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Fantasy Forecaster updated Sunday, Sept. 11, at 10:51 p.m. ET.On tap: The American League East race, which is four teams deep, and entering play on Sept. 12, had all four squads within four games of one another in the standings, comes into focus in Week 23, as intradivision play increases in volume. The Boston Red Sox play all seven days, entirely at Fenway Park, against the division rival?Baltimore Orioles (three games, Sept. 12-14) and New York Yankees (four games, Sept. 15-18), and theyll have David Price and Drew Pomeranz lined up for starts against each.There are a few last gasp series between first- and second-place teams, with the leader holding a substantial lead in the standings, as the Detroit Tigers visit the Cleveland Indians (three games, Sept. 16-18), the Texas Rangers visit the Houston Astros (three games, Sept. 12-14), the New York Mets visit the Washington Nationals (three games, Sept. 12-14) and the Chicago Cubs visit the St. Louis Cardinals (three games, Sept. 12-14). Each one of those division leaders -- Indians, Rangers, Nationals and Cubs -- enjoys at least a seven-game lead entering play on Sept. 12, so these series will either narrow those gaps or help the leaders chip away at their playoff magic numbers.Besides the Red Sox series, the Yankees face a tough series to begin the week: three games at home versus the Los Angeles Dodgers -- with ace Clayton Kershaw and rookie Jose De Leon, who tossed a nine-strikeout quality start in his Sept. 4 big league debut, scheduled as starting-pitching opponents.The Cardinals, meanwhile, face a critical week, heading west to AT&T Park to battle a San Francisco Giants team that, despite sporting the National Leagues worst second-half record (20-32, .385 winning percentage), holds a two-game advantage over those Cardinals in the National League wild-card standings.Among the weeks schedule oddities: The Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds?play a?doubleheader?on Sept. 17 to make-up their May 10 postponement. This also gives the Pirates a rare eight-game week; they are only the second team to play that many games in a single week all year, joining the Chicago White Sox (Week 8).Quickly jump to any section, if you want specific intelESPN lineup deadlinesInterleague impactProjected starting pitchersPitching scuttlebuttWeek 23 pitcher rankingsHitting ratingsHitting advantagesESPN leagues: Lineup deadlinesGames dont begin until 7:05 p.m. ET on Monday, so fantasy owners have additional time to set their lineups for Week 23.Week 23 is also the second week of Round 1 of the fantasy playoffs in ESPN standard leagues. This round concludes with the games on Sunday, Sept. 18, with the two winning teams in the championship bracket then facing off in Weeks 24-25.Remember that game times have tremendous influence upon daily planning, so be aware of each days first scheduled pitch. This week, they are:Monday, Sept. 12: 7:05 p.m. ET (three games begin at that time) Tuesday, Sept. 13: 7 p.m. ET (Los Angeles Dodgers at New York Yankees) Wednesday, Sept. 14: 12:37 p.m. ET (Tampa Bay Rays at Toronto Blue Jays, one of five day games) Thursday, Sept. 15: 1:10 p.m. ET (Minnesota Twins at Detroit Tigers, one of two day games) Friday, Sept. 16: 2:20 p.m. ET (Milwaukee Brewers at Chicago Cubs, the days only day game) Saturday, Sept. 17: 12:10 p.m. ET (Pittsburgh Pirates at Cincinnati Reds, Game 1 of a doubleheader, one of five day games) Sunday, Sept. 18: 1:10 p.m. ET (Tigers at Cleveland Indians, one of 14 day games)Interleague impactThis weeks interleague series:Los Angeles Dodgers at New York Yankees (three