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Jake Peavy settles for no-decision


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1:25 am ET) Giants pitcher Jake Peavy wasn't a factor into the decision Monday night in Los Angeles against the Dodgers. He allowed two runs on four hits and one walk while striking out four over seven innings of work.

Over his last six starts covering 41 innings, Peavy has allowed only five earned runs. He owns a 3.78 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP over 31 starts (197 2/3 innings). His final start of the regular season will come at home Saturday against San Diego.


Dan Haren fans seven in no-deicison


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1:25 am ET) Dodgers pitcher Dan Haren struck out seven but wasn't a factor into the decision Monday night at home against the Giants. He allowed two runs -- one earned -- on one hit and no walks over seven innings of work. Of his 100 pitches, 65 were strikes.

Over his last five starts covering 31 innings, Haren has allowed seven earned runs. He owns a 4.03 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP over 31 starts (181 innings). His final start of the regular season will come Saturday at home against Colorado.


Tyler Matzek pegged with tough-luck loss


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1:07 am ET) Rockies pitcher Tyler Matzek was pegged with a tough-luck loss Monday night in San Diego, dropping to 6-11 on the year. He allowed one run on four hits and three walks while striking out eight over six innings of work.

Over his last five starts covering 33 2/3 innings, Matzek has allowed five earned runs. His season comes to an end with a 4.05 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP over 117 2/3 innings of work. He struck out 91 and walked 44 over that span.


Eric Stults keeps Rockies in check Monday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1:02 am ET) Padres pitcher Eric Stults dominated the Rockies at home on Monday, scattering seven hits and 6 1/3 scoreless innings to improve to 8-17 on the year. He struck out five and walked one. Of his 93 pitches, 66 were strikes.

Stults owns a 4.42 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP over 31 starts (169 innings). He will make his final start of the season Saturday in San Francisco.


Josh Collmenter gets back on track in win over Twins


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:12 am ET) Diamondbacks pitcher Josh Collmenter got back on track with a quality start in his penultimate start of the season Monday night against Minnesota, improving to 11-8 on the year. he allowed two runs on five hits and one walk while striking out five over 6 1/3 innings of a 6-2 victory.

Collmenter owns a 3.57 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP over 171 1/3 innings of work. He will make his final start of the season Sunday at home against St. Louis.


Travis Wood takes step back in final start of season


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:07 am ET) Cubs starter Travis Wood took another step back in his final start of the season Monday night at home against the Cardinals, dropping to 8-13 on the year. He was charged with seven runs -- six earned -- on eight hits and two walks while striking out eight over five innings of an 8-0 defeat.

Wood ends his 2014 campaign with a 5.03 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP over 31 starts (173 2/3 innings). He struck out 146 and walked 76 over that span.


Adam Wainwright dazzles in win over Cubs


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:01 am ET) Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright dominated the Cubs at Wrigley Field on Monday, hurling seven scoreless innings to improve to 20-9 on the year. He allowed three hits and one walk while striking out eight in an 8-0 victory.

Wainwright has won 20 games for the second time in his career. He owns a 2.38 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP over 32 starts (227 innings). His final start of the regular season will come Sunday in Arizona.


Aaron Harang pegged with tough-luck loss


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/22/2014) Braves pitcher Aaron Harang pitched well but wasn't backed by any run support Monday night against the Pirates, dropping to 11-12 on the year. He allowed one run on four hits and two walks while striking out seven over seven innings of a 1-0 defeat.

Over his last three starts covering 21 innings, Harang has allowed three earned runs. He owns a 3.60 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP over 32 starts (197 2/3 innings). His final start of the season will come Saturday in Philadelphia.

Francisco Liriano posts another dominant effort Monday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/22/2014) Pirates pitcher Francisco Liriano remained dominant Monday night against Atlanta, improving to 7-10 on the year. He allowed three hits and four walks while striking out seven over six scoreless innings, leading his team to a 1-0 victory. 

Over his last four starts covering 26 innings, Liriano has allowed only one earned run. He owns a 3.32 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP over 28 starts (157 1/3 innings). His final start of the regular season will come Saturday at Cincinnati.


Tyson Ross shut down for remainder of season


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/22/2014) Padres manager Bud Black announced that starting pitcher Tyson Ross will be shut down for the remainder of the season. Joe Wieland will get the start Wednesday in his place, the team announced.

