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Fantasy Forecaster: Previewing Week 22

Updated: August 23, 2008, 5:13 PM ET
By Tristan H. Cockcroft | ESPN.com

On tap: The deadline for major league teams to set their playoff rosters arrives on Sunday, Aug. 31, so expect a little creative shuffling by the weekend, and potentially a sneaky waiver trade or two, la the Adam Dunn and Greg Maddux deals. The 40-man roster expansion, though, will have to wait for Monday of Week 23, so no worries that your current regular might have his playing time threatened by a rookie. At least not yet, anyway.

That roster-deadline weekend also features a trio of interesting playoff-related matchups: Dodgers-Diamondbacks in Arizona, a battle for National League West supremacy; White Sox-Red Sox in Boston, a potential American League playoff series preview; and Phillies-Cubs in Chicago, conceivably an NL playoff series preview.

On the health front, we could see the return of two preseason fantasy studs, both Indians -- Travis Hafner and Victor Martinez. Remember them? Both are reportedly doing well on rehabilitation stints with Triple-A Buffalo, and they might be of help to fantasy owners down the stretch. Meanwhile, the Rays might get Troy Percival back as their closer Saturday, the first day he's eligible to be activated, while the Red Sox could slot Tim Wakefield back into the rotation the next time they need a fifth starter, which is Saturday.

Quick click by section:

Game breakdowns | Hitters' matchups | Comfort Zone: Hitter value plays

Base stealers' matchups | Pitchers' matchups | Two-start pitchers

Note: Weather reports are based on upcoming weather forecasts (through Friday), as well as historical trends in those cities. "Poor weather" doesn't guarantee rainouts; those are merely the teams with the highest probability of one or more.

Seven games
Angels (OAK-3, TEX-4)Twins (@SEA-3, @OAK-4)
Athletics (@LAA-3, MIN-4)Rangers (@KC-3, @LAA-4)
Cubs (@PIT-3, PHI-4)Phillies (LAD-1, NYM-2, @CHC-4)
Astros (@NYM-1, CIN-3, STL-3)Dodgers (@PHI-1, @WAS-3, @ARI-3)
Six games, all homeSix games, all road
Nationals (LAD-3, ATL-3)Blue Jays (@TB-3, @NYY-3)
Padres (ARI-3, COL-3)Rockies (@SF-3, @SD-3)
Pirates (CHC-3, MIL-3)White Sox (@BAL-3, @BOS-3)
Rays (TOR-3, BAL-3)
Tigers (CLE-3, KC-3)
Yankees (BOS-3, TOR-3)
Five games
Brewers (@STL-2, @PIT-3)Cardinals (MIL-2, @HOU-3)
Good weather (* -- weatherproof)Riskier weather
Angels (OAK-3, TEX-4)Braves (FLA-3, @WAS-3)
Astros (@NYM-1, CIN-3, STL-3)Cubs (@PIT-3, PHI-4)
Athletics (@LAA-3, MIN-4)Marlins (@ATL-3, NYM-3)
Diamondbacks (@SD-3, LAD-3)Nationals (LAD-3, ATL-3)
Giants (COL-3, @CIN-3)Pirates (CHC-3, MIL-3)
Padres (ARI-3, COL-3)Rangers (@KC-3, @LAA-4)
Rays * (TOR-3, BAL-3)Royals (TEX-3, @DET-3)
Reds (@HOU-3, SF-3)White Sox (@BAL-3, @BOS-3)
Rockies (@SF-3, @SD-3)
Twins (@SEA-3, @OAK-4)

Note: Hitter-friendly ballparks are based primarily on recent statistical data (2005-08) comparing home/road performance, much the same method as our Park Factor page. Some personal opinion does go into making ballpark selections.

Good for hittersPoor for hitters
Angels (OAK-3, TEX-4) Athletics (@LAA-3, MIN-4)
Dodgers (@PHI-1, @WAS-3, @ARI-3) Blue Jays (@TB-3, @NYY-3)
Giants (COL-3, @CIN-3) Phillies (LAD-1, NYM-2, @CHC-4)
Rays (TOR-3, BAL-3) Pirates (CHC-3, MIL-3)
Games at hitter-friendly ballparks
Chase Field (ARI): Dodgers, Aug. 29-31
Citizens Bank Park (PHI): Dodgers, Aug. 25; Mets, Aug. 26-27
Coors Field (COL): No games
Great American Ball Park (CIN): Giants, Aug. 29-31
Rangers Ballpark (TEX): No games
U.S. Cellular Field (CHW): No games
Wrigley Field (CHC): Phillies, Aug. 28-31
Lefty-heavyRighty-heavy
Angels (3 LHP, 4 RHP)Astros (7 RHP, 0 LHP)
Cardinals (3 LHP, 2 RHP)Blue Jays (5 RHP, 1 LHP)
Cubs (3 LHP, 4 RHP)Diamondbacks (6 RHP, 0 LHP)
Mariners (4 LHP, 2 RHP)Rangers (7 RHP, 0 LHP)
Orioles (3 LHP, 3 RHP)Rockies (6 RHP, 0 LHP)
Twins (6 LHP, 1 RHP)

Looking for a decent hitter value pick for this week? Here are 10 strong matchup choices, among the beneath-the-elite crop:

Hitter (Team)ScheduleRecent stats (since?)
Adrian Beltre (SEA)MIN-3, @CLE-3(Aug. 16) 6 G's, .227 BA, .820 OPS
April 29-May 1, 2008 at Jacobs Field: 3-for-10 (.300 BA), 1 HR ... 2008 versus LHP: .336 BA, .961 OPS
Milton Bradley (TEX)@KC-3, @LAA-4(Aug. 4) 12 G's, .389 BA, 1.178 OPS
2008 road: 57 G's, .283 BA, .860 OPS ... 2008 versus RHP: 264 PAs, .307 BA, 10 HRs, 38 RBIs, .954 OPS
Marlon Byrd (TEX)@KC-3, @LAA-4(Aug. 4) 16 G's, .469 BA, 1.202 OPS
2007-08 versus LAA: 20 G's, .292 BA, 3 HRs, 9 RBIs ... 2008 versus RHP: 210 PAs, .304 BA, .825 OPS
Mark DeRosa (CHC)@PIT-3, PHI-4(Aug. 5) 14 G's, .362 BA, 1.184 OPS
2008 at PNC Park: 5 G's, .318 BA, .907 OPS ... 2008 versus LHP: 133 PAs, .291 BA, .818 OPS
Andre Ethier (LAD)@PHI-1, @WAS-3, @ARI-3(Aug. 9) 10 G's, .341 BA, 4 HRs
2008 road: 54 G's, .295 BA, 7 HRs, .850 OPS ... 2008 versus RHP: 347 PAs, .300 BA, 12 HRs, .861 OPS
Jeff Kent (LAD)@PHI-1, @WAS-3, @ARI-3(July 29) 20 G's, .436 BA, 1.014 OPS
Career at Chase Field: 63 G's, .306 BA, 11 HRs, .904 OPS ... 2008 road: 51 G's, .291 BA, .818 OPS
Adam Lind (TOR)@TB-3, @NYY-3(July 22) 28 G's, .340 BA, .973 OPS
2008 road: 26 G's, .313 BA, 7 HRs, .930 OPS ... 2008 versus RHP: 153 PAs, .303 BA, 7 HRs, .878 OPS
Melvin Mora (BAL)CHW-3, @TB-3(Aug. 1) 18 G's, .455 BA, 30 RBIs
2005-08 at Tropicana Field: 31 G's, .266 BA, 8 HRs ... 2008 versus LHP: .320 BA, 12 HRs, 1.073 OPS
Ian Stewart (COL)@SF-3, @SD-3(July 20) 30 G's, .333 BA, 31 RBIs
2008 road: 26 G's, .294 BA, 4 HRs, .976 OPS ... 2008 versus RHP: 148 PAs, .256 BA, .821 OPS
Ty Wigginton (HOU)@NYM-1, CIN-3, STL-3(Aug. 3) 17 G's, .438 BA, 7 HRs
2008 home: 41 G's, .345 BA, 9 HRs, 1.063 OPS ... 2008 versus RHP: 226 PAs, .281 BA, .823 OPS
All hitters statistics are through the games of Aug. 21.

Note: Matchups are determined by examining both an opponent's catcher and pitching staff. Obviously, teams like the Cardinals (catcher: Yadier Molina) and Rays (Dioner Navarro) rate as tough teams to run on, while teams like the Braves (Brian McCann) and White Sox (A.J. Pierzynski) rate as easy teams to run on.

