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Probable Pitchers

Arizona Diamondbacks @ Washington Nationals

, Nationals Park
Matt Koch, RHP
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Koch will make his first Major League start in place of Zack Greinke, who has shoulder tightness. Koch has made five relief appearances since being called up in early September and collected a four-inning save.

Max Scherzer, RHP
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    Max Scherzer, last 5 years vs. ARI
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One of the favorites for the National League Cy Young award, Scherzer leads the Majors in strikeouts (267) and WHIP (0.929) while leading the NL in pitcher's WAR (6.4). He almost certainly will be Washington's Game 1 starter in the postseason.

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Boston Red Sox @ New York Yankees

, Yankee Stadium
David Price, LHP
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Price has gone at least seven innings in four of his past five starts, including a three-run, seven-inning outing on Sept. 22 in Baltimore. He's already recorded 218 2/3 innings this season, with opponents hitting .252 off him.

Luis Cessa, RHP
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Cessa will look to break a string of three straight losses. He tossed six innings against the Rays in his last start, allowing two runs on six hits. He also struck out a season-high six batters.

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Chicago Cubs @ Pittsburgh Pirates

, PNC Park
John Lackey, RHP
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Lackey will face the Pirates for the second time this season. He did not get a decision on July 10, giving up five runs over six innings. In four starts this month, Lackey is 1-1 with a 3.24 ERA.

Ryan Vogelsong, RHP
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Vogelsong bounced back from a rough five-start stretch, striking out seven and allowing two runs on two hits in four innings Thursday vs. the Brewers. He believes a mechanical tweak before that outing made the difference.

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Baltimore Orioles @ Toronto Blue Jays

, Rogers Centre
Kevin Gausman, RHP
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Gausman was dealing with an intercostal issue this past week and had his start bumped from Sunday to Tuesday. The righty has been great in 10 starts since July, posting a 2.57 ERA. However, he did allow five runs in 6 1/3 innings has last time out.

Aaron Sanchez, RHP
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Sanchez has faced the Orioles four times already this season and he's a perfect 3-0 with a 3.38 ERA. He's struck out 18 and walked 10 over those 24 innings.

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Cleveland Indians @ Detroit Tigers

, Comerica Park
Mike Clevinger, RHP
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Clevinger gave up two runs in five innings and threw 80 pitches on Thursday vs. the Royals. The rookie righty has a 2.55 ERA with 18 strikeouts and eight walks in his last six games (17 2/3 innings).

Justin Verlander, RHP
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Verlander returns on normal rest for another shot at the Indians, who denied him a win in Cleveland on Sept. 17, despite seven scoreless innings and one hit. The win in his last start at Minnesota was his first since Aug. 26, as he struck out 11.

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New York Mets @ Miami Marlins

, Marlins Park
Noah Syndergaard, RHP
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Syndergaard’s start was pushed back three days due to strep throat. He has two starts left in the regular season, though if the Mets need fewer than 162 games to clinch a playoff spot, they’ll skip his last one in favor of the Wild Card Game.

Tom Koehler, RHP
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The Marlins’ workhorse goes for his 10th win of the season and first since going seven shutout innings of two-hit ball on Aug. 9 vs. the Giants. He is one of three pitchers in club history to throw at least 160 innings in three consecutive seasons.

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Philadelphia Phillies @ Atlanta Braves

, Turner Field
Jerad Eickhoff, RHP
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Eickhoff is finishing up a fine season, regardless of his record. He has had some of the worst run support in baseball, which has played a factor in that. He also has thrown 187 1/3 innings. He would like to reach 200, if possible.

Julio Teheran, RHP
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Teheran has won three of his last four decisions, as the Braves have finally started scoring on the days he pitches. He's coming off a strong start on Sept. 20, when he allowed one run in seven innings and beat the Mets at Citi Field.

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Minnesota Twins @ Kansas City Royals

, Kauffman Stadium
Jose Berrios, RHP
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Berrios saw his start on Wednesday washed out due to rain after he had thrown three scoreless innings against the Tigers. The stats from the game didn't count, but it was a confidence booster for the 22-year-old.

