Commentary

Fantasy Forecaster: Previewing Week 24

Updated: September 6, 2008, 6:53 PM ET
By Tristan H. Cockcroft | ESPN.com

All statistics are through Thursday, Sept. 4.

On tap: With two doubleheaders on the schedule for Saturday, there's a real contrast in number of games played for teams in Week 24, and that's something you should note. The Blue Jays and Indians will play eight games apiece, while the Mets and Nationals will each play five. Interestingly enough, in spite of the short week, the Mets' matchups are awfully attractive for fantasy, both hitting- and pitching-wise.

Tampa Bay, currently leading the American League East, gets its toughest test yet in September: three games apiece at the Red Sox and Yankees. If the Rays are going to be division champions, this will be a week for them to make a statement as such. The Yankees, meanwhile, continue their seemingly futile run at the wild card with those three home contests but also a week-opening three-game series at the Angels. Ouch.

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.

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

Note: Hitter-friendly ballparks are based primarily on recent statistical data (2005-2008) 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
Brewers (CIN-3, @PHI-4) Giants (ARI-3, @SD-4)
Indians (@BAL-4, KC-4) Reds (@MIL-3, @ARI-3)
Mets (WAS-2, ATL-3) Royals (@MIN-3, @CLE-4)
Rangers (@SEA-2, @OAK-4) Yankees (@LAA-3, TB-3)
Games at hitter-friendly ballparks
Chase Field (ARI): Reds, Sept. 12-14
Citizens Bank Park (PHI): Marlins, Sept. 8-10; Brewers, Sept. 11-14
Coors Field (COL): Dodgers, Sept. 12-14
Great American Ball Park (CIN): No games
Rangers Ballpark (TEX): No games
U.S. Cellular Field (CHW): Blue Jays, Sept. 8-11; Tigers, Sept. 12-14
Wrigley Field (CHC): No games
Lefty-heavyRighty-heavy
Angels (3 LHP, 4 RHP)Giants (6 RHP, 1 LHP)
Dodgers (4 LHP, 2 RHP)Indians (5 RHP, 2 LHP, 1 TBD)
Mets (3 LHP, 2 RHP)Mariners (5 RHP, 1 LHP)
Orioles (3 LHP, 4 RHP)Phillies (6 RHP, 1 LHP)
Rangers (5 LHP, 1 RHP)Pirates (6 RHP, 1 LHP)
Royals (3 LHP, 3 RHP, 1 TBD)Rays (5 RHP, 1 LHP)
Tigers (5 LHP, 1 RHP)Twins (6 RHP, 0 LHP)
White Sox (7 RHP, 0 LHP)
Yankees (6 RHP, 0 LHP)

