MLB All-Star Weekend is almost here, but the league has yet to make it past today’s lineup. There are a number of interesting games worth paying attention to as the league begins to prepare for the second half of the season.
Yankees, Orioles Seek Postseason Appearances
The game between the New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles demands the attention of all American League fans, as both teams are currently embroiled in playoff battles. The Yankees emerged victorious in the opening two meetings between these formidable opponents. With a crucial game on Wednesday night looming, the outcome of Thursday night’s clash will determine their respective positions in the standings.
Thursday marks Baltimore’s last visit to Yankee Stadium, with the exception of a possible game in October. They suffered a loss on Tuesday that marked their sixth loss in the last seven games. The main culprit for their problems lies in their underperforming offense, which has only managed to rack up just 18 runs in the last seven games. It’s worth noting that of those 18 runs, seven were scored in a single game.
Aaron Judge’s absence has resulted in extensive criticism directed toward New York’s offense due to his lackluster performance. After two days since they started the series, it looks like some of their players’ batting skills are finally peaking. That’s a good sign, and the Yankees can come out on top today.
Red Sox Host Rangers
On Thursday, the Texas Rangers and Boston Red Sox will face off, taking part in an MLB showdown at Fenway Park. This game will conclude the three-game series between the two teams.
Game 1 witnessed the Rangers win, but in Game 2, the Sox managed to level the playing field by securing two runs. On Tuesday, the Rangers secured a resounding 6-2 victory after successfully recording three runs in the second inning. However, their luck worsened in Game 2, as Texas managed to score a pair of runs in the sixth, but ended up losing the game with a final score of 4–2.
Jon Gray, the starting pitcher, showed a commendable performance, holding out 6 innings while allowing only three hits, although he had some difficulties in terms of bases on balls with three thrown in. In the opening game, the Red Sox were unable to generate much momentum despite racking up ten hits, all of which were singles.
On Tuesday, Boston gave up 10 hits, repeating it on Wednesday. However, in the second game, they gave up nine hits. The Red Sox held on for the win, but can’t repeat the performance in Game 3. They likely won’t, coming together to pick up the win.
Diamondbacks Seek To Defend Position
Today, the New York Mets and Arizona Diamondbacks are ready to cross paths once again. The Mets have shown their offensive prowess in their recent games, racking up an impressive 18 runs in their last three games alone. In their most recent stretch of wins, the Mets emerged triumphant in five of seven games while successfully scoring four or more runs.
In the last three games, the Diamondbacks managed a total of eight runs; however, they struggled to score more than three runs in five of their previous seven games. It’s disheartening that the Diamondbacks have suffered losses in seven of their last eight games due to scoring three runs or less. Today won’t be much different.