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It's Weaver versus Weaver

As Ralph Kiner used to say, "It's Father's Day, so to all you fathers out there, happy birthday!" It's also the first day of summer, but few places will have much sunshine as clouds cover most of the country. Still, if you're stuck inside this weekend, why not tune in to a game or two? We've got the battle of the Weaver brothers in the Battle of Los Angeles on Saturday, and a terrific Sunday showdown between Yovani Gallardo and Justin Verlander. And this might be the first time all century that a series between Pittsburgh and Colorado actually means something in the standings to both teams. So put on those new ties, and get ready to shout "Figaro!" as we check out the rankings for this weekend's slate of starters:

For starters

Starting pitcher rankings for Saturday, June 20

Rk.: The author's ranking of that pitcher for that day only. T: Pitcher throws left-handed or right-handed. W-L: Pitcher's win-loss record. ERA: Pitcher's earned run average. WHIP: Pitcher's average number of walks plus hits surrendered per inning. K/9: Pitcher's average number of strikeouts per nine innings. OPSA: Pitcher's on-base plus slugging percentage surrendered to opponents. OPS: Pitcher's opponent's composite team on-base plus slugging percentage. CT%: Pitcher's opponent's success rate putting the ball in play (versus striking out).

Selected notes for Saturday: Five of our top six pitchers have ERAs better than 3.00 on Saturday. Johan Santana is the lone exception, with his 9.56 ERA over the past three starts pushing him over that mark for the season, but we expect him to right the ship at home against the Rays. Santana sports a 2.79 career ERA against Tampa Bay. … Jered Weaver should easily take the family bragging rights over brother Jeff. Jered is 3-1 with a 1.59 ERA against the Dodgers, while Jeff has had far less success, with a 5-8 mark and a 4.05 ERA facing the Angels. … We like Josh Beckett against the Braves, thanks to a career ERA of 2.45 against Atlanta and his team's getting last licks against Derek Lowe. Lowe is no stranger to Fenway Park himself, as his career record of 42-23 there would attest, but Atlanta's lineup lacks the pop of Boston's. … Chris Carpenter has been fairly ordinary in June, and does have a 3.94 ERA at Kauffman Stadium, so we hesitate to rank him any higher than 10th. His opponent, Brian Bannister, is 3-1 lifetime against the Cardinals, which raises him a touch in the middle of the pack. … Scott Baker always pitches significantly better at home, though he's already allowed more runs this season than he did in all of 2008 in the Metrodome. Still, the Astros are 13th in the National League in scoring, so we're counting on him to extend his home winning streak to four after a 0-3 start. Not to mention that Brian Moehler's record versus the Twins fails to impress: 2-4 with a 4.65 ERA. … Brad Bergesen has been solid lately with a 2-0 record and a 1.50 ERA in his past three starts, but our excitement is tempered by the prospect of facing that Phillies lineup at Citizens Bank Park. … Negative histories from Dave Bush (10.24 ERA versus Detroit) and Jason Hammel (5.40 ERA versus Pittsburgh) push them closer to the lower half of our rankings. … Arizona is averaging more than 10 hits a game over the past week, which doesn't make us feel good about starting Jason Vargas on Saturday. Nor will we be inserting Tomo Ohka and his 7.30 ERA against the Cubs into our fantasy rotation. … We're still waiting on Charlie Morton's hamstring to allow him to pitch more than one inning before we'd even consider a glance in his direction, especially going into Coors Field. … And welcome to the big leagues, Alfredo Figaro. The Double-A pitcher will step in for Dontrelle Willis, and while those are smallish shoes to fill, his 4.10 ERA in the minors doesn't make us any more likely to sing his praises just yet.

Starting pitcher rankings for Sunday, June 21

Rk.: The author's ranking of that pitcher for that day only. T: Pitcher throws left-handed or right-handed. W-L: Pitcher's win-loss record. ERA: Pitcher's earned run average. WHIP: Pitcher's average number of walks plus hits surrendered per inning. K/9: Pitcher's average number of strikeouts per nine innings. OPSA: Pitcher's on-base plus slugging percentage surrendered to opponents. OPS: Pitcher's opponent's composite team on-base plus slugging percentage. CT%: Pitcher's opponent's success rate putting the ball in play (versus striking out).

