Description: Giants starter Madison Bumgarner will likely not be rattled in the NL Wild Card game like Johnny Cueto was a season ago.
Insight: Bumgarner is one of the most poised 25-year-old pitchers there is in the game and there certainly isn't one more fiery. Just about a week ago, he basically challenged headcase Yasiel Puig to a fight. San Francisco didn't have many choices as to who to start for this game, but they have the right guy on the mound.
Description: Pirates starter Edinson Volquez is 9-1 with a 1.85 ERA in his last 17 starts going into his NL Wild Card game start on Wednesday.
Insight: Volquez has also allowed just four earned runs in his last 34 2/3 innings at home. In his last two starts, each lasting seven innings, he did not yield a single run. Experts can second guess the Pirates rotation strategy this week all they want, but Pittsburgh has a hot pitcher on the mound, in front of an electric crowd at home, and with the support of one of the hottest offenses in September.
Description: Athletics starter Jon Lester allowed six runs over seven 1/3 innings, struck out five and walked two in the loss to the Royals in the American League Wild Card game on Tuesday.
Insight: Lester settled in after a rocky start that led to three Kansas City runs in the first three innings. Manager Bob Melvin likely stuck with Lester for too long as the Royals rallied in the eigth inning. Easy to second guess now. Lester was charged with three runs in the eighth, two of which scored after he exited. This was likely his last game for Oakland as Lester is a free agent this winter.
Description: Royals starter James Shields allowed four runs over five plus innings in the Royals' 9-8 thrilling victory over the Athletics in the American League Wild Card game on Tuesday.
Insight: Shields tossed up a two-run bomb to Brandon Moss four batters into the game, but he settled down nicely to have a couple 1-2-3 innings. He started the sixth, but manager Ned Yost took him out after Shields allowed a single and walk to start the inning. Relief starting pitcher Yordano Ventura then gave up another home run to Moss and officially closed the book on Shields. Kansas City rallied in the eighth, ninth and 12th to win, 9-8. Shields expects to start Game 3 of the ALDS against the Angels on Sunday.
Description: Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw will likely pitch on short rest in a potential NLDS Game 4 according to ESPN Los Angeles.
Insight: If Don Mattingly could, he would pitch Kershaw everyday. In a 5-game series, it makes the Dodgers awfully tough to beat when Kershaw is pitching two of the first four games of the series. Throw in the fact that Zach Greinke pitches Game 2, it is virtually impossible to win just two games and force a Game 5. This strategy worked last year, so why not try it again against the Cardinals, the team that knocked the Dodgers out in the NLCS a year ago.
Description: Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz had successful surgery Tuesday to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee according to MassLive.com.
Insight: Buchholz should be ready to go by February. The Red Sox pitcher will hope to bounce back in 2015 after finishing this season with a 5.34 ERA and 1.39 WHIP in 170 1/3 innings. Buchholz was much better in 2013 with a 1.74 ERA in 108 1/3 innings.
Description: Nationals starter Tanner Roark will pitch out of the bullpen in the NLDS according to Bill Ladson of MLB.com
Insight: It speaks volumes as to how good the Washington rotation is that Roark, who was 15-10 with a 2.85 ERA and 1.09 WHIP, cannot get a starting spot in the playoffs. Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmerman, Gio Gonzalez and Doug Fister will be the four playoff starters.
Description: Angels starter Matt Shoemaker (oblique) played catch on Monday without any setbacks and will throw another bullpen session Tuesday according to the Orange County Register.
Insight: Shoemaker still expects to start Game 3 of the ALDS on Oct. 5. He has been out with a strained oblique since Sept. 16. Jered Weaver and C.J. Wilson are slated to start Games 1 and 2 for the Angels.
Description: Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz will have surgery Tuesday to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee.
Insight: Buchholz should be ready to go by February. He wasn't very good this season, going 8-10 with a 5.31 ERA and 1.40 WHIP to the disappointment of fantasy owners who remember he went 12-1 with a 1.74 ERA and 1.025 WHIP in 2013.
Description: Tigers starter David Price pitched seven 1/3 scoreless innings to lead Detroit to the American League Central title with a 3-0 victory over the Twins on Sunday.
Insight: The Tigers can all collectively exhale as Price delievered what he was brought to do when Detroit traded for him. Price allowed four hits and struck out eight to finish the season 15-12 with a 3.26 ERA. The Tigers have now won four straight AL Central championships.
Description: Dodgers starter Zack Greinke wins 17th game in finale.
Insight: The Dodgers did not want to overwork him, as he only threw 77 pitches. Greinke went five innings of one-run ball on four hits, while striking out six. He finishes the year at 17-8 with a 2.71 ERA. Greinke should be starting Game 2 of the NLDS.
Description: Yankees right hander Michael Pineda struck out 10 and allowed just one run and three hits in six 1/3 innings on Sunday to win the season finale.
Insight: The Red Sox did not have their best lineup out on the field, but he would have performed well against the Boston "A Team" as well. In his last 13 2/3 innings, Pineda struck out 18 hitters. He finishes the year with a 1.89 ERA and looks to be the Yankees best starter going into 2015.
Description: Cardinals right-hander Adam Wainwright did not pitch Sunday against Arizona.
Insight: With Pittsburgh losing earlier, the Cardinals wrapped up ther NL Central, allowing Wainwright to rest. Four relievers combined for the 1-0 win, with Justin Masterson earning the victory. Wainwright will start Game 1 of the Divisional Series.
Description: Rays starter Alex Cobb allowed four runs on 10 hits over six innings in a loss to the Indians on Sunday.
Insight: The 10 hits was a season-high, so Cobb was certainly hoping for a better start to cap off his superb season. Even with the tough Sunday, Cobb was 10-9 with a 2.87 ERA, 149 strikeouts in 166 1/3 innings this year. Cobb posted a 1.78 ERA after July 1.
Description: Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz allowed four runs over six innings in a loss to the Yankees in the season finale.
Insight: All four runs came in the third inning, which included four hits. One of the hits was Derek Jeter's last of his career. Buchholz improved as the season went, but still struggled at times and finished with a 5.34 ERA.
Description: Rangers pitcher Nick Martinez allowed two runs over five 2/3 innings in Sunday's loss to the Athletics.