games, Sept. 12-14)Minnesota Twins at New York Mets (three games, Sept. 16-18)Dodgers probable DH(s), three games in AL ballparks: The Dodgers mix and match daily lineups as much as any team, and theyre likely to use the same approach at designated hitter at Yankee Stadium, rotating players into the role. While it would make the most sense for the team to DH either Yasiel Puig or Josh Reddick, granting them both places in the lineup, the Dodgers have been giving Charlie Culberson (versus left-handers) and Andrew Toles (versus right-handers) starts when lacking the platoon advantage. Its possible that either or both could sneak in a start (or three) instead. Puigs production, and the chance of 1-3 additional starts, makes him the Dodgers bat who most benefits, though Toles also warrants a look in NL-only.Twins traditional DH, three games in NL ballparks: Miguel Sano, who has 22 starts at DH in the Twins 34 games in AL ballparks since Aug. 1, and Joe Mauer, who has eight, have largely been the teams DHs. During their Aug. 16-17 series at Atlantas Turner Field, Sano was limited to pinch-hitting duty due to an elbow injury, though he has four starts at third base in the teams past 10 contests and could sneak in a start (or three) there at New Yorks Citi Field. Mauer, meanwhile, is iffy due to a quadriceps injury, despite his seemingly having an advantage as the opposing Mets rotation is entirely right-handed. Eduardo Escobar?is the Twins player?most likely to suffer lost playing time during Week 23.Projected starting pitchersThe chart below lists each of the 30 MLB teams schedules and projected starting pitchers and provides a projected Bill James game score for each days starter.Projected starting pitchers, Sept. 12-18 P: The starting pitchers projected Bill James game score, accounting for past history (three years worth as well as past 21 days), opponent and ballpark. A 50 is typically deemed a quality start by this measure, while a 70 is considered a dominant start.Pitching scuttlebuttBaltimore Orioles: Chris Tillman (DL: shoulder) rejoined the Orioles rotation on Sept. 11, making it likely theyll use a six-man rotation through Week 23. Yovani Gallardo, who was skipped during the most recent turn, will next start on Sept. 15.Boston Red Sox: The Red Sox pushed Drew Pomeranz back in their rotation to Sept. 13 in order to provide him additional rest. There remains no timetable for Steven Wrights (DL: shoulder) return, though his spot in the rotation, currently occupied by Clay Buchholz, arrives on Sept. 11 and 16.New York Yankees: The Yankees will stick with Bryan Mitchell as their Sept. 12 starter, though depending upon his performance, Luis Severino could be a candidate to fill in the next time that turn arrives on Sept. 17.Toronto Blue Jays: Francisco Liriano will replace R.A. Dickey in the Blue Jays rotation on Sept. 12, and presumably also the next time that turn arrives on Sept. 17. Dickey could be a candidate to fill in should Aaron Sanchez (blister) be unable to pitch on Sept. 16.Cleveland Indians: Josh Tomlin will rejoin the Indians rotation on Sept. 14, filling in for Danny Salazar (forearm).Detroit Tigers: Jordan Zimmermann (neck), who rejoined the Tigers rotation on Sept. 10, will have his next turn in the rotation skipped and instead will throw an 80 pitch simulated game on Sept. 14.Houston Astros: Brad Peacock will fill in the next time Dallas Keuchels (shoulder) spot in the Astros rotation arrives on Sept. 13. There remains no timetable for Keuchels return.Oakland Athletics: Sean Manaea (back) is expected to rejoin the Athletics rotation on Sept. 14, after which point the team will move to a six-man