Top MLB Games Sept 14-20

Top MLB Games Sept 14-20

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. 

Top MLB Games Labor Day Week 2020

Top MLB Games Labor Day Week 2020

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. 

Top MLB Games Sept 14-20

Must Watch Baseball Games Aug 31- Sept 6

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Must Watch Baseball Games Aug 31- Sept 6

Monday, August 31

St. Louis at Cincinnati at 6:30 PM ET

St. Louis is one game under .500 in the NL Central, but still three games and two spots up on fourth place Cincinnati. Cardinals right-hander Dakota Hudson (0-2, 3.32 ERA) limited Kansas City to two runs on three hits in 6.0 innings the last time out. Reds right-hander Anthony DeSclafani (1-1, 5.71 ERA) gave up two runs on three hits in 41 innings in his last start, but got lit up for a whopping nine earned runs on nine hits and three homers in his previous start. Yikes! 

Tuesday, September 1

Oakland at Seattle at 9:40 PM ET

The A’s are off to a sizzling start as they sit atop the AL West standings heading into the new week. 22-year-old right-hander Jesus Luzardo (2-1, 3.74 ERA) gave up three earned runs in 6.2 innings against Texas the last time bout but tossed 6.1 innings of shutout ball against Arizona in his previous start. Seattle is already eight games under .500 as reliever Ljay Newsome (2.57 ERA) makes his second start of the year after giving up one earned run on three hits and one home run in 4.0 innings of a 10-7 loss against San Diego on Thursday. 

Wednesday, September 2

Washington at Philadelphia at 7:05 PM ET

The defending champion nationals are off to a slow start and come into this matchup having lost seven of their last 10. Veteran right-hander Max Scherzer looked rock-solid in limiting Boston to one earned run on one hit in 6.1 innings on Friday – after getting smacked around for nine earned runs in his two previous starts combined. Philadelphia was en route to its sixth straight win late Sunday night and veteran right-hander Zack Wheeler (3-0, 2.58 ERA) has pitched like a staff ace all season long. Wheeler limited Atlanta to one earned run on just two hits in 5.2 innings on Friday. 

Thursday, September 3

San Diego at LA Angels at 7:10 PM ET

The exciting Padres have won seven of 10, but veteran right-hander Garrett Richards (1-2, 5.17 ERA) hasn’t helped the club much as evidenced by the fact that he comes into this affair off an embarrassing performance in which he got smacked around for six earned runs on four hits – including two homers – in just 0.2 innings against Seattle on Thursday. The Angels are nine games under .500 and have the same problems as always – a lack of competent pitching. The good news is that veteran southpaw Andrew Heaney (2-2, 4.62 ERA) comes into this one off a fantastic effort after limiting Seattle to one earned run on four hits in 7.2 innings on Friday. 

Friday, September 4

Detroit at Minnesota at 2:10 PM ET

The Tigers have won seven of 10 and sit at .500 heading into the new week. Left-hander Matthew Boyd (1-4, 7.27 ERA) has an ugly ERA, but he’s been fantastic in his last two starts and limited Minnesota to one earned run in 6.0 innings of an 8-2 win on Saturday. Minnesota has dropped five straight, but they’re also a blistering 12-3 at home this season. Right-hander Randy Dobnak (3.12 ERA) will look to rebound after he got touched up by Detroit for six earned runs on a dozen hits in 4.1 innings of an 8-2 loss on Saturday. 

Saturday, September 5

NY Yankees at Baltimore at 7:35 PM ET

The Yankees have gone 3-7 over their last 10, but they head into the new week riding a four-game winning streak. They’ll send staff ace right-hander Gerrit Cole (4-1, 3.51 ERA) to the mound in this one, but the highly-paid star got pounded for five earned runs on five hits in 5.0 innings of a 5-1 loss against Atlanta on Wednesday. The Orioles have lost eight of their last 10 and have yet to name a starter for this matchup, but the O’s are also a surprising 8-6 on the road this season. 

Sunday, September 6

St. Louis at Chicago Cubs at 7:00 PM ET

St. Louis has gone 8-7 at home this season and right-hander Dakota Hudson (0-2, 3.32 ERA) has been outstanding in giving up just three earned runs over his last three combined starts spanning 14.2 innings. Hudson limited Kansas City to two runs on two hits in 6.0 innings on Wednesday. The Cubs have dropped six of 10, but have gone 8-6 on the road this season, though they haven’t named a starter for this affair. 

