The dog days of Major League Baseball has begun as we have two months left in the regular season with the trade deadline now in the rear view mirror. All focus now is on the playoff races and on Saturday August 2nd there are three outstanding games scheduled over national television that will satisfy the appetite of bettors worldwide. The action gets underway at 4PM Eastern Time.
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Two AL East division rivals take the field as the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox will play in Game 2 of their weekend series. The Yankees and Red Sox will get things started from Fenway Park in Boston at 4PM Eastern Time and Fox Sports 1 provides the coast to coast broadcast. The pitching matchup will feature Shane Greene for the Yankees battling right hander Allen Webster for the Red Sox. With Jon Lester shipped out to Oakland it will be interesting to see the mood of the Red Sox veterans as their management seems to be giving up on the season by moving a top flight pitcher.
MLB Network has a regional broadcast over national television in prime time. Most of the nation will get an AL contest between two pennant contenders as the Seattle Mariners will face the Baltimore Orioles. Things get started at 7PM Eastern Time on MLB Network. James Paxton will get the start for Seattle as he will oppose Miguel Gonzalez for the Orioles. Baltimore will enter this weekend atop the AL East series. Seattle is battling the Yankees, Royals, Indians and Rays for the final wildcard spot.
Others will receive an NL Central showdown as the Milwaukee Brewers will face the St Louis Cardinals. The Brewers and Cardinals begin play from St Louis at 7PM Eastern Time on MLB Network. Jimmy Nelson takes the hill for the Brewers as he will face newly acquired Justin Masterson for the Cardinals. With injuries to their starting staff the Cardinals had to make a move to get an arm into their rotation.