 18 innings in his last three starts. He is 4-5 with a 5.00 ERA in 77 and 1/3 innings this season.
Description: Cardinals right-hander Shelby Miller held the Rockies to one run in six innings Saturday as St. Louis defeated Colorado, 5-4.
Insight: This is the fifth straight quality start for Miller. In hist last three starts, he has pitched 20 innings and allowed one run on 11 hits, struck out 14 and walked three. With the victory, Miller's record moves above .500 for the first time since June 29. He is 10-9 with a 3.75 ERA in 172 and 2/3 innings this year.
Description: Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie pitched eight innings and gave up one unearned run on three hits to defeat the Red Sox on Saturday, 7-1.
Insight: It was a nice bounceback appearance for Guthrie, who gave up six earned runs on 10 hits in just two and 2/3 innings on Monday against Detroit. Guthrie has pitched eight innings and allowed one run twice in his last five starts. He is 11-11 with a 4.35 ERA and 116 strikeouts in 190 and 1/3 innings this season.
Description: Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick allowed one run over six and 1/3 innings to defeat the Marlins on Saturday, 2-1.
Insight: Kendrick took advantage of the loss of Giancarlo Stanton to the Miami lineup, scattering seven hits, striking out six and walking one. A Garrett Jones solo home run accounted for the only Marlins run. Kendrick has won four of his last five starts. His next start will be on the road against the Padres.
Description: White Sox left-hander Jose Quintana pitched seven innings, allowed one run on three hits and struck out a career-hiigh 13 batters to defeat the Twins on Saturday.
Insight: Quintana was dominant striking out 13 and walking just two. The 25-year-old has given up three runs in his last 20 innings. Quintana is 8-10 with a 3.30 ERA and 165 strikeouts in 185 2/3 innings this season.
Description: Tigers pitcher Anibal Sanchez (pectoral) hopes to begin throwing off a mound early on Monday according to Jason Beck of MLB.com.
Insight: Even with the positive news, Sanchez will not make it back before the end of the regular season. He is not fantasy relavant unless owners are playing through the playoffs or are in dynasty leagues.
Description: Braves starter Julio Teheran pitched a complete game and did not allow an earned run, but lost to the Rangers, 3-2, on Saturday.
Insight: Atlanta took an early 2-0 lead, but a Justin Upton error extended the Rangers half of the sixth. Elvis Andrus singled to drive in a run and Rougned Odor doubled to score two runs as Texas took the lead. This is the second time this season Teheran pitched a complete game and lost. He is 13-12 with a 2.89 ERA and 174 strikeouts.
Description: Twins starter Tommy Milone is unlikely to start on Monday due to a sore neck.
Insight: Milone was already pushed back to start Monday when Friday's game was rained out. With only two weeks remaining in the season, it is possible Milone is done for the year. Anthony Swarsak is the best candidate to start in Milone's place on Monday.
Description: Orioles pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez will make a spot start on Tuesday against the Blue Jays according to MASN Sports.
Insight: With the doubleheader on Friday, the Orioles will need a sixth starter this coming week, so manager Buck Showalter called Jimenez's number. Since moving to the bullpen in August, Jimenez has continued to struggle, allowing four runs in his four and 1/3 innings. He is not a very good pickup in fantasy.
Description: Cardinals right-hander Adam Wainwright became the third pitcher with 18 victories in the National League Friday, defeating the Rockies, 4-1.
Insight: Wainwright allowed one run on six hits in eight innings. He also struck out eight and walked none. As we said before, Wainwright was coming out of his "deam arm" phase, this start proves he is completely healthy again. His next start is against the Brewers.
Description: Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels went seven innings, working around nine hits to allowed one run, struck out six and walked one in a no-decision against the Marlins.
Insight: Hamels has posted another great ERA this year (2.51), but it has not exactly resulted in a lot of victories. He is 8-7 with 178 strikeouts in 182 and 2/3 innings this season. He has not allowed more than three runs since May 26.
Description: Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ went seven strong innings on Friday, allowed one run on two hits, struck out seven and walked none but lost, 1-0, to the Rays.
Insight: After a rough August, Happ has pitched better in September with little results. Happ is 1-1 with a 3.60 ERA in 20 innings over his last three starts. For the season, the 31-year-old is 9-10 with a 4.28 ERA and 119 strikeouts.
Description: The Cardinals have decided to skip Michael Wacha's next start, which is scheduled for Sunday.
