Games for the week ending May 12.
Brewers at Cubs: Chicago could use batting help against cream puff pitching, but won’t get it here. The Cubs will overcome weak hitting with a couple of stout pitching performances by Kerry Wood and Jason Bere. Edge, Cubs.
Dodgers at Marlins: The Marlins can be pesky at home. Return of Kevin Brown and Japanese pitching sensation Ishii to combat road disadvantage. Edge, Dodgers.
Padres at Braves: The Braves will find Padres to be a different team than past years. San Diego has ideas on a playoff spot. Tough NL West can make it difficult, however don’t sell SD short. Second line pitching won’t beat Padres. Going with Brett Tomko and Kevin Jarvis. Edge, Padres.
Rockies at Mets: The Mets are playing with serious intentions of winning the NL pennant and in our book are the favorites. Colorado’s winning streak was a mirage. Mets can sweep with Jeff D’Amico, Pedro Astacio and Al Leiter or Shawn Estes in the box. Take Mets.
D’backs at Phils: The Phillies have been a sad outfit in 2002. Players are playing for themselves and not the team. Could wind up in the NL cellar. Could be a sweep if Curt Schilling and Randy Johnson get some help. Edge, D’backs.
Cards at Reds: Injuries have depleted St. Louis mound staff. The Reds compound Cards’ problems with Chris Reitsma and Jose Rijo on the mound. Edge, Reds.
Astros at Pirates: The Astros are better on the road than at home. Shane Reynolds and Dave Mlicki will bring smiles to Manager Jimi Williams. Edge, Astros.
Giants at Expos: The Giants had better prepare themselves for a different team than in the past. Going with second liners Bruce Chen and Tomo Okha to give Giants fits. Edge, Expos.
Orioles at D’Rays: O’s hitting the ball pretty good of late. However, that has not been on the road. Going with Joe Kennedy and Delvin James on the hill. Edge, D’Rays.
Yanks at Twins: The Yanks don’t look that awesome in the year 2002. Mike Mussina has been ineffective of late. Going against him and Ted Lilly in this series. Edge, Twins.
Indians at Royals: Tribe gets chance of getting back on track at KC, which is just plain bad. Bartolo Colon is returning to form and an effective Chuck Finley should add two wins. Edge, Indians.
Tigers at Rangers: Texas is on a hot streak and playing best ball of season. Kenny Rogers and Doug Davis add to Tigers woes. Edge, Rangers.
ChiSox at Angels: White Sox knock the cover off the ball, or the cover knocks them off the winning path. Great hitting, inferior pitching. Edge, OVER.
Jays at A’s: Toronto has stumbled and A’s love hitting against second-line hurlers. Justin Miller and Roy Halladay couldn’t stop a bus with a crosstown transfer. Edge, A’s.
BoSox at M’s: Derek Lowe and John Burkett will have their problems. Sox better have a hot Pedro to stem the tide in Seattle. Bet against Seattle’s James Baldwin. Edge, M’s.