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How to watch, what to watch for on May 21st of the 2021 MLB regular season

We take a look at the games on slate for Friday, May 21st in the 2021 MLB season.

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We have a full 15-game slate Friday in the majors, with the first game starting at 7:05 p.m. ET between the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals. We are going to take a look at the best games on the schedule, rookies to keep an eye out for, and fantasy spotlight.

Best Games To Watch

For the end of the work week, we have a few good games on deck in the majors. The first two games will start during the 7 p.m. ET hour with the Chicago White Sox heading to the Bronx to take on the New York Yankees. The White Sox have the best record in baseball at 26-18 and the AL. Meanwhile, the Yankees are only two games behind Chicago for the top spot, despite being in third place in the AL East. Carlos Rodon (5-1, 1.47 ERA) will be on the mound for Tony La Russa’s club.

The other game beginning later that hour will be the Tampa Bay Rays and the Toronto Blue Jays. The Rays are second in the AL East and will have Tyler Glasnow on the mound. As for the Jays, they’ve been fun to watch this season led by Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and are only 1.5 games out of third place.

Finally, the last game to watch is the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants at 9:45 p.m. ET. The Giants have been one of the surprise stories in baseball this season, with the best record in baseball at 28-16. Trevor Bauer will be on the mound for LA, while Alex Wood will get the start for San Fran.

Fantasy Spotlight

San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. did not skip a beat in his return to the lineup on Wednesday against Colorado. Tatis Jr. went 4-for-4 at the plate with a home run and 2 RBI. On the season, the young infielder is hitting .270/.339/.620 with 10 home runs and 16 RBI. Tatis also has an impressive OPS of .959 and averaging 11.2 fantasy points per game in DFS. He’s been the real deal and will be a major player in both standard fantasy and DFS.

Rookies to Watch

We haven’t talked about this rookie much after his debut last season with the Boston Red Sox, but first baseman Bobby Dalbec has started to figure it out after a slow start to the season. Dalbec clubbed his fifth home run on Thursday night, moving his batting average up to .215 with five home runs and 21 RBI. In the last seven days, the 25-year-old infielder is slugging .316/.381/.789. The Red Sox hope that is a sign of things to come for the rest of the season.

MLB regular season schedule for Friday, May 21st

If no streaming option is listed, game is available on MLB.tv pending blackout restrictions.

Orioles vs. Nationals, 7:05 p.m. ET
Red Sox vs. Phillies, 7:05 p.m. ET
White Sox vs. Phillies, 7:05 p.m. ET
Brewers vs. Reds, 7:10 p.m. ET, FS1
Twins vs. Indians, 7:10 p.m. ET
Mets vs. Marlins, 7:10 p.m. ET
Pirates vs. Braves, 7:20 p.m. ET
Rays vs. Blue Jays, 7:37 p.m. ET
Astros vs. Rangers, 8:05 p.m. ET
Tigers vs. Royals, 8:10 p.m. ET
Cubs vs. Cardinals, 8:15 p.m. ET
Diamondbacks vs. Rockies, 8:40 p.m. ET
Athletics vs. Angels, 9:38 p.m. ET
Dodgers vs. Giants, 9:45 p.m. ET
Mariners vs. Padres, 10:10 p.m. ET, ESPN+

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