Insight: Martinez tossed up four hits, did not walk a batter and struck out two. Unfortunately, Martinez ran into Sonny Gray, who pitched a complete-game shutout for the Athletics. Gray finishes the year 5-12 with 4.55 ERA in 140 1/3 innings this year.
Description: Angels starter Matt Shoemaker (oblique) completed a bullpen session on Sunday and remains confident that he will pitch in the ALDS according to the Los Angeles Times.
Insight: Shoemaker has been out since Sept. 16 with a left oblique strain. He admitted that he felt a little bit of tightness in his oblique, but Shoemaker said he feels like he can pitch through it. The Angels are planning to start Jered Weaver and C.J. Wilson in Games 1 and 2, so expect Shoemaker to start in Game 3.
Description: Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels goes eight innings, but loses.
Insight: Stop us if you heard this before. Hamels pitches great, but does not get the run support. Today, he allowed just two runs on three hits, while striking out seven. Hamels finishes 2014 at 9-9 and a 2.46 ERA.
Description: Reds starter Johnny Cueto does it all in 20th victory of season.
Insight: Not only did he go eight innings of one-run ball on six hits, while striking out seven, but Cueto also had the go-ahead RBI single in the eighth inning. He had a monster season, going 20-9 with a 2.25 ERA. Target him early in 2015.
Description: Mariners ace Felix Hernandez will need to bounce back from the worst start of his career in order for Seattle to make the playoffs.
Insight: Seattle won and Oakland lost on Saturday as the Mariners stayed alive in the wild card chase. The Mariners send King Felix to the mound after he gave up eight runs to the Blue Jays on Tuesday. Hernandez told mynorthwest.com that he has put the game behind him and that he is going to "Keep fighting, it won't happen again." We wouldn't count on two rough starts in a row from King Felix.
Description: Rangers RHP Scott Baker allowed two earned runs in four innings of a spot start against the Athletics on Saturday.
Insight: The Rangers scratched Derek Holland right before the game due to a migraine. Baker pretty very well on the short notice. He finishes the year with a 5.47 ERA in seven starts and 18 relief appearances.
Description: Mariners left-hander James Paxton pitched five 2/3 innings and allowed one run in a no-decision against the Angels on Saturday.
Insight: Paxton had a horrible start in his last outing, giving up eight earned runs in less than three innings, so this was a big bounce-back game for him. He finishes the regular season 6-4 with a 3.04 ERA in 13 starts. Paxton missed most of the first four months with a strained lat.
Description: Angels starter C.J. Wilson threw six innings and allowed one run on four hits in a no-decision against the Mariners on Saturday.
Insight: It did not really matter what the result was for Wilson as long as he threw a good game. He lasted just two-thirds of an inning in his last outing against the Athletics and likely wanted to correct his mistakes before the playoffs. Wilson finishes the regular season 13-10 with a 4.54 ERA and is expected to start Game 2 of the ALDS.
Description: Cardinals right-hander Adam Wainwright will try to clinch NL Central for St. Louis on Sunday.
Insight: They can do it with a win or a Pirates loss. The Cardinals have the guy they want on the mound, as Wainwright is 20-9 with a 2.38 ERA and 1.03 WHIP in 2014. He has been even more impressive of late, going 3-0 with an astounding 0.38 ERA and 0.79 WHIP. If your championship matchup is close, and you have this guy on your roster, you have to feel good going into today.
Description: Twins starter Tommy Milone threw a scoreless inning in his return to the mound on Saturday.
Insight: Milone had not pitched since Sept. 2 due to shoulder fatigue and a neck injury. He did not receive another start, but the scoreless inning is encouraging. Milone finishes the year with a 6-4 record and 4.19 ERA in 118 innings.
Description: Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann could be in line for a pitcher's duel on Sunday.
Insight: Zimmerman may not be asked to go to far into the game, as Washington has already locked up home-field advantage throughout the National League Playoffs. Yet, it does not take away from the intrigue. Zimmerman is 3-0 with a 1.45 ERA and 0.96 WHIP over his last three starts. Opposing starter, Miami's Henerson Alvarez comes in on fire as well, going 2-0 with a 1.31 ERA and 1.11 WHIP throughout his past three starts. Expect a low-scoring game.
Description: Rangers interim manager Tim Bogar implied pitcher Derek Holland (migraine) would start Sunday if the game has meaning according to Shannon Drayer of mynorthwest.com.
Insight: After Texas beat Oakland and Seattle won, the game has meaning in terms of which team captures the final wild card spot in the American League. The Rangers scratched Holland from Saturday's game due to a migraine, but he is feeling good enough to start Sunday. Holland has made five starts this year, all this month, and is 2-0 with a 1.31 ERA.
Description: Arizona starter Wade Miley posts no-decision in final outing of 2014.
Insight: He went five innings, allowing two runs on six hits and three walks, with six strikeouts. Miley finishes the year at 8-12 with a 4.34 ERA and 1.40 WHIP. Randall Delgado received the win versus St. Louis, with Addison Reed locking down his 32nd save.
Description: Twins starter Ricky Nolasco wins sixth game of season.
Insight: In his final start of 2014, Nolasco went six innings, allowing two runs on five hits and two walks, and struck out six. It has not been a good year, however (6-12, 5.38 ERA). Nolasco will look to rebound in 2015.
Description: Brewers starter Wily Peralta finishes off fine season for Milwaukee.
Insight: After going seven innings against the Cubs, allowing one run on five hits and a walk, while striking out 13, Peralta is now 17-11. He finishes the year with a 3.53 ERA and 1.30 WHIP. He paid off tremendously for owners this season.
Description: Braves starter Aaron Harang earns victory in final start of season.
Insight: Harang had a solid season for Atlanta, and he concluded his year with a solid start against Philadelphia. He went 6 2/3 innings of two-run ball, allowing eight hits and two walks, while striking out five. Harang is now 12-12 with a 3.57 ERA, but almost lost his victory, as Craig Kimbrel loaded the bases in the ninth. However, Kimbrel escaped with his 46th save of the year, getting Ben Revere to line out to end the contest .
Description: Phillies right-hander A.J. Burnett finishes off season to forget.
Insight: He takes the loss and is now 8-18, making him the leaderi n loses for the National League. Burnett finishes 2014 with a 4.59 ERA. It will interesting to see if he retires or comes back for one more go-around.
