Several series are set to start tonight in Major League Baseball, with some playoff positions yet to be decided. Here’s a look at a few of today’s key matchups.
Yankees Face Blue Jays As Division Race Tightens
The New York Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays meet for the second game of their three-game series at Rogers Centre. The Yankees have clinched a playoff spot but are a few wins away from putting away the second-place Blue Jays and claiming the AL East title. They lead by 7.5 games over Toronto with nine games to go.
The Blue Jays lead in the wild-card standings by 2.5 games over the Tampa Bay Rays and have now won three straight. Toronto took the first game of the series 3-2 last night. They hope to get a second straight win over New York and get closer to the top of the division. However, they will need to win all their remaining eight games to have any chance at taking first place from the Yankees.
Jameson Taillon (13-5, 3.90 ERA) for the Yankees will take the mound against Jose Berrios (11-6, 5.27 ERA) for Toronto.
New York wins to move closer to the division title.
White Sox Open Series Against Twins
The Chicago White Sox and Minnesota Twins begin a three-game series at Target Field tonight. Chicago has been slumping since winning two of three games against the Detroit Tigers and now has little chance to make the postseason. They’re second in the AL Central, ten games behind the Cleveland Guardians but have lost their last six games.
Minnesota has had a terrible month and is now five games below .500 with a 74-79 record after challenging for the division lead for most of the season. They had a major collapse in September and are 7-17 in the last 24 games.
The Twins have had many chances to make a run for the top of the division recently. However, their fate was sealed last week when they dropped four of five games to the division-leading Guardians.
Lance Lynn (7-6, 4.02 ERA) of Chicago will go up against the Twins’ Bailey Ober (1-3, 3.71 ERA) to begin the series.
Chicago wins to snap their six-game losing streak.
Cards Face Brewers With Division Title Yet To Be Decided
The St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers meet for a quick two-game series starting tonight at American Family Field. The Cardinals have faltered recently, losing five of their last seven games.
Their lead in the division is 6.5 games with eight games left on their schedule, meaning a win in this series would give them the division title. However, they must first overcome their current streak on the road, where they’ve lost two straight and four of the last six games.
Milwaukee has nine games left on the schedule, and their only clear path to the playoffs is to make up the 1.5 games in which they trail the Philadelphia Phillies in the NL wild card race. They could still win the division but can’t afford to take any more losses if they hope to reach the playoffs as NL Central champs.
Mike Mikolas (11-13, 3.35 ERA) for the Cardinals will make the start tonight against the Brewers’ Adrian Houser (6-9, 4.62 ERA) in the first game.
St. Louis wins a close game to end their streak.