If you’re fired up about the second month of MLB action getting underway following a surprising first month of baseball and you want to know which games are offering the most entertainment value, then you’ve surely come to the right place!
I’m going to identify the best matchups this week, whether it’s a longstanding rivalry matchup, a duel featuring two elite hurlers or simply one of the best nationally-televised games on this week’s MLB docket. Now, let’ get started.
MLB Top Games May 1st-7th
San Francisco Giants (9-17) at L.A. Dodgers (14-12)
When: Monday, May 1 at 10:10 PM ET
Where: Dodger Stadium
TV: MLB, NBCS, Sportsnet LA
Monday night’s matchup between the Giants and Dodgers could be a thriller with Frisco veteran right-hander Johnny Cueto (3-1, 5.10 ERA, 24 K) going up against Dodgers’ staff ace lefty Clayton Kershaw (4-, 2.29 ERA, 39 K).
Cueto generally heats up in second month of the season and owns a 23-13 record at 2.80 ERA in 46 career May starts. In five starts, the three-time Cy Young winning Kershaw has gone 4-1 with a 2.29 ERA and a 0.79 WHIP, with 39 strikeouts in 35.1 innings. Kershaw led the Dodgers to a 2-1 win over San Francisco in his last start.
Cleveland Indians (14-10) at Detroit Tigers (12-12)
When: Tuesday, May 2, 7:10 PM ET
Where: Comerica Park
TV: SportsTime Ohio, FS-D
2014 AL Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber (3-1, 4.19 ERA, 37 K) is the first Cleveland pitcher to reach three wins this season after striking out 10 over seven innings of Cleveland’s 4-3 win over Houston on Thursday. Strangely enough, though, Kluber is allowing a career-high 1.57 homers per nine innings.
Detroit’s Justin Verlander (1-2, 4.60 ERA, 30 K) allowed one unearned run on five hits over seven innings with eight strikeouts against the Mariners in his last start. The Tribe is currently in first place in the AL Central, two games up on fourth-place Detroit.
Philadelphia Phillies (11-12) at Chicago Cubs (13-11)
When: Wednesday, May 3 at 8:05 PM ET
Where: Wrigley Field
TV: CSN-P, CSN-C
The Phillies are off to a surprising start after one month while the Cubs will be looking to throw it in another gear in May after a modest start. Right-hander Jared Eickhoff (0-2, 3.56 ERA, 28 K) hopes to bounce back following his worst start of the season, allowing five runs in 5.2 innings against the Dodgers on Friday.
Cy Young winner Jake Arrieta (3-1, 4.66 ERA, 34 K) failed to toss at least five innings for the first time since August 2014 to snap a streak of doing o in an amazing 72 consecutive starts. More importantly, Arrieta ha been smacked around for eight earned runs in the first inning in his last two starts.
Arizona (16-11) at Washington (17-8)
When: Thursday, May 4 at 1:05 PM ET
Where: Nationals Park
TV: FS-A, MASN
Veteran right-hander Max Scherzer (3-2, 2.94 ERA, 40 K) will look to rebound after getting pounded for five runs on nine hits in six innings of a 7-5 loss against the Mets on Friday.
Arizona will likely hand the ball to ace right-hander Zack Greinke (2-2, 3.19 ERA, 40 K) after he struck out nine and allowed three runs on seven hits and two walks in six innings on Saturday against the Rockies despite being saddled with a no-decision. The D-Backs are currently in second place in the NL West, a half-game behind Colorado while Washington it in first place in the NL East.