Dodgers SP Hyun-Jin Ryu slated to throw simulated game Wednesday
by Michael Hurcomb |
(9/30/2014) Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu, who has been out since mid-September due to a shoulder injury, is slated to throw 45 pitches or three innings during a simulated game Wednesday, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Marlins SP Jose Fernandez 'progressing perfectly' post-elbow surgery
by Michael Hurcomb |
(9/30/2014) Marlins manager Mike Redmond provided an update Tuesday on the status of starting pitcher Jose Fernandez, who missed most of the 2014 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in May.

"He is starting to play catch within the next few days," Redmond told MLB Network Radio. "Everything is progressing perfectly."

Tanner Roark expected to come out of the bullpen
by Larry Hartstein |
(9/29/2014) Nationals pitcher Tanner Roark is expected to be used as a reliever in the NLDS despite going 15-10 with a 2.85 ERA in 31 starts this season, reports

Wade Miley, Josh Collmenter 'are locks' for Arizona rotation in 2015
by Michael Hurcomb |
(9/29/2014) New Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart said Monday starting pitchers Josh Collmenter and Wade Miley "are locks" for the rotation in 2015, according to FOX Sports Arizona. Stewart added the team will "have a nice competition for the other spots."

Mets SP Jonathon Niese headed home without follow-up exam
by Michael Hurcomb |
(9/29/2014) Mets starting pitcher Jonathon Niese doesn't need a follow-up appointment with a doctor Monday after departing his last outing Saturday with a rapid heartbeat, according to ESPN. Niese is doing fine and intends to head home to Ohio without the need for another exam.

Edinson Volquez to start for Pirates in NL Wild Card game
by Michael Hurcomb |
(9/29/2014) The Pirates announced Edinson Volquez has been tabbed as the starting pitcher for Wednesday's NL Wild Card game against the Giants. Volquez will be opposed by Giants left-handed hurler Madison Bumgarner.

Volquez led the Pirates' pitching staff this season in wins (13), innings pitched (192 2/3) and ERA (3.04). He finished the regular season with 18 straight scoreless innings and had a 1.08 ERA in September. He was 9-1 with a 1.85 ERA in his last 17 starts.

Adam Wainwright scratched after Cardinals clinch pennant
by R.J. White |
(9/28/2014) The Cardinals have made several changes to Sunday's starting lineup, including scratching scheduled starter Adam Wainwright, after the team clinched the division title as a result of a Pirates loss earlier in the day.

Wainwright will be saved to face Clayton Kershaw in Game 1 of the NL Divisional Series against the Dodgers.

Gerrit Cole strikes out 12 in Pirates loss Sunday
by R.J. White |
(9/28/2014) Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole didn't factor into the decision Sunday, giving up one earned run on four hits in seven innings while striking out 12, but the Pirates fell 4-1 to the Reds to lose a chance at taking the NL Central title.

Cole did everything he needed to put the Pirates within a half-game of the Cardinals, but the bullpen betrayed the starter after he left the game with the score tied 1-1. The Pirates will face the Giants in the Wild Card game. Cole ends the regular season with a 3.65 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 138:40 K:BB ratio in 138 innings.

Johnny Cueto delivers win No. 20 in season finale
by R.J. White |
(9/28/2014) Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto picked up his 20th win in Sunday's season finale, giving up one earned run on six hits in eight innings while striking out seven and walking none in his team's 4-1 victory over the Pirates.

Cueto (20-9) was also responsible for the game's key hit, as the Reds left him in to hit for himself in the bottom of the eighth with a man on base. He laced a single to center field to break a 1-1 tie before the Reds offense added a two-run blast later in the inning after the starter had been removed for a pinch runner. Cueto ends the season with a 2.25 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 242:65 K:BB ratio in 243 2/3 innings. If not for Clayton Kershaw, he'd be the clear choice for the NL Cy Young award.

Jordan Zimmermann delivers no-hitter in season finale
by R.J. White |
(9/28/2014) Nationals pitcher Jordan Zimmermann no-hit the Marlins on the final day of the regular season, allowing one walk and striking out 10 while throwing 104 pitches in his team's 1-0 victory.

Zimmermann (14-5) picked up the first no-hitter in Nationals history despite some late drama, as the Marlins followed up a long out to deep center field by driving a ball to the gap in left center before left fielder Steven Souza made an outstanding play on a dive to haul in the final out. Zimmermann ends the regular season with 12 straight quality starts and an 8-0 record during that stretch. He owns a 2.66 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 182:29 K:BB ratio in 199 2/3 innings.

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