Cubs will put Wood to Pirates

Apr 9, 2002 7:11 AM

Let’s cut right to this week’s games ending Sunday, April 14.

Cubs at Pirates: Pirates find themselves in a strange position in the NL Central ”” first place. How long will that last? Not long, as the Cubs send them reeling with Kerry Wood, Jon Lieber and Matt Clement throwing in three-game series. Edge, Cubs.

Braves at Marlins: Early returns bode ill wind blowing against Atlanta. Old age creeping up on them. Looking for Josh Beckett and Ryan Dempster to win a couple this weekend. Edge, Marlins.

Reds at Phillies: Reds don’t look like serious contenders. Other side of the coin has Phils picking up where they left off in 2001. Going with David Coggin and Robert Person to grab a couple of wins. Edge, Phillies.

Expos at Mets: The Mets are a threat to win the NL East, but generally have problems with Montreal. Expos showing signs of life and could be troublesome early. Going with Jeff D’Amico and Al Leiter to slow Expos down. Edge, Mets.

Astros at Cards: Contrary to all the high price media thinking, NL race can come down to these two squads and leave Arizona behind. In the early going, take Wade Miller and Shane  Reynolds to win two. Edge, Astros.

D’backs at Rockies: All the D’backs have is Curt Schilling and Randy Johnson. Is that enough? Maybe. Infield is old and outfielder older. Could be a long season when Johnson and Schilling are not on the hill. Rockies can hit, but not much else. Edge, D’backs.

Dodgers at Padres: Thus far, the Padres are misfiring. The Dodgers don’t look like a threat for the long haul. Double play against Kevin Brown. Edge, Padres.

Brewers at Giants: The Giants continue to play at home and Bonds keeps shining. How long will that go on? Brewers figure to turn things around with Ben Sheets on the mound. Give Brewers one win. Edge, Giants.

Yankees at Red Sox: The Yankees pitching has looked powerful early. Going with Pedro Martinez for a win. Also like Andy Pettitte and El Duque at Fenway. Edge Yankees.

Orioles at White Sox: Sox pounding the ball and will do more of the same against Baltimore pitching. Look for a sweep. Edge, Sox.

Royals at Indians: Cleveland has its hitting shoes on. Look for a three-game sweep with Bartolo Colon, C.C. Sabathia and Chuck Finley leading the way. Edge, Indians.

Mariners at Rangers: Hitting goes to the forefront and Mariners with their steadier pitching should win two. Fred Garcia and Jamie Moyer look good. Double play against Kenny Rogers. Edge, Mariners.

Tigers at Twins: Detroit off to rocky start. Don’t figure to see improvement anytime soon. Minnesota pitching and its timely hitting keep Tigers struggling. Going with Kyle Lohse, Brad Radke and Eric Milton to torment Tigers. Edge Twins.

A’s at Angels: Battle of the AL West takes place between these two teams should Mariners stumble. Going with Tim Hudson and Mark Mulder for a couple of wins. Edge, A’s.