Ross made his final start on Sept. 13 and was unable to pitch again due to discomfort in his lower forearm. His 2014 season comes to an end with a 2.81 ERA and 195 strikeouts over 195 2/3 innings.


Marco Gonzales skips trip to Chicago due to an illness


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/22/2014) Cardinals rookie pitcher Marco Gonzales did not travel with the team for their upcoming series in Chicago against the Cubs because of the flu, FOX Sports Midwest reports Monday.

He will likely rejoin the team once he is no longer dealing with an illness. Gonzales has posted a 4.70 ERA over 30 2/3 innings of work.


Tyson Ross turns focus to 2015


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/22/2014) Padres starting pitcher Tyson Ross, who missed his last start because of discomfort in his lower forearm, realizes he may have pitched for the last time this season, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

"I think the focus now is the long term, the 2015 season," he said. "I'd like to pitch, but I also need to get ready for next season and pitching deep into October."

Though Ross played catch Thursday and Friday, he hasn't exactly stayed in his routine since the injury, spending much of his time in the training room, which also diminishes his chances of returning this season.

"If he can amass the same number of innings or more next year, they're probably more important than the innings he might pitch the remainder of this week," manager Bud Black said.


Mat Latos officially done for season


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/22/2014) Reds starting pitcher Mat Latos, who has missed his last two turns in the rotation with a bruised right elbow, will not return to make one last start, according to MLB.com.

"We haven't gotten beyond the game of catch at this time. It hasn't been fluid or completely pain free," Reds manager Bryan Price said.

Daniel Corcino will take Latos' final turn Wednesday against the Brewers. After missing the first 2 1/2 months because of surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee, Latos went 5-5 with a 3.25 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 6.5 strikeouts per nine innings in 16 starts.


Lance Lynn fans nine in defeat


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/21/2014) Cardinals starter Lance Lynn struck out nine over six innings Sunday, but took the loss in a 7-2 defeat to the Reds. Lynn allowed three runs on four hits, including two homers to Jay Bruce, while walking a pair.

Now 15-10 with a 2.73 ERA, Lynn is scheduled to face Arizona on Saturday.


Alfredo Simon registers 15th win


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/21/2014) Reds pitcher Alfredo Simon improved to 15-10 Sunday with six strong innings in a 7-2 win over the Cardinals. Simon allowed two runs on seven hits, striking out three and walking two, and lowered his ERA to 3.34.

Simon had gone seven innings in four of his previous five starts, and he owned a 17-inning scoreless stretch before the Cards scored in the fifth. He'll take on the Pirates at home Saturday.


Ryan Vogelsong hurt by poor defense


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/21/2014) Giants pitcher Ryan Vogelsong took the loss in Sunday's 8-2 defeat to the Padres, but it wasn't all his fault. He allowed four runs (two earned) and four hits over five-plus innings as the Giants committed two errors. Vogelsong struck out five and walked one.

Vogelsong (8-12) has gone seven innings just once in his past seven starts. He'll face the Padres again at home Friday.


Ian Kennedy hits milestone with Padres


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/21/2014) Padres pitcher Ian Kennedy fanned five in an 8-2 victory over the Giants on Sunday, giving him a career-high 201 strikeouts and making him just the fourth San Diego pitcher to fan 200 in a season. Kennedy allowed two runs on five hits and a walk in 6 2/3 innings as he improved to 12-13.

Kennedy, who has a 3.76 ERA, will face the Giants again Friday in San Francisco.


A.J. Burnett clobbered Sunday against Athletics


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/21/2014) Phillies right-hander A.J. Burnett received plenty of run support Sunday in Oakland, but pitched too poorly to take advantage and came away with a no-decision.

Burnett surrendered six runs on three hits and six walks over 4 1/3 innings. It was his fourth six-walk game of the year. Burnett fanned three along the way. He was all but doomed by a three-run first inning and was knocked out after allowing a two-run double to Geovany Soto in the fifth.

He will try to perform better against Atlanta on Saturday.


Christian Bergman allows two runs in win Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/21/2014) Rockies pitcher Christian Bergman earned a win Sunday, giving up two earned runs on six hits in 5 2/3 innings while striking out three in his team's 8-3 victory over the Diamondbacks.

