Usually baseball has August to itself, but this year it has to share the spotlight with both NBA and NHL playoffs. But don’t sleep on the following MLB games of the week.
Must Watch MLB Games Week Of August 17-23
Monday, August 17
Washington at Atlanta at 7:10 PM ET
Yikes! Nats right-hander Anibal Sanchez (0-3, 9.69 ERA) has been pounded for five earned runs in two straight starts – after giving up four homers in his season-opening start prior to that. Braves reliever Touki Toussaint (7.27 ERA) also got smacked around for five earned runs the last time he took the mound. Again…Yikes!
San Diego at Texas at 9:05 PM ET
Padres right-hander Zach Davies (2-2, 2.78 ERA) has allowed just two earned runs over his last two starts spanning 122 innings. Rangers right-hander Jordan Lyles (1-1, 6.06 ERA) got touched up for four earned runs in his last start. The best reason to watch this game though is to witness the greatness of 21-year-old Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis who is batting .310 with nine homers and 21 RBI in 22 games.
Tuesday, August 18
San Francisco at LA Angels at 4:0 PM ET
Giants right-hander Trevor Cahill (0-0, 0.00 ERA) will make his second start of the season after walking four in 1.2 innings of a 5-1 loss against Houston on Wednesday. Halos right-hander Dylan Bundy (3-1, 1.57 ERA) tossed seven shutout innings against Oakland on Tuesday following his complete game masterpiece against Seattle in his previous start. The former fourth overall pick in the 2011 draft has limited the opposition to one run or less in three of four starts this season.
Tampa Bay at NY Yankees at 7:00 PM ET
Rays right-hander Blake Snell (1-0, 2.08 ERA) is looking good right now after tossing 8.0 shutout innings over his last two starts, but Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka (0-0, 2.31 ERA) is probably due for a win after limiting the opposition to just three earned runs over three starts, spanning 11.2 innings this season despite failing to record a decision.
Wednesday, August 19
LA Dodgers at Seattle at 9:40 PM ET
Things aren’t looking good for Seattle on Wednesday. Mariners right-hander Taijuan Walker (1-2, 4.05 ERA) has been alternately good and awful over four starts this season. After limiting Texas to one unearned run in 6.0 innings on Wednesday, Walker is due for another poor outing if form holds true. Then, there’s the fact that Dodgers left-hander Julio Urias (2.53 ERA) has been fantastic all season in limiting the opposition to two runs or less in all four of his starts spanning 21.1 innings.
LA Angels at San Francisco at 9:45 PM ET
Giants veteran right-hander Johnny Cueto (1-0, 4.62 ERA) may not be the dominant hurler he once was in his prime, but he’s limited the opposition to two earned runs in two of his last three starts. Angels left-hander Patrick Sandoval (0-2, 3.94 ERA) gave up four earned runs against the Dodgers on Friday. Oh yeah…Frisco is 3-5 at home heading into the new week and Sandoval has given up one long ball in each of his three starts this season.
Thursday, August 20
Detroit at Chicago at 2:00 PM ET
Tigers right-hander Spencer Turnbull (2-1, 2.78 ERA) has been rock-solid this season despite allowing three earned runs in 4.2 innings against Cleveland on Saturday after not giving up more than two runs in his first three starts this season. White Sox right-hander Lucas Giolito (1-2, 4.88 ERA) gave up four earned run in his last start against St. Louis on Saturday after consecutive outings of allowing two earned runs. Keep in mind, Chicago is 3-8 at home while Detroit has gone a near-perfect 5-1 on the road.
Milwaukee at Minnesota at 7:10 PM ET
Brewers right-hander Brandon Woodruff (1-1, 3.16 ERA) has given up two runs or more in three of his four starts this season while allowing thee runs in just 4.1 innings against the Cubs on Friday. Twins right-hander Jake Odorizzi (0-0, 5.14 ERA) has given up two runs and one home run in both of his starts this season while lasting a meager 7.0 combined innings.
Friday, August 21
NY Yankees at NY Mets at 7:00 PM ET
Yankees left-hander J.A. Happ (0-1, 10.29 ERA) has been a complete mess in allowing four earned runs in both of his starts this season while giving up three combined homers along the way. Conversely, Mets right-hander Rick Porcello (1-3, 5.76 ERA) has been solid in each of his last two starts after giving up nine combined runs in his first two starts of the shortened season.
Philadelphia at Atlanta at 7:10 PM ET
Phillies right-hander Zack Wheeler (3-0, 2.81 ERA) has been excellent in limiting the opposition to three earned runs or less in all three of his starts this season, but 26-year-old Braves southpaw Max Fried (3-0, 1.24 ERA) has looked like one of the game’s best hurlers this season. Fried has limited the opposition to one earned run or less in each of his last four starts after giving up two runs in his debut. Fried comes into this one fresh of of consecutive shutout outings and has tossed at least five innings in every start.
Saturday, August 22
Minnesota at Kansas City at 7:05 PM E
Minnesota right-handed reliever-turned-starter Randy Dobnak (3-1, 1.42 ERA) has been brilliant in not allowing more than one earned run in all four of his starts this season. He’s given up just four earned runs over 25.1 innings, with his last three starts resulting in wins for the Twins. Royals right-hander Brady Singer (1-2, 4.56 ERA) has given up at least two earned runs in each of his four starts this season, all of which lasted an identical five innings. Singer also gave up a pair of homers in two starts while Dobnak has not allowed a long ball all season.
Colorado at LA Dodgers at 9:10 PM ET
Rockies lefty Kyle Freeland (2-0, 2.45 ERA) has been outstanding all season in limiting the opposition to two runs or less in three of his four starts while tossing at least 6.0 innings each time out. Dodgers right-hander Dustin May (1-1, 2.75 ERA) has also been very good in not allowing more than two earned runs in all four of his starts this year. May has allowed six earned runs in 19.2 innings while Freeland has given up seven earned runs in 25.2 innings. LA has won four straight heading into the new week, but Colorado is only two games back of the NL West leaders.