rotation.Texas Rangers: Colby Lewis (DL: shoulder) rejoined the Rangers rotation on Sept. 11, lining him up for a Sept. 17 start during Week 23. It appears that hell replace Derek Holland outright, rather than the Rangers going to a six-man rotation, as Holland isnt scheduled for a start before Sept. 16 at the earliest.Atlanta Braves: Aaron Blair (DL: knee) made a rehabilitation start for Triple-A Gwinnett on Sept. 8 and could be a candidate to fill-in for the Braves if needed during Week 23, particularly if Williams Perez (elbow) is unable to pitch. Matt Wisler (side) should be able to make his next scheduled start on Sept. 13.New York Mets: There remains no timetable for either Jacob deGroms (forearm) or Steven Matzs (shoulder) return to the Mets rotation, though deGrom has resumed throwing.Washington Nationals: With Stephen Strasburg (elbow) sidelined, Mat Latos will fill in for him on Sept. 12. It is unclear who will pitch the next time that turn in the Nationals rotation arrives on Sept. 18, though Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez and Joe Ross (DL: shoulder), in addition to Latos, are candidates.Cincinnati Reds: Keyvius Sampson will make a spot start on Sept. 12, providing Anthony DeSclafani some additional rest. Sampson is expected to eventually replace Brandon Finnegan, who is approaching an innings limit, so its possible that Sampson could get another start during the Sept. 17 doubleheader.Pittsburgh Pirates: Chad Kuhl and Jameson Taillon, whose Sept. 10 and 12 starts were skipped, are expected to rejoin the Pirates rotation on Sept. 15 and 17. Gerrit Cole (DL: elbow) will return on Sept. 12, lining him up for the other start during the Sept. 17 doubleheader. Drew Hutchison and Tyler Glasnow remain available to fill in if the team chooses to skip other starters.Arizona Diamondbacks: After Rubby De La Rosa made an abbreviated start on Sept. 9, with Braden Shipley following him in relief, it was unclear whether the Diamondbacks would use De La Rosa or Shipley when that spot in their rotation next arrives on Sept. 14.Los Angeles Dodgers: With Scott Kazmir (DL: neck, ribs) having suffered a setback during his Sept. 7 start for Triple-A Oklahoma City, Jose De Leon will start on Sept. 12 and Julio Urias on Sept. 13. It seems probable that Urias and De Leon would also start on Sept. 17-18, though Bud Norris, Brock Stewart or Ross Stripling could also be candidates.San Diego Padres: With Jarred Cosart (hamstring, groin) questionable for his Sept. 13 start, the Padres seem likely to skip him and go with a five-man rotation for Week 23.Tristans Week 23 pitcher rankings1. Madison Bumgarner (SF) -- Wed-SD (Perdomo)2. Clayton Kershaw (LAD) -- Wed-@NYY (Pineda): His Sept. 9 return start wasnt encouraging enough to boost his game-score projection for this game. For example, how limited will Kershaws pitch count be? If we could assume hell be afforded 100 or more for this start, hed earn a 70.3. Jake Arrieta (CHC) -- Sat-MIL (Davies)4. Max Scherzer (WSH) -- Fri-@ATL (Gant)5. Carlos Carrasco (CLE) -- Mon-@CWS (Gonzalez), Sat-DET (Norris)6. Jose Fernandez (MIA) -- Wed-@ATL (Teheran)7. Noah Syndergaard (NYM) -- Tue-@WSH (Cole)8. Rich Hill (LAD) -- Thu-@ARI (Bradley): Hell be a slight risk for early departure the remainder of the year due to his past blister issues, but Hill has been as valuable, on a per-batter-faced basis, as all but a small handful of starting pitchers.9. Chris Sale (CWS) -- Fri-@KC (Kennedy)10. David Price (BOS) -- Mon-BAL (Miley), Sat-NYY (Mitchell)11. Corey Kluber (CLE) -- Fri-DET (Verlander)12. Jon Lester (CHC) -- Wed-@STL (Martinez)13. Kyle Hendricks (CHC) -- Mon-@STL (Leake), Sun-MIL (Peralta)14. Chris Archer (TB) -- Fri-@BAL (Jimenez)15. Kenta Maeda (LAD) -- Fri-@ARI (Greinke)16. Jeff Samardzija (SF) -- Mon-SD (Clemens), Sat-STL (Leake)17. Drew Pomeranz (BOS) -- Tue-BAL (Bundy), Sun-NYY (Sabathia)18. Justin Verlander (DET) -- Fri-@CLE (Kluber)19. Gerrit Cole (PIT) -- Mon-@PHI (Hellickson), Sat-@CIN, Gm. 1 (DeSclafani)20. Cole Hamels (TEX) -- Fri-OAK (Graveman)21. Michael Pineda (NYY) -- Wed-LAD (Kershaw)22. Zack Greinke (ARI) -- Fri-LAD (Maeda)23. Johnny Cueto (SF) -- Thu-STL (Wainwright)24. Tanner Roark (WSH) -- Wed-NYM (Gsellman)25. John Lackey (CHC) -- Fri-MIL (Anderson)26. Ivan Nova (PIT) -- Tue-@PHI (Asher), Sun-@CIN (Straily)27. Carlos Martinez (STL) -- Wed-CHC (Lester)28. Julio Urias (LAD) -- Tue-@NYY (Sabathia), Sun-@ARI (Ray)29. Robbie Ray (ARI) -- Tue-COL (De La Rosa), Sun-LAD (Urias)30. Rick Porcello (BOS) -- Wed-BAL (Gausman)31. Felix Hernandez (SEA) -- Fri-HOU (McHugh)32. Julio Teheran (ATL) -- Wed-MIA (Fernandez)33. Danny Duffy (KC) -- Tue-OAK (Cotton), Sun-CWS (Quintana)34. Yu Darvish (TEX) -- Wed-@HOU (Musgrove)35. Luke Weaver (STL) -- Fri-@SF (Moore): He has a 29 percent strikeout rate through his first five big league starts, and now hell face a Giants team that is one of the coldest in baseball offensively, averaging just 2.57 runs per game in September.36. Jose Quintana (CWS) -- Tue-CLE (Bauer), Sun-@KC (Duffy)37. Tom Koehler (MIA) -- Fri-@PHI (Morgan)38. Tyler Anderson (COL) -- Mon-@ARI (Miller)39. Jaime Garcia (STL) -- Tue-CHC (Hammel), Sun-@SF (Suarez)40. Francisco Liriano (TOR) -- Mon-TB (Odorizzi), Sat-@LAA (Nolasco)41. Jose De Leon (LAD) -- Mon-@NYY (Mitchell), Sat-@ARI (Miller)42. Chad Kuhl (PIT) -- Thu-@PHI (Eickhoff)43. Marcus Stroman (TOR) -- Tue-TB (Smyly), Sun-@LAA (Meyer)44. Marco Estrada (TOR) -- Wed-TB (Cobb)45. Jon Gray (COL) -- Sat-SD (Jackson)46. Andrew Cashner (MIA) -- Mon-@ATL (Foltynewicz), Sun-@PHI (Asher)47. Collin McHugh (HOU) -- Fri-@SEA (Hernandez)48. Adam Wainwright (STL) -- Thu-@SF (Cueto)49. Seth Lugo (NYM) -- Sat-MIN (Santana)50. Drew Smyly (TB) -- Tue-@TOR (Stroman)51. Mike Fiers (HOU) -- Sat-@SEA (Paxton)52. Yordano Ventura (KC) -- Wed-OAK (Manaea)53. A.J. Cole (WSH) -- Tue-NYM (Syndergaard)54. Jason Hammel (CHC) -- Tue-@STL (Garcia)55. Ian Kennedy (KC) -- Fri-CWS (Sale)56. Steven Brault (PIT) -- Wed-@PHI (Thompson)57. Matt Moore (SF) -- Fri-STL (Weaver)58. J.A. Happ (TOR) -- Thu-@LAA (Wright)59. Tyler Skaggs (LAA) -- Wed-SEA (Iwakuma)60. Gio Gonzalez (WSH) -- Sat-@ATL (Perez)61. Masahiro Tanaka (NYY) -- Thu-@BOS (Rodriguez)62. Brandon Finnegan (CIN) -- Sat-PIT, Gm. 2 (Taillon)63. James Paxton (SEA) -- Sat-HOU (Fiers)64. Jerad Eickhoff (PHI) -- Thu-PIT (Kuhl)65. Kevin Gausman (BAL) -- Wed-@BOS (Porcello)66. Mike Montgomery (CHC) -- Thu-MIL (Nelson)67. Mike Foltynewicz (ATL) -- Mon-MIA (Cashner), Sun-WSH (TBD)68. Anthony DeSclafani (CIN) -- Sat-PIT, Gm. 1 (Cole)69. Jameson Taillon (PIT) -- Sat-@CIN, Gm. 2 (Finnegan)70. Trevor Bauer (CLE) -- Tue-@CWS (Quintana), Sun-DET (Boyd)71. Michael Fulmer (DET) -- Thu-MIN (Santiago)72. Robert Stephenson (CIN) -- Fri-PIT (Vogelsong)73. Robert Gsellman (NYM) -- Wed-@WSH (Roark)74. Carlos Rodon (CWS) -- Wed-CLE (Tomlin)75. Chad Bettis (COL) -- Sun-SD (Clemens)76. Ubaldo Jimenez (BAL) -- Fri-TB (Archer)77. Aaron Sanchez (TOR) -- Fri-@LAA (Weaver)78. Hisashi Iwakuma (SEA) -- Wed-@LAA (Skaggs)79. Taijuan Walker (SEA) -- Tue-@LAA (Meyer)80. Edinson Volquez (KC) -- Thu-OAK (Mengden)81. Rafael Montero (NYM) -- Mon-@WSH (Latos), Sun-MIN (Gibson)82. Clayton Richard (SD) -- Tue-@SF (Suarez)83. Albert Suarez (SF) -- Tue-SD (Richard), Sun-STL (Garcia)84. Jharel Cotton (OAK) -- Tue-@KC (Duffy)85. Zach Davies (MIL) -- Sat-@CHC (Arrieta)86. Sean Manaea (OAK) -- Wed-@KC (Ventura)87. CC Sabathia (NYY) -- Tue-LAD (Urias), Sun-@BOS (Pomeranz)88. Jose Urena (MIA) -- Sat-@PHI (Hellickson)89. Matt Andriese (TB) -- Sat-@BAL (Tillman)90. Ricky Nolasco (LAA) -- Mon-SEA (Miranda), Sat-TOR (Liriano)91. Anibal Sanchez (DET) -- Wed-MIN (Duffey)92. Mike Clevinger (CLE) -- Thu-@CWS (Shields)93. Jeremy Hellickson (PHI) -- Mon-PIT (Cole), Sat-MIA (Urena)94. Dylan Bundy (BAL) -- Tue-@BOS (Pomeranz)95. Ariel Miranda (SEA) -- Mon-@LAA (Nolasco), Sun-HOU (Fister)96. Tyler Chatwood (COL) -- Fri-SD (Friedrich)97. Tim Adleman (CIN) -- Wed-MIL (Guerra)98. Matt Wisler (ATL) -- Tue-MIA (Esch)99. Clay Buchholz (BOS) -- Fri-NYY (Cessa)100. Junior Guerra (MIL) -- Wed-@CIN (Adleman)101. Jorge De La Rosa (COL) -- Tue-@ARI (Ray)102. Blake Snell (TB) -- Thu-@BAL (Gallardo)103. Colby Lewis (TEX) -- Sat-OAK (Alcantara)104. Jake Thompson (PHI) -- Wed-PIT (Brault)105. Jake Odorizzi (TB) -- Mon-@TOR (Liriano), Sun-@BAL (Miley)106. Mike Leake (STL) -- Mon-CHC (Hendricks), Sat-@SF (Samardzija)107. Bartolo Colon (NYM) -- Fri-MIN (Berrios)108. Jake Esch (MIA) -- Tue-@ATL (Wisler)109. Josh Tomlin (CLE) -- Wed-@CWS (Rodon)110. A.J. Griffin (TEX) -- Tue-@HOU (Peacock)111. Ervin Santana (MIN) -- Mon-@DET (Norris), Sat-@NYM (Lugo)112. Keyvius Sampson (CIN) -- Mon-MIL (Peralta)113. Luis Perdomo (SD) -- Wed-@SF (Bumgarner)114. Archie Bradley (ARI) -- Thu-LAD (Hill)115. Chris Tillman (BAL) -- Sat-TB (Andriese)116. Dan Straily (CIN) -- Tue-MIL (Garza), Sun-PIT (Nova)117. Eduardo Rodriguez (BOS) -- Thu-NYY (Tanaka)118. Shelby Miller (ARI) -- Mon-COL (Anderson), Sat-LAD (De Leon)119. Alex Cobb (TB) -- Wed-@TOR (Estrada)120. Matt Boyd (DET) -- Tue-MIN (Gibson), Sun-@CLE (Bauer)121. Daniel Mengden (OAK) -- Thu-@KC (Volquez)122. Rubby De La Rosa (ARI) -- Wed-COL (Hoffman)123. Luis Cessa (NYY) -- Fri-@BOS (Buchholz)124. Joe Musgrove (HOU) -- Wed-TEX (Darvish)125. Jimmy Nelson (MIL) -- Thu-@CHC (Montgomery)126. James Shields (CWS) -- Thu-CLE (Clevinger)127. Daniel Norris (DET) -- Mon-MIN (Santana), Sat-@CLE (Carrasco)128. John Gant (ATL) -- Fri-WSH (Scherzer)129. Dillon Gee (KC) -- Mon-OAK (Detwiler), Sat-CWS (Gonzalez)130. Alec Asher (PHI) -- Tue-PIT (Nova), Sun-MIA (Cashner)131. Hector Santiago (MIN) -- Thu-@DET (Fulmer)132. Adam Morgan (PHI) -- Fri-MIA (Koehler)133. Jeff Hoffman (COL) -- Wed-@ARI (De La Rosa)134. Tyler Duffey (MIN) -- Wed-@DET (Sanchez)135. Jose Berrios (MIN) -- Fri-@NYM (Colon)136. Chase Anderson (MIL) -- Fri-@CHC (Lackey)137. Yovani Gallardo (BAL) -- Thu-TB (Snell)138. Wade Miley (BAL) -- Mon-@BOS (Price), Sun-TB (Odorizzi)139. Alex Meyer (LAA) -- Tue-SEA (Walker), Sun-TOR (Stroman)140. Matt Garza (MIL) -- Tue-@CIN (Straily)141. Ryan Vogelsong (PIT) -- Fri-@CIN (Stephenson)142. Kyle Gibson (MIN) -- Tue-@DET (Boyd), Sun-@NYM (Montero)143. Miguel Gonzalez (CWS) -- Mon-CLE (Carrasco), Sat-@KC (Gee)144. Raul Alcantara (OAK) -- Sat-@TEX (Lewis)145. Daniel Wright (LAA) -- Thu-TOR (Happ)146. Bryan Mitchell (NYY) -- Mon-LAD (De Leon), Sat-@BOS (Price)147. Paul Clemens (SD) -- Mon-@SF (Samardzija), Sun-@COL (Bettis)148. Williams Perez (ATL) -- Sat-WSH (Gonzalez)149. Kendall Graveman (OAK) -- Fri-@TEX (Hamels)150. Jered Weaver (LAA) -- Fri-TOR (Sanchez)151. Edwin Jackson (SD) -- Sat-@COL (Gray)152. Doug Fister (HOU) -- Mon-TEX (Perez), Sun-@SEA (Miranda)153. Brad Peacock (HOU) -- Tue-TEX (Griffin)154. Wily Peralta (MIL) -- Mon-@CIN (Sampson), Sun-@CHC (Hendricks)155. Martin Perez (TEX) -- Mon-@HOU (Fister), Sun-OAK (Detwiler)156. Christian Friedrich (SD) -- Fri-@COL (Chatwood)157. Ross Detwiler (OAK) -- Mon-@KC (Gee), Sun-@TEX (Perez)Hitting ratingsThe chart below lists each