Good for stolen basesTop speedsters
Diamondbacks (@SD-3, LAD-3)Chris Young (5 SB since All-Star break), Alex Romero (4)
Red Sox (@NYY-3, CHW-3)Jacoby Ellsbury (6), Jason Bay (4), Dustin Pedroia (3)
Rockies (@SF-3, @SD-3)Willy Taveras (20), Matt Holliday (7), Clint Barmes (3)
Royals (TEX-3, @DET-3)Alex Gordon (4), David DeJesus (3), Esteban German (3)
Poor for stolen basesTop speedsters
Cardinals (MIL-2, @HOU-3)Cesar Izturis (8), Felipe Lopez (3), Albert Pujols (3)
Mariners (MIN-3, @CLE-3)Ichiro Suzuki (4), Beltre/Vidro/Lopez/Reed/Betancourt (1)
Phillies (LAD-1, NYM-2, @CHC-4)Jimmy Rollins (7), Shane Victorino (6), Werth/Taguchi/Bruntlett/Dobbs/Ruiz (1)
Twins (@SEA-3, @OAK-4)Denard Span (6), Carlos Gomez (5), Nick Punto (4)
All basestealers statistics are through the games of Aug. 21.

Note: As with the hitter-friendly ballparks, pitcher-friendly ballparks are based mostly on 2005-08 data, with some personal opinion involved.

Good for pitchersPoor for pitchers
Diamondbacks (@SD-3, LAD-3) Blue Jays (@TB-3, @NYY-3)
Rockies (@SF-3, @SD-3) Phillies (LAD-1, NYM-2, @CHC-4)
Tigers (CLE-3, KC-3) Pirates (CHC-3, MIL-3)
Twins (@SEA-3, @OAK-4) White Sox (@BAL-3, @BOS-3)
Games at pitcher-friendly ballparks
Dodger Stadium (LAD): No games
Dolphin Stadium (FLA): Mets, Aug. 29-31
McAfee Coliseum (OAK): Twins, Aug. 28-31
Progressive Field (CLE): Mariners, Aug. 29-31
Petco Park (SD): Diamondbacks, Aug. 25-27; Rockies, Aug. 29-31
Safeco Field (SEA): Twins, Aug. 25-27
Shea Stadium (NYM): Astros, Aug. 25

Two-start notes: It's a pretty strong week as two-start pitchers go; I could make a case to use anyone through No. 26 (Mike Pelfrey) in a mixed league, depending on the depth of the league, of course. Conservatively, let's set the cut-off at No. 19 (Armando Galarraga), if only because the matchups get tougher around there. … The Blue Jays could push David Purcey back in the rotation to allow Roy Halladay to work twice, once at Tampa Bay and once at New York (he dominates the Yankees). Rank him fourth, ahead of John Lackey, if they announce that switch. … Since the Brewers didn't skip any starters this past week, I'm not expecting them to in this five-game week. Dave Bush might be a candidate to be skipped because the team plays exclusively on the road and he's a much better pitcher at home, in which case Ben Sheets would earn two starts and rank eighth, ahead of Matt Cain. … With such a critical weekend series against the Dodgers on the horizon, I can't see how Yusmeiro Petit wouldn't be skipped thanks to Thursday's off day, allowing both Dan Haren and Brandon Webb to have two-start weeks. Webb would lose his second turn if Petit does pitch against the Dodgers. … Rumor has it the Mariners are considering activating Carlos Silva on Aug. 31, which would eliminate R.A. Dickey's second start. No matter: You don't want either active. … The Greg Maddux trade greatly increases the chances the Padres will use off days to skip their fifth starter, so both Jake Peavy and Chad Reineke should start twice in Week 22. What a contrast in talent: You absolutely want Peavy active, and you don't in any way want Reineke. … The Orioles' rotation is a mess right now. Since it's the back end of their rotation lined up for two starts, Chris Waters is the favorite for the honor, but it's no guarantee it'll be him (or that anyone will start twice). … Josh Beckett would rank higher than 10th if health was not a concern. He is experiencing "tingling" in his pitching hand, so be conservative with him. … Thanks to Thursday's off day, expect the Royals to skip one of the two pitchers who worked this weekend. That would allow both Gil Meche and Zack Greinke to start twice in Week 22. Greinke would be skipped if the team sticks with a straight five-man rotation. … Clayton Richard is actually the one on schedule for the two-start week for the White Sox, but I can't see how they wouldn't shuffle things so Gavin Floyd pitches twice, knowing the weekend series is at Boston.