Must Watch MLB Games Aug 24-30

Must Watch MLB Games Aug 24-30

The focus of the sporting world may be on the NBA and NHL playoffs, but don’t miss out on some great baseball action with the following must watch MLB games of the week.

Must Watch MLB Games Aug 24-30

Monday, August 24

Colorado at Arizona at 9:30 PM ET

The Rockies have dropped seven straight heading into the new week and young right-hander Ryan Castellani (0-1, 3.77 ERA) got smacked around for five earned runs in 5.2 innings in his last start while allowing two homers. Things aren’t much better in Arizona where the D-Backs have lost five straight and right-hander Merrill Kelly (3-2, 2.59 ERA) got touched up for four earned runs in his last start. 

Tuesday, August 25

Baltimore at Tampa Bay at 6:40 PM ET

The Orioles are tied for third in the AL East and have won two straight heading into the new week. The bad news is that veteran left-hander Tommy Milone (1-3, 4.13 ERA) gave up three runs and two long balls in his last start. Tampa Bay has won two straight and eight of 10 as they sit atop the AL East standings. Right-hander Tyler Glasnow ((0-1, 6.00 ERA) is coming off his best start of the year in limiting the Yankees to two earned runs in 5.2 innings of a 4-2 win on Wednesday. 

Wednesday, August 26

NY Yankees at Atlanta at 7:00 PM ET

The Yankees dropped three straight before having their three-game series against the cross-town Mets canceled this pat weekend. Still, New York should have a great chance to get the win in this one as they turn to staff-ace right-hander Gerrit Cole (4-0, 2.75 ERA). Atlanta though, has gone a stellar 10-3 at home and will counter with gifted lefty Max Fried (4-0, 1.32 ERA) who has looked like the best pitcher in the majors this season. 

LA Dodgers at San Francisco at 9:45 PM ET

The Dodgers have won four straight and veteran southpaw Clayton Kershaw (3-1, 2.25 ERA) has been dominant in each of his last two starts by allowing just one earned run both times out while tossing an identical seven innings. Frisco has been even hotter in winning six straight, although right-hander Kevin Gausman gave up four runs on nine hits in 5.1 innings of a 10-5 win over the Angels on Thursday. 

Thursday, August 27

Philadelphia at Washington at 6:37 PM ET

The Phillies have dropped five straight heading into the new week and right-hander Aaron Nola (2-2, 3.10 ERA) comes into this one off a pitiful performance after lasting just 2.2 innings and giving up four runs, two homers and three walks. The Nats have split their last 10 and staff ace right-hander Max Scherzer (2-1, 4.31 ERA) has been awful in each of his last two starts (15 hits, 9 earned runs, 4 HR’s) spanning 11.2 innings. 

Friday, August 28

Cleveland at St. Louis at 8:15 PM ET

Cleveland has won seven of their last 10 and right-hander Triston McKenzie (1-0, 1.50 ERA) has phenomenal in limiting Detroit to just one earned run on two hits in 6.0 innings of Saturday. St. Louis has won two straight heading into the new week, but reliever-turned-starter Daniel Ponce de Leon (0-2, 5.25 ERA) was touched up for a pair of earned runs and one homer in just 3.1 innings of a 6-3 loss against the Cubs on Tuesday. 

Saturday, August 29

Kansas City at Chicago White Sox at 2:10 PM ET

Not only are the Royals languishing in last place in the AL Central, but left-hander Kris Bubic (0-4, 5.96 ERA) hasn’t been nearly as brutal as his record indicates as he’s limited the opposition to just two earned runs in three of his last four starts. The ChiSox have won seven of 10 and right-hander Dylan Cease (4-2, 3.13 ERA) has won four straight while not allowing more than two earned runs in any start. 

Sunday, August 30

Atlanta at Philadelphia at 7:00 PM ET

The Braves enter the new week having won two straight as right-hander Josh Tomlin (1-0, 2.35 ERA) gets set to make his second start of the year after limiting Washington  to two earned runs in 4.0 innings on Tuesday. Philly has lost five straight and veteran right-hander Jake Arrieta (1-3, 4.95 ERA) has been particularly pedestrian in giving up four earned runs in each of his last two starts while not making it to the fifth inning. 