of the 30 teams total number of scheduled games, home games and games versus right- and left-handed pitchers and provides a matchup rating for the weeks games in terms of overall offense, offense for left- and right-handed hitters and base stealing. Matchup ratings for each individual game are listed under the corresponding date.Hitting matchup chart, Sept. 12-18 H: Hitters matchup rating, which accounts for the opposing starting pitchers past history (three years worth as well as past 21 days) as well as ballpark factors. L: Hitters matchup rating accounting only for left-handed hitters. R: Hitters matchup rating accounting for only right-handed hitters. S: Base stealing matchup rating, which accounts for the opponents catchers ability to gun down opposing base stealers. Ratings range from 1-10, with 10 representing the best possible matchup, statistically speaking, and 1 representing the worst.Hitting advantagesHere are this weeks volume plays, defined as the teams that play the most home games, or games against right- or left-handed starters:Total games: Pittsburgh Pirates 8, Baltimore Orioles 7, Boston Red Sox 7, New York Yankees 7, Tampa Bay Rays 7, Toronto Blue Jays 7, Chicago White Sox 7, Cleveland Indians 7, Detroit Tigers 7, Kansas City Royals 7, Minnesota Twins 7, Los Angeles Angels 7, Oakland Athletics 7, Philadelphia Phillies 7, Chicago Cubs 7, Cincinnati Reds 7, Milwaukee Brewers 7, St. Louis Cardinals 7, Arizona Diamondbacks 7, Los Angeles Dodgers 7, San Francisco Giants 7.Home games: Boston Red Sox 7, Kansas City Royals 7, Los Angeles Angels 7, Philadelphia Phillies 7, Cincinnati Reds 7, Arizona Diamondbacks 7, San Francisco Giants 7, Atlanta Braves 6.Versus LH: New York Yankees 5, Cleveland Indians 4, Kansas City Royals 4, Arizona Diamondbacks 4, Baltimore Orioles 3, Houston Astros 3, Los Angeles Angels 3, Oakland Athletics 3. Seven teams face two left-handed starters.Versus RH: Cincinnati Reds 7, Pittsburgh Pirates 7, Toronto Blue Jays 6, Chicago White Sox 6, Detroit Tigers 6, New York Mets 6, Philadelphia Phillies 6, Washington Nationals 6, Chicago Cubs 6, Milwaukee Brewers 6.Besides the advantage of an additional game, the Pirates benefit from facing two below-average pitching staffs in that of the Phillies (four games) and Reds (four games), and theyll do so while visiting those two teams ballparks, both of which are more favorable hitters environments than the Pirates own PNC Park. Examining the individual opposing starters, six of the eight have greater-than-four FIPs and xFIPs, and a seventh, Alec Asher, has a 6.22 career FIP and is a pitch-to-contact type. Its advantageous timing for a Pirates team that still finds itself within range of a wild-card spot, though itd be better for this team to face more left- than right-handed starters, considering the teams 26-point wOBA split favoring success against southpaws (.346-.320).Assuming the team can find enough space for them in their lineups, lefty (or switch-hitting) hitters Josh Bell and Matt Joyce could be worth your while, considering Bell is a .304/.433/.500 hitter against them so far this season, while Joyce is a .262/.407/.524 hitter against them. Chances are, neither will get more than four starts, capping their value in standard leagues, but bear in mind that Starling Marte (back) has missed some time recently and fellow first baseman John Jaso lacks Bells upside, so the Pirates might well find ways to give them more at-bats in Week 23.When it comes to the Rays, you want weeks in which theyre slated to face the fewest left-handed pitchers possible. Since Aug. 1, they have an 81-point wOBA split hitting right-handers better (.365-.284), and