August 25, 2009
Most weekday evenings, the Stew looks at five approaching games worth monitoring. As they occur, feel free to discuss the night's happenings in the comment section below.
Dodgers at Rockies, 8:40 ET The markets may be rising lately, but you can't say the same for the Dodgers' lead in the NL West. Though they led the Rockies by 15.5 games on June 3, Colorado has closed to within three games and looks to draw even with a sweep of a three-game series that begins tonight at Coors Field. The Rox are playing like they're made from nothing but confidence, but it's not as if Los Angeles has nothing on its side. Their rotation matches up nicely with Clayton Kershaw(notes) getting tonight's start against Jason Hammel(notes) and they've simply owned the Rockies this season, winning 10 of 12 meetings.
Astros at Cardinals, 8:15 The surge by St. Louis may have drained all the drama from the NL Central race, but here's a storyline for you to consider. Will the Cy Young campaigns of Chris Carpenter(notes) and tonight's starter, Adam Wainwright(notes), be hurt by a split vote?
Rangers at Yankees, 7:05 New York has enough wiggle room to drop a few to Texas and help keep the Red Sox out of the playoffs, don't they? Joba "Freak On A Leash" Chamberlain pitches for the first time in nine days and one wonders if manager Joe Girardi will bother to bring one of those big vaudevillian hooks to the dugout.