This Weekend in MLB Baseball

There are a few good series going on in Major League Baseball this weekend. The Tampa Bay Rays will be hosting the New York Yankees for three games. The Rays are just half game behind the Twins for the best record in baseball, and the Yankees trail the Rays by 1.5 games, so when this series is said and done we can see the Rays expand that lead to 4.5 games, or the Yankees could be the team with the 1.5 game lead. For the opener, Tampa is -160 favorites, which is a lot. Yes they are at home, and yes they open with Tyler Glasnow, who is 6-0 with a 1.47 ERA. But New York counters with Domingo German who is 6-1, and has a 2.35 ERA.

The other big series, probably even bigger than NY-Tampa, would be over in the National League where the Cubs host the Brewers for a 3 game set. Chicago has a slight half game lead on Milwaukee, and this is turning out to be a pretty good rivalry as of late. You remember last year when Chicago failed to win the one game playoff at the end of the season against the Brewers when the two teams ties with the same exact record? The Cubs even had home-field for that game but still ended up dropping the game 3-1, giving Milwaukee the NL Central crown, though they didn't do much with it in the playoffs.

This series will feature a nice pitching duel when 3-0 Cole Hamels goes against 4-0 Zach Davies in game 2, followed by Sunday night's game of the week when Jon Lester gets the ball against Jhoulys Chacin. I think the Cubs will take 2 of 3 and expand that lead in the Central to 1.5 games at the end of the weekend.