The 2020 MLB season gets started later this week on Thursday, July 23rd with an east coast, west coast double header!
Top MLB Games Opening Weekend
Thursday, July 23
New York Yankees at Washington Nationals
Two of the top pitchers in MLB kick off the 2020 season when the New York Yankees battle the Washington Nationals. Gerrit Cole step onto the mound for the Yankees. The Nats hit Cole well in their first World Series matchup against him. Will Gerrit have the fastball working? How will Max Scherzer perform against one of the top batting lineups in MLB? Baseball is back!
San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers
Thursday’s second game is one of the top rivalries in baseball. The Giants send Johnny Cueto to the mound. Cueto could struggle. LAD always hits him well. Also, he has trouble versus lefties and the Dodgers are a lineup full of them.
Friday, July 24
Atlanta Braves at New York Mets
Last season, Braves’ ace Mike Soroka went 13-4 with a 2.68 ERA and had 142 strikeouts. The Mets have yet to declare who will start for them on opening day. Jacob DeGrom should throw. If he does, this could be a pitcher’s duel.
Milwaukee Brewers at Chicago Cubs
The NL Central is deep again this season. Part of the reason is because of the Brewers and Cubs. In Friday’s game, it’s Milwaukee’s Brandon Woodruff versus Chicago’s Kyle Hendricks. Woodruff was sensational last season. He went 11-3 with a 3.62 ERA. Hendricks went 11-10 with a 3.46 ERA. At home, Hendrick’s posted a 2.04 ERA. That could give him an advantage here.
Saturday, July 25
Pittsburgh Pirates at St. Louis Cardinals
The Pirates could struggle in the 60-game season. In 2019, Pittsburgh ranked 25th in team ERA at 5.18. The Cards’ team ERA was 3.82 last season. So on Saturday things could go south for the Bucs in a hurry.
Detroit Tigers at Cincinnati Reds
A true ace doesn’t exist in the Tigers’ starting lineup. Detroit’s team ERA is 5.24. The squad only averages 3.61 runs per game. That ranks 30th in MLB. Cincinnati ranked 8th in team ERA and 6th in team WHIP last season.
Sunday, July 26
Toronto Blue Jays at Tampa Bay Rays
The Blue Jays aren’t allowed to play in Canada, which means they’ll be down in the dumps the entire season. Not only that, but Tampa’s starting rotation is solid. Tampa had a 3.67 team ERA last season. That ranked 3rd in MLB. Rays should do well during the 60-game regular season no matter who they play.
Baltimore Orioles at Boston Red Sox
The Red Sox aren’t the same squad without Mookie Betts and David Price. But the Orioles have the worst pitching staff in MLB. The O’s posted a 5.61 ERA as a team last season. Their top pitcher, John Means, will throw on Friday if he throws at all. That means, the Red Sox get to face Alex Cobb, and his 10.95 ERA, Wade LeBlanc, and his 5.71 ERA, or Asher Wojciechowski, and his 4.92 ERA. Any way we cut it, the Red Sox have an advantage.