The midway point of the MLB season has arrived as teams play the final games before the All-Star break. Here’s what to look forward to in today’s matchups.
Rays Go For Sweep vs. Red Sox
The Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays meet for their series’ fourth and final game tonight at Tropicana Field. Tampa won last night’s game 4-1 and looks to complete the sweep with a victory tonight. They are 7-2 against Boston this season and hope to extend their lead over them in the AL East to 2.5 games.
Since a season-long seven-game win streak, the Red Sox are 5-11 in their last 15 games and tied with the Toronto Blue Jays for third in the division standings. They have now lost three straight and seven of their last nine overall.
Kutter Crawford is 2-2 with a 4.50 ERA for Boston and will face Drew Rasmussen, who is 5-3 and holds a 3.11 ERA on the mound for Tampa.
Tampa wins to take their second straight series from Boston.
Mariners Hope To Continue Streak In Texas
The Seattle Mariners travel to Arlington today to begin a four-game series against the Texas Rangers in an AL West battle. The Mariners began the month with a loss to the Oakland A’s and haven’t lost since. They’re undefeated in the last ten games and are 18-3 in their previous 21 contests. However, they haven’t made up much ground on the division-leading Houston Astros, who hold an 11-game lead in the standings.
Texas is 5-5 in the last ten games and has won their previous two series at home over the Minnesota Twins and Oakland A’s after being swept by the Orioles on the road. The Rangers are third in the division, 15.5 games behind first place.
Marco Gonzales put his 5-9 record and 3.24 ERA on the line tonight for the Mariners against Martin Perez for the Rangers. Perez is 7-2 with a 2.72 ERA on the season.
Texas wins to end the Mariners’ longest season streak.
Astros Wrap Up Series With Angels
The Houston Astros and Los Angeles Angels play to decide the winner of their three-game series in Anaheim tonight. The Astros are dominating the AL West standings with an 11-game lead on the second-place Mariners and are 19 ahead of the Angels, who are in fourth place.
Shohei Ohtani has been the only positive aspect of the entire Angels team in the last two weeks. They are 3-9 in their previous 12 games, with all three victories highlighted by Ohtani winning on the mound and dominating at the plate. They broke a five-game losing streak last night, with the reigning AL MVP picking up his sixth straight win while striking out 12 batters and going 2 for 4 with a single and a 2-RBI triple.
Framber Valdez gets the start for Houston and is 8-4 with a 2.64 ERA. He’ll be matched against Reid Detmers, who holds a 2-3 record and 4.22 ERA for the Angels.
Houston gets the victory to take their third series over Los Angeles this season.