Major League Baseball enters its final stretch, with two division races still to be determined with less than two weeks left in the regular season. Monday Night Football also features a critical division matchup in the NFC. Here’s what’s anticipated in tonight’s action.
Yankees Open Series In Toronto
The New York Yankees will begin a three-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays tonight at Rogers Centre. New York has qualified for the playoffs and can clinch the division title in this series. They also hope to extend their current winning streak to eight games overall and nine straight at home. They swept the Boston Red Sox in four games in the previous series.
The Blue Jays lead the wild card standings but have yet to clinch a postseason berth. They have won two straight after a recent three-game losing streak and are two games ahead of the Tampa Bay Rays in the standings. They still haven’t been eliminated from winning the division but would need to win their final nine games to have any chance.
Luis Severino (6-3, 3.36 ERA) makes the start on the mound for New York against Kevin Gausman (12-10, 3.32 ERA) for the Blue Jays.
The Yankees win for their tenth straight at home.
Orioles Face Red Sox In Four-Game Set
The Baltimore Orioles and Boston Red Sox face each other for the final time this season, starting tonight at Fenway Park. Baltimore is still in the race for a playoff appearance but trails the Seattle Mariners by four games for the final wild-card spot in the AL. However, they need to start stringing together some wins and end their two-game losing streak if they hope to make it to the postseason.
The Red Sox have solidified their position at the bottom of the NL East and have lost five straight games. The only thing Boston can hope for at this point is to finish the season above .500, but they need to win all their remaining ten games to reach that goal.
Jordan Lyles (11-11, 4.50 ERA) starts tonight for the Orioles against Connor Seabold (0-3, 10.47 ERA) for the Red Sox.
The Orioles win to end their two-game losing streak.
Cowboys And Giants Meet In NFC East Battle
The Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants meet in their first division matchup on Monday Night Football. Dallas hopes to tie the Giants for second place and get another victory without QB Dak Prescott, who had surgery on his injured thumb after Week 1.
The Cowboys swept the season series against the Giants in 2021 and can’t afford to fall further behind the division-leading Philadelphia Eagles. Backup QB Cooper Rush was solid in last week’s win over the Cincinnati Bengals, throwing for 235 yards and a touchdown for the Cowboys.
New York hopes to start the season 3-0 for the first time since 2016. That year, they finished 11-5 and lost to the Green Bay Packers in the Wild Card round.
QB Daniel Jones has completed 71% of his passes in the first two games and has thrown for 364 yards and three touchdowns with one interception. RB Saquon Barkley has been impressive so far, rushing for 236 yards and averaging more than six yards per carry. He rushed for 164 yards on 18 carries in Week 1.
The Giants win to tie Philadelphia for the division lead.