The MLB trade deadline on Thursday will dominate the headlines this week and it could have a bearing on at least one of the pitching match-ups in the 10 games scheduled to start before midnight UK time this working week.
David Price is the probable pitcher for the Tampa Bay Rays’ game at home against the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday and he is at the very top of the list of the most desirable potential trade targets. The Rays’ excellent recent form over the past months has turned them from being certain sellers into possible contenders for a Wild Card and the rumours tend to be leaning towards them holding onto their ace until the offseason.
However, Tampa Bay’s success in recent years primarily has been built on trading away established players at the right time and if a team such as the Dodgers puts forward a suitably enticing package of players, Price could be on his way. One thing’s for sure, if he is still a Tampa Bay player on Wednesday then the commentators will be spending a lot of time talking about his potential departure and that it may be his final start in a Rays uniform. BT Sport 1 will be covering the game in the UK.
Elsewhere this week, an oblique injury means that Ian Kennedy will not make his scheduled start on Monday against the Atlanta Braves, with converted outfielder Jason Lane being called up from Triple-A to take his place. No doubt the Braves’ commentators will be reflecting on the Hall of Fame ceremony from the day before where Bobby Cox, Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux were elected into Cooperstown. Hopefully BT Sport 1 takes the Braves’ TV feed for that one.
Tim Lincecum’s start for the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday will also be one worth watching. It marks the final game of an important three-game series against fellow playoff contenders the Pittsburgh Pirates, especially as the Giants go into it on the back of being swept at home by the Los Angeles Dodgers. Lincecum was knocked around for six runs over 4.1 innings in the series opener against the Dodgers on Friday and he’ll be looking to bounce back at AT&T Park.
All times are in BST.
Monday 28 July
17.10. San Diego at Atlanta (Lane – Santana) *BT Sport1
Tuesday 29 July
No early games
Wednesday 30 July
17:10 Philadelphia at NY Mets (Kendrick – Wheeler)
17:10 Milwaukee at Tampa Bay (Gallardo – Price) *BT Sport1
17:35 Arizona at Cincinnati (Miley – Simon)
17:40 Washington at Miami (Roark – Hand)
19:10 Oakland at Houston (Hammel – Keuchel)
20:45 Pittsburgh at San Francisco (Morton – Lincecum) *ESPN
Thursday 31 July
18:08 Chicago White Sox at Detroit (Danks – Smyly) *ESPN
19:20 Colorado at Chicago Cubs (Matzek – Arrieta)
20:40 St. Louis at San Diego (Miller – Despaigne) *ESPN
Friday 1 August
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 BT Sport or ESPN are highlighted above. The complete schedule for this week’s MLB games can be found on MLB.com