Bergman (3-4) tossed five scoreless innings as his team jumped out to a 6-0 lead. He then surrendered a two-run home run to Mark Trumbo that ended up not having an impact on the final outcome. Bergman owns a 5.29 ERA and 27:10 K:BB ratio in 49 1/3 innings. He's schedule to close out the season next Sunday against the Dodgers.


Wade Miley surrenders six runs in loss vs. Rockies


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/21/2014) Diamondbacks pitcher Wade Miley took a loss Sunday, allowing six earned runs on eight hits and four walks in 4 1/3 innings while striking out four in his team's 8-3 defeat against the Rockies.

Miley (8-12) surrendered one run in the second inning and two more in the third before the Rockies pushed three more across in the fifth. It's the second time in three games he hasn't finished five innings, though those two outings are his only non-quality starts in his last eight games. Miley owns a 4.35 ERA and 177:72 K:BB ratio in 196 1/3 innings. He's scheduled to make his last start of the season Saturday against the Cardinals.


Jordan Zimmermann suffers bruised pitching shoulder


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/21/2014) Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann suffered a bruised throwing shoulder Saturday when he got hit by a line drive off the bat of Casey McGehee, reports the Washington Post. Zimmermann narrowly avoided being struck in the face.

"It happened so fast, I don't even think my reaction was fast enough to do anything," he said. "It just happened to be that shoulder was in the right spot in the right time."

Zimmermann said his shoulder is sore but he doesn't think it will affect him going forward. It's unclear if he'll make his next scheduled start against the Marlins.


Jacob deGrom keeps rolling in win over Braves


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/21/2014) For the second game in a row, Jacob deGrom notched a double-digit strikeout total, as he added on to a strong string of starts with a win against the Braves on Sunday. The opponents mustered only two runs (one earned) over deGrom's six innings, as the Mets rolled to a 10-2 victory.

After getting 13 Ks in his last start against the Marlins, deGrom got 10 strikeouts in Sunday's outing. He limited the Braves to three singles and three walks, lifting his record to 9-6 and lowering his ERA to 2.63.

According to ESPN.com, Mets manager Terry Collins has not yet determined whether deGrom will make another start this season. The team has targeted an innings limit for him between 180 and 185, and he has now pitched 178 2/3 innings between the majors and Triple-A. Collins is looking to make a decision later in the week.


Wily Peralta a tough-luck loser


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/21/2014) Wily Peralta notched his fourth quality start in four tries in September on Sunday, but he couldn't escape with his second win of the month. The Brewers failed to score against the Pirates' Vance Worley and Tony Watson, so Peralta wound up on the wrong side of a 1-0 decision.

Peralta limited the Pirates to five singles and three walks, resulting in a single run over seven innings. He also struck out four batters.

Dropping his record to 16-11, Peralta managed to lower his ERA to 3.62. His next assignment is to start against the Cubs on Saturday.


Vance Worley dominates in return to rotation


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/21/2014) In making his first start for the Pirates in 11 days, Vance Worley turned in one of his best performances of the season, shutting down the Brewers in a 1-0 victory. The eight-inning scoreless stint was Worley's second-longest of the season, as he limited the Brewers to four singles with no walks.

Worley struck out five batters on the afternoon. He now owns an 8-4 record and a 2.93 ERA. Assuming he remains in the rotation in place of the injured Charlie Morton (sports hernia), Worley would pitch next at the Reds on Friday.


Stephen Strasburg continues strong late-season stretch


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/21/2014) Stephen Strasburg tossed seven scoreless innings against the Marlins on his way to his 13th win of the season on Sunday. In holding the Marlins to just three hits and two walks, Strasburg turned in his eighth start out his last 11 in which he has allowed no more than one earned run.

Strasburg struck out five batters in the Nationals' 2-1 victory. He improved his record to 13-11 and his ERA to 3.23. He is next scheduled to face the Marlins again on Friday.


 
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Fan Poll

Which of these third basemen would you want on your teams for the second half?

Nolan Arenado, Rockies
17%
Manny Machado, Orioles
25%
Todd Frazier, Reds
33%
Martin Prado, Diamondbacks
4%
Kyle Seager, Mariners
17%
Pedro Alvarez, Pirates
4%

Total Votes: 3,689