The 2020 MLB Exhibition season started this past weekend and the regular season starts later this week. Here are the top MLB games you need to watch this week to prepare for the start of 2020 MLB regular season that starts on July 23rd.
Baseball’s Back Top MLB Games July 20 – 26
Monday, July 20, 2020
Phillies at Yankees 6:05 PM ET (MLBN)
Former Yankees manager Joe Girardi is now in Philadelphia’s dugout, trying to get the Phillies to improve on their average 81-81 mark from a year ago. Even though this is a meaningless ‘spring training’ matchup, Philly just ‘looks’ overmatched in almost every way.
Angels at Padres 9:10 PM ET (MLBN)
If you like baseball, then you’ve got to love L Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani. The Japanese import will pitch once a week in 2020 after playing solely as a DH in 2019 following Tommy John surgery. For San Diego, they’ll look to improve on what was supposed to be a breakout campaign a year ago, but one that never materialized.
Tuesday, July 21, 2020
Astros at Royals 2:05 PM ET (MLBN)
The Astros have won at least 100 games in each of the past three seasons while recording an MLB record total of 336 wins during the span. Conversely, the Royals have lost at least 103 games in each f the past two seasons. Yikes!
Rockies at Rangers 8:05 PM ET (MLBN)
And it’s not completely out of the realm of possibility, but Nolan Arenado likely will miss a chance at becoming the first third baseman to hit 35 home runs in six consecutive seasons.
Wednesday, July 22, 2020
Twins at Cubs 7:05 PM ET (MLBN)
Minnesota has some legitimate World Series hopes after winning 101 games in 2019. The biggest question surrounding the Cubs following their uninspiring 84-win season a year ago is how long will former NL MVP Kris Bryant be on the team?
Thursday, July 23, 2020
Yankees at Nationals, 7:00 PM ET (ESPN)
Fans everywhere will get to see high-priced import Gerrit Cole go up against Nationals three-time Cy Young winner Max Scherzer in this huge regular season opener. Cole went 20-5 with a stellar 2.50 ERA for Houston last season. Scherzer though, has struck out at least 200 batters in eight consecutive seasons while helping the Nats to the 2019 World Series title.
Giants at Dodgers, 10:00 PM ET (ESPN)
Two of baseball’s formerly most dominant pitchers will go at it when the Giants’ Johnny Cueto and Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw take the bump in this intriguing NL West division rivalry. The bad news is that Cueto made just four starts a year ago while Kershaw managed to go 16-5 with a solid 3.03 ERA, even though he’s clearly lost some MPH’s in recent years. LA won 12 of 19 meetings a year ago.
Friday, July 24, 2020
Braves at Mets, 4 (ESPN)
If you don’t know by now, Atlanta’s Ronald Acuna Jr. could very well be the best all-around player in baseball (sorry Mike Trout). Last year, Acuna Jr. hit 41 home runs in 2019 with 101 RBI and 37 stolen bases to become the first player to hit 40 homers and lead his league in stolen bases (37) in the same season.
Now heading into his second season, Mets’ power hitting phenom Pete Alonso smacked a whopping 50 home runs to start his Major League career. Two-time reigning Cy Young winner Jacob deGrom recorded 250 strikeouts with an ERA below 2.50 in each of the past two seasons, to become one of just six pitchers to accomplish the feat. Atlanta took 11 of 19 meetings in this NL East rivalry in 2019.
Brewers at Cubs, 7 (ESPN)
Brandon Woodruff takes the mound for Milwaukee while Kyle Hendricks will be on the hill for Chicago in this NL Central clash. The Brewers went 89-73 to finish second to St. Louis last season while the Cubs finished six games behind the Brew Crew at 84-78. The Brewers took the regular season series 10-9 a year ago.
Angels at A’s, 10 (ESPN)
In 18 starts last season, the Halos’ Andrew Heaney went an uninspiring 4-6 with a 4.91 ERA. Conversely, A’s gifted youngster Frankie Montas went 9-2 with a fine, 2.63 ERA in a career-high 16 starts and looks ready for a breakout campaign. While LA added sweet-swinging Anthony Rendon in free agency, Oakland took 13 of 19 in this AL West rivalry a year ago.
Saturday, July 25, 2020
Brewers at Cubs 1:05 PM ET (FOX)
While Milwaukee hasn’t named a starter for this matchup yet, Chicago will turn to veteran right-hander Yu Darvish who will look to improve on his uninspiring 6-8 mark from a year ago. These two NL Central rivals saw Milwaukee eke out a narrow 109 record in 19 meetings a year ago.
Pirates at Cardinals 2:15 PM ET (MLBN)
Pittsburgh right-hander Trevor Williams will square off against St. Louis veteran hurler Adam Wainwright in this NL Central pairing. Unfortunately, Williams went 7-9 with a high, 5.38 ERA in 26 starts last season. For his part, the aging Wainwright went 14-10 with a 4.19 ERA in 2019. St. Louis went 10-9 in this series a year ago.
Sunday, July 26, 2020
Yankees at Nationals, 1:05 PM ET (TBS)
While these two World Series hopefuls have yet to name starters for this series finale and never faced one another last season, they did split four meetings in 2018. Overall, the Nats are 15-17 against the Yankees dating back to their first-ever meeting back in 1997.
Angels at A’s 4:10 PM ET (MLBN)
The Angels are still undecided who will start this affair, but the A’s will hand the ball to veteran right-hander Mike Fiers after he went a fantastic 15-4 with a 3.90 ERA last season. As previously mentioned, Oakland took 13 of 19 meetings last season while winning an impressive 97 games to finish second to Houston in the AL West.