BASEBALL, 4:10 p.m. PT
At Dolphin Stadium, Miami
Astros -139 at Marlins (7)
Houston was temporarily derailed by the Chicago Cubs in that hastily-scheduled two-game series at Milwaukee. After nearly sustaining two straight no-hitters in losses, the Astros throw their Wild Card hopes behind baseball’s hottest pitcher Roy Oswalt (15-9, 3.54 ERA). The ace righty has thrown three straight shutouts and has run his franchise record scoreless inning streak to 32 1/3. The Astros bats are cold, but one run could be enough the way Oswalt is pitching.
The task won’t be easy. The never say die Marlins are 7-3 in their last 10 and at 5½ games behind Philadelphia and Milwaukee still have faint hopes for a Wild Card berth. Houston is three games ahead of the Marlins so Florida needs to sweep the series and get plenty of help with just 13 games left in the season. Florida will go with Chris Volstad (4-3, 3.31), who has pitched better on the road (3-1) than at Dolphin Stadium. The price is short enough on Oswalt to take a shot. ASTROS.