"If it was an injury, he wouldn't have been pitching with it," Rand said. "If it was a structural injury, he would not have been pitching."
Simon had an up and down season, and after Friday's outing, he blamed the inconsistencies on the left knee issue. Specifically, he said it reduced his velocity at times and meant he couldn't keep the ball down with regularity.
He's headed to free agency this offseason and this little tiff probably did him more harm than good. He returned to Detroit on Saturday to get a platelet-rich plasma injection, just as he did after pitching for the Reds last season.Analysis:
After a five-start losing streak during which he was done in by a combination of questionable pitching and inconsistent run support, the stars finally aligned for Kluber on Saturday. The outing marked his second eight-inning shutout of 2015, and the third time overall that he blanked the opposing squad during his time on the mound.
Although his ERA did rise over last year's number by a full point--going from 2.44 to 3.49--it was actually lower than the 3.85 figure he'd posted while amassing a solid 11-5 record in 2013. Kluber's other key metrics did not suffer any drastic drops this season either, and his BB/9 rate actually improved from 2014's 1.95 to 1.82. Nevertheless, the 29-year-old practically reversed his 2014 AL Cy Young-winning 18-9 record during a disappointing campaign, but certainly has the talent to rebound strongly next season.Analysis:
McHugh ended his season on a high note, earning his sixth win in his last seven outings and helping the Astros keep their one game lead in the AL West. The 28-year-old has enjoyed a career resurgence in the American League, posting excellent numbers in his two seasons with Houston after disappointing stints with the Mets and Rockies.Analysis:
The 21-year-old rookie wraps up 2015 with three consecutive quality outings, during which he has posted an impressive 2.37 ERA. Severino was sharp Saturday, throwing 66 of 91 pitches for strikes, securing first-pitch strikes on 21 of 26 hitters, and inducing 13 swings-and-misses. He didn't help his cause by surrendering homers to Nolan Reimold and the red-hot Manny Machado, bringing his final HR/9 rate for 2015 to 1.30.
While Severino definitely needs to curtail his propensity for surrendering round-trippers and handing out free passes, he turned in a considerably strong rookie campaign, and would be in line to start Game 1 of a possible AL Division Series for the Yankees.Analysis:
The 25-year-old continued his bid for a 2016 rotation spot, ending his season with four quality starts in six outings. Johnson doesn't miss many bats and allows too many walks, which limits his fantasy value, but his peripherals generally show improvement from his major league stint last season.Analysis:
Verlander took a no-decision in his final outing of 2015, wrapping his season up with four consecutive quality starts. The former Cy Young winner put up solid numbers in his abbreviated season, improving his K/9 to 7.63 from 6.95 in 2014.Analysis:
Jimenez wrapped up the 2015 campaign with a strong September, going 3-1 for the month with a solid 3.23 ERA over six starts. Saturday's performance also marked the third consecutive quality start for the veteran, as well as the third time over the last four outings that he did not give up a homer. Jimenez turned in a productive season for the Orioles overall, doubling his win total from 2014 and lowering his BB/9 rate from an awful 5.53 to an still-elevated but more respectable 3.33Analysis:
He ends the season on a high note, and Milone will finish 2015 with a 3.92 ERA and 1.27 WHIP, numbers right in line with his career prior to last year's stumble.Analysis:
He wraps up the season with three wins and three quality starts in his last four outings, and Chen will go into the books with a 3.34 ERA and 1.22 WHIP over 191 1/3 innings in 2015, numbers right in line with last year.Analysis:
The Angels made a miraculous comeback Saturday, so Sunday's game will decide whether the two teams will need to play a 163rd game to decide the division. Cole Hamels will start for the Rangers.Analysis: