Managerial sideshow

Updated: May 1, 2005, 10:52 AM ET
By Buster Olney | ESPN The Magazine

• 1:05 p.m. ET: Following Tony La Russa's swipe at Bobby Cox for supposedly complaining too much, the Cardinals-Braves game could have a sideshow Sunday. Jeff Suppan works for the Cards; John Smoltz pitches for the Braves.

 Josh Beckett
Beckett

• 1:35: Reverse Lock of the Day. Josh Beckett pitches in Philadelphia against the reeling Phillies and Cory Lidle. All logic points to a Florida win -- and sweep.

• 1:35: The Orioles will try to do what all good teams should do against the Devil Rays, with Bruce Chen pitching for a sweep against Dewon Brazelton.

• 2:10: The Pitching Matchup of the Day will be in Minnesota, where Johan Santana works against Bartolo Colon of the Angels.

• 3:05: Jon Garland of the White Sox will try to continue his hot start, pitching against the Tigers' Wilfredo Ledezma.

• 8:05: The Hitter Most Likely to Go Deep is Brad Wilkerson of the Nationals, who is facing the Mets' Aaron Heilman tonight in Washington.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly from Saturday
The Good
Bud Selig has made his share of mistakes in his tenure as commissioner, but he finally pulled the trigger tactically on Don Fehr by calling for a reconstruction of the same steroid-testing program Selig was touting just six weeks ago.

 Kerry Wood
Wood

The Bad
Kerry Wood leaves a start after only three innings on Saturday, and he's scheduled for an examination on Monday. No matter what they tell him, here's the bottom line: He's not pitching well enough to last, or to win.

The Ugly
Guillermo Mota becomes the latest closer to hit the disabled list. Brandon Lyon has become the best closer in baseball because he's pitching well -- and by default.

Buster Olney is a senior writer for ESPN The Magazine. His book, "The Last Night of the Yankee Dynasty," is being released in paperback May 1 and can be ordered through HarperCollins.com.

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