Laughter in the dark: good matchups
Oakland Athletics: 1 @DET; 3 versus CHW; 3 versus KC. A lovely seven-game week awaits the erstwhile Finley boppers, and considering how poorly their prospective opponents have pitched lately, it could be a fine week to be an Athletic. Chad Durbin will face the green warriors Monday; after that, they do get the iron of the White Sox rotation in Jon Garland, Mark Buehrle and Javier Vazquez, but Chicago's collective ERA over the past month is 5.20. Then Oakland will face Brian Bannister, Odalis Perez and Kyle Davies. They quake not.
San Francisco Giants: 2 @PIT; 3 @ATL; 3 @FLA. This rare eight-game week is highlighted by Monday's doubleheader, in which the Giants will face Paul Maholm and Shane Youman, not exactly a scary two-headed monster. And sure, the Braves are pitching and playing well, but you can forgive games against John Smoltz, Tim Hudson and Chuck James if it means you then get to face Scott Olsen, Rick VandenHurk and the lately horrible Dontrelle Willis.