As the regular season enters the final month, many teams are still jockeying for position as the MLB postseason approaches. Here’s a look at some of the important matchups on today’s schedule:
Yankees Seek Fourth Straight At Home Against Twins
The Minnesota Twins and New York Yankees begin a four-game series tonight at Yankee Stadium. New York still holds onto its lead in the AL East and is five games ahead of the Tampa Bay Rays in the standings. They’re hoping to protect a 45-20 record at home and win for just the fifth time in their previous 11 games at Yankee Stadium.
Minnesota is currently tied with the Cleveland Guardians for first in the AL Central after winning yesterday against the Chicago White Sox to avoid the series sweep. They also lead the Sox by two games in the standings and are 6-3 since their recent six-game losing streak. However, they are 1-3 since winning five straight at home.
Chris Archer starts tonight for the Twins and is 2-7 with a 4.52 ERA. He’ll face Jameson Taillon for the Yankees, who is 12-4 on the season with a 3.97 ERA.
New York wins to keep its home streak alive.
Red Sox And Rays Begin Three-Game Series
The Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays continue their AL East rivalry tonight at Tropicana Field. Boston is last in the division standings but has made up some ground on the first-place Yankees with their recent play and trails them by 13.5 games. However, they are not yet out of the playoff picture and are 7.5 games behind the Toronto Blue Jays, who currently hold the last wild card playoff position.
The Rays have won nine of their 13 games against Boston this season, winning five straight games against their division rivals at one point. However, Tampa had their five-game winning streak snapped by the Yankees last night, falling just short of sweeping the series with a 2-1 loss. They are five games behind New York and one game ahead of the Blue Jays in the most competitive division in the Majors.
Michael Wacha brings his 10-1 record and 2.56 ERA to the mound for Boston tonight to go up against Luis Patino for Tampa, who is 1-1 with a 3.95 ERA in four starts this season.
Boston wins a close one for their sixth straight victory.
White Sox Hope To Cool Off Mariners
The Chicago White Sox will make their only trip to Seattle this season for three games against the Mariners starting tonight. Chicago has been near the top of the AL Central all season but has failed to put together enough wins to challenge for first place. They have won four of their last five games and are two games behind Minnesota and Cleveland, who are tied for the division lead. They came up just short of sweeping the Twins in their last series but took a 5-1 loss at home in yesterday’s game.
Seattle is second in the AL Central and is still moving closer to the division-leading Houston Astros, trailing them by ten games and occupying second place. They also hold the top wild-card spot in the AL by two games over the Blue Jays. Seattle swept its last two series against the Cleveland Guardians and Detroit Tigers and is going for its eighth straight win overall.
Lance Lynn of Chicago is 4-5 with a 4.70 ERA and makes the start tonight against Marco Gonzales for the Mariners, who is 10-12 and holds a 3.99 season ERA.
Seattle wins at home to extend the streak.