The MLB season is advancing rapidly, with several teams already taking a strong lead. The Tampa Bay Rays are on top of the AL East at 25-6, and the Atlanta Braves lead the NL East at 21-10. Thursday’s lineup includes a number of interesting options, although nothing that’s going to shake up the standings.
Twins In Command
The Minnesota Twins lead the AL Central, although, at 17-14, they’re not in a strong position. They’ll meet the Chicago White Sox today in an attempt to further their lead.
The Twins have scored a total of 14 runs in their past three games while managing to score four or more in seven out of their last nine. Out of the past ten games, they’ve emerged victorious in six instances owing to scoring four or more runs.
The star player of the team, Byron Buxton, has garnered 27 hits and 18 RBI, whereas Jose Miranda and Trevor Larnach have a total of 49 hits and 31 RBI. For the upcoming match against the White Sox, Pablo Lopez will be returning as the pitcher. This season, he’s 2-2 with a 4.00 ERA and 46 strikeouts and this will only be the second time that Lopez faces off against the White Sox during his career.
Over the course of three recent games, Chicago managed to accumulate a total of 21 points. However, in six out of their last nine, they were only able to score three points or less. Andrew Vaughn is currently leading the team with 29 runs and an impressive 20 RBI. Together, Andrew Benintendi and Luis Robert Jr. have accumulated a total of 54 runs and 22 RBI.
The White Sox have dropped seven of their last 10 and need to figure out how to recover. It’s not going to happen tonight, though, as the Twins extend their lead.
Brewers Take On The Rockies
The third match of the series between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Colorado Rockies awaits at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado, this afternoon. The Brewers have lost three consecutive games, including the first two of this series, bringing their record to 18-12.
With a batting average of 237 opponents, a 3.40 ERA, and a 1.23 WHIP, the pitching staff of Milwaukee has displayed a remarkable performance on the field. The offense has scored 130 runs and recorded a .239 batting average with a .318 on-base percentage so far.
This season, the Rockies have a record of 11-20 and are currently on a three-game winning streak. With regards to pitching, the Rockies’ staff has an ERA of 5.10 and a WHIP of 1.45, while their batting average against is .266. In contrast, Colorado’s offense has scored a total of 125 runs this year, boasting a .253 batting average and .314 on-base percentage.
Despite a slow start, Colorado aims to sweep this series after losing the first two games. While the Rockies have excelled in hitting, their pitching staff has underperformed, with a team ERA of 5.10.
Milwaukee’s starting pitcher, Wade Miley, has been exceptional thus far. During his last 29 innings, Miley has only allowed six unearned runs. The Brewers are looking for revenge and will stop the slide behind Miley today.
Braves On Solid Ground
The showdown between the Braves and Miami Marlins in their division comes to a close on Thursday at LoanDepot Park. In the first two games, Atlanta claimed victory over Miami with two blowouts, including a shutout in Game 1.
The Braves bounced back after losing to the Houston Astros, and won seven out of their last nine games. They are determined to achieve their goal of keeping their winning streak alive.
With a loss marking Miami’s record as 16-15, their recent defeats against two championship teams are concerning as they attempt to avoid a home sweep. However, the Braves possess an offensive advantage, which is going to carry them through tonight’s game to capture another win.