BST guide to this week’s early MLB games: The final full week

CovHlSqIt’s the final full week of the 2011 regular season.

It doesn’t seem long ago that we were getting excited about the season getting underway, but they say time flies when you’re having fun and it’s certainly been an entertaining year once again in MLB.

As teams look to secure playoff spots or just to finish on a positive note, we can enjoy live games during the British evening every day this working week except for Friday.

All times are in BST.

Monday 19 September

18.05. Minnesota at NY Yankees (Diamond – Burnett) *ESPN America
18.05. Baltimore at Boston (Guthrie – Weiland)
21.05. Seattle at Cleveland (Furbush – Huff) *ESPN America

Which A.J. Burnett will turn up on Monday? Will it be the version that struck out eleven hitters in six innings last time out, or the one that conceded seven runs in 1.2 innings when he last faced the Twins on 20 August. Nobody knows, which is maddening for the Yankees but entertaining for the rest of us.

The Red Sox are sending the unheralded Kyle Weiland to the mound in the first game of a double-header as they try to hold off the Rays’ Wild Card charge.

Tuesday 20 September

18.05. Chicago White Sox at Cleveland (Floyd – Carmona)
18.05. Washington at Philadelphia (Detwiler – Kendrick)

The White Sox came into the season expecting to be a contender in the AL Central race. The Indians’ expectations may have been set a little lower initially, but an 18-8 April had them dreaming of a surprise postseason appearance. It has turned out that neither side could keep pace with the Detroit Tigers; however both will be looking to finish the year on a positive note.

In Philadelphia, Kyle Kendrick gets another start as the Phillies will no doubt take advantage of winning their division early by resting a few regulars.

Wednesday 21 September

17.35. Houston at Cincinnati (Rodriguez – Arroyo)
18.05. Tampa Bay at NY Yankees (Shields – TBD)
19.20. Milwaukee at Chicago Cubs (Wolf – Garza)
20.10. San Diego at Colorado (Bass – Cook)
20.40. Pittsburgh at Arizona (Locke – Miley) 

The Rays-Yankees game stands out on Wednesday. Tampa Bay are doing their best to keep in the Wild Card race and this series in New York could prove pivotal.  The two teams will play a double-header on Wednesday, with James Shields currently scheduled to start the first game.

Meanwhile the Arizona Diamondbacks have rookie Wade Miley on the mound as they attempt to secure the NL West title ahead of the Giants.

Thursday 22 September

18.10. Seattle at Minnesota (Beavan – Swarzak) *ESPN America?
18.45. NY Mets at St. Louis (Capuano – Westbrook) *ESPN America?
20.35. Texas at Oakland (Lewis – Cahill)

ESPN America haven’t confirmed which game they are showing at time of writing. The MLB slot begins at 18.00 so it will probably be the Mariners-Twins game, but they might hold off for the Mets-Cardinals game instead.

Friday 23 September

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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