It makes every series, and every winning or losing streak, feel just that little bit more important.
There are several eye-catching series this week between playoff contenders, most notably Atlanta at Washington, Baltimore at Texas, New York Yankees at Chicago White Sox, L.A. Angels at Boston and San Francisco Giants at L.A. Dodgers.
It’s a bit of a shame that none of these series are scheduled to include a day-game, but we will be able to see several playoff contenders in action this working week and the highlight of the pre-midnight U.K. time schedule should come on Thursday with Justin Verlander starting against the Toronto Blue Jays.
All times are in BST.
Monday 20 August
No early games
Tuesday 21 August
No early games
Wednesday 22 August
18.10. Kansas City at Tampa Bay (Mendoza – Shields) *ESPN America
19.10. Chicago Cubs at Milwaukee (Wood – Gallardo)
20.35. Minnesota at Oakland (Blackburn – Milone)
20.40. Cleveland at Seattle (McAllister – Iwakuma)
20.40. Miami at Arizona (LeBlanc – Miley)
23.35. Pittsburgh at San Diego (McDonald – TBA)
Thursday 23 August
18.05. Toronto at Detroit (Happ – Verlander) *ESPN America
18.10. Colorado at NY Mets (Chatwood – Santana) *MLB.com Free Game of the Day
18.45. Houston at St. Louis (Keuchel – Westbrook) *BBC 5 Live Sports Extra
Friday 24 August
19.20. Colorado at Chicago Cubs (Pomeranz – Samardzija) *ESPN America
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 full ESPN/ESPN America schedule can be found on their website. BBC 5 Live Sports Extra can be found on digital radio, digital TV and on the BBC.co.uk website (coverage on the website is only available to UK residents). The complete schedule for this week’s MLB games can be found on MLB.com.