Heading into the final two months of the season, each game seems to start counting that little bit more. As per normal, the week starts off slowly for British fans hoping to catch some live baseball during the evening, but it picks up later on. As always, all times are listed in BST.
Monday – No early games, and only five in the Majors at all today. Cole Hamels and the Phillies against Ted Lilly and the Cubs should be a good battle (00.05), while every game between the Angels and the Mariners from here on out could prove crucial in deciding who wins the AL West. Kelvim Escobar and Miguel Batista will take the mound in this one at 03.05.
Tuesday – No early games again. Tom Glavine goes for his 300th career win at 01.05 against the Brewers while Verlander against Haren should be a cracker (03.05). Elsewhere, Josh Beckett, Mike Mussina, Fausto Carmona, John Lackey and Brandon Webb all make starts in what should be a great night of pitching.
Wednesday – Two early games today from the American League. The Blue Jays take on the Devil Rays at 20.10 with the Tigers and the A’s beginning their match-up twenty-five minutes later. Later on, Jered Weaver starts against King Felix in an exciting young pitching duel (03.05) and Tim Lincecum makes a start for the Giants at Dodger Stadium (03.10).
Thursday – You can afford to be picky today, with eight early games to choose from. The highlights look to be a Roger Clemens start at Yankees Stadium against the White Sox (18.05) and a Johan Santana start against the Royals (18.10). Elsewhere, the Rangers face the Indians (17.05), St Louis take on Pittsburgh (17.35), the Orioles finish their series in Boston (18.05), Jorge Sosa starts for the Mets against Claudio Vargas and the Brewers (19.05), the Phillies face the Cubs (19.20), and Jake Peavy makes a start at Petco against the D-Backs (20.35).
Friday – The Cubs are playing at Wrigley, so we get a Friday evening game to enjoy. El Duque is scheduled to start for the Mets (19.20).