Two-start pitchers -- Tristan's rankings
Pitcher (Team)First start (Opponent)Second start (Opponent)
1. Brandon Webb (ARI)Aug. 26, @SD (Reineke)Aug. 31, LAD (Lowe)
Past 5 GS: 5-0, 1.18 ERA, 0.92 WHIP ... 2005-08 versus LAD: 9 GS, 8-0, 1.19 ERA, 1.07 WHIP
2. Jake Peavy (SD)Aug. 25, ARI (Haren)Aug. 30, COL (U. Jimenez)
Past 5 GS: 2-3, 3.09 ERA, 1.19 WHIP ... 2008 home: 11 GS, 5-4, 1.42 ERA, 0.91 WHIP
3. Dan Haren (ARI)Aug. 25, @SD (Peavy)Aug. 30, LAD (Billingsley)
Past 5 GS: 4-1, 5.57 ERA, 1.48 WHIP ... 2008 versus LAD: 3 GS, 2-1, 3.06 ERA, 1.30 WHIP
4. John Lackey (LAA)Aug. 26, OAK (G. Smith)Aug. 31, TEX (Millwood)
Past 5 GS: 2-0, 3.25 ERA, 1.14 WHIP ... Career versus OAK: 24 GS, 13-3, 2.77 ERA, 1.17 WHIP
5. Carlos Zambrano (CHC)Aug. 26, @PIT (Karstens)Aug. 31, PHI (Moyer)
Past 5 GS: 2-1, 4.75 ERA, 1.35 WHIP ... Career at PNC Park: 12 G's, 11 GS, 6-1, 3.77 ERA, 1.32 WHIP
6. James Shields (TB)Aug. 26, TOR (Purcey)Aug. 31, BAL (Waters)
Past 5 GS: 2-1, 3.78 ERA, 1.32 WHIP ... Career home: 41 GS, 19-7, 3.14 ERA, 1.10 WHIP
7. Chad Billingsley (LAD)Aug. 25, @PHI (B. Myers)Aug. 30, @ARI (Haren)
Past 5 GS: 2-0, 2.45 ERA, 1.18 WHIP ... Career at Chase Field: 8 G's, 6 GS, 4-2, 3.89 ERA, 1.56 WHIP
8. Matt Cain (SF)Aug. 25, COL (Francis)Aug. 31, @CIN (Arroyo)
Past 5 GS: 2-1, 2.29 ERA, 1.25 WHIP ... Career versus COL: 12 GS, 6-3, 2.89 ERA, 1.20 WHIP
9. Francisco Liriano (MIN)Aug. 25, @SEA (Dickey)Aug. 30, @OAK (Braden)
Past 5 GS: 4-1, 3.33 ERA, 1.40 WHIP ... Career at McAfee Coliseum: 2 GS, 0-2, 24.92 ERA, 3.92 WHIP
10. Josh Beckett (BOS)Aug. 26, @NYY (Pettitte)Aug. 31, CHW (G. Floyd)
Past 5 GS: 2-3, 5.83 ERA, 1.50 WHIP ... 2008 at Yankee Stadium: 2 GS, 2-0, 3.86 ERA, 0.93 WHIP
11. Ted Lilly (CHC)Aug. 25, @PIT (Snell)Aug. 30, PHI (B. Myers)
Past 5 GS: 2-1, 3.31 ERA, 1.22 WHIP ... Career at PNC Park: 4 GS, 1-0, 5.64 ERA, 1.79 WHIP
12. Andy Pettitte (NYY)Aug. 26, BOS (Beckett)Aug. 31, TOR (Purcey)
Past 5 GS: 1-2, 6.03 ERA, 1.60 WHIP ... Career versus BOS: 31 G's, 29 GS, 16-7, 3.54 ERA, 1.37 WHIP
13. Derek Lowe (LAD)Aug. 26, @PHI (Moyer)Aug. 31, @ARI (Webb)
Past 5 GS: 2-2, 4.60 ERA, 1.36 WHIP ... Career at Citizens Bank Park: 3 GS, 2-0, 2.25 ERA, 0.95 WHIP
14. Jair Jurrjens (ATL)Aug. 26, FLA (Olsen)Aug. 31, @WAS (Balester)
Past 5 GS: 1-4, 4.35 ERA, 1.55 WHIP ... April 30, 2008 at Nationals Park: 7 IP, 2 H's, 1 ER, 3 K's
15. Zack Greinke (KC)Aug. 26, TEX (Millwood)Aug. 31, @DET (Galarraga)
Past 5 GS: 2-2, 2.97 ERA, 1.35 WHIP ... Career at Comerica Park: 9 G's, 7 GS, 5-2, 3.16 ERA, 1.38 WHIP
16. Jered Weaver (LAA)Aug. 25, OAK (Braden)Aug. 30, TEX (Feldman)
Past 5 GS: 2-1, 6.11 ERA, 1.43 WHIP ... Career versus TEX: 8 GS, 2-1, 2.26 ERA, 1.16 WHIP
17. Scott Baker (MIN)Aug. 26, @SEA (Rowland-Smith)Aug. 31, @OAK (G. Smith)
