The race for the playoffs in Major League Baseball is heating up with just over a month remaining in the regular season. Here’s a look at a few of the matchups with playoff positions at stake as the season winds down:
Orioles Look To Rebound Against Guardians
The Baltimore Orioles and Cleveland Guardians will play the second of their three-game series at Progressive Field tonight. Baltimore is looking to bounce back from last night’s shutout loss, in which they only managed one hit. However, they are still in the hunt for a playoff spot and trail the Toronto Blue Jays by three games for the last wildcard position.
Cleveland is holding on to a 1.5-game lead over the Minnesota Twins in the AL Central after dropping three of four games to the Seattle Mariners in the previous series. They have an 8-7 record since their last six-game winning streak and look to extend their division lead with a second straight victory tonight.
Jordan Lyles is 9-9 with a 4.45 ERA this season and makes the start tonight for Baltimore. He’ll face Triston McKenzie, who holds a 9-10 record and 3.17 ERA for the Guardians.
Cleveland wins for their second straight at home.
Dodgers Meet Mets For Game 2
This battle between NL division leaders continues tonight in Brooklyn as the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Mets meet in the second of their three-game series. The Dodgers are still rolling in the second half of the season and have won nine of their last 11 games. They have extended their division lead over the San Diego Padres to 19.5 games in the NL West.
New York has now lost two in a row after winning three straight over Colorado Rockies in their last series and leads the Atlanta Braves by three games in the NL East standings. They are just 9-9 in the previous 18 games since their most recent six-game winning streak but have still been able to hold onto first place.
Tyler Anderson has been outstanding for the Dodgers this season and brings a 13-2 record and 2.69 ERA into tonight’s matchup. He’ll go up against Jacob DeGrom for the Mets, who is 3-1 with a 2.15 in five starts since coming off the disabled list.
The Mets win to break a two-game slide.
Red Sox Hope To Avoid Sweep Against Twins
The Boston Red Sox and Minnesota Twins play the finale of their three-game series tonight at Target Field. The Red Sox have lost all hope of a postseason berth as the end of the regular season approaches. They’re last in the AL East, 17 games behind the New York Yankees, and have lost nine of their previous 12 games. However, they also hope to avoid their fourth straight loss to Minnesota.
The Twins are hoping to regain the lead in the AL Central and trail the Cleveland Guardians by just 1.5 games in the standings. They’re going for their sixth straight win after Nick Gordon had a career night, hitting his first grand slam and driving in six runs in their 10-5 victory against the Red Sox last night. A win in this game would be their second straight series sweep after being swept themselves in the previous two series.
Michael Wacha will make the start for the Red Sox and is 9-1 with a 2.53 ERA this season. Joe Ryan will take the mound for Minnesota tonight and is 10-6 with a 3.65 ERA.
Boston wins in a close matchup to avoid the sweep.