Ian Kennedy, RHP
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Kennedy will get the start in the first of three games against the Twins at Kauffman Stadium. Kennedy was roughed up a little in his last outing Wednesday against the Indians, giving up 10 hits and three runs in 5 2/3 innings.

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Milwaukee Brewers @ Texas Rangers

, Globe Life Park in Arlington
Jimmy Nelson, RHP
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Nelson has a 7.15 ERA in 10 starts since the beginning of August. Opponents have hit .311 with a .907 OPS in that span.

A.J. Griffin, RHP
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Griffin lasted just 1 2/3 innings in his last start while dealing with an upper respiratory infection. He is 3-3 with a 6.32 ERA in his last nine starts. His only career start against the Brewers came on June 4, 2013, when he went seven scoreless.

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Seattle Mariners @ Houston Astros

, Minute Maid Park
Felix Hernandez, RHP
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Hernandez gave up nine hits and six runs in 4 1/3 innings in a 6-0 loss to Houston on Sept. 16, but he came back his last start with seven scoreless innings on two hits against Toronto. He’s 2-2 with a 5.40 ERA in five starts at Minute Maid Park.

Mike Fiers, RHP
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Astros have won six of Fiers’ last nine starts, with Fiers 4-3 with a 4.53 ERA in that span. He’s coming off two consecutive quality outings, allowing two earned runs in last 12 1/3 innings, including six scoreless at Seattle

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Tampa Bay Rays @ Chicago White Sox

, U.S. Cellular Field
Alex Cobb, RHP
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His last time out, Cobb had his worst start since returning from Tommy John surgery, getting just four outs while giving up nine hits to the Yankees. Before that, he'd given up just six runs in his first three starts after coming off the DL.

Chris Sale, LHP
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Sale had gone six straight starts where he worked at least eight innings until Wednesday’s blip in Philadelphia, where he allowed six runs on seven hits in four innings. Sale already has set a single-season career-high with 214 2/3 innings pitched.

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Cincinnati Reds @ St. Louis Cardinals

, Busch Stadium
Robert Stephenson, RHP
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Command and consistency have eluded Stephenson since his recall at the beginning of the month. He struggled throughout his 3 2/3 innings vs. the Cubs on Wednesday. Of his 22 batters, 12 started out in 1-0 counts.

Adam Wainwright, RHP
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Wainwright will be pitching on six days of rest after the Cardinals reworked their rotation order. He’s been much better at home (2.92 ERA), but he’s also allowed four runs in three of his past four outings.

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Oakland Athletics @ Los Angeles Angels

, Angel Stadium of Anaheim
Daniel Mengden, RHP
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Mengden's past two starts have yielded a mixed bag of results. The rookie pitched seven scoreless innings against the Royals on Sept. 15, before allowing four runs in 5 2/3 innings to the Astros in his last outing.

Ricky Nolasco, RHP
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Nolasco will look to keep a scoreless streak going. In his last two outings, the right-hander from Corona, Calif., hasn’t allowed a run in 13 innings. All three of Nolasco’s scoreless outings have come this month.

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Los Angeles Dodgers @ San Diego Padres

, Petco Park
Jose De Leon, RHP
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De Leon had an encouraging first two starts, allowing five earned runs in 11 innings while striking out 12, but his most recent outing was rocky. He allowed six runs (four earned) in 3 2/3 innings while striking out two.

Paul Clemens, RHP
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The righty took a comebacker off his right palm, which forced him from his most recent start -- his longest of the year. X-rays came back negative. After struggling for a month, Clemens hasn’t allowed an earned run in consecutive starts.

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Colorado Rockies @ San Francisco Giants

, AT&T Park
German Marquez, RHP
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Marquez was lights-out in his first career Major League start. He limited the Dodgers to one run on four hits over five innings, with one walk and three strikeouts. He had mixed results as a reliever, with three runs given up in 5 1/3 innings.

Matt Moore, LHP
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Moore has some trends to reverse. He allowed six runs while lasting two batters into the second inning at Los Angeles last Wednesday. He also owns an 11.74 ERA in two lifetime appearances against Colorado.

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