The games will be rated from 1-5 based on watchability:
1= nap time
2= back ground noise
3= ok if you have nothing better to do
4= pretty compelling game
5= must see
And now.....let's play some ball.....
Saturday FOX Regional Coverage
Mets (Nieve) vs. Phillies (Moyer)= 3.5
While neither of these teams are great, this NL East match-up should still be good. The defending World Series Champion Phils are hanging on to the divison lead by the skin of their teeth and the two-time defending champion choke artist Mets are sitting at third place, a game and a half out of first. The Mets have Nieve, who has pitched suprisingly well since being picked up from Houston. The Phillies are countering with the oldest active MLB player Jamie Moyer.
A good matchup of contrasts in a fairly meaningful (for an early July game)
Pick: Phils over Mets
Tigers (Jackson) vs. Twins (Liriano)= 3
Another compelling divisional matchup. Currently, the Tigers lead both the Sox and Twins by 3 games. Both the Tigers and Jackson have been playing surprisingly well this season while being largely ignored. The Twins have Liriano going. This would have been a must-see match up if it was 2006. However, Liriano has struggled with injuries and on field performance in the last couple years. He has pitched better lately winning his last couple starts. I see Liriano's winning streak continuing and the Twins pulling out the victory
Dodgers (Wolf) vs. Padres (Geer)= 4
If this was any other weekend, this game would be fairly meaningless and gotten either a 1 or 2. However, this is not any other weekend. This will be the second game after Manny Ramirez returns from his 50-game suspension. The only reason to really watch this game is to see if Manny plays well even after his long layoff. Also, anytime there is a possibility of a Manny being Manny moment makes for interesting television. The Dodgers have proven the ability to play well either way.....the Dodgers win this one in a laugher.
Saturday Night MLB game:
Rays (Price) vs. Rangers (Holland)= 2.5
Both of these teams have legitimate post-season hopes as at least wild-cards. If this was a September game, this game would get a higher rating.
The only really compelling aspect of this game is David Price pitching. He's still young and finding his way but he has proven (so-far) to be worth the hype and high draft pick. Otherwise, not too much of a reason to watch this game. Rays over Rangers
Sunday TBS Game:
Brewers (Burns) vs. Cubs (Lilly)= 5(fans of either team) 3.5 for everyone else
This rivalry has escalated in intensity in the last few years. As it stands right now, the Cubs are 2.5 back of the Brewers. The Brewers have Burns starting. He's in the rotation due to the rash of injuries and ineffectiveness that has plagued the Brewers rotation. He's probably only in the rotation for the short term but if he pitches as well as he did on Tuesday on a consistent basis he could around longer than expected.
On Tuesday, he outpitched Johan Santana and only gave up 2 runs in 6 1/3. The Cubs have Ted Lilly going for them. He's quietly put up a solid season with a 131 ERA+. This should be a pretty close match-up coming down to the bullpen......Brewers win
Sunday night ESPN
Rays (Niemann) vs. Rangers (Feldman)=2
Tough to get too excited over this match-up. The teams aren't that bad but aren't that exciting either.....Rangers win this one.
Thursday pick of the day: Angels over Orioles