What to watch for this weekend in Major League Baseball
There are a ton of story lines right now around Major League Baseball and many you should be on the look-out for this weekend!
1. STREAKING BO-SOX
The Boston Red Sox are the hottest team in baseball right now as they sit at 16-2 out of the gate this season. They've won every series that they've played this season, they've beaten up on the AL East early on, and they've cooled down another hot American League team in the Los Angeles Angeles. The team sits at number one overall in four major offensive categories: Runs, Batting Average, On-Base Percentage, and Slugging Percentage. Mookie Betts has been a man among boys early on this year, becoming the offensive catalyst for this team. They'll be looking to keep the good times rolling this weekend in Oakland against the 9-10 A's. The Sox will have their top two pitchers going this weekend in Chris Sale on Saturday and David Price on Sunday. Saturday will be the marquee match-up of southpaws in Sale vs. Sean Manaea and Manaea is having himself a really solid start to 2018. He's currently 2-2 with 1.63 ERA and does not walk hitters, he's walked only 4 in 27.2 innings pitched.
2. DYNAMIC DUEL IN HOLLYWOOD
Friday night pits two of the games best against each other to open a weekend series in Los Angeles, California as the Dodgers take on the Washington Nationals. The match-up we're staying up late for on Friday night at 9:10pm is Max Scherzer vs. Clayton Kershaw. Both pitchers haven't disappointed so far this season, Scherzer has pitched to a 3-1 record, 1.33 ERA, hitters are hitting only .147 against him, and he's got a crazy good WHIP of 0.67. In the home corner for the Dodger-Blue is Kershaw, he's pitched to some tough luck early this year as he's only 1-2 but his ERA is sitting at a beautiful 1.73, and has a 0.88 WHIP. Both teams have had to deal with some offensive injuries which will make things a little easier to navigate through this game for both of these guys.
3. FOLLOWING UP A NO-HIT BID
Patrick Corbin nearly had himself a no-hitter on Tuesday night against the San Francisco Giants until Brandon Belt was fooled by a breaking ball, checked his swing, and rolled an infield single to the vacated left side of the infield in the 8th inning. Corbin will take the mound for the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday at home against the San Diego Padres (7-13). He'll be facing 24 year old rookie left-hander, Joey Lucchesi who's impressed early on this year. He's sporting a perfect 2-0 record with a sparkling 1.66 ERA, a 0.97 WHIP, and he's holding opposing hitters in check at a .221 batting average clip. As far as Corbin goes, he's putting it all together early on this season, he's also perfect at 3-0, with a similar 1.65 ERA, an outstanding 0.70 WHIP, and if you thought Lucchesi was good against opposing hitters, Corbin's better as he's held them down to the tune of a .151 batting average. Should be a fun one to wrap up the weekend.