Chicago Cubs utility man Chris Coghlan went 3 for 4 with a double and run scored in Saturday's 1-0 win over the Milwaukee Brewers .
Coghlan's multi-hit performance ends a woeful 2-for-28 skid. The versatile Coghlan has been an asset for the Cubs, making starts at five different positions while belting a career-high 16 home runs. Despite receiving 437 at-bats, Coghlan hasn't started a game against a left-handed pitcher in 2015
Cleveland Indians starter Corey Kluber (9-16) blanked the Boston Red Sox over eight innings Saturday in 2-0 victory, surrendering only three hits and two walks. He struck out nine.
After a five-start losing streak during which he was done in by a combination of questionable pitching and inconsistent run support, the stars finally aligned for Kluber on Saturday. The outing marked his second eight-inning shutout of 2015, and the third time overall that he blanked the opposing squad during his time on the mound.
Although his ERA did rise over last year's number by a full point--going from 2.44 to 3.49--it was actually lower than the 3.85 figure he'd posted while amassing a solid 11-5 record in 2013. Kluber's other key metrics did not suffer any drastic drops this season either, and his BB/9 rate actually improved from 2014's 1.95 to 1.82. Nevertheless, the 29-year-old practically reversed his 2014 American League All-Stars Cy Young-winning 18-9 record during a disappointing campaign, but certainly has the talent to rebound strongly next season.
Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera wrapped up his fourth batting title in five years with a 3 for 4 outing Saturday against the Chicago White Sox . He hit a home run and drove in two.
He sits at .338 while Boston shortstop Xander Bogaerts is hitting .320 with one game remaining. The homer was significant -- it ended a career-long streak of 29 games without one. It was his 18th home run of the season, but his first since Aug. 26 and just his third since the middle of June. His home run total was down last season, too, so at 32, he could be changing his game as he ages. It bears watching, although he'll still go off the table early in 2016 drafts
Chicago Cubs infielder Addison Russell went 1 for 4 with an RBI single in Saturday's 1-0 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers .
Russell's RBI single accounted for the only run in Saturday's game, as the Cubs and Brewers combined for ten hits. The 21-year-old has enjoyed a 7-for-15 stretch at the tail end of his rookie season. With a full season of major league experience under his belt -- including a .761 OPS in the second half -- fantasy owners can expect improved numbers from Russell next season.
Detroit Tigers reliever Neftali Feliz (3-4) endured a blown save and loss Saturday night, giving up two earned runs on two hits and two walks in a 4-3 defeat to the Chicago White Sox .
Feliz had converted each of his last three save opportunities entering Saturday, occupying the ninth inning role amid Bruce Rondon 's dismissal from the team. The 27-year-old's dreadful peripherals caught up with him, however, resulting in a disastrous walk-off loss against the White Sox. Feliz's closing days should be in the rear-view mirror after the season.
Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman secured his 33rd save in Saturday's 3-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates , striking out two and not allowing a hit in 1 1/3 innings.
Chapman is putting the finishing touches on another season of dominating opposing hitters in the late innings, raising his strikeout rate to an eye-popping 42 percent after recording another two whiffs on Saturday. He has also turned in scoreless efforts in 10 out of his last 11 appearances. The 27-year-old has also now lowered his ERA for three successive seasons, with his current 1.66 mark representing his lowest total since the 1.51 figure he'd posted in 2012.
Chicago White Sox reliever Nate Jones (2-2) earned a win Saturday, striking out the only hitter he faced in a 4-3 win over the Detroit Tigers .
Jones required just four pitches to strike out Ian Kinsler , becoming the team's pitcher of record when Leury Garcia hit a walk-off single in the bottom half of the frame. The 29-year-old has posted a tidy 0.95 WHIP in 19 innings since returning from Tommy John surgery. Assuming he stays healthy, Jones will be in the mix for high-leverage situations next season.
Cincinnati Reds starter Brandon Finnegan (2-2) surrendered three hits, an earned run and two walks in six innings in Saturday's 3-1 victory over the Reds. He struck out six.
The rookie southpaw acquitted himself well in his fourth career start, and had the distinction of securing the victory over 17-year veteran A.J. Burnett 's last regular-season appearance. Saturday's outing was easily Finnegan's best to date, and marked the furthest he'd pitched into a game. Finnegan also threw a career-high 88 pitches and did not surrender a homer for the first time in those four starting assignments.
Except for a tough Sept. 23 appearance against the St. Louis Cardinals , Finnegan performed well for the Reds since a July trade from the Kansas City Royals . He will look to compete for a spot in the starting rotation in 2016 after closing out his rookie campaign on a positive note.
Pittsburgh Pirates utility man Josh Harrison went 2 for 3 with a triple and a run scored in Saturday's 3-1 loss to the Cincinnati Reds .
Harrison had come in to Saturday's contest in a 3-for-18 funk, so his first three-bagger of the season came at an opportune time. The 28-year-old has posted respectable offensive production in 2015, but his numbers are disappointing when compared to his 2014 campaign, even factoring in his 105 fewer plate appearances. Nevertheless, Harrison figures to be counted on during the Pirates' postseason run, however lengthy it may be.
Houston Astros starter Collin McHugh (19-7) was excellent over seven innings Saturday, allowing just one earned run on six hits and a walk while striking out six in a 6-2 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks .
McHugh ended his season on a high note, earning his sixth win in his last seven outings and helping the Astros keep their one game lead in the American League All-Stars West. The 28-year-old has enjoyed a career resurgence in the American League, posting excellent numbers in his two seasons with Houston after disappointing stints with the New York Mets and Colorado Rockies .