Mets have chance to gain ground facing Royals

Jun 18, 2002 4:04 AM

Games for week ending July 23.

Cards at Cubs: One of the most intense rivalries in the majors. Cards trying to win NL Central, while Cubs look for respect. Chicago throws its best in Kerry Wood, Jon Lieber and Matt Clement. Cards counter with Matt Morris, Woody Williams and Jason Simontacchi. Going with Lieber and Wood. Double play against Simontacchi.

Chisox at Braves: Atlanta resurrected after early season demise. Opposite holds true with White Sox. Going with Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux to handle the struggling Sox.

Royals at Mets: The Mets have a chance of picking up a few paces on the leaders in Wild Card race. Kansas City should be no problem, especially if Al Leiter goes for NY. Steve Trachsel also looks good for the Mets.

A’s at Reds: Tough spot for Cincinnati taking on red hot Oakland. Going with Barry Zito and Tim Hudson to post wins for the A’s.

Twins at Phils: The Twins have dead aim on AL Central title and are equipped to get it done. The Phils are a shadow of the 2001 team, but can be troublesome. Going with Eric Milton and Rick Reed for Twins.

Indians at Expos: Cleveland looks to have no ammo left in its guns. Montreal, with its heavy hitters and above average pitching, has the edge. Going with Tomo Ohka and Carl Pavano to keep Wild Card hopes alive.

Rangers at Pirates: Looks like a hitters series. Going with OVERS in the totals. Double play should Dave Burba and Kris Benson hook up.

M’s at Astros: Just what the doctor ordered for Seattle. Houston pitching and the friendly confines of Astros Field help Mariners take two and possible three. Siding with Fred Garcia and Rafael Soriano.

Angels at Brewers: Anaheim a serious threat in AL West, but could have its hands full. Milwaukee has some dangerous hitters and pitchers who are capable of coming up with a gem. Going with Glendon Rusch for Milwaukee and Anaheim in the other two.

D’Rays at Rockies: The series favors Colorado, however this is one bettors should pass on. Just too iffy.

Orioles at Giants: San Francisco had better expect some competition in this series. Orioles have decent pitching and hitting to cause problems. Going with Scott Erickson and hot-shot rookie Travis Driskill to give SF trouble.

Tigers at Marlins: Detroit could be pesky here. Tigers slammed Curt Schilling and gave Randy Johnson all he could handle. Still, we favor A.J. Burnett and Michael Tejera for Marlins.

BoSox at Dodgers: Boston has no love for the gent who put interleague baseball together. Red Sox are just 2-6 against the NL. Matchup between Derek Lowe and Hideo Nomo favors Sox. Edge to Dodgers, especially with Odalis Perez for Dodgers.

Jays at D’backs: Toronto comes into the series woefully over-matched. Jays hitting won’t get it done, especially against Schilling and Johnson. Toronto in jeopardy of being swept.

Yanks at Padres: San Diego is dangerous, but erratic after decent start. The Yanks are tough at all times, even when slumping. New York is playing well now and owns the second best road mark in the majors. (Boston is first). Roger Clemens could lead a sweep.