Games for the week ending Monday, Aug. 5.
Rockies at Cubs: Quirk in the schedule brings these teams together for the first time this late in the season. No interest, no selection. Look at totals only.
Dodgers at Phils: Teams haven’t met all season, but play four in this series. Dodgers catch the Phils at the wrong time. LA doesn’t fare well on the road. Going with Wolf and Padilla to give Phils two wins.
Astros at Expos: The Expos hit the wall the past two weeks, while Houston is turning things around. Astros above .500 for the first time all year and have an eye on NL Central. Go with Roy Oswalt and Wade Miller for Houston.
D’backs at Mets: The Mets are making another belated bid for wild card and may just pull it off. New York has a lot of bounce back in its hide. Outlandish prediction finds Mets beating Curt Schilling and Randy Johnson in this series.
Brewers at Marlins: Milwaukee brings its bats and not much else. Florida pitching can stop Brewers bats. Going with A.J. Burnett and John Burkett for Marlins.
Cards at Braves: Atlanta has the best record in baseball and looking like it in every facet. These two teams could meet in the playoffs. Feeling is that Cards run out of games. Glavine and Maddux add to Cards woes.
Reds at Padres: San Diego could be pesky to clubs looking for playoff hopes. Padres swing from the heels and have just enough pitching to be dangerous. Brian Lawrence and rookie Jake Peavy cause Reds trouble.
Giants at Pirates: Injury-riddled Giants lineup still dangerous. Pirates went into Houston and dropped four straight, including three shutouts. Ex-Pirates hurler Jason Schmidt and Livan Hernandez account for two wins.
O’s at Jays: The Orioles are playing hard-nose baseball. Blue Jays with Halladay and Loaiza short circuit Orioles.
ChiSox at D’Rays: White Sox have hitting shoes on. Combined with Devil Rays spotting pitching leads one to check totals rather than side here.
BoSox at Rangers: The Rangers have come back to life of late. Boston is better prepared for run-production. Go against Chan Ho Park and with Kenny Rogers for Texas.
Royals at Twins: Minnesota on its way to division title with no obstructions in its path. Royals were making a run at second, but are still struggling badly on the road. Woes continue here against Santana and Milton of the Twins.
Yanks at Angels: The NY pitching staff spending more time on the DL than the mound. Better bring the A-game to Anaheim. The Angels are red hot. Taking Pettitte and looking for Weaver to make amends for rough beginning with the Bronx Bombers.
Indians at M’s: An ideal opponent for slumping M’s. Seattle is in a dreadful hitting slump, but should come to life against the weak Cleveland pitching. Moyer and Piniero grab a couple of wins.
Tigers at A’s: Oakland slumping of late, but may get break at home against Tigers. Detroit is playing well, but bet Zito, Hudson and Mulder.