Description: Mets starter Rafael Montero ptches well in no-decision.
Insight: He finishes the year going 5 1/3 innings, allowing one run on six hits and and two walks, while striking out six. Montero was in line for the loss, but the Mets scored two in the bottom of the ninth, to walk-off 2-1.
Description: Rays right-hander Alex Colome earns second victory in final start of season.
Insight: He did so in fine fashion, going 6 1/3 innings, allowing no runs on four hits, and struck out six. Colome finishes 2014 at 2-0 with a 2.66 ERA and 1.23 WHIP. Jake McGee saved his 19th game to seal the win.
Description: Indians starter Carlos Carrasco pitches well in loss Saturday.
Insight: He went 7 2/3 innings against Tampa Bay, allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits and a walk, while striking out 10. Carrasco has been fantastic of late, and finishes 2014 at 8-7 with a 2.55 ERA. He will be a sleeper next season in fantasy drafts.
Description: Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg allows no runs in final start Saturday.
Insight: Washington did not him want throwing too many pitches, as he finished with 83. Strasburg ends 2014 on a high note, picking up his 14th win, going six innings, striking out seven, and allowing only two hits.
Description: Orioles starter Wei-Yen Chen posts quality start on Saturday versus Toronto.
Insight: In his final start of the regular season, Chen went six innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits and one walk, while striking out three. He has been a huge part of Baltimore's success, finishing the year at 16-6 with a 3.54 ERA and 1.23 WHIP.
Description: Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ earns 11th win in final start of 2014.
Insight: He has been up and down all year, but pitched well against Baltimore on Saturday. Happ went seven innings of two-run ball, on four hits and two walks, with four strikeouts. He finshes the year at 11-11 with a 4.22 ERA. Happ's inconsistency makes him a risky pick heading into 2015.
Description: Giants starter Jake Peavy goes five innings in final start of 2014.
Insight: San Francisco did not want to tire him out oo much, as Peavy only threw 92 pitches. He allowed one run on four hits and three walks, to go along with three strikeouts. Peavy finishes 2013 with a 7-13 record, 3.73 ERA and 1.28 WHIP.
Description: Pirates starter Francisco Liriano pitched lasts only five innings Saturday.
Insight: He was on fire of late, but did not have it today. Liriano gave up four runs (three earned) on five hits and five walks, while striking out five. His 2014 season finishes off with a 7-10 record and a 3.38 ERA and 1.30 WHIP.
Description: Reds starter Mike Leake pitched seven great innings, allowing one run on three hits, struck out eight and walked two but received a no-decision as the Reds lost, 3-1, to the Pirates on Friday.
Insight: Leake finished the season strong as he kept the surging Pirates at bay. Gaby Sanchez's solo home run accounted for the only run scored against the Reds pitcher on Friday. Leake finishes the year 11-13 with a 3.70 ERA and 164 strikeouts.
Description: Indians pitcher Corey Kluber threw eight shutout innings with 11 strikeouts and two walks to win his 18th game of the season.
Insight: With Felix Hernandez allowing eight runs in his final start of the year, Kluber caps off a wonderful year with this masterful start and may have moved in front of King Felix for the American League Cy Young award. Kluber is 18-9 with a 2.44 ERA and 269 strikeouts in 235 2/3 innings. He leads the AL in strikeouts, is tied for the lead in wins, is second in innings and third in ERA.
Description: Pirates starter Charlie Morton will be out the next six-to-eight months after undergoing surgery to repair the labrum in his right hip on Friday according to Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review.
Insight: Morton was hoping to stick out the hip injury until the end of the season, but he will officially miss the playoffs at this point. He did return for one start a couple weeks ago and threw five scoreless innings. Morton had the same surgery in October of 2011 and missed the first two weeks of 2012, so his Opening Day status is in doubt.
Description: Pirates starter Edinson Volquez pitches gem against the Braves.
Insight: He allowed no runs on four hits, over seven innings of work, and also struck out 10. He finishes the year at 13-7 with an impressive 3.04 ERA. He will be a highly sought after free agent this offseason.
Description: Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda is robbed of victory against Baltimore.
Insight: He went eight innings and left with a three-run lead. However, David Roberston blew the save. Kuroda, did finish the night with nine strikeouts and only two earned runs. He concludes 2014 at 11-9 and a 3.71 ERA.
Description: Nationals lefty Gio Gonzalez strikes out 12 Mets.
Insight: He was on fire tonight, going seven innings, allowing only one hit and two walks. Gonzalez finishes 2014 on a high note, and is now 10-10 with a 3.57 ERA. Drew Storen finished off the shutout for the Nats with his 11th save.
Description: Tigers pitcher Max Scherzer earns AL best 18th vwn against the Twins.
Insight: He went six innings, allowing two runs on five hits and four walks, striking out nine. Now at 18-5, Scherzer is tied with Jered Weaver in wins, and is firmly in the AL Cy Young discussion, yet again.
Description: Brewers right-hander Matt Garza has been scratched from Friday's start.
Insight: He was supposed to finish his 2014 season against the Cubs, but is dealing with right shoulder tightness. With Milwaukee eliminated from playoff contention, Garza finishes his season at 8-8 with a 3.64 ERA and 1.18 WHIP.
Description: Twins starter Phil Hughes turned down an opportunity to pitch this weekend to reach his 210 innings quota and earn a $500,000 bonus according to MLB.com.
Insight: That's a head scratcher. Hughes pitched eight innings on Tuesday before the game was stopped due to rain, which ultimately left Hughes 1/3 inning short of 210 on the season. Minnesota offered to let him pitch this weekend to receive the bonus, but he turned it down. If you really don't need the money Hughes, I'll take a half a million bucks. In all seriousness, Hughes has been excellent this year, posting a 16-10 record with a 3.52 ERA and 186 strikeouts versus just 16 walks.
Description: Mets closer Jenrry Mejia escapes trouble for 28th save.
Insight: Michael Tayloy and Bryce Harper both came up as tying runs, but Mejia was able to strike out Taylor, and get Harper to fly out, to close the door for Carlos Torres. Mejia now owns a 3.73 ERA, and has done a nice job since taking over the closer's job in New York.
Description: Mets starter Dillon Gee takes no-decision Thursday afternoon against the Nationals.
