A full slate of games is scheduled on Wednesday in Major League Baseball as teams are still figuring out where they stand in the first weeks of the season. Here’s a look at a few of the key matchups coming up in today’s action.
Braves and Dodgers Wrap Up Series
The Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers play the final game of their three-game series this afternoon at Dodger Stadium. This is the final game of a seven-game road trip for Atlanta, which is 3-3 on their west coast swing. The Braves have struggled to start the season and have a 6-7 record, which puts them 3.5 games behind the Mets for the lead in the NL East.
The Dodgers started the season losing two of three games to the Rockies in Colorado but returned home to win five straight games before losing in last night’s game 3-1, which snapped the team’s seven-game win streak overall. Last night, Los Angeles only had two hits against Max Fried, with Walker Buehler allowing three runs and eight hits over five innings pitched. Tony Gonsolin will make his third start for the Dodgers tonight as Charlie Morton takes the mound for the Braves.
Atlanta will win their second straight as they get another strong pitching performance from Morton today.
Yankees Look to Clinch Series vs. Tigers
This hasn’t been a strong start for the Yankees, who haven’t won consecutive games since winning the first two games of the season against the Red Sox. The team has been alternating wins and losses for nine straight games and looks to end that pattern tonight. However, they will again be facing a pitching staff for Detroit, which is number 12 in the league in teams ERA at 3.54.
Detroit has playoff aspirations this season but has lost four of their last six games, losing both series against the White Sox and Red Sox, but looked good over the weekend against the Royals, winning two games out of three. However, Detroit has struggled at the plate and is ranked 28th in batting with a .196 average. Austin Meadows has been the most productive at the plate for the Tigers, with ten hits and a .417 batting average but must again face a Yankees staff that is third in the majors in ERA at 2.48.
The Yankees’ pitching will dominate again as they clinch the series with a win.
Rangers Hope to End Four-Game Skid in Seattle
Texas will face Seattle in the second game of their three-game set at T-Mobile Park tonight. The Rangers haven’t given themselves much chance to win so far this season, with their pitching being a major issue. Unless they can right the ship soon, they could be in danger of losing this series and a lot of games for the rest of the season. They’re currently at the bottom of the AL West standings with a 2-8 record.
Logan Gilbert gets the start tonight for the Mariners and is 1-0 with a 0.90 ERA in ten innings pitched and has eleven strikeouts. The 24-year-old was dominant in both his appearances this season vs. the Twins and White Sox. As long as Seattle’s offense continues to hit well, they can make his job much easier, as they’ve averaged 5.8 runs in the last five games overall.
Seattle’s offense and pitching will dominate as they hand Texas their fifth straight loss.