MLB Series You Shouldn’t Miss This Week - August 14th

MLB Series You Shouldn’t Miss This Week – August 15th

Written by on August 14, 2017

If you’re fired up about the 2017 MLB regular season as it steamrolls toward the end of the regular season and what promises to be a thrilling postseason, then you need to know all about the best matchups on tap for this coming week. Can the incendiary Boston Red Sox slow down the streaking St. Louis cardinals in their quick, Interleague MLB series early this week? If you’ve got questions about which MLB series look like they’re going to be the most entertaining this coming week and their respective betting odds for the baseball week, then I’ve got answers. Can the reeling Houston Astros find their mojo in time to right a ship that has gone horribly off course the last few weeks? Can the streaking Minnesota twins boost their hopes of overtaking Cleveland in the AL Central and what’s going to go down when the Red Sox and Yankees meet up for another one of their competitive AL East division clashes?

Analyzing the MLB Series You Shouldn’t Miss This Week – August 15th

St. Louis Cardinals at Boston Red Sox

Let’s get started with the incendiary AL East-leading Boston Red Sox (67-50) hosting the streaking St. Louis Cardinals (61-57). Boston is 9-1 in their last 10 games while St. Louis has gone 8-2 over their last 10 to pull within one game of the NL Central-leading Cubs and one game ahead of the feisty Milwaukee Brewers. The BoSox and Cards will square off in a two-game Interleague MLB series beginning on Tuesday. “We’re a better team than when we started,” St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said. “I believe we’re going to be better as we move along, too. [We’ve] just got to continue to work to figure out the holes we’ve got to continue to fix. I see this as a level of expectation of how we should play every game as we go forward, as long as they let us play.”

ST. LOUIS CARDINALS TEAM STATISTICS

Average Score For 4.66 Offensive Hits 8.75 Offensive Walks 3.61 Average Score Against 4.19 Defensive Hits 8.47 Defensive strikeouts 8.27

BOSTON RED SOX TEAM STATISTICS

Average Score For 4.77 Offensive Hits 9.06 Offensive Walks 3.51 Average Score Against 4.04 Defensive Hits 8.51 Defensive strikeouts 9.50

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Arizona Diamondbacks at Houston Astros

The struggling Houston Astros (72-45) are just 3-7 in their last 10 games but still lead the NL West by a dozen games. The Arizona Diamondbacks (66-52) have gone 4-6 over their last 10 to fall a whopping 18 games behind the incendiary Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West. Both of these teams need wins, but particularly Houston.

ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS TEAM STATISTICS

Average Score For 4.92 Offensive Hits 8.73 Offensive Walks 3.51 Average Score Against 3.99 Defensive Hits 8.09 Defensive strikeouts 9.25

HOUSTON ASTROS TEAM STATISTICS

Average Score For 5.70 Offensive Hits 10.05 Offensive Walks 3.22 Average Score Against 4.42 Defensive Hits 8.20 Defensive strikeouts 9.92

Cleveland Indians at Minnesota Twins

The red-hot Minnesota Twins (59-57) have gone 8-2 over their last 10 to narrow the gap on the AL Central-leading Cleveland Indians (63-52) and they’ll host their division rivals in a three-game set beginning on Tuesday night looking to narrow the gap on their 4.5-game deficit even more. “It’s amazing the difference a year makes,” Twins manager Paul Molitor said. “We’re still looking at 46 games to go. I think we all know what happened last year as far as having to endure that. But we’re obviously in a much better position.”

CLEVELAND INDIANS TEAM STATISTICS

Average Score For 4.79 Offensive Hits 8.72 Offensive Walks 3.73 Average Score Against 3.86 Defensive Hits 7.90 Defensive strikeouts 10.03

MINNESOTA TWINS TEAM STATISTICS

Average Score For 4.68 Offensive Hits 8.68 Offensive Walks 3.72 Average Score Against 5.11 Defensive Hits 9.43 Defensive strikeouts 7.09

LA Angels at Washington Nationals

The Halos (61-58) have won six straight and seven of their last 10 to move within a dozen games of slumping Houston. Mike trout is finally healthy, Albert Pujols is swinging the bat well and the Angels have confidence that they can at least secure a wild card spot in the American League. Albert Pujols is swinging the bat well and the Angels have confidence during these MLB series that they can at least secure a wild card spot in the American League. Still, they’ll have their hands full with a Washington Nationals (70-46) ballclub that has won seven of their last 10 and has shown no signs of slowing down whatsoever this season.

LOS ANGELES ANGELS TEAM STATISTICS

Average Score For 4.29 Offensive Hits 8.23 Offensive Walks 3.10 Average Score Against 4.33 Defensive Hits 8.45 Defensive strikeouts 8.03

WASHINGTON NATIONALS TEAM STATISTICS

Average Score For 5.41 Offensive Hits 9.53 Offensive Walks 3.38 Average Score Against 4.35 Defensive Hits 8.16 Defensive strikeouts 9.09

NY Yankees at Boston Red Sox

Beginning on Friday night, the AL East-leading Red Sox (67-50) will host the second place New York Yankees (61-55) in a three-game set. Every time the Yankees seemingly closing the gap on the BoSox, Boston pulls away just a little bit more.

NEW YORK YANKEES TEAM STATISTICS

Average Score For 5.15 Offensive Hits 9.01 Offensive Walks 3.79 Average Score Against 4.19 Defensive Hits 7.90 Defensive strikeouts 9.48

BOSTON RED SOX TEAM STATISTICS

Average Score For 4.77 Offensive Hits 9.06 Offensive Walks 3.51 Average Score Against 4.04 Defensive Hits 8.51 Defensive strikeouts 9.50

Cleveland Indians at Kansas City Royals

Last but not least, the Cleveland Indians (63-52) will close out their week against another AL Central division challenger when they visit the third place Kansas City Royals (59-58). While Kansas City has dropped seven of its last 10 at the time of this writing, the Royals are just five games behind the Tribe and should have plenty of legitimate hope when this MLB series gets underway on Friday.

CLEVELAND INDIANS TEAM STATISTICS

Average Score For 4.79 Offensive Hits 8.72 Offensive Walks 3.73 Average Score Against 3.86 Defensive Hits 7.90 Defensive strikeouts 10.0

KANSAS CITY ROYALS TEAM STATISTICS

Average Score For 4.46 Offensive Hits 8.81 Offensive Walks 2.46 Average Score Against 4.59 Defensive Hits 8.93 Defensive strikeouts 7.58