Insight: He threw only 72 pitches in five innings, letting up four runs on nine hits. Gee concludes his season with a 7-8 record and 4.00 ERA. He will most likely go undrafted in standard leagues, in 2015.
Description: Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo threw five innings and allowed five runs on 10 hits but only three runs were earned. He also struck out four and walked one in the loss to the Reds.
Insight: Gallardo could not work around two Rickie Weeks' errors, which ultimately cost him in a 5-3 loss. Gallardo finishes 2014 with a 8-11 record and 3.51 ERA in 192 1/3 innings. His last victory came on Aug. 16. Gallardo was 0-5 in his last seven starts.
Description: Giants starter Tim Hudson could not best Clayton Kershaw, throwing five 1/3 frames and allowing three runs on five hits.
Insight: Hudson struck out four and walked one in another below average start for the right hander. Hudson has pitched awful in September, going 0-4 with a 9.92 ERA. The 39-year-old has been complaining about a sore hip in the last week, and since before the month started, Hudson's season ERA was 2.90, it is not inconceivable to believe his hip as been bothering him all month.
Description: Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw pretty much clinched the NL West by himself on Wednesday.
Insight: Kershaw pitched eight innings, allowing one run, but he also hit a triple and showcased a fantastic glove in the field. On the mound, Kershaw struck out 11 and walked none to win a league-high 21st game of the season. The 21 victories ties a career-high Kershaw set in 2011. He is 21-3 with a 1.77 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and 239 strikeouts in 198 1/3 innings this year. He is a shoe-in for his third Cy Young. The better question is will he also win the National League MVP.
Description: Braves starter Julio Teheran pitches well enough to beat Pittsburgh.
Insight: Atlanta staked him to a 6-0 lead, and Teheran was able to do enough to earn his 14th victory. He went five innings, allowing two runs on six hits, and struck out six. Teheran has an impressive 2.89 ERA on the year.
Description: Marlins pitcher Brad Hand pitches well in no-decision.
Insight: He matched Phillies' starter Kyle Kendrick, going seven innings of one-run ball, on six hits and struck out two. Hand has been shuffled between reliever and starter this season, and is 3-8 with a 4.38 ERA.
Description: Blue Jays starter Mark Buehrle pitches gem against Seattle.
Insight: He pitched into the ninth, but was removed after giving up a leadoff single to Chris Taylor. Aaron Sanchez was able to pick up the slack, as he picked off pinch-runner James Jones, and eventually saved the game for Toronto's starter. Buehrle is now 13-10 with a 3.39 ERA. Fine year for the lefty.
Description: Mariners right-hander Taijuan Walker takes tough-luck loss to Toronto on Wednesday.
Insight: In a must-win game for Seattle, Walker did his part. The only run he let up in eight innings of work was a two-out bloop RBI double (came in the 8th inning) to Ryan Goins. Walker falls to 2-3 on the year with a healthy 2.61 ERA.
Description: White Sox left-hander Chris Sale strikes out 10 Tigers in no-decision.
Insight: He was in a pitchers' duel with Justin Verlander, but with a high pitch count, Sale was able to last only six innings. Sale has been Chicago's ace, as he is 12-4 with a 2.17 ERA and 0.97 WHIP.
Description: Tigers starter Justin Verlander has returned to form.
Insight: He still has a 4.54 ERA on the year, but went eight innings on Wednesday against the White Sox, allowing only one run on seven hits, while striking out six. Verlander is now 15-12, and will be heading into postseason play on a high note.
Description: Rays righty Alex Cobb had another masterful start on Tuesday.
Insight: He allowed one run on five hits, but up until the eighth inning, it appeared the Rays were going to waste a fifth straight quality start from Cobb. Tampa Bay then scored five runs in the eighth. Cobb is 10-8 with a 2.75 ERA but his ERA is just 1.82 since July 1.
Description: Tigers starter David Price pitched eight shutout innings before allowing three runs in the ninth and losing his victory against the White Sox on Tuesday.
Insight: Manager Brad Ausmus likely left Price in the game too long as he threw 114 pitches, but with who the Tigers have in the bullpen, who can blame him. Price still pitched eight 2/3 innings and allowed three runs on eight hits, struck out eight and walked none. It was a major bounce back game for Price after allowing five runs in his last start. Luckily, Detroit was still able to win in the bottom of the inning.
Description: Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks takes no-decision Tuesday against the Cardinals.
Insight: He had a three-run lead, but gave them all back in the sixth inning. The big blow came on a two-run shot from Matt Holliday. Officially, Hendricks went 5 1/3 innings, allowing three runs on five hits and struck out four.
Description: Royals starter Yordano Ventura pitched seven shutout innings, allowed four hits, struck out six and walked four as Kansas City beat Cleveland, 7-1, on Tuesday.
Insight: Ventura has had trouble with his control all season as he has not pitched a start without a walk since July 20, but other than that, his season has been solid. The 23-year-old is 14-10 with a 3.07 ERA in 179 innings this year. He is also 5-1 with a 1.62 ERA over his last six starts.
Description: Nationals starter Tanner Roark pitches into seventh for victory.
Insight: He is now 15-10 with a 2.85 ERA after going 6 1/3 innings, allwing two runs. Roark has been an unsung hero this season for the Nats, and will be an important player next week when postseason play begins.
Description: Braves left-hander Alex Wood pitches well in loss to Pittsburgh.
Insight: Now with an 11-11 record, Wood went 6 2/3 innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on seven hits, while striking out six. Wood owns an impressive 2.78 ERA, and will be a valuable fantasy starter heading into 2015.
Description: The Blue Jays tagged Mariners starter Felix Hernandez for eight runs on seven hits in four 2/3 innings on Tuesday.
Insight: It was easily Hernandez's worst start of the season. The Mariners ace gave up fewer runs in all of June and all of July. Despite the loss, Hernandez is still 14-6 with a 2.34 ERA but has not won a game since Sept. 3.
Insight: He went seven strong innings, allowing two runs on four hits, and struck out eight. Assuming Pittsburgh plays in the wild card playoff, Cole has a solid chance of starting. He is now 11-5 with a 3.78 ERA.
Description: Reds starter Johnny Cueto earned his 19th win of 2014 beating the Brewers Tuesday.
