Most weekday evenings, Big League Stew looks at
five four 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 Angels, 10:05 ET Just try and stop the Rockies, hottest team in baseball, perhaps ever, with 16 victories in their past 17 games. If you thought they were getting lucky (during games, I mean), they're not. Their pythagorean record is one victory better than their overall 36-33 record reflects. And it's not because they've gotten phat at home in front of the Rockpile. They take an eight-game road winning streak into Anaheim.
And they haven't been playing patsies, either.
They swept the Cardinals at St. Louis and the Brewers at Milwaukee, and took two of three from the Mighty Rays this past week. They have been opposed fairly, and find themselves 18-5 under new manager Jim Tracy. Clint Barmes(notes) is a new man. Todd Helton(notes) is an old one.
Am I saying let's hand them the NL championship? Sure, that's what I am saying. Do you have it handy?
Giants at Athletics, 10:05 ET It's been 20 years since the A's won the World Series, and the celebrations planned for Al Davis Coliseum could not be better timed, with the "Moneyball" movie being shelved for the moment. I hope Gene Nelson is there.
Cubs at Braves, 7:10 ET Tonight's game makes up a rained-out ballgame from earlier in the season. Boy, otherwise the schedule would have been three games long? Were they not wanting to program against Monday Night Football? It's June, for cry-aye.
The Cubs will try to match their season's longest winning streak and Bobby Cox will try not to get thrown out.
Cardinals at Mets, 7:10 ET Will Tim Redding(notes) throw the famous fortune-teller they call Albert Pujols(notes) anything over the dirt around home plate, much less the plate itself? Answer unclear, try again.