Steven Brault
Pirates' Steven Brault: Takes no-decision against Cubs.
Steven Brault, SP, PIT
2:54 AM
News: Brault allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits and two walks over four innings in a no-decision Monday against the Cubs.

Brault has made three starts for the Pirates and has allowed a 3.86 ERA but a mediocre 12:7 K:BB. He can be forgiven for struggling with the juggernaut Cubs, but Brault shouldn't be expected to hold onto his rotation spot once Gerrit Cole is ready to return from the disabled list. Brault had a 3.91 ERA with a 10.2 K/9 but a 4.4 BB/9 at Triple-A, so some inconsistency is probably to be expected from him.

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Jake Arrieta
Cubs' Jake Arrieta: Gives up six runs in no-decision
Jake Arrieta, SP, CHC
2:46 AM
News: Arrieta allowed six runs on five hits and three walks with three strikeouts over 6.1 innings in a no-decision Monday against the Pirates.

For the second time in his past three starts, Arrieta has allowed at least five earned runs and two home runs. He still owns a rock solid 2.84 ERA and 1.05 WHIP, but he has started to show cracks in the armor. This start is going to push him back in the National League Cy Young race, opening the door for pitchers like Madison Bumgarner, Johnny Cueto, Max Scherzer or Jon Lester to step up.

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Dan Straily
Reds' Dan Straily: Rocked for seven runs in 2.2 innings
Dan Straily, SP, CIN
1:58 AM
News: Straily (10-7) was rocked for seven runs on eight hits over just 2.2 innings in Monday's loss to the Angels. He walked one and struck out three.

The culprit behind Straily's struggles was the long ball, as he gave up four homers in this shortened outing. All the momentum he had built up with nine quality starts in his previous 10 appearnaces has dissipated with this disaster. Things won't get any easier when the right-hander takes on a dangerous Cardinals offense in his next start Sunday.

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Jon Gray
Rockies' Jon Gray: Hurls six shutout inning Monday
Jon Gray, SP, COL
1:42 AM
News: Gray (9-6) beat the Dodgers with six shutout innings Monday, allowing just four hits and three walks with eight strikeouts.

Gray pitched remarkably well, holding the Dodgers without a run at Coors Field for the second time this month. He has rebounded nicely from a horrid three-start stretch with 18 strikeouts in back-to-back strong outings. The 24-year-old will look to channel that momentum into another strong home outing Sunday against Arizona.

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Kenta Maeda
Dodgers' Kenta Maeda: Tough-luck loss at Coors Field
Kenta Maeda, SP, LAD
1:16 AM
News: Maeda (13-8) allowed two runs on four hits, striking out six while walking just one over five innings in Monday's tough-luck loss at Coors Field.

Maeda handled baseball's most hitter-friendly venue quite well, but an implosion by the Dodgers bullpen sank any chance he had of escaping without a loss. Pitching on a full week's rest seemed to do him some good, but the Japanese right-hander still threw just 88 pitches. He'll have a favorable matchup with the Padres on Saturday if the Dodgers opt to use him on regular rest.

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Zach Davies
Brewers' Zach Davies: Strikes out nine against Cardinals
Zach Davies, SP, MIL
12:20 AM
News: Davies allowed three runs on seven hits and struck out nine over 6.1 innings in a no-decision Monday against St. Louis.

Davies has rebounded from a disaster start August 18 against the Cubs with a pair of quality starts. Nine strikeouts ties his season high, set twice before this season, June 1 against the Cardinals and June 24 against the Nationals. Davies allowed two more home runs and has now served up 18 in 24 starts this season, but he has a sharp 117:34 K:BB in 139.1 innings and has been one of the few Brewers starters to show promise for the future in 2016.

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Carlos Martinez
Cardinals' Carlos Martinez: Strikes out 13 Brewers in no-decision
Carlos Martinez, SP, STL
12:08 AM
News: Martinez allowed one run on four hits and two walks and struck out 13 over six innings in a no-decision Monday against the Brewers.

Martinez has always been nasty, but never has it shown like it did Monday night. He induced a ridiculous 24 swinging strikes in 98 pitches and recorded all 18 outs via either the strikeout or groundout. This marks the second time Martinez has gone into double-digit strikeouts this season -- the other also came against Milwaukee on July 9, when he struck out 11 in just five innings. Don't expect him to rack up this many strikeouts against better lineups, but Martinez has allowed just three runs in his past three starts (21 innings) and is getting hot for the Cardinals at just the right time.

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Cody Reed
Reds' Cody Reed: Leaves minor league game with injury
Cody Reed, SP, CIN
8/29/2016
News: Reed left his minor league start in the third inning Monday after experiencing back spasms, Cody Pace of MLB.com reports.

Reed was making just his second start since coming off the DL with an arm injury but exited after throwing just 33 pitches. Manager Delino DeShields says the injury has nothing to do with the arm and Reed will likely avoid another stint on the disabled list for the time being.

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Jose Fernandez
Marlins' Jose Fernandez: Tosses six shutout innings in no-decision
Jose Fernandez, SP, MIA
8/29/2016
News: Fernandez blanked the Mets for six innings on Monday, allowing three hits, walking four, and striking out six in the no-decision.

Fernandez has now tossed 13 shutout innings over his last two starts, striking out 15 in the process. The righty now has 219 strikeouts for the season, behind just Max Scherzer in the Major Leagues. Fernandez will carry a 2.79 ERA into his start Saturday against Cleveland.

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Rookie Davis
Reds' Rookie Davis: Heads back to Double-A
Rookie Davis, SP, CIN
8/29/2016
News: Davis was sent back down to Double-A on Monday for Pensacola's upcoming playoff run, Cody Pace of MLB.com reports.

Davis was promoted to Triple-A Louisville in early August, but Louisville isn't on track for added playoff baseball, so Davis will see more late-season reps by ending his season with Pensacola. The 23-year-old righty was getting pushed around in Triple-A, however, with an ERA of 7.50 and a WHIP of 1.88 over 24 total innings.

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