>I found this useful article on CBS Sports… I thought it might be useful for anyone who’s unsure of pitching match-ups for the rest of this week and for next week’s scoring period:
BALTIMORE — Relentless rain forced Minnesota and Baltimore to play a doubleheader Saturday.
The game never started and was finally called after a delay of nearly two hours.
Saturday’s doubleheader will start at 5:05 p.m.
The Twins began the day in second place in the AL Central, one game behind the Chicago White Sox. Minnesota trailed Boston by 5½ games in the wild-card race.
My Take: Glenn Perkins and Scott Baker are set to pitch today (Saturday the 13th) for the Twins. They’ll be facing Garrett Olsen and Daniel Cabrera… though I’m sure more fantasy players have the Twins young-hurlers than the Orioles’ duo for Saturday’s double-headers. Tomorrow, Nick Blackburn and Radhames Liz wrap this puppy up.
CHICAGO — Rain forced the postponement of the game between Detroit and
Chicago. A makeup date was not immediately set.
Even though batting practice was canceled, the grounds crew worked on the field to dry it out and it appeared the game would start on time. But three minutes before the scheduled 7:11 first pitch, the tarp was rolled out and the field was covered again.
The Tigers were scheduled to start Justin Verlander against Chicago’s John Danks on Friday. The series marks Detroit’s final appearance in Chicago this season.
It is the AL Central leading White Sox’s second rainout of the week. They were also postponed Monday night and then swept in a doubleheader by Toronto on Tuesday.
My Take: According to the weather report in Chicago… I don’t think either of these games are going to be played. The first match up pits Kenny Rogers against Javier Vazquez… first pitch is scheduled for 2:55 PM (EST), but 3:00 PM has a 80% chance of precipitation. The second game, scheduled to take place and hour after the conclusion of the first game, offers a Zack Minor – Lance Broadway duel. If, and that’s a big IF, the first game does get played… I don’t think the second one will…
NEW YORK — Eager to lock up the NL East title after letting it slip away last
season, the New York will have to wait a day before beginning their taxing stretch drive.
New York’s game against the Atlanta Braves was postponed by rain Friday night and will be made up Saturday as part of a single-admission doubleheader beginning at 3:55 p.m.
The tarp stayed on the field all evening Friday and the game was called after a 90-minute delay. Johan Santana (13-7) had been scheduled to pitch for the NL East leaders against ex-Met Mike Hampton (2-2). Pedro Martinez (5-4) was lined up for Saturday against Atlanta lefty Jo-Jo Reyes (3-10).
Now, the Mets are scheduled to play 17 games over the final 16 days of the regular season, without a day off. New York is three games ahead of second-place Philadelphia — four up in the loss column — and desperately wants to erase the bitter memories of last September’s embarrassing collapse.
My Take: The Mets are going to have really bad weather all day… but no rain, it seems. So if
PHILADELPHIA — Cole Hamels gets to rest an extra day. Brett Myers is ready to pitch whenever the Philadelphia Phillies need him.
Steady rain forced the postponement of a key matchup between the NL wild card-leading Milwaukee Brewers and Phillies on Friday night.
The game will be made up as part of a day-night doubleheader on Sunday. The first game starts at 1:35 p.m. and the nightcap at 7:35 p.m.
The Phillies won the opener of the four-game series Thursday night to move within three games of Milwaukee.
Scheduled starters Hamels (12-9) and Manny Parra (10-7) will start Saturday.
Milwaukee will send Dave Bush (9-10) and Jeff
Suppan (10-8) to the mound Sunday. Joe Blanton (2-0) and Myers (9-11) will pitch for the Phillies.
My Take: Saturday’s game between Manny Parra and Cole Hamels is going to feature an annoying drizzle that could come and go creating several minor delays. It wont be enough to cancel the game, but it will be annoying and could influence the starts for each of these pitchers.