With the 2020 MLB regular season nearing the completion of its shortened 60-game schedule and teams in both, the American and National leagues looking to lock down a postseason berth, it’s time to take a look at the week ahead. The week kicks off with a huge, prime time showdown between the top two teams in the AL Central and concludes with a pair of desperate AL West teams looking to make a late run for a potential playoff appearance.
Top MLB Games Sept 14-20
Monday, September 14
Minnesota at Chicago White Sox at 8:10 PM ET
The Twins and White Six have both gone a red-hot 8-2 over their last 10 games. Minnesota has won four straight as they get set to hand the ball to veteran right-hander Jose Berrios (4-3, 4.40 ERA) who comes into Monday’s matchup having allowed three earned runs in 5.0 innings of a 7-3 win over St. Louis on Tuesday. Chicago right-hander Dylan Cease (5-2, 3.33 ERA) limited Pittsburgh to two earned runs on five hits in 5.0 innings of a 5-4 loss on Tuesday.
Tuesday, September 15
St. Louis at Milwaukee at 7:40 PM ET
St. Louis has gone 5-5 over their last 10 and sits in second place in the NL Central, four games behind Chicago. Young right-hander Jack Flaherty (3-1, 3.08 ERA) limited Detroit to two runs on four hits in 5.0 innings of a 12-2 win on Thursday. Milwaukee has gone 4-6 over their last 10, though the Brewers have dropped two straight and have yet to announce their starter for this matchup.
Wednesday, September 16
NY Mets at Philadelphia at 7:00 PM ET
The Mets have split their last 10 games evenly but fell to Toronto 7-3 on Sunday. Veteran right-hander Rick Porcello (1-4, 6.07 ERA) got smacked around to the tune of five earned runs on 10 hits in 4.0 innings of a 7-6 win over Baltimore on Wednesday.
Philadelphia has gone 4-6 over their last 10 and dropped both ends of a double header against Miami on Sunday. Right-hander Aaron Nola (5-3, 2.40 ERA) has been phenomenal in making two shutout appearances over his last three starts while tossing 7.0 scoreless innings against Miami in an 11-0 win on Friday.
Thursday, September 17
Minnesota at Chicago White Sox at 2:10 PM ET
Minnesota right-hander Kenta Maeda (5-1, 2.43 ERA) has been outstanding in not allowing more than one run in three of his last five starts. The veteran hurler shut out Cleveland by limiting the Indians to four hits in 7.0 innings of a 3-1 win on Friday. Chicago has yet to name a starter for this matchup. Minnesota is 9-13 on the road this season while the ChiSox have gone 14-9 at home.
Friday, September 18
San Diego at Seattle at 9:40 PM ET
San Diego has gone a red-hot 8-2 over their last 10 games and a stellar 17-6 at home this season. Veteran right-hander Garrett Richards (2-2, 4.27 ERA) allowed three runs on seven hits in 7.0 innings of a 5-3 win over Oakland on Sunday.
Seattle has won two straight and seven of their last 10. Young left-hander Justus Sheffield (3-3, 4.06 ERA) limited Arizona to two runs on five hits in 7.0 innings of a 7-3 win on Saturday.
Saturday, September 19
Texas at LA Angels at 9:10 PM ET
The Rangers have lost six of 10, but they’ve won two straight heading into the new week. Veteran right-hander Lance Lynn (6-2, 2.40 ERA) was outstanding in limiting the Halos to one earned run on four hits in 7.0 innings of a 7-1 win on Tuesday. The Angels have won two straight and seven of their last 10 overall. Southpaw starter Andrew Heaney (4-3, 4.02 ERA) gave up five runs on five hits in 5.0 innings of a 7-1 loss against the rangers on Tuesday.