Insight: He did so in spectactular fashion, going eight innings, giving up one earned run and eight strikeouts. Any other year Cueto would be in the running for the CY Young Award. However, this year he will have to settle for a potential 20-win season.
Description: Mets closer Jenrry Mejia will undergo sports hernia surgery on October 2nd.
Insight: He will remain active until the end of the season, as he has been pitching during the second half the season with the injury. Overall, Mejia has 27 saves and a relatively high 3.77 ERA, for a closer. He should be ready to roll by spring taraining.
Description: Cubs starter Edwin Jackson has been demoted to Chicago's bullpen for the remainder of 2014.
Insight: With only a week left in the season, it should not be considered a big deal, but the move is a necessary one. Jackson has a 6.38 ERA and 1.65 WHIP in 139 2/3 innings this season. He will look to rebound in 2015.
Description: Cardinals right-hander Adam Wainwright joined Clayton Kershaw in the 20 wins club in 2014.
Insight: Wainwright threw seven scoreless innings against the Cubs on Monday, allowing just three hits and one walk and striking out eight. Wainwright has been on fire in September. He is 5-0 with a 1.38 ERA.
Description: Yankees right hander Michael Pineda continued his solid season with seven 1/3 shutout innings against the Orioles on Monday.
Insight: Pineda's season has been injury-plagued and full of pine tar controversy, but on the mound, Pineda is 4-5 with a 1.93 ERA and 49 strikeouts in 70 innings. In 11 of Pineda's 12 starts this season, he has allowed two runs or fewer.
Description: Royals pitcher Danny Duffy pitched six shutout innings, allowed six hits, struck out five and walked two to defeat the Indians, 2-0.
Insight: It was Duffy's first start since his one pitch outing against the Yankees on Sept. 6. His return is just in time as Kansas City makes its final push at the wild card and division title. Duffy is 9-11 with a 2.32 ERA in 147 1/3 innings this year.
Description: Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ pitched seven innings and allowed two runs on seven hits to beat the Mariners on Monday.
Insight: Happ gave up a RBI-double to Robinson Cano and a solo home run to Kyle Seager. Happ has been inconsistent from start to start, but there has only been one month this year where his ERA was not between 4.00 and 4.60. Happ is 10-11 with a 4.27 ERA and 129 strikeouts in 151 2/3 innings this year.
Description: Pirates starter Francisco Liriano pitched six shutout innings as Pittsburgh inched closer to a playoff berth with a 1-0 victory over the Braves.
Insight: Liriano struggled with his control for a second straight start, walking four batters, but he allowed just three hits and struck out seven. Liriano is just 7-10 but has a 3.32 ERA and 170 strikeouts in 157 1/3 innings this year.
Description: Braves starter Aaron Harang allowed just one run on four hits in seven innings, struck out seven and walked two but lost to the Pirates, 1-0, on Monday.
Insight: Harang has yielded just three runs in three starts over his last 21 innings, but he has lost two of those games. Harang is 11-12 with a 3.60 ERA and 156 strikeouts in 197 2/3 innings this season.
Description: Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka will receive one more start in the 2014 season.
Insight: Tanaka is set to start on Saturday at Fenway, which is giving the pitcher confidence that he can avoid elbow surgery according to ESPN New York. Tanaka returned to the mound on Sunday and pitched five 1/3 innings and allowed one run on five hits in a victory. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said his right hander will be allotted 80-85 pitches against Boston.
Description: Angels manager Mike Scioscia said the chances Matt Shoemaker will pitch this week are "very remote" according to MLB.com.
Insight: On a positive note, Scioscia expects Shoemaker to be ready for the playoffs as he played catch on Monday and felt fine. The Angels would prefer Shoemaker get a tune-up start before the playoffs, but the main goal is to ensure that the 27-year-old is completely healthy.
Description: Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma continues to struggle badly.
Insight: Before today's start, Iwakuma was 1-2 with a 9.69 ERA over his past three outings. Today was not much better as he lasted only 4 1/3 innings, giving up four runs and raising his ERA to 3.54. Iwakuma did manage eight strikeouts, but it was not enough as Seattle fell.
Description: Indians pitcher Corey Kluber is making a case for the Cy Young.
Insight: It may sound crazy, but after a ridiculous eight inning, 14-strikeout performance, Kluber definitely deserves some consideration. He is now 17-9 with a 2.53 ERA, pitching in an extremely tough division.
Description: Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie is good enough to earn 12th victory.
Insight: He went 5 1/3 innings allowing two runs (one earned), while striking out two. Guthrie is now 12-11 with a 4.28 ERA, but more importantly kept the Royals alive in their fight for a division title.
Description: Tigers right-hander Rick Porcello cannot get out of fourth inning versus Kansas City.
Insight: Porcello has not been the same pitcher of late, and Sunday was possibly the low-point. He went 3 1/3 innings, allowing nine hits and four earned runs. Porcello is now 15-12 with a 3.31 ERA on the year. Detroit will need him to get back on track, if they want to hold down the AL Central.
Description: White Sox lefty John Danks earns 10th victory of 2014 on Sunday.
Insight: He was effective against the Rays, going six innings of two-run baseball. Danks struck out five, and now owns a 4.82 ERA. It has not been a great year for Danks, who will look to rebound in 2015.
Description: Red Sox starter Joe Kelly goes seven innings to earn his third victory for Boston.
Insight: He pitched well, going seven innings and allowing only two runs, while striking out five. Kelly is now 3-2 with the Sox, and has lowered his ERA to 4.00. At 26-years-old, Kelly could prove to be a steal moving forward.
Description: Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) earns victory in return to mound.
Insight: The Yankees were clearly keeping him on a pitch count, as he left the game with only 70 pitches thhrown. That totaled 5 1/3 innings of one-run ball, and four strikeouts. It is nice to see Tanaka get back out there, and return to form.
Description: Pirates starter Vance Worley threw eight scoreless innings, allowing four hits, to defeat the Brewers, 1-0, on Sunday.
Insight: It was Worley's biggest start as a Pirate, and he came through, giving up just four singles and walking one Brewer. Pittsburgh now has a 4 1/2 game lead over Milwaukee for the final wild card spot with a week to go in the season. Worley has won his last three decisions and is 8-4 with a 2.93 ERA in 104 1/3 innings this season.
