I’m just going to toot my own horn here for a minute. Last week I resisted the urge to suggest tuning into the Sabathia/Beckett throw down on Sunday night and instead predicted that Pedro’s return to New York, as a Phillie, would be the best of the day. If you took my advice you skipped an off night for two aces of the AL East but managed to see the second game-ending unassisted triple play in MLB history. If not, maybe you should wise up and take my advice this time around.
Friday: Colorado Rockies at San Francisco Giants
The first game of a three-game series between the top two contenders for the NL wildcard is awesome. Getting to watch two great young pitchers, Tim Lincecum and Ubaldo Jimenez, face-off is awesomer. There aren’t a lot of west coast games I’ll stay up for. This will be one of them.
Saturday: Tampa Bay Rays at Detroit Tigers
I think Rick Porcello is great. He’s a 20-year-old rookie with 10 wins who has been a huge part of a resurgent Tigers team. With pitchers like Nate Robertson and Jeremy Bonderman on the DL the Tigers needed Porcello to have a big first season. He has not disappointed. On a day with few exciting games, Porcello’s start is worth a look.
Sunday: Toronto Blue Jays at Boston Red Sox
Sometimes, like last week, you have to ignore the obvious pick. Other times, like this week, you can’t. Roy Halladay hasn’t been himself lately, going 2-3 with a 4.50 ERA in his last five games. The Red Sox have Jon Lester on the mound but with their playoff hopes dashed the Jays are ready to play spoiler and Halladay is primed for a return to form.
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