Each MLB game this week features a division leader, the most surprising of which might be the New York Mets.
Don’t get mad, Queens! That’s not hate. That’s just the fact that the Mets play in the same division as the Nationals, who many pegged as the favorite to win the World Series this year.
New York faces the Orioles on Wednesday and the Orioles have their own hopes and dreams. Certainly one of those dreams would to not be in the A.L. East, which is always brutal.
The Cardinals also lead their division and face many fresh faces on the Cubs on Monday night. Wunderkinds all: Kris Bryant, Addison Russell, Jorge Solar, Anthony Rizzo and many more. And more good news for the Cubs: pitcher Travis Wood knows how to throw to first base, unlike his well-paid teammate Jon Lester.
The Tigers lead the Royals by half a game in the A.L. Central as of this writing, and Sunday’s contest is as important as any game they will play against each other in September.
The Royals lost a lot of key players from last year’s World Series team but have seemed to replace them in fine order. The Tigers also revamped their squad after losing former Cy Young winner Max Scherzer free agency, as well as fellow former Cy Young winner Justin Verlander to arm troubles.
Here’s this week’s schedule.
Monday, May 4
Chicago at St. Louis, 8pm (ESPN)
Travis Wood vs Carlos Martinez
Wednesday, May 6
Baltimore at New York Mets, 7pm (ESPN)
Ubaldo Jimenez vs Jacob deGrom
Sunday, May 10
Kansas City at Detroit, 8pm (ESPN)
Jason Vargas vs Shane Greene