Games for the week ending July 7.
Dodgers at Cards: Interleague baseball schedule is over. Cards still unsettled since death of Darryl Kile. St. Louis is in danger of being swept by LA, which could be the end of the season. Staying clear of Cardinals, but we will go against Ishii. Kaz has hit the wall in his last five outings.
Brewers at Reds: Cincinnati has a chance to make headway before the All Star break, while St. Louis is busy with red hot Dodgers. Brewers are anemic, but free-swinging. Milwaukee could be pesky in this series, especially with Glendon Rusch on the hill. Also, Ruben Quevedo has been tough on occasion.
Astros at Pirates: Season seems to have gone by the boards for Astros. But, there are enough games left to recuperate. Pirates playing hard nose baseball and will give visitors all they can handle. Houston doesn’t have the horses. Going with Kris Benson and Josh Fogg to win two.
Expos at Phils: Recent acquisition Bartolo Colon should see some action in this series. If so, going with Colon and another young gun Tomo Okha.
Cubs at Braves: No place for a team that can’t get out of its own way. Braves are the hottest team in baseball and will continue at expense of the stumbling Cubs. Sammy Sosa is hitting, however there’s not much help from the rest of the lineup. Going against Matt Clement and Mark Prior.
Padres at Rockies: Only teams involved in three-game set. All others in the NL are playing four. Padres are in toughest division in baseball. Look doomed to finish last and the Rockies won’t fare better. San Diego ace Brian Lawrence capable of winning anywhere, along with rookie Jake Peavy. See Padres squeezing two wins.
Mets at Marlins: The Mets had high hopes when the season started and look to be in big trouble unless there is a complete reversal of form. New York will have problems with Florida, especially with Ryan Dempster and Josh Burnett on the mound.
Giants at D’backs: A chance for San Francisco to cut into Arizona’s Wild Card chances. However, the Giants are facing the 1-2 punch of Schilling and Johnson could prove fatal. Favor Giants with Jason Schmidt over any one D’backs throw against him.
Jays at Yanks: The Yanks are in first place, but have benefited from the struggling play of Red Sox. The Yanks may put things together now that El Duque is healthy and ready to go. Going with El Duque and Andy Pettitte to win at least two in the series.
Tigers at BoSox: Boston has a chance to get well versus Tigers. However, Jeff Weaver is my man and worth a look if he goes. Double play against John Burkett should he pitch for Boston. Favor Derek Lowe against Tigers.
Indians at ChiSox: Teams that figured to battle for AL Central lead, but now seem out even though it’s only the first week in July. White Sox pitching has failed, but taking Chicago with Mark Buehrle and John Garland. A sweep here and Cleveland will go the way of the American Indian.
Royals at A’s: Oakland making serious noise about grabbing Wild Card or Division spot after sluggish start. Royals have picked up their game, but look over-matched against A’s pitching. KC has come alive with the bats and is worth a play when Paul Byrd goes to the mound. Go with Byrd against Barry Zito. A’s take balance of series.
Twins at M’s: Four-game series may test Twins, however it looks like Minnesota is in it for the long haul. Double play versus Seattle’s James Baldwin and Joel Pineiro.
D’Rays at Angels: Tampa Bay has won four of five going into Monday. Angels took final two games in style in Dodgers after slumping mid-week. Aaron Sele is coming off stellar performance against LA. Sele and Kevin Appier should produce against D’Rays.