Sarah Braunstein

Weekend Baseball: What to Watch

This weekend has its share of watchable match-ups. The Red Sox play the Blue Jays and the Yankees face the Indians, with first place in the AL East pretty much up for grabs. The AL West will keep it in the division, with Angels vs. Mariners and A’s vs. Rangers. And the Mets try to extend their one-game NL East lead against a Marlins team looking to recapture their early season success.

But which games are the ultimate in watch-ability? To find that out, you’ll have to click MORE

Friday: Detroit Tigers at Baltimore Orioles
Two words. Matt Wieters. The 2008 Baseball America Minor League Player of the Year, often called Joe Mauer with power, is set to make his major league debut tonight. Since May 16, Wieters, a switch-hitting catcher, is hitting .368 with one home run, two triples and 12 RBIs at Triple-A. The O’s have had a number of successful call-ups already this season, but few have been as anticipated as this one. I know, I know, you think I’m only excited because I’m an O’s fan. But seriously, this kid is going to be a superstar. Wieters-mania has begun.

Saturday: St. Louis Cardinals at San Francisco Giants
It’s bro vs. bro in this NL showdown as Yadier Molina and company head out west to play against his big brother Bengie. Bengie is hitting .253 with eight home runs this season and has caught only nine base stealers while allowing 36. Yadier, hitting .268 with three home runs, is excelling behind the plate, throwing out 36.7 percent of base stealers. The Cards are sitting on a one-game lead in the super-tight NL Central and they’ll be relying on Chris Carpenter to help them hold on. But no matter what the standings say, a battle of the Molina’s is always enjoyable.

Sunday: Los Angeles Dodgers at Chicago Cubs
Sometimes you gotta tip your hat to Sunday Night Baseball. They definitely picked the right game this week. The Dodgers and Cubs will be wrapping up a four-game series in Chicago. The last time these two teams met at Wrigley, the Dodgers were busy knocking the Cubbies out of the playoffs. If the Cubs get their act together, we could see a rematch this October. Plus, it’s always a treat to see two old school managers like Joe Torre and Lou Piniella duke it out small-ball style.

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