Must Watch MLB Games Of The Week

Must Watch MLB Games Of The Week

Usually baseball has August to itself, but this year it has to share the spotlight with both NBA and NHL playoffs. But don’t sleep on the following MLB games of the week.

Must Watch MLB Games Week Of August 17-23

Monday, August 17

Washington at Atlanta at 7:10 PM ET

Yikes! Nats right-hander Anibal Sanchez (0-3, 9.69 ERA) has been pounded for five earned runs in two straight starts – after giving up four homers in his season-opening start prior to that. Braves reliever Touki Toussaint (7.27 ERA) also got smacked around for five earned runs the last time he took the mound. Again…Yikes! 

San Diego at Texas at 9:05 PM ET

Padres right-hander Zach Davies (2-2, 2.78 ERA) has allowed just two earned runs over his last two starts spanning 122 innings. Rangers right-hander Jordan Lyles (1-1, 6.06 ERA) got touched up for four earned runs in his last start. The best reason to watch this game though is to witness the greatness of 21-year-old Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis who is batting .310 with nine homers and 21 RBI in 22 games. 

Tuesday, August 18

San Francisco at LA Angels at 4:0 PM ET

Giants right-hander Trevor Cahill (0-0, 0.00 ERA) will make his second start of the season after walking four in 1.2 innings of a 5-1 loss against Houston on Wednesday. Halos right-hander Dylan Bundy (3-1, 1.57 ERA) tossed seven shutout innings against Oakland on Tuesday following his complete game masterpiece against Seattle in his previous start. The former fourth overall pick in the 2011 draft has limited the opposition to one run or less in three of four starts this season. 

Tampa Bay at NY Yankees  at 7:00 PM ET

Rays right-hander Blake Snell (1-0, 2.08 ERA) is looking good right now after tossing 8.0 shutout innings over his last two starts, but Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka (0-0, 2.31 ERA) is probably due for a win after limiting the opposition to just three earned runs over three starts, spanning 11.2 innings this season despite failing to record a decision. 

Wednesday, August 19

LA Dodgers at Seattle at 9:40 PM ET

Things aren’t looking good for Seattle on Wednesday. Mariners right-hander Taijuan Walker (1-2, 4.05 ERA) has been alternately good and awful over four starts this season. After limiting Texas to one unearned run in 6.0 innings on Wednesday, Walker is due for another poor outing if form holds true. Then, there’s the fact that Dodgers left-hander Julio Urias (2.53 ERA) has been fantastic all season in limiting the opposition to two runs or less in all four of his starts spanning 21.1 innings. 

LA Angels at San Francisco at 9:45 PM ET

Giants veteran right-hander Johnny Cueto (1-0, 4.62 ERA) may not be the dominant hurler he once was in his prime, but he’s limited the opposition to two earned runs in two of his last three starts. Angels left-hander Patrick Sandoval (0-2, 3.94 ERA) gave up four earned runs against the Dodgers on Friday. Oh yeah…Frisco is 3-5 at home heading into the new week and Sandoval has given up one long ball in each of his three starts this season. 

Thursday, August 20

Detroit at Chicago at 2:00 PM ET

Tigers right-hander Spencer Turnbull (2-1, 2.78 ERA) has been rock-solid this season despite allowing three earned runs in 4.2 innings against Cleveland on Saturday after not giving up more than two runs in his first three starts this season. White Sox right-hander Lucas Giolito (1-2, 4.88 ERA) gave up four earned run in his last start against St. Louis on Saturday after consecutive outings of allowing two earned runs. Keep in mind, Chicago is 3-8 at home while Detroit has gone a near-perfect 5-1 on the road. 

Milwaukee at Minnesota at 7:10 PM ET

Brewers right-hander Brandon Woodruff (1-1, 3.16 ERA) has given up two runs or more in three of his four starts this season while allowing thee runs in just 4.1 innings against the Cubs on Friday. Twins right-hander Jake Odorizzi (0-0, 5.14 ERA) has given up two runs and one home run in both of his starts this season while lasting a meager 7.0 combined innings. 

