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Mark your calendars, quite the pitching matchup is on tap for Chase Field. Former Cy Young winner Jake Peavy brings the second-best ERA in the National League (2.61) into Arizona to face Dan Haren and his league-best WHIP (1.03). This should be an absolute battle of barn-burning proportions. I don't know if there are any "must-start" hitters in this game.
|1:10 p.m.||Dallas Braden||L||3-2||4.50||1.36|| |
|2:05 p.m.||R.A. Dickey||R||3-7||4.92||1.59|| |
|2:05 p.m.||Wandy Rodriguez||L||7-5||4.15||1.38|| |
|7:05 p.m.||Clay Buchholz||R||2-8||6.35||1.74|| |
|7:05 p.m.||Gil Meche||R||10-9||4.13||1.34|| |
|7:05 p.m.||Collin Balester||R||2-5||5.06||1.38|| |
|7:07 p.m.||Andy Pettitte||L||12-9||4.30||1.37|| |
|7:10 p.m.||Jered Weaver||R||10-9||4.47||1.31|| |
|7:10 p.m.||Jair Jurrjens||R||11-8||3.15||1.31|| |
|8:05 p.m.||Nate Robertson||L||7-9||5.87||1.61|| |
|8:05 p.m.||Bronson Arroyo||R||10-10||5.51||1.52|| |
|8:15 p.m.||Jason Davis||R||1-2||1.80||1.25|| |
|9:40 p.m.||Jake Peavy||R||9-8||2.61||1.14|| |
|10:10 p.m.||Jeff Francis||L||3-8||5.74||1.54|| |
|10:15 p.m.||Scott Olsen||L||6-8||4.03||1.31|| |
Maicer Izturis, 2B/3B/SS, Angels (thumb)
Ian Kinsler, 2B, Rangers (groin)
Mike Lowell, 3B, Red Sox (oblique)
Kazuo Matsui, 2B, Astros (back)
Brandon Moss, OF, Pirates (ankle)
Troy Percival, RP, Rays (knee)
Gregor Blanco, OF, Braves (ankle)
Milton Bradley, OF, Rangers (back)
J.D. Drew, OF, Red Sox (back)
Jesus Flores, C, Nationals (knee)
Cristian Guzman, SS, Nationals (thumb)
Doug Mientkiewicz, 1B, Pirates (bereavement)
Rickie Weeks, 2B, Brewers (thumb)
Hitters: Start your sluggers in the Red Sox-Orioles matchup in Baltimore. The Orioles (.906) and Red Sox (.856) have the two best OPS in the league in August, and Camden Yards has been the most home run-friendly ball park in the majors this season. Sorry Clay Buchholz, this isn't a game to help you win back a starting job. ... J.D. Drew left Sunday's game with back pain. Uh-oh! Watch this situation closely. ... Ian Kinsler is headed to the DL with a sports hernia and could be done for the season. For now, owners can plug in his real-life replacement, Ramon Vazquez (.308 BA). ... Brian McCann has a .545 batting average, a .615 on-base percentage and a .909 slugging percentage in 13 career plate appearances against Mike Pelfrey. ... Mark DeRosa is 7-for-15 versus the Reds' Bronson Arroyo. ... Brandon Phillips is a mere 1-for-15 versus the Cubs' Ted Lilly and can be benched if you have another option.
|Jake Peavy is one of the few bright spots in San Diego this year.|
Hitters: While Mike Lowell is out, Sean Casey gets ample RBI opportunities in the Boston lineup. He historically hits lefties very well and has rookie Chris Waters on the slate. ... Erick Aybar is an everyday shortstop while Maicer Izturis is on the DL. He will hit second and could be a boon to the runs category in the short term. ... Twins outfielder Denard Span is particularly dangerous against southpaws (1.002 OPS), so feel free to spot-start him against the A's Dallas Braden. Similarly, if you ever want to use Nick Punto for some stolen bases, use him against lefties, where his .316 average doesn't kill you. ... Emil Brown is never a bad start against lefties, even if the pitcher is of Francisco Liriano's caliber. Brown is hitting .302 against lefties this season with an .806 OPS. (Sure enough, Brown is 2-for-2 against Liriano). ... Ryan Garko has a solid history against Gil Meche. He's 7-for-16 (.438) with a home run and two doubles. Garko also has 13 hits in his past nine games (entering Tuesday). ... You can bet Lyle Overbay (2-for-21 with six strikeouts) and Matt Stairs (0-for-9) won't start against Andy Pettitte, and if they do, you want no part of them. Kevin Mench might get a rare start, as he is 8-for-19 (.421) versus Pettitte. ... The Reds' Chris Dickerson is 9-for-22 (.409) with a home run and a stolen base since being recalled Aug. 12 after the Adam Dunn deal.
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Keep a close eye on the game in Arlington. The forecast calls for an 80 percent chance of showers or isolated thunderstorms during the Tigers-Rangers game. ... There is a 30 percent chance of showers in Baltimore (Red Sox-Orioles), Philadelphia (Nationals-Phillies) and New York (Braves-Mets). ... Weather-proof games will be played in Minnesota (A's-Twins), Milwaukee (Astros-Brewers), Toronto (Yankees-Blue Jays), Tampa Bay (Angels-Rays) and Arizona (Padres-Diamondbacks).
Sean Allen is a fantasy baseball and hockey analyst for ESPN.com. You can e-mail him here.