With the MLB season coming to a close and the MLB All-Star Game in the books, you’re probably thinking about which team you want to watch the biggest game of the summer.
The Cleveland Indians will be looking to break a season-long 0-2 losing streak with a sweep of the Miami Heat on Monday night at Progressive Field.
Here are the best and worst MLB games to watch this week:Monday night’s game will be the first time that the Indians will play their Opening Day lineup in front of the home crowd.
The Tribe’s lineup has been plagued with injuries since the start of the season, including outfielder Jose Ramirez being lost for the season with a right hamstring strain and center fielder Anthony Rizzo missing the first seven games of the year.
But with the lineup that the Tribe has put together in the last month, the offense is expected to be much better.
The lineup that has put the Tribe on top of the American League Central is led by rookie catcher Andrew Miller.
Miller has put up career highs in home runs (14), RBI (71) and doubles (13) and has also been the Indians’ go-to guy on the bases with a .327 batting average.
Miller’s offensive numbers aren’t out of the ordinary in a lineup that is filled with power and power-speed combos, but he’s going to need to be more consistent at home to stay in the lineup.
Tuesday’s game against the Atlanta Braves will be a much different story.
The Braves have been one of the hottest teams in baseball since they brought in veteran pitching coach Tim Lincecum in late January.
However, it looks like that hot start has been overshadowed by injuries and inconsistency at the back end of the lineup with the Braves batting just .220 at home and a .225 on the road.
The only thing that could keep the Braves afloat is the return of second baseman Christian Bethancourt, who will be making his first start of his career on Tuesday.
He was traded to the Braves from the St. Louis Cardinals in the offseason, but has not pitched in the majors this season.
The Atlanta Braves’ rotation currently consists of ace Jake Peavy, lefty Justin Verlander, righty Mike Minor, right-hander Luis Severino and lefty Zach Eflin.
The best baseball games to be had on Tuesday will be those that are played at Progressive Fields and will take place in the early evening hours.