Friday, August 21

NY Yankees at NY Mets at 7:00 PM ET

Yankees left-hander J.A. Happ (0-1, 10.29 ERA) has been a complete mess in allowing four earned runs in both of his starts this season while giving up three combined homers along the way. Conversely, Mets right-hander Rick Porcello (1-3, 5.76 ERA) has been solid in each of his last two starts after giving up nine combined runs in his first two starts of the shortened season. 

Philadelphia at Atlanta at 7:10 PM ET

Phillies right-hander Zack Wheeler (3-0, 2.81 ERA) has been excellent in limiting the opposition to three earned runs or less in all three of his starts this season, but 26-year-old Braves southpaw Max Fried (3-0, 1.24 ERA) has looked like one of the game’s best hurlers this season. Fried has limited the opposition to one earned run or less in each of his last four starts after giving up two runs in his debut. Fried comes into this one fresh of of consecutive shutout outings and has tossed at least five innings in every start. 

Saturday, August 22

Minnesota at Kansas City at 7:05 PM E

Minnesota right-handed reliever-turned-starter Randy Dobnak (3-1, 1.42 ERA) has been brilliant in not allowing more than one earned run in all four of his starts this season. He’s given up just four earned runs over 25.1 innings, with his last three starts resulting in wins for the Twins. Royals right-hander Brady Singer (1-2, 4.56 ERA) has given up at least two earned runs in each of his four starts this season, all of which lasted an identical five innings. Singer also gave up a pair of homers in two starts while Dobnak has not allowed a long ball all season. 

Colorado at LA Dodgers at 9:10 PM ET

Rockies lefty Kyle Freeland (2-0, 2.45 ERA) has been outstanding all season in limiting the opposition to two runs or less in three of his four starts while  tossing at least 6.0 innings each time out. Dodgers right-hander Dustin May (1-1, 2.75 ERA) has also been very good in not allowing more than two earned runs in all four of his starts this year. May has allowed six earned runs in 19.2 innings while Freeland has given up seven earned runs in 25.2 innings. LA has won four straight heading into the new week, but Colorado is only two games back of the NL West leaders.

MLB Games of the Week

Must Watch MLB Games Aug 10-16

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Must Watch MLB Games Aug 10-16

Monday, August 10

Atlanta at Philadelphia at 6:05 PM ET

After dropping their series opener 5-0 on Friday, the Braves won two straight on Saturday and Sunday by the combined scored of 13-2. Atlanta is the better statistical team on offense and defense and they have the better roster of impressive talent, starting with Freddie Freeman and a player that has MVP potential in Ronald Acuna Jr. 

San Francisco at Houston at 9:00 PM ET

Believe it or not, San Francisco has the better record coming into this matchup and Houston has lost five straight. Still, Frisco has dropped three of four and the defending AL Champion Astros are completely desperate right now. Houston is the better statistical team on offense and defense and the Astros have won five straight in this inter-league series. 

Tuesday, August 11

Chicago at Cleveland at 7:10 PM ET

Chicago had their six-game winning streak unceremoniously snapped in their embarrassing 13-2 road loss at Kansas City on Thursday. Cleveland has won five of six while allowing two runs or less five times. The Cubs rank eighth in scoring, but the Indians are getting it done with some stupendous defense that ranks first in all of baseball. 

San Diego at LA Dodgers at 9:40 PM ET

The Padres rank second in scoring and have won two of three. Including a 9-5 win over Arizona on Sunday. The Dodgers rank second in runs allowed and have won four of five. LA took two of three against San Diego last week, but Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. suddenly has the look of the best player in all of baseball. 

Wednesday, August 12

Arizona at Colorado at 3:10 PM ET

Arizona lost two of three against San Diego over the weekend, while Colorado has been one of the biggest surprises in all of baseball in winning 11 of their first 14 games while ranking fourth in scoring and third in runs allowed. With the D-Backs ranking an identical 26t in scoring and runs 

Minnesota at Milwaukee at 7:10 PM ET

Despite dropping four straight, the Twins  have mostly living up to their preseason status as one of the top contenders in the American League. Milwaukee is off to a slow start after dropping seven of their first 13 and the Brewers rank 11th in scoring, but just 22nd in runs allowed. The Twins have won three of the last four in is inter-league rivalry and will turn to veteran right-hander Kenta Maeda to start this affair. 

