Major League Baseball has a complete schedule of games on tap for Wednesday, including several important division rivalries. Here’s a look at what’s in store for a few of today’s games:
Red Sox Try Dodging Second Straight Series Loss To Rays
The Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays continue their four-game series tonight at Tropicana Field. Tampa took over second place in the AL East with their 3-2 victory over Boston. It was the second straight loss for the Red Sox since splitting their series with the division-leading New York Yankees.
Tampa has now won two straight and has a chance to take a second series against Boston in the last week with a victory tonight. Most recently, the Cincinnati Reds swept them on the road in three games. John Winckowski is 3-3 with a 4.35 ERA for Boston and will go up against Shane McClanahan, who is 9-3 with a 1.73 ERA for the Rays.
Tampa wins this matchup for their fifth straight victory over Boston.
Dodgers Look To Rebound Against Cardinals
The Los Angeles Dodgers had their seven-game winning streak snapped last night in the first game of their series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. The Dodgers have won 11 of their last 13 games overall and have extended their lead in the NL West to 7.5 games over the San Diego Padres.
The Cardinals are still hoping to take the lead in the NL Central and have now won three in a row at home. They’re two games behind the Milwaukee Brewers in the standings and split their last series with the Philadelphia Phillies. However, they haven’t made up much ground recently and are 5-8 in their previous 13 games overall.
Tony Gonsolin has yet to lose a decision this season and has an 11-0 record and 1.62 ERA, both tops in the Majors, for the Dodgers. He will face Adam Wainwright, who is 6-7 with a 3.15 ERA for the Cardinals.
Los Angeles takes the victory on the shoulders of another great outing for Gonsolin.
Padres And Rockies Battle In NL West
The San Diego Padres and Colorado Rockies meet again tonight at Coors Field after splitting the first two of their four-game series. The Padres haven’t won three straight games in close to a month and are 7.5 games behind the division-leading Dodgers in second place in the NL West standings. They are also 3-6 this season against the Rockies.
The last time Colorado won three straight games was when they swept the Padres in their previous series in mid-June. They are 6-5 in their last 11 games and tied for last place in the division with the Arizona Diamondbacks, 18 games out of first place. The Padres’ Joe Musgrove, who is 8-2 with a 2.09 ERA, goes against Chad Kuhl with his 6-5 record and 4.02 ERA for the Rockies.
San Diego wins to drop the Rockies to one game over .500 on their home field.