Selected notes for Sunday: No real surprises at the top of the rankings, with Justin Verlander getting the nod over King Felix thanks to Arizona's recent hot streak. Hernandez has been hot of late, though, with a 0.78 ERA over his past three starts, so he's far from being a slouch. … Kevin Millwood has been even better than Hernandez over his past three games, with a perfect 3-0 record and a miniscule 0.42 ERA. He faces the Giants, who are last in the NL with a .312 OBP. … Yovani Gallardo has the misfortune of going up against Justin Verlander; otherwise, he might be in our top three for the day. But he's already lost to Edinson Volquez and Wandy Rodriguez this season and seems unable to win against a fellow stud. … Aaron Harang has a 4.05 ERA against the White Sox, but that's a better track record than Tim Wakefield's 5.06 ERA against the Braves. It could be one of those down days for the knuckleballer. Still, we like both pitchers better than most of the other options Sunday since they're both pitching at home, as opposed to Wandy Rodriguez and Dallas Braden, who have to go into unfamiliar stadiums to pitch. … Gil Meche is 1-0 with a 1.29 ERA against the Cardinals in his past three starts against Kansas City's regular interleague foe. … Then we get to the enigma that is Cole Hamels. He's facing the Orioles, whom he hasn't seen since they touched him for seven runs in five innings in his rookie season. But beyond that, Hamels' career ERA in interleague play is 5.11. He should be a good play, but with a 4.19 ERA at home, we just have one of those Han Solo bad feelings. … Jair Jurrjens has had a good 2009 overall, but has struggled lately (0-3, 4.20 ERA in his past three) and shouldn't find safe haven in Fenway Park. It's also hard to feel too confident in Paul Maholm because he's pitching in Colorado, where he has a 5.00 ERA. … Doug Davis is 2-5 with a 5.76 ERA against the Mariners and Mike Pelfrey has been pitiful in his past three outings, with a 7.20 ERA. … As for John Lackey, our ranking may seem a bit harsh, especially with his 5-1 lifetime record against the Dodgers, but he has given up close to nine hits a game this season. And even though he struck out 10 Giants in his most recent start, he still allowed 11 baserunners. The Dodgers are the second-best hitting team in the NL and already scored three runs off Lackey the first time they met this season. Sorry, John.

Now batting (Saturday)

Hitters' count

Andruw Jones, OF, Rangers: With a career .556 OBP facing Matt Cain, Jones should be a constant presence on the base paths.
Eric Byrnes, OF, Diamondbacks: Byrnes is slugging .889 against the Mariners since joining Arizona.
Mike Cameron, OF, Brewers: Cameron has 42 hits in 44 games against Detroit for his career and the veteran is going up against a very green pitcher in Alfredo Figaro.
Miguel Cabrera, 1B, Tigers: Cabrera is a career .333 hitter facing Dave Bush, with all of his hits of the extra-base variety.
Carlos Pena, 1B, Rays: Johan, Schmohan! Pena fears not the Mets' ace; Pena has a career .583 slugging percentage against Santana, aided by his two home runs off him.
Vernon Wells, OF, Blue Jays: If this game comes down to the wire, we like Wells' chances to win it for Toronto. He's a career .500 hitter against current closer Mike MacDougal.
James Loney, 1B, Dodgers: He must listen when Jered Weaver starts droning on and on about how to hit his brother. Loney has hit .364 off of the starter's sibling .

Pitchers' count

Jason Bay, OF, Red Sox: How "Lowe" can Bay's average go? No lower. He's a big 0-for-10 against Braves' starter Derek Lowe.
Brian McCann, C, Braves: McCann doesn't do well against the Red Sox, especially not with Josh Beckett on the hill. He's hitting only .182 against the right-hander.
Ivan Rodriguez, C, Astros: Maybe he should try his luck against a pitcher named Butcher? Because Pudge has hit only .111 against Minnesota's Scott Baker.
Cristian Guzman, SS, Nationals: Guzman is hitting .297 for his career in interleague play, but that output drops all the way to .256 when the team from Canada throws the ball plateward.
Jorge Cantu, 1B, Marlins: He's never managed a hit off A.J. Burnett, and with Cantu hitting 77 points lower against righties, we don't expect that to change.
Chone Figgins, 3B, Angels: We've been picking on Jeff Weaver a lot today, so we'll throw him a bone. Chone is only a .167 hitter against poor old Jeff.

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Jamey Carroll, 2B, Indians: Carroll is a .300 hitter against Ted Lilly, with a home run and three RBIs.
Skip Schumaker, 2B, Cardinals: With a .444 batting average against Brian Bannister, we wonder how much Skip's ownership will increase this weekend.
Garret Anderson, OF, Braves: He's not a reliable everyday player anymore, but with a .765 slugging percentage off Josh Beckett for his career, he's good enough for one day.
Carlos Gonzalez, OF, Rockies: He just hit his first big league home run Thursday, which should earn him many more swings this weekend.
Gary Matthews Jr., OF, Angels: We don't recommend .221 hitters often, but we'll make an exception with Matthews' 6-for-12 with two home runs off Jeff Weaver.

