On Players’ Weekend Marco Gonzales ($8,500) was simple with is nickname: “Gonzo”. And why was that? Because he’s too busy focusing on opposing batters to bother with some ridiculous nickname, that’s why. You may remember him from such hits as a 3-0 April with a 2.14 ERA. His numbers took a hit as the Mariners crash landed throughout the season, but even then he’s managed to go 16-12, albeit with a 4.09 ERA. Now he’s revved it up again in September, going 2-1 with a 2.73 ERA. Yes, Gonzales is facing the streaking Oakland A’s, but the A’s have trouble squaring him up. They’ve only managed to hit him to a .225 batting average/.673 OPS split. And he has gone 3-1 verse the A’s, averaging close to seven innings per start. And finally, the A’s clinched a playoff spot last night, they’ll be bleary eyed at best. So save some money, and zig while others zag to bigger name and more expensive pitchers who will be more worried about staying healthy for the playoffs than pitching well. Now on to the picks, where we’ll be focusing on who’s hot going into the final weekend.
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