It’s a relatively slim schedule of early MLB games this working week, with only Wednesday and Thursday providing us with games beginning before midnight UK time. However, there are some promising pitching match-ups in the nine games we do have to look forward to.
All times are in BST
Monday 25 April
No early games
Tuesday 26 April
No early games
Wednesday 27 April
17.10. LA Dodgers at Florida (Billingsley – Sanchez)
18.10. Cincinnati at Milwaukee (LeCure – Gallardo) * ESPN America
19.20. Colorado at Chicago Cubs (Chacin – Coleman)
20.35. Atlanta at San Diego (Hanson – Latos)
20.40. Philadelphia at Arizona (Hamels – Saunders)
The Marlins’ Anibal Sanchez took a no-hitter into the ninth inning of his last start and his contest against Chad Billingsley and the Dodgers should be a good one. Hanson-Latos looks an intrigiuing match-up too, while Cole Hamels was masterful in his most recent outing.
Thursday 28 April
17.35. San Francisco at Pittsburgh (Lincecum – Karstens)
18.05. Seattle at Detroit (Pineda – Penny)
18.10. Tampa Bay at Minnesota (Hellickson – Baker) * ESPN America
19.05. Toronto at Texas (Morrow – Ogando)
Lincecum was out-duelled by Tim Hudson on Saturday and will aim to bounce back against the Buccos. Brad Penny had a no-hit bid ended in the sixth inning of his last start by a marginal error/hit call by the official scorer (the scorer got the decision right, in my opinion), while his opposite number on Thursday, Michael Pineda, has been extremely impressive over his first four Major League starts.
Friday 29 April
No early games (and nothing else of interest happening that day either)
All of these games are available to watch live via the MLB.TV subscription at MLB.com. The early games being shown on ESPN America are highlighted above, while the ESPN/ESPN America schedule can be found on their website. The full schedule for this week’s games can be found on MLB.com.