Last dance with Andy P (USAT)
It's an interesting slate for Saturday, but also a tricky one. How deep will playoff-bound starters work? The top two names on our list have delicious matchups; let's hope they're allowed to hang around and get us what we want.
The Phillies starter is unknown as we go to press, so the list is 29-deep for now. And as always, consider everything on this list to be tentative - it's late-September baseball, after all. Double check everything you can.
Good luck chasing that title; flags fly forever.
1. Zack Greinke (Col): Okay, maybe he was worth the dough.
2. Anibal Sanchez (@Mia): Returns to his old stomping grounds.
3. Jon Lester (@Bal): Rediscovered ace form, a key to their playoff hopes.
4. Scott Kazmir (@Min): Mark Ratner's favorite pitcher.
5. Chris Archer (@Tor): Deep Tampa rotation, though you wish this were at home.
6. Yusmeiro Petit (SD): We'll always have Sept. 6, 2013.
7. Andy Pettitte (@Hou): Maybe not a Hall of Famer, but certainly Hall of Very Good.
8. Charlie Morton (@Cin): Daytime assignment in hitter's park, but he's been sharp lately.
9. Joe Kelly (ChC): Not a big strikeout source but he's been a find nonetheless.
10. Jarrod Parker (@Sea): If you have to go on the road, this is a good spot.
11. Brandon McCarthy (Was): Control master - has 20 whiffs against just one walk since late August.
12. Yordano Ventura (@CWS): Ridiculous arsenal, fun to watch.
13. Edwin Jackson (@StL): Always a high-variance option.
14. Mike Minor (Phi): Seems to have peaked in late July.
15. Bronson Arroyo (Pit): Love the guitar, hit or miss on the mound.
16. Derek Holland (LAA): Two strong turns after a notable late-season slump.
17. J.A. Happ (TB): With a K/BB clip under two, you're taking on risk here.
18. Jimmy Nelson (@NYM): Missed bats, but also missed the strike zone regularly, in Triple-A.
19. Nathan Eovaldi (Det): Would be a lot higher if not for the opponent.
20. Eric Stults (@SF): So underrated for so long, quietly became overrated.
21. Erik Johnson (KC): Only one strikeout-pop game in four, but hasn't looked overmatched.
22. Dan Haren (@Ari): Feeds the gopher too open, brings crooked numbers into play.
22. Aaron Harang (Mil): Only usable if your ratios are in good order.
24. Garrett Richards (@Tex): Mediocre pitcher and obviously we're in Arlington.
25. Wei-Yin Chen (Bos): Strikeouts are there, but jagged in the ratios.
26. Juan Nicasio (@LAD): At least it's not Coors, but trending downward and up against Greinke.
27. Paul Clemens (NYY): If there's a silver lining, I've missed it.
28. Brandon Maurer (Oak): Rallied in last two but looked too hittable most of year.
29. Cole De Vries (Cle): Terrible numbers speak for themselves.
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