The 2017 MLB regular season is off to a wild and wacky start and has produced some surprising results in both leagues over the first six weeks of the regular season. With the season starting to heat up along with the rising temperatures, mark your calendars for this week’s top baseball tilts.
MLB Games To Watch May 15th-21st
Cincinnati Reds at Chicago Cubs
When: Tuesday, May 16, 8:05 PM ET
Where: Wrigley Field
TV: FSS-O, CSN-C
Analysis: Cincinnati will look to snap three-game skid in their series opener against Chicago on Monday night, but one day later, the Reds will hand the ball to veteran right-hander Bronson Arroyo after he tied a season high with six innings pitched while allowing two runs in a no-decision against the Giants in his last start. The Reds have gone 5-0 with the 40-year-old on the mound.
Veteran right-hander John Lackey is coming off a win over Colorado in his last start, but he’s still looking to bag his first win at home this season after going 0-2 with a 4.24 ERA in three starts at Wrigley Field. The Reds have won six of their last 10 while going a respectable 7-8 on the road this season while the Cubs have struggled in going just 7-9 at Wrigley Field.
Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco Giants
When: Wednesday, May 17, 3:45 PM ET
Where: AT&T Park
TV: MLBN, SportsNet LA, NBCS BA
Analysis: At the time of writing, L.A. has won seven of its last nine games while the Giants have won three straight and four of their last five while nearly sweeping Cincinnati over the weekend.
Dodgers’ staff ace southpaw Clayton Kershaw (6-2, 2.43 ERA) will take the bump in this affair after tossing seven innings of two-run ball against Colorado on Saturday.
Giants ace right-hander Johnny Cueto (4-2, 4.15 ERA) has faced the Dodgers twice already this season while giving up an identical three runs each time. The right-hander threw a season-high 119 pitches in his most recent start against Cincinnati on Friday. Make no mistake bout it, no matter what the standings say, this longtime rivalry is must-see TV.
Milwaukee Brewers at Chicago Cubs
When: Friday, May 19, 2:20 PM EDT
TV: FSWI, MLBN, CSN-C
Analysis: Milwaukee has won three straight and six of its last seven games (at the time of writing) while sweeping the Mets over the weekend. The Brew Crew has gone 9-6 on the road compared to Chicago’s uninspiring 7-9 home mark. The Cubs have lost two straight and seven of their last nine games heading into the new week.
The good news for the Cubs is that right-hander Eddie Butler (1-0, 0.00 ERA) tossed six shutout innings against St. Louis in his first start of the season the last time out. Milwaukee
Toronto Blue Jays at Baltimore Orioles
When: Friday, May 19, 7:05 PM EDT
Oriole Park at Camden Yards
TV: SNET, MASN
Analysis: Toronto hit the new week riding the wave of their five-game winning streak (at the time of writing) while bagging seven of their last eight games overall. Baltimore has lost four straight after winning their previous six contests but still sits just a half-game back of the division-leading Yankees.
Toronto right-hander Aaron Sanchez (0-1, 2.95 ERA) look solid in his first start back in the rotation by allowing just one unearned run in five innings following two brief stints on the DL while the Yankees have not named starter for this matchup.