There are now just about six weeks left in the MLB regular season, and the days are passing quickly. As August starts to fall into the second half of the month, there are several teams still fighting for a way to survive past October 1.
Mets and Pirates Look for Way Out
As the New York Mets prepare to welcome the Pittsburgh Pirates in Game 1 of their upcoming three-game series, both teams find themselves striving to circumvent occupying the bottom position in their respective NL divisions. At the onset of the season, both the Mets and Pirates fostered great expectations, which they now aim to salvage by securing a victory on Monday night.
On Sunday night, the Mets managed to salvage a win in the last game of their four-game series against the Atlanta Braves. This victory came thanks to Kodai Senga’s exceptional performance as he pitched six strong innings, leading the Mets to a 7-6 triumph.
Meanwhile, in a thrilling encounter, the visiting Pirates split points with the Cincinnati Reds. Initially, the Pirates secured a 4-2 victory in Game 1, but the Reds struck back, forcing a tense 10-inning battle that ultimately ended in a 6-5 victory for the Pirates.
New York’s 7-6 win against the Braves on Sunday was only a small consolation of how swiftly Atlanta surged ahead in the competition for dominion over the NL East. The win followed the Braves’ triumphant streak of victories on Friday night with a flawless doubleheader performance against the Mets on Saturday, triumphing with scores of 7-0, 21-3 and 6-0.
The Mets are in a funk, but probably not for long. They’re getting the house in order and will start with a victory tonight.
Marlins and Astros Face Off
LoanDepot Park will be the battleground on Monday night as the Miami Marlins and the Houston Astros go head-to-head. The Astros have been displaying impressive skills in their recent football matches, eager to close in on the leading Rangers. On the other side, the Marlins find themselves merely surviving in the intense competition for the NL Wild Card spot.
With the series shifting to Miami, there is anticipation among fans to witness the team’s ability to recreate their triumphant performance in their own territory. Despite currently holding the second position in the AL West rankings, the Astros showcased an impressive display throughout the season while playing away games.
In the current season, the Astros’ away game performance has been remarkable, with 35 wins and 25 losses on foreign soil. Surprisingly, this outshines their performance on home turf. Moreover, their recent track record indicates a promising trend with six victories and only four losses in their last 10 games, signifying a surge in team confidence and progress towards the desired trajectory.
The Marlins can find solace in their exceptional performance while playing in their own ballpark this season. Boasting an impressive record of 36 wins and 25 losses in home games, they aim to break free from their recent streak of four victories and six defeats in the last 10 matches, hoping to regain their winning momentum.
Nonetheless, the Marlins’ deficiency in squad depth raises concerns, as their lackluster productivity may ultimately prove detrimental in this particular situation. That’s going to show today as the Astros control the tempo.
Diamondback Look to Advance
In a highly anticipated matchup at the Coors Field, the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies prepare for an electrifying clash in MLB action this Monday. With an even 59-59 overall record, the Diamondbacks have recently rejuvenated themselves, slowly but surely gaining traction.
After a spell of arduous weeks, they finally broke through with two consecutive victories. Notably, In their latest triumph, the Diamondbacks exhibited great resilience, scoring three runs during the last three innings and effortlessly securing a well-deserved win. However, one can anticipate the Rockies unleashing their unwavering determination, leaving no stone unturned in pursuit of victory in this momentous showdown.
Flexen put on an incredible performance in his most recent outing, surrendering a total of five runs. The Diamondbacks, on the other hand, have an average of 4.65 runs per game, and it seems highly likely that they will surpass that average in this upcoming match.