Thursday, August 13

Baltimore at Philadelphia at 4:00 PM ET

At 7-7 coming into the new week, Baltimore has exceeded expectations early on while ranking ninth in scoring and a decent 17th in defense. While Philly ranks 11th in scoring, the Phils have been abysmal defensively in giving up just over 5.5 runs per game. The O’s have won two straight while Philly has dropped two in a row while getting routed twice by Atlanta. Despite being on the road, this matchup looks like a contest Baltimore could very well win. 

Milwaukee at Chicago Cubs at 7:15 PM ET

The Brewers have won three of their last five while putting eight runs or more on the board twice, including their 9-3 win over Cincinnati on Sunday. Chicago had their six-game winning streak snapped the last time they took to the diamond on Thursday, but the Cubs have the best unit for either club with their offense ranking eighth in scoring. The Cubs recorded an emphatic 9-1 win the last time these two met on July 26, but the Brewers have won four of the last six in this NL Central rivalry. 

Friday, August 14

St. Louis at Chicago White Sox at 8:10 PM ET

St. Louis has lost three straight while giving up a whopping 15 combined runs over their last two games. Chicago has won four of their last five games while scoring five runs or more in each victory and seven or more in three of those wins. The Cards have Top 10 defense, but they’re struggling mightily to score runs and that just doesn’t bode well coming into this affair. 

LA Dodgers at LA Angels at 8:40 PM ET

It’s more of the same for both LA-based franchises as the Dodgers rank sixth in scoring and second in defense while the Halos rank a solid 12th in scoring, but an awful 23rd in runs allowed. Sorry, but Mike Trout and Anthony Rendon just won’t be enough to put the Angels over the top in this matchup. 

Saturday, August 15

Pittsburgh at Cincinnati at 6:10 PM ET

Cincinnati hasn’t wowed anyone by going 7-9 heading into Monday, but the pitiful Pirates have lost 13 of 16 to start the season and look more like a minor league ballclub than anything else in ranking 23rd in scoring and 28th in runs allowed. 

Boston at NY Yankees at 715 PM ET

Boston foolishly traded former AL MVP winner Mookie Betts, but they just don’t have enough offensive firepower to keep up with a Yankees team that ranks first in scoring and will enter this matchup looking to get back in the win column after losing two straight at Tampa Bay over the weekend. 

Sunday, August 16

Cleveland at Detroit at 1:00 PM ET

At 8-5 through 13 games, Detroit has gotten off to as good a start as can be realistically expected. While Cleveland hasn’t been overly impressive in ranking just 28th in scoring, the Tribe are ranked first in all of baseball in defense by limiting the opposition to just over two runs per game. 

Atlanta at Miami at 1:10 PM ET

Say what? Miami has won seven of their first 10 this season despite dealing with some major coronavirus issues. Still, I wouldn’t expect the Marlins to be able to keep pace with an Atlanta team that ranks fifth in scoring and sixth in runs allowed. 

Must Watch MLB Games This Week

Must Watch MLB Games This Week

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. 

Must Watch MLB Games Of The Week

Top MLB Games Of The Week

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. 

Top MLB Games Labor Day Week 2020

Baseball’s Back Top MLB Games July 20 – 26

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. 

Must Watch MLB Games Aug 24-30

2020 MLB Win Total Odds

With the shortened 2020 MLB season set to get underway on Thursday, July 23 and baseball teams in both leagues now having readjusted season win total odds for the upcoming MLB 60-game season, now is a perfect time to offer up some expert insight that could potentially help you cash in multiple times.

2020 MLB Win Total Odds

Whether you like top World Series favorites like the Yankees, Astros or Dodgers or whether you prefer making your win total picks on  more modest contenders like St. Louis or Arizona, this brief analysis of every team’s 2020 win total odds will help you identify the teams that are offering the best value against their season-long, win total odds. The 2020 MLB season is scheduled to end on Sept. 27. The World Series begins on Oct. 20 and a potential Game 7 would be held on Oct. 28.

Arizona – 31½

The Diamondbacks acquired all-star OF Starling Marte from the Pirates and signed longtime former Giants staff ace Madison Bumgarner after finishing eight games over .500 in the NL West a year ago. 32 wins looks quite doable for the D-Backs from where I’m sitting, although veteran starter Mike Leake has opted out of the restart.

