The 2020 MLB season is cruising along while the focus is on the upcoming football season and current NBA and NHL playoffs. Keep reading for the top must watch baseball games of the week.
Must Watch Baseball Games Aug 31- Sept 6
Monday, August 31
St. Louis at Cincinnati at 6:30 PM ET
St. Louis is one game under .500 in the NL Central, but still three games and two spots up on fourth place Cincinnati. Cardinals right-hander Dakota Hudson (0-2, 3.32 ERA) limited Kansas City to two runs on three hits in 6.0 innings the last time out. Reds right-hander Anthony DeSclafani (1-1, 5.71 ERA) gave up two runs on three hits in 41 innings in his last start, but got lit up for a whopping nine earned runs on nine hits and three homers in his previous start. Yikes!
Tuesday, September 1
Oakland at Seattle at 9:40 PM ET
The A’s are off to a sizzling start as they sit atop the AL West standings heading into the new week. 22-year-old right-hander Jesus Luzardo (2-1, 3.74 ERA) gave up three earned runs in 6.2 innings against Texas the last time bout but tossed 6.1 innings of shutout ball against Arizona in his previous start. Seattle is already eight games under .500 as reliever Ljay Newsome (2.57 ERA) makes his second start of the year after giving up one earned run on three hits and one home run in 4.0 innings of a 10-7 loss against San Diego on Thursday.
Wednesday, September 2
Washington at Philadelphia at 7:05 PM ET
The defending champion nationals are off to a slow start and come into this matchup having lost seven of their last 10. Veteran right-hander Max Scherzer looked rock-solid in limiting Boston to one earned run on one hit in 6.1 innings on Friday – after getting smacked around for nine earned runs in his two previous starts combined. Philadelphia was en route to its sixth straight win late Sunday night and veteran right-hander Zack Wheeler (3-0, 2.58 ERA) has pitched like a staff ace all season long. Wheeler limited Atlanta to one earned run on just two hits in 5.2 innings on Friday.
Thursday, September 3
San Diego at LA Angels at 7:10 PM ET
The exciting Padres have won seven of 10, but veteran right-hander Garrett Richards (1-2, 5.17 ERA) hasn’t helped the club much as evidenced by the fact that he comes into this affair off an embarrassing performance in which he got smacked around for six earned runs on four hits – including two homers – in just 0.2 innings against Seattle on Thursday. The Angels are nine games under .500 and have the same problems as always – a lack of competent pitching. The good news is that veteran southpaw Andrew Heaney (2-2, 4.62 ERA) comes into this one off a fantastic effort after limiting Seattle to one earned run on four hits in 7.2 innings on Friday.
Friday, September 4
Detroit at Minnesota at 2:10 PM ET
The Tigers have won seven of 10 and sit at .500 heading into the new week. Left-hander Matthew Boyd (1-4, 7.27 ERA) has an ugly ERA, but he’s been fantastic in his last two starts and limited Minnesota to one earned run in 6.0 innings of an 8-2 win on Saturday. Minnesota has dropped five straight, but they’re also a blistering 12-3 at home this season. Right-hander Randy Dobnak (3.12 ERA) will look to rebound after he got touched up by Detroit for six earned runs on a dozen hits in 4.1 innings of an 8-2 loss on Saturday.
Saturday, September 5
NY Yankees at Baltimore at 7:35 PM ET
The Yankees have gone 3-7 over their last 10, but they head into the new week riding a four-game winning streak. They’ll send staff ace right-hander Gerrit Cole (4-1, 3.51 ERA) to the mound in this one, but the highly-paid star got pounded for five earned runs on five hits in 5.0 innings of a 5-1 loss against Atlanta on Wednesday. The Orioles have lost eight of their last 10 and have yet to name a starter for this matchup, but the O’s are also a surprising 8-6 on the road this season.
Sunday, September 6
St. Louis at Chicago Cubs at 7:00 PM ET
St. Louis has gone 8-7 at home this season and right-hander Dakota Hudson (0-2, 3.32 ERA) has been outstanding in giving up just three earned runs over his last three combined starts spanning 14.2 innings. Hudson limited Kansas City to two runs on two hits in 6.0 innings on Wednesday. The Cubs have dropped six of 10, but have gone 8-6 on the road this season, though they haven’t named a starter for this affair.