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?)
Casey Blake (LAD)@SD-3, @COL-3(Aug. 26) 9 G's, .364 BA, 4 HRs
June 17-19, 2008 at Coors Field: 3 G's, 5-for-11 (.455 BA), 1 HR ... 2008 versus LHP: 119 PAs, .305 BA, .863 OPS
Billy Butler (KC)@MIN-3, @CLE-4(Aug. 24) 10 G's, .475 BA, 3 HRs
Career at Metrodome: 8 G's, .387 BA, 5 2Bs, .935 OPS ... 2008 verus LHP: 131 PAs, .353 BA, 7 HRs, 1.042 OPS
Marlon Byrd (TEX)@SEA-2, @OAK-4(Aug. 4) 29 G's, .370 BA, 1.013 OPS
July 25-27, 2008 at McAfee Coliseum: 3 G's, 4-for-13 (.308 BA), 1 HR ... 2008 versus LHP: .286 BA, .898 OPS
Jack Cust (OAK)@DET-3, TEX-4(Aug. 15) 19 G's, .250 BA, .924 OPS
Career at Comerica Park: 5 G's, .381 BA, 9 RBIs ... 2008 versus TEX: 11 G's, .270 BA, 4 HRs, 1.049 OPS
Chris Dickerson (CIN)@MIL-3, @ARI-3(Aug. 12) 20 G's, .333 BA, 6 HRs
2008 Reds: 20 G's, .333 BA, 6 HRs, 12 RBIs, 1.147 OPS ... 2008 Triple-A: 97 G's, .287 BA, 11 HRs, .863 OPS
Paul Konerko (CHW)TOR-4, DET-3(Aug. 14) 16 G's, .367 BA, 1.063 OPS
2008 home: 47 G's, .278 BA, 8 HRs, .890 OPS ... 2008 versus DET: 13 G's, .302 BA, 2 HRs, 10 RBIs, .948 OPS
Jason Kubel (MIN)KC-3, @BAL-3(Aug. 5) 26 G's, .326 BA, .887 OPS
Aug. 23-25, 2007 at Camden Yards: 3 G's, 3-for-10 (.300 BA), 5 RBIs ... 2008 versus RHP: .287 BA, .830 OPS
Hideki Matsui (NYY)@LAA-3, TB-3(Aug. 21) 14 G's, .220 BA, 10 RBIs
Career at Angel Stadium: 19 G's, .321 BA, 5 HRs, 16 RBIs ... 2008 versus RHP: 242 PAs, .299 BA, .858 OPS
Edgar Renteria (DET)OAK-3, @CHW-3(Aug. 8) 23 G's, .329 BA, .930 OPS
2008 at U.S. Cellular Field: 5 G's, 6-for-20 (.300 BA), 2 2Bs ... 2008 versus LHP: 122 PAs, .333 BA, .912 OPS
Jayson Werth (PHI)FLA-3, MIL-4(Aug. 13) 21 G's, .338 BA, 6 HRs
Career at Citizens Bank Park: 102 G's, .301 BA, .875 OPS ... Career versus MIL: 9 G's, .364 BA, 2 HRs, 1.129 OPS

Note: Matchups are determined by examining both an opponent's catcher and pitching staff. Obviously, teams like the Astros (catcher: Brad Ausmus/Humberto Quintero) and Rays (Dioner Navarro/Shawn Riggans) rate as tough teams to run on, while teams like the Padres (Nick Hundley/Josh Bard) and Orioles (Ramon Hernandez/Guillermo Quiroz) rate as easy teams to run on.

Good for stolen basesTop speedsters
Giants (ARI-3, @SD-4)Randy Winn (7 SB since All-Star break), Emmanuel Burriss (5)
Indians (@BAL-4, KC-4)Grady Sizemore (13), Asdrubal Cabrera (3), Shin-Soo Choo (2)
Mariners (TEX-2, @LAA-4)Ichiro Suzuki (6), Adrian Beltre (1), Jose Lopez (1)
Mets (WAS-2, ATL-3)Jose Reyes (15), Carlos Beltran (5), David Wright (3)
Poor for stolen basesTop speedsters
Cubs (@STL-3, @HOU-3)Alfonso Soriano (10), Ryan Theriot (5), Kosuke Fukudome (3)
Orioles (CLE-4, MIN-3)Brian Roberts (9), Jay Payton (3), Aubrey Huff (2)
Pirates (@HOU-4, STL-3)Nate McLouth (6), Nyjer Morgan (4), Ryan Doumit (2)
Royals (@MIN-3, @CLE-4)Alex Gordon (4), Miguel Olivo (4), David DeJesus (3)

Note: As with the hitter-friendly ballparks, pitcher-friendly ballparks are based mostly on 2005-2008 data, with some personal opinion involved.

Good for pitchersPoor for pitchers
Angels (NYY-3, SEA-4) Athletics (@DET-3, TEX-4)
Diamondbacks (@SF-3, CIN-3) Blue Jays (@CHW-4, @BOS-4)
Giants (ARI-3, @SD-4) Braves (COL-3, @NYM-3)
Rangers (@SEA-2, @OAK-4) Brewers (CIN-3, @PHI-4)
Games at pitcher-friendly ballparks
Dodger Stadium (LAD): No games
Dolphin Stadium (FLA): Nationals, Sept. 12-14
McAfee Coliseum (OAK): Rangers, Sept. 11-14
Progressive Field (CLE): Royals, Sept. 12-14
Petco Park (SD): Dodgers, Sept. 8-10; Giants, Sept. 11-14
Safeco Field (SEA): Rangers, Sept. 9-10
Shea Stadium (NYM): Nationals, Sept. 9-10; Braves, Sept. 12-14

