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This Weekend in MLB: Games to Watch
Playoff races around Major League Baseball are heating up even though we are still just in the month of May. The Cleveland Indians are in the thick of things in the AL Central, while the Cincinnati Reds are taking a nosedive in the NL Central.
Here are some of the top MLB games to watch this weekend, with a quick preview of each matchup.
Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco Giants
The Dodgers and Giants simply do not get along, and it’s always a fun matchup when they meet up on the diamond. For the first time in a few years, both teams are really good, and the series opener will be a fun matchup.
Trevor Bauer is on the mound for LA, and he will be opposed by Alex Wood of the Giants. Wood has gone 5-0 with a 1.75 ERA this year, and he just keeps pitching well.
The Dodgers are dealing with some injury concerns, and that will affect them in this series. San Francisco just pounded the Reds all week, and they come into this game with plenty of momentum.
Chicago Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals
The Cubs and Cardinals begin a three-game series on Friday night, and this is the first meeting of the season between the NL Central rivals. Both teams have built up leads on the Reds, and both teams look like real threats to win the division.
Chicago has been on an absolute tear offensively since mid-April, and that lineup is loaded with big names. The Cardinals have been solid at the plate, but they can’t afford for this game to turn into a high-scoring affair.
The Cardinals are always tough at Busch Stadium, but the Cubs will be looking to send a message this weekend.
Milwaukee Brewers at Cincinnati Reds
The Reds are hosting the Brewers this weekend, and this is a matchup of two struggling teams. Both teams are now under the .500 mark, and this is a great chance for the Reds to get things turned around.
If Cincinnati is going to get back in the playoff race, then Sonny Gray is going to have to be better on the mound. Gray has yet to win a game this season, but he will get another chance on Saturday.
The Brewers have really struggled to score runs, and the Reds have not had that trouble at all. Even if Gray struggles, look for the Reds offense to come alive and finally give their pitcher a win.
Minnesota Twins at Cleveland Indians
Cleveland is hosting Minnesota this weekend, and the best game to watch will be on Saturday. The Indians should be favored all weekend long, but they have an even bigger edge on Saturday when Shane Bieber is one the mound.
Bieber is just 4-3 with a 3.17 ERA to begin the year, but he always has the ability to take over a game at any time. The Indians are still needing more offense, but they have started to turn things around.
Minnesota is an all-or-nothing offense, and Bieber just needs to keep them in the ballpark. Kenta Maeda will be on the mound, and this will be a chance for the Indians hitters to have a big day.
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