Six games are scheduled in MLB this Thursday, as the second half of the 2022 season officially begins. Here’s what’s anticipated for these upcoming matchups.
Yankees Take On Astros In AL Clash
The New York Yankees and Houston Astros will play the first of two games featured in a doubleheader on Thursday afternoon at Minute Maid Park. Houston has won three of five games against New York this season, as they sit at the top of the AL West standings. However, the Seattle Mariners have cut the Astros’ lead to nine games during their current 14-game win streak.
The Yankees are 3-5 in their last eight games and hold a 13-game lead over the Tampa Bay Rays in the AL East standings. They are 5-5 in the previous ten games on the road and have cooled off considerably since going 22-6 in June. New York has yet to decide on a starter, while the Astros will send Cristian Javier to the mound where he’s 6-5 with a 3.22 ERA.
New York takes the win against Javier, who has struggled in his last two starts.
Rangers Face Marlins In Interleague Matchup
The Texas Rangers and Miami Marlins will face each other for the first time since 2017 in the first of a three-game series at LoanDepot Park. Texas, unfortunately, ran into the buzzsaw that is the Mariners in their last series and was swept in four games at home. As a result, they are third in the AL West, 17.5 games out of first place. Jon Gray starts for the Rangers and is 6-4 with a 3.71 ERA.
Miami is 14 games behind the New York Mets in third place in the NL East and was also swept at home in their last series against the Philadelphia Phillies. They are 4-8 since their six-game winning streak ended on July 6. Pablo Lopez takes the mound for the Marlins and is 6-4 with a 2.86 ERA. He has been great at home this season, where he is 3-1 with a 2.35 ERA.
The Marlins end their home losing streak with a victory.
Giants Look To Narrow Gap In NL West vs. Dodgers
The San Francisco Giants travel south to Los Angeles to start a four-game series against the Dodgers. The Giants won their last two series on the road against the Arizona Diamondbacks and Milwaukee Brewers and have won three straight games. They’re in third place in the NL West standings, with 12.5 games separating them and the division-leading Dodgers.
The Dodgers are on another of their dominant season streaks. They have won four straight and are 15-2 in their last 17 games. They have also won their previous seven games at home and lead the NL West by ten games over the second-place San Diego Padres. In addition, Los Angeles has the best pitching staff in baseball, with a 2.96 ERA and opponents hitting just .217 against them.
Los Angeles wins at home for their fifth straight victory.