Many 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.
Twins at Tigers, 7:05 ET The biggest series in majors this season, all things considered, continues with the Twinkies seriously needing to close the gap (now two games) while they can. Even a split of the four-game set probably dooms them, so beating Cousin Eddie Bonine(notes) is at the top of the agenda. Bonine has done OK in his three starts and could erase that queasy feeling the Tigers faithful have by tossing a strong six or seven innings.
Having Carl Pavano(notes) on the hill ought to help the Twins. He's 4-0 with a 1.69 ERA in five career starts (all this season) against the Tigers with — get this — a 22-1 strikeout/walk ratio. Who drew the walk? I want his name! It was Brandon Inge(notes).
Marlins at Braves, 7:10 ET Philly also can celebrate if Atlanta falls.
White Sox at Indians, second game If Eric Wedge and his staff have been dismissed, does that mean Chief Wahoo is running the team?
Dodgers at Padres, 10:05 ET With L.A. either a victory or a Rockies loss away from another NL West crown, it's Jon Garland(notes) vs. Clayton Richard(notes) in a battle of ex-White Sox pitchers to possibly decide things.