With Stephen Strasburg out and Joe Ross still being stretched out, Washington is counting on Gonzalez for the postseason, and he is failing to deliver. He hasn't lasted longer than five innings in any of his recent three starts, and Washington has lost all three games. He finishes the regular season with a 4.57 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 171 strikeouts in 177.1 innings.
The right-hander has done his best to turn it on lately and erase the ridiculous Diamondbacks trade that brought him to Arizona from people's minds, but it's ultimately too little, too late to fix that. Miller has thrown 12.1 straight scoreless innings, and he still has an ERA above 6.00. He also owns a 1.67 WHIP and .310 batting average against. Maybe his final two starts are a sign he will turn it around next season, but as for 2016, it was a complete disaster for Miller.
Arrieta entered his final start with a 2.87 ERA, but Pittsburgh, primarily at the hands of John Jaso, left a dent -- and likely a sour taste in the NL Cy Young Award winner's mouth -- as the club tagged him for seven runs on 10 hits (both season highs) and lifted the healthy mark to 3.10 for the season.
With the surgery to remove damaged tissue from the elbow joint successful, Ryu can now cast an eye toward 2017. The Dodgers do expect Ryu to be ready to go for the start of next season, although that was the expectation last year too after the lefty underwent shoulder surgery. Ryu ended up making just one start for the Dodgers in 2016.
He only threw 47 pitches in his start Monday, and Colon has pitched on short rest before in the regular season, so this is not out of the ordinary. The Mets currently hold a 0.5 game lead in the wild card standings, and if they were able to clinch a playoff spot before Friday, they could save Noah Syndergaard to pitch the wild card game, meaning Colon would pitch Saturday on normal rest.
Foltynewicz has not pitched since being struck by a line drive in a start against the Marlins on Sept. 12, but he will get back up on the bump once more Wednesday before the regular season comes to a close. He was tagged for five earned runs over 5.2 innings in his only other start against Philadelphia this season.
A rain delay ended the night for both team's starters after four innings, but Teheran was drowning in his worst performance of the year before the storm rolled through. For the first time since July of 2014, Teheran allowed 10-plus hits over four or fewer innings. The six earned runs tied a season high for Teheran, although he had pitched six-plus innings in the two other six-run outings. Lucky for him, the Braves rallied to keep the 25-year-old out of the loss column. He's slated to start the season finale Sunday against Detroit.
The Phillies are skipping Jake Thompson's final start and don't have a starter to plug into that spot. Saturday's game is nationally televised, and Mackanin said he would rather have Asher pitch in that game.
Eickhoff has allowed home runs in each of his last three starts, but most have been solo shots which have had minimal damage on his ERA. He is scheduled to pitch his final game of the season on Sunday.
Moore bounced back from a horrendous start last time out against the dodgers (1 IP, 6 ER) to deliver arguably his best start of the season. He didn't walk a batter for the first time since April 17, tied a season high with 11 strikeouts, and needed just 99 pitches to get 23 outs. Moore owns a mediocre 4.48 ERA for the Giants, but this start shows he still has the enticing talent for which they acquired him.