AL EAST - - Red Sox vs Yankees
The Yankees took the 1st game of the four game series on Thursday. If the Red Sox were not World Series champs, the nod for AL East series of the weekend would have went to the Blue Jays vs Orioles. I can't imagine the Red Sox not making the playoffs in 2014 but this weekend could start rubbing the sticks together to start that fire.
AL CENTRAL - - Indians vs White Sox
Remember to the 2012 Baltimore's Orioles and their improbable playoff berth? That's exactly how I feek about the Cleveland's run to the playoffs last season. Much like the O's failed to make consecutive post season appearances, the same fate awaits the Tribe. My bold prediction is that the White Sox that will challenge them for 3rd place in the division. The series began Thursday night with the Sox breaking a 14 game losing streak against the Tribe...a sign of things to come!
AL WEST - - A's vs Mariners
"To the man, you've gotta beat the man" Ric Flair The Mariners lost 2 of 3 in Oakland to the A's and (pardon the exaggerated tone in April) can ill-afford to do the same during this weekend's series at Safeco Field.
NL EAST - - Nationals vs Braves
The sexy pick last season to win the AL East was the Nationals. The sexy pick to possibly knock the Braves out of first place in 2014 is again the Nationals. The Nats lost 2 of 3 against the Braves in Washington. Sure it's their only two losses of the season but feasting on teams like the Miami Marlins and New York Mets only makes you pretenders not contenders.
NL CENTRAL - - Cubs vs Cardinals
The argument here is simple, the Cubs hold the power in the NL Central to decide who wins the division. The Cardinals play their first three of 19 games versus the Cubbies after seeing the Pittsburgh Pirates took 4 of 6 from Chicago. If Chicago finds a way to take two games this weekend...who am I kidding!
NL WEST - - Tigers vs Padres
This may not be an inter-divisional game but this series has me wondering, how do the Tigers not sweep the Padres? Porcello, Verlander, Scherzer pitching in the cavernous Petco Park against a team that has scored only 20 runs in 9 games this season. If the Padres find a way to take 2 of 3, Royals fans should cry if they don't take 2 of 3 from Twins and make up a game on the Tigers "the easy way".