Description: Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) will be on the mound for the Yankees for the first time since July 8th, when New York hosts Toronto Sunday afternoon.
Insight: He got some work in the Yanks' spring training complex, but will face a big test today. Tanaka was a CY Young candidate before he went down with the injury. He is 12-4 with a 2.51 ERA in 2014.
Description: Indians starter T.J. House continued his strong September in Saturday's victory over Minnesota.
Insight: Over the past 28 days, House has been terrific with a 2-0 record in five games started, and a 2.64 ERA during that span. After last night's win, he is now 4-3 on the year with a 3.43 ERA. Not a bad season for the rookie.
Description: Reds starter Mike Leake pitched seven great innings, allowing one run on three hits, struck out eight and walked two but received a no-decision as the Reds lost, 3-1, to the Pirates on Friday.
Insight: Leake finished the season strong as he kept the surging Pirates at bay. Gaby Sanchez's solo home run accounted for the only run scored against the Reds pitcher on Friday. Leake finishes the year 11-13 with a 3.70 ERA and 164 strikeouts.
Description: Giants right-hander Yusmeiro Petit pitched five 1/3 innings, allowed three runs, two earned, on four hits, struck out seven and walked three in a loss to the Padres.
Insight: Not a bad start by any means, but San Diego's Andrew Cashner outpitched Petit with eight shutout innings. The Giants did tag Cashner for two runs in the ninth, but the Padres held on to win. Petit has lost his last two starts and is 5-5 with a 3.63 ERA.
Description: Padres starter Andrew Cashner nearly threw his second straight complete game shutout as he defeated the Giants, 3-2, on Saturday.
Insight: Cashner pitched eight shutout innings before giving up a solo home run to Hunter Pence and single to Joe Panik to begin the ninth. Cashner exited and saw the tying run reach third base, but San Diego held onto the victory. Cashner has won his last three starts with an ERA of 1.50 over that span. He is 5-7 with a 2.21 ERA in 18 starts this year.
Description: Pirates starter Edinson Volquez continued his hot pitching of late, Saturday versus Milwaukee.
Insight: He hit Ryan Braun, which casued warnings to be issued, eventually resulting in the ejection of Matt Garza. However, Volquez did not allow a run on three hits and seven innings. He did not factor into the decision, and owns a healthy 3.15 ERA.
Description: Rays starter Chris Archer defeated Hector Noesi and the White Sox 3-1 on Saturday.
Insight: He is now 10-8 after going 6 1/3 innings, including three strikeouts. Archer did not allow a run, and now owns a 3.42 ERA. Jake McGee shut the door for his 18th save, allowing the one earned run in the process.
Description: Cardinals righty Michael Wacha could not get out of the fifth inning tonight.
Insight: He went 4 2/3 innings, and couldn't stay in long enough to earn the victory. Jason Motte stole the win, recording only one out. Wacha still owns a low 3.18 ERA, and continues to be a major part to St. Louis' rotation.
Description: Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann pitched six strong innings to earn his 13trh victory of 2014.
Insight: He was taken out with only 84 pitches. However, Zimmerman was hit in the shoulder by a line drive in the sixth, and although he stayed in the game, the Nats scored all of their runs in the seventh, causing him to sit for an extended period of time. Zimmerman has been fantastic this season with a 2.78 ERA. Drew Storen shut the door on the Marlins, to seal the win.
Description: Mariners righty Chris Young was knocked around in Saturday's loss to Houston.
Insight: He lasted only three innings, giving up a dreadful seven earned runs. Still, Young has been a pleasant surprise for Seattle this season. He heads into his next start with a 12-9 record and a 3.65 ERA.
Description: Astros starter Dallas Keuchel continued his strong month on Saturday.
Insight: He went eight innings of one-run ball, striking out eight and lowering his ERA to 2.93. Keuchel received run support early, and he coasted to defeat Seattle, improving his record to 12-9. He has been somewhat of a sleeper this year.
Description: Brewers right-hander Matt Garza was ejected Saturday night for hitting Andrew McCutchen in the fifth inning.
Insight: McCutchen was hit for the first time in the third inning, and Edinson Volquez retaliated by throwing at Ryan Braun in the fourth. At the point, warnings were issued to both benches. Garza did not appear to mean to hit McCutchen in the fifth, but was tossed nonetheless. He was throwing well after 4 2/3 innings, striking out six and not letting up a run. Garza's pitch count was at 86, making it unlikely he would advance too far into the game.
Description: Marlins right-hander Jarred Cosart had a rough seventh inning.
Insight: He was sailing along through six innings, giving up no runs, but could not keep it going when he came out for the seventh. The big blow came on an RBI triple by Asdrubal Cabrera, which tied the game at 2-2. Cosart was then pulled, and Mike Dunn allowed the inherited runner to score.
Description: Braves starter Mike Minor was removed after just one inning Saturday night, with shoulder discomfort.
Insight: He will probably be shelved for the season, as he missed the first month of the season with shoulder tendinitis. Minor likely finishes the year at 6-11 with a 4.77 ERA. He will look to rebound in 2015.
Description: Rockies righty Eddie Butler earned his first career victory Saturday against Arizona.
Insight: He received some early run support and was able to go six innings of five-hit, one-run baseball, managing one strikeout. Congrats to Butler on his first win, however, he is not fantasy relevant.
Description: Diamondbacks starter Trevor Cahill struggles continued on Saturday against the Rockies.
Insight: He was lit up for five earned runs and 10 hits, including 2 homeruns. Cahill did manage eight strikeouts over five innings, but still fell to 3-12 with a 5.55. Cahill needs the 2014 season to end.
Description: Cubs left-hander Felix Doubront cant get out of third inning against the Dodgers.
Insight: He just didnt have it today, as he was charged for six earned runs on six hits and three walks. Chicago's offense bailed him out however, and were able to pull out a come-from-behind win. Doubront will attempt to rebound during his last few starts of the season.
Description: Royals starter James Shields took a tough loss Saturday afternoon against Detroit.
Insight: He pitched extremely well, going 6 2/3 innings, allowing six hits, three runs, while striking out six. Unfortunately, Shields was matched up against Max Scherzer, who was slightly better. He heads into his next start with a 14-8 record and a 3.18 ERA.
Description: Tigers pitcher Max Scherzer pitched a gem to help Detroit stretch their division lead.
