The majority of the Wednesday card falls in the streaming range; we have 23 arms to consider. But that doesn't mean you really have that many viable options. Amino acid time, let's break it down.
And please remember the golden rule of September baseball: everyone on this list should be considered tentative. Scratches and changes can come down at any time.
Kyle Kendrick vs. WAS — Two runs or less in seven of eight turns.
Bronson Arroyo vs. MIL — Ziggy changed speeds, played guitar.
Jeremy Guthrie at DET — Tricky spot, but 1.49/1.05 ratios last month.
Miguel Gonzalez vs. TOR — Almost always gives you six-plus IP, something useful.
Chris Carpenter at HOU — Gutty comeback and the location is right.
Alex Cobb at BOS — Only so-so of late, but only one terrible turn out of 10.
Clayton Richard vs. LAD — Only a modest strikeout source and WHIP is creeping up, too.
Martin Perez vs. OAK — Full package of skills but disappointed at Safeco last week.
Bud Norris vs. STL — He's rallied nicely but will never be favored to win.
Aaron Harang at SD — Park is right but he leaves me cold.
Barry Zito vs. ARI — I don't want him deciding anything.
Paul Maholm vs. MIA — Crash landing over final quarter of season.
Shaun Marcum at CIN — He simply doesn't look healthy right now.
John Lannan at PHI — An east coast Richard without the park advantage.
Jeff Locke at NYM — Strikeouts are there, but otherwise he hasn't been effective.
Rick Porcello vs. KC — Someone tell the fWAR calculator he isn't that good.
Shoot Out The Lights
Jarrod Parker at TEX — Holding up nicely, but it's the scariest AL park.
Carlos Villanueva at BAL — Feeding the gopher lately, forget it.
Samuel Deduno vs. NYY — Doing it with mirrors; Intensities in the Twin Cities.
Justin Masterson at CHW — The tease story never ends.
Jason Berken at COL — Don't mess with the thin air.
Jeremy Hefner vs. PIT — Batting practice in September (.420 BAA).
Drew Pomeranz vs. CHC- Obviously a Colorado arm makes no sense.