After an excellent outing his first time out against the Cardinals, Marquez was hammered by the Giants. He surrendered two home runs, two triples and two doubles among the 12 hits as he just left cookie after cookie in the strike zone for Giants hitters. Hopefully these are just growing pains for the 21-year-old Marquez, who was excellent in the minors this year, with a 3.13 ERA and 155:39 K:BB over 166.2 innings across the two highest minor league levels.
Melancon has been one of the league's most effective closers with 95 saves since the start of the 2015 season. His 8.30 K/9 has risen more than a full strikeout per nine innings compared to last season.
Dunn bumps his record to 5-1 on the year, but Monday's win was all about being in the right place at the right time. Adam Conley managed just three innings in his return from a DL stint so the starter was not eligible for the win despite departing with a 7-0 lead. Dunn has posted a solid 3.07 ERA and 1.24 WHIP over 41 innings in relief this season.
It is still not known whether Vizcaino will be able to return this season for the Braves. The right-handed reliever has been on the DL with a shoulder injury since Aug. 30. If he were to be activated before season's end, it is highly unlikely that he would retake the closer role from Jim Johnson, who has performed exceptionally well as Vizcaino's replacement.
Taylor Jungmann (hip) was originally scheduled to start Friday's tilt, but after ruling Jungmann out due to a hip injury incurred in his previous start, the Brewers decided to give Suter another shot in a starting role. Suter was shelled in his first career start, giving up four runs on seven hits in a mere 4.1 innings against Seattle in mid-August, but he hasn't allowed a single run in 12.1 innings out of the bullpen since then. The left-hander doesn't overwhelm anyone with strikeouts, but his command is solid (2.7 BB/9) and he keeps the ball in the park (0.4 HR/9 with Triple-A Colorado Springs), which could bode well as he preps for a start in hitter-friendly Coors Field.
Iglesias had not worked in a save situation in nearly two weeks, but he was sharp on Sunday, throwing 10 of 15 pitches for strikes to finish off the game. Iglesias seems to have found a home in the bullpen after being considered for starting duty at the beginning of the season, and he could open 2017 as the Reds' top option at closer.
The Cubs are calling it a "bullpen" start, so he may only go a few innings as Chicago rests starters ahead of the playoffs.
Montgomery was penciled in to start Thursday. Instead, Rob Zastryzny will start Thursday but the Cubs plan to use several relievers.
Blach needed 76 pitches to get through the first three innings, leading Bruce Bochy to dip into his bullpen early rather than push the rookie. Ranked the organization's No. 23 prospect by MLB Pipeline, Blach went 45-31 with a 3.84 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 3.29 K/BB across four minor league seasons. With San Francisco still battling for a wild card berth, the date of his next start is uncertain.
Tasked with protecting a 3-2 lead, Ottavino struck out the first two batters he faced. He then fell behind 2-0 to Corey Seager, who swatted his next pitch over the right field wall for a game-tying homer, chasing Ottavino from the game. The blown save was the fifth of the year for Ottavino, who had not allowed an earned run in six September appearances prior to Sunday. He's still entrenched as Colorado's closer with a 2.55 ERA and 0.97 WHIP.