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|10/5/2015||Aaron Altherr, Phi, LF|
|Altherr closed the season with a double and a triple in a 2-for-5 showing on Sunday.
Analysis: He was 0 for 11 in his previous three games before ending the season on a high note.
|10/5/2015||Dee Gordon, Mia, 2B|
|Gordon had three hits on the final day of the season to win the NL batting title.
Analysis: He went 7 for 13 in Miami's last three games to finish with a batting average of .333. One of his three hits Sunday was a solo home run.
|10/5/2015||Matt Wisler, Atl, P|
|Wisler couldn't finish off a complete game in the final game of the season but picked up a win by holding St. Louis scoreless over 8 2-3 innings on Sunday.
Analysis: He allowed just four hits while walking one and striking out three. After going 0-7 with a 8.08 ERA in his nine previous starts, Wisler won his final three with a 1.19 ERA.
|10/5/2015||Andrelton Simmons, Atl, SS|
|Simmons went 2 for 3 with a two-run home run in the opener of Sunday's doubleheader.
Analysis: He didn't play in the second game and closed the season with hits in his final 10 games. He hit .351 during the stretch.
|10/5/2015||Paul Goldschmidt, Ari, 1B|
|Goldschmidt went 2 for 3 with his 33rd home run in Sunday's 5-3 win over the Astros. The Diamondbacks played the spoiler role, but Houston got into the playoffs anyway when the Angels lost.
Analysis: Goldschmidt was third in the NL with a .321 average, fifth in homers and second in RBIs with 110.
|10/5/2015||Adonis Garcia, Atl, 3B|
|Garcia closed the season with two home runs in Sunday's first game of a doubleheader against St. Louis and an RBI single in the nightcap.
Analysis: He finished the season on a four-game hitting streak during which he hit .375.
|10/5/2015||A.J. Pollock, Ari, CF|
|Pollock wrapped up a fine season by going 3 for 5 with a home run in Sunday's 5-3 win over the Astros.
Analysis: Pollock enjoyed a breakthrough season in 2015, finishing with a .315 average, 20 home runs and 76 RBIs - all career highs.
|10/5/2015||CC Sabathia, NYY, P|
|Sabathia is checking into an alcohol rehab center and will miss the postseason, a setback to the Yankees pitching staff the day before the team's opening playoff game.
Analysis: The team issued a statement from the pitcher Monday, with New York awaiting the Houston Astros on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium in the AL wild-card game. Sabathia, the 2007 AL Cy Young Award winner, said he took the step to receive the care he needs and become the kind of person ''I can be proud of.''
|10/5/2015||Adam Wainwright, StL, P|
|Wainwright made his third appearance in his return from a torn left Achilles, walking one in a scoreless eighth inning against Atlanta in Sunday's season finale.
Analysis: The Cardinals' former ace looks poised to contribute in the NLDS after missing most of the year.
|10/5/2015||Shelby Miller, Atl, P|
|Miller snapped his 24-start winless streak in his final start of the season Sunday.
Analysis: He held St. Louis scoreless over eight innings, allowing three hits and walking three while striking out seven. Miller was 0-16 with a 3.83 ERA during his skid, and he had lost his previous eight starts.
|10/5/2015||Josh Harrison, Pit, 3B|
|Harrison went 3 for 4 with two doubles to help the Pirates clinch the NL's top wild card in Sunday's series finale.
Analysis: Harrison added an RBI and enters the postseason with five hits in his last seven at-bats. He is hitting .378 in his last 22 games.
|10/5/2015||Matt Moore, TB, P|
|Moore has found his 2013 form. He allowed one run over six innings Sunday in a 12-3 win over AL East-champion Toronto.
Analysis: Moore, who won 17 games in 2013, went 2-0 with a 1.35 ERA over his last four starts after going 1-4 with an 8.42 mark over his first eight.
|10/5/2015||Joey Butler, TB, DH|
|Butler had an outstanding season finale Sunday, going 3 for 4 with two home runs in a 12-3 win over Toronto.
Analysis: Butler had been 2 for 17 over his previous 10 games. He wraps up the season with a .276 average, eight homers and 30 RBIs in 88 games.
|10/5/2015||Mark Canha, Oak, 1B|
|Canha wrapped up his solid rookie season by going 2 for 4 with a home run in Sunday's 3-2 loss at Seattle.
Analysis: Canha finished with a .254 average, 16 home runs and 70 RBIs in 124 games.
|10/5/2015||Salvador Perez, KC, C|
|Perez went 2 for 3 with a home run in Sunday's 6-1 win at Minnesota that clinched the Royals home-field advantage throughout the postseason.
Analysis: He'll be looking to have more postseason success after hitting .333 with a home run and a double in last year's World Series.
|10/5/2015||Albert Pujols, LAA, 1B|
|The Angels aren't going to the playoffs, but Pujols enjoyed a bit of a career revival in 2015. He hit his 40th home run in Sunday's 9-2 loss to the Rangers.
Analysis: It's the seventh 40-homer season of Pujols' career, but his first since 2010 while he was with St. Louis.
|10/5/2015||Cole Hamels, Tex, P|
|Hamels pitched the Rangers to the AL West title on Sunday, allowing two runs and three hits in a complete-game 9-2 victory.
Analysis: Hamels has gone 7-0 with a 3.21 ERA over his last 10 starts - all Texas victories. He could find the going a bit tougher in the playoffs against the high-scoring Blue Jays.
|10/5/2015||Carlos Beltran, NYY, RF|
|Beltran finished with three hits in Sunday's 9-4 loss to Baltimore. The Yankees will host the Astros in Tuesday's wild-card game.
Analysis: Beltran ended the season in positive fashion after he had been 5 for 31 over his previous eight contests.
|10/4/2015||Jacob deGrom, NYM, P|
|DeGrom will start the division series opener Friday in Los Angeles, as expected.
Analysis: This sets up a dandy matchup against superstar Zack Greinke in front of what is expected to the kind of star-studded crowd Los Angeles usually reserves for the Lakers.
|10/4/2015||Luis Severino, NYY, P|
|Severino was solid Saturday.
Analysis: Severino gave up three runs in seven innings. If he starts again, it could be in a division series against Kansas City.
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