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Between The Lines 08-04-08

Aug 4, 2008 7:21 PM

by Kevin Stott | Hey girl hey! Welcome to the World Wide Web. Abner Doubleday would be proud. Gambling predictions on the little game he invented way back when sent out on fiber-optic lines to readers looking in at in on a plastic box in 2008. Now thats progress.

Starts Monday, August 4

Padres at Mets (Mon-Thu): Believe it or not, the Padres swept the Metropolitans in San Diego earlier this summer (2-1, 2-1, 2-1, 8-6) but that was then and this is now and NY has to win at Shea Stadium especially against bottom-feeders like the Pads with the Phillies and Marlins still in the thick of the race in the NL East. And after being swept by the Astros in Houston, expect the Mets to be in a foul mood. METS.

Nationals at Rockies (Mon-Thu): Washington heads out on the road, to the Rocky Mountains for this series where they will have their work cut out for them. The numbers will be high but why ask why? Washington stinks. The Nats have lost six straight away from their new Nationals Park, have MLBs worst record (41-70) and also have the leagues worst road record (18-37). Embrace logic. ROCKIES.

Pirates at Diamondbacks: (Mon-Wed): Another series where the prices will be steep but expect Arizona to win two of three, if not sweep the Bucs in Phoenix. And with Haren, Webb and The Big Unit scheduled to go up against Duke, Karstens and Maholm in these three, a sweep is very possible. DIAMONDBACKS.

Orioles at Angels (Mon-Wed): Baltimore has been out west while the Halos were in the Big Apple on Sunday. Now Anaheim comes home and the Os are waiting but the Angels starting pitching and bats should prove to be too much for the visitors. Noteworthy for LAA is the fact that Vladimir Guererro (rest) and Torii Hunter (bereavement) should be back in the fold on what has become an even scarier team with the addition of Mark Teixiera. The Halos still have MLBs best record at 69-42 and are 9-6 on Mondays, alternating wins and losses in their last six (they won their last Monday). ANGELS.

BONUS: YANKEES-ROYALS OVER, TIGERS-WHITE SOX OVER, BEN & JERRYs over Hagen Dazs, CAFFEINE over Decaf, PERIWINKLE over Fuscia.

Starts Friday, August 8

Pirates at Phillies (Fri-Sun): The Battle of the Keystone State is always intense but quite simply, these three games mean so much more to the home team than they do to Pittsburgh. And with Hamels and Moyer in the rotation, Philly expects so much more and gets more from its starters. PHILLIES.

Nationals at Brewers (Fri-Sun): Washington goes from Denver to Milwaukee on this road trip and will get wins about as often as a guy named Fillmore becomes president (I still love you Millard). With the Bigs worst road record (18-37) and a six-game slide away from home heading into this latest road trip, my plan is to bet against the Nats every single night. Sometimes handicapping is less like brain surgery and more about just pulling the trigger. Bang! BREWERS.

Padres at Rockies (Fri-Sun): SD is 1-2 at Coors and 4-5 overall versus the Rockies this season but Colorado believes theyre in the race. Remember last year when they reeled off 21 of 22 en route to its surprise World Series appearance? Well it wont happen again but this team has enough offense and pride at home to stay in the NL West race for at least another month. ROCKIES.

Twins at Royals (Fri-Sun): The Twins own KC, going 7-2 overall at 5-1 at Kaufman Stadium this season. And with Nelson Liriano back in the fold and Minny grabbing the AL West lead by game on Sunday, look for a maximum effort from this squad which plays perfectly to the image of their manager Gardenhire. TWINS. (BEST BET).

Yankees at Angels (Fri-Sun): These two split four in NYC last weekend but the Halos are 14-0-3 in their last 17 series and are seemingly just playing around with everyone, including the World Champion Red Sox (8-1 against in 2008!). ANGELS.

BONUS: DODGERS-GIANTS UNDER, DIAMONDBACKS over Braves, TURN SIGNALS over Laziness, FRUITS vs. VEGETABLES, Push, FRIDAY over Monday.