Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Portland Timbers — 8/3, 8 p.m. ET, on MLSsoccer.com — 80
Who’s ready for some Cascadia Cup rivalry? Awww yeah. Okay, if that rivalry doesn’t get you excited, here are some facts that might. Portland is tied for second in the West. After a bad loss to Philly, Vancouver is on the ropes, just barely holding onto their playoff spot.The Timbers are angling for a franchise record-tying fifth consecutive home win. Both teams have been struggling recently. For both rivalry and desperation reasons, expect these two squads to put up a good show.
Rangers vs. A’s Saturday — 8/3, 4:05 p.m. ET, on Fox — 79
The Rangers and A’s are the only teams in contention for the AL West. That’s just a fact. And whichever one loses out will be in a tough battle for a wild card spot. After this series, the two teams play each other in just one more series. You may be starting to get the picture — these are important games. This game arguably features the most exciting pitching matchup of this series. Garza, who’s posting a 1.88 ERA in 14 1/3 innings with Texas, faces Parker, who’s struggled with command but shown the ability pitch solidly at home.
Red Bulls vs. Kansas City — 8/3, 6:30 p.m. ET, on NBC Sports — 78
One of these teams is going to win the Eastern Conference. New York is coming off a big win over Real Salt Lake, but has traditionally struggled on the road, where they’ve been shut out in three consecutive games. Kansas City lost a tough match to Montreal, but has retained a 1 point lead on the conference. To win, New York will have to overcome the loss of Tim Cahill, who’s out with an injury for three to four weeks.
Diamondbacks vs. Red Sox — 8/3, 7:10 p.m. ET local channels — 83
It’s Peavy time! Around a rather uneventful trade deadline, the biggest deal might have been the 3 way trade to send Peavy to Boston. Here, he’ll get his first start with the other Sox, and we’ll get to see how the Fenway crowd treats him. Peavy had won two straight with his old team. He’ll be facing Corbin, who’s been downright awesome for the D-backs this season. In addition to boasting a 2.24 ERA, in games where he’s on the mound, Arizona is 18-3 (his record is 12-2). Expect a sweet pitching matchup.
Cardinals vs. Reds — 8/4, 1:10 p.m. ET, on local channels — 90 Lynn and Leake. These two NL Central pitchers have made a name for themselves as top-notch starters, while not even being the aces for their respective teams. Lynn is a workhorse, and Leake possesses the ability to completely dominate. These two teams are in a close divisional race, both chasing the Pirates. The Cards could use a win to catch up to first, while the Reds need a W to keep themselves in contention.