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by Matt Fargo - 08/05/2008
Tuesday, August 5th
Florida Marlins at Philadelphia Phillies 7:05 PM ET
The best series to start the week begins on Tuesday as the Marlins and Phillies start a three-game set in Philadelphia. The Phillies begin the week with a 2.5-game lead over Florida in the National League East so first place is on the line. Philadelphia enters the series as the hotter of the two teams as it has won seven of its last eight games and it sends Jamie Moyer to the hill in this opener. Moyer has been outstanding as he has allowed three runs or fewer in 10 straight outings. He is 10-0 with a 3.03 ERA in 10 career starts against the Marlins so you know what the right side is here.
Wednesday, August 6th
Milwaukee Brewers at Cincinnati Reds 12:35 PM ET
We could see some fireworks during the day on Wednesday between Milwaukee and Cincinnati. Jeff Suppan is coming off one of his better starts of the season but it has been a season of inconsistencies as his ERA is at 4.75 including 5.19 in 12 road starts. He also has struggled before the sun sets as he has a 5.49 ERA in 10 daytime starts. For the Reds, it is Homer Bailey and he remains winless after seven starts. He is 0-5 with a 7.55 ERA and 2.10 WHIP and that includes a 0-3 record and 9.00 ERA and 2.59 WHIP in four home starts. The Reds are 0-7 in his starts and the over will be worth a strong look.
Thursday, August 7th
Houston Astros at Cincinnati Reds 7:10 PM ET
Cincinnati is back in the mix here and once again, not about very good things. The Reds start a series with the Astros on Thursday and right off the bat they face a huge nemesis. Roy Oswalt has owned this team throughout his career and his team always finds a way to win. Oswalt is 20-1 with a 2.61 ERA and 1.07 WHIP in 23 career starts against the Reds. He has struggled in his last two starts since coming off the disabled list but he looks to be on track to get back to his June form. The Reds counter with Josh Fogg who is struggling with a 7.57 ERA on the season. Oswalt should do it again.
Friday, August 8th
New York Yankees at Los Angeles Angels 10:05 PM ET
The Yankees were able to grab a split of this series last weekend by taking the final two games against the Angels. Now it is off to Anaheim where New York will look to take down the best record in baseball. The thing is that the Angels are not nearly as good at home as they are on the road. Darrell Rasner will be the likely starter and that is not a great way to start as he has struggled on the road with a 2-5 mark and a 6.25 ERA in seven roadies. Los Angeles got a horrendous start from Jered Weaver against the Yankees on Saturday so we could see a big slugfest in this series opener.
Saturday, August 9th
Cleveland Indians at Toronto Blue Jays 7:05 PM ET
The weekend is highlighted by a superb pitching matchup between Cleveland and Toronto. Cliff Lee is putting together a Cy Young type of season and he has been solid on the road with a 2.69 ERA on the year. He pitched nine inning of seven-hit shutout ball against Toronto in his lone start against the Blue Jays this season but did not get the win as the Blue Jays won 3-0 in 10 innings. He goes against Roy Halladay who is also having another spectacular season. He has a 2.85 ERA which is his lowest since 2005 and he is 5-1 with a 3.97 ERA in 10 starts against the Indians. Expect a low scoring battle here.