Now batting (Sunday)

Hitters' count

Chase Utley, 2B, Phillies: Utley lights up when he sees that bird on the hat. He's a .500 hitter against Baltimore since 2006.
Orlando Hudson, 2B, Dodgers: John Lackey lacks success against O-Dog, who is a career 5-for-15 against the Angels' starter.
Casey Kotchman, 1B, Braves: Casey wields a mighty bat against Tim Wakefield, with a 1.043 OPS.
Chris Duncan, OF, Cardinals: He's not going to make anyone forget about Albert Pujols, but he is a .333 career hitter against Gil Meche.
Mike Jacobs, 1B, Royals: He's batting .429 against Adam Wainwright and is a solid candidate to add to his double-digit home run totals this Father's Day.
Garrett Atkins, 3B, Rockies: If not now, when? If you're not going to start him against a pitcher who he hits .500 against, then you might as well send Atkins packing now.
Randy Winn, OF, Giants: As much as we love Kevin Millwood, Randy Winn loves him more. He's 9-for-14 with two home runs and a 1.857 OPS facing the Rangers' starter.

Pitchers' count

• Jorge Cantu, 1B, Marlins: To review, class, we do not start Jorge Cantu this weekend. He's a .091 hitter against CC Sabathia.
Luke Scott, DH, Orioles: Over the past three seasons, Scott is a .236 hitter against lefties, and .281 against righties. Enter Cole Hamels; Scott, exit stage left.
Reed Johnson, OF, Cubs: True, he doesn't get every start for Lou Piniella, but he does get in there from time to time. This isn't the time. He's never had a hit off Jeremy Sowers.
Ken Griffey Jr., DH, Mariners: Griffey certainly is allowed to DH with the game in Seattle, but will he want to against Doug Davis, who has retired Griffey 22 of 28 at-bats?
Casey Blake, 3B, Dodgers: Five strikeouts and only two hits in 16 at-bats against John Lackey? Not a good day to count on Blake.
Ian Kinsler, 2B, Rangers: Zero-nine-one. That's the average Kinsler has posted against Barry Zito. Zounds!
Juan Uribe, 3B, Giants: Hamstring woes and a .167 average facing Kevin Millwood are but two of the myriad reasons to keep Uribe on your bench Sunday.

If you're hard-core

Josh Anderson, OF, Tigers: Anderson might get to go gaga versus Yo-Ga. He's got an .800 OBP against him for his career.
Craig Monroe, OF, Pirates: He hasn't seen much of the field since Andrew McCutchen arrived in town, but Monroe has six RBIs in only 10 at-bats against Jorge De La Rosa.
Jonny Gomes, OF, Reds: Perhaps Dusty Baker will notice that Gomes is a .400 hitter against Mark Buehrle.
Bobby Crosby, 1B, Athletics: Double his current batting average and you still don't get into Jonny Gomes-versus-Mark Buehrle territory. But Crosby has done well against San Diego's Kevin Correia: 3-for-6 with two doubles.
• Kyle Blanks, OF, Padres: The Padres' 2008 Minor League Player of the Year was just called up to the big leagues, and with lefties on the mound all weekend, he's sure to get some at-bats.

Triage

Injury list: Out

Chris Young, P, Padres (15-day disabled list, shoulder)
• Dontrelle Willis, P, Tigers (15-day disabled list, anxiety disorder)
Jose Lopez, 2B, Mariners (bereavement list): Lopez' sister has cancer and the second baseman is expected to be gone for at least five days.
Raul Ibanez, OF, Phillies (15-day disabled list, groin)
Scott Downs, P, Blue Jays (15-day disabled list, toe)
Roy Halladay, P, Blue Jays (15-day disabled list, groin)
Erik Bedard, P, Mariners (15-day disabled list, shoulder)

Injury list: Day-to-day

Nomar Garciaparra, 1B, Athletics (calf): At best, pinch-hitting will be a struggle for Nomar with his chronic calf problem acting up.
Brett Gardner, OF, Yankees (collision with wall): He didn't have a concussion, but his lingering headache may sideline him for a few days.
Chris Young, OF, Diamondbacks (leg): Young suffered a groin injury and had to leave the game on Thursday.
Frank Francisco, P, Rangers (shoulder): He could be activated in time for Friday's games, but will likely be eased back into games very slowly.
Magglio Ordonez, OF, Tigers (benched for poor play): He'll be back in the lineup when Jim Leyland says he will!

Weather concerns

• The weekend's weatherproof games: Astros-Twins and Diamondbacks-Mariners.

• We're beginning to sound like a broken record here, but it's going to be a wet and rainy weekend for baseball. Thunderstorms are on tap for games being played in Kansas City, Colorado, Cincinnati and Detroit. Sunday, however, should be clear for all of those cities.
• The storm front is evidently headed in an easterly direction: Both Saturday and Sunday have rain expected for New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington and Florida, with heavier downpours in the forecast as the weekend goes on.

AJ Mass is a fantasy baseball, football and college basketball analyst for ESPN.com. You can e-mail him here.