Memorial day is the unofficial start of Summer and what says Summer more than cookouts and baseball? With the NBA and NHL playoffs nearing their conclusion, now is the time to start getting back into the swing of things with your favorite baseball team. This Memorial Day weekend does not disappoint and provides a plethora of enticing match ups across both the AL and NL and even a few great interleague match ups. See below for our top 5 options not to miss out on this weekend:
5) San Francisco Giants vs. Chicago Cubs
The NL West and Central races are extremely tight as we approach the 2-month mark of the MLB season. Both the Giants and Cubs find themselves just 2 games behind their respective division leaders. The Giants are being led by the trio of Brandon Crawford, Buster Posey, and Texas Longhorn alumni Brand Belt who is off to a red-hot start to the season. The Cubs on the other hand remain one of the deepest teams in the league both at the plate and on the mound. The series will include an appearance by the Cubs current win leader, Jose Quintana, during the Saturday evening match up. This will be a great weekend to get down to Wrigley and sing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame”! Click here to secure your tickets.
4) St. Louis Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates
In what is a very deep NL Central both teams are right near the top trying to chase down the Brewers. A reason by itself to check out this match up is the potential to see Cardinals reliever Jordan Hicks come out of the bullpen. Earlier this week he dusted off a pair of 105 mph heaters to the Phillies, the fastest recorded pitches in the MLB this season! The Pirates on the other hand are in contention for one of the surprise teams of the young season and now is a great time for anyone considering jumping on their bandwagon. Click here to get down to PNC Park and watch some baseball down by the water.
3) Los Angeles Angels vs. New York Yankees
Trout. Stanton. Ohtani. Judge. Just 4 of the big-time superstars that will be on display in the Bronx this weekend. The Yankees have the best record in baseball and the Angels have the LeBron James of the diamond. Both teams will seemingly be contributing multiple players to this year’s MLB All-Star Game, but this weekend is a great time for a sneak peek at a fraction of the cost. It’s unsure at this point if Ohtani will take the mound but the last time he faced the Yankees CY Young candidate Luis Severino, he made sure to introduce himself loudly. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to and click here to grab your tickets.
2) Atlanta Braves vs. Boston Red Sox
Who saw this start from the Atlanta Braves coming? Most “experts” had the Braves picked out for a rebuild but Nick Markakis along with rookie studs Ozzie Albies and Ronald Acuna Jr. have had other ideas. Meanwhile, Boston, sporting the league’s 2nd best record is off to a blazing start from the batter’s box and have 2 MVP candidates in the lineup. Both Mookie Betts and JD Martinez are hitting over .340 and are tops in the MLB in HR’s. To catch this big time interleague match up, click here to get some of the best seats Fenway Park has to offer.
1) Houston Astros vs. Cleveland Indians
When the last 2 AL champions get together you know you are in for a great series. Cleveland, while not off to it’s best start is still leading a weak AL Central and its stars have shined brightest including Jose Ramirez with a team high 14 HR’s and 34 RBI’s. As for the World Champs? They have picked up right where they left off in 2017 and have kept the bus rolling. Their pitching has been phenomenal, and they perhaps have the 2 current leading candidates for the AL Cy Young in Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole (Starting the Sunday game of this series). This could be a potential playoff preview and a great time do some scouting for both fan bases. Make your way down to the ballpark and click here to grab your seats.