Frank Doyle previews all the weekend series in Major League Baseball!
Boston Red Sox at Detroit Tigers. Best series of the weekend, as the red hot Red Sox visit the super streaky Detroit Tigers. Tonight it’s Wakefield v Porcello, Saturday sees Buchholz v Andrew Oliver, a rookie from the gloriously named town of Vermilion, Ohio, and on Sunday it’s a clash of the Titans – Boston’s Josh Beckett, 4-1, 1.69 ERA, against the Tigers’ Justin Verlander, 4-3, 3.42 ERA.
Chicago White Sox at Toronto Blue Jays. It’s really not happening for Adam Dunn. When your designated hitter can’t hit, you’ve got a problem. Toronto is the only MLB betting choice here.
Cleveland at Tampa Bay Rays. The Indians aren’t as dominant as they were as word continues to spread that you can’t take these guys for granted. The Rays have cooled off in their last ten games – the Indians can win this series.
Kansas City Royals at Texas Rangers. The Royals have dropped five straight. They won’t get anything easy in Texas.
LA Angels at Minnesota Twins. The Twins are having such a bad season they’re not even getting laughed it. People just feel sorry for them.
Baltimore at Oakland. Oakland has been struggling, while the Orioles are competitive. .500 is competitive for the Orioles.
New York Yankees at Seattle Mariners. A mismatch series, but a hell of matchup tonight – the Yankees’ AJ Burnett, 5-3, 4.02 ERA, pitches against the Mariners’ phenom Michael Pineda, 6-2, 2.16 ERA.
Pittsburgh Pirates at Chicago Cubs. The Pirates are having one of their better seasons in recent years, and are something of a bogey team for the baby Bears.
San Diego Padres at Washington Nationals. Next!
Philadelphia Phillies at New York Mets. That lack of run support continues to be the Phillies’ Achilles’ heel. The excellent Phillies fan blog, Crashburn Alley, believes in Chase Utley’s return to the lineup, but he’s started off slowly since his return – at the Mets would be a good place to start swinging.
Cincinnati Reds at Atlanta Braves. Atlanta isn’t firing on all cylinders but Cincinnati’s gone right into the tank. The Reds need something good to happen in Atlanta.
Arizona Diamondbacks at Houston Astros. Arizona is 9-1 in its last ten games. Houston can’t live with that.
San Francisco Giants at Milwaukee Brewers. The Giants are carrying on from last year, while the Brewers are doing their best to keep pace with the Cards at the top of the NL West. There’s a good pitching duel tonight – the Giants’ Tim Lincecum, 4-4, 2.06 ERA, against the Brewers’ Shaun Marcum, 6-1, 2.37 ERA.
St Louis Cardinals at Colorado Rockies. How good would St Louis be if Matt Holliday was fit and Albert Pujols not in a slump? Very good indeed. St Louis hasn’t won a series at Colorado in five years, but the Cards look good for this weekend.
Florida Marlins at LA Dodgers. The Marlins have won five of their last six, and are coming off a sweep of the Giants in San Francisco. More bad news at Chavez Ravine.