Pittsburgh Pirates starter A.J. Burnett (9-7) surrendered five hits, three earned runs and four walks in 6 2/3 innings in Saturday's 3-1 loss to the Cincinnati Reds . He struck out nine.
Burnett's final regular-season start turned out in disappointing fashion, although the 17-year veteran turned back the clock by recording nine whiffs, his second-highest total in a game in 2015. His spotty control Saturday led to four free passes and 107 pitches, his highest total in that category since a July 11 outing against the St. Louis Cardinals .
Burnett also uncharacteristically surrendered a homer for the third straight start, his longest streak by far in a campaign during which he has only given up 11 gopher balls overall. Although he was unable to help the Pirates clinch home-field advantage for their upcoming wild-card showdown versus the Chicago Cubs , Burnett would still figure to be a vital component of the Pirates' postseason pitching staff if they reach the Division Series.
Arizona Diamondbacks starter Jeremy Hellickson (9-12) lasted five innings Saturday, giving up three earned runs on seven hits while walking none and striking out three in a 6-2 loss to the Houston Astros .
Hellickson threw 82 pitches in his final start of the season, failing to exceed five innings for the third time in his last four outings. The 28-year-old has had a tumultuous season, enduring a disabled list stint and erratic performances. With an inflated WHIP and underwhelming strikeout totals, Hellickson's value is limited to deeper leagues.
New York Yankees reliever Dellin Betances (6-4) surrendered two hits, an earned run and a walk in an inning in Saturday's 4-3 loss to the Baltimore Orioles . He also struck out the side.
The towering right-hander had turned in scoreless appearances in eight of his last nine trips to the mound prior to Saturday, but surrendered the go-ahead run on a wild pitch in the eighth. Despite the unfavorable outcome, Betances still managed to strike out the side and has been generally outstanding out of the bullpen this season. He has amassed 29 holds, nine saves, a 1.50 ERA and an incredible 131 strikeouts in 84 innings, good for an absurd 39.5 strikeout rate. Betances will undoubtedly be an integral component of the Yankees' postseason bullpen, potentially beginning with Tuesday's wild-card contest.
San Diego Padres catcher Austin Hedges went 2 for 4 with a solo home run in a 2-1 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday.
Hedges is a defense-first catcher and his numbers show that thus far. In 133 at-bats, Hedges is hitting .165 with a dreadful .214 OBP. He also has very little power, with only three homers and two doubles all season. Hedges will be a good real-life baseball player for the Padres, but will have very little fantasy value in years to come.
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