Two-start notes: Picking "safe" two-start pitchers will only get tougher from here as teams play makeup games, shut down young or injured starters early or shuffle their rotation to align pitchers against prime opponents, so don't lean too heavily on the two-start pitcher strategy these final three weeks. Assuming they all indeed work twice in Week 24, I'd dig as deep as No. 15, Dave Bush, in mixed formats. … The Angels bumped Jered Weaver back to Monday, and presumably will keep everyone else in rotation, making him and Jon Garland their two-start pitchers. … There is some question as to whether Wandy Rodriguez will be healthy enough to start Saturday's game, and if he is not, then the Astros likely will slide up their rotation. In that case, Randy Wolf would be pushed up to Monday's game (yet still start twice), and either Rodriguez or a spot starter would go Tuesday (and then presumably Sunday, too). … The Braves are apparently looking to get both Jair Jurrjens and Charlie Morton additional rest in September, so since Morton is the one on track for a two-start week, don't expect much from Braves pitchers in Week 24. … Considering the importance of the series, I'm expecting the Cardinals' Adam Wainwright to pitch Tuesday's game against the Cubs (as opposed to Sunday's game), making him a two-start pitcher. If he pitches Sunday instead, either Kyle Lohse could be the Cardinals' two-start pitcher for the week, or Joel Pineiro could get that assignment. … After Yusmeiro Petit pitched poorly on extended rest in his most recent start, expect him to remain where he's slotted and get a two-start Week 24. … The Mets could go with either Jon Niese or Oliver Perez on Tuesday; I'd bank on it being the veteran. Then there's the question of whether anyone will start twice in a five-game week. I'm thinking yes, and Perez will be that man. … The Nationals have only announced that Collin Balester will pitch Tuesday's game, but since it's a five-game week, that's another rotation to avoid, and one that might lack a two-start pitcher. … Jeremy Guthrie is tentatively scheduled to start for the Orioles either Monday or Tuesday, assuming his arm is healthy enough to do so. He missed his previous turn due to fatigue. … The Phillies bumped back Kyle Kendrick in their rotation, and presumably he'll need to pitch Monday or Tuesday unless the team goes with a spot starter. I'm thinking he's pitching Monday, but he'd be a two-start pitcher either way as long as he's not skipped outright. … The Red Sox are toying with the idea of using Bartolo Colon for one game of Saturday's doubleheader, but they also could use Thursday's off day to keep Jon Lester and Daisuke Matsuzaka on regular rest. I'm forecasting their rotation as such, but Matsuzaka is the one who would lose a second start if Colon works one of Saturday's games. … The White Sox's game notes listed John Danks as their starter Sunday, presumably putting Clayton Richard in Tuesday's spot in the rotation. Richard could yet get that Sept. 7 assignment, though, in which case both Danks and Javier Vazquez would be two-start pitchers for Week 24. Vazquez will be one regardless.