Atlanta – 33½

The Braves won their second straight NL East title last season by going 97-65. More importantly, Atlanta brought in veteran left-hander Cole Hamels on a one-year, $18 million deal while also signing veteran outfielder Marcell Ozuna, former Giants reliever Will Smith, and catcher Travis d’Arnaud. The Braves did part ways with veteran third baseman Josh Donaldson, but this team is loaded with young talent – everywhere! 

Baltimore – 20½

Despite going a pitiful 54-108 a year ago, the lowly Orioles failed to make any significant changes to their roster and will almost certainly struggle to reach 21 wins in 60 games. 

Boston – 30½

The Red Sox traded 2018 AL MVP winner Mookie Betts and veteran lefty David Price to the Dodgers while acquiring veteran Alex Verdugo in a major cost-cutting move that won’t make them any better after finishing just six games over .500 last season. Boston will be without star lefty Chris Sale for the upcoming 2020 campaign. 

Chicago Cubs –  32

The Cubs are another team that finished six games over .500 last season and failed to upgrade their roster one iota. Chicago’s most pressing issue right now seems to be whether or not to trade former NL MVP Kris Bryant. 

Chicago White Sox –  31½

While the Cubs didn’t do much to improve their roster, the cross-town rival White Sox made some impressive moves after going 72-89 a year ago by adding veteran DH Edwin Encarnacion, catcher Yasmani Grandal, and outfielder Nomar Mazara, not to mention former Astros staff ace Dallas Keuchel. 

Cincinnati – 32 

The Reds signed veteran third baseman Mike Moustakas, outfielder  Nick Castellanos and Japanese import outfielder Shogo Akiyama. Cincinnati also added hurlers Pedro Strop and Wade Miley to address their needs in the bullpen and back end of the starting rotation after finishing 75-87 a year ago. 

Cleveland – 33½

The Indians traded former Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber to the Rangers, but this is a team that has won at least 91 games in each of the last four seasons and five times in the seven seasons Terry Francona has been managing the ballclub. The Tribe may not be the legitimate title contenders they want to be, but topping the .500 mark in 60 games looks easily possible to me. 

Colorado –  27½

The Colorado Rockies didn’t do a single thing to improve their roster after going 71-91 a year ago to finish fourth in the NL West. Colorado’s biggest offseason news has been whether or not they’ll trade superstar third baseman Nolan Arenado before the July trade deadline (they will).

Detroit – 21½

The Tigers went a pitiful 47-114 to finish with the worst record in all of baseball. More importantly, they failed to upgrade their roster even in the slightest. 

Houston – 35

Love them or loathe them, the Houston Astros are absolutely loaded with elite talent as they look to move past the sign-stealing scandal that rocked their franchise and MLB in general following their 107-win season and run to the 2019 World Series. Still, I love their hiring of widely-respected manager Dusty Baker and this team has too much talent to not contend for it all. 

Kansas City –  24½

The Royals had a nice run from 2013 to 2017 including their World Series winning season in 2015. Unfortunately, Kansas City has been limited to 58 and 59 wins the last two seasons and has done nothing to improve their roster heading into 2020. 

LA Angels –  31½

The Angels signed former Nationals star Anthony Rendon to a seven-year $245 million contract and they’ll have superstar two-way superstar, Shohei Ohtani back at full strength after going 72-90 last season. Still, the Halos need more quality pitching in an AL West division that features Houston as the cream of the crop and Oakland somewhere just behind. 

LA Dodgers –  38½

The Dodgers were the biggest beneficiaries of a huge three-team mega-trade that saw them land 2018 AL MVP Mookie Betts and hard-throwing veteran lefty David Price. L.A. sent Alex Verdugo to Boston and Kenta Maeda to Minnesota as part of the blockbuster deal. The Dodgers have won an impressive seven straight NL West titles, but they’re still in search of their first World Series title since way back in 1988. 

Miami –  24½

The Marlins are coming off a 57-105 season in 2019 and although they have some nice young talent on their roster, their best offseason additions were Jonathan Villar, Corey Dickerson and Matt Kemp and that’s just not going to be good enough to compete with anyone. 

Milwaukee – 30½

The Brewers saw catcher Yasmani Grandal and infielder Mike Moustakas both bolt on the open market. Milwaukee did add outfielder Avisail Garcia, first baseman Justin Smoak and infielder Ryon Healy, but this team still doesn’t have a true staff ace, although they will be boosted by the return of 2019 NL MVP runner-up Christian Yelich. 