theyve struck out more than 6 percent less often against righties than lefties. As things stand, the Blue Jays wont have their best lefty starter on turn to pitch during that series, leaving only two logical lefties available to battle these Rays during Week 23:?Francisco Liriano, who will face them on Sept. 12, and Wade Miley, who has a ghastly 7.15 ERA in seven starts since joining the Orioles. That both of the Rays series will come in much more hitter-friendly environments than their home ballpark, too, only helps matters.Among the Rays lefty and switch-hitters, Logan Morrison is a .297/.409/.676 hitter against righties since Aug. 1, Brad Miller is a .275/.359/.615 hitter during the same time span, Nick Franklin is a .290/.329/.580 hitter and Kevin Kiermaier is a .300/.358/.470 hitter. 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Abdul Qadir, 16 not outPakistan v West Indies, Lahore, World Cup, 1987 The only sight more thrilling than a bareheaded batsman facing a fast bowler is a bareheaded tailender facing one. No contemporary lower-order batsman is loco enough to walk in helmetless, but in 1987, at a pulsating Gaddafi Stadium, an intrepid Abdul Qadir faced Courtney Walsh. Pakistan needed 14 off the last over with a wicket in hand. Can he do it? asked the commentator two balls in, and with 12 required, the question mark dangled mid-air.When the mood took him Qadir was a tail-end Javed Miandad: possessed of only a fraction of the batting ability but chock-full of his spirit - annoying, street-smart and ever-ready for a scrap. Here he was in his element against Walsh, clapping his bat, egging his partner on, putting pressure on the fielders, cashing in on an overthrow, and scampering between wickets like a shoplifter running from the cops. During one manic second run, sprinting along a diagonal, he finished not too far from the square-leg umpire.With 10 needed off three, Qadir brought the house down, flat-batting a short-of-good-length ball - not over midwicket, as he possibly intended - but way over wide long-off. He then stood, legs crossed and leaning on his bat, unfazed by the mayhem he had just instigated. Four off two became two off one. And when Walsh let Saleem Jaffar off with a warning - choosing not to Mankad him - it was Qadirs game to lose. As expected, he backed away again, squirting the ball wide of short third man. A boundary may have been assured but Qadir charged for two anyway, his bat raised like a baton during the second run, basking in glory.Devon Malcolm, 12England v Australia, Trent Bridge, 1997 A summer that began promisingly had quickly reverted to type. Australia shrugged off a massive defeat in the first Test and returned to dominating the Ashes. Now, in the fifth Test, after amassing 427, they were salting the wounds. England were limping at 290 for 9 when Devon Malcolm (batting average 6.40) walked in.Malcolm was a tailenders tailender: technically deficient yet often in the mood to pull off the spectacular. Back in 1994, he had been so enraged when struck on the helmet that he flattened South Africa with 9 for 57. The following winter he smashed an 18-ball 29 in Sydney, embarrassing Shane Warne and evoking chuckles from Richie Benaud on air.Here he was up against Glenn McGrath, who welcomed him to the crease with a bouncer. Malcolm responded by slashing the next ball to long-off and then - ignoring all footwork - creamed a low full toss to midwicket. The drama resumed in McGraths next over. First a defensive push straight out of French cricket, then an agricultural swipe that carried the ball to the midwicket fence. McGrath shook his head. Mark Taylor folded his