Aces are wild tonight and some big division match ups are about to unfold. With a full slate of baseball, here are four games any avid baseball fan must watch.
Detroit Tigers (49-44) vs. Chicago White Sox (50-42): Justin Verlander (10-5, 2.43 ERA) is going to be facing off against Jake Peavy (7-6, 3.12 ERA) tonight in downtown Detroit. The Tigers are coming off a huge series win against the Los Angeles Angels and have pulled within 1.5 games back of the boys on the south side. The White Sox are trying to re-gain some kind of momentum after losing three of four to the Boston Red Sox, and are hoping to add a little more padding to their slimming lead.
St. Louis Cardinals (47-45) vs. Chicago Cubs (38-53): Just the rivalry between the Cubs are Cardinals should be good enough reason to watch this. But it’s not the reason why. It could be the last game Ryan Dempster (5-3, 1.86 ERA) ever throws another pitch as a Chicago Cub. Kyle Lohse (9-2, 2.80 ERA) will be trying to help the Cardinals gain some ground on both the Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates.
Atlanta Braves (50-41) vs. Washington Nationals (53-37): The innings count begins for Stephen Strasburg (10-4, 2.66 ERA) against the Braves tonight. Last time Strasburg pitched against Atlanta he was pulled early because of dehydration issues. Tommy Hanson (10-5, 4.02 ERA) will oppose Strasburg and will try to chip away at the Nationals 3.5 game lead of first place.
Los Angeles Angels (50-43) vs. Texas Rangers (55-36): A battle of two AL West rivals square off tonight in the Big A. The Angels are looking to turn things around after the Tigers took three of four games from them, and are 4-6 in their last 10 games. The Angels have their ace Jered Weaver (11-1, 2.26 ERA) looking to shutdown a tough Rangers’ offense. Last time Weaver pitched against the Rangers he lasted only 3.2 innings and gave up 10 hits and eight earned runs, while suffering his only loss on the season. Derek Holland (6-4, 4.57 ERA) goes for his fourth good start in a row.
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