Games of the Day
The Angles fly into Boston to open a three game series with the Red Sox in a possible preview of post-season pairings. I'll be in section 14 tonight at Fenway, so stop by and say hi if you're at the game. On the mound, John Lackey takes on Tim Wakefield. Lackey found a way to strike out more hitters this season and lowered his ERA a full run. Wakefield is coming off a month where his ERA was high, but he was able to ride the Red Sox wave to offense to a 5-1 record.
This series is the Angels pitching vs. the Red Sox offense. Both are very good, and we'll get to see first hand if good pitching stops good hitting.
Houston continues its series at Philadelphia with Roy Oswalt facing Jon Lieber. Some bad new from last night's win; Andy Pettitte was hit by a ball and his foot swelled. It's not clear if he'll miss a start with the injury. Oswalt is throwing lots of pitches early in the game lately, putting pressure on the bullpen. In his last start, he pitched well but was out in the sixth inning after reaching the century mark in throws. Lieber is pitching well down the stretch. He's only had one bad start in his last six games, but was shutout twice.
Finally, we'll keep an eye on the Giants-Dodgers game as the Giants try to make a late run at the division title. There's a chance Barry Bonds will be back tonight.