Laughter In The Dark: Good Matchups
Detroit Tigers: 3 vs. CHW; 3 vs. SEA. No one knows the real story with Gary Sheffield, but the Kitties should be able to withstand his absence this week against two of the coldest pitching staffs in baseball. Is it just me, or are the White Sox utterly gutless? This is pretty much the same team that won the World Series, and the Sox aren't that decimated by injuries. Hitting against them is just fun right now. And as the Mariners fade, it's their hurlers who've let them down most; in the past seven days, the team's collective ERA is 6.49.
Boston Red Sox: 3 vs. TOR; 4 @BAL. As long as the Sox aren't playing the Yankees, Boston's bats are alive. After a dominating four-game series against the White Sox and some big offensive output against the Orioles this weekend, the Sox probably will continue to mash for several games this week, and it might not be only the usual suspects. Manny Ramirez continues to sit with a bad oblique while guys such as Mike Lowell, Kevin Youkilis and Dustin Pedroia pace the offense. Toronto continues to pitch very well, by the way, but Baltimore's utter pitching wretchedness for four at the end of the week should be tasty.