arms. Tony Greig had a laugh on air. We didnt know it then but this was Malcolms joyous swansong. His next three innings would end in ducks. And that would be the end of his Test career.Rajesh Chauhan, 8 not outPakistan v India, Karachi, 1997 India had not won an ODI in Pakistan for close to 14 years. They hadnt even visited for nearly eight. And now the three-match series was about to slip away. When Rajesh Chauhan walked into Karachis National Stadium - bareheaded - he faced a mountain.dddddddddddd His last six ODI innings read: 1, 0, 2, 4, 0 and 0. Now he was up against Waqar Younis and Saqlain Mushtaq in front of a crowd willing him to fail.Chauhan survived one ball from Waqar, sneaked a single, and prepared to face Saqlain with eight needed off the final over… when the umpires decided to replace the discoloured ball. Pakistan were appalled - Saqlain resembled a schoolboy who had had his lollipop snatched - but Chauhan was upbeat. He knew the harder ball would travel further, and skipping down the track, met the first delivery on the full, almost falling over but packing a meaty punch. The ball soared over square leg. Everyone looked to the heavens. Saqlain was stunned, the crowd silenced and the series alive. Chauhan would retire with 76 international wickets but this one six would never be forgotten.Courtney Walsh, 0 not outWest Indies v Australia, Bridgetown, 1999 Courtney Walsh recorded 43 Test ducks - the most in history. One wondrous March day in 1999 he also recorded the greatest unbeaten 0.West Indies needed six to pull off a miracle. Australia needed one wicket to retain the Frank Worrell Trophy. Brian Lara, in other-worldly form, was presently off strike. Walshs task was crystal clear: to see off three deliveries from a red-hot Jason Gillespie. A cloud of uncertainty loomed. Three years earlier, in a World Cup semi-final, also against Australia, Walsh had walked in with West Indies needing six off four. He was bowled first ball, attempting an expansive drive against Damien Fleming. There was nothing expansive about Walsh in Bridgetown. He left the first ball (a no-ball), tucking his bat under his armpit and pumping his fist; he walked across his stumps to the second, daintily tapping it back to the bowler; he trapped the third, a near-perfect yorker that zeroed in on off stump, and watched it rest near his feet; he glided the fourth, a full ball, safely to gully. Steve Waugh shut his eyes, dismayed. Clearly the game was up.Muttiah Muralitharan, 30England v Sri Lanka, The Oval, 1998 Muttiah Muralitharan grabbed seven wickets in the first innings and a staggering nine in the second. But in between he struck a 36-ball 30 - full of mischief - that knocked the stuffing out of England. When he walked in, Sri Lanka had a valuable lead; by the time he finished, with five delightful fours, adding 59 with Suresh Perera, they had run away with the Test.Murali the bowler was a magician. Murali the batsman was an amateur knife-thrower. There was no method, just pure madness. If it was short he backed away, took his eyes off the ball and helicoptered it to fine leg - a stroke that married the grace of a falling sweep and the rusticity of a dhobi pounding a damp towel on a washing stone. If the ball was full he backed away and swung through a sweeping arc over midwicket. Through it all he wouldnt stop smiling that impish grin that made you think he would be out next ball… until he struck another outrageous shot garnished with another mischievous smile. Sri Lanka finished with a 146-run lead. Murali was handed the ball later that afternoon. That was the end of that. 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