Insight: It does not appear Wacha has suffered another injury, but rather the team just wants Wacha to work on his command for the playoffs. He should still be able to get in three starts before October.
Description: Indians starter T.J. House pitched seven shutout innings, allowed four hits, struck out eight and walked none in his victory over the Twins in the second game of a doubleheader on Thursday.
Insight: House has strung together three great starts, in which he has thrown seven innings and allowed one run or fewer in each appearance. House is 3-3 with a 3.42 ERA, 1.34 WHIP in 92 innings this season.
Description: Athletics starting pitcher Scott Kazmir allowed one earned run in a complete game loss to the White Sox on Thursday.
Insight: Kazmir arguably had his best start since May. He threw 76 strikes out of 113 pitches, allowed four hits, struck out seven and walked one. Unfortunately, Kazmir allowed a solo home run to shortstop Marcus Semien for the only run of the game. Kazmir is 14-8 with a 3.32 ERA this season.
Description: Cardinals starter Lance Lynn pitched a complete game but lost 1-0 against Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto.
Insight: Lynn picked up the rare eight-inning complete game as he allowed one run on three hits, struck out six and walked one. His one walk was to Brandon Phillips to lead off the eighth, and he advanced to third on Jay Bruce's single to right field. Then, Ramon Santiago hit a liner that Jon Jay misplaced, which allowed Phillips to score. Lynn is 15-9 with a 2.73 ERA this year.
has not lost a start since July 29. In his last seven starts, Lynn is 4-0 with a 2.27 ERA. The 27-year-old is 15-8 with a 2.80 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, and 156 strikeouts in 176 2/3 innings this year.
Description: Reds starter Johnny Cueto pitched eight shutout innings, allowed three hits, struck out seven and walked one as the Reds defeated the Cardinals, 1-0.
Insight: Cueto keeps winning as the victory gives him 18 on the season, tied for the most in the National League with Clayton Kershaw. He is also second in the NL with 2.15 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, and 220 strikeouts.
Description: Indians pitcher Corey Kluber pitched eight and 2/3 innings, allowed two runs on eight hits, struck out seven and walked none as Cleveland defeated Minnesota, 8-2, in the first game of a doubleheader Thursday.
Insight: Kluber pitched into the ninth and had yielded just one run through eight innings. He tossed up three singles to the first four batters of the ninth before manager Terry Francona took him out. Kluber has allowed just two runs over his last 17 and 1/3 innings pitched. He is 15-9 this season with a 2.45 ERA, which is third in the American League behind only Chris Sale and Felix Hernandez. Kluber is also third in the AL with 230 strikeouts.
Description: Blue Jays right-hander Drew Hutchison allowed one run in six and 1/3 innings and struck out 10 to defeat the Cubs on Wednesday.
Insight: Hutchison allowed just four hits and one walk. Jorge Soler's solo home run was the only Cubs score the entire night. The Blue Jays outscored the Cubs in the series sweep, 28-3. For fantasy owners, however, Hutchison is extremely inconsistent. He is 10-11 with a 4.36 ERA in 169 1/3 inning this season.
Description: Royals starter James Shields pitched seven shutout innings against the Tigers on Wednesday as Kansas City moved back into sole possession of first place in the AL Central.
Insight: Shields limited Detriot to two hits and a walk while striking out eight. In hist last start, Shields pitched eight and 1/3 innings of shutout ball. Shields has allowed just one run in his last 22 and 1/3 innings. They call him "Big Game James" for a reason. "Big Game James" should remain in your fantasy lineup, no questions asked.
Description: Orioles starter Chris Tillman continued his strong second half, allowing one run on six hits in five innings in a victory against the Red Sox on Tuesday.
Insight: Tillman has not lost a game since July 12. On June 5, his ERA was 5.20. After Tuesday's start, Tillman's ERA dropped to 3.36. In his last 11 starts, he has not allowed more than three earned runs per appearance. He is 12-5 with 133 strikeouts and a 1.23 WHIP this year.
Description: Mets rookie right-hander Jacob deGrom threw eight shut out innings and allowed three hits, struck out nine and walked none.
Insight: Jacob deGrom has been a hidden fantasy gem to end the season. Although runs have scored during his last three starts, deGrom has not allowed an earned run in his last 21 innings. He stands at 8-6 with a 2.62 ERA, and 121 strikeouts in 127 1/3 innings this year.
