Ten games are on the schedule for today in Major League Baseball as we approach All-Star weekend in Los Angeles. Here are a few of the exciting matchups set for Monday’s action on the diamond:
Pirates Seek A Rare Third Straight Win In Miami
The Pittsburgh Pirates and Miami Marlins meet for the first time this season for the first of four games at LoanDepot Park. Pittsburgh has won three games in a row only twice this season. They gained a game on the NL Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers after taking two of three from them over the weekend.
Since winning six straight games, the Marlins have split their last two series against the LA Angels and New York Mets. They’re fourth in the NL East, 11 games behind the Mets and four behind the Philadelphia Phillies in third place. Mitch Keller is 2-6 on the season with a 5.21 ERA for the Pirates and will get the start against Trevor Rogers for Miami. He’s 4-7 with an ERA of 5.57 this season.
Miami will get their second straight win to end the Pirates’ streak.
Red Sox Hope Their Bats Stay Hot Versus Rays
The Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays begin a four-game series tonight in Florida. These teams played a series last week, with the Rays taking two of three from their division rivals in Boston. The Red Sox came back in their last series to beat the New York Yankees in the final two games to gain a split. However, they’re still 14 games out of first place in the AL East Division.
Tampa returns home today after being swept on the road by the Cincinnati Reds. They’re 1.5 games behind Boston in the division standings and are 5-4 since losing four straight games. Brayan Bello makes his second career start for Boston and hopes to do better this time after giving up four earned runs in four innings pitched and taking the loss in his first game in the Majors. Matt Wisler takes the mound for the Rays and is 2-3 with a 2.58 ERA in four starts.
The Rays win at home to end their recent slide.
Mets And Braves Battle For NL East Lead
The New York Mets make the trip to Atlanta on Monday to face the Braves at Truist Park. The Mets have a slim 1.5-game lead over the Braves in the division standings. The teams split the first four games they played in Queens during the first week of May. New York is coming off a loss last night to the Marlins, where they were shut out 2-0.
The Braves are 15-6 in their last 21 games and have won eight of their last ten contests. They swept the Washington Nationals over the weekend and took three of four from the Cardinals at home over the previous seven games. Max Scherzer makes his sixth start tonight for the Mets and is 5-1 with a 2.26 ERA. The Braves will counter with their ace Max Fried, who is 9-1 and is tenth in the Majors in ERA at 2.52.
Atlanta gets the win at home and moves one win closer to taking the NL East lead.