Wednesday's streaking and slumping starting pitchers
Jered Weaver, Los Angeles Angels (20-4, 2.73 ERA)
Weaver has won four consecutive starts since falling to the Mariners on Sept. 2. He also lost to Seattle on Aug. 12 when Montero hit two homers. Weaver is 12-6 with a 3.12 ERA in 24 career starts against the Mariners. He needs nine strikeouts for his fifth consecutive season of 150 or more strikeouts.
Ryan Vogelsong, San Francisco Giants (14-9, 3.46 ERA)
Vogelsong is 4-3 with a 3.45 ERA in 16 career games against the Dodgers, including 2-1 with an 0.89 ERA in three starts this season. After struggling for much of August and September, he has allowed just two runs (one earned) in 12 innings over his last two starts. Kemp is 5-for-15 (.333) with a home run against Vogelsong.
Daisuke Matsuzaka, Boston Red Sox (1-6, 7.68 ERA)
Matsuzaka will be making what is likely his final appearance in a Boston uniform. The hugely hyped right-hander ended up having two solid seasons and four injury-marred campaigns with the Red Sox after a posting fee and six-year contract that came out to more than $100 million. Matsuzaka has made four starts in September, going 0-3 with a 13.50 ERA. He last pitched at Tampa Bay on Sept. 19 and lasted only three innings, allowing five runs. He is 3-3 with a 5.52 ERA in 10 career starts against New York.
Edwin Jackson, Washington Nationals (9-11, 4.13 ERA)
Jackson slipped to 0-4 in his career against the Phillies when he lost on Aug. 24, allowing three runs and seven hits in six innings. He was roughed up in his last start when he gave up nine runs (eight earned) in just 1 1/3 innings against the St. Louis Cardinals. Jackson had a 7.92 ERA in five September starts. He is 0-3 with a 4.34 ERA in three starts against the Phillies this season.