Each of MLB's national telecasts today features a contending team against... one that isn't. How does that help ratings? (Because the noncontender is from a big market, silly.) All times Eastern.â†µâ†µ
1 p.m., FSN Southwest, STO: Rangers at Indians. Is it getting to nervous time in Cleveland? The Tribe tries to avoid a four-game sweep at the hands of the Rangers; Mitch Talbot pitches against C.J. Wilson.
2 p.m., TBS, CSN Chicago, FSN Midwest: Cubs at Cardinals. If you are watching the national (TBS) version of this broadcast, try to write down all the mispronounced player names spoken by Dick Stockton. You'll need lots of paper. Carlos Zambrano gets the pitching nod for the Cubs, Chris Carpenter for St. Louis.â†µâ†µ