What to watch: Central division rivals in both leagues duke it out

A fan holds up a Royals pendant during a celebratory parade on Nov. 3, 2015 in Kansas City. (File Photo by Evert Nelson | The Collegian)

Cubs at the Cardinals

In what is considered one of the toughest divisions in baseball, these two rivals square off for the first time this season. Today will mark game two of the series. It won’t be the best pitching for either team, but it is always fun to watch the Cardinals and the Cubs duke it out. With the Cardinals having sustained long terms of success and the Cubs just now discovering their talents, it could make for one of the best overall seasons for this rivalry.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. today on the MLB Network.

Tigers at the Royals

This matchup brings high intrigue to these parts of the country because last year the Royals took the division from the Tigers, who struggled last season. The pitching matchup for this game will showcase two guys who were offseason acquisitions for both teams. The Royals will bring out Ian Kennedy and the Tigers will put Jordan Zimmermann on the bump. This is game two of the series, making it a possible series-clinching game.

The first pitch for this American League Central matchup will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday on ESPN.

Pistons at the Cavaliers

Anything is possible in the NBA playoffs. When you are playing LeBron James in the first round of a playoff series, however, the odds are not in your favor. James has never lost a first-round playoff series in his career. The Pistons are looking to change that. The Cavs took game one of the series, but the Pistons put up a fight. To have a fighting chance, the Pistons will need to steal this game in Cleveland, so they can have the home-court advantage as they head back to Detroit for game three.

Game two will tipoff at 7 p.m. Wednesday on TNT.

Sporting KC at San Jose

Sporting KC is coming off a tough road loss to FC Dallas on Sunday. The rainy conditions weren’t the best for play in the Dallas area. Sporting struck first going up 1-0 before ultimately falling 2-1. Sporting will be looking to bounce back against San Jose, who is a Western Conference opponent. The Earthquakes currently sit in sixth place in the division, so KC will need to earn all three points over San Jose to keep them out of the bottom part of the league.

Kickoff for this match is set for 2:30 p.m. Sunday on ESPN.