The compressed 2020 MLB 60-game season is rapidly coming to a close. The playoffs are set to open with the wild-card round beginning Tuesday, Sept. 29. With the MLB standings heading to the a tight finish, with wild-card positioning, postseason seeding and the rest of the playoff picture at stake here are the top games for the final week of the season.
Top MLB Games For The Final Week Of 2020 Regular Season
Monday, Sep. 21
Chicago White Sox at Cleveland Indians
White Sox pitcher Lucas Giolito dominated the Tribe with a 4-hit, 0 runs, gem the last time he faced them. Cleveland counters with Aaron Civale, who has allowed a total of 3 runs in his last 13 innings thrown versus the White Sox.
Milwaukee Brewers at Cincinnati Reds
Milwaukee starter Brandon Woodruff struck out 8 in a 3-2 Brewers’ win the last time he battled Cincinnati. Reds’ lead-off hitter Joey Votto went 0-4 versus Woodruff in the last matchup.
Tuesday, Sep. 22
New York Yankees vs Toronto Blue Jays
The Yankees are 3-1 SU in Masahiro Tanaka’s last 4 starts. Toronto starter Chase Anderson is 0-2 with a 7.45 ERA, making the Jays tough to back on Tuesday.
Detroit Tigers at Minnesota Twins
The Tigers have not responded when Tarik Skubal has taken the mound. They’re 0-3 in Skubal’s last 3 starts. Twins starter Jake Odorizzi hasn’t lasted more than 4 innings in any game since August 8.
Wednesday, Sep. 23
Chicago Cubs at Pittsburgh Pirates
The last time Kyle Hendricks faced the Pirates, he dominated. Hendricks threw 6 innings and yielded a single run in an 8-2 Cubs’ victory. The Pirates send Trevor Williams and his 1-7 record and 6.35 ERA to the hill.
Oakland A’s at L.A. Dodgers
A’s pitcher Sean Manaea steps to the mound versus the Dodgers. Manaea has a 4-3 record and a 4.50 ERA. He’s yielded 3 runs or less in his last 6 starts. The Dodgers counter with Julio Urias. Although Urias is 3-0, the Dodgers are 2-3 SU in his last 5 starts, meaning the bullpen has let LAD down in a few games that Julio has started.
Thursday, Sep. 24
Colorado Rockies at San Francisco Giants
Chi-Chi Gonzalez is a converted reliever. He won’t throw more than 1 or 2 innings on Thursday. The Giants have 8 hits and 5 runs in the 5 innings where they faced Chi-Chi. That gives the G-Men the edge.
Baltimore Orioles at Boston Red Sox
Although Baltimore starter Alex Cobb is 1-4 this season, he did hold Boston to 2 runs off 6 hits in a 5-4 extra inning Orioles’ win on Aug. 22. Boston’s top hitter, Alex Verdugo, went 2-for-5 in that game, though, and Cobb has allowed 9 earned runs in his last 8 innings pitched.
Friday, Sep. 25
New York Mets at Washington Nationals
Mets versus Nationals on Friday should be an interesting game. Rick Porcello starts for the Mets. Max Scherzer gets the call for the Nats. Porcello is 1-5 with a 6.06 ERA. Scherzer is 4-3 with a 4.04 ERA. Neither has thrown to their ability this season, but the Nationals are an overall mess while Porcello is just a mess by himself.
Miami Marlins at New York Yankees
Who would have thought that on Sep. 18, the New York Yankees would be 3 games out in the AL East? The Yankees must win every game in the final week to ensure they make the postseason. They start Deivi Garcia and his 3.28 ERA on Friday. Miami starter Sandy Alcantara is 2-2 with a 3.45 ERA, though. The Yankees aren’t a lock to beat the Marlins on Sep. 25.
Saturday, Sep. 26
Chicago Cubs at Chicago White Sox
Jon Lester hasn’t dominated for the Chicago Cubs this season. He faces a strong Chicago White Sox squad, one that scored 8 runs against him on August 21. Jose Abreu hit 2 home runs off Lester in that game. The White Sox are in the playoffs. Still, they want to win the division. So, expect Abreu and his mates to be sharp on Saturday.
L.A. Angels at L.A. Dodgers
The Dodgers have notched their spot in the postseason. The last time the Dodgers faced Julio Teheran, they dominated him with 4 earned runs off 6 hits. Corey Seager hit a 3-run homer in that game.
Sunday, Sep. 27
Cincinnati Reds at Minnesota Twins
Listed starter Michael Lorenzen has a 4.56 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP. The Twins hope to beat the Reds with Jose Berrios. Minnesota’s ace has brought his ERA down to 4.15.
Philadelphia Phillies at Tampa Bay Rays
Phillies starter Aaron Nola has a great 2.92 ERA. He hopes to stop the Rays on Sunday. If the Rays have the NL East sewn up by Sep. 27, expect them to stick with Josh Fleming, a converted reliever with a 3.47 ERA, for at least 5 innings.