Roy Halladay has made the Cy Young race in the National League that much closer, as he won his 17th game yesterday. He allowed 4 earned runs over 7 innings, and struck out 6 en route to the victory. I don't know who's going to win this one, but whoever has the best September is probably going to be the one at this point. They are just too close to call.
Josh Johnson struck out 12 over 6 innings, walking 3 and allowing just 2 earned runs. Unfortunately, the Marlins gave him exactly 0 runs as backup, and he took the loss. He has 11 wins on the season, and despite a 2.30 ERA is probably not going to get a lot of love from the Cy Young voters. Which is just too bad.
Jonathan Broxton was called on to make his first attempt at a save since being removed from the closer's role. Not exactly the performance the Dodgers were hoping for as he gave up a 2 run homerun that was absolutely destroyed by Juan Uribe. I'm not sure if he's going to get the next save chance, but I imagine he probably will.
Trevor Cahill had a very unusual line yesterday to get a victory: 0 earned runs, 4 strikeouts, but 6 walks in 6 innings. He's been pitching well all season, but I definitely don't like to see that many walks out of anybody.
Jenrry Mejia made his first start of the season for the Mets, and pitched fair I would say. He went 5 innings, allowed 4 earned runs, and struck out 2 against the Cubs. He should be better than this as he goes forward, and should definitely have been picked up in any keeper leagues.
Javier Vazquez made his first start since returning from the bullpen, and it wasn't the most amazing thing we've ever seen. He lasted 4 2/3 innings, struck out 6 but walked 4 and allowed 5 earned runs. I still don't trust him going forward.
Paul Konerko went 3 for 4 with 2 runs scored last night, and continues to have one of the best seasons of his career. He is now hitting .326 with 33 homeruns and 98 runs batted in. That said, I still don't think I could rank him in my top 50 overall next year, as I just don't think he's likely to repeat this.
The implosion of Colby Lewis continues, as he gave up 9 earned runs in just 3 2/3 innings yesterday against the Twins. In August he went 0-4 with a 4.10 ERA and 38 strikeouts in 37 1/3 innings pitched, and clearly didn't start any better in September. He is probably just a spot starter at this point until he puts together a good start.
Jeremy Guthrie had another good start yesterday, striking out 7 over 7 innings while allowing 2 earned runs. If you're in need of pitching, he is a definite spot-starter and could also be a must-start if you need it bad enough.
John Lannan struck out 7 and allowed 1 earned run while getting the victory over the Pirates. He's another one to target if you are in need of pitching, but I'd say he's definitely a spot starter only at this point.
Miguel Cabrera returned to the lineup yesterday with a 2 hit game. Nothing new to report here other than that he is playing. Do I really have to tell you to start him?