The MLB regular season winds down, and all playoff teams have been decided. However, one division champ is yet to be crowned in the final few games. Here’s a glance at the important matchups scheduled for today.
Nationals Begin Series Against Mets
The Washington Nationals and New York Mets will play their final regular season series after last night’s first game was rained out. The Nationals will finish with the worst record in the Majors and last place in the NL East. In their previous series, they lost two of three to the Philadelphia Phillies at home and are 3-7 in their last ten games.
The Mets are 1.5 games behind the Atlanta Braves in the standings and need to sweep this series to have any chance of taking back first place and winning the division title. They hope to recover from being swept by the Braves in their last series and break a three-game losing streak. They are 3-6 since their latest winning streak of six games.
Cory Abbott (0-4, 5.11 ERA) will start tonight’s game for Washington and will go up against Carlos Carrasco (15-7, 3.95 ERA) for the Mets.
New York wins to keep their division title hopes alive.
Yankees Meet Rangers To Wrap Up Season
The New York Yankees and Texas Rangers will play the second of their four-game series this afternoon at Globe Life Field. New York has clinched the NL East title and lead the Toronto Blue Jays by 7.5 games in the standings. Yankees slugger Aaron Judge still has three games remaining to hit his 62nd home run and break his tie with Roger Maris for the most in American League history.
Texas will be glad to have their disastrous regular season end so they can concentrate on what they need to do to bring this team back to contention in the AL West. They’re fourth in the division, 37.5 games behind the Houston Astros, and are currently on a six-game losing streak overall and have dropped five straight at home.
Jameson Taillon (14-5, 3.83 ERA) takes the mound for the Yankees against Jon Gray (7-7, 3.93) for Texas.
New York wins for their fourth straight on the road.
Braves Hope To Clinch Division In Miami
The Atlanta Braves and Miami Marlins play the second of their three-game series today, with the Braves looking to win their fifth straight division title. The Braves lead the New York Mets by 1.5 games for first place. A victory today combined with a Mets loss to the Nationals would give Atlanta the NL East title and a first-round bye in the playoffs. However, they dropped the series’ first game last night, losing 4-0.
Miami is trying to end the season positively after a disappointing year where they will finish fourth in the division and currently have a 68-92 record. The Marlins have won two of their last three series against the Milwaukee Brewers and Washington Nationals and recently split a pair of games with the Mets. They’ve also won three straight games and seven of their last ten overall. However, they haven’t fared well against Atlanta this year and trail the season series 12-5.
Jake Odorizzi (5-6, 4.53 ERA) looks to even his season record for Atlanta against Braxton Garrett (3-6, 3.56 ERA) for the Marlins.
The Braves win to move closer to the NL East title.