|Johan Santana, LHP (11-5, 3.00) Twins (57-41)||@||Jose Contreras, RHP (9-2, 3.43) White Sox (59-39)|
HO-HUM. American League Central numbers 2 and 3, rivals of a sort. Oh. Huh? What was that? Last year? Wild Card? Slipping? Streaking? Start again. Game of the Night.
|Aaron Harang, RHP (10-6, 3.72) Reds (52-47)||@||Roger Clemens, RHP (2-3, 2.43) Astros (47-52)|
Maybe this will be as good as it could be. Look at the teams’ records, by the way. Last year at this time, would you have had trouble envisioning the NL Pennant Winners-To-Be on the low end of that flip side?
Update: I do not buy that they do not hit for him because they do not like him. Clemens, I mean. Glad for Harang, though. Have followed him for awhile, through some hard times.
|Mike Mussina, RHP (11-3, 3.39) Yankees (57-40)||@||Adam Eaton, RHP (0-0, -.–) Rangers (51-49)|
Mussina leads us to expect steadiness, and Eaton is making his first start since acquiring that weird injury that only rock climbers get.
Update: Both pitched great, although Mussina did not have his best at hand. Eaton was positively dominating until he seemed to tire in the 4th, letting in 3. He especially impressive for a first time off sick leave, Miguel Cairo did it again. Go, Micky! Aaron the Guiless smacked another one, too.
|Anibal Sanchez, RHP (3-0, 3.41) Marlins (45-52)||@||Chuck James, LHP (4-0, 3.72) Braves (47-51)|
2 newbies, trying to hold onto their records, on teams trying to improve theirs.
|Carlos Zambrano, RHP (10-3, 3.11) Cubs (38-60)||@||Tom Glavine, LHP (11-3, 3.52) Mets (59-40)|
Keep an eye on these guys, if you like:
A’s: Loaiza, Street Reds: Claussen, Harang, Womack Diamondbacks: Clark Boston: R. Seanez, Mota (+ Foulke no less!) (Wells says he commits) Beckett, Lowell Padres: Peavy, Estes, Greene Tigers: Rogers, Maroth, Robertson, Bonderman, Seay, Inge, Leyland Cleveland: Sabathia Rockies: Fogg Orioles: Benson (Bottalico, Yates), Duquette, Mazzone Mets: Trachsel, Heilman (+obvious Billy Wagner), Keppinger Angels: Figgins Cardinals: David Eckstein Cubs: Eyre, Jacque Jones Brewers: Capuano Tampa Bay: Marlins: Girardi Pirates: Zach Duke, Ty Wigginton Phillies: Rowand (great fielder, does not hit under pressure, though) Dodgers: Sele White Sox: McCarthy Rangers: Benoit, Eaton, Dellucci, Durazo Royals: Runelvys Hernandez, McEwing Astros: Taveras Yankees: Chacon, Small, Wang, Proctor (as a starter), Sturtze, Mendoza, Ron Guidry (Hughes, Cox)