Description: Twins closer Glen Perkins is questionable for Tuesday's game against Cleveland due to a sore neck.
Insight: Perkins had an MRI which showed no structural damage, but hasn't pitched since Sept. 4. He's 3-2 with 33 saves and a 2.88 ERA. Jared Burton is likely the closing option if Perkins isn't ready to go.
Description: An MRI taken on Sunday showed no structural damage to Royals starter Danny Duffy's left shoulder.
Insight: Duffy has rotator cuff inflammation according to Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star. He hopes to miss just one turn in the rotation. Duffy left Saturday's game against the Yankees after just one pitch. He is 8-11 with a 2.42 ERA, 1.08 WHIP in 141 1/3 innings this season.
Description: Rangers pitcher Derek Holland pitched seven shutout innings on Sunday to capture his first victory of the season.
Insight: Holland returned from knee surgery on Sept. 2. In two starts, he has given up one run in 14 innings. He also has 11 strikeouts and no walks. Next up is the Braves. If you need pitching help, Holland can definitely supply some.
Description: Cardinals right-hander Adam Wainwright pitched a complete game, allowing one run on seven hits in the St. Louis victory over Milwaukee, 9-1.
Insight: So much for a dead arm. Wainwright looked more fresh on Sunday, throwing 71 out of his 100 pitches for strikes. He also struck out three and walked one. Wainwright is tied for the National League lead with 17 victories and is 17-9 with a 2.62 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and 156 strikeouts in 203 innings this year.
Description: Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez pitched six innings, allowed one earned run on five hits, struck out three and walked none as Washington defeated Philadelphia, 3-2.
Insight: Gonzalez has had an up-and-down season and overall, it has been disappointing. He has pitched pretty well in his last two starts, winning both to raise his record to 8-9 and lowering his ERA to 3.78.
Description: Toronto starter R.A. Dickey pitched seven innings, allowed one run on six hits, struck out four and walked none to defeat the Red Sox, 3-1.
Insight: Dickey has been below average for his standards this season, but has pitched well in his last three starts. Dickey has allowed four runs over his last 20 innings of work. He is 12-12 with a 3.84 ERA and 157 strikeouts this year.
Description: Royals starter Yordano Ventura pitched six shutout innings, allowing three hits, to defeat the Yankees, 2-0.
Insight: The only blemish was his four walks versus just two strikeouts, but Ventura impressed a day after the Royals lost starter Danny Duffy. Ventura has now won three straight starters to improve to 12-9. He also has a 3.25 ERA.
Description: Braves starter Julio Teheran pitched five and 1/3 innings and allowed four runs on eight hits, struck out five and walked none in a loss against the Marlins on Sunday.
Insight: It was the shortest outing for Teheran since July 8 and most runs he has allowed since Aug. 11. At one point, Teheran was 8-5 with a 2.29 ERA, but his ERA has increased every month this year. He stands at 13-11 with a 3.00 ERA and 168 strikeouts in 201 innings.
Description: Mets right-hander Zack Wheeler pitched six innings, allowed one run on five hits, struck out six and walked two to beat the Reds, 4-3.
Insight: Wheeler has pitched pretty well down the stretch, not giving up more than two earned runs in a start since Aug. 10. In his last three starts, opponents have scored at least one unearned run, including three unearned in his last start. Cincinnati did not push across any unearned runs on Sunday as Wheeler earned his 10th victory of the season.
Description: Indians starter Carlos Carrasco nearly pitched a complete game but settled for eight and 2/3 innings of shutout ball, scattering four hits, striking out eight and walking none to beat the White Sox on Sunday.
Insight: Carrasco has not allowed more than one earned run per start since Aug. 5. In his last six starts, Carrasco is 4-0 with an incredible 0.70 ERA in 38 and 2/3 innings. If he is somehow still available in your league, pick him up and ride out his hot streak.
Description: Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) threw a 34-pitch bullpen session on Saturday.
Insight: Tanaka featured all his pitches in the successful pen session. The right-hander will either throw live batting practice or a simulated game next. Yankees manager Joe Girardi remains hopeful that Tanaka will return this month.
Description: Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu pitched six and 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on seven hits, striking out nine and walking none in a no-decision against the Diamondbacks on Saturday.
