This weekend will feature great match ups between division rivals and plenty of excitement for all MLB fans. Off course the biggest of these showdowns, is the New York Yankees heading to bean town to take on the Boston Red Sox. This AL East match up gets some extra electricity as David Ortiz returns after missing 47 games because of an injury of his wrist. Joba Chamberlain and Josh Beckett will start the series opener, as the Red Sox although ties with the Tampa Bay Rays, hold a 3 game lead over the Yankees. Another big weekend series is the Chicago White Sox and the Detroit Tigers, as the Tigers are the hottest team in baseball and are finally healthy. Detroit will look to gain some ground on Chicago as the White Sox currently hold a 5 ½ game lead over the Tigers. Gavin Floyd and Nate Roberston are the penciled in starters for the first of the three game set.
The Philadelphia Phillies will welcome the Atlanta Braves for a three game series starting Friday in which Jair Jurrjens and Howie Kendrick will take the hill for their teams. The Phillies currently trail the Mets by 1 game for the lead in the NL East, with the Braves not far behind as they trail New York by 6 ½ games. This weekend has the makings of another great one, as does every weekend during the MLB season. It is never too early to think about the playoffs, because everyone knows that every game counts, but this weekend will give teams the chance to make up some serious ground in the standings. With less than 2 months to go in the MLB season, it is no surprise we will be watching until the end of September to see how things turn out. Fans are trying to get their hands on MLB tickets for this weekend as well as the rest of the season due to all the excitement the 2008 season has provided so far.