The MLB weekend has consisted of many good matchups, hard fought wins, late night finishes, devastating injuries, and exciting walk offs. Here is my review of the weekend to this point, and also a look ahead to today’s action.
St. Louis Cardinals – The Cardinals have a great mix of strong starting pitching and solid hitting as they have dominated the series against the Giants to this point, outscoring them 15-1 in the doubleheader on Saturday. They will go for the sweep Sunday with young Tyler Lyons on the hill, who is 2-0 on the season.
Cincinnati Reds – So far, the Reds have kept pace with the Cardinals in the NL Central, winning both games in Pittsburgh. Brandon Phillips continues to be productive, sporting a team best 45 runs batted in. They will also go for a sweep Sunday with their ace Mat Latos on the bump.
Oakland Athletics – The A’s received a tremendous outing from Bartolo Colon on Friday night, as he improved to 6-2. They also received another boost as Josh Reddick made his return from the DL. On Saturday, Josh won the game for the Athletics with a walk off walk (anti-climatic much?) which puts them in line for a third straight win Sunday, sitting only two back from the Rangers in the AL West.
Washington Nationals – Despite playing for a series win Sunday, the Nats might have their eyes focused on other areas. They had to place Bryce Harper on the DL Saturday, and are most likely going to have to give Stephen Strasburg time to heal his lat strain. Let’s see if they can keep ground on the Braves with these notable injuries.
Los Angeles Angels – Just when it looked like the Angels would cruise back to .500 with the Astros in town, they find themselves losers of two straight and look to get back on track. Josh Hamilton still needs to start swinging a better bat for the Angels to get to where they want to be.
Star Hitter of the Weekend:
Miguel Cabrera – The league’s premier bat continues his hot hitting, as he has two homers and eight RBI in the first two games of the series against the Orioles. The man already has 65 RBI on the season. Easily the best hitter in the league.
Star Pitcher of the Weekend:
Shelby Miller – In Game 1 Saturday, Miller scattered six hits over seven shutout innings while striking out seven in the process. He is now 6-3 on the season with a 1.82 ERA. It won’t be long before the young right-handed Miller is considered at least a top 10 pitcher in the National League.
Match up of the Day:
Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees – This game features a potential pitcher’s duel with Clay Buchholz (7-0; 1.73 ERA) vs. Hiroki Kuroda (6-3; 2.39 ERA). Boston has a two game lead in the AL East as they look to take two of three from the Yankees. Meanwhile, the Yankees look to gain ground as Kuroda looks to improve to 5-1 at home. First pitch is at 8:05 PM ET.