MLB This Week: History beckons (maybe)

We’ve potentially got some history in the offing this week among the MLB day-games (pre-midnight starts for us in the UK).

The Cleveland Indians enter the week having won 18 games consecutively. If they win the first two games of their series against the Detroit Tigers, their early game on Wednesday would be their chance to win 21 and match the all-time record.

Something tells me that might have played into the decision to make that the MLB.com Free Game for Wednesday.

Of course, alternatively the Tigers could win on Monday night and end it all. Still it should be a good chance to catch the Indians without missing any sleep.

Across the rest of the week, Monday is the only day that doesn’t offer any early contests. There are two games from the White Sox-Royals series in which Kansas City will be looking to keep in the AL Wild Card hunt.

The same goes for the Tampa Bay Rays. Wednesday’s game against the New York Yankees will be a strange one to watch, with the Rays at home but the teams playing in New York (at the Mets’ Citi Field) due to Hurricane Irna. This would be Chris Archer’s turn in the rotation but it’s still to be determined if he will definitely start following his recent arm injury concerns.

Thursday’s games include the finale from the four-game series between the current NL Wild Card spot holders, the D-Backs and Rockies, and the St Louis Cardinals are also in day-game action taking on the Reds. They’ll then head  to Chicago to start a huge series against the Cubs as the NL Central remains up for grabs.

All times are in BST.

Monday 11 September

No early games

Tuesday 12 September

18:15 White Sox at Royals (Covey (0-4), Gaviglio (3-5))

Wednesday 13 September

17:10 Tigers at Indians (Farmer (4-2), Clevinger (9-5)) *MLB.com Free Game
18:10 Yankees at Rays (Garcia (5-9), Archer (9-9))
19:15 White Sox at Royals (Giolito (2-2), Kennedy)

Thursday 14 September

18:10 White Sox at Tigers (Shields (3-6), Bell)
18:35 Athletics at Red Sox (Gossett (4-8), Pomeranz (15-5))
18:45 Reds at Cardinals (Garrett (3-7), Weaver (5-1))
20:40 Rockies at D-backs (Bettis (1-2), Godley (7-7)) *BT Sport1

Friday 15 September

19:20 Cardinals at Cubs (Martinez (11-10), Lackey (11-11)) *BT Sport/ESPN

All of these games are available to watch or listen to live via an MLB.TV subscription. TV coverage of MLB in the UK comes courtesy of the BT Sport channels and these are highlighted above, as are any games that are available to view online for free via MLB.com. The above list of games just shows those starting before midnight UK time. The full schedule of MLB games can be found on MLB.com.

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