The division races continue to heat up tonight as Major League Baseball has several games on the schedule. Here’s a look at some of the key matchups in tonight’s action.
Mets To Face Marlins in NL East Battle
The New York Mets and Miami Marlins will play their second series in the last week, with Game 1 this evening at LoanDepot Park in South Florida. The Mets took three of four games from the Marlins before losing two straight against the Houston Astros in their most recent series. Miami has won its last six games at home and just completed a three-game sweep of the Colorado Rockies.
The Marlins are currently fourth in the division standings, 11.5 games behind the Mets. Taijuan Walker gets the start for New York and is 5-2 with a 2.88 ERA, and Sandy Alcantara makes his 15th start for Miami. He’s 7-2 and second in the Majors in ERA at 1.72.
Miami wins at home to extend their streak in a close matchup.
Dodgers and Braves Looking To Extend Streaks
The Los Angeles Dodgers travel to Atlanta to take on the Braves for a three-game weekend series. After sweeping the Cincinnati Reds, LA has won its last three games on the road. Previous to that, they lost two of three games to the Washington Nationals. Atlanta is the hottest team in the National League and is 18-3 in their last 21 games overall.
Atlanta is four games behind the Mets in the NL East, while the Dodgers recently took over first place in the NL West from the Padres and lead them by one game.
The Dodgers send Julio Urias to make his 14th start of the season. He is 4-6 with an ERA of 2.56. Atlanta’s Ian Anderson is 6-3 with a 4.35 ERA, and will take the mound for them in the series’ first game.
The Dodgers’ road streak will continue with a win tonight in Atlanta.
Phillies Continue Road Trip Against Padres
The Philadelphia Phillies continue their 11-game road trip as they play the second of four games against the San Diego Padres. The series’ first game was a 6-2 victory for the Phillies last night, which snapped a three-game losing streak. San Diego was tied with the Dodgers for first in the NL West but is one game behind in the standings after last night’s loss. Philly is 5-3 on this road trip and is eight games behind the Mets in the NL East standings.
Aaron Nola is 4-4 with a 3.11 ERA and will match up against MacKenzie Gore, who is 4-3 with an ERA of 3.64 on the season.
The Padres will get the win at home against a tough Phillies lineup.