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,
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,
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.