This week’s early MLB games: Live baseball on Wednesday and Thursday

There are eight MLB games scheduled to begin before midnight UK time this working week, spread over Wednesday and Thursday.

There are a number of exciting pitching match-ups in prospect on Wednesday if the starters stay on their normal rotation schedule.  Hernandez-Lester catches the eye, not least because they had very different outings in their most recent starts (King Felix dominated the Yankees, while Lester gave up nine runs over two innings against the Blue Jays) [NOTE: starting pitchers have changed, see comments].  Jeff Niemann is due to come off the DL to face Dan Haren and the Angels.  The Reds-Giants game brings together two talented young hurlers and it’s always good to see Dutch pitcher Jair Jurrjens flying the European baseball flag.

The Astros-Phillies game on Thursday should be a good one as the Phils need to keep the pressure on the Braves and Wandy Rodriguez has been pitching extremely well of late, despite having little to show for it.  We missed a Yovani Gallardo start last week as he didn’t pitch in a day game as originally expected, so hopefully that doesn’t happen again this week.

All times are in BST.

Monday 23 August

No early games

Tuesday 24 August

No early games

Wednesday 25 August

18.05. Kansas City at Detroit (Sean O’Sullivan – Armando Galarraga)
18.35. Seattle at Boston (David Pauley – Josh Beckett)
20.10. Atlanta at Colorado (Jair Jurrjens – Esmil Rogers)
20.35. Tampa Bay at LA Angels (Jeff Niemann – Dan Haren)
20.45. Cincinnati at San Francisco (Homer Bailey – Madison Bumgarner)

Thursday 26 August

18.05. Houston at Philadelphia (Wandy Rodriguez – Kyle Kendrick)
19.10. LA Dodgers at Milwaukee (Carlos Monasterios – Yovani Gallardo)
23.35. Arizona at San Diego (Ian Kennedy – Kevin Correia)

Friday 27 August

No early games

All the above games can be followed via various resources on MLB.com (Gameday, At Bat with Gameday Audio and MLB.tv), while ESPN America’s MLB schedule can be found here. A complete schedule of MLB games can be found on MLB.com

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2 Responses to This week’s early MLB games: Live baseball on Wednesday and Thursday

  1. Matt Smith August 24, 2010 at 7:49 pm #

    A couple of changes for the Thursday pitching match-ups.

    Chad Billingsley should start against Yovani Gallardo instead of Carlos Monasterios. Kevin Correia starts for the Padres versus the D-Backs instead of Wade LeBlanc.

  2. Matt Smith August 25, 2010 at 5:14 pm #

    Wednesday update: it’s now a double-header between the M’s and Red Sox and, unfortuantely for us, that means the Hernandez-Lester match up has been shifted to the second game. The 18.35 game will be David Pauley-Josh Beckett instead.

    AND It’s back to the original billing for the Thursday game between the Dodgers and Brewers. Billingsley is being held back to Saturday, so Monasterios will start after all.

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