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Probable Pitchers

Cincinnati Reds @ New York Mets

, Citi Field
Edinson Volquez, RHP
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    Edinson Volquez, last 3 starts
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    Edinson Volquez, regular season
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    Edinson Volquez, last 5 years vs. NYM
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Volquez's latest start on Friday vs. the Bucs mimicked his previous two since being recalled from Triple-A in being so-so. He threw 95 pitches over five innings, giving up three runs on six hits, with two walks and five strikeouts in a no-decision.

Miguel Batista, RHP
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    Miguel Batista, last 3 starts
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    Miguel Batista, regular season
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    Miguel Batista, last 5 years vs. CIN
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Needing a spot starter, the Mets will turn to Batista, who has worked out of the bullpen since his last start on Sept. 11. Batista faced the Reds three times in relief this season while with the Cards, allowing five runs over two-thirds of an inning.

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Toronto Blue Jays @ Chicago White Sox

, U.S. Cellular Field
Brandon Morrow, RHP
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    Brandon Morrow, last 3 starts
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    Brandon Morrow, regular season
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    Brandon Morrow, last 5 years vs. CWS
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Morrow will get the call in the final Blue Jays game of the year. He pitched seven shutout innings while striking out nine during his last start against the Rays. He has now won two consecutive games and is riding a 15-inning scoreless streak.

Philip Humber, RHP
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    Philip Humber, last 3 starts
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    Philip Humber, regular season
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    Philip Humber, last 5 years vs. TOR
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Originally expected to be relegated to the bullpen once Jake Peavy was healthy, Humber solidified his spot in the rotation with an impressive first half. He has just one win in his last 10 outings, however.

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Colorado Rockies @ San Francisco Giants

, AT&T Park
Drew Pomeranz, LHP
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    Drew Pomeranz, last 3 starts
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    Drew Pomeranz, regular season
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    Drew Pomeranz, last 5 years vs. SF
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Pomeranz, part of the Rockies' bounty from the Indians in the Ubaldo Jimenez deal, had an ERA below 2.00 before struggling Friday night at Minute Maid Park against the Astros. Pomeranz pitched well against the Giants in a previous start.

Eric Surkamp, LHP
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    Eric Surkamp, last 3 starts
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    Eric Surkamp, regular season
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    Eric Surkamp, last 5 years vs. COL
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Surkamp replaces Matt Cain, who the Giants felt had thrown enough this season, in the 2011 season finale. Surkamp will be trying to strengthen his candidacy for the No. 5 spot in next year's starting rotation.

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Washington Nationals @ Florida Marlins

, Sun Life Stadium
Stephen Strasburg, RHP
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    Stephen Strasburg, last 3 starts
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    Stephen Strasburg, regular season
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    Stephen Strasburg, last 5 years vs. FLA
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In his worst start of the year, Strasburg found himself in trouble in the first inning, throwing 38 pitches and allowing three runs -- two earned. Strasburg settled down, retiring nine out of the last 10 hitters he faced.

Chris Volstad, RHP
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    Chris Volstad, regular season
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    Chris Volstad, last 5 years vs. WSH
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Volstad, a South Florida native, will make the final start of the season and the last game for the team as the Florida Marlins at Sun Life Stadium. At home, he's 3-7 (5.04 ERA). He had a strong seven-inning start vs. Milwaukee in his last start.

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Boston Red Sox @ Baltimore Orioles

, Oriole Park at Camden Yards
Jon Lester, LHP
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With Wednesday's game holding playoff implications, Lester will go on three days' rest. Fortunately for Boston, he threw just 55 pitches in his last start.

Alfredo Simon, RHP
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    Alfredo Simon, regular season
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    Alfredo Simon, last 5 years vs. BOS
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Simon's truly been up and down this season. The Orioles would liked to have seen more consistency from the big right-hander, who has been winless in his past six starts despite pitching well at times.

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Cleveland Indians @ Detroit Tigers

, Comerica Park
Zach McAllister, RHP
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McAllister has made three starts for the Indians this season. He pitched his best in his most recent outing, when he allowed two runs in 5 1/3 innings of a 5-4 loss to the White Sox on Sept. 20.

Rick Porcello, RHP
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    Rick Porcello, regular season
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Porcello's last tuneup before what appears likely to be a Game 4 assignment in the AL Division Series is also his final chance at a career-best 15th win. He has no wins to show for back-to-back seven-inning, three-run outings.

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New York Yankees @ Tampa Bay Rays

, Tropicana Field
Dellin Betances, RHP
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    Dellin Betances, last 5 years vs. TB
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Betances, one of the Yankees' top pitching prospects, went 4-9 with a 3.70 ERA in 25 MiLB starts, 21 at Double-A, four at Triple-A. Betances walked four and hit a batter in two-thirds of an inning in his Yankees debut.

