There are just a few weeks left in the MLB Season, with many teams still trying to secure playoff positions. Here’s a look at a few of the critical games on the schedule for Friday:
Red Sox Hope To End Losing Streak In Baltimore
The Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles meet for a crucial three-game series starting tonight at Camden Yards. Boston had their recent five-game winning streak stopped by the Tampa Bay Rays, who swept them in three games in their last series. They need to get back into the win column if they hope to have a chance at a wild card berth and are ten games behind the Toronto Blue Jays for the final playoff position in the American League.
The Orioles are fighting for a playoff spot but have their eyes on the lead in the AL East. The New York Yankees lead them by 10.5 games in the standings with 25 games to go in the regular season.
They’re also just 4.5 games behind the final wild-card spot. However, Baltimore has lost four of its last five games at home and must turn things around quickly to have any hope of playing past the first week of October.
Brayan Bello gets another chance on the mound tonight for the Sox. He’s 1-4 with a 5.91 ERA. The Orioles will start Austin Voth, who has a 4-2 record with a 4.41 ERA this season.
Baltimore gets the win at home to end their losing streak.
Rays Hope To Put Pressure On Yankees
The Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees meet for their final series of the season beginning tonight in the Bronx. The Rays are just 4.5 games behind the Yankees, who can’t seem to shake their second-half slump.
Tampa has won eight of its last nine games and swept the Red Sox over the weekend after taking two of three from New York last week. However, in the season series, they still trail the Yankees 9-7.
New York is only hoping to hold onto their division lead, which is the smallest it’s been since the first month of the season. Since their last five-game winning streak, the Yankees are 5-7 after taking four out of five from the Minnesota Twins in their previous series. Aaron Judge is still tearing the leather off the ball with his league-leading 55 home runs, but his teammates are giving him very little help on offense in the second half of the season.
Drew Rasmussen seeks his tenth win tonight for the Rays and is 9-4 with a 2.79 ERA. He’ll go up against Frankie Montas for New York, who is 5-11 and holds an ERA of 3.79 in 2022.
Tampa gets the road win to continue their hot streak.
Braves Look For Division Lead In Seattle
The Atlanta Braves and Seattle Mariners will play their only season series starting tonight at T-Mobile Park. Atlanta grinded back from its deficit in the NL East and is now a half-behind the New York Mets for the division lead. They can take over first place with a win and a Mets loss against the Florida Marlins.
Seattle is still hoping to make it to the playoffs for the first time in over 20 years. They’re second in the wild card standings but are just a half-game ahead of the Toronto Blue Jays for the final playoff berth in the American League. The Mariners lost their most recent series against the Chicago White Sox after winning seven straight.
Atlanta sends Charlie Morton to the mound, who is 7-5 with a 4.01 ERA, to face Robbie Ray for the Mariners. He’s 12-8 with a 3.45 ERA coming into tonight’s matchup.
Atlanta wins for their eighth straight.