Two-start pitchers -- Tristan's rankings
Pitcher (Team)First start (Opponent)Second start (Opponent)
1. Tim Lincecum (SF)Sept. 8, ARI (Petit)Sept. 13, @SD (C. Young)
Past 5 GS: 3-0, 2.20 ERA, 0.98 WHIP ... Career versus ARI: 4 GS, 2-0, 2.25 ERA, 1.00 WHIP
2. Daisuke Matsuzaka (BOS)Sept. 9, TB (Kazmir)Sept. 14, TOR (Litsch)
Past 5 GS: 4-0, 2.48 ERA, 1.25 WHIP ... 2008 home: 14 GS, 9-2, 3.05 ERA, 1.40 WHIP
3. A.J. Burnett (TOR)Sept. 8, @CHW (J. Vazquez)Sept. 13, @BOS, Gm. 1 (P. Byrd)
Past 5 GS: 2-1, 3.79 ERA, 1.21 WHIP ... Career at Fenway Park: 2 GS, 2-0, 0.54 ERA, 0.72 WHIP
4. Jon Lester (BOS)Sept. 8, TB (E. Jackson)Sept. 13, TOR, Gm. 2 (TBD)
Past 5 GS: 3-2, 4.33 ERA, 1.33 WHIP ... 2008 versus TB: 2 GS, 2-0, 1.46 ERA, 1.22 WHIP
5. Oliver Perez (NYM)Sept. 9, WAS (Balester)Sept. 14, ATL (Ch. Morton)
Past 5 GS: 3-0, 3.00 ERA, 1.26 WHIP ... 2006-08 versus ATL: 8 GS, 5-2, 3.38 ERA, 1.22 WHIP
6. Ryan Dempster (CHC)Sept. 9, @STL (Wainwright)Sept. 14, @HOU (Wolf)
Past 5 GS: 3-1, 3.27 ERA, 1.45 WHIP ... 2008 at Minute Maid Park: 2 GS, 1-1, 2.57 ERA, 1.07 WHIP
7. Javier Vazquez (CHW)Sept. 8, TOR (A. Burnett)Sept. 13, DET (Lambert)
Past 5 GS: 3-2, 2.60 ERA, 0.98 WHIP ... 2008 home: 13 GS, 6-5, 4.19 ERA, 1.15 WHIP
8. Edinson Volquez (CIN)Sept. 8, @MIL (Bush)Sept. 14, @ARI (Petit)
Past 5 GS: 3-0, 3.94 ERA, 1.31 WHIP ... July 12, 2008 at Miller Park: Win, 7 IP, 6 H's, 1 ER, 10 K's
9. Adam Wainwright (STL)Sept. 9, CHC (Dempster)Sept. 14, @PIT (Snell)
Past 5 GS: 3-1, 3.26 ERA, 1.19 WHIP ... 2007 at PNC Park: 3 GS, 2-0, 3.20 ERA, 1.37 WHIP
10. Fausto Carmona (CLE)Sept. 8, @BAL (Liz)Sept. 13, KC, Gm. 1 (Greinke)
Past 5 GS: 3-1, 4.65 ERA, 1.45 WHIP ... 2007-08 versus KC: 6 GS, 4-0, 3.00 ERA, 1.41 WHIP
11. Jeremy Guthrie (BAL)Sept. 9, CLE (Sowers)Sept. 14, MIN (Blackburn)
Past 5 GS: 2-3, 4.70 ERA, 1.37 WHIP ... 2008 home: 14 GS, 4-6, 3.65 ERA, 1.27 WHIP
12. Jered Weaver (LAA)Sept. 8, NYY (Pavano)Sept. 13, SEA (Silva)
Past 5 GS: 1-1, 4.60 ERA, 1.16 WHIP ... Career home: 35 GS, 17-9, 3.57 ERA, 1.23 WHIP
13. Randy Wolf (HOU)Sept. 9, PIT (Ohlendorf)Sept. 14, CHC (Dempster)
Past 5 GS: 2-1, 4.03 ERA, 1.24 WHIP ... Career at Minute Maid Park: 7 GS, 4-2, 3.32 ERA, 1.25 WHIP
14. Jon Garland (LAA)Sept. 9, NYY (Rasner)Sept. 14, SEA (Feierabend)
Past 5 GS: 2-1, 6.32 ERA, 1.53 WHIP ... 2008 home: 16 GS, 5-5, 4.44 ERA, 1.41 WHIP
15. Dave Bush (MIL)Sept. 8, CIN (Volquez)Sept. 13, @PHI (K. Kendrick)
Past 5 GS: 3-1, 3.66 ERA, 1.22 WHIP ... 2008 versus CIN: 2 GS, 1-1, 3.65 ERA, 1.14 WHIP
16. Nick Blackburn (MIN)Sept. 9, KC (Bannister)Sept. 14, @BAL (Guthrie)
Past 5 GS: 0-2, 4.25 ERA, 1.45 WHIP ... May 27, 2008 versus KC: 8 1/3 IP, 8 H's, 2 ERs, 4 K's
17. Joe Blanton (PHI)Sept. 9, FLA (Volstad)Sept. 14, MIL (Suppan)
