Marlins RP Mike Dunn concludes mediocre season
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(10/5/2015) Marlins reliever Mike Dunn finished the 2015 season with a disappointing 4.50 ERA and 1.39 WHIP over 54 innings.

The 30-year-old reliever remained a workhorse out of the bullpen, logging 70-plus appearances for the fourth time in the last five years and he finished with 20 holds, making it the third straight season he's collected 20+ holds.

His overall numbers are down from the past two seasons, but it is difficult to find a significant skills regression that would prevent Dunn from bouncing back in 2016. His walk rate ticked up and he allowed a couple more home runs than in 2014 while his velocity and strikeout rates remained in line with career norms.

Braves pitcher Shae Simmons may miss beginning of next season
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(10/5/2015) Braves pitcher Shae Simmons (elbow) may miss the first month of the 2016 season, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports.

Simmons underwent Tommy John surgery in February, so the start of spring training and the regular season will come just after a year since going under the knife. The 25-year-old has yet to ramp up baseball activities, and the club will need to see how he feels once he does, so this appears to just be an initial timetable.

Braves pitcher Chris Withrow expected to be healthy by spring training
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(10/5/2015) Braves pitcher Chris Withrow (elbow) is expected to be fully healthy by the start of spring training, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports.

Withrow missed the entire 2015 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in June of 2014, but he'll now have a full offseason to go through his normal routine.

The 26-year-old was a solid option out of the bullpen for the Dodgers when healthy, and he'll try to establish himself as a late inning option now for the Braves next season.

Rockies RP Rex Brothers completes fine finish in Sunday win
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(10/5/2015) Rockies reliever Rex Brothers pitched a scoreless eighth inning and recorded the win in relief Sunday against the Giants.

After an uneven year at Triple-A Albuquerque, Brothers seemed to right the ship when he rejoined the Rockies as a September call-up. In 14 appearances spanning 7 2/3 innings, Brothers gave up no runs on five hits and four walks.

The 27-year-old is probably a long shot to regain the closing role he formerly enjoyed in 2013, but his improvement down the stretch could allow him to claim a prominent bullpen spot in 2016.

Reds RP Aroldis Chapman records four outs for 33rd save on Saturday
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(10/4/2015) Reds closer Aroldis Chapman secured his 33rd save in Saturday's 3-1 victory over the Pirates, striking out two and not allowing a hit in 1 1/3 innings.

Chapman is putting the finishing touches on another season of dominating opposing hitters in the late innings, raising his strikeout rate to an eye-popping 42 percent after recording another two whiffs on Saturday. He has also turned in scoreless efforts in 10 out of his last 11 appearances. The 27-year-old has also now lowered his ERA for three successive seasons, with his current 1.66 mark representing his lowest total since the 1.51 figure he'd posted in 2012.

Reds SP Brandon Finnegan impresses on Saturday in final 2015 start
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(10/4/2015) Reds starter Brandon Finnegan (2-2) surrendered three hits, an earned run and two walks in six innings in Saturday's 3-1 victory over the Reds. He struck out six.

The rookie southpaw acquitted himself well in his fourth career start, and had the distinction of securing the victory over 17-year veteran A.J. Burnett's last regular-season appearance. Saturday's outing was easily Finnegan's best to date, and marked the furthest he'd pitched into a game. Finnegan also threw a career-high 88 pitches and did not surrender a homer for the first time in those four starting assignments.

Except for a tough Sept. 23 appearance against the Cardinals, Finnegan performed well for the Reds since a July trade from the Royals. He will look to compete for a spot in the starting rotation in 2016 after closing out his rookie campaign on a positive note.

Marlins RP A.J. Ramos saves both games of doubleheader Saturday
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(10/3/2015) Marlins closer A.J. Ramos picked up his 32nd save Saturday, allowing two hits while striking out three over a scoreless inning in a 5-2 win over the Phillies.

Ramos had himself quite a day, earning a save in each game of Saturday's doubleheader. Now sporting an 11.13 K/9, and converting each of his last nine save opportunities, Ramos has been excellent in his first season as a closer.

Dodgers RP Kenley Jansen protects one-run lead, gets 36th save
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(10/3/2015) Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen hit a batter and allowed a hit in a scoreless ninth inning while striking out one en route to his 36th save in a 2-1 win over the Padres on Saturday.

Jansen has had a ridiculous season for the Dodgers and he's the only reliable arm in their bullpen right now. The perfect scenario played itself out on Saturday, as Zack Greinke went eight strong innings and was able to hand the game to Jansen in the ninth. Jansen now holds a 2.41 ERA and 0,78 WHIP in 52 1/3 innings this season while striking out 80 batters.

Cubs RP Jason Motte dispatched to Arizona to continue shoulder rehab
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(10/3/2015) Cubs reliever Jason Motte (shoulder) left the Cubs on Saturday to continue his rehab at the team's complex in Arizona.

Motte is not expected to be ready for the Wednesday's game against Pittsburgh, but he might be able to return if the Cubs advance to the the NLDS. He's been on the DL since Aug. 24.

Cubs RP Hector Rondon continues dominance Saturday, claims 30th save
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(10/3/2015) Cubs closer Hector Rondon recorded his 30th save of the season Saturday, striking out one over a scoreless inning in a 1-0 win over the Brewers.

Rondon hasn't looked back since reclaiming the closer's role in late July, converting 18 of 19 save opportunities since July 29. Posting excellent peripherals across the board -- including a 1.67 ERA -- Rondon has been an asset for fantasy owners this season.

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