Insight: Ryu had a two-run lead going into the top of the seventh but gave up three hits to cough up the lead. The Dodgers came back to win with three runs in the eighth. Besides losing his lead, Ryu pitched very well and lowered his season ERA to 3.27. He is 13-6 with 138 strikeouts and only 28 walks in 151 innings this year.
Description: Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz pitched six and 1/3 innings, allowed two runs on four hits, struck out five and walked two in a victory over the Blue Jays on Saturday.
Insight: Buchholz has come on strong to end the season, which is nice to see because he had much stronger first halves to the season the last two years. Buchholz is 2-0 with a 1.90 ERA in his last three starts. For the season, however, Buchholz has been pretty disappointing, going 7-8 with a 5.29 ERA and 1.40 WHIP in 146 1/3 innings.
Description: Cardinals starter Lance Lynn pitched six strong innings, allowing just one unearned run to defeated the Brewers, 5-3, on Saturday.
Insight: Lynn has not lost a start since July 29. In his last seven starts, Lynn is 4-0 with a 2.27 ERA. The 27-year-old is 15-8 with a 2.80 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, and 156 strikeouts in 176 2/3 innings this year.
Description: Indians pitcher Corey Kluber pitched a complete game and allowed just one unearned run as he improved his record to 14-9 on Saturday against the White Sox.
Insight: Kluber was on a bit of a cold streak, losing his last three starts despite pitching well in some of those appearances. The victory on Saturday was Kluber's first since Aug. 9. The right-hander has still had a stellar season. Along with his 14-9 record, Kluber has a 2.47 ERA and 223 strikeouts in 204 1/3 innings this year.
Description: White Sox left-hander Jose Quintana pitched six innings and allowed one run on seven hits. He also struck out seven and walked one but received the no-decision.
Insight: Quintana hurled his second straight quality start, but Cleveland's Corey Kluber got the better of him on Saturday. Quintana has allowed three runs over his last 13 innings and is 7-10 with a 3.38 ERA this year.
Description: Pirates starter Francisco Liriano pitched well for a third straight start to win his fourth game of the season as the Pirates shut out the Cubs, 5-0.
Insight: Liriano allowed seven earned runs against Atlanta on Aug. 18, but has yielded just two earned runs in his last 19 innings. The story of Liriano's season, however, is his inability to receive enough run support to win games. His record is 4-10, but he has a respectable 3.74 ERA and 149 strikeouts in 137 1/3 innings this year.
Description: Royals pitcher Liam Hendriks replaced Danny Duffy after just one pitch in the first inning, and threw four innings, gave up three earned runs on seven hits, struck out three and walked none.
Insight: Hendriks has two appearances in Kansas City with four earned runs allowed in 11 innings. He remains a non-fantasy factor unless Duffy is down for an extended period of time and Hendriks gets his spot in the rotation.
Description: Yankees starter Brandon McCarthy pitched six innings, allowed two runs on six hits, struck out four and walked one to capture a victory over the Royals, 6-2, on Saturday.
Insight: McCarthy was coming off two rocky starts but got back on track with a solid start against Kansas City. Overall, McCarthy has pitched much better with the Yankees (6-4, 2.79 ERA, 64 strikeouts) than he did with the Diamondbacks (3-10, 5.01 ERA, 93 strikeouts) in the first half of the season.
Description: Reds starter Johnny Cueto pitched seven innings and allowed one run to beat the Mets on Saturday.
Insight: It was typical Cueto domination, scattering six hits and two walks over his seven frames. He also struck out eight. Although we all expect Clayton Kershaw to get the Cy Young award, Cueto remains in the conversation as he is 17-8 with a 2.23 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 213 strikeouts in 214 innings.
Description: Phillies right-hander A.J. Burnett pitched seven innings and allowed one run on six hits on route to beating the Nationals, 3-1.
Insight: The victory was Burnett's eighth of the season, but the right-hander has had a very disappointing season overall. He is 8-15 with a 4.29 ERA, 169 strikeouts in 191 innings this year. He has pitched better recently, going 2-1 with a 3.15 ERA in his last three starts.
Description: Astros pitcher Scott Feldman went eight and 1/3 innings, allowing two earned runs but could not close the door on the Athletics and received the no-decision.
Insight: Feldman followed up his complete game shutout of the Rangers on Aug. 30 with another masterful game. He, however, could not finished the ninth and relief pitcher Chad Qualls blew the save. The Astros coughed up a 3-1 lead in the ninth to lose, 4-3. Feldman is still pitching very well, allowing just two earned runs over his last 17 1/3 innings pitched.
