The World Series continues on Monday night from Citizen’s Bank Park in Philadelphia, while Monday Night Football features an AFC North clash in a battle for dominance in Ohio. Here’s a closer look at both of tonight’s matchups.
Astros and Phillies Meet For Game 3
The Houston Astros and Philadelphia Phillies will play Game 3 of the World Series tonight, with the series tied 1-1. Houston rebounded from a loss in Game 1 at home to take a 5-1 victory on Saturday. Framber Valdez had the best start for any pitcher so far in the series for Houston, going 6.1 innings while giving up one run on four hits and striking out nine batters. The Astros are now 8-1 so far in these playoffs.
The Phillies took Game 1 for the fourth straight postseason series but had their four-game winning streak ended in Game 2 and had no home runs for the first time in the last nine games. Philadelphia has hit 17 homers in just 12 postseason games and has a .975 OPS in the playoffs at their home ballpark.
Tonight’s pitching matchup will feature Lance McCullers for the Astros against Noah Syndergaard of the Phillies. McCullers missed most of the regular season with a forearm injury and was 4-2 with a 2.27 ERA in eight starts. He has allowed three earned runs and ten hits with 13 strikeouts this postseason.
Syndergaard was 10-10 with a 3.94 ERA in 24 season starts. He has one start and appeared in relief twice in the postseason, giving up one run in 5.1 innings. He has a 2.30 ERA in his eight career playoff games.
Houston wins to guarantee another home game in the series.
Bengals Face Browns in AFC North Battle
The Cincinnati Bengals travel to Cleveland to face the Browns in the first season clash between these division rivals. The Bengals have won two straight games since their 19-17 loss to the Baltimore Ravens on the road in Week 5 and need a win to keep pace with them at the top of the division standings. They are also looking for their first win in the division this season, where they are 0-2. Last week, the Bengals won at home against the Atlanta Falcons 35-17 to go above .500 and now sit with a 4-3 mark on the season.
The Browns are hoping to end a four-game losing streak after starting the season 2-1. Their last win was in Week 3 over the Pittsburgh Steelers 29-17. They have struggled on offense during this losing streak, where they have failed to score more than 20 points in three games. They’re now 2-5 on the season, with just a half-game lead over the Steelers in third place in the AFC North. They lost on the road last weekend 23-20 to the Baltimore Ravens as their defense continues to struggle.
The Bengals have played well in their last two games and are averaging 24.7 points per game this season. They are also one of the best teams through the air, averaging 278.7 yards per game. Joe Burrow torched the Falcons last week for 481 yards and three touchdowns in their 35-17 win.
Cleveland awaits the return of QB Deshaun Watson in five more weeks and hopes to be in a position to make a playoff run when he comes back. A fifth straight loss tonight would make it harder to accomplish that feat with the difficult schedule they have coming up in the next several weeks.
The Bengals win for their fifth victory in the last six games.