The New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox headline the BT Sport coverage on Wednesday night and after finding a couple of winners last week, Ben Steele returns to look at the action...
"The Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees bring the biggest rivalry in baseball to London in 2019 and some of the biggest names in the sport will come with them. The two clubs come in to the game tied for the best record in the majors (25-10) and it is already looking like the American League Championship series could be between these sides"
Colon will need to get in front of big hitters
Tigers @ Rangers
Wednesday 19:05 BST
Bartolo Colon, the oldest player in the Major League, will take to the mound hoping to recapture the form that saw him carry a perfect game through eight innings against the Houston Astros last month. However, the 44-year-old struggled in his last start for the Rangers and conceded a quartet of home runs in a 5-1 loss to Boston, but tonight's opponent are certainly not as formidable as the excellent Red Sox lineup.
Colon's biggest weakness this season has been allowing home runs but Detroit don't possess a lot of big hitting power and have preferred to pick up runs through aggressive base running so this shouldn't be an issue for the big Dominican. By contrast, the Rangers live and die by the long ball. With Joey Gallo and Nomar Mazara in the batting lineup there is always a chance for Texas to light up the scoreboard; Colon will be expecting to see a lot of run support from his teammates as he searches for his second win of the season.
Trout to continue blistering pace
Angels @ Rockies
Wednesday, 20:00 BST
Live on BT Sport
Mike Trout is, perhaps, the most complete player in baseball. He fields brilliantly, steals bases and throughout his career has displayed the ability to hit out of the ground against just about any pitcher in the league. Worryingly for tonight's opponents Trout has started the season at a blistering pace and is on course to set a career best home run total. Rockies pitcher Tyler Anderson is unbeaten this term and coped well with the powerful Chicago Cubs lineup last time out but the Angels are another step up entirely. Colorado's Coors Field has a reputation for being a batter friendly ballpark and Trout will expect to add to the 12 home runs he has hit this season.
Betts can carry Sox to victory
Red Sox @ Yankees
Thursday 00:00 BST
Live on BT Sport
The Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees bring the biggest rivalry in baseball to London in 2019 and some of the biggest names in the sport will come with them. The two clubs come in to the game tied for the best record in the majors (25-10) and it is already looking like the American League Championship series could be between these sides and in a match featuring so many big names it is Boston who may hold the ace card.
Mookie Betts has started the season unbelievably well and at this early stage of the season is chasing one of the rarest prizes around, a batting triple crown. Leading the league in batting average and home runs shows his ability to cause problems to pitchers in multiple different ways, and it is Masahiro Tanaka who will take on the task of stopping Betts and his teammates. Tanaka struggled last time he played the Red Sox but has picked up the win in each of his last three starts, the game should be high scoring and I expect Betts to give Boston the edge.