Games for week ending June 30.
Reds at Cards: The matchup for first place in the NL Central takes a backseat after the untimely death of pitcher Darryl Kile. The passing has to be uppermost on minds of Cards players. Passing on a pick.
Braves at Red Sox: Boston in a horrendous slump and things don’t figure to improve against the hottest team in the NL. The Red Sox may get help from the Mets, which play Atlanta in a four-game set prior to this series. Going with Pedro Martinez and Derek Lowe for Boston. Also go against John Burkett if he faces Atlanta.
D’backs at Indians: Only hope for Cleveland is to salvage a victory with Bartolo Colon on the hill. Going with Arizona in the other two contests.
Expos at Jays: The hitting comes to the forefront in this series. Over looks favorable in all three contests. Take Toronto’s Roy Halladay when he pitches.
Marlins at D’Rays: Small crowds and lesser interest. Florida tries to stay in contention for division or wild card spot. Ryan Dempster and Miguel Tejera win a couple to keep Marlins in the hunt.
Phils at Orioles: Baltimore is a pesky young team with a lot of desire and hustle. The Orioles with Travis Driskill and Jason Johnson give Phils more problems.
Cubs at ChiSox: Both teams having defensive problems. Good thing is one team will win at least two games (providing no rain). Kerry Wood ready to turn things around in this series. Along with Wood, going with Jon Lieber for Cubs.
Brewers at Twins: Minnesota has a firm grip on the AL Central. That should improve against Milwaukee. Hitters set the tone. Going with Reed, Santana and Lohse in a sweep.
Padres at Royals: After a sextet with Yanks and Red Sox, the Royals will be a welcome sight. Brian Lawrence can win for San Diego. Paul Byrd takes one for Kansas City. Padres capture rubber game.
Pirates at Tigers: Pittsburgh is not fond of interleague baseball, going 1-8 in these encounters. The Tigers are not much better at 5-10. Kip Wells and Kris Benson turn things around for the Bucs in this series.
Giants at A’s: San Francisco ran into strong Baltimore pitching and was lucky to win one game. Oakland is red-hot, with the best interleague record (14-1). Mark Mulder and Barry Zito try to keep A’s in contention for division and Wild Card spot.
Rockies at M’s: Seattle is glad to get home after a long road trip. The pitching comes to the fore at Safeco. Joel Piniero and Jamie Moyer are good for two wins for Mariners.
Mets at Yanks: Bitter rivals again meet with anything capable of happening. The Mets took two of three games at Shea, but Yankee Stadium is a different cut of tea. Ted Lilly, a hard-luck pitcher, is beginning to like a good one. Also like Roger Clemons on Sunday to give Yanks the series.
Astros at Rangers: The Over was 2-1 when these teams met in Houston. Expect more of the same. Going with Chan Ho Park and Kenny Rogers to give the Rangers two wins.
Dodgers at Angels: Both teams solidly in division races. Anaheim looks good against Andy Ashby and Omar Daal. Double play should Kevin ÂÃ‚ÂAppier be mound opponent.