Baseball’s 2020 season is off to a rocky start due to Covid mismanagement, but there are teams who are doing it right. Keep reading for the top MLB games for this upcoming week.
Must Watch MLB Games For Week of August 3-9
Monday, August 3
NY Mets at Atlanta at 7:10 PM ET
The Braves (7-3) and Mets (3-7) have polar opposite records heading into the new week and now Atlanta will look to complete a four-game sweep over their NL East rivals after winning Games 2 and 3 this weekend by the combined score of 11-1.
Oakland at Seattle at 9:10 PM ET
Despite dropping two straight after winning the opener in this four-game set, Oakland (5-4) is looking good to me with Frankie Montas (0-1, 3.00 ERA) opposite Seattle (4-6) reliever Justus Sheffield (12.00 ERA).
Tuesday, August 4
Pittsburgh at Minnesota at 2:00 PM ET
The lowly Pirates (2-7) will look to snap a four-game skid, but it’s almost certainly not happening against a Minnesota Twins (7-2) team that ranks second in run differential at a stellar +22.
Houston at Arizona at 9:10 PM ET
The defending AL-Champion Astros might be a modest 5-4, but they rank third to Atlanta (57) and the LA Dodgers (54) in runs scored (52). Houston will look for a better effort from Frambler Valdez and the same goes for former superstar Madison Bumgarner (0-1, 4.09 ERA).
Wednesday, August 5
NY Yankees at Philadelphia at 7:05 PM ET
Philadelphia will return to play Monday night against the Yankees after being idle since Sunday when they finished a three-game series against the COVID-19-stricken Miami Marlins. The Phillies had seven games postponed out of an abundance of caution according to an MLB press release. Meanwhile, the Yankees are will enter this one after smacking Boston around on consecutive nights heading into Sunday’s finale of their three-game set.
Milwaukee at Chicago White Sox at 8:10 PM ET
Milwaukee right-hander Josh Lindblom will look to bounce back after giving up a pair of earned runs in 3.2 innings the last time out. 2015 AL Cy Young winner Dallas Keuchel (2-0, 3.38 ERA) is off to a solid start in his first season in Chicago.
Thursday, August 6
Houston at Arizona at 7:07 PM ET
Houston right-hander Lance McCullers (1-0, 5.40 ERA) has given up one home run in both starts and the same goes for Arizona right-hander Zac Gallen, although Gallen has allowed half as many run (three) as McCullers in an identical two starts.
Chicago Cubs at Kansas City at 7:07 PM ET
The Cubs swept the Pirates in their three-game weekend series and the Cubs are one of just six teams to have scored at least 50 runs heading into the new week. Kansas City got swept by the ChiSox in their three-game set this weekend while giving up a combined 20 runs in the last two games.
Friday, August 7
Atlanta at Philadelphia at 7:05 PM ET
The Braves were riding a five-game winning streak heading into the new week while leading all of baseball in runs scored (57). Philadelphia went 1-2 in three restart matchup before having the season out on hold. These NL East rivals split 10 meetings evenly a year ago, nut Philadelphia has won three of the last four.
LA Angels at Texas at 9:05 PM ET
The Halos are off to an uninspiring 3-7 start, but Texas hasn’t been much better in going 3-5 through eight games, LA has dropped four of five heading into the new week while Texas has dropped five of their last seven,
Saturday, August 8
Detroit at Pittsburgh at 4:05 PM ET
The Tigers have lost two in a row against Cincinnati while getting outscored 8-3 over the weekend. Pittsburgh ha dropped four in a row and five of six while scoring three runs or less in each of their last four.
Chicago Cubs at St. Louis at 8:15 PM ET
The Cubs are sitting atop the NL Central standings at 7-2 while looking very legitimate in the early going of the shortened season,
The Cardinals have had multiple new positive test results for the coronavirus and have had their last four games postponed.
Sunday, August 9
NY Yankees at Tampa Bay at 1:10 PM ET
New York swept Boston over the weekend to improve to a near-perfect 7-1 through eight games. Tampa Bay has lost five straight while giving up five runs or more in four of those contests.
Cleveland at Chicago White Sox at 2:10 PM ET
The Indians have lost three straight while getting outscored 10-2 over the final three games of their four-game set against Minnesota. The ChiSox have won four straight while sweeping Kansas City over their last three.