Insight: He baffled Royals' hitters through seven innings, allowing only one run on seven hits and one walk. Scherzer had six strikeouts throughout his dominant performance as well. There is a solid chance he will win his second consecutive CY Young Award.
Description: Blue Jays starter Mark Buehrle yielded five runs in six innings in a loss to the Yankees, 5-3, on Friday.
Insight: Buehrle started the year 10-1 with a 2.10 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP but has really struggled since then. Buehrle has lost three of his last four decisions and is now 12-10 with a 3.53 ERA with one start left next week.
Description: Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo threw seven shutout innings, allowed five hits, struck out 11 and walked none but had nothing to show for it.
Insight: Gallardo gave way to relief pitcher Joanthan Broxton, who proceeded to toss up a three-run homer to Pirates catcher Russell Martin in the bottom of the eighth. It was the second straight night Milwaukee blew a 2-0 lead in the eighth. The Brewers are now four 1/2 back in the wild card with eight games to go. Gallardo is 8-10 with a 3.46 ERA this year.
Description: Pirates left-hander Jeff Locke pitched seven innings, allowed two runs on five hits, struck out three and walked none as Pittsburgh beat Milwaukee, 4-2.
Insight: Locke did not receive the win as the Pirates rallyed in the bottom of the eighth to take the lead. The outing was still very nice for Locke, who is know to have control problems, as he did not walk a batter. That is only the sixth time that has happened in 20 starts this season. Locke is 7-5 with a 3.60 ERA.
Description: Angels manager Mike Scioscia is considering using a three-man rotation in the American League Division Series.
Insight: In order to do that, starter Matt Shoemaker needs to return 100 percent healthy. Shoemaker left Monday's with a mild left oblique strain. The Angels are confident that he will return before postseason play. If Scioscia uses the three-man rotation, Jered Weaver would pitch on short rest.
Description: Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw won his 20th game of the season on Friday.
Insight: Kershaw actually had one of his worst starts of the season but still captured the victory over the Cubs. He allowed three runs in five innings, gave up seven hits and three walks. He did strikeout nine. Despite the poor start by his standards, his ERA is still 1.80 with one start left in the regular season.
Description: Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw might be tested by the weather this afternoon as much as the Chicago Cubs lineup.
Insight: The Dodgers' ace is 19-3 with a 1.70 ERA and 219 strikeouts in 185 1/3 innings pitched this year, but the wind will be blowing out to left at around 13 mph Friday afternoon. Just something to consider.
Description: Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez put in his bid to be the fourth starter come playoff time.
Insight: Gio went seven innings and yielded six hits and two runs in earning his ninth win of the season. It's between Gonzalez and Tanner Roark as to who will start after Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann and Doug Fister.
Description: Athletics starter Sonny Gray pitched five innings and allowed five runs, four earned, on eight hits as the Rangers defeated the Athletics, 7-2, on Wednesday.
Insight: If there was ever a time when Oakland needed a big start, it was Thursday. With the victory, Texas completed a sweep of the playoff hopeful Oakland Athletics. Since Aug. 1, Gray is a bismol 1-5 with a 4.42 ERA.
Description: Athletics starter Sonny Gray pitched a complete-game shutout against the Rangers Sunday, clinching the final wild card spot in the American League.
Insight: Gray carried the Athletics on Sunday. He gave up just six hits, struck out five and walked none in the second complete game of his career. Gray finishes 2014 at 14-10 with a 3.08 ERA. Gray should only get better in 2015.
Description: Pirates starter Francisco Liriano allowed one run in six innings as Pittsburgh defeated Boston, 9-1, on Wednesday.
Insight: Liriano struggled with his control, walking five batters but he only allowed three hits and struck out two. Liriano's scoreless inning streak did come to an end when Bryce Brentz scored on a groundout. The scoreless inning streak ended at 20.
Description: Cardinals right-hander Adam Wainwright recorded his third shutout of the season as St. Louis beat Milwaukee, 2-0, on Wednesday.
Insight: Wainwright only needed 102 pitches to defeat the Brewers, which is the lowest number of pitches Wainwright has thrown in any of his nine career shutouts. After a rough July and August, Wainwright is locked in and will bring his 19 victories and 2.45 ERA to Chicago to face the Cubs in his next start.
Description: Angels starter C.J. Wilson threw seven shutout innings and allowed one hit in Wednesday's victory over the Mariners, 5-0.
Insight: Wilson's efforts helped clich the American League West division title as the Athletics lost to the Rangers to seal it. Wilson also struck out seven and walked three as he won his third straight game. In his first two victories over that stretch, however, he allowed five earned runs over 11 1/3 innings and won behind 23 runs of support. So it was nice to finally see Wilson win on his own accord.
Description: Mariners right-hander Taijuan Walker will start on Friday against the Astros.
Insight: He is starting in place of Roenis Elias, who is likely done for the year with elbow issues. Walker has pitched 24 1/3 innings in three starts and three relief appearances and has a 2.96 ERA this season. He is a worthy flier on Friday.
Description: Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez (rest) has been scratched from his start on Wednesday against Atlanta.
Insight: With Washinton clinching the National League East on Tuesday, the team has decided to give Gio some extra rest. He will most likely be back on the mound Thursday, but check back just to make sure. Blake Treinen gets the ball for the Nats Wednesday night versus the Braves.
Description: Angels starter C.J. Wilson has a nice record at 12-9, but has struggled with his ERA this season.
Insight: Heading into tonight's start against the Mariners, Wilson is sporting a 4.61 ERA, and an even worse 6.14 ERA over his past three starts. However, he continues to benefit pitching for such a dynmauc offense, as he is 2-1 during that span. Wilson should be in your lineup, simply as a result of how good the Angels are.
Description: Marlins right-hander Henderson Alvarez has struggled recently, heading into tonight's start against the Mets.
Insight: Alvarez has been solid throughout 2014, but that has not been the case over his past three starts (0-1 and 5.17 ERA). If owners have another option, do not be afraid to keep Alvarez on the bench.
Description: Braves left-hander Alex Wood needs to continue with his hot play, if Atlanta wants to stay in the playoff race.
Insight: Atlanta is hanging on by a thread, but that is no fault of Wood's. He is 1-0 with a 1.23 ERA over his past three starts. Wood probably deserves some more wins (10-10 record overall), but he has still continued to be an impact pitcher for the Braves.
