The MLB trade deadline has come and gone, and that means that we are now getting down to the most important stage of the regular season. There will still be an opportunity for teams to make some roster changes, but for the most part, we now know which teams have loaded up for the all-important run-in. We can now start to seriously look at the Wild Card picture, especially now that a few of the divisions are starting to look as though they might be locked up. We will take all of that into account when choosing what we think are the best series of the coming week. There are no selections made in this batch, so it’s up to you guys to keep an eye on the betting odds for each one as you search for the best possible prices.
In Depth Analysis On The Best MLB Series Of The Week
San Francisco Giants at Miami Marlins – Aug 8-10
The San Francisco Giants are continuing to hold on to a slender 1-game lead in the NL West, and they have a tough series on their hands to start the week, as they have to head into Miami to face a Marlins team that is proving to be one of the biggest surprises of the season. The Miami Marlins are hanging around in the East, and while it looks unlikely that they will be able to run down the Nationals, it is worth noting that they would be in the Wild Card Game if the season ended today. This is a huge series for both teams.
Cleveland Indians at Washington Nationals – Aug 9-10
Could this potentially be a preview of the upcoming World Series? The Cleveland Indians are maintaining a 2-game lead in the AL Central, but are feeling the surging Detroit Tigers breathing down their necks. The Nationals, on the other hand, have a comfortable 7-game lead over the Marlins in the NL East, but will be well aware that this is not the time to take their foot off the gas pedal. This is a good opportunity for both teams to test themselves against the best in their opposing conferences.
St. Louis Cardinals at Chicago Cubs – Aug 11-14
If truth be told, the NL Central looks like it’s a done deal. As the Cubs have exploded once again in the second half of the season to open up an 11.5-game lead over the Cardinals. St. Louis could make things very interesting if they could get a win in this series, but the reality is that they are probably looking at the Wild Card as their ticket into the postseason. The good news is that they are very much in the hunt there, so they just need something out of this one in order to keep pace.
Detroit Tigers at Texas Rangers – Aug 12-14
The Detroit Tigers have been arguably the best team in the league since the start of the second half, and they have now cut the deficit in the AL Central to just 2 games. They have a tough series to end the week, though, as they have to head into Texas to face a Rangers team that is dominating the West right now. This is a match-up that may very well be the best that the MLB weekend schedule has to offer.