Baseball Weekend Preview

We’re going to try something new, and probably start getting it going on Thursday nights because that’s when the weekend should start anyways.

Here we’ll give you the five most intriguing Major League Baseball weekend series to keep your eye on each weekend; with the first being the five-star series. That’s the one you’ll want to borrow someone’s MLB.tv subscription for. If you’re lucky, your team makes the cut. Reasons provided if there’s an intriguing reason they made the list.

Here’s what I’m looking forward to this weekend in baseball:

1) Atlanta Braves (28-24) at Washington Nationals (29-21)
It’s a home series in Washington, I believe this is the second time that Harper has played in a weekend series. School is about to be let out, Strasburg is on the bump tonight, and the Nats still remain in first place by a half game. The Braves will be looking for Memorial Day weekend revenge. What more could you want?

2) St. Louis Cardinals (27-24) at New York Mets (28-23)
One of these teams will be for real, and the other one will prove not to be hanging around for the summer. It’s actually a four-game set that bleeds into Monday. I think the Mets lose 3 of 4 at home to the Cards and baseball for these two teams gets closer to how it should be for a while.

3) Baltimore Orioles (29-22) at Tampa Bay Rays (29-22)
No one expected Baltimore to be in this position and things have begun to fade. Matt Wieters has had like one hit in the past few weeks. Tonight, the Orioles get a shot at David Price. It’s going to get ugly for Baltimore this weekend, I feel.

4) Texas Rangers (31-20) at Anaheim Angels (26-26)
The battle for AL West supremacy. The Angels have slowly limped back to .500, while the Rangers look like one of the strongest teams in baseball and have recently added Roy Oswalt to the mix. I don’t expect the Angels to go down without kicking and screaming. Especially in California.

5) Florida Marlins (29-22) at Philadelphia Phillies (27-25)
I am bullish about the Marlins this year, and they had 20 wins last month to prove that my gut feeling about them (felt the same way about the Chicago White Sox) was for good reason. Mike Stanton is on fire. The Marlins are just a half game out of first. Heath Bell has his bearings about him once again. I think this could be the best team in the NL by the All-Star Break.

Pitching Match-ups to DVR

Friday:
King Felix vs. Jake Peavy
Adam Wainwright vs. Johan Santana

Saturday:
Brandon Beachy vs. Gio Gonzalez
Lance Lynn vs. R.A. Dickey
Yu Darvish vs. C.J. Wilson

Sunday:
None.

Video of the Week:
There’s a damn bobble-head museum in Florida’s new park people. I know you’ve probably been made well aware of this, but how cool is it?

Bobble-heads are just another thing that makes baseball the greatest sport on earth.

That’s about it for me. I’ll be busy all weekend at my sister’s high school graduation. I can’t believe it’s here already. I won’t be watching much baseball. Well, that’s if I didn’t have an iPhone. I’ll see it all, who am I trying to kid?