Football is back. Both the NBA and NHL are deep in to bubble playoffs. That doesn’t mean there isn’t some amazing MLB action this week. Keep reading for the top games that I will be watching.
Top MLB Games Labor Day Week 2020
Monday, September 7
Houston at Oakland at 9:00 PM ET
Houston hits the new week riding a four-game losing streak and has gone a dismal 5-13 n the road this season. Oakland is coming off a loss the last time out, but has gone 14-6 at home. Both clubs have gone an identical 4-6 over their last 10 games. Astros right-hander Cristian Javier (4-1, 3.35 ERA) comes into this matchup after limiting Texas to one run on two hits in 6.2 innings on Wednesday. A’s right-hander Chris Bassitt (2-2, 3.72 ERA) got smacked around for four earned runs on six hits in 3.0 innings of a 4-2 loss against Houston on Saturday.
Tuesday, September 8
Boston at Philadelphia at 4:05 PM ET
Boston has dropped six of their last 10 and has gone 8-17 at home this season. Philadelphia has won seven of their last 10, but the Phils have dropped two in a row entering the new week. Boston’s staring pitcher has yet to be named for this matchup. Philadelphia right-hander Zach Eflin (2-1, 4.45 ERA) got touched up for four earned runs in 7.0 innings and has allowed an identical four runs in three of his last five outings. Philadelphia is 14-9 at home this season.
Wednesday, September 9
Chicago White Sox at Pittsburgh at 7:05 PM ET
Chicago hits the new week having won four straight and seven of their last 10 games overall. Pittsburgh is already in the cellar of the NL Central despite picking up a rare win on Sunday. ChiSox right-hander Dylan Cease (5-2, 3.29 ERA) gave up three runs on four hits in 5.0 innings on Thursday. Pittsburgh right-hander JT Brubaker (1-0, 3.96 ERA) limited Chicago to one run on seven hits in 5.0 innings on Thursday. While Chicago is just 11-9 at home this season, Pittsburgh has gone an awful 5-13 on the road.
Thursday, September 10
Baltimore at NY Yankees at 7:05 PM ET
Baltimore has split their last 10 and come into the new week having won three straight. Orioles right-hander Jorge Lopez (5.99 ERA) tossed 5.0 innings of shutout ball against the Yankees on Friday. The Yankees have lost six of 10 and hits the new week riding a three-game losing streak. Staff ace right-hander Gerrit Cole (4-3, 3.63 ERA) limited Baltimore to one earned run in 6.0 innings – after getting smacked around for nine earned runs in each two previous starts combined. New York is 14-7 at home, but Baltimore has gone a surprising 9-6 on the road.
Friday, September 11
Atlanta at Washington at 6:05 PM ET
Atlanta has gone 6-4 over their last 10 games while Washington has lost eight of their last 10. Braves right-hander Josh Tomlin (2-2, 3.77 ERA) had his best start of the season the last time out by limiting the Nationals to one run on three hits in 6.0 innings on Sunday. The Nationals have gone a dismal 2-8 over their last 10 games and right-hander Erick Fedde (1-3, 5.29 ERA) gave up four runs to Atlanta on six hits – including three home runs – in 3.2 innings on Saturday.
Saturday, September 12
Houston at LA Dodgers at 8:15PM ET
Framber Valdez (3-3, 3.61 ERA) got completely rocked in allowing eight runs on 11 hits in 7.0 innings of a 9-5 loss against the Angels on Sunday. Dodgers right-hander Tony Gonsolin (0-0, 0.76 ERA) limited Colorado to one earned run on three hits in 6.0 innings of a 5-2 loss on Saturday. The Astros are 5-13 on the road this season while the Dodgers have gone 15-6 at home.
Sunday, September 13
Cleveland at Minnesota at 4:10 PM ET
Cleveland has gone 7-3 over their last 10 games and hits the new week having won two straight. Right-hander Triston McKenzie (2-0, 1.69 ERA) tossed six shutout innings against Kansas City on Wednesday in a 5-0 win. Minnesota has split their last 10 games
Veteran southpaw Rich Hill (1-1, 3.86 ERA) limited Detroit to two earned runs on six hits in 5.0 innings of a 10-8 loss on Sunday. The Twins are 17-5 at home this season while the Tribe has gone 14-7 on the road.