So what are you up to this weekend? You probably shouldn't garden since last time you got that nasty Poison Ivy mustache. You can't go out for a drive because that bum is living in your car and you're too scared to kick him out. Perhaps you just oughta take it easy and watch some baseball. Let Walkoff Walk be your guide to the best NL and AL series taking place. And for christ's sake, put some calamine on that.
Reds at Brewers
- Tonight: Johnny Cueto vs. Braden Looper
- Tomorrow: Aaron Harang vs. Dave Bush
- Sunday: Micah Owings vs. Yovani Gallardo
Milwaukee had a 2 game lead in the Central as recently as last week but has lost 5 of 6 and dropped to a game back of the Cardinals. The Reds are going the other way, having won their last 4 and sit just a game and half back. Tonight's Cincy starter, Johnny Cueto has been the squad's ace, and one of the best starters in the NL. They've roughed up Milwaukee P Braden Looper in two starts this season.
Combine that with a wave of injuries that has swept over the Crew and it should be a very good Friday and possibly a very good weekend for Dusty's boys. With the Cardinals taking on the feisty Giants this weekend, the Central could have a new leader on Monday.
Red Sox at Blue Jays
- Tonight: Tim Wakefield vs. Casey Janssen
- Tomorrow: Brad Penny vs. Brian Tallet
- Sunday: Jon Lester vs. Ricky Romero
Twas just over a week ago that the Red Sox sent the Blue Jays into a tailspin by sweeping them at Fenway. The vaunted Blue Jays Offence went cold and was held to just 5 runs and 2 home runs. The good news for Toronto may be that, despite losing their ninth straight game on Thursday, they posted 10 runs and are looking to build confidence at the plate.
They face the same three Boston pitchers they struggled so mightily against last week, and again the Red Sox will miss Roy Halladay's turn in the rotation. In a postgame press conference after the final game of the last series, Terry Francona said he couldn't remember that ever happening. He won't be able to say that this time.
Despite it all, the Blue Jays will be ecstatic to be home and done with their nightmare road trip. Removing that mental block could go a long way and I don't think Toronto fans are wrong for trying to put on a good face for the weekend.