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NBA Playoffs Take a Break, but Baseball Has a Full Slate

The NBA Playoffs get the night off after two rather mundane games yesterday. The MLB season is in full swing, however, and has plenty of hot action today. A couple of games could offer interesting results.

Marlins Start Series Against the Padres

The Miami Marlins will play the San Diego Padres in the first game of their four-game series at Petco Park today. The Arizona Diamondbacks just took down the Marlins in a sweep, and Miami is in revenge mode. After a seven-game winning streak, Miami lost three consecutive games. The Marlins currently sit second in the National League East at 12-11, trailing the New York Mets.

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After beating the Pittsburgh Pirates by 5-2 on Sunday, San Diego is now 15-8. The Padres’ game against the Cleveland Guardians in interleague was postponed Tuesday. It was played as part of a doubleheader Wednesday, with each team taking one win each.

The Padres will take today’s game in what will be a strong defensive battle.

Tigers In a Cage Against the Astros

After Wednesday’s doubleheader, the Tigers will be in Houston to begin a four-game series against the team everyone loves to hate. They will fly home Sunday night to begin a seven-day, six-game homestand with the Oakland Athletics. Tuesday’s doubleheader is included. This does not bode well for the team, already down 8-15 on the season.

The Astros, on the other hand, have scored 14 runs over their last three games, and five runs or more in nine of their last nine games. When scoring four or more runs, they are 10-0. The Astros’ Michael Brantley is the leader with 24 hits and RBI, while Kyle Tucker and Alex Bregman have a combined 43 hits and 31 RBI.

This will be an easy win for the Astros, but the Tigers will put up a fight.

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Cards Look to Deal a Shutout

The St. Louis Cardinals are out west to face the San Francisco Giants. This is the first of a series that includes four games. With a 10-0 victory on Wednesday night, the Cardinals ended a short series against an old rival, the Kansas City Royals.

In their last game, the Giants suffered an 8-run defeat against the LA Dodgers, who took the series 2-0. However, the Giants are still among the best-scoring offenses in the league, averaging more than 4.8 runs per game. This ranks them third in the league. Giants are doing a great job of manufacturing runs, relying less on the long pass; however, it won’t be enough.

The Cards take the win in a lopsided game.

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Erik is a writer and a sports nut who has had the good fortune to be able to experience a wide variety of world sports action up close and personal. He enjoys staying on top of the changing world of athletics and capitalizing on his writing skills to offer a unique take on what's going on in the ever-changing athletics ecosystem.

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