Past 5 GS: 0-0, 4.13 ERA, 1.50 WHIP ... 2008 at Citizens Bank Park: 4 GS, 0-0, 3.15 ERA, 1.25 WHIP
18. Jesse Litsch (TOR)Sept. 9, @CHW (Richard)Sept. 14, @BOS (Matsuzaka)
Past 5 GS: 2-2, 2.43 ERA, 1.11 WHIP ... 2008 road: 13 G's, 12 GS, 4-6, 4.73 ERA, 1.41 WHIP
19. Ian Snell (PIT)Sept. 8, @HOU (Backe)Sept. 14, STL (Wainwright)
Past 5 GS: 2-2, 3.41 ERA, 1.55 WHIP ... Career at Minute Maid Park: 6 G's, 5 GS, 0-1, 3.90 ERA, 1.40 WHIP
20. Jeff Suppan (MIL)Sept. 9, CIN (Fogg)Sept. 14, @PHI (Blanton)
Past 5 GS: 3-1, 4.05 ERA, 1.23 WHIP ... 2008 versus CIN: 3 GS, 1-0, 2.61 ERA, 0.92 WHIP
21. Anibal Sanchez (FLA)Sept. 8, @PHI (K. Kendrick)Sept. 14, WAS (Lannan)
Past 5 GS: 1-2, 6.08 ERA, 1.65 WHIP ... 2008 versus WAS: 6 GS, 3-0, 3.28 ERA, 1.43 WHIP
22. Clayton Kershaw (LAD)Sept. 8, @SD (Baek)Sept. 14, @COL (L. Hernandez)
Past 5 GS: 1-2, 6.39 ERA, 1.58 WHIP ... June 10, 2008 at Petco Park: 5 1/3 IP, 6 H's, 2 ERs, 5 K's
23. Barry Zito (SF)Sept. 9, ARI (D. Davis)Sept. 14, @SD (Baek)
Past 5 GS: 3-3, 5.59 ERA, 1.27 WHIP ... Career at Petco Park: 4 G's, 3 GS, 1-1, 2.25 ERA, 1.30 WHIP
24. Kyle Kendrick (PHI)Sept. 8, FLA (A. Sanchez)Sept. 13, MIL (Bush)
Past 5 GS: 1-3, 9.14 ERA, 2.22 WHIP ... Career home: 24 GS, 12-4, 3.73 ERA, 1.32 WHIP
25. Zach Miner (DET)Sept. 8, OAK (G. Gonzalez)Sept. 14, @CHW (Richard)
Past 5 GS: 2-0, 4.10 ERA, 1.33 WHIP ... Aug. 7, 2008 at U.S. Cellular Field: Win, 6 IP, 7 H's, 1 ER, 3 K's
26. Carl Pavano (NYY)Sept. 8, @LAA (Weaver)Sept. 14, TB (E. Jackson)
Past 3 GS: 2-0, 4.20 ERA, 1.33 WHIP ... Career versus TB: 7 GS, 3-2, 3.77 ERA, 1.24 WHIP
27. Yusmeiro Petit (ARI)Sept. 8, @SF (Lincecum)Sept. 14, CIN (Volquez)
Past 5 GS: 2-3, 4.23 ERA, 0.87 WHIP ... April 22, 2007 at AT&T Park: Loss, 7 IP, 4 H's, 2 ERs, 5 K's
28. Edwin Jackson (TB)Sept. 8, @BOS (Lester)Sept. 14, @NYY (Pavano)
Past 5 GS: 3-2, 3.38 ERA, 1.64 WHIP ... 2008 road: 13 GS, 6-3, 3.26 ERA, 1.47 WHIP
No thank you (in alphabetical order): Brandon Backe (HOU), Sept. 8, PIT (Snell), Sept. 13, CHC (Zambrano); Cha Seung Baek (SD), Sept. 8, LAD (Kershaw), Sept. 14, SF (Zito); Brian Bannister (KC), Sept. 9, @MIN (Blackburn), Sept. 14, @CLE (Sowers); Dana Eveland (OAK), Sept. 9, @DET (Rogers), Sept. 14, TEX (Nippert); Ryan Feierabend (SEA), Sept. 9, TEX (Nippert), Sept. 14, @LAA (Garland); Gio Gonzalez (OAK), Sept. 8, @DET (Miner), Sept. 13, TEX (Feldman); Livan Hernandez (COL), Sept. 9, @ATL (Ch. Morton), Sept. 14, LAD (Kershaw); Radhames Liz (BAL), Sept. 8, CLE (Carmona), Sept. 13, MIN (Perkins); Charlie Morton (ATL), Sept. 9, COL (L. Hernandez), Sept. 14, @NYM (Ol. Perez); Dustin Nippert (TEX), Sept. 9, @SEA (Feierabend), Sept. 14, @OAK (Eveland); Clayton Richard (CHW), Sept. 9, TOR (Litsch), Sept. 14, DET (Miner); Jeremy Sowers (CLE), Sept. 9, @BAL (Guthrie), Sept. 14, KC (Bannister).

