Ranking the Best MLB Games This Week

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New York Yankees' Aaron Judge runs the bases after hitting a two-run home run against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, April 19, 2023, in New York.
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BetMGM Staff @BETMGM May 30, 2023, 12:47 PM

You can view updated MLB odds for all games this week at the online sportsbook.

But what are the best games scheduled for this week?

Ranking the Best MLB Games This Week

3. Miami Marlins vs. San Diego Padres

Date: May 30, 2023
Time: 6:40 p.m. ET

Playoff races are already intensifying in both leagues. Two unsuspecting foes with playoff aspirations meet in an early week matchup at LoanDepot Park as the Miami Marlins host the San Diego Padres.

The Marlins have sustained their early-season surge, sitting in the second wild card spot, 3.5 games up on the Friars. Still, their wins appear to be coming from an unsustainable place. Miami sits in the league’s bottom half in ERA and OPS, ranking 16th and 21st, respectively. They will have to turn things around against one of the teams trying to catch them in the standings if they hope to maintain their postseason ambitions.

Thankfully, underachieving has been a common theme for the Padres, who have struggled to win consistently over the past few seasons. The front office has spent a lot of money trying to make this team competitive, pulling off blockbuster trades to bring in some of the best players in the MLB. Nevertheless, the team has just three playoff series wins and is below .500 through the season’s first two months.

Sandy Alcantara and Ryan Weathers take to the mound on Tuesday, setting up the most entertaining pitching matchup of the series. More importantly, the winner of this series will carry some much-needed momentum into the first weekend in June.

2. New York Mets vs. Philadelphia Phillies

Date: May 31, 2023
Time: 7:10 p.m. ET

The NL East has become a battleground where playoff hopes go to die. The defending National League Champions are off to a slow start this season, sitting fourth in the division and 7.0 games back of the lead. Likewise, the New York Mets, who started the season among the top-rated squads, are third and outside the playoff picture. Both teams look to make up some much-needed ground as they face off for a three-game set in Queens.

Unfortunately, neither team will have their staff aces take to the mound against each other. Justin Verlander will be on regular rest for Thursday’s outing. However, Max Scherzer could get the nod in the series finale. The Philadelphia Phillies have already announced that Aaron Nola will start Wednesday’s battle against Carlos Carrasco, making it the most intriguing contest.

Carrasco is coming off his best start of the season, throwing 6.2 innings of one-run ball against the Chicago Cubs. Conversely, Nola got torched for five runs in 6.0 innings pitched. His downfall was the long ball, as Nola gave up three homers in the loss.

Both teams need a series win, and Wednesday’s contest could be the pivotal turning point for both squads.

1. Los Angles Dodgers vs. New York Yankees

Date: June 4, 2023
Time: 7:05 p.m. ET

Two of the most beloved franchises square off for an interleague showdown on Sunday night. The Los Angeles Dodgers have turned things around after a slow start to the season, leading the NL West. Likewise, the New York Yankees are tied for the fourth-most wins in the majors, staying afloat in the toughest division in baseball.

Pitchers have yet to be announced for the series, but Sunday’s starters should pit Tony Gonsolin against Nestor Cortes. Since returning at the end of April, Gonsolin has been a steadying force for the Dodgers. The former All-Star has a sparkling 2-1 record with a 1.82 ERA. Although inconsistent efforts have plagued Cortes this year, the Yankees are 3-1 over his past four starts, with the southpaw limiting two of four opponents to two earned runs.

This series is loaded with star power, and all eyes will be on this primetime contest, foreshadowing a potential World Series matchup.

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