Past 5 GS: 0-0, 4.83 ERA, 1.36 WHIP ... 2008 road: 12 GS, 4-2, 4.10 ERA, 1.26 WHIP
18. Brett Myers (PHI)Aug. 25, LAD (Billingsley)Aug. 30, @CHC (Lilly)
Past 5 GS: 3-1, 1.47 ERA, 0.87 WHIP ... Career at Wrigley Field: 6 G's, 3 GS, 2-2, 1.71 ERA, 0.65 WHIP
19. Armando Galarraga (DET)Aug. 25, CLE (Z. Jackson)Aug. 31, KC (Greinke)
Past 5 GS: 4-0, 2.81 ERA, 1.19 WHIP ... Career versus CLE: 3 GS, 3-0, 3.57 ERA, 0.79 WHIP
20. Bronson Arroyo (CIN)Aug. 26, @HOU (W. Rodriguez)Aug. 31, SF (Cain)
Past 5 GS: 2-3, 4.26 ERA, 1.33 WHIP ... Career versus SF: 7 G's, 6 GS, 2-3, 3.69 ERA, 1.46 WHIP
21. Gavin Floyd (CHW)Aug. 25, @BAL (Waters)Aug. 31, @BOS (Beckett)
Past 5 GS: 3-0, 4.71 ERA, 1.40 WHIP ... April 17, 2008 at Camden Yards: 6 IP, 2 H's, 0 ERs, 4 K's
22. Gil Meche (KC)Aug. 25, TEX (Feldman)Aug. 30, @DET (Rogers)
Past 5 GS: 2-0, 2.78 ERA, 1.21 WHIP ... Career at Comerica Park: 10 GS, 4-1, 3.47 ERA, 1.39 WHIP
23. Wandy Rodriguez (HOU)Aug. 26, CIN (Arroyo)Aug. 31, STL (Wellemeyer)
Past 5 GS: 1-3, 7.50 ERA, 1.83 WHIP ... 2007-08 home: 25 GS, 9-7, 3.26 ERA, 1.18 WHIP
24. Ian Snell (PIT)Aug. 25, CHC (Lilly)Aug. 31, MIL (Sabathia)
Past 5 GS: 2-2, 3.90 ERA, 1.53 WHIP ... 2008 home: 11 GS, 3-3, 3.92 ERA, 1.71 WHIP
25. Jamie Moyer (PHI)Aug. 26, NYM (P. Martinez)Aug. 31, @CHC (Zambrano)
Past 5 GS: 2-1, 2.64 ERA, 1.30 WHIP ... 2007-08 versus NYM: 8 GS, 2-2, 2.96 ERA, 1.24 WHIP
26. Mike Pelfrey (NYM)Aug. 25, HOU (Moehler)Aug. 31, @FLA (Olsen)
Past 5 GS: 3-2, 4.60 ERA, 1.31 WHIP ... Career at Dolphin Stadium: 2 GS, 0-1, 8.10 ERA, 1.90 WHIP
27. Scott Olsen (FLA)Aug. 26, @ATL (Jurrjens)Aug. 31, NYM (Pelfrey)
Past 5 GS: 0-3, 4.25 ERA, 1.42 WHIP ... Career versus NYM: 11 GS, 1-4, 4.52 ERA, 1.49 WHIP
28. Todd Wellemeyer (STL)Aug. 26, MIL (Sheets)Aug. 31, @HOU (W. Rodriguez)
Past 5 GS: 3-0, 2.30 ERA, 1.12 WHIP ... 2008 versus MIL: 2 GS, 0-0, 1.64 ERA, 1.45 WHIP
29. Jeff Francis (COL)Aug. 25, @SF (Cain)Aug. 31, @SD (Reineke)
Past 5 GS: 0-2, 6.51 ERA, 1.73 WHIP ... Career at Petco Park: 9 GS, 3-5, 4.70 ERA, 1.51 WHIP
No thank you (in alphabetical order): Collin Balester (WAS), Aug. 26, LAD (Lowe), Aug. 31, ATL (Jurrjens); Dallas Braden (OAK), Aug. 25, @LAA (Weaver), Aug. 30, MIN (Liriano); R.A. Dickey (SEA), Aug. 25, MIN (Liriano), Aug. 31, @CLE (Z. Jackson); Scott Feldman (TEX), Aug. 25, @KC (Meche), Aug. 30, @LAA (Weaver); Zach Jackson (CLE), Aug. 25, @DET (Galarraga), Aug. 31, SEA (Dickey); Kevin Millwood (TEX), Aug. 26, @KC (Greinke), Aug. 31, @LAA (Lackey); Brian Moehler (HOU), Aug. 25, @NYM (Pelfrey), Aug. 30, STL (Looper); David Purcey (TOR), Aug. 26, @TB (J. Shields), Aug. 31, @NYY (Pettitte); Chad Reineke (SD), Aug. 26, ARI (Webb), Aug. 31, COL (Francis); Greg Smith (OAK), Aug. 26, @LAA (Lackey), Aug. 31, MIN (S. Baker); Chris Waters (BAL), Aug. 25, CHW (G. Floyd), Aug. 31, @TB (J. Shields).

