Maxwell exited Wednesday's win over the Tigers in the ninth inning after taking a foul ball off the center of his mask. While he reported feeling better Friday, he apparently continues to feel some of after-effects. Josh Phegley filled in behind the dish against the Rangers on Friday and veteran Dustin Garneau is also available.
The figure is impressive in and of itself, but also represents a very encouraging improvement over what Paxton was able to muster in his first start back from a disabled list stint due to a pectoral injury. The southpaw had only hit the low 90s with his fastball in that appearance, but he managed to average 94.7 mph Thursday. He's poised to potentially make two more starts before season's end, with the first slated to come against the Athletics next Tuesday.
Gennett left the yard for the 27th time this season to give the Reds a first-inning lead in a game they'd go on to lose. He continues to reward fantasy owners for spending a late draft pick on him this season, as he has a .297 batting average to go along with a .548 slugging percentage.
Romano was provided a 4-1 lead in the first inning before giving up four runs in the fourth inning, which resulted in him dropping his seventh decision of the season. This was the first time he's allowed more than three earned runs in a start since August 13, and aside from his outing, he's been a solid fantasy option over the last full month. He'll make his next start Thursday against the Brewers.
Devers smashed his ninth homer of the season as part of a four-run fourth inning that helped deliver the Red Sox a come-from-behind victory. After raking throughout the months of July and August, he's hit just a single homer this month although he's still batting over .300 in September.
Kimbrel was protecting a one-run lead, and despite giving up a hit, was able to close out the contest on just eight pitches. With a microscopic 1.36 ERA on the season, he continues to be one of the elite closers in the majors.
Porcello gave up a grand slam to Scooter Gennett in the first inning, but the offense came back to score enough runs to take him off the hook for a potential loss. He had just pieced together a pair of decent starts, but just as it's been for most of the season, he's struggled to have sustained success, which has made him an erratic fantasy option. He'll make his next start Wednesday against the Blue Jays.
Dozier launched his 32nd homer of the season to give the Twins an insurance run in the ninth inning of a road victory. After a red-hot month of August, he's cooled off significantly during this final month of the season, though he's still launched five homers in September while maintaining a strong slugging percentage.
Woodruff has been serving a fill-in role for the Brewers and has done an excellent job of keeping the club in the game. He has lasted at least five innings now in seven of his eight appearances. Woodruff's control lapses cost him on Friday, as he managed to hold the scary Cubs lineup to just one extra-base hit, but the free baserunners he allowed came back to hurt him. His ERA sits at 3.76 and Woodruff has earned his spot in the rotation down the stretch.
Gibson gave up single runs in three different innings while receiving six runs of support which helped him earn his 12th victory of the campaign. Despite his 5.02 ERA on the season, he's now fired quality starts in six of his last seven outings while lowering his ERA over a full run during that time, making him a player who's been a strong fantasy option down the stretch. He'll make his next start Thursday against the Indians.
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