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There is some talk that Vazquez may call it a career after this season and if that’s true, he’s going out with a bang. The veteran has allowed just a single run over his last three starts with 20 strikeouts compared to three walks.
"He's been pitching unbelievably. And when you see a guy doing that and not getting anything out of it, as a position player we feel guilty," Florida first baseman Gaby Sanchez told reporters recently. "It's been amazing the turnaround from the beginning of the year to now. He's got his velocity back, he's doing everything out there."
James Shields Tampa Bay Rays (15-10, 2.70 ERA)
Shields already has a career-high 15 wins on the year and nearly picked up his 12th complete game in his last start. He left with one out in the ninth during a 9-1 win over Boston, giving up a solo home run and seven hits. The big righty has now allowed just three earned runs over his last four starts, including a pair of complete games over that span.
Tim Stauffer, San Diego Padres (8-12, 3.87 ERA)
Stauffer has to be counting the days to the end of the regular season at this point. He hasn’t won since Aug. 18 and is working on a fat 9.69 ERA in three starts since then.
"Physically and mentally I feel strong and good,'' Stauffer told reporters recently. “I'm just not executing as well as I need to be. I'm just not putting guys away when I have a chance to.''
Alex White, Colorado Rockies (3-1, 6.32 ERA)
Don’t let White’s 3-1 record fool you because this guy has been awful in his four starts with Colorado. He has allowed nine home runs and has an 8.18 ERA. The Rockies have averaged 5.5 runs in his starts and they’ll need to keep that up to help him out. White gave up five homers in a 12-7 win over Cincinnati in his last start, upping his total to nine dingers allowed since coming over from Cleveland.