Alex Reyes
Cardinals' Alex Reyes: Stays cool under pressure of critical start
Alex Reyes, RP, STL
11:34 AM
News: Reyes pitched six innings, allowing one run on seven hits and two walks while striking out six Reds in Thursday's no-decision.

Reyes came through big, improving his team's position in the Wild Card standings Thursday. The Cardinals watched their rookie right-hander rise to the occasion by weaving his way through a few trouble spots for his third quality start of the month. Over six September innings, Reyes managed a 3-1 record with an impressive 1.97 ERA with 35 strikeouts in 32 innings.

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Seung Hwan Oh
Cardinals' Seung Hwan Oh: Returns from groin injury
Seung Hwan Oh, RP, STL
9:08 AM
News: Oh (groin) gave up a run on two hits while striking out two Thursday, blowing the save but picking up the win after the Cardinals won the game in the bottom of the ninth inning.

He left Wednesday's game after 1.1 innings due to renewed groin discomfort, but this seems to have been a minor issue, as he was back out there in a save situation Thursday. However, given the groin ailment and the fact that he has logged 2.1 innings over the past two days, he may not be available in a save situation Friday.

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Jeanmar Gomez
Phillies' Jeanmar Gomez: Struggles again Thursday
Jeanmar Gomez, RP, PHI
4:40 AM
News: Gomez was tagged with a loss Thursday after allowing four runs on three hits in a third of an inning against the Braves.

Gomez entered Thursday's game with the score tied in the eighth. His chances of earning another save this season are slim given his recent struggles. Hector Neris and Michael Mariot are the primary candidates for save chances should the Phillies generate any over the final games of the season.

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Rob Zastryzny
Cubs' Rob Zastryzny: Lasts 3.2 innings as Cubs tie Pirates
Rob Zastryzny, RP, CHC
12:52 AM
News: Zastryzny allowed an unearned run on two hits and two walks with four strikeouts over 3.2 innings in Thursday's tie against the Pirates.

This was baseball's first tie since 2005, as rain ended the contest tied 1-1 in the bottom of the sixth, and it won't be made up due to its lack of playoff seeding implications. Zastryzny got his first career start after making seven relief appearances with manager Joe Maddon opting to pitch only relievers as the Cubs prepare for the playoffs. The rookie now owns a 1.13 ERA and 17 strikeouts in 16 innings.

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Jake Buchanan
Cubs' Jake Buchanan: Named Friday's starter
Jake Buchanan, RP, CHC
9/29/2016
News: Buchanan will start Friday against the Reds, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports.

Jason Hammel was scratched with an elbow issue and Buchanan will step in for his third career start at the major league level (first since 2014). The 27-year-old right-hander has made just one appearance since his September callup and that was all the way back on Sept. 5, when he threw one inning (16 pitches) against Milwaukee. It will likely amount to a bullpen game for Chicago.

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Mark Melancon
Nationals' Mark Melancon: Earns 45th save Thursday
Mark Melancon, RP, WAS
9/29/2016
News: Melancon recorded the final two outs of Thursday's game against Arizona to earn his 45th save of the season.

Reynaldo Lopez made it a save situation by allowing a two-run homer to Socrates Brito in the ninth. Melancon was called upon and nailed down the win, recording the final two outs on a total of 10 pitches. He is now 14-for-15 in save opportunities since joining Washington and has converted 45 of 49 chances on the year. The right-hander appears headed for a big payday this winter.

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Edubray Ramos
Phillies' Edubray Ramos: Dealing with elbow soreness
Edubray Ramos, RP, PHI
9/29/2016
News: Ramos is day-to-day with a sore elbow, Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia reports.

Manager Pete Mackanin said the elbow issue is not serious. Given how late it is in the season, the Phillies could opt to shut Ramos down rather than risk further aggravation to his elbow.

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Jeurys Familia
Mets' Jeurys Familia: Becomes first to 50 saves in 2016
Jeurys Familia, RP, NYM
9/28/2016
News: Familia struck out two in a clean ninth, securing his 50th save of the season, Wednesday in Miami.

Familia is now 50-for-55 in save chances this season, and on the cusp of his first saves title. His .225 BAA is a bit high considering his dominance, but Familia is a master of working with men on base and limiting damage. He's got 80 strikeouts in 75.2 innings this year.

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Jose Urena
Marlins' Jose Urena: Struggles in final start of 2016
Jose Urena, RP, MIA
9/28/2016
News: Urena (4-9) was torched by the Mets for five runs on eight hits and two walks over five innings Wednesday. He struck out two in the loss.

Making his 12th and final start of the season, the 25-year-old failed to go out on a positive note. Outside of an 8.2-inning gem against the Dodgers on Sept. 11, Urena dropped three of his last four starts. He finishes his sophomore campaign with a 6.13 ERA and 1.43 WHIP over 83.2 innings (28 appearances).

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Seth Lugo
Mets' Seth Lugo: Wins fifth straight in Wednesday's bout
Seth Lugo, RP, NYM
9/28/2016
News: Lugo (5-2) pitched 5.1 innings, allowing two runs on five hits and three walks while striking out two Marlins in Wednesday's victory.

Making his eighth and final start of the season, the rookie delivered another fine outing. In his last seven starts, Lugo is 5-0 while his team is a perfect 7-0. The 26-year-old finished the year's final month with a 2.76 ERA and 17 strikeouts in 29.1 innings.

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