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How to watch, what to watch for on May 9th of the 2021 MLB regular season

We take a look at the games on slate for Sunday, May 9th in the 2021 MLB season.

Yermin Mercedes of the Chicago White Sox bats against the Cleveland Indians on May 1, 2021 at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago, Illinois. Photo by Ron Vesely/Getty Images

The last day of the week will be a busy one in MLB. Fifteen games will be part of the slate that’ll wrap up the weekend, and start times will range from 1:05 p.m. ET to 7:00 p.m. ET. There’s a lot to keep track of and we’ve identified some of the best matchups, fantasy targets, and rookies to keep an eye on.

Best Games To Watch

The Chicago White Sox are in command of the American League Central with an 18-13 record and will face the third-place Kansas City Royals to wrap up the weekend. Kansas City is only 2.5 games back from the leaders despite having lost its last seven games. The Royals will have to put together a solid performance to avoid getting swept in their second series against the White Sox this year. Chicago is one of baseball’s best teams at the plate and scored nine runs on Saturday. Can the White Sox replicate that success on Sunday?

The National League West’s top two teams are going at it again, and the San Francisco Giants hope to hold off the second-place San Diego Padres at Oracle Park. Both teams boast top-notch defenses capable of keeping the score low, and the home team will start Johnny Cueto. The season series is 4-3 in the Giants’ favor and the Padres have a chance to even things up.

Fantasy Spotlight

The Los Angeles Angels’ Jose Quintana is having a terrible year. The 32-year-old left has given up 20 runs in 17 innings and has an abysmal 10.59 ERA. While he’s done a decent job racking up strikeouts in his short outings so far this season, his BABIP is an abysmal .477. Only the Boston Red Sox have scored more runs than the Los Angeles Dodgers this year. Justin Turner, Corey Seager, Mookie Betts, and Chris Taylor should all be on your fantasy radar.

Rookies to Watch

The White Sox’s Yermin Mercedes is still going strong. He leads all rookies with 36 hits. He’s batting .371 on the year and has more RBIs (17) than strikeouts (16). The Royals have been outscored 21-5 against Chicago this season, so Mike Minor could be in for a long day.

MLB regular season schedule for Sunday, May 9th

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

Red Sox vs. Orioles, 1:05 p.m. ET
Nationals vs. Yankees, 1:05 p.m. ET
Diamondbacks vs. Mets, 1:10 p.m. ET
Reds vs. Indians, 1:10 p.m. ET
Brewers vs. Marlins, 1:10 p.m. ET
Twins vs. Tigers, 1:10 p.m. ET
White Sox vs. Royals, 2:10 p.m. ET, ESPN+
Blue Jays vs. Astros, 2:10 p.m. ET
Rockies vs. Cardinals, 2:15 p.m. ET
Pirates vs. Cubs, 2:20 p.m. ET
Mariners vs. Rangers, 2:35 p.m. ET
Padres vs. Giants, 4:05 p.m. ET
Dodgers vs. Angels, 4:07 p.m. ET
Rays vs. Athletics, 4:07 p.m. ET
Phillies vs. Braves, 7:00 p.m. ET, ESPN

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