One-start pitchers -- value plays (owned in under 50 percent of ESPN.com leagues)
Pitcher (Team)Start (Opponent)
Nick Blackburn (MIN)Aug. 28, @OAK (Eveland)
Past 5 GS: 2-1, 3.31 ERA, 1.19 WHIP ... Aug. 18, 2008 versus OAK: Loss, 8 IP, 6 H's, 3 ERs, 2 K's
Jorge Campillo (ATL)Aug. 29, @WAS (Od. Perez)
Past 5 GS: 2-2, 4.78 ERA, 1.22 WHIP ... 2008 road: 15 G's, 7 GS, 4-2, 2.13 ERA, 0.87 WHIP
Johnny Cueto (CIN)Aug. 30, SF (Correia)
Past 5 GS: 1-3, 4.03 ERA, 1.41 WHIP ... 2008 home: 13 GS, 5-3, 4.59 ERA, 1.29 WHIP
Ubaldo Jimenez (COL)Aug. 30, @SD (Peavy)
Past 5 GS: 3-2, 4.03 ERA, 1.62 WHIP ... Career at Petco Park: 3 GS, 1-2, 2.60 ERA, 1.15 WHIP
Clayton Kershaw (LAD)Aug. 28, @WAS (Lannan)
Past 5 GS: 2-0, 1.45 ERA, 1.10 WHIP ... July 27, 2008 versus WAS: Win, 6 IP, 4 H's, 0 ERs, 5 K's
Greg Maddux (LAD)Aug. 27, @WAS (Redding)
Past 5 GS: 3-2, 4.55 ERA, 1.11 WHIP ... 2008 road: 13 GS, 3-6, 6.16 ERA, 1.55 WHIP
Paul Maholm (PIT)Aug. 30, MIL (Suppan)
Past 5 GS: 1-1, 2.57 ERA, 1.14 WHIP ... 2008 home: 13 GS, 6-1, 3.02 ERA, 1.15 WHIP
Kevin Slowey (MIN)Aug. 29, @OAK (Gallagher)
Past 5 GS: 4-1, 2.14 ERA, 0.86 WHIP ... June 1, 2008 at McAfee Coliseum: 6 IP, 5 H's, 1 ER, 3 K's
Andy Sonnanstine (TB)Aug. 30, BAL (D. Cabrera)
Past 5 GS: 3-1, 3.73 ERA, 1.18 WHIP ... 2008 home: 13 GS, 7-3, 4.50 ERA, 1.37 WHIP
Jarrod Washburn (SEA)Aug. 29, @CLE (Sowers)
Past 5 GS: 1-4, 5.70 ERA, 1.43 WHIP ... Career at Jacobs Field: 10 GS, 6-3, 3.84 ERA, 1.06 WHIP

Tristan H. Cockcroft covers fantasy sports for ESPN.com. You can e-mail him here.

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