With a mostly successful opening day across the MLB let’s take a look a the top must watch and must MLB games for the upcoming week of July 27th to August 2nd.
Must Watch & Bet MLB Games Of The Week
Monday, July 27
Arizona at San Diego at 4:10 PM ET (ESPN)
The D-Backs dropped their first two games of their season-opening four-game set against the Padres by getting outscored by the combined score12-3 on Thursday and Friday. After Sunday’s game 3 meetings, the D-Backs will turn to right-hander Luke Weaver (4-3, 2.94 ERA) while San Diego is still undecided, though it may not matter much seeing as Arizona just looks like a team destined to struggle offensively in 2020.
NY Mets at Boston at 7:30 PM ET (ESPN)
Heading into Sunday, Boston had put 15 runs on the board against Baltimore in splitting their opening two games while the Mets were outscored 4-5 by Atlanta despite going 1-1 in their first two. Veteran right-hander Michael Wacha (6-7, 4.76 ERA) will take the bump for New York in this one while Boston is still undecided.
Tuesday, July 28
NY Yankees at Philadelphia at 6:05 PM ET (FS1)
New Yankees staff ace Gerrit Cole looked every bit the part by limiting Washington to one run in five innings in New York’s season opener on Thursday. Philadelphia will counter with right-hander Zach Eflin after he went 10-13 with a 413 ERA a year ago. Oh, Eflin also gave up eight earned runs over his last two starts in 2019, so there’s that as well.
LA Dodgers at Houston at 9:10 PM ET (FS1)
The Dodgers beat the Giants on Friday and Saturday by the combined score of 17-2 before falling to their division rivals 5-4 in Game 3 on Saturday. Now, the reigning NL West champs will turn to gifted right-hander Walker Buehler who will make his 2020 debut after going a fantastic 14-4 with a 3.26 ERA last season. Houston got off to a 2-0 start heading into Sunday by pounding Seattle by the combined score of 15-4. Houston will counter with their own young right-hander in Frambler Valdez, though he needs to live up to his talent after going an uninspiring 4-7 with a high, 5.86 ERA last season.
Wednesday, July 29
Colorado at Oakland at 3:40 PM ET (ESPN)
The Rockies split a pair of one-run outcomes against Texas on Friday and Saturday and will will go with gifted young right-hander German Marquez (0-1, 1.56 ERA) after he limited the Rangers to one run in 5.2 innings in their regular season opener. Oakland split with the Angels in their first two while scoring eight total runs and allowing seven. The A’s will turn to right-hander Frankie Montas after he held the Halos to one run in four innings in their season-opening 7-3 win.
Seattle at LA Angels at 10:10 PM ET (ESPN)
Seattle got smacked around in dropping their first two games of the season against Houston while getting outscored 15-2 over the pair of games. After dropping their opener against Oakland 7-3 on Friday, the Angels bounced back to pick up a 4-1 win the next day. Talented 24-year-old right-hander Justin Dunn takes the bump for the M’s after posting a fine, 2.05 ERA in four starts last season while L.A. counters with veteran right-hander Andrew Heaney after he limited Seattle to one run on two hits in 4.2 innings of their season-opening loss.
Thursday, July 30
Cleveland at Minnesota at 7:07 PM ET (FOX)
While both of these ballclubs were off to identical 1-1-1 starts heading into Sunday, you should know Minnesota’s dangerous offense put 13 runs on the board while splitting with the White Sox. Cleveland managed to score just five total runs while splitting with the generally awful Kansas City Royals. Veteran right-hander Mike Clevinger gets the call after tossing seven solid innings against Kansas City and allowing two runs despite getting a no-decision. Minnesota right-hander Jose Berrios got pounded for five runs on seven hits and one home run in four innings in the Twins’ season opener.
Boston at NY Mets at 7:07 PM ET (FOX)
Boston routed Baltimore 13-2 in their opener before falling the the O’s 7-2 on Saturday. The bad news is that left-hander Martin Perez got touched up for five runs (four earned) in five innings as he gets set for his second start of the season. The Mets got past Atlanta 1-0 in their opener before falling 5-3 against the Braves on Saturday, though right-hander Steven Matz gave up just one run on two hits in six innings of that defeat as he makes his second start in this one.
Friday, July 31
Texas at San Francisco at 9:10 PM ET (ESPN2)
Texas split their first two games against Colorado in a pair of low-scoring, one-run outcomes while Frisco bounced back from consecutive blowout losses to get past LA 5-4 on Saturday. Veteran left-hander Mike Minor will make his second start after tossing five innings of three-hit ball and allowing just one run in the Rangers’ 3-2 Game 2 loss while San Francisco is still undecided on their starter.
Oakland at Seattle at 9:40 PM ET (ESPN+)
After splitting with the Angels on Friday and Saturday, Oakland will be looking for a better outing from left-hander Sean Manaea after he gave up four runs on five hits, including one home run in 4.2 innings of the Rangers’ 4-1 Game 2 loss on Saturday. Seattle looked completely overmatched in dropping their first two games against Houston by the combined score of 15-4. Now, M’s right-hander Taijuan Walker will look to bounce back after getting touched up for five earned runs on seven hits, including one home run in Seattle’s 7-2 loss against the Astros on Saturday.
Saturday, August 1
Houston at LA Angels at 7:15 PM ET (FOX)
Veteran right-hander Zack Greinke will make his 2020 debut in this one after posting a stellar 18-5 record with a 2.93 ERA. LA right-hander Griffin Canning will also make his first start of the season after going 5-6 with a 4.58 ERA last season. Houston won four of six against their AL West division rivals in 2019.
Boston at NY Yankees at 7:15 PM ET (FOX)
After getting off to identical 1-1 starts heading into Sunday, Boston is undecided on who will start this game. The Yankees will hand the ball to veteran lefty J.A. Happ after he went 12-8 with a 4.91 ERA in 30 starts a year ago. New York dominated this historic rivalry by winning 14 of 19 meetings last season.
Sunday, August 2
NY Mets at Atlanta at 1:10 PM ET
Heading into Sunday’s finale of their three-game set, the Mets and Braves split with New York picking up a hard-fought 1-0 win in their opener on Friday before the Braves recorded a 5-3 win in extra innings on Saturday. Atlanta will turn to young right-hander Kyle Wright while New York is undecided. The Mets won 12 of 19 meetings last season, but the Braves won their second straight NL East title while finishing 11 games ahead of the Mets.