It is the final week of July and the final week without football in our lives. We turn our attention to the National Football League next week for the Hall of Fame game. But, before that, there are some sports this weekend we need to discuss.
Top Sports Events for This Weekend – July 30 – July 31
MLB Trade Deadline
The Major League Baseball trade deadline is Tuesday afternoon. There are several teams that are looking to bulk up for the stretch run – the final 60 games of the season. There are also several teams that are looking to unload some valuable pieces to a puzzle.
It will be interesting to see where guys go. Will Juan Soto be out of Washington, D.C.? What starting pitchers will get moved? Will there be teams that make significant enough moves to push the needle into the postseason?
This is a HUGE weekend for it, so keep your eyes and ears open for any deadline deals over the weekend.
AL West Battle
The top two teams in the American League West get together for a four-game series. The series started on Thursday night as the Houston Astros topped the Seattle Mariners. You get to see Justin Verlander take on Robbie Ray on Friday, followed by another good pitching matchup on Saturday that pits Chris Flexen against Framber Valdez.
Sunday, of course, the final game of the series should also be an epic one. The Mariners are 11 games behind Houston, so it is not so much about catching them as it is staying in the American League wildcard hunt. These are four big games this weekend.
Rocket Mortgage Classic
Tony Finau is red hot right now. After winning last weekend, he shot -8 on his first day at the Rockets Mortgage Classic. It will be interesting to see how well he is challenged Friday through Sunday.
Webb Simpson is another name to watch as he looks to pick up from recent struggles. Cam Champ and Adam Scott are also two guys that will be in the mix when the final day – Sunday gets here. It should be a great weekend for golf!
The featured fight here is the Women’s Bantamweight Championship, which sees Pena vs. Nunes. The two are both fierce competitors and not familiar with losing. Nunes comes into the fight as a huge favorite, but never count out Pana.
The Heavyweight fight here should be a good one, as you can get Pavlovich, who is 15-1 in his career, at -147 odds. He will take on Lewis, who is making his 36th career MMA fight. The American Airlines Arena in Dallas is in for a treat with UFC 277.
Verizon 200 at the Brickyard
NASCAR continues to roll along. You can find this on NBC on Sunday afternoon. Nothing better than a summer Sunday in Indianapolis. AJ Allmendinger is the defending champion of these 82 laps of glory. Look for a tight race here!
Enjoy the weekend of sports! Plenty over the weekend and a bunch to come as August rolls in!