Minnesota –  34½

The Twins went a stunning 101-61 last season to win the AL Central by eight games over Cleveland. More importantly, the Twins added big bopping veteran third baseman Josh Donaldson and veteran right-hander Kent Maeda to go along with an already impressive array of talent that finished fourth in run scoring differential a year ago (+185).  Veteran hurler Michael Pineda will still have to serve the full 39 days remaining on his PED suspension.

NY Mets – 32½

The Mets made a nice addition to their bullpen by signing veteran hurler Dellin Betances away from the Yankees and took a chance of 2016 AL Cy Young winner Rick Porcello who was available after his uninspiring season with Boston in 2019. The Mets have a superstar staff ace in two-time reigning NL Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom, but hard-throwing right-hander Noah Syndergaard is out for the upcoming season and that’s a huge blow. 

NY Yankees – 37½

The Yankees landed star right-hander Gerrit Cole with a record-setting, nine-year, $324 million contract to go along with their loaded roster of stars. New York is coming off stellar 103-win campaign, but they’ve already got questions marks about Aaron Judge’s health as we get set for the upcoming 2020 season, not to mention the fact that star right-hander Luis Severino is out for the season. 

Oakland –  33½

The small-market A’s won an eye-opening 97 games to finish second behind Houston in the AL West last season. While Oakland failed to make any significant offseason upgrades, the A’s have won 97 games in two straight season while topping 94 wins in four of the last eight seasons overall. 

Philadelphia – 31

The Phillies signed promising Yankees former shortstop Didi Gregorious and talented, but oft-injured hurler Zack Wheeler while also naming former Yankees skipper Joe Girardi to lead them in a new direction after going a modest 81-81 last season. The bad news is that Philadelphia still lacks a true staff ace and has plenty of questions with their bullpen. 

Pittsburgh –  25½

The Pirates are coming off a dismal 69-win season that left them in the cellar in the NL Central a year ago. More importantly, the Pirates failed miserably in upgrading their roster with their most notable move being trading away Starling Marte to Arizona.

San Diego –  30½

The Padres have a ton of young talent that was supposed to challenge a year ago, so they could surprise in 2020 after going 70-92 a year ago. Still, San Diego looks like a team that is at least another year away from really challenging L.A. for division supremacy. 

Seattle –  24½

The Seattle Mariners went 68-94 in 2019 to finish in last place in the AL West. More importantly, the Mariners didn’t make a single move to improve their roster this coming campaign, making 25 wins in 60 games a bit of a longshot if you ask me. 

San Francisco –  24½

The once perennially-powerful Giants are coming off a 77-85 season that left them in third place in the NL West last season. Frisco’s best offseason moves were bringing back fan favorites in veteran outfielder Hunter Pence and overpaid infielder Pablo Sandoval.

St. Louis –  31½

St. Louis went 91-71 to win the NL Central last season. While the Cards didn’t make any real significant additions and lost outfielder Marcell Ozuna to free agency, topping .500 by two games in a 60-game season looks easily reachable. 

Tampa Bay –  34

Tampa Bay had a fantastic 96-win season in 2019 by leading the AL in team ERA (3.65). The Rays also made some nice additions to their batting order by trading for Jose Martinez, and Hunter Renfroe while signing Japanese slugger Yoshitomo Tsutsugo

Texas – 29½

Texas went 78-84 a year ago to finish third in the AL West. To improve their chances of reaching the postseason in 2020, the Rangers added veteran hurler Corey Kluber and first baseman Todd Frazier. Still, this team will have their work cut out trying to get past Houston and Oakland in the AL West. 

Toronto – 28

The Blue Jays have some seriously gifted young players like third baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and shortstop Bo Bichette and they signed 2019 MLB ERA leader Hyun-Jin Ryu (2.32) in free agency while signing Japanese right-hander Shun Yamaguchi and veteran hurler Tanner Roark. 30 wins and a .500 finish look relatively realistic. 

Washington – 33

The Nationals re-signed World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg to a seven-year $245 million deal and they brought back 2019 NLCS MVP Howie Kendrick and closer Daniel Hudson. The bad news is that they lost the man that made them go a year ago in do-it-all superstar Anthony Rendon while veterans, Ryan Zimmerman and Joe Ross will sit out the restart season.