Major League Baseball has nine games on the schedule on Monday as teams start the week facing new opponents. Here’s what to expect in a few of tonight’s important matchups.
Blue Jays Host Red Sox In NL East Clash
The Boston Red Sox try to keep their streak alive as they travel to Toronto to face the Blue Jays in the first of a three-game series. Boston swept its last two series and has won against its previous seven opponents overall. Their current seven-game winning streak is the longest in the Major Leagues, and they are now 11 games behind the Yankees for second in the division standings.
Toronto is tied with the Tampa Bay Rays for third place and trails Boston by 1.5 games. They lost their last series against the Milwaukee Brewers on the road and have won four of their last 12 games overall.
Connor Seabold will make his second career start for the Red Sox in tonight’s game. He got a no-decision in his first appearance, giving up two earned runs in three innings pitched. The Blue Jays will start Kevin Gausman, who is 5-6 with a 3.19 ERA in 14 starts this season.
Boston will get the win against Gausman, who has been shaky in his recent starts.
Guardians Hope to Regain Division Lead versus Twins
The Minnesota Twins and Cleveland Guardians begin their second series in the last week, as they both look to take control at the top of the AL Central Division. The Twins won the previous matchup, taking two games at home before winning two out of three from the Colorado Rockies over the weekend. Cleveland has lost four straight games and was recently swept by the Boston Red Sox at home. They’re now two games behind Minnesota in the standings.
Sonny Gray takes the mound tonight for the Twins. He’s 3-1 with a 2.53 ERA in nine starts this season. He will be going against Tristan McKenzie, who is 4-5 with a 3.51 ERA in 12 games for the Guardians. He’s also given up nine runs and five home runs in 11.1 innings against Minnesota in 2022.
The Twins win to extend their division lead over Cleveland.
White Sox and Angels Look To Extend Streaks
The Chicago White Sox and Los Angeles Angels meet for the second time this season tonight in Anaheim. These teams split the last series in Chicago 2-2. The White Sox recently snapped a four-game losing streak in their previous game against the Baltimore Orioles last night with a 4-3 victory. Dylan Cease struck out a season-high 13 batters to get the win on the mound. Chicago is currently 5.5 games behind the division-leading Twins in the AL Central.
Los Angeles is 5-5 in their last ten games and won the final game of their series against the Seattle Mariners after a huge brawl in yesterday’s game in which eight players were ejected, including both team managers.
Luca Giolito will make his13th start for White Sox and is 4-4 with a 5.40 ERA. He will face the Angels’ Noah Syndergaard, who is looking to improve his 4-6 record and 3.86 ERA as he makes his 12th start of the season.
The Angels will win their second straight game at home in tonight’s matchup.