There are some hot nationally televised baseball games that should grab your attention this week. They definitely have me intrigued.
Who wins when the Mets travel to Chavez-Ravine to battle the Dodgers? I also have my sights set on the Angels versus Red Sox battle this Saturday. Will Boston’s David Price pitch well enough for the Red Sox to win? The final game I like is on Sunday when Pittsburgh battles St. Louis in a classic NL Central matchup. Who gets the “W” at Busch Stadium on June 25?
MLB Top Games June 19 – 25
NY Mets at L.A. Dodgers
When: Wednesday, June 12, 2017
Where: Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, CA
Listed Pitchers: NYM-Steven Matz, LAD-Rich Hill
Analysis: Steve Matz has pitched in only 2 games this season. He was terrific versus Atlanta. Matz allowed 1 earned run from 5 hits. In his second game, versus Washington, Matz imploded. He got through 7 innings. The problem is he allowed 4 earned runs off 8 hits.
The Dodgers counter with Rich Hill. Hill’s got a 5.14 ERA. His WHIP is 1.57. He’s won 3. He’s lost 3. The problem with Hill is that he hasn’t pitched more than 5 innings in a single start this season. Dodger manager Dave Roberts knows this. The Dodgers are 4-4 in the games that Hill has started.
Matz should bounce back from his terrible performance. I have some faith in Hill. I have more faith in Matz. We know Roberts pulls Hill before inning 5. Heck, Roberts might pull Hill before the end of inning 4.
The Dodgers have a great bullpen. But, you never know what’s going to happen the day before. I know Matz pitches well. I’m not sure about Hill. Plus, I don’t know how fresh the Dodgers’ relievers are going to be.
L.A. Angels at Boston
When: Saturday, June 24 at 7:15 pm ET
Where: Fenway Park, Boston, MA
Listed Pitchers: LAA-J.C. Ramirez, BOS-David Price
Analysis: David Price is 1 and 1 so far not counting his start on June 18. His ERA is 5.25. His WHIP is 1.29. In the past, Price has been great versus the Angels. The L.A. Angels bat .221 against Price.
The Red Sox have limited bats versus J.C. Ramirez. They have 5 hits from 16 at-bats versus Boston’s listed starter. Ramirez could be great on Saturday. He could be terrible.
Both pitchers could be terrible. That means it comes down to the bullpens. I like Boston’s bullpen better than I like the Angels. Red Sox relievers allow a 2.77 batting average. Boston’s bullpen is 13-5 on the season.
Pittsburgh at St. Louis
When: Sunday, June 25 at 8:05 pm ET
Where: Busch Stadium, St. Louis, MO
Listed Pitchers: PIT-Chad Kuhl, STL-Mike Leake
Analysis: Kuhl’s 5.61 ERA, 1-6 record, and 1.53 WHIP aren’t good. The last time he faced St. Louis, though, Kuhl pitched well. He allowed 2 earned runs from 3 hits in 6 innings. That was way back on April 18.
St. Louis’s Mike Leake has the overall better stats. But, Leake has allowed 4 runs, 5 runs, and 6 runs in 3 of his last 4starts. I’m not sure what’s going on with the Cardinals’ pitcher.
Pittsburgh has a .293 batting average. They’ve faced him 304 times. I think Kuhl’s been throwing well enough for the look.