One-start pitchers -- value plays (owned in under 50 percent of ESPN.com leagues)
Pitcher (Team)Start (Opponent)
Mark Buehrle (CHW)Sept. 10, TOR (Halladay)
Past 5 GS: 3-1, 4.35 ERA, 1.42 WHIP ... 2007-08 versus TOR: 3 GS, 1-2, 0.75 ERA, 0.67 WHIP
Paul Byrd (BOS)Sept. 13, TOR, Gm. 1 (A. Burnett)
Past 5 GS: 4-1, 4.08 ERA, 1.10 WHIP ... Career versus TOR: 9 GS, 5-4, 3.39 ERA, 0.99 WHIP
Josh Johnson (FLA)Sept. 13, WAS (Redding)
Past 5 GS: 2-0, 3.18 ERA, 1.18 WHIP ... Career versus WAS: 3 G's, 2 GS, 1-0, 3.21 ERA, 0.86 WHIP
Hiroki Kuroda (LAD)Sept. 9, @SD (LeBlanc)
Past 5 GS: 2-2, 3.13 ERA, 1.04 WHIP ... 2008 road: 14 GS, 2-8, 4.42 ERA, 1.44 WHIP
Brandon McCarthy (TEX)Sept. 12, @OAK (G. Smith)
Past 3 GS: 1-0, 2.25 ERA, 1.13 WHIP ... Career at McAfee: 2 G's, 1 GS, 0-1, 3.86 ERA, 1.29 WHIP
Gil Meche (KC)Sept. 12, @CLE (Cl. Lee)
Past 5 GS: 0-1, 3.58 ERA, 1.32 WHIP ... 2008 at Jacobs Field: 2 GS, 1-0, 0.64 ERA, 0.50 WHIP
Kevin Millwood (TEX)Sept. 10, @SEA (F. Hernandez)
Past 5 GS: 3-1, 3.48 ERA, 1.16 WHIP ... Career at Safeco Field: 9 GS, 2-5, 4.67 ERA, 1.54 WHIP
Scott Olsen (FLA)Sept. 12, WAS (Bergmann)
Past 5 GS: 0-3, 6.67 ERA, 1.58 WHIP ... 2008 versus WAS: 3 GS, 2-0, 3.48 ERA, 1.02 WHIP
Tim Wakefield (BOS)Sept. 12, TOR (Purcey)
Past 5 GS: 2-2, 4.08 ERA, 1.33 WHIP ... 2008 home: 11 GS, 5-4, 3.42 ERA, 1.15 WHIP
Chris Young (SD)Sept. 13, SF (Lincecum)
Past 5 GS: 0-2, 6.65 ERA, 1.66 WHIP ... 2007-08 home: 19 GS, 6-4, 1.83 ERA, 1.02 WHIP

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

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