The focus of the sporting world may be on the NBA and NHL playoffs, but don’t miss out on some great baseball action with the following must watch MLB games of the week.
Must Watch MLB Games Aug 24-30
Monday, August 24
Colorado at Arizona at 9:30 PM ET
The Rockies have dropped seven straight heading into the new week and young right-hander Ryan Castellani (0-1, 3.77 ERA) got smacked around for five earned runs in 5.2 innings in his last start while allowing two homers. Things aren’t much better in Arizona where the D-Backs have lost five straight and right-hander Merrill Kelly (3-2, 2.59 ERA) got touched up for four earned runs in his last start.
Tuesday, August 25
Baltimore at Tampa Bay at 6:40 PM ET
The Orioles are tied for third in the AL East and have won two straight heading into the new week. The bad news is that veteran left-hander Tommy Milone (1-3, 4.13 ERA) gave up three runs and two long balls in his last start. Tampa Bay has won two straight and eight of 10 as they sit atop the AL East standings. Right-hander Tyler Glasnow ((0-1, 6.00 ERA) is coming off his best start of the year in limiting the Yankees to two earned runs in 5.2 innings of a 4-2 win on Wednesday.
Wednesday, August 26
NY Yankees at Atlanta at 7:00 PM ET
The Yankees dropped three straight before having their three-game series against the cross-town Mets canceled this pat weekend. Still, New York should have a great chance to get the win in this one as they turn to staff-ace right-hander Gerrit Cole (4-0, 2.75 ERA). Atlanta though, has gone a stellar 10-3 at home and will counter with gifted lefty Max Fried (4-0, 1.32 ERA) who has looked like the best pitcher in the majors this season.
LA Dodgers at San Francisco at 9:45 PM ET
The Dodgers have won four straight and veteran southpaw Clayton Kershaw (3-1, 2.25 ERA) has been dominant in each of his last two starts by allowing just one earned run both times out while tossing an identical seven innings. Frisco has been even hotter in winning six straight, although right-hander Kevin Gausman gave up four runs on nine hits in 5.1 innings of a 10-5 win over the Angels on Thursday.
Thursday, August 27
Philadelphia at Washington at 6:37 PM ET
The Phillies have dropped five straight heading into the new week and right-hander Aaron Nola (2-2, 3.10 ERA) comes into this one off a pitiful performance after lasting just 2.2 innings and giving up four runs, two homers and three walks. The Nats have split their last 10 and staff ace right-hander Max Scherzer (2-1, 4.31 ERA) has been awful in each of his last two starts (15 hits, 9 earned runs, 4 HR’s) spanning 11.2 innings.
Friday, August 28
Cleveland at St. Louis at 8:15 PM ET
Cleveland has won seven of their last 10 and right-hander Triston McKenzie (1-0, 1.50 ERA) has phenomenal in limiting Detroit to just one earned run on two hits in 6.0 innings of Saturday. St. Louis has won two straight heading into the new week, but reliever-turned-starter Daniel Ponce de Leon (0-2, 5.25 ERA) was touched up for a pair of earned runs and one homer in just 3.1 innings of a 6-3 loss against the Cubs on Tuesday.
Saturday, August 29
Kansas City at Chicago White Sox at 2:10 PM ET
Not only are the Royals languishing in last place in the AL Central, but left-hander Kris Bubic (0-4, 5.96 ERA) hasn’t been nearly as brutal as his record indicates as he’s limited the opposition to just two earned runs in three of his last four starts. The ChiSox have won seven of 10 and right-hander Dylan Cease (4-2, 3.13 ERA) has won four straight while not allowing more than two earned runs in any start.
Sunday, August 30
Atlanta at Philadelphia at 7:00 PM ET
The Braves enter the new week having won two straight as right-hander Josh Tomlin (1-0, 2.35 ERA) gets set to make his second start of the year after limiting Washington to two earned runs in 4.0 innings on Tuesday. Philly has lost five straight and veteran right-hander Jake Arrieta (1-3, 4.95 ERA) has been particularly pedestrian in giving up four earned runs in each of his last two starts while not making it to the fifth inning.