The Fourth of July Holiday features a full schedule of games in MLB. There’s a lot of great action today, but several games stand out.
Cubs Look To Keep Momentum Against Brewers
The Chicago Cubs hope to continue their winning ways as they travel to face the Milwaukee Brewers in the first of a three-game series. The Cubs are fourth in the NL Central and trail the first-place Brewers by 13 games. They have not lost a series since their season-high ten-game losing streak ended back on June 21 and most recently took two of three from the Boston Red Sox.
Milwaukee is holding a slim two-game lead over the St. Louis Cardinals and split their last series with Pittsburgh Pirates. They have now won six of their previous eight games and go for their third straight win at home this afternoon.
Justin Steele gets the start for the Cubs and is 3-5 with a 4.39 ERA. He will go up against Eric Lauer, who is 6-3 with a 4.02 ERA and 80 strikeouts for the Brewers.
The Brewers win at home to take the series’ opening game.
Mets Begin Three-Game Series Versus Reds
The NL East-leading New York Mets make the trip to Cincinnati on Monday for a quick three-game road trip to face the Reds. The Mets are hanging on to a slim 3.5-game lead over the Atlanta Braves in the standings but are 5-7 in their last 12 games overall. However, since losing three straight, they rebounded to take two games against the Texas Rangers to win that series.
The Reds are at the bottom of the NL Central and trail the Brewers by 17.5 games. They are just 4-12 in their last 16 games and most recently defeated the Atlanta Braves to end a four-game losing streak.
Taijuan Walker steps on the mound for New York and is 6-2 with a 2.72 ERA in 72.2 innings. He will be matched up against Hunter Greene for the Reds, who holds a 3-9 record and 5.92 ERA on the season.
The Mets will cruise to victory in the season’s first matchup against the Reds.
Cardinals Open First Series Against Atlanta
Two teams battling for the lead in their respective divisions will match up this evening as the St. Louis Cardinals and Atlanta Braves face off in this battle of National League contenders. The Cards are second in the NL Central, just two games behind Milwaukee, and look to rebound after losing their last series to the Phillies.
Atlanta is 3.5 games behind the Mets in the NL East and is hoping to bounce back after their4-3 loss to the Reds last night. They’re 6-4 in their last ten games and are slowly inching closer to New York for first place in the division.
The Cards’ Dakota Hudson brings his 6-4 record and 3.83 ERA to face Kyle Wright, who is 9-4 on the season with a 3.03 ERA for the Braves.
The Braves win a close game to get the home victory.