BST guide to this week’s early MLB games: Eleven early games to enjoy

CovHlSqThere are eleven day-games this working week in MLB.

They begin with a Cliff Lee start on Monday and end with seven games at a convenient time for us in the UK on Thursday.

All times are in BST.

Monday 25 July

18.05. San Diego at Philadelphia (Harang – Lee)

We have a Monday evening treat this week with Cliff Lee set to start for the Phillies in their day game against the Padres. Lee has been involved in two important mid-season trades. He’s going nowhere for a few years, but Aaron Harang has been mentioned as a potential trade target for teams keen on adding another starter to their rotation. A good performance here may make a team take a punt on him.

Tuesday 26 July

No early games

Wednesday 27 July

17.05. LA Angels at Cleveland (Santana – Huff)
18.05. Seattle at NY Yankees (Hernandez – Hughes)
19.10. Detroit at Chicago White Sox (Scherzer – Peavy) * ESPN America 

King Felix is in New York this week, the Yankees need a starting pitcher, the trade deadline is approaching: we can all make 2+2=5 with that selection of facts.  The Yankees have been linked with Hernandez in the past for the obvious reason that he’s one of the outstanding pitchers in the Majors. 

The Mariners have had precious little to cheer this season, so a dominating start by Hernandez against the Yankees here – just to show them what they’re missing out on – would be a small fillip for them.  That’s if they definitely will be missing out on him though.  There’s a thought to get Mariners fans even more depressed.

As for the ESPN America game, the Tigers are another team to be linked with various starting pitchers to complement their top three of Justin Verlander, Rick Porcello and Wednesday’s scheduled starter Max Scherzer.

Thursday 28 July

17.35. NY Mets at Cincinnati (Capuano – Bailey)
17.35. Florida at Washington (Hensley – Lannan)
18.05. LA Angels at Detroit (Pineiro – Penny)
18.35. Kansas City at Boston (Hochevar – Beckett) * ESPN America
19.10. Chicago Cubs at Milwaukee (Zambrano – Marcum)
20.35. Tampa Bay at Oakland (Davis – Harden)
20.35. Arizona at San Diego (Hudson – Latos)

This is how ‘get-away’ Thursday should be; plenty of early games and most of them include at least one team still firmly in the postseason race.

The Reds started a ten-game homestand against the Braves last Friday and their game against the Mets on Thursday is the seventh in that run before a three-game set against the Giants.  They need to take advantage of some home comforts in a tight NL Central battle. 

One of their main opponents in that race are the Milwaukee Brewers. Shaun Marcum was one of the pieces added by the Brewers over the off-season to help push them into the play-offs. His potential to do just that was demonstrated last time out when he pitched brilliantly over seven innings against the Giants and he’ll look to follow that up with another strong showing against the Cubs. 

In the American League, the Angels and Tigers start an important four-game series in Detroit, while Josh Beckett has rebounded from a frustrating 2010 season to lead the Red Sox’s pitching staff in 2011 and he’ll be looking for his tenth win of the season in this game against the Royals. 

Friday 29 July

No early games

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.

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