James Needy is on the mound for Fort Wayne for Game 1 of the Eastern Division opening series against Lansing.
Needy is 6-3 with a 1.75 ERA. He threw a complete-game four-hitter in his last outing, a 1-0 loss to West Michigan. It was Fort Wayne's first complete game since 2007.
Needy has given up four earned runs in 14 1/3 innings against Lansing this season. He has walked one and struck out 10.
Noah Syndergaard is on the mound for Lansing. He has an 8-5 record with a 2.60 ERA. He has not allowed a run against Fort Wayne in 16 innings. He has given up just seven hits and has struck out 16. He went 1-2 with a 0.84 ERA in August.