Carlos Rodon yielded three runs (two earned) in six innings in a 7-3 victory over the Twins on Friday.
After striking out 11 batters in his last start, Rodon fanned 10 in this one, including the first seven batters he faced. That ties the AL record, which was set by Joe Cowley of the White Sox on May 28, 1986. The 23-year-old finished the year on a high note and will wrap up 2016 with a 4.04 ERA and 168/54 K/BB ratio in 165 innings across 28 starts. He’s capable of taking another step forward next year.
Tyler Duffey was knocked around for five runs in two-plus innings Friday in a loss to the White Sox.
Duffey allowed two runs in the first inning and was chased after giving up a two-run homer and an RBI double in the third. The 25-year-old surprised with a 3.10 ERA in 10 starts last season, but he’ll finish this year with a brutal 6.18 ERA across 25 starts. That’s easily the highest ERA of any MLB pitcher with at least 130 innings pitched. In fact, nobody else is above 6.00.
Melky Cabrera finished 3-for-4 with two doubles, two RBI and two runs scored against the Twins on Friday.
Cabrera knocked in a run with a double in the bottom of the first inning and later added an RBI single in the fourth. The 32-year-old amassed 25 RBI in September and now has 85 RBI on the year. He’s just two shy of his career-high from 2011.
Tim Anderson went 3-for-5 with a two-run homer and two runs scored in Friday’s win over the Twins.
Anderson finished a double shy of the cycle. He had a chance to get there in the bottom of the eighth inning, but he grounded out. The rookie shortstop has showed an alarming lack of plate discipline with a 113/12 K/BB ratio, but he has helped in fantasy leagues anyway by batting .284 with 36 extra-base hits (including nine homers), 30 RBI, 10 stolen bases, and 57 runs scored over 97 games.
Jose Abreu ripped an RBI double and drew a walk against the Twins on Friday.
Abreu has cooled down a bit over the past week or so, but he still drove in 25 runs in September. He’s now just one RBI shy of reaching the 100-mark for the third straight season.
Jorge Polanco went 2-for-4 with an RBI single in a loss to the White Sox on Friday.
Polanco has received an opportunity to serve as the starting shortstop down the stretch and has posted a solid .283/.336/.418 batting line for the year. The big question is whether he has shown enough defensively to stick there.
Robinson Cano hit his 37th and 38th homers Friday as the Mariners topped the Athletics 5-1.
Cano has topped his previous career high in homers by five now, and he has his first 100-RBI season since 2013. If Kyle Seager can just get one more, the Mariners will have three 100-RBI guys. Nelson Cruz is already there.
Taijuan Walker limited the A's to one run and two hits in six innings Friday.
Walker never seemed quite right after hurting his foot in July, but he's managed to give the Mariners five decent starts in a row anyway and they've won four of them. His regular season concludes with an 8-11 record, a 4.22 ERA and a 119/37 K/BB ratio in 134 1/3 innings. The potential is still there for him to do much better.