Description: Rays righty Alex Cobb is simply turning into an ace for Tampa Bay.
Insight: Not only does he have a 0.87 ERA and 0.87 WHIP over his past three starts, Cobb is also 5-1 with a 1.26 ERA during the second half of 2014. Lock him into your lineup, and make sure you target this guy for 2015.
Description: Pirates starter Francisco Liriano looks to continue his hot play tonight against Boston.
Insight: He is a major reason why Pittsburgh is likely to make the postseason. After beginning the season in dreadful fashion, Liriano has been unreal over the past month (2-0 with 0.67 ERA and 0.96 WHIP). Look for that trend to continue the rest of the season.
Description: Giants starter Madison Bumgarner has been on a tear of late, as he heads into today's start against the Diamondbacks.
Insight: Bumgarner is arguably the hottest pitcher in baseball with a record of 5-0 and a 1.80 ERA, over the past 28 days. He has a ridiculous 41 strikeouts during during that span. To pump up owners even more, this guy is 11-3 with a 2.00 ERA on the road in 2014. Expect big things this afternoon, when the Giants finish off a series in Arizona
Description: Cardinals starter Lance Lynn pitched seven innings, allowed one run on five hits, struck out five and walked one in a no-decision against the Brewers on Tuesday.
Insight: Lynn left with a 1-0 lead, but Milwaukee rallied to tie the game in the ninth and won in the 12th. Lynn is still one of the main reasons the Cardinals are in first place with a week and a half left in the season. He is 15-9 with a 2.68 ERA and 167 strikeouts in 191 2/3 innings.
Description: Indians pitcher Corey Kluber struck out a season-high 14 batters against the Astros on Tuesday to win his 16th game of the season.
Insight: Kluber pitched seven innings, allowed one run, seven hits, and walked just two. He is 16-9 with a 2.42 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 244 strikeouts in 219 innings this year. Kluber is ranked sixth or higher in every one of those categories in the American League.
Description: Mariners left-hander Roenis Elias left Tuesday's start against the Angels with left elbow stiffness according to Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune.
Insight: Elias allowed two runs on five hits and a walk while also allowing a leadoff single in the fourth before leaving with his injury. Seattle will likely update his status on Wednesday, but don't count on the rookie for any more innings this year.
Description: Tigers right-hander Rick Porcello threw eight innings, allowed two runs on seven hits, struck out five and walked two in a no-decision against the Twins on Tuesday.
Insight: The Tigers rallied in the top of the ninth to take the lead, and Porcello was in line for the victory until closer Joe Nathan blew the save. Kennys Vargas scored both the Twins runs, on a Kurt Suzuki single in the fourth and his own solo home run in the sixth. Porcello is 15-11 with a 3.19 ERA and 122 strikeouts this year.
Description: Twins starter Ricky Nolasco pitched eight shutout innings, allowed five hits, struck out five and walked one in a no-decision against the Tigers on Tuesday.
Insight: Nolasco was in line for the victory until Twins closer Glen Perkins yielded three runs in the top of the ninth. Minnesota rallied in the bottom of the inning to win, 4-3. Nolasco is 5-11 with a 5.34 ERA, but he has an ERA of 1.35 in his last three starts.
Description: Reds starter Johnny Cueto pitched his worse start since May 20, allowing six runs in five and 2/3 innings and losing to the Cubs, 7-0, on Tuesday.
Insight: Cueto obviously did not have his control as he struck out eight but also walked five batters, a season high. To put things in prespective, Cueto walked just seven batters in six starts during the month of May. He is still in the Cy Young conversation, even though Clayton Kershaw is the clear leader, at 18-9 with 2.33 ERA, 228 strikeouts and 0.98 WHIP.
Description: Cubs starter Jake Arrieta threw a complete game one hitter, struck out 13 and walked just one to defeat the Reds, 7-0, on Tuesday.
Insight: It is the first complete game of Arrieta's career and the first complete game thrown by a Cubs starting pitcher this season. Arrieta nearly threw a no-hitter as he did not allow hit until Brandon Phillips doubled in the eighth. Cubs center fielder Matt Szczur made an incredile effort to try and catch Phillips' double, but he came up short. It has been a breakout year for Arrieta, who is 9-5 with a 2.65 ERA.
Description: Pirates starter Charlie Morton returned to the rotation on Tuesday after missing a month with a sports hernia and threw five scoreless innings to beat the Red Sox, 4-0.
Insight: Five relief pitches combined with Morton to shutout the Red Sox. Morton allowed four hits, struck out six and walked two. He worked around lead off doubles in the fourth and fifth to keep Boston off the board. Morton has elected not to receive surgery until after the year and will gut out the rest of the season.
Description: Orioles pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez made his spot start on Tuesday and pitched five innings, allowed two runs on two hits, struck out six and walked four to capture a victory over the Blue Jays, 8-2.
Insight: With a doubleheader last week, the Orioles needed a sixth starter, so manager Buck Showalter called upon Jimenez. The pitcher has had a rough season, but he pitched well on Tuesday. For the year, Jimenez is 5-9 with a 4.90 ERA.
Description: Blue Jays right-hander Drew Hutchison allowed six runs, including two homers, in six and 1/3 innings against the Orioles on Tuesday.
Insight: Hutchison had impressive stuff, striking out 11 and walking one, but he gave up the long ball to Orioles first baseman Steve Pearce and shortstop Jimmy Paredes. Hutchison snapped his streak of four straight quality starts. He is 10-12 with a 4.51 ERA and 170 strikeouts in 175 and 2/3 innings this season.
Description: Nationals starter Tanner Roark fired seven scoreless innings Tuesday against the Braves to help clinch the National League East.
Insight: Roark scattered five hits, all singles, while striking out four and walking none. Washington is the first team in baseball to clinch the division, beating the Baltimore Orioles by less than a half hour. Roark is 14-10 with a 2.85 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP on the season.
Description: Cardinals starter John Lackey threw a bullpen session on Tuesday and is set to return to the rotation on Friday.
Insight: The Cardinals skipped his last turn in the rotation due to a case of dead arm. Lackey has not pitched very well since joining St. Louis, 5.05 ERA in 46 1/3 innings, so he shouldn't be counted on anyway.