The 2020 MLB season continues to roll through its Coronavirus shortened season. Here are the top plays of the upcoming week that you need to target.
MLB Top Plays For The Week Of Aug 31 – Sep 6
Monday, Aug. 31
St. Louis Cardinals at Cincinnati Reds
Cardinals starter Dakota Hudson maybe 0-2 but we shouldn’t write off his chances on Monday. Hudson has a dynamite 3.23 ERA and 1.05 WHIP. That’s in sharp contrast with Anthony DeSclafani, who has a 5.71 ERA.
San Diego Padres at Colorado Rockies
Dodgers look strong for the NL West. But the Padres and Rockies have a shot at a wildcard. Of the two, which team appears better suited for victory on Monday? SD has yet to decide who will start. That can’t be a positive.
Tuesday, Sep. 1
Texas Rangers at Houston Astros
At 1-3 with a 9.28 ERA, it’s hard to see Jordan Lyles keeping Houston’s offense at bay. The Stros are in good hands with 2.35 ERA Framber Valdez.
Washington Nationals at Philadelphia Phillies
Corbin has done as much as he can for the defending champs. The Nationals pitcher is 2-2 with a 3.82 ERA. The Phillies counter with Aaron Nola, though. Philadelphia is just 2 games behind Atlanta in the NL East. That makes this a key matchup. Expect Nola to have his best stuff.
Wednesday, Sep. 2
Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees
Tampa is hot. They’re 8-2 in their last 10, are on a 4-game winning streak heading into Sunday, August 30, and now have a +34 run differential. New York can’t wait. They’re now 4 games behind the Rays.
Cleveland at Kansas City Royals
Because it’s a shortened season, every game matters. The Tribe have a 1-game lead over the White Sox and a 1 ½ games lead over the Twins. On Wednesday, they send another young, talented pitcher to the mound. Triston McKenzie is 1-0 with a 2.70 ERA. The 23-year-old faces veteran Danny Duffy and his 4.11 ERA.
Thursday, Sep. 3
Chicago Cubs at Pittsburgh Pirates
The Cubs are undecided, which might give the Pirates an edge. The last time starter JT Brubaker battled Chicago, he threw 3 innings, walked 1, gave up a hit, and struck out 3. If Pittsburgh gives JT more run, he could help them upset the Cubbies.
San Diego Padres at Los Angeles Angels
Padres starter Garrett Richards is 1-2 with a 5.17 ERA. Garrett has a 3.38 ERA in 3 away games, though. The Halos send Andrew Heaney to the mound. Heaney has a 4.62 ERA, making Padres versus Angels on Thursday a handicapping conundrum.
Friday, Sep. 4
Colorado Rockies at Los Angeles Dodgers
Although LAD Friday starter Ross Stripling is 3-1, his ERA is 5.61. Rockies pitcher Antonio Senzatela has a 3-1 record and a 3.32 ERA. Dodgers aren’t a lock on Sep. 4.
Arizona Diamondbacks at San Francisco Giants
The Giants could win a rare game by 2 runs with Weaver throwing for the D’Backs. Luke has an 8.23 ERA and a 1-5 record.
Saturday, Sep. 5
San Diego Padres at Oakland A’s
The Padres are undecided who they’re starting on Saturday. Yes, that’s a disadvantage. But, the A’s send Frankie Montas to the hill. Fankie has a 2-3 record and 6.06 ERA. So, don’t blindly back AL West leading Oakland.
Toronto Blue Jays at Boston Red Sox
Chase Anderson goes for the Jays. The Red Sox are in rebuilding mode. Toronto is just 4 ½ behind the Rays in the AL East.
Sunday, Sep. 6
Miami Marlins at Tampa Bay Rays
This should be a much tighter game than many expect. Miami starter Sammy Alcantara has a 1.35 Era and a .75 WHIP. Sammy will ensure the Marlins stay in this game into the sixth or seventh inning. After that, who knows what happens?
St. Louis Cardinals at Chicago Cubs
Dakota Hudson gets the start on Sunday, Sep. 6. Unless Cubs’ pitcher Tyler Chatwood turns his recent form around, Hudson could pick up his second win this week.