Description: Rangers starter Yu Darvish (elbow) will not pitch again this season.
Insight: Darvish has been out since Aug. 13 with right elbow inflammation. With everyone including Ron Washigton, who resigned as manager on Friday, packing it in for the season, there is no reason to rush back Darvish this month. He was 10-7 with a 3.06 ERA and 186 strikeouts in 144 1/3 innings this year. He should be a fantasy ace again in 2015.
Description: Royals left-hander Danny Duffy is dealing with a sore throwing shoulder according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today.
Insight: Duffy left Saturday's game after one pitch due to shoulder discomfort. Duffy will undergo more tests, so more details should be released in the next 24 hours. Overall, not good for the AL Central leading Royals.
Description: Mets starter Bartolo Colon allowed two runs on seven hits in seven innings in a victory against the Reds on Friday.
Insight: Colon allowed a home run to Devin Mesoraco in the first inning and another run in the third, but that was all. The 41-year-old has had an up-and-down season but has put up overall decent numbers: 13-11, 3.96 ERA and 134 strikeouts.
Description: Indians starter T.J. House allowed one run on seven hits over seven innings, struck out seven and walked none on his way to a no-decision against the White Sox on Friday.
Insight: House rebounded nicely against the White Sox, who scored five runs off him in four and 2/3 innings on Aug. 26. House has gone seven innings in each of his last two games, giving up a run in both starts.
Description: Rays starter Alex Cobb continued his dominating second half, pitching seven scoreless innings against the first-place Orioles on Friday.
Insight: Cobb received the no-decision and his record is only 9-7 but in 10 of his last 11 starts, Cobb has pitched at least into the sixth inning and allowed two runs or fewer in each start. Over those 11 starts, Cobb's ERA has dropped from 4.28 to 2.83. The 26-year-old is starting to prove that this isn't just a hot streak, but the beginning of something special to come from him in the future.
Description: Orioles starter Wei-Yen Chen pitched six shutout innings against the Rays but received a no-decision on Friday.
Insight: That's because Rays starter Alex Cobb pitched seven shutout innings and the Rays finally broke through with three runs in the eighth. Still, the start is encouraging for Chen, who won his last start but really had not pitched up to his expectations since the middle of August. Chen is having a great season overall, posting a 14-4 record, 3.69 ERA with 119 strikeouts.
Description: Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda allowed just one unearned run on three hits in seven innings on Friday against the Royals but suffered his fourth loss of the season as Kansas City beat New York, 1-0.
Insight: It was the best outing of the season for Pineda, but it was wasted as the Yankees themselves only recorded three hits. Pineda also struck out four and walked none. The pitcher is 3-4 with 1.80 ERA in 50 innings this year.
Description: Kansas City starter James Shields pitched eight and 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing three hits, striking out six and walking none, as the Royals beat the Yankees, 1-0 on Friday.
Insight: Shields picked up his first win in three starts but in his last two starts, Shields has pitched 15 and 1/3 innings and allowed just one run on eight hits. Shields is heating up just when fantasy owners need him. He improved his record to 13-7 and has a 3.23 ERA this year.
Description: Dodgers right-hander Josh Beckett (hip) admitted Friday that he will not return before the end of the 2014 season.
Insight: Beckett (6-6, 2.88 ERA, 1.17 WHIP) has been really slow to recover from the right hip impingement and is likely to undergo surgery. Beckett could even retire. The pitcher has not brought up retirement, but he also has not said he will be definitely be back in 2015.
Description: Pirates starter Vance Worley struck out six on Friday, but things got away from Worley in the fifth as the Cubs came back to tie the game. Worley left with a no-decision, and umpires suspended the game due to rain.
Insight: Worley finished with four and 2/3 innings and allowed two earned runs. The Pirates pitcher has been hot and cold lately. He pitched six and 1/3 strong innings in his last start, allowing one run, but the prior two starts he gave up nine runs in 12 and 1/3 innings of work.
Description: Blue Jays starter Mark Buehrle and Rays starter Jake Odorizzi both went into the eighth inning without yielding a run.
Insight: Buehrle started out 10-1 with a 2.10 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP, but had struggled since.This was a good sign even though he didn't get the win. The Blue Jays couldn't put up any runs until the 10th inning when they pushed across the only run of the game.