David Price, LHP
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Price was his own worst enemy Friday night against the Blue Jays when he made two throwing errors, which ultimately led to his demise in a 5-1 loss, his 13th of the season. Price is 4-9 with a 3.45 ERA in 17 starts at Tropicana Field this season.

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Philadelphia Phillies @ Atlanta Braves

, Turner Field
Joe Blanton, RHP
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Blanton will be starting the final game of the season, but because he hasn't pitched much, this really will be a bullpen game. Left-hander Cole Hamels will pitch at some point in a relief effort, a final tuneup for the NLDS.

Tim Hudson, RHP
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The Braves wanted to save Hudson to pitch Game 1 of the National League Division Series. But since Atlanta didn't clinch a playoff berth by Wednesday, he will start the regular-season finale.

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St. Louis Cardinals @ Houston Astros

, Minute Maid Park
Chris Carpenter, RHP
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Carpenter is finishing the year strong, even though he's not getting much run support. Over his past eight games, Carpenter has 48 strikeouts and 11 walks. Yet the Cardinals are 3-5 in those games.

Brett Myers, RHP
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Myers is finishing the season with a flourish. He improved to 4-0 with a 1.24 ERA in his last five starts when he held the Rockies to four hits and one run on Friday. Myers has allowed only one home run in his last five starts.

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Texas Rangers @ Los Angeles Angels

, Angel Stadium of Anaheim
Matt Harrison, LHP
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Harrison gave up three runs in six innings against the Mariners in his last start. He has had three quality starts in the four starts since the Rangers skipped him in the rotation.

Garrett Richards, RHP
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With Jered Weaver shut down, Garrett Richards will take the hill in the Angels' last game of the season. It'll be his first start since Aug. 15, which was also against Texas. He's made four relief appearances for the Angels since rosters expanded.

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Kansas City Royals @ Minnesota Twins

, Target Field
Bruce Chen, LHP
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Chen, after stifling the White Sox on two hits in eight innings for his club-high 12th victory, gets the honor of finishing the season for the Royals. Chen was brilliant in his eight innings of two-hit scoreless ball against the Twins on Sept. 13.

Carl Pavano, RHP
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Pavano will fittingly take the mound in the last game of the season for the Twins on Wednesday at Target Field. He's been the club's workhorse, as he's the only Twins starter to make more than 30 starts and toss more than 200 innings this year.

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Pittsburgh Pirates @ Milwaukee Brewers

, Miller Park
Jeff Locke, LHP
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Locke gets one more chance at picking up his first Major League win before having to wait another year. He has made three big league starts and has finished five innings just once. Locke will be limited to about 75-80 pitches.

Zack Greinke, RHP
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With the No. 2 seed in the NL and home field in the NLDS still up in the air, the Brewers will call upon Greinke to deliver in his 15th home start of the year. Greinke is unbeaten at Miller Park this year and the Brewers are 14-0 in those games.

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Chicago Cubs @ San Diego Padres

, PETCO Park
Ryan Dempster, RHP
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Dempster is winless in five starts this month but has a 3.34 ERA. All five of those starts have been quality starts, too. He has 196 2/3 innings for the year, and the goal in the season finale is to hopefully finish with a win and 200 innings.

Wade LeBlanc, LHP
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    Wade LeBlanc, last 5 years vs. CHC
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LeBlanc struck out a career-high 10 batters in seven innings of a loss to the Dodgers the last time out. Better still, he showed increased velocity and improved command of his fastball, which set up his secondary pitches.

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Los Angeles Dodgers @ Arizona Diamondbacks

, Chase Field
Ted Lilly, LHP
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Lilly brings down the curtain on the Dodgers season. In his last 10 starts, Lilly has a 2.32 ERA, bringing his ERA down almost a full run. He's come up with a new grip on a slider that he credited for 6 1/3 scoreless innings in his last outing.

Joe Saunders, LHP
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Saunders has been outstanding in his last four starts, going 3-0 with a 1.88 ERA. Last time out vs. the Giants, Saunders got a no-decision despite allowing just one run over seven innings. The D-backs eventually prevailed, 3-1, in the West clincher.

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Oakland Athletics @ Seattle Mariners

, Safeco Field
Gio Gonzalez, LHP
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    Gio Gonzalez, last 5 years vs. SEA
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Scheduled for his 32nd and final start of the season, Gonzalez will look to bow out riding a four-game winning streak. He's 6-1 with a 2.89 ERA over his last seven outings after going 0-5 with a 7.90 ERA over his previous five.

Anthony Vasquez, LHP
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    Anthony Vasquez, last 5 years vs. OAK
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The rookie left-hander has lost five straight and allowed 12 home runs in 27 1/3 innings in six starts. He's a command pitcher with a mid-80s fastball and hasn't displayed the control to get away with that so far.

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