Most weekday evenings, Big League Stew looks at five approaching games worth monitoring. As they occur, feel free to discuss the night's happenings with other Stewies in the comment section below.
Rockies at Phillies, 7:05 ET It's been the best of times and it's been the blurst of times for Jorge de La Rosa(notes) this season. After losing six straight decisions to start 2009, the lefty from LoDo has won his last seven, racking up a 3.02 ERA in the process.
Win against the WFCers tonight and the Rockies stretch their winning streak to six and maintain their spot atop the NL wild card standings. A loss gives the Phils' their sixth loss in seven games, though J.A. Happ(notes) will try his darndest to show his appreciation for not being sent to Toronto in a trade for Roy Halladay(notes). Cue the Survivor!
Angels at White Sox, 8:11 Gordon Beckham(notes) says "Growing Pains? I think that show was before my time." At any rate, the Pale Hose rookie is hitting .418 (18-for-43) with nine extra base hits, 15 RBIs and one firm denial over his last 11 games.
Red Sox at Rays, 7:08 Boston is just hoping that Longoria doesn't bring the Frostys again. The TB 3B is hitting .370 with seven homers, five doubles and 24 RBIs against the Red Sox this season. That's a season line usually reserved for opponents of the Orioles, no?
Orioles at Tigers, 7:05 Starting pitching is the biggest reason the Tigers are in first place, but it hasn't been so hot lately. Detroit starters are 1-5 with a 6.34 ERA over the team's current 3-6 stretch. Edwin Jackson(notes) tries to make it all better tonight.
Brewers at Dodgers, 10:10 After watching this video of Prince Fielder trying to storm the L.A. clubhouse, I'm thinking the Dodgers might be installing some sort of moat and hot oil vat security system before the first pitch. I mean, wouldn't you?