Several playoff positions still need to be decided as the MLB season enters its final stretch. Here’s a look at a few important matchups coming up on Tuesday’s schedule.
Astros Try To Extend Streak Against Rays
The Houston Astros and Tampa Bay Rays play the second of their three-game series tonight at Tropicana Field. The Astros have clinched the NL West Division title and are seeking their sixth straight win on the road. However, they show no signs of slowing down as they try to secure a first-round bye when the postseason begins.
Tampa is still in the fight for the playoffs. They’re six games behind the New York Yankees in the AL East and hold the second wild card spot by a half-game over the Seattle Mariners. Since their last four-game winning streak, they have won four of their last 11 games and were shut out by the Astros 4-0 last night.
Christian Javier is 9-9 with a 2.87 ERA and takes the mound tonight for the Astros. He will face Shane McClanahan, who is 12-5 and second in the Majors with a 2.13 ERA this season for Tampa.
The Rays win at home to tie the series.
Pirates Face Yankees For Two-Game Set
The Pittsburgh Pirates and New York Yankees meet at Yankee Stadium for the first of two games tonight. Pittsburgh has been eliminated from the postseason and will likely finish last in the NL Central Division. They can only hope to make it harder on the Yankees to clinch their division if they can break a four-game road losing streak.
New York has a slight 5.5-game lead over the Toronto Blue Jays in the AL East and most recently lost two of three games to the Milwaukee Brewers on the road. Aaron Judge also goes for home run number 60 in this series after hitting two homers on Sunday against the Milwaukee Brewers to reach 59 on the season. He needs just three more home runs to break the American League and Yankees record of 61 homers set by Roger Maris in 1961.
Not that it makes a difference in this game, but the Pirates have yet to name a starter for tonight’s matchup, while the Yankees send Nestor Cortes to the mound. He’s 10-4 with a 2.70 ERA for New York in 2022.
The Yankees take the win for their third straight at home.
Cardinals Open West Coast Trip Against Padres
The St. Louis Cardinals and San Diego Padres meet for the first of three games at Petco Park tonight. The Cardinals swept the Padres in three games in their only meeting this season at home. They hold an 8.5-game lead over the Milwaukee Brewers in the NL Central Standings with 14 games remaining in the regular season. St. Louis took three of four games from the Cincinnati Reds in their previous series.
The Padres go for their fourth straight win tonight and are battling for a wild card position in the National League. They have no hope of catching the first-place Dodgers, who already clinched the division and lead them by 21.5 games. San Diego is holding on to a 0.5-game advantage over the Philadelphia Phillies for the final playoff spot.
Adam Wainwright starts for the Cardinals tonight and is 11-9 with a 3.29 ERA. He’ll be opposing Mike Clevinger for the Padres, who is 5-7 with a 4.47 ERA in his 19 starts.
San Diego wins for their fourth straight.