Sean Manaea
Athletics' Sean Manaea: Gives up one run over seven innings in no-decision
Sean Manaea, SP, OAK
3:10 AM
News: Manaea allowed one run on four hits and a walk with three strikeouts over seven innings in a no-decision Monday against the Angels.

Manaea had a 4.73 ERA and 1.31 WHIP on Aug. 17, but he is closing the season on a high note. In his past five starts, he hasn't allowed more than one earned run, and he owns a 0.64 ERA and 0.78 WHIP with a 27:8 K:BB in 28.1 innings. Perhaps most importantly, Manaea had allowed 18 home runs in his first 19 appearances; in his five outings since, he has surrendered just a pair.

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Jaime Garcia
Cardinals' Jaime Garcia: Lasts one inning, takes 13th loss against Reds
Jaime Garcia, SP, STL
3:02 AM
News: Garcia (10-13) lasted just one inning and allowed two runs on four hits in a loss Monday to the Reds.

Brandon Phillips stole third base off Garcia, who didn't appear to look him back at all, and that may have been the real reason why Garcia wasn't even allowed back for the second inning -- after all, he threw just 21 pitches, and worse first innings have been endured. Garcia hasn't won a game since Aug. 16; in eight starts since, he has a 7.36 ERA, 1.64 WHIP, and 0-5 record. His season will all but certainly end with a 4.67 ERA in 32 starts, the worst of his career as a regular starter.

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Tim Adleman
Reds' Tim Adleman: Earns third win against Cardinals
Tim Adleman, SP, CIN
2:56 AM
News: Adleman (3-4) allowed just two runs on four hits and struck out four over seven innings in the win Monday over St. Louis.

Adelman has three quality starts in his past four outings and has allowed more than three runs just once in 12 starts this season. He pitches to contact and has just a 6.0 K/9, and his lack of swing and miss stuff probably limits him to a mid-rotation ceiling. Still, Adelman is having a breakout age 28 season, and with the Reds containing few sure thing starting pitchers, he's putting himself in great position to win a job in 2017.

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Collin McHugh
Astros' Collin McHugh: Gives up two runs in no-decision
Collin McHugh, SP, HOU
1:32 AM
News: McHugh allowed two runs on six hits and three walks with six strikeouts over seven innings in a no-decision Monday against the Mariners.

McHugh has allowed two runs or fewer in five of his past six starts and hasn't dropped a decision since August 13 against Toronto. With Lance McCullers and Dallas Keuchel banged up, McHugh is effectively Houston's ace despite his 4.53 season ERA. McHugh posted a 3.89 ERA with 171 strikeouts in 203.2 innings in 2015 and has looked much more like that pitcher of late.

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Hisashi Iwakuma
Mariners' Hisashi Iwakuma: Allows just one run in no-decision against Astros
Hisashi Iwakuma, SP, SEA
1:28 AM
News: Iwakuma allowed just one run on four hits and two walks with five strikeouts over six innings in a no-decision Monday against Houston.

Iwakuma has been sharp this September, now with four quality starts in five chances and a 22:8 K:BB over 29.1 innings. He appears to have lost his form this season, having allowed a career high 28 home runs in 195.1 innings, but he has managed to give the Mariners chances to win as they try to climb back into the playoff picture in the season's final weeks. The effort lowered Iwakuma's ERA to 3.96; he has yet to allow an ERA of 4.00 or worse in five major league seasons.

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Drew Smyly
Rays' Drew Smyly: Gives up three runs in loss to White Sox
Drew Smyly, SP, TB
1:16 AM
News: Smyly (7-12) allowed three runs on seven hits and a walk with five strikeouts over five innings in the loss Monday against the White Sox.

Smyly has completed six innings just once in his past five starts and has allowed 30 hits in just 25.1 innings and a 5.33 ERA in that span. Although he didn't allow a home run for the first time in that stretch on Monday, he did give up two doubles, both of which would eventually come around to score. Smyly's 4.88 season ERA can largely be pinned on his susceptibility to the extra-base hit, as he has given up 32 homers in just 30 starts this season.

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Martin Perez
Rangers' Martin Perez: Takes 11th loss against Brewers
Martin Perez, SP, TEX
12:54 AM
News: Perez (10-11) allowed eight runs on nine hits and three walks with three strikeouts over 6.2 innings and took the loss Monday against the Brewers.

Perez had four consecutive quality starts heading into Monday's outing, but his propensity for blowups like this has been present all year long. He has now allowed at least five runs in eight of his 32 starts, or one in four. Perez has had some occasional success with his pitch-to-contact approach, and the Rangers stellar offense and defense have lifted him to double-digit wins, but he's simply too unreliable to be more than a back-end option.

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Matt Garza
Brewers' Matt Garza: Earns sixth win over Rangers
Matt Garza, SP, MIL
12:48 AM
News: Garza (6-8) allowed three runs on six hits and a walk with three strikeouts over six innings to beat the Rangers on Monday.

Garza's performance looks particularly good in context, against one of the American League's best lineups in one of the majors' toughest parks for pitchers. He has allowed a solid 2.97 ERA with a 31:10 K:BB over 33.1 innings in his last six starts and is generating some solid momentum heading into 2017.

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Corey Kluber
Indians' Corey Kluber: Leaves start early with groin tightness
Corey Kluber, SP, CLE
12:22 AM
News: Kluber was removed after four innings with groin tightness Monday against the Tigers, having allowed two runs on five hits, a walk, and three strikeouts.

Manager Terry Francona seemed to indicate that the groin was a minor issue and that the early exit was precautionary, saying of Kluber, "He's good, but he has a groin thing that he's fighting." The Indians went on to defeat the Tigers 7-4, and they clinched the AL Central in the process. The combination of the injury and the fact that the Indians will have little to play for in the final games of the regular season would seem to make it unlikely that Kluber would make another regular season start, although the Indians have not yet said anything about whether or not he will miss a start.

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Adam Conley
Marlins' Adam Conley: Throws well in abbreviated start coming off DL
Adam Conley, SP, MIA
9/26/2016
News: Conley (finger) threw three shutout innings against the Mets on Monday, allowing just a pair of hits and a walk while striking out two in his first start since coming off the DL.

The Marlins were clearly planning on using the bullpen heavily Monday, as they pulled their young left-hander after three shutout innings and just 45 pitches in his first start since Aug. 14. Conley was 8-6 with a 3.94 ERA in 24 starts before landing on the DL, and showed no signs of rust in his return. He's lined up to start against the Nationals in the final game of the regular season Sunday, although its quite possible his upside will be limited with a pitch count as it was Monday.

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