The first week of May is in the books, which means that we are drawing ever closer to Memorial Day. This is the day that many baseball fans regard as the time when we can officially start to talk about which teams are legitimately good or bad. We have usually seen enough by that time to start passing judgment on every single team in the MLB. I think it’s fair to suggest that we already have a rather clear picture of the best teams in the league, many of whom will be going head to head in series this week. Monday is quiet, but we have some fantastic MLB series starting on Tuesday, which are the ones we are going to cover in this piece.
Boston Red Sox Vs New York Yankees
The AL East is once again turning into a battle between the Red Sox and Yankees, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. Boston has been the front-runners since opening day, but their lead at the top is beginning to shrink as the Yankees find their feet and get rolling. There is now just a single game separating these two teams, and when you consider that the Yankees have won 5 in a row and 9 of their last 10 games, there may well be a change at the top before this week is over. It’s always fun to see these two rivals go head to head, but it’s even better when they are both really good.
Cleveland Indians Vs Milwaukee Brewers
The Cleveland Indians are off to another relatively slow start, going just 17-16 to open the season. Despite that record, they are still at the top of the AL Central, which tells you all you need to know about that division. They have lost 2 in a row and will have another tough start to the week when they go on the road to face the Milwaukee Brewers. 2017 was a solid year for the Brewers, and they are building on that with a 20-14 start to the season, which puts them just a half game out of the lead in the NL Central. A good showing in this series could take them to the top.
LA Angels Vs Colorado Rockies
The start of the week in the MLB is delivering some really great interleague match-ups, one of which we have already discussed. This is another good one, with the LA Angels coming into the week with what some would consider being a surprising lead, albeit a small one, in the AL West. They are heading to Colorado to face a Rockies team who have had a bit of an up and down start to the season, but who seem to now be finding their feet, closing out last week with a 4-game winning streak. These are two teams who have definite designs on the postseason, so this should be an entertaining series.
Arizona Diamondbacks Vs LA Dodgers
The NL West is not shaping up as expected in the early going, with one of the biggest surprises in the early part of the season being the struggles of the LA Dodgers. Things are going from bad to worse for the Dodgers, as they have now had to place ace pitcher Clayton Kershaw on the DL for at least 10 days. The Dodgers are 7 games back of the Division leading Arizona Diamondbacks right now, and that hole could potentially be deeper by the time we reach the weekend.