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.
Red Sox at Tigers, 7:05 Can Rick Porcello(notes) pitch as well in June as he did in May? We start to find out as the hurler who's not even old enough to buy a pint of Bell's goes for his sixth straight win when he faces Boston. During the month of May, Porcello was 5-0 with a 1.50 ERA, a record that more than made up for his 1-3, 6.23 record over his first four games. Dice-K (0-3, 8.82) gets the nod for the Red Sox, who are coming off just a 'meh' May. (They went 15-14).
Rangers at Yankees, 7:05 Texas went an AL-best 20-9 in May and now hold a 4.5-game lead over the Angels in the AL West. June doesn't start easy though with Josh Hamilton(notes) seeing doctors while the rest of the squad faces A.J. Burnett(notes) in The Bronx.
Angels at Blue Jays, 7:07 Roy Halladay(notes) gets a third shot at his MLB-leading ninth victory when the Halos invade the Rogers Centre tonight. But keep in mind that it isn't Doc's fault that third time has to be a charm. His previous two starts were a 1-0 loss to Atlanta and that atrocious bullpen blowout in Baltimore from last week that the Jays would care to forget.
Mets at Pirates, 7:05 Any night's a good night to just sit back and watch Johan Santana(notes) pitch (7-2, 1.77) and fortunately the Mets couldn't disagree any more with that statement. Despite not giving him the proper support through 2008 and the start of '09, the Mets have finally started backing